Client Testimonials, Weddings
Talking about past events here on our website/blog is a great opportunity to give people who are new to us a little taste of what we’re all about. Writing and featuring pictures and videos from many of the weddings, parties and events that we DJ is something that separates us from most of our competition. Over these past four years I have written somewhere around one hundred blog posts – mostly from weddings. I write about receptions that I’ve had the pleasure to DJ all over the Philadelphia area at innumerous facilities. This particular blog post is about a wedding reception where I was the Wedding DJ at a great venue called Manor House at Commonwealth, in Horsham, Pennsylvania. I have worked at this venue many times before over the past few years, so I am excited to feature it here on our website/blog.
I met Dean and Amy months before their wedding date. They are one of those couples that I felt I clicked with instantly. After talking with them for about an hour, going over a timeline, talking about music, and telling them about my approach to my job as a Wedding DJ, they decided to hire me to DJ their wedding reception. Time flew by and before I knew it, it was July 13th, 2013, Amy and Dean’s big day. My assistant DJ and I got to Manor House about two hours before the ceremony. We quickly got set up and settled in before the over one hundred and fifty guests arrived. Along with playing music for the ceremony, I also provided the microphone for the officiant. All the guests were able to hear everything being spoken clearly, and we played an important role in their ceremony.
Being a DJ is my full time profession and has been for the past eight years. In total, I have been a DJ for over seventeen years, having started at a very young age. Even after a couple thousand gigs, I still work hard to improve my performance. I feel very confident that as long as I get to know the bride and groom, build a rapport and prepare well, I will rock out the reception. I spent hours with Dean and Amy through phone calls, emails, and our nearly two hour wrap up meeting, after which, I was confident and eager to get their guests out there dancing for this wedding. The bride, groom, and their bridal party led the charge to the dance floor, and danced to everything from some older favorites like “Shout” (Otis Day & The Knights), to some current selections like “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. I had a lot of fun being the DJ for this reception, and working for such great clients.
A few weeks after the wedding, Dean and Amy posted the following testimonial on Wedding Wire:
We didn’t look far when it came to booking our DJ for our wedding at the Manor House. From the start, DJ Richie made Amy and I feel 100% at ease that he knew what it took to throw a great party. We gave him the reins when it came to dancing music and he did not disappoint. He catered to the crowd and kept the dance floor packed the whole night. He had the wedding schedule down to the minute and worked with the venue to have everything flow seamlessly. We still get comments on how great the DJ was and how perfectly everything fell in line. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Richie 100%. He knows how to get the job done!
Thanks and Congratulations to Dean and Amy, I wish you all the best as you start your life together as husband and wife.
Images courtesy of Michael’s Photography
Manor House at Commonwealth
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Cutting Edge @ December 4, 2013
It was early, it was cold and it didn’t matter because the cause gave everyone a warm feeling they won’t soon forget. Delaware Valley College (in Doylestown (Bucks County), PA) hosted the 2nd Annual Dog Day 5K benefit with Animal Lifeline, a local organization dedication to raising funds and finding homes for dogs and cats. It was a wonderful sight to see all of the volunteers, runners and other participants ready to support such a noble cause. Although the winners received prizes for their accomplishments (cool Olympic-style medals), it was their furry friends – especially those without homes- who were the true winners.
Doggies of all shapes, sizes and colors were on hand to help their fellow four-legged friends find homes. Although as the DJ I was pretty much supplying background music (mostly “pump” music to get the participants hyped for a brisk morning run) and the obligatory playback of “Who Let The Dogs Out” (of course), it allowed me the opportunity to learn more about some of the vendors and services they provide. Many of the sponsors were local to the Doylestown area, including local animal hospitals and various shops willing to donate their time and supplies.
As a pet owner – my family includes an Orange Tabby Cat, the cutest Cocker Spaniel in the world and a hippity-hop (aka, a bunny!) – this was an event very close to my heart. My parents have also adopted two female cats and my brother has two males of his own and coincidentally manages an animal hospital in New Jersey. In addition, many of our staff at Cutting Edge have pets, many of which are also rescue animals (my boss even took in a stray). And those co-workers of mine who don’t (Richie, Adam), well, if I have my way it’s just a matter of time.
Congratulations to the race winners and good luck providing a home for our friends who have yet to find one.
Animal Lifeline has a base located in Warrington, Pennsylvania (Bucks County) where you can make donations, as well as learn about their pet adoption services.
