5 Tips for Your Outdoor Dream Wedding

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1. Keep the bugs off

What comes with warm weather? Mosquitoes and other annoying bugs of course… How do you keep your new dress or fitted suit from smelling like bug spray? How about Mosquito bands found on Amazon, Walmart, and other department stores. At your event, put them next to the place card table or on the guest tables as a courtesy. Other ways to avoid bugs is to create a barrier of citronella candles around the perimeter of your reception. Your guests will be glad you did!

2. Don’t be the noisy neighbor

We all want a wild party but that will never happen if you get shut down by your city/town or village. Prevent this from happening by either inviting your neighbors (or at least letting them know about the event), starting the day early and ending music at 10pm, or more preferred, get a noise permit to go longer through your city hall.

3. Rain, rain, go away…

Are you ready for rain? If not, it is a good idea to come up with a plan. This can include but not limited to a large tent on reserve at your local rental shop (make sure you order sides for the tent for blowing rain), or a indoor location works well too. It also makes for some great wedding party photos if you get umbrellas like the pic!

4. Brrrrr it’s cold out here!

Cold fronts are something you should also be prepared for when considering any outdoor event. In Chicago, we have had 85 degrees and sunny one day, and 55 degrees and rainy the next. It is important to be prepared and a tent with sides and indoor heaters is a great way to accomplish that. The sides on your tent will really come in handy when it gets cooler out.

5. No power, no party

What do we mean by this? You want to make sure your DJ has sufficient power. It may also help if you are having a backyard wedding to show your DJ where there breaker box is at your home so he can take action if action is needed. We have done events where we shared an outdoor outlet with a popcorn maker and had fuses blow over and over again. This is a rude awakening to a packed dance floor. What we recommend is either using a generator or running power on it’s own circuit inside the house or venue. This will cause less stress and more fun when you are with your guests on the dance floor!

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Erin and Nathan’s Royal Barrington Wedding

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The Setup

Erin and Nathan along side the AMP team decided that the best package for their needs was the Gold Package with ceremony, since their ceremony and reception was at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington IL. The couple also wanted to dress up the room with uplighting and add extra fun with the SolSnap Photo Kiosk.

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After the ceremony was over, the guests made their way up to a room filled with blush pink uplighting creating a romantic feel the couple was looking for. Before the couple made their way to the reception room to join their guests, they took a group photo with the guests on the balcony overlooking the beautiful golf course at Makray. The photos were taken by our favorite photographers Conrad and Liz of Something Blue Photography Design

Introductions were engaging to bring the focus back onto the couple as they made their grand entrance into the ballroom to enjoy dinner, after toasts were made by Erin’s father Pat, Michael, the best man, and Kelly, the maid of honor.

After dinner, the guests got to enjoy watching Erin and Nathan do “The Newlywed Game”, where Ken the DJ, asks the couple questions to see how well they know each other before starting their first dances.

Dancing is always guaranteed with AMP and this wedding was no exception. The guests danced from the first song until the last song of the night, which was a surprise given by Ken Murphy. This finale song is Ken’s signature trademark that always has the couple and guests talking after the reception had concluded.

Post reception, Ken donated Erin and Nathan’s leftover flowers to Cedar Lake Assisted Living located in Lake Zurich. The seniors were very thankful for the gift from this amazing couple!
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Click the video below to see

Erin and Nathan’s review

(taken just minutes after their amazing reception ended)

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Gallery

Photos brought to you by Something Blue Photography and the SolSnap Photo Booth by Amp Event Professionals.

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Something Blue Photography

www.somethingblue-design.com

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SolSnap Digital Photos

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Vendors who helped make this day a success

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Makray Memorial Golf Club

www.makraygolf.com/weddings

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Something Blue Photography

www.somethingblue-design.com

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Rev. Phil Landers  “I Do Weddings”

www.idoweddings.net

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Questions You Should Ask Your DJ, Before You Book

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With most of our couples having their first wedding, there are a lot of unknowns on what to ask entertainment. Here are some things that we’d like to share with you to make sure that you are getting the best quality DJ you could want for your big day. Below are a list of questions that you should consider asking your DJ before you sign any papers. It is best to ask the questions in person to be able to read facial expressions, confidence level, and overall speaking skills. All of which are important in finding the right DJ along with the answer to the question being asked. Additional to the questions is the AMP DJ Services answer below in Italic font. Don’t forget to read reviews (from a 3rd party site) of the companies you maybe looking at! We hope these simple questions help you in finding the right DJ for your wedding, don’t forget to contact us! Keep in mind there are many other questions to ask, these are just a few to get you started.

