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Tips for Hiring the Right Wedding DJ

Posted By  Nicole Duffin /  October 9, 2014

AMOSPRO DJ Rob Mutzl (center) pictured with 4 couples he DJ'ed weddings for. QUICK LINKS: View our Wedding Page: http://amospro.com/weddings/ Meet our DJs: http://amospro.com/meet-our-staff/ Attend Our Monthly Open House: http://amospro.com/open-house/ Get a Quote: http://amospro.com/get-a-quote/ Tips for Hiring the Right DJ for Your Wedding While there are many important decisions to make when planning your wedding or special event, none may be as crucial to its success as the

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Saying Yes To The Dress – In The East Bay

Posted By  Nicole Duffin /  July 23, 2014

Saying Yes To The Dress - In The East Bay By Nicole Duffin / Amos Productions The proposal day has come and gone. You are ENGAGED! Now what? For many brides-to-be shopping for the perfect wedding dress is on top of the “to do” list. However, finding your dream gown can be more stressful than fun when considering all the details that can factor into your dress selection. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of your wedding day since you were little, dressing up in princess dresses, tiaras and mommy

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An Amazing Choreographed Wedding Dance

Posted By  Jody Amos /  July 21, 2014

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Big surprise for Bride and Groom…Chris and Leah

Posted By  Jody Amos /  April 12, 2014

This is a pretty cool video that we thought we would share. April 5, 2014 As Chris and Leah O'Kane wait to finally say their vows, Father Ray Kelly steals the show for a few minutes. Father Kelly sings Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at Oldcastle Church in Meathe, Ireland using his own lyrics, tailored to the happy couple.

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2014 Wedding Faires

Posted By  Jody Amos /  February 8, 2014

2014 Wedding Faires in the Livermore Valley Wine Country: Many of the most beautiful wedding venues in California, are right here in the Livermore Valley Wine Country. Below is a list of some upcoming wedding faires featuring some of the best wedding professionals in the business. BAY AREA WEDDING FAIRS: Sunday March 30th, 2014 11:00am – 4:00pm The San Ramon Marriott Hotel 2600 Bishop Dr. San Ramon, CA 94583 Free Parking [one-half-first] Win A $5,000 Wedding Package Prize!* ●

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2013 Rewind Video

Posted By  Jody Amos /  December 26, 2013

AMOSPRO 2013 REWIND Looking back at 2013, we have done a lot of great events with so many wonderful people. We truly enjoy working with the greatest clients and vendors on such great projects. We are really looking forward to 2014! Happy Holidays to everyone! Cheers! Jody & Staff

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Tips for Hiring the Right Wedding DJ


AMOSPRO DJ Rob Mutzl (center) pictured with 4 couples he DJ’ed weddings for.

QUICK LINKS:

View our Wedding Page: http://amospro.com/weddings/
Meet our DJs: http://amospro.com/meet-our-staff/
Attend Our Monthly Open House: http://amospro.com/open-house/
Get a Quote: http://amospro.com/get-a-quote/

Tips for Hiring the Right DJ for Your Wedding

While there are many important decisions to make when planning your wedding or special event, none may be as crucial to its success as the selection of a DJ. The role of a professional DJ is to not only play music that sets the mood, but to also take charge of the event timeline, ensuring all vendors are working together and all your requests are met. The DJ acts as the Master of Ceremony, gracefully guiding your guests from one spotlight moment to the next using both announcements and music. With just the right combination of both, your event will be memorable for both you and your guests.

Undoubtedly you’ve been to weddings or other events where guests pack the dance floor, clapping, singing, and dancing to popular music from every era that everyone knows. The mood is fun, exciting, and carefree. You’ve likely also been to events that are not quite so lively, where a canned list of “reception” music has cleared the dance floor and most guests watch from the sidelines or leave early. Instead of fun and entertaining, the DJ has created a not-so-special mood that encourages disengagement from the event.

So what should you look for and what questions should you ask when hiring a DJ? Amos Productions has compiled the following list of important things to consider when making your DJ decision.

REFERRALS
Referrals from family and friends are a great way to start gathering a list of prospective DJs, as are referrals from your other vendors, such as photographer, event coordinator, and florist. Online sources, including Wedding Wire, The Knot, and Yelp are popular sites with honest opinions and first-hand experience with many different professional DJ services. Pay particular attention to DJs who have won recognition from The Knot or the Bride’s Choice Awards, as awards are given based on votes by actual clients. A word of caution however, about considering a DJ recommendation from your chosen venue, as some venues have commission relationships with specific DJs and you may not always get the best recommendation.

WEBSITE AND EQUIPMENT
Most often, reputable, professional DJs have updated websites that offer a description of services, insight into their style, and contact options for requesting pricing and/or additional information. Many DJs do not post prices on their website because they prefer to learn more about your special event in order to customize services and pricing to best meet your needs.