And a big thank you to Photographer Jeff Reeder for these truly amazing images.
Images courtesy of Jeff Reeder Photography
Cutting Edge @ November 20, 2013
June of 2013 was a packed month of weddings, with one of my favorites being the wedding of Sabina and Matthew, with the reception held at the Radisson in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. I first met Sabina and Matthew a couple months prior to the wedding at our office, and after spending some time getting to know one another, and going over the details of her dream wedding, they decided that Cutting Edge Entertainment was a good fit. Sabina is one of those people who is just so sweet and genuine that I wanted to do everything in my DJ power to give her the best reception possible. A few weeks before the wedding, I met with both Sabina and Matthew, and we had a great time going over all of the details for the party. We spent nearly two hours going over a time line and listening to lots of music to select a perfect grand entrance song. I had a great time and was super-psyched to be a part of this celebration.
The day of the wedding had finally arrived and myself and DJ Jared got to the reception site about two hours before the start time. I feel it’s important to get there early to set up, sound check, coordinate with the other event professionals (maitre d’, photographer, party planner, etc), and also give myself a chance to get settled in before guests arrive. I provided music for cocktail hour, dinner, and of course, dancing. The crowd was so much fun, and all of the guests – both young and old – made their way out to the dance floor to have a good time.
Congratulations to you both and I look forward to keeping in touch!
Images provided by the Bride and Groom
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Cutting Edge @ November 20, 2013
Over two decades ago, I began to learn that the job of Wedding DJ didn’t just require a broad and extensive knowledge of music, but an intrinsic understanding of the different cultures and their wedding traditions that make up the fiber of our country. Admittedly, one of my all-time favorites is the wedding traditions and customs of China. When Tom and Shannon first contacted us to be the Wedding DJ at their reception, I was especially honored because I’d done many events for Tom’s family over my years as a DJ. Although our DJ Steve took on the MC/DJ hat for this wedding – attending to the music requests, announcements and timeline (the real work) – I came along as a sort of DJ Emeritus. It was great to see all of Tom’s family again, and to meet Shannon’s family. Such great people!
The reception was held at the Joy Tsin Lau restaurant in the Chinatown section of Philadelphia, who served up course after course of amazing and delectable traditional Chinese courses, which Tom’s mother insisted we try. They really made us feel like part of the family, which only makes us work that much harder… Not that we had to, as this crowd came ready to party. There wasn’t a dull moment, and once the dancing began, the dance floor stayed packed all night.
Thank you Tom and Shannon for choosing us as your Wedding DJ, and I wish you both the best of everything in your lives together as husband and wife.
As a Wedding DJ and MC, I was honored to share this duty at Tom and Shannon’s wedding with my teacher and mentor, Craig.
Tom and Shannon are a remarkable couple, and a pleasure to work with. When we met with them, I was excited to learn some traditional Chinese customs that Tom would be partaking in with his bride Shannon. As they laid out the blueprint, I could not help but imagine how beautiful and special this wedding was going to be.
Tom and Shannon were introduced with a Chinese dragon, and drums. The entire ceremony was incredible, and it definitely added an extremely unique taste to their special day. Their party was rich with Chinese traditions, something I had never been a part of. I was honored to have them share with me the experiences, especially with the beautiful tea ceremony that took place between courses.
The dance floor was packed all night with classic Motown and Disco sets! It was truly a DJ’s dream come true to have kept everyone out of their seats, celebrating and dancing with the bride and groom. Also a big thank you to Photographer Gina Myers for allowing us to use these images on our blog.
Thank you so much Tom and Shannon, for letting me help celebrate with you; it was truly a pleasure! It was so great getting to know the both of you, and I wish you all of the best!
Images courtesy of Gina Myers Photography
Joy Tsin Lau
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Cutting Edge @ November 18, 2013
Having performed at numerous weddings throughout the years, you begin to assume you’ve seen it all and seen the emotional reactions from every angle. Then, one day, you and reminded –once again – that every event is unique beyond compare. There is never “one thing” that makes an event stand out above another, but a combination of moments and people that take the average affair and turn it into a memorable experience. These are the moments that keep me coming back for another season of weddings, especially in a location that becomes like a second home.