1. How much time will be needed for you to setup your equipment prior to our cocktail hour/reception/ceremony start time on our wedding date?

Our Answer: We need a minimum of 1.5 hours but 2 hours is suggested for DJ services. If ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception are in different locations, more time maybe needed. We at AMP DJ Services contact the banquet hall prior to the wedding to go over what works for them and the package you booked with the hall.

2. Will the DJ we meet with in our meeting be our DJ for the reception on our wedding date?

Our Answer: Absolutely, at AMP DJ Services we would hate to waste your time and cause you stress on your big day so you meet the DJ you will have at your wedding. As a backup however, we do have other DJs with the same 5 star experience as the one you meet with just in case something were to happen. Our goal is to ultimately make your day worry and as stress free as possible.

3. Do you take requests? Can we submit a playlist prior to the wedding of songs we would like played?

Our Answer: Of course we take requests! Not only do we play the music you want to hear from your Online Client Login but we also take the requests from your guests at the wedding! In your Online Client Login (Included with all of our packages) we provide you with over 50,000 songs to choose from as well as a Must Playlist, Play If Possible List, and Do Not Playlist. If your guests requests something on your Do Not Playlist we won’t play it and we will refrain from giving them the thought that we will not play the song. The last thing we want to do is have them come up to you and bug you about a song you don’t want played on your special day!

4. Do you take breaks? Will you need a dinner?

Our Answer: No. Breaks are not taken unless specified by the client. AMP DJ Services provides continuous music unless an announcement is being made on the microphone. A hot dinner is greatly appreciated as we spend hours setting up and prepping before your reception as well as tearing down after.

5. How will you be dressed at our wedding?

Our Answer: We focus on professionalism in every event environment. Your DJ will never come in jeans, shorts, t-shirt or gym shoes, not even to setup for the reception. We wear dress slacks, dress shoes, and polo for setup; and suit to match your wedding colors with a tie and/or dress shirt.

6. Is there a service agreement or contact included to lock in our date? How is payment made?

Our Answer: Absolutely! After sitting down with your DJ and going over the packages we will give you a few days to go over details with your fiance. After making your decision we will send you a service agreement via email in white you will need to sign and send back to us via email or mail. Along with the agreement you will need to mail a check or give us your credit card/Paypal information in which we will charge the deposit amount. For Credit Card and Paypal a service fee may apply. The balance is due the day of your event but can be made in payments if necessary. Deposits are non-refundable.

7. Are you insured?

Our Answer: We are 100% insured giving you the safety you would want from a professional company. We are covered by 1,000,000 in liability insurance. We strive to provide the finest entertainment and at the same time ensure the safety of you and your guests.

8. Where do your packages start with pricing? Can we combine services?

Our Answer: Our packages start at $1750 and may include other services. Our packages are setup to save you money on multiple services booked such as DJ, Photo Booth, Event Lighting, Day of Wedding Planner Services and much more! Save hundreds today by contacting us today!

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Wedding Checklist

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Planning your wedding day is a bigger task than most couples imagine it being. That being said, you should be organized so you will not miss a single event, task, or vendor to make your wedding day what you have been imagining for years! We at AMP DJ Services would like to help you with giving you our checklist to make sure you are on the right track! Additionally, we offer an “Online Client Login” with all of our packages (discussed in our consultation) to make planning your wedding day on the entertainment side, even easier than you could have imagined!

 

Below we have the “AMP Ultimate Planning Checklist” to guide you and your significant other through one of the most memorable days of your entire lives! Please feel free to print, check, and use this to plan your special day in every way! To download, “Right Click” and select “Save Image As”. This is the key to a successful wedding in addition to hiring AMP DJ Services for your DJ, Photo Booth, Lighting, and Drapery! We do it all! Thanks for looking, we look forward to hearing from you about your free consultation to booking the right DJ via AMP DJ Services!

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Photo Booth Fun

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Want to add fun to your event? Then the Photo Booth is the way to do it aside from hiring a DJ from AMP DJ Services! With our Photo Booth packages you get props like boas, hats, glasses, and much more! We will even match your event theme with our props at no additional fee! You also get a custom made logo for the bottom of each photo booth strip as well your very own online password protected web gallery! This will allow you and your guests to log on to view, download, and print your pictures free of charge! To help you and your guests in and out of the booth, we also include and attendant who will be at your event throughout the entire duration. To book a Photo Booth today please contact us today!

