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Lighting and Venues | Charleston Wedding DJs

Lighting your indoor or outdoor venue is incredibly important and something that should never be overlooked. Bunn DJ Company offers three different types of lighting: cafe lighting, dance floor lighting and uplighting.

1. Cafe (string) Lighting

Cafe lighting (also called String Lighting or Market Lighting) is beautiful, people love it. In outdoor venues, we will hang it in tents or over dance floors. We’ll also hang them in darker indoor venues like converted barns. They are meant to provide lighting at a downward angle and must be hung high enough so that guests won’t accidentally jump up and hit them. If you choose cafe lighting you should also strongly consider dimmers so that you can control the amount of light. Cafe lighting puts off a lot more light than people think and no one likes dancing on a very bright dance floor.

2. Dance Floor Lighting 

Dance floor lighting is a great choice if you want to create that party atmosphere. It goes best with modern indoor venues. It also allows us to bring the house lights down a little bit lower and showcase the array of changing colors. When these lights are turned on, everyone knows it’s party time.

Check out our Dance Floor Lighting Demo Video for more info

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATNThXFis8o

3. Uplighting

Uplighting looks great in both indoor and outdoor venues. We highly recommend it in hotels, ballrooms or convention centers. There is a stark difference between not having it and having it; it creates a finished and polished look from the traditional decor of those types of spaces. In outdoor venues, you can use it highlight trees such as large oak trees in Charleston. We do not typically recommend uplighting for use in a historic home or venue because of its modern look.

Check out our Uplighting Demo Video for more info

(Towards the end of the video you will see the color changing mode but that is not something we have to do, they can stay on the color(s) you selected for the entire evening. You can select any color(s) you would like)

 

2017-10-25T10:27:43-04:00By |Charleston|

Music Planning: The Ceremony | Charleston Wedding DJs

As wedding DJs in Charleston, we have the privilege of working for many destination clients who have their ceremony and reception at the same venue. We frequently receive questions concerning the ceremony music, which songs to pick, what works and what doesn’t. We wanted to take the time to answer some of those questions for you to ensure that your ceremony goes smoothly.

Microphones are necessary.

There is nothing worse than being a guest at a wedding and not being able to hear the officiant or the vows. If that’s the case, then your guest will check out. The ceremony is a very important part, if not the most important part of your wedding day, so you want to make sure everyone can hear you loudly and clearly. Microphones are also important if your DJ or Videographer is recording your vows. Make sure that you have microphones, a speaker and a sound system – especially if it’s going to be outside.

The music you pick should reflect your taste.

The music for the whole day to be reflective of the couple. We tailor the music for the prelude ceremony just as we would for the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. We always begin playing the music about 20 – 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony as the guests arrive. If our clients don’t give us specifics, we play classical, instrumental covers of modern songs by artists such as The Piano Guys, Vitamin String Quartet and Sleeping At Last for the prelude music. It’s a little bit more upbeat than Beethoven or Mozart yet still gives off a very elegant vibe.

Everything should flow.

The music should flow together. Having several classical songs and then have the bride come down to an Indie Rock song doesn’t flow. You want to make sure that everything matches from start to finish.  Communicate with your DJ or your musicians to be sure the music is “matches” from start to finish.

Factors to consider when choosing songs.

  1. How many people are in the wedding party and how long the walk will be. If it’s a long walk, you’ll need more songs.
  2. One song for the grandparents and parents.
  3. If the groomsmen are entering separately, they should walk to one song, as should the bridesmaids.
  4. The Bride needs one processional song.
  5. One song at the end for the recessional: This is a high moment of the day, so pick a fun, upbeat song that means something to you. It’s a moment you’re going to want to remember. We usually start the song at the beginning of the first chorus or whatever point you would like the song to start.
2017-10-25T10:34:36-04:00By |Charleston|

Caitlin & Brad’s Boone Hall Plantation Wedding

Wedding of: Caitlin & Brad

Wedding Location: April 30, 2016 at Boone Hall Plantation – Charleston, SC

Wedding Professionals:

I was able to work with so many wonderful people and vendors for this one!

  • Anna Butrym and Heather Stokes of Confetti Events SC were so great, and perfectly executed our Couple’s vision and made everything so much easier for the rest of us!
  • Victor of One Life Photography took some amazing shots of the beautiful day… cannot wait to see the final shots!
  • Dockhouse Digital beautifully captured all of the amazing moments on video. You can see the highlight video here!
  • Cru Catering provided show-stopping food complete with local fish, shrimp’n grits, and beef tenderloin, just to name a few.