Anju and Bert were wed at Cairnwood on May 26, 2013. Their wedding merged their cultural backgrounds and created an event that will stand the test of time. Beginning with a ceremony on the front steps of Cairnwood, which led into a world-class photo shoot and a laughter-infused party, Anju and Bert reveled in every moment. Anju led a Garland and Sweet Milk ceremony during the opening sequence of events, while Bert’s family opened the dance floor to a traditional Hora.
A blend of high-energy dance tunes (Flo Rida, The Wanted, Backstreet Boys) and heart-melting love songs (A Thousand Year, Christina Perri; What A Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong) kept the crowd moving all night long. It was an evening based on laughter, energy and fun; and one that needed a fraction of effort from myself. Anju and Bert put together a wedding that felt modern, yet classic. The merging of their families was accompanied by a blend of styles and emotions. The pictures tell you everything you need to know about this wonderful couple.
Thank you to the staff at Cairnwood for helping make it a perfect evening. Thank you Nicole Leigh for providing such timeless images.
Congratulations, Anju and Bert.
Images courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography
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Cutting Edge @ November 13, 2013
Client Testimonials, Weddings
I pride myself at being cool, calm, and collected, which, as a Wedding DJ, are often invaluable traits.
It was beautiful Saturday afternoon at the gorgeous Carinwood Mansion. I met had Michelle and Matt at Cairnwood only a week before, in the spot where they were now preparing to exchange vows. Like most people, their schedules were hectic, especially when planning a wedding is involved, and we went over most of the evening’s music and agenda. However, there were certain songs they needed more time to get approvals on from the rest of the family. Michelle and Matt are thankfully much like I am… Cool, calm, and collected, and together, we sorted out a few last minute details and changes only minutes it was time for the ceremony to begin. With the advancements in technology these days, it is amazing the amount of flexibility a Wedding DJ has available to them to be able to handle any changes quickly – particularly when it comes to music.
Michelle and Matt’s friends arrived early as we brought it all together, and from their energy level, I could tell this crowd was ready to party while friends and family started to gather outside for the ceremony. We provided the officiant with a microphone and speaker so the large group of guests would all be able to hear the vows. Following Matt and Michelle’s big kiss, all of the guests filed into the mansion to enjoy some cocktails accompanied by some current easy listening and some jazz classics to keep the upbeat vibe going.
As we introduced the bridal party into the room and Michelle and Matt took their first dance as husband and wife, the sun began to go down and the excitement began to build. After dinner we moved into the library where we got everybody out onto the dance floor. Starting off with some oldies but goodies, we quickly got into the new pop music and some sing-a-long’s which guests – both young and younger – sang and danced along with. Matt and his buddies had a song they all loved from their college days, which I played, and soon the music was overpowered by their voices singing along. The dance floor stayed packed and people continued to sweat until the last song was played.
In my years as a Wedding DJ, I usually say the best ones are when you can physically feel the floor rocking. Matt and Michelle’s wedding rocked that much and more! A few days after their party I received this thank you from them…
Thank you so very much for all that you have done to ensure our wedding would go off without a hitch. You are clearly not only very talented at what you do but you have been so great to work with! We really appreciate your time and patience with us!
Mish and Matt
To Mish and Matt, I wish you both the best and will continue to remember your wedding reception as a very high benchmark.
Images courtesy of Martelli Photography
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Cutting Edge @ November 8, 2013
I am very grateful to get the opportunity to work with so many awesome people – weekend after weekend – just like Katie and Dan, the bride and groom from this wedding. Katie and Dan were laid back and their primary concern was with making sure that their friends and family had a great time at their wedding reception. At our wrap up meeting just prior the wedding, we spent a lot of time going over the music for the ceremony, dinner, and dancing. We sat together for a while just listening to music and looking for the perfect grand entrance, cake cutting, and parent dance songs. The best part of my job is getting to know my clients and share in their excitement for their big day, and sitting down with them face to face really gives me the chance to do just that.
This was a great crowd to DJ for, as the dance floor was packed full as soon as dinner ended. I have worked with some brides and grooms in the past that sometime worry that not many guests will dance, because they are shy or just not big dancers – when I hear that I always smile, because most times these couples underestimate their guests. People do not get all dressed up in their fancy suits or dresses to just sit at their table and listen to music; they came to have a great time and because they love you and want to celebrate your special day with you. I feel it is up to me to make sure I create that fun, relaxed environment to allow people to let loose and party hard. Now of course the bartender always helps us out, we will never deny that, and once the party begins it is up to the DJ to make sure that all of the guests are out there, whether they are dancing, singing along, or just clapping their hands off to the side, I know they’re having a good time. In my opinion, once the party is over – and days, weeks, months and even years go by, you may forget what you ate, you may forget what you wore, there is even a good chance you may forget what kind of music we played, but you should always be able to remember the great time you had.
