today’s interview is with our friend Tarcy from Advanced DJ Services, one of Edmonton’s best and most experienced wedding DJ companies. get to know him a bit better, hear some great advice for making your wedding awesome, and check out some of his top suggestions for first dance songs. enjoy!
tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m tall, heavy-set. I have green eyes and love the lake. Just spending time on the beach. Wrong site? Oh, ok. I’ve been DJ’ing for what feels like my whole life. Music has always been a big part of me and has surrounded me forever. I’m a fun guy that loves to play and joke around, I can be too sarcastic at times, but people that know me know I’m rarely serious. I’ve been married for 15 years this month and have two beautiful daughters aged 10 & 7. We also have a dog and a cat.
how long have you been a wedding DJ? what is the best thing about your job?
I’ve been DJ’ing since 1994 professionally, before that, it was just a hobby. Well over 1000 weddings and countless other types of events, too. The best part about my job is being able to ensure the memories of a wedding day are great ones. People remember just a few things about weddings…and whether they had a good time or not is the biggest one. I get to hear people say “Everyone LOVED how much fun they had!” Makes me a happy person.
what’s your best advice for someone planning a wedding?
Don’t skimp on the entertainment. As mentioned above, it’s what people will remember. Hire someone who takes the PERSONAL time to get to know you as a couple…gets to know who your family is…takes time to learn names and incorporates that into their show for you. Someone who gets to know (in a rough sense) what your families and friends like to dance to. Someone who can read a crowd and play to what’s working. That way, you will have guests saying “that was one of, if not the best wedding, I’ve ever been to”. And, don’t stress about things. You put the plan in place, and it will all roll on the day, with the most important part being “I DO” anyway.
is there a secret to having a great dance party? what are some things a couple can consider when planning their wedding to make sure the dance floor is off the hook?
First off, hire a professional. Not a hobbyist. Find someone who knows how to treat you and your families right. Remember, wedding crowds usually include ages 1-100, so we have to be versatile with our music choices, and try to get something in for everyone throughout the night. Make sure people can request what they want! “Bring your dancing shoes” is a nice little sentiment on the invitations, it gets people thinking about it right from the start too. Heck, let people request a song on the RSVP cards too (but make sure it’s something they want to dance to – not just listen to). Since you’re usually the ones with the last word during the program, encourage everyone to get up and dance with you…which brings me to the most important thing – if you disappear from the room, guests will too. If you’re dancing and having fun, they’ll join you! Make sure you dance as much as you can without ignoring your guests!
what other wedding pros in edmonton do you love working with?
and last but not least, let’s hear your top suggestions for wedding first dance songs!
There’s hundreds of them out there, and I’m going to give you 10 of them.
All of Me – John Legend
I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice
Amazed – Lonestar
At Last – Etta James
Better Together – Jack Johnson
This Year’s Love – David Gray
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler
From This Moment On – Shania Twain
As I was typing, more and more came flooding into my head, so this is a small start, really, it comes down to what you like as a couple and what the words mean to each of you.
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