Introduction of the Wedding Party & Couple: Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

First Dance: All About Us – He Is We

Father-Daughter Dance: My Wish – Rascal Flatts

Mother-Son Dance: Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

Cake Cutting: Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

Last Dance: Wonderful Tonight — Eric Clapton

Exit Song: Firework – Katy Perry (to sparklers)

Living in Charleston, Caitlin and Brad knew they wanted to get married there and found their dream-venue in Boone Hall Plantation. Many of their family and friends had to travel to Charleston, but knew it would be worth the trip, and was it ever!

Caitlin and Brad were married on the steps of the Boone Hall Plantation home in a beautiful ceremony set to the sounds of a great string-trio. Guests and family members then made their way to the back of the house where they were greeted with some amazing hors d’oeuvres and drinks by Cru Catering. After some cocktails and food, everyone went to the Cotton Dock which was exquisitely decorated, complete with lounges and a fire pit for s’mores! I began playing a mix of oldies, classic rock, alternative rock and classic country. I then introduced the wedding party and the newlyweds to “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves. Caitlin then danced with her father, followed by Brad and his mother’s dance. Guests went inside where they were treated to some incredible fare.

After some great toasts and speeches by the Father of the Bride, Best Man, and Maid of Honor, Caitlin and Brad cut their cake. We then officially opened the dance floor with “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5.

When I spoke with Caitlin about the music for her wedding, she told me she “has terrible taste in music” in that she loves horrible pop/Top 40 music, and Kesha in particular. Regardless of what she thought of her music taste, I was going to be sure our bride was dancing! I played a mix of oldies and classic reception songs throughout the evening, eventually mixing into a steady stream of pop and current Top 40, and, of course, Kesha! We ended the night with the beautiful “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton and sent them off with sparklers to their classic car with “Firework” by Katy Perry.

This wedding was beautiful and so much fun! We were all blessed to be a part of this special day and I had a blast playing all of Caitlin’s “terrible Top 40”!

Thank you again Caitlin and Brad! It was an honor to be your DJ and congratulations again to the new Mr. & Mrs. Mogen!

David Fox

2020-01-07T12:05:16-05:00By |Raleigh|

Karley & Henry’s Elegant Charleston Wedding

Karley & Henry’s Charleston Wedding

Wedding Venue & Date: April 29, 2016 at Legare Waring House – Charleston, SC

The Wedding Professionals

I was fortunate to work with so many amazing vendors for this one!

  • Megan Chandler of Ooh! Events was fantastic as always, and executed our Bride and Groom’s vision and made the day so much easier for the rest of us vendors!
  • Sarah Elizabeth Dunn with Keen and Kind took some amazing shots of the beautiful day…cannot wait to see the final shots!
  • Beautiful ceremony and cocktail music provided by the talented Palmetto Strings.
  • Florist — Out of the Garden
  • Bride’s stunning hair by Allure Salon & perfect makeup by Ooh! Beautiful
  • Transportation provided by Lowcountry Valet.

Special Wedding Reception Songs:

Introduction of the Wedding Party & Couple: Forever – Chris Brown

First Dance: Wanted – Hunter Hayes

Father-Daughter Dance: I’ll be Your Man – Zac Brown Band

Mother-Son Dance: God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

Bouquet Toss: Marry You – Bruno Mars

Last Dance: Wagon Wheel — Old Crow Medicine Show

The Couple made the trip to Charleston, SC from Michigan with about 150 of their closest friends and family members to the beautiful, historic Legare Waring House at Charlestowne Landing.

After the beautiful ceremony, the guests made their way to the patio, which was gorgeously decorated, for cocktail hour and Palmetto Strings continued to play. Just before dinner I introduced the wedding party and the new Mr. and Mrs. Pletscher to Forever by Chris Brown. The wedding party made a tunnel for the couple then they all danced to the dance floor. Karley and Henry then had their first dance as husband and wife, followed by the parent dances.

Once dinner began I played a mix of bluegrass covers selected by the couple, by artists such as Beef Seeds and Pickin’ On Series, and some Indie Rock and standards. After dinner and some entertaining and heartfelt speeches by the Maids of Honor and Best Men, we opened up the dance floor. I played a mix of everything…and I mean everything! From 90’s & 2000’s pop and hip-hop like Backstreet Boys, Miley Cyrus, and Nelly, to some classic rock like Tom Petty, to today’s hits like Justin Beiber and Pitbull. We ended the night with Wagon Wheel, capping off a beautiful night.