This wedding is the first blog post I’ve had the opportunity to feature from a reception I’ve done at the La Massaria in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, which is also very cool. I have worked at La Massaria before over the past few years and I am excited to finally feature it on this post. I also had a great time working with Dave from Siousca Photography, and I’d like to thank them for allowing us to feature the images from the wedding here on our blog.
Most importantly, I want to thank Katie and Dan for choosing me as their Wedding DJ and allowing me to rock their wedding, and to wish you all the best.
Images courtesy of Siousca Photography
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Cutting Edge @ November 6, 2013
Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, News, Our Staff: Past and Present, Weddings
Although I began my employment at Cutting Edge Entertainment in 2005, it seems like only yesterday. I suppose there is some truth to the saying “time flies when you are having fun”, because for me, that’s what this job has been all about.
In 2009, Cutting Edge published a blog post about me titled “The Philadelphia Sweet 16 DJ Machine” (click the link) because at that time, I was doing Sweet 16 and kids parties almost every other weekend, and I learned quickly that when you do a great job, more clients will call and book you for future events.
As I am closing in on a decade of working here, it is been a remarkable experience being a part of countless celebrations, and each Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, Wedding, or Sweet 16 that I have worked as a DJ has prepared me for this next step in my entertainment career… To serve as MC/DJ on Wedding and Mitzvah events.
Working alongside the other MC/DJ staff of Cutting Edge (props to Brian, Adam, Marc, Richie and of course Craig) has certainly given me all the tools I need to make this transition, and their tutelage and mentorship has provided me with the confidence I needed to tackle bigger events head-on.
Truth be told, as a “Wedding DJ”, I’ve already put quite a few events under my belt, each one being a learning experience in itself. As a DJ for Sweet 16’s (which I still do), the pre-planning is typically a phone call a week or so before the event, and that is more than enough to achieve success on small parties. On the other hand Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs are a whole different ball game.
Being at a wedding reception or mitzvah reception as an MC/DJ is the easy part, and something that having learned under seasoned veterans has more than prepared me for. The new aspect – for me – has been sitting down with my clients in our office face-to-face and helping my clients to plan timelines, choose music and prepare for their special day. I have to admit that I was kind of surprised at how much fun this part of the job would be. It allows me to get to know my clients more personally, get a grasp of their likes and dislikes (musically), and get a better overall understanding of their vision of their reception. Success is 90% preparation, and being prepared for the event allows for everyone, the DJ included, to have a great time.
As I prepare to graduate from Temple University (in 2014), I am both ready and excited to seize the opportunity in front of me as a Cutting Edge MC and DJ on a more full-time basis. This company has been like a family to me, and I’m looking forward to taking on my own events, and taking my place alongside those who were one and in some respect always will be my mentors. And although they clearly have many more years of experience than I do, I enthusiastically look forward to closing that gap, one event at a time.
Image courtesy of Kevin York Photography
Cutting Edge @ November 4, 2013
I am very grateful to get the opportunity to work with so many awesome people – weekend after weekend – just like Erin and Matt, the bride and groom from this wedding. Erin and Matt were laid back and their primary concern was with making sure that their friends and family had a great time at their wedding reception. At our wrap up meeting, prior to the wedding, we spent a lot of time going over the music for the ceremony, dinner, and dancing. We sat together for close to two hours just listening to music and looking for the perfect grand entrance, cake cutting, and parent dance songs. The best part of my job is getting to know my clients and share in their excitement for their big day, and sitting down with them face to face really gives me the chance to do just that.
The wedding and reception were held at the Manor House at Commonwealth, with the ceremony held outside in the garden. We provided all of the music for the ceremony, as well as a microphone for the officiant. When the ceremony concluded, the guests entered the house for cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks, while we provided background music from the likes of Dave Matthews, Matt Nathanson, and Death Cab for Cutie. After this hour was up, the ballroom doors opened and guests took their seats. Just outside the room I quickly lined up a very excited bridal party, going over how they would make their entrances.
