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About Us Dynamite DJs, Richmond's Wedding Reception Specialists in Virginia richmond va

Our DJs have been entertaining the Richmond and surrounding areas for over 6 combined decades. We represent the most experienced DJs in the Richmond DJ market. Having performed over 4,500 wedding receptions and with many years of experience, we have what it takes to make your event a blast. No matter what size or style of wedding event. We promise you on time, well mannered professional service. We can assure you that we have what it takes to make everyone at your event have a Dynamite time.

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What Our Customers Say

These are just a sample of letters and e-mails recieved from very pleased customers available for viewing in our office.

Thank you so much for making our wedding in Tappahannock on June 9th so much fun. You were so great to work with considering the distance planning from New York down to Virginia. Our guests had such a good time dancing and singing along to the music. What I loved about you was your professionalism, quick response to all our questions and concerns but your good sense of humor and demeanor was worth millions. Thanks again and I hope Virginia knows how lucky they are to have you!
All the best,
Tina and Dave

Thank you sooooo sooooo much for the Saturday night show... It was wonderful... It was even the best night ever under the Wet Conditions.... Thanks again for your service. Every one was very happy.
Lisa & Mo
MoLi Ranch

Kelton and I both want to thank you so much for performing at our reception. We had a blast and no I didn't have a large crowd but for those of us that did dance we had an awesome time. The music was wonderful and upbeat and we have had nothing but compliments on how well you did. Once again, thank you so much for helping make our day even more perfect.
Kelton and Mandy Lowry

Hi Joe,
Thanks for doing such a great job for us Saturday. Everyone said wonderful things about you and the amazing job you did. You had every aspect of the evening covered and we appreciate it. THANKS A BUNCH!!!
Theresa Audette

I want to thank you for being such a fabulous DJ at my wedding. I know its not always easy to deal with such a large and crazy group, but you really did such a nice job and made everyone happy! I have nothing but great things to say about you! Thanks again for your time and patience! I appreciate your work! Best regards,
Katie Fuller Barber

I just wanted to say thank you so much for playing at my wedding reception. Jerry Huddleston was amazing!!! Every single guest gave compliments on the music and atmosphere he created! Thank you Jerry, you helped make my wedding day perfect!!!!
Nicole Crowder

We want to thank you for helping to make our day so special. The music was fabulous. We appreciate all you did. We will remember the day so fondly. Thanks again!
Brittany & John

Dear Joe,
We just wanted to THANK YOU for the terrific job you did at Mark & Wendy's wedding at Celebrations on June 3. Everything went perfectly due to your great timing and your ability to keep things rolling. You had everything under control and we didn't have to worry. Mark and Wendy enjoyed the music and say Thank You for all the hard work as they are on their honeymoon.
Sincerely Jan & Robert Ray

Thanks again Joe - we really enjoyed the work you did, and your service was exceptional! Please use me anytime for referrals, I'll be happy to spread the good word about you!
Best, Sarah

You did a wonderful job on Saturday night at Deanna and Eric’s wedding! The evening went very quickly and I don’t think that I told you what a great job you did to make the evening a memorable one for all of us! We really appreciated all your work! I will recommend you to anyone who is looking for a DJ!
Bess Linville

Hi Joe,
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you what an awesome job you did at our wedding! Thank you so much for all of your hard work. Everything went smoothly and perfectly (which is extremely important for a frantic bride:). We've also had lots of people tell us what a great job you did. My parents and Doug's parents were very pleased. We also really appreciated you bringing us drinks after the ceremony. That helped to calm my nerves and was very thoughtful of you. Thank you again and you can definitely expect some referrals! Take care.

Hi Joe,
You did a great job at the reception !! A nice mix of music and you kept things moving along. And we appreciate that you asked the bridesmaid her age (she was under 21) before the garter was put on ! Very professional ! We will call you for the next one which will probably be next year. Thanks,

Dear Joe,
Great work! You are very professional! We had to go a bit out of our way to find you but it was well worth the trip. I swear I've never seen my family dance before! Add that feather to your cap. We are most grateful!
Dana & James Biggs

You guys are definitely one of Richmond's best kept secrets and "Richmond's Wedding Reception Professionals." Everything was great and your interactive website was a time saver. I wish every one of my vendors had this option!
Jennifer & David

These are just a sample of letters and e-mails recieved from very pleased customers available for viewing in our office.

We would like to leave you with this final thought: Most brides and grooms will struggle to keep their wedding costs low and maintain a reasonable budget. Recent bridal magazine surveys have determined that guests will remember the entertainment at your wedding reception, more than any other single item. (See wedding cost chart above) After looking closely at the survey results, keep in mind that the choices you make for your wedding reception entertainment are critical. Do not trust this day to just any entertainment company.

Hiring A DJ For Your Reception?

Referrals – referrals come from many places such as friends, parents, caterers and hotels. These are a great resource to start with. Major Search Engines - Yahoo, Google or what ever you use. Wedding magazines, yellow pages, they have a wide selection of ads. Start making phone calls. I’d leave the question about price for last. Find out what makes him worth his or her fee. Remember the entertainment can make or break a reception. Here’s a list of questions to start the interview. Available for the date?
How many hours are included in your package?
Is set up time and travel included?
Do you bring back up equipment?
How early do you arrive to set up?
Do you wear a tuxedo?
Do you do the Emcee announcements?
Are you open to requests?
How do we pick our music for the event?
How long or how many weddings performed?
Will the DJ we meet with be the DJ at the reception?
Do you have referrals?
Remember while your asking these questions personality is a plus. Arrange to meet with the DJ and make sure the person you meet is the one that will do the wedding reception.