Something very unique about this wedding was that the couple rented a “SpeechBooth” where guests would record video messages to them via a microphone connected to an iPad and they even made a really cool “The Pletschers” backdrop for it too! I am sure there are some classic videos the couple will cherish.

Thank you again Karley and Henry! It was an honor to be your DJ, and congratulations again to the new Mr. & Mrs. Pletscher!

David Fox

2020-01-07T12:05:15-05:00By |Uncategorized|

Elizabeth & Henry’s Magnolia Plantation Wedding

Wedding of: Elizabeth Matthew & Henry Bennett

When & Where: April 24, 2016 at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens Veranda – Charleston, SC

The Professionals

I was fortunate to work with some of Charleston’s best for this wedding!

  • Erin Horton of Ooh! Events perfectly executed our Bride and Groom’s vision and made the day so much easier for the rest of us vendors!
  • Shannon Holton with Riverland Studios took some amazing shots of the beautiful day…cannot wait to see the final shots! You can see some of the amazing shots here on Riverland’s blog!
  • Leanz Kauffman and the rest of the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens staff were so easy to work with, as always.
  • Florist — Out of the Garden
  • Bride’s stunning hair and makeup by Paper Dolls
  • The show-stopping food and wedding cake by Duvall Catering.

Wedding Ceremony Songs:

Seating of the Parents: In My Life – The Beatles

Wedding Party Processional: With a Little Help from My Friends – The Beatles

Bride Processional: African Queen – 2Face Idibia

Recessional: Forever More – Alaine ft. Tarrus Riley

Wedding Reception Songs:

Introduction of the Wedding Party & Bride & Groom: The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

First Dance: Free – Zac Brown Band

Father-Bride Dance: Tim McGraw’s Humble & Kind, followed by an Animal House hits mashup, Louie Louie, Twist the Night Away, Shama lama ding dong.

Mother-Groom Dance: Your Song – Elton John

Cake Cutting: Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler

Garter Removal Song: Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams

Bouquet Toss: Where Them Girls At – David Guetta ft. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj

Last Dance: Take Me Home Tonight — Eddie Money

Exit: I Lived – OneRepublic

The Bride and Groom met when they both spent two years in Kenya with the Peace Corps. This was a transformative and powerful experience for them both to say the least, and they wanted to bring some of those experiences to their wedding through the music for both the ceremony and reception. Elizabeth and Henry had their ceremony on the White Bridge Lawn, which was the perfect backdrop on such a beautiful day.

After the beautiful ceremony, the guests made their way to the Veranda for cocktail hour. Having a good idea of the Bride and Groom’s musical tastes, I played a mix of 60’s / 70’s, soul, and alternative rock, such as The Lumineers and Citizen Cope. I then introduced the wedding party and the new Mr. and Mrs. Bennett, who then had their first dance as husband and wife, followed by the parent dances and cake cutting. After dinner and some entertaining and heartfelt speeches by the Maids of Honor and Best Men, we opened up the dance floor. I played a mix of classic party songs but also threw in some great classic hip-hop songs such as No Diggity and Let Me Clear My Throat and some dance songs like We Found Love by Rihanna. Later in the evening, I mixed in some special, popular African songs from the Bride and Groom’s Peace Corps experience and they along with several of the bridesmaids rushed to the middle of the dance floor immediately!

We ended the night with Take Me Home Tonight, capping off a beautiful night. Elizabeth and Henry then exited to sparkles and I Lived by OneRepublic.

Thank you again Elizabeth and Henry! It was an honor to be your DJ, and congratulations again to the new Mr. & Mrs. Bennett!

P.S. – Thanks for wearing the shirts… and horseback riding nonetheless…amazing!

David Fox

 

2020-01-07T12:05:01-05:00By |Uncategorized|

Taylor & Pasquale’s Beautiful Wedding in Charleston, SC

Bride and Groom: Taylor Thomas & Pasquale Concilio (PC)

When & Where: April 16, 2016 at the Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, SC

The Professionals

I was able to work with some great professionals!

  • This was my first time playing a wedding at the Country Club of Charleston and I cannot say enough about their staff. Led by Abby Mertz, they were true professionals. Not to mention the food…it was amazing!
  • The very talented Julie Livingston took some amazing photos, as always…and I should know since she just shot my wedding in March!
  • Photo Video Booth provided by DJ Motion Pictures, which is always fun…I even had to jump in the booth a couple of times.