The equipment used by the DJ is also important to the success of your event. Be sure their equipment is up-to-date, that their equipment meets your needs (i.e., wireless microphone, number of speakers suits your venue size, special electrical needs can be accommodated), and that back-up equipment is available if needed.

MEET THE DJ
Always plan to meet with prospective DJs in order to assess personality and style, discuss what is most important to you, ask questions, and make connections. Base your DJ selection on the best personality fit for you as well as the style you hope to evoke at your special event. Listed below are some questions you may want to consider when making your DJ decision.

· Is the DJ you are considering well-qualified? How many weddings or other events has the DJ worked and do they have client testimonials they can share with you? Go online and read reviews about the DJ and the company to ensure you are hiring a reliable expert in the industry.

· Is the DJ you choose available on your event date? Make sure that DJ is the one who will be at your event and not one selected and sent by the company in general.

· What is the cost of DJ services and what exactly is included? If services other than the DJ are offered, does the company offer a multiple service discount? Does the fee include planning meetings, setup and strike fees, ceremony and reception music, microphones, and lighting? Are the fees quoted comparable to other local DJ services? Higher prices may be an indication of more professional service, better equipment, and other higher-end services, but if this is the case, the company should be able to justify the costs to their clients.

· Professional DJ companies offer clients written contracts that include the terms of the agreement and the cancellation policy. A signed contract is important to ensure the DJ will be at your event on-time and with all the right equipment, and that there is a back-up plan in place should the DJ not be able to make it or in the event of an equipment failure. A contract will confirm costs and payments, as well as indicate whether a retainer fee is required and if the retainer is refundable should your event be canceled or postponed. Be sure the DJ has full liability insurance, which protects you as well as the event venue in the unlikely event that something unexpected happens.

· Has the DJ worked other events at your venue? If so, the DJ will likely know the room configuration, the staff, electrical requirements, any unique challenges, and will therefore be well-prepared on the day of your event.

· Will the DJ act as the Emcee for your event and what is the DJ’s style on the microphone? What will he/she do if no one is dancing? Energize the crowd with the microphone or with careful song selection? How does music selection work? It is important that the music reflects you, that special song selections and requests are allowed, and the DJ is able to accommodate last-minute changes. These questions will help you decide if the DJ is a good fit for you.

Finally, the debate between hiring a DJ or a band may be a decision you make as well. A live band provides a much different experience than a DJ. A band typically has a larger sound system, requires more space and set-up coordination, interacts differently with the crowd, and is usually more expensive. Your DJ versus band decision may come down to what type of feel and experience you want for your wedding or event.

Jody Amos, owner of Amos Productions, has been in the wedding and event industry for over 20 years, has worked with many different vendors, knows what works and what doesn’t, and wants you to know why Amos Productions is the right choice for your event. “Amos Productions has many professional DJs with 10 or more years of experience. We continually train our staff on new technologies and innovative ideas in the industry as well as network with other professionals that help execute a perfect wedding or event. At Amos Productions, equipment is constantly upgraded and we provide our customers with a variety of planning tools to help customize your special wedding or event.”

QUICK LINKS:

View our Wedding Page: http://amospro.com/weddings/
Meet our DJs: http://amospro.com/meet-our-staff/
Attend Our Monthly Open House: http://amospro.com/open-house/
Get a Quote: http://amospro.com/get-a-quote/

Saying Yes To The Dress – In The East Bay

Saying Yes To The Dress – In The East Bay

By Nicole Duffin / Amos Productions

The proposal day has come and gone. You are ENGAGED! Now what? For many brides-to-be shopping for the perfect wedding dress is on top of the “to do” list. However, finding your dream gown can be more stressful than fun when considering all the details that can factor into your dress selection. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of your wedding day since you were little, dressing up in princess dresses, tiaras and mommy’s jewelry, and pretending to walk down the aisle. Or perhaps you pore over images of multi-million dollar celebrity weddings, wishing you could duplicate such extraordinary affairs. Maybe you rely on social media sites such as Pinterest to inundate you with wedding photos, DIY projects, and color and theme options. Do you want your dress to reflect cultural or religious traditions? What about the season of your wedding, the venue, the theme, the style, fabric, and fit? Wedding dress selection can easily be the best and worst part of wedding planning.

Most importantly, your wedding gown should be a reflection of YOU, whether it’s flashy or conservative, haute couture or classic, satin or lace. Finding the right bridal shop that can not only provide your perfect dress within your budget, but can also satisfy all the additional “gown factors” can prove to be a challenge. Do you prefer to shop at larger chain stores, like David’s Bridal, where scores of gowns can be found in every price range, but often at the cost of one-on-one customer service? Or do you prefer smaller boutiques known for personal service, but where the selection of gowns may be limited and higher priced? Finally, do you prefer the privacy of your home where online shopping offers a convenient, yet risky option for your wedding dress selection? A huge array of gowns at every price range awaits the online bridal gown shopper, and on the surface, this appears to be a convenient, viable option. However, wedding dress sizing is not comparable to normal clothing sizes, can vary greatly between designers, and poses a definite problem for anyone ordering online. Likewise, the quality of fabric and craftsmanship, as well as fabric color may cause brides to “best guess” which gown will fit, have the right feel, and be the perfect color.

