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MC/ Announcer or Master of Ceremonies?

Written by DJ Pete. Posted in Blog

At DJ PeterD we get lots of people asking if we MC or if it ok for a relative to MC their wedding.

So based on these and other questions we thought we would just try to get rid of the smoke and mirrors and explain in a little simple detail the differences.

The letters MC can mean so much.

To some people it means this is the person make the announcements and to some it is the person that wraps over the music played.

In general you will find when using a relative, friend or staff from some venues you will just get someone who will just make announcements and introduce people for speeches.

These people are not trained in most cases and yes they may be funny to some but sadly lack the experience on how to run and control your guests.

Announcers are exactly that, they announce what and when and who but they do it in a basic announcement way.

Now our favourite is the Master of Ceremonies, this person should be a Master and this person will be the person that will Master everything to do with your Reception.

A true master of ceremonies will have had some form of training (some training is just done on the job over many years).

If your Master of Ceremonies has undertaken training of some nature from an outside source it shows they are open to improve their skills and to learn new ideas and methods.

When we act as a Master of Ceremonies we firstly get to know you and if possible some of the bridal party or even parents prior to the day, (this makes everything more personal and real)

On the day we help coordinate everything that happens on the day by working closely with the venue and we take responsibility for assisting in time management.

When we sit down with you and also get the run sheet from the venue we will work to the times and we will be the ones to let you know to get a move on to keep on those times.

Also by getting to know you when we address people on the microphone we make it sound more personal and in many cases you will be asked is the DJ/MC a friend or relative?

So when you are looking for a DJ/ MC please consider our Master of Ceremonies service as it can and will make all the difference.

We are also offering Master of Ceremonies service only so if that is all you need we are happy to discuss your needs.

Written by 

Peter de Wever

Multi award winning Master of Ceremonies and DJ

 

As voted by past Brides and Grooms

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Quality over Price

Written by DJ Pete. Posted in Blog

At DJ PeterD Entertainment Plus we have worked hard for many years at all levels and have catered for all styles and budgets.

We have found in the past 3 years by working on quality we are actually able to provide a better service and that is also improving each week due to our commitment to each client.

We used to take on as many bookings as we could as that was how we were conditioned in the past, take lots of work and create income while you can. 

Today we are 3 to 4 times more expensive than before but we do 5 to 6 times more work for our clients and we spend more time to make it a personal experience for YOU. 

We have invested in training and in quality products to set us apart from many others.

So when looking for a DJ in Mornington or a Wedding DJ Mornington give us a call and we can explain what we offer that makes us different.

DJ Pete and the team

 

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What to look for when hiring a DJ

Written by DJ Pete. Posted in Blog

 

Firstly I would NOT ask for a playlist or for a list of all their songs or if you can come see them perform.

A true professional mobile DJ is experienced at reading crowds and they need the flexibility to decide what fits best at whatever moment on the day or night.

By all means you need to let the person you book know KEY tracks or artists you want to hear as this will also give them insight to what you like and the style you like. 

Now to the list of what to ask: 

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Wedding Priority Myths

Written by DJ Pete. Posted in Blog

Personal opinions only by DJ PeterD 

So your partner has finally asked the big question and you said yes!!!

What is next and most people find a mine field ahead of them not knowing what should be done and what is acceptable (perceived only)

Here I am keen to give some small tips to help you relax and get back to enjoying life.

 

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Master of Ceremonies (MC) any one can do this!

Written by DJ PeterD Entertainment Plus. Posted in Blog

We have all been to functions or weddings and said wow that looks easy I can do this.

We lets enlighten people on what the role of an Master of Ceremonies (MC Emcee) really is.

It is just making announcements, right? No, it isn't.

When people take the role seriously people suddenly find out there is a lot more to it and that the Uncle, Aunt or Friend might not actually be the best person for the job.

To start with the MC needs to either know or get to know the client a bit first so that when the MC addresses the clients he or she comes across as someone that is known to the client.

The MC also needs to know the venue or get to know the venue and find out from the venue what the running order is and the MC helps to keep to this running order make making changes to the process as the night progresses.

The MC also needs to know the house rules, such as no drinks on the dance floor, where the toilets are, where smokers can go and how to control the crowd.

People have to understand that sometimes a friend is not the best person for this role as they can get heckled or put off by their friends and yes this may be funny at the time but the MC has to control the crowd to make sure things get done in the time frame allowed so the food does not get ruined.

Many times I have heard people say gee the steak or fish wasn't very hot! or why did it take so long for the mains to come out? most of the time this happens is the speeches went for too long and the Chef needs notice to prepare his or her food.

A true MC is involved in most of the day and sometimes even the ceremony and group photo time.

As an example I am generally there when the bride arrives for the ceremony and make sure she has had enough to drink and is calm and excited (not stressed or drained) before she walks down the aisle. Then when it comes to the reception I keep an eye on the bride and groom to make sure they have enough fluid (water is best) as there is a lot of build up to the day some people come down during the reception and all of a sudden the headache kicks in or just dehydration.

So as you can see a true MC does more than just announcements, in a nut shell and bullet point the key roles are:

Liase with Client to make them comfortable before and on the day

Liase with venue to ensure all timings are kept to

Create atmosphere with the crowd to create the mood for a party

Remain sober to make sure all guests and clients are happy the full night without problems

To find solutions if there are any issues, such as thorns on the throwing Bouquet

As you can see there is a lot more to it than just talking on a microphone, so before you ask your friends or relatives to be your MC seriously consider if they are able to fulfil the requirements.

For any further assistance or help please contacts us and we at DJ PeterD Entertainment Plus will be happy to help.

Remember to have fun and relax.

www.djpeterd.com.au

 

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Why do people charge more for weddings?

Written by DJ Pete. Posted in Blog

A common thread happening in the wedding industry is people asking the question why do you charge more when we mention the word wedding.

Well I can only speak on behalf of the entertainment industry and there may be some other entertainers that may not agree.

When we take a booking for a function we treat all function equal how ever, if we entertain a birthday party or an engagement we do less prep and less running around than what we do for a wedding.

The average hours we do for a 5 hour function is a total of 8 to 9 hours (based on minimal equipment), for a 5 hour wedding we spend between 11 and 17 hours and this includes prep time and much more.

There is also the added pressure of a wedding function as everything must be right as you cant just re do the event.

In our business we spend a lot of time getting to know the Bride and Groom and we offer a lot of extras as well that incur a cost to us, the key for us is to make the difference and create an event that is nothing like any other you have been to.

So next time when you hear that people are charging more for weddings you now may have a little bit more understanding of why.
Remember to drink lots of water and enjoy every moment of your special day and night.

DJ Pete and his happy team.

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