Today’s Patch Partner is Bruce Pike Productions. Enjoy his thoughtful answers and advice to newly engaged couples!
The Dandelion Patch: What are the most important things for couples to tell you about their wedding vision?
Bruce Pike Productions: Every wedding reception is different and we like it that way. We want to know what styles of music and favorite bands a couple likes to listen to so we can get a sense of what they like and don’t like. We have a internal website with forms that we have all of our couples fill out that ask every question possible to prepare for reception. When we meet with couples, one of the first things we tell them is that we want your guests to leave your reception thinking to themselves that the food, decor, lighting, and music represented them perfectly, and that their vision was achieved. The Dandelion Patch: What do you wish couples knew when booking a DJ?
Bruce Pike Productions: That not all DJs are the same. To this day we still sometimes get asked, “you’re not going to tell jokes on the microphone or make announcements like a radio DJ right?”. From the very beginning of my career I have always had to explain that there are some DJs that act that way… We do NOT. We like to describe it to potential clients like this….”If you are looking for a DJ who is going to bring props for your introductions, or play the chicken dance, or grab Grandma’s hand and teach her the electric slide… we might not be the best DJ company for you. Elegant, non-intrusive fun is what we strive for.” Its as easy as that. 🙂
The Dandelion Patch: What are your thoughts on wedding party introductions featuring songs/dances?
Bruce Pike Productions: Most of our clients recently are choosing to only introduce themselves or not introduce at all. If there are introductions, then usually the parents, bridal party and couple are all introduced. I usually recommend one song per group (Parents, wedding party, and couple). When clients pick one song per couple being introduced, it becomes rushed and not as smooth. We don’t recommend it. 🙂 The Dandelion Patch: What is the most requested first dance song?
Bruce Pike Productions: This answer changes all the time. Right now “All of Me” by John Legend is very popular. We also have a lot of clients pick “At Last” by Etta James. I like it when the client picks a song that is off the beaten path, and meaningful to them.
The Dandelion Patch: What is a fun fact about yourself?
Bruce Pike Productions: I am a bow tie guy. I am obsessed with bow ties and might have a problem. Haha, I own over 50 bow ties and the collection continues to grow. Thanks so much to Bruce Pike Productions for their advice! We love hearing about weddings from so many different perspectives on our Friday Introductions.
[All pictures provided by Bruce Pike]