Add-Ons For Your Event
Uplights: starting at $300
One of the more popular add-ons right now is uplighting. I hate to sound like a salesman, but this is a spectacular option! I can not put into words what an impact it makes.
I do many destination wedding in Eureka Springs where the hosts and all of the family and friends are from several hours away. In many cases, other than a few candles on the tables, their entire decorations consist of my uplighting and their name in lights.
What it consists of is me placing LED light pucks randomly around the walls. The puck is as big around as a volleyball, but only about 2 inches thick. Before anyone arrives, I lock them in on your color.
Imagine if you will, you are having a fall wedding and your main color is a deep vibrant (Crown Royal) Purple. When your guests arrive, the whole room is glowing in your color. As sun goes down and the rooms contains less natural lighting, the purple seems to intensify and glows even brighter, in YOUR color.
Obviously, I know the venues so I can help you determine how many uplights you need to be effective. 10 or 20 will almost always do the job. The only advice that I need to share is that the color really needs to be on the darker side. It is most effective when it is red, green, purple, blue, etc. Colors like yellow, orange or white tend to wash out the room and be counterproductive.
Uplights are priced at $300 for 10, $500 for 20 and $650 for 30.
Name In Lights as an add-on is $50
Name In Lights is an inexpensive way to really personalize the night. Name In Lights is where I create a special slide that has the event or honoree's name. I then use a special DJ light to broadcast it up onto a wall. Depending on the distance from my booth to the wall I select, the image ends up about the size of a hood of a car. I always try to make them fit the situation so I may put a heart around a bride and groom's name or a mini that looks like a pumpkin for their car Halloween party.
The great thing about Name In Lights is that the image on the wall really seems to find its way into pictures. If you scan through the pictures on the Past Shows Page, you will see lots of examples.
Karaoke as an add-on is $75
Karaoke is what it is. For anyone who has been hiding in a cave, this is where I play the instrumental version of a song while the words roll on a screen. The singer gets the microphone and gets to sing the song, over my speakers.
I will say that personally, on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give karaoke about a 3. I have done some shows where we had great singers and it was a fun addition. Unfortunately, I have been to many more where it no muy bueno! (or not so good)
Karaoke is a choice. For some folks, it awesome and they love it. For other people, it is terrible and they hate it. You can make it a part of your reception or party. Whether you plan your entire party around karaoke or just plan to mix it in between dance sets, it can definitely make the night more interesting.
If you add on karaoke, I bring everything you need for the karaoke to be simple and fun.
I bring songbooks that have the songs listed by artist and by title to pass out among your guests. In each songbook there are pens and request slips; so all your guests have to do is select the song, write it down, write down their name, and be ready to sing. I also bring a TV that displays the words for your singers. I have found that the crowd has much more fun when they can sing along; so, if you have the option to use a TV at the venue, let me know and I will bring all of the needed cables to hook it in. If you want to add on Video, I can set up a 10' x 7' screen with the words. Lastly, I bring extra microphones for the singers. This way there isn't just one mic for everyone to share, you will have at least 2 for the singers and I will still have one for myself.
I am not the type of KJ (karaoke jock) that will steal the show either. If you need me to sing a song to break the ice, or be the male part of a duet - I can do that.
I feel like the show is for you and your guests, not for me. I see too many KJs that want to take over and put on a concert, I think this is 100% wrong! I feel like it is your show/event and your guests didn't come to hear the KJ sing, they came to get to sing themselves. My goal is to make your guests, who get up on stage and sing, feel like he or she is the star!
Karaoke can be added to any show for $75. I really need at least 24 hours notice so I can bring all of the extra microphones and TV for the singers. If you decide you want it that night, at the event, I can make it happen, but I will not have the extra TV for the words and I may not have as many microphones as I would like.
Video as an add-on is $100
Video is not right for every gathering, but for some events, it can be especially impactful.
My Video add-on is just want it sounds like -- I will bring and set up both a video projector and a video screen. The video screen is approximately 10' wide and 7' tall. This means that the screen is large enough to be seen in even a large room. My video projector can project to the front of the screen or from the rear and show through the screen. Usually, I like to project the images from behind the screen; so, I can position the screen at the edge of the floor and the projector behind it and off the floor. This way, I am not taking up valuable real estate on the dance floor.
Video has many different uses; so, I will tell you about a few:
Bridal Picture Show
Many of my brides take the time to create a slide show with PowerPoint or some other medium. Usually this consists of a few minutes of the younger bride, then a few minutes of the youthful groom, then pictures of the courtship.
In many cases it will include pictures of family members present and past. I have even seen some savvy hosts who downloaded pictures of the ceremony prior to the video being shown at the reception. Either way, it is a great walk down memory lane both for the families and for the guests.
I have also seen slide shows made for 50th birthday parties, reunions, senior pictures at Proms, and anniversaries.
Basically, you create the picture show and bring the laptop or dvd player and I will use my screen and projector to show it to your group.
Anytime you are having a party that includes dancing, I can provide a screen that can be used to show videos. I have a wide variety of music videos both current and past that can be mixed into the dance sets.
Karaoke works with the standard TV screen with the words for the singer, but a huge video screen makes it really fun. When I am able to flash the words on a screen big enough for the whole group to see, it really draws the rest of the group into each song and makes it more fun because they will sing right along.