8 Tips to Energize your Reception!

At a fun-filled, smooth-flowing wedding reception, there is a certain energy that develops and intensifies as your guests experience the facility you've selected, the menu you've planned and the entertainment you've chosen.

1. Dim the lights when it's time for dancing. Soft lighting during dinner creates a more comfortable atmosphere. Dimming the lights after dinner will motivate your guests to dance. Determine the desired lighting levels for dinner and dancing when you meet with your reception facility's coordinator. Consider light levels that will compliment any candles you plan to use. Ask that your lighting preferences be included in your contract with the facility.

2. Don't let photographs dominate your day. Select a photographer who has the professional skill to capture your special moments efficiently and unobtrusively. Don't be held hostage at your own reception by a photographer who will dominate your time with lengthy photo sessions while your guests become restless. Choose a video company willing to use comfortable lighting unless you want your guests to be squinting and covering their eyes throughout the reception.

3. Place your DJ next to the dance floor and avoid sharing facilities. Avoid seating guests between your DJ and the dance floor. Placing your DJ adjacent to the dance floor maximizes your DJ's ability to control the sound and interact with the dancers. Be wary of situations where the dance floor is in the next room or access is not convenient for your guests. Also, avoid facilities where you must share an area with restaurant diners or other parties. Such arrangements almost always generate requests to lower the volume, which will diminish the energy of your reception.

4. Make sure your DJ has a reception planning form. Traditional reception events such as the grand entrance, toast, special dances and the bouquet/garter toss must be carefully coordinated. A professional wedding DJ should have a comprehensive reception planning form with suggested music. If the DJ you're considering doesn't have one, find a DJ who does.

5. Invest quality time in planning your Grand Entrance. The Grand Entrance sets the tone and establishes the energy for the entire reception. Work closely with your DJ and Catering Director to stage a Grand Entrance that reflects your style and personality. Decide who will participate, where they will assemble and in what order, where they will go after being introduced. Clarify pronunciation of names, determine appropriate introductions for blended families and, of course, select the perfect music.

6. Do the formal toast immediately after the Grand Entrance. At no other time during the reception will your guests be more attentive and focused. Your DJ should provide a wireless microphone to allow the toast to be given by the best man directly from the head table. Decide if you want others, such as parents or friends, to propose additional toasts. Let your Catering Director know when you plan the toast to allow for timely pouring of the chosen beverage. Also, consider welcoming your guests following the toast. Your guests are still attentive and focused on you and the microphone is available. This is an excellent but often overlooked opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings and thank your guests for attending.

7. The First Dance - don't wait forever to do it and don't do it forever. One of the special moments of the reception is the bride and groom's first dance. Having your first dance after the grand entrance, or right after dinner, is a great way to start the party. Don't delay your first dance to visit with your guests. Doing so will deflate the energy of your reception. You've selected your favorite romantic ballad, but that five-minute song may seem like an eternity both to you and your guests. Have your DJ fade out the song at a designated time if it lasts more than a few minutes. All of this applies as well to the newlywed's dances with their parents.

8. Don't try to select every song your DJ will play. Choose the song for your first dance and other songs for specific reception events. Tell your DJ what artists and styles of music to feature or avoid, but don't micro-manage your DJ's performance. A professional wedding DJ can 'read the crowd' and knows what to play and when to play it to keep the party going. More importantly, your DJ knows which requests clear the dance floor. You're paying for your DJ's knowledge and experience. Take advantage of it.

Wedding Planning Do's & Don'ts
The Don'ts

Don't: procrastinate in your planning - hire all of your wedding professionals as soon as the date is set. The best wedding vendors are scooped up 1-2 years in advance.

Don't: hire your wedding professionals until you have a working budget. Know what you can afford and if you are pressed for money, budget more for the items that are going to matter the most and less for the non essential "frills".

Don't: hire professionals just because they're the cheapest - Like everything in life, you get what you pay for. Your wedding is one of the most important days in your lives, make sure that the memories you have will be good ones.

Don't: hire the first professional you meet - check out a minimum of 3 for a proper comparison.

Don't: be afraid to ask questions. If you are unsure of something "ask". A lot of times wedding professionals assume that because they know what to expect at a wedding, that the bride and groom know as well. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with any part of your wedding plans, don't wait until it's too late to ask questions.

Don't: assume anything! - get everything in writing. CONTRACT - CONTRACT - CONTRACT.

Don't: make decisions without consulting your mate - it's his or her wedding too.

Don't: invite everyone you've ever known. - weddings are expensive.

Don't: worry about everyone else's advise - its YOUR wedding.

The Do's

Do: give yourself plenty of time to plan.

Do: outline a realistic budget and timetable. These are mandatory to keep you on track.

Do: organize all of the pieces of the wedding. A binder which includes separate tabs for wedding professionals, appointments, contracts, gown/dress swatches, etc. is a great investment.

Do: prepare and follow a timetable of events, including appointments, deposits & payments, review contract terms, fittings, etc..

Do: coordinate every aspect of the wedding day. To ensure your wedding day is truly "your special day" every item must be coordinated. Do not leave important decisions to someone else. This is your day and you are in control.

Do: hire professionals that you are comfortable with. If you are not comfortable speaking with someone, or if it seems like your questions or inquiries are just brushed off, then it would probably be a good idea to seek out someone else.

Do: take breaks during planning. If you begin to get stressed or irritated, take a break, step back and work on something else for a while. Often times decisions made under extreme stress are later regretted.

And finally,

Do: enjoy yourself. This will be one of the most memorable times in your lives. Be sure to spend plenty of time with your friends, family and most importantly, your new partner in life.

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