Wedding Special Songs

Introduction of the Wedding Party & Bride & Groom: Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

First Dance: Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett

Father-Bride Dance: Carolina In My Mind – James Taylor

Mother-Groom Dance: There You’ll Be – Faith Hill

Cake Cutting: That’s Amore – Dean Martin

Garter Removal: Oh Yeah – Yello

Bouquet Toss: Girls – Beastie Boys

After a beautiful wedding ceremony at a nearby church, the guests made their way to the Country Club to cocktail hour. Having a good idea of the Bride and Groom’s musical taste, and their parents’, I played a mix of standards, 60’s / 70’s, and alternative rock, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Al Green, Lumineers and Coldplay.

After introducing the wedding party and the new Mr. and Mrs. Concilio, we had our first dance, followed by the parent dances and cake cutting. Before beginning opening the food stations, Taylor’s father and mother welcomed everyone and I continued the same mix of music during dinner. After some entertaining and heartfelt speeches by the Matron of Honor and Best Man, we opened up the dance floor with an Anniversary Dance to Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran with the longest-married couple being the bride’s parents at 43 years! We then got the dancing started, and I opened with a great mix of 70’s, 80’s, & Motown, and mixed in some country classics which the guests loved. I continued the same mix for the next hour but mixed in some more current pop, but the last 45 minutes I kept everyone on the dance floor with the wedding classics and sing-a-longs. There were some great MJ dance-offs by some of the groomsmen around that time as well which got the crowd going!

We ended the night with a mix of Friends in Low Places, Shout, Don’t Stop Believin’ and Take Me Home Tonight, which capped off a great night on what was a beautiful day.

Thank you again Taylor and PC! It was an honor DJing your wedding, and congratulations again to the new Mr. & Mrs. Taylor & Pasquale Concilio!

David Fox

2020-01-07T12:05:01-05:00By |Uncategorized|

Lauren & Peter’s Cannon Green Wedding

Bride & Groom: Lauren Blocker & Peter Sklaver

Lauren and Peter of NYC chose Charleston, SC for their destination wedding, bringing 150 of their closest friends and families to the Holy City for a weekend none of them will soon forget.

When & Where: April 9, 2016 at Cannon Green – Charleston, SC

The Professionals

I was able to work with some truly amazing professionals for this one!

Special Songs

Introduction of the Bride & Groom: Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

First Dance: Sparks – Coldplay

Father-Bride Dance: Turn Around – Kenny Loggins

Mother-Groom Dance: Days Like This – Van Morrison

Cake Cutting: More Today Than Yesterday – Kermit Ruffins

Last Dance: New York, New York – Frank Sinatra 

After a beautiful ceremony performed by Rabbi Aaron Sherman, we began cocktail hour. Knowing the eclectic musical taste of the bride and groom, I played a mix of standards, soft rock, and indie rock, from Frank Sinatra & Ray LaMontagne to Citizen Cope, Coldplay, & Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

After the introduction, first dance and parent dances, Lauren’s father welcomed everyone and I continued the same mix of music during dinner. After some entertaining and heartfelt speeches by the Matron of Honor and Best Man, Lauren & Peter cut the cake. We then opened the dance floor with the traditional Jewish dance, the Horah, to Hava Nagilah by David & The High Spirit. Within moments, our Bride & Groom were in their chairs and hoisted up almost to the ceiling, and their parents soon were too! We then got the dancing started, and I opened with a great mix of 60’s, 70’s, and Motown, and mixing in some 80’s pop like Steve Winwood, Whitney Houston, and Madonna, and people filled the dance floor…right then I knew this was going to be a great night. When the last hour came we switched it up a little and I went into a 90’s/2000’s hip-hop set with some David Guetta and Calvin Harris dance songs thrown in, and no one ever left the dance floor.

We ended the night with Empire State of Mind followed by New York, New York by Frank Sinatra. Just before the last couple of songs, Ashley pulled out a box under my table and handed out the black and white “Sinatra hats” and glow sticks! Peter and Lauren were given a thunderous applause and guests were treated to some delicious Momofuku – Milkbar cookies to take with them.

This was one of my favorite weddings, and not one I, or the guests, will soon forget! Thank you again Ashley and Anna, and congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Lauren & Peter Sklaver!

David Fox

2020-01-07T12:05:01-05:00By |Uncategorized|