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What does the booth include?

  • Photo Booth attendant throughout the entire service time
  • Attendant will arrive one hour before service time for setup
  • Props (hats, glasses, signs, and more!)
  • Unlimited pictures for guests
  • Custom logo at the bottom of each printed strip
  • We save a copy of the strip for the client
  • Online web gallery for guests to download and post to social media

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Wedding Trends 2018

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Navy is the new black1. Navy is the new black

We have seen more and more navy tuxes and suits over the past few years and this year is no different. Dark blue not only looks classy but it is also a fairly neutral color that can be paired nicely with purple, blush and many more! Keep it fresh and keep it classy for those amazing photos to enjoy for years to come!

2. We all want cake, and eat it too!We all want cake and eat it too

Uniqueness is key for experience your guests won’t forget so when you can create this uniqueness with dessert, you may hit a home run! What do we mean? Well, instead of doing the same old, same old, make it different. Ice cream cake is a great start as well as a Hostess cake tower. This option is also much less expensive than going with the traditional wedding cake, so you can splurge a little more on your DJ… What’s even better than both of these? How about tasting them months before the wedding. Planning your desserts should be fun because we all have a sweet tooth!

3. Woodsy over rusticWoodsy over rustic

It’s the new “thing” right? Well, in short, yes. Anytime you can add wood to your decor you will warm up the environment around you. You don’t have to have your wedding in a barn to accomplish this look and feel. A great tip if you want to create this look is to incorporate more green in your floral arrangements accompanied by more wood as well. This will give your formal affair a little more of a relaxed feel while still setting the elegant tone you are looking for!

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Up Lighting Packages

$525: 20 LED Up Lights
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How Important is a Great Wedding DJ?

AMP WW Store Front PicThis is a very important question to ask yourself as well as other couples you may know who have gotten married. The average couple may not realize how important a DJ is for one of the most memorable, important, and biggest days of their lives. Well let me ask you, have you been to a wedding where the dance floor was empty most of the night? Or how about the first dance song that skipped when the DJ played it? Not everyone can be a DJ for multiple reasons like music knowledge or MC skills, but there are still DJs in this industry who call themselves professionals.

So what makes a professional DJ you may ask? Well there is more to it then having a set of speakers, laptop, and lights… How about the knowing how to read a dance floor and keep the guests on the dance floor. There is also the organizational side and being a “Master of Ceremonies” to make sure that you the client doesn’t have to keep track of the time and knowing when to lineup the bridal party for introductions. This is something the DJ should know how to do and when to do it.

We always ask our clients to tell us what is the most important thing about their wedding day and 99% of them say a full dance floor. When we ask what they have seen at other weddings that they didn’t like 90% of the time the mention that the wedding they went to last weekend had no one on the dance floor for the whole night. With AMP DJ Services you will not need to worry about this because we GUARANTEE that your dance floor will be filled by all ages of guests throughout the night from the first dances to the last song! We take your requests, we play your requests, we take your guests requests and we read the crowd to keep the floor filled!

In addition to the music and dance floor side of things, we also provide pristine customer service so you can be at ease with answers to your questions. We also offer a client login for you to pick songs for all the events of the night like first dance, father daughter dance, mother son dance, introduction music, and so on. We understand that you may now have the knowledge of what songs are appropriate for what event but we have done over 450 weddings in the last 10 years so we can make recommendations to what has been done in the past.

Last but not least, overall appearance both on the DJ and for the equipment. For the DJ to be professional we come dressed to impress even for the setup of the equipment! Yes, we wear black slacks, dress shoes, polo shirt all to show you that we are here to exceed expectations! Well be setting up wearing this attire while the DJ next door will be in ripped jeans and a worn out t-shirt… When it comes time to start the ceremony or cocktail (whichever comes first) we will not only change into our suit, but also match your wedding colors with a tie and shirt! In addition, we also cover our equipment with a tripod covers, DJ booth, and yes, we match your colors with our gear too! We use up lighting under the covers to glow our equipment for added elegance and to hide those ugly cables… This elegance package is included in all of our wedding packages so you wont have to look at ugly cables like most companies out there!.