Wherever you decide to embark on the hunt for your perfect gown, be sure to schedule an appointment and allow plenty of time. Be open to trying on different styles, fits, and fabrics. Your dream dress may end up being one that you never would have imagined loving. The East Bay boasts a number of bridal shops which are unique in their inventory as well as their approach to serving brides-to-be. Highlighted here is an interview with Jamie, the owner of J’aime Bridal in Pleasanton, as well as a list of other special East Bay bridal stores and boutiques.

We would love to hear about your wedding gown shopping experience and how you decide on the dress of your dreams. Please post your story below and share your experience!

INTERVIEW with Jaime Zile of J’amie Bridal in Downtown Pleasanton, CA
Nicole / AP: When is the best time to shop for a wedding gown?
Jamie: I always suggest weekday appointments whenever possible. Weekdays are quiet and often brides that come in onweekdays have unlimited time and the entire salon and staff to themselves.

Nicole / AP: How much time should a bride allow to order a gown?
Jamie: Dresses can take up to six months to arrive in the store, so plan early to make sure the dress you love can be yours by your wedding day. Several designers try to keep styles in stock for immediate delivery, but that is never guaranteed.

Nicole / AP: What is your advice about who to bring to the bridal gown appointment?
Jamie: I recommend no more than two to three people, those who are most important to the bride. Too many opinions can be overwhelming to the bride.

Nicole / AP: How do brides typically find the perfect gown?
Jamie: Don’t eliminate anything at first glance. I can’t tell you how many brides have not wanted to try on the gown they ultimately selected. Most of our brides know within a few minutes if they like a gown or not and sometimes it takes trying on a gown several times to be sure it’s the one.

J’aime Bridal, Pleasanton
Bridal gowns priced under $2000, including a large selection ofplus sizes and bridal party dresses. http://www.jaimebridal.com | 925-846-8459

Kinsley James, Walnut Creek
Couture bridal salon with frequent trunk shows and a sample sale collection.

La Soie Bridal, Walnut Creek
Gowns priced under $5000 and selection of bridal accessories such as headpieces, belts, and jewelry.

Gesinee’s Bridal, Concord
One-stop shopping for bride, bridal party, mother-of-the-bride, and bridal accessories.

David’s Bridal, Milpitas
Large retail and online store with gowns starting at $100.

Blossom’s Bridal & Formal, Dublin
Large selection of stock wedding gowns and bridal party dresses at budget prices.

An Amazing Choreographed Wedding Dance

Big surprise for Bride and Groom…Chris and Leah

This is a pretty cool video that we thought we would share.

April 5, 2014
As Chris and Leah O’Kane wait to finally say their vows, Father Ray Kelly steals the show for a few minutes. Father Kelly sings Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at Oldcastle Church in Meathe, Ireland using his own lyrics, tailored to the happy couple.

2014 Wedding Faires

2014 Wedding Faires in the Livermore Valley Wine Country:

Many of the most beautiful wedding venues in California, are right here in the Livermore Valley Wine Country. Below is a list of some upcoming wedding faires featuring some of the best wedding professionals in the business.

BAY AREA WEDDING FAIRS:

Sunday March 30th, 2014
11:00am – 4:00pm
The San Ramon Marriott Hotel
2600 Bishop Dr. San Ramon, CA 94583
Free Parking

Win A $5,000 Wedding Package Prize!*

● Weddings & Dreams Gown, Dress, Tux Gift Certificate
● Photography Package by Dan Johanson Photography
● Uplighting Package by Joe² Lighting
● Hair and Make-up by Jasmine Loren
● Engagement Shoot by Red Eye Collection
● Wedding Cake by Sweet Emergency
● Weightloss Package by Club Reduce

More Info: Click Here

Show Schedule

Here’s what your Day will look Like…

11:00am – Show Opens and Shopping Begins!
12:15pm – Entertainment
12:30pm – Contests, Prizes and Vegas Trips Awarded Onstage
12:45pm – First Fasion Show
1:45pm – Musical Entertainer and Dancing
2:30pm – More Contests, Prizes and Vegas Trips Awarded
2:45pm – Second Fashion Show
3:15pm – Final Prize Winners and Vegas Trips Awarded
and $5000 Wedding Package Prize Givaway
3:20pm – Finish up Final Shopping and Place Deposits
4:00pm – Show Closes

Check back soon, more Wedding Faires to be added.

2013 Rewind Video

AMOSPRO 2013 REWIND

Looking back at 2013, we have done a lot of great events with so many wonderful people. We truly enjoy working
with the greatest clients and vendors on such great projects. We are really looking forward to 2014!
Happy Holidays to everyone!
Cheers!
Jody & Staff