Now that you know what we do and how we provide 5 star DJ services, you can understand what makes a professional DJ and what makes an amateur DJ…

For more info on our wedding packages and discounts please click the link below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Celebrating 10 Years of 5 Star Services

That’s right! It’s been 10 years since we started! It has been a long journey that is not soon to be over. To think that 10 years ago at age 16, owner Ken Murphy started this company and has turned it into what it is today. We are proud to say that we have enjoyed all the events we have provided services for. We strive and pride ourselves on our customer service, flexibility, knowledge, and skill level that we bring to your event to make it the best it can be! Our goal has and will always be to make your event stress-free and fun at an affordable price! Thank you to all our clients, we would not be here without you!

 

The picture below is a recent thank you card we got from one of our past clients. Thank you to Audra & Ian for taking the time to write the card, we are happy to share it with all of our followers and future clients.

 

Audra and Ian Thank You Card

 

 

Questions to Ask Your DJ

With engagement season upon us, there are some things that we’d like to share with you to make sure that you are getting the best quality DJ you could want for your big day. Below are a list of questions that you should consider asking your DJ before you sign any papers. It is best to ask the questions in person to be able to read facial expressions, confidence level, and overall speaking skills. All of which are important in finding the right DJ along with the answer to the question being asked. Additional to the questions is the AMP DJ Services answer below in Italic font. Don’t forget to read reviews (from a 3rd party site) of the companies you maybe looking at! We hope these simple questions help you in finding the right DJ for your wedding, don’t forget to contact us by clicking HERE! Keep in mind there are many other questions to ask, these are just a few to get you started.

 

1. How much time will be needed for you to setup your equipment prior to our cocktail hour/reception/ceremony start time on our wedding date?

Our Answer: We need a minimum of 1.5 hours but 2 hours is suggested for DJ services. If ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception are in different locations, more time maybe needed. We at AMP DJ Services contact the banquet hall prior to the wedding to go over what works for them and the package you booked with the hall.

2. Will the DJ we meet with in our meeting be our DJ for the reception on our wedding date?

Our Answer: Absolutely, at AMP DJ Services we would hate to waste your time and cause you stress on your big day so you meet the DJ you will have at your wedding. As a backup however, we do have other DJs with the same 5 star experience as the one you meet with just in case something were to happen. Our goal is to ultimately make your day worry and as stress free as possible.

3. Do you take requests? Can we submit a playlist prior to the wedding of songs we would like played?

Our Answer: Of course we take requests! Not only do we play the music you want to hear from your Online Client Login but we also take the requests from your guests at the wedding! In your Online Client Login (Included with all of our packages) we provide you with over 50,000 songs to choose from as well as a Must Playlist, Play If Possible List, and Do Not Playlist. If your guests requests something on your Do Not Playlist we won’t play it and we will refrain from giving them the thought that we will not play the song. The last thing we want to do is have them come up to you and bug you about a song you don’t want played on your special day!

4. Do you take breaks? Will you need a dinner?

Our Answer: No. Breaks are not taken unless specified by the client. AMP DJ Services provides continuous music unless an announcement is being made on the microphone. A hot dinner is greatly appreciated as we spend hours setting up and prepping before your reception as well as tearing down after.

5. How will you be dressed at our wedding?

Our Answer: We focus on professionalism in every event environment. Your DJ will never come in jeans, shorts, t-shirt or gym shoes, not even to setup for the reception. We wear dress slacks, dress shoes, and polo for setup; and suit to match your wedding colors with a tie and/or dress shirt.

6. Is there a service agreement or contact included to lock in our date? How is payment made?

Our Answer: Absolutely! After sitting down with your DJ and going over the packages we will give you a few days to go over details with your fiance. After making your decision we will send you a service agreement via email in white you will need to sign and send back to us via email or mail. Along with the agreement you will need to mail a check or give us your credit card/Paypal information in which we will charge the deposit amount. For Credit Card and Paypal a service fee may apply. The balance is due the day of your event but can be made in payments if necessary. Deposits are non-refundable.

7. Are you insured?

Our Answer: We are 100% insured giving you the safety you would want from a professional company. We are covered by 1,000,000 in liability insurance. We strive to provide the finest entertainment and at the same time ensure the safety of you and your guests.

8. Where do your packages start with pricing? Can we combine services?

Our Answer: Our packages start at $1000 and may include other services. Our packages are setup to save you money on multiple services booked such as DJ, Photo Booth, Event Lighting, Day of Wedding Planner Services and much more! Save hundreds today by contacting us HERE!