Once we introduced everyone, the bride and groom took the center stage for their first dance as husband and wife. After the formalities ended dinner was brought out by the staff. As the DJ, I’m always please to see well-fed guests, as this group was going to need their energy, because once dinner was over it’s time to celebrate. Like most of my weddings, this was a great group who were out on the dance floor all night, singing along while I played “I Want You Back” by the Jackson Five, and twisting the night away with “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, and pumping their fists in the air as we went into “The Time” from the Black Eyed Peas. A great party with only one negative side effect at the end, a lot of sore feet; quite common when dancing for two hours straight.
The wedding would not have been as successful without Cristy, Richard, Julie and the rest of the staff at the Manor House at Commonwealth. It is one of my favorite places to work, and a lot of it has to with the people that work there. The staff did an excellent job and I know the bride, groom, and their guests would all agree. I also worked with Kate from Kate Neal Photography. Kate is awesome and as you can see by some of these images, she can really capture the moment.
Thank you to Erin and Matt; I had a blast being your DJ. It was great to be a part of your wedding celebration, but even more it was great to get to know you both.
Images courtesy of Kate Neal Photo
The Manor House at Commonwealth
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Cutting Edge @ October 30, 2013
News, Random Thoughts, Weddings
In a recent article published on the WeddingWire Blog, they posed ten questions that you – the potential wedding client – should ask a Wedding DJ before hiring them. Of course, lists like this are published all the time, but this particular list posed a specific question (Question #9) which has been a part of our philosophy since the very beginning.
9. Do you work with an assistant or second DJ? Depending on the size of your wedding, having an extra set of hands can be well worth it. This will help everything from setup to song requests run a lot more smoothly.
Our answer to this question is a resounding yes, yes, YES!
Two-man teams are not just our philosophy, but an integral part of our business model. We certainly didn’t coin the phrase “Two heads are better than one”, but we believe in it, adhere to it, and can even expand on it. Two heads means two sets of hands, two sets of eyes and two sets of ears.
Those ‘in the know” understand that an experienced and talented Wedding DJ does a great deal more than play music. The Wedding DJ is called upon to make announcements, coordinate timelines, and see to it that things happen when they are supposed to, and they happen how they are supposed to.
With the help of our DJ staff, we came up with our own top ten reasons of why, as WeddingWire put it, we work with an “assistant or second DJ”.
10. If a technical issue should arise (and they sometimes do), an assistant/second DJ is essential to help resolve these issues without disrupting the flow of the event.
9. Having an assistant/second DJ enables the main DJ/MC to move freely about the venue to locate essential personnel (caterer, photographer, videographer, etc.) to ensure their presence during a formality or other special moment without leaving the music unattended.
8. Like #9, having the assistant/second DJ (and the extra set of eyes), allows the team to keep track of the bride and groom, as well as their parents and bridal party in order to ensure their presence for a pre-scheduled formality or special moment (introductions, parent dances, cake cutting, etc).
7. Taking requests should be an important part of the Wedding DJ job. While a DJ is mixing or cueing from one song to the next, the assistant/second DJ can attend to any guest’s questions or musical requests without having them have to stand and wait for the mixing DJ to complete a transition.
6. While at the command controls (the DJ mixing board), the DJ is behind the speakers, and not always able to monitor the volume of speakers facing away from them. The assistant/second DJ allows for one of the team to periodically move about the room to monitor volume levels while the other focuses on keeping the music pumping.
5. Focus. Although a Wedding DJ may have decades of experience behind the board, it can still be a challenge at times to transition between songs/knobs/attenuators while making a legible and coherent announcement. A DJ can often find themselves stuttering when they have to do this; not because they are incapable of multi-tasking, but because they are often more concerned with the clarity and flow of the music than the cadence of their speech. Live bands have a designated sound guy for this very reason.
4. As crazy as it may sound, during the course of a five hour reception, it’s quite possible that “nature” may call, and as we all know (because we’ve all been there), nature doesn’t understand time restraints. We feel it is imperative that nature not interrupt a packed dance floor. Popping in a pre-recorded track isn’t acceptable either, as you – the client – hired a DJ not an iPod.
3. As mentioned earlier, the job of a Wedding DJ often goes beyond playing music, or even making announcements. It involves watching the time to ensure that things happen as planned, or, as close to plan as possible factoring in human elements. With a team of two, one can focus on music flow while the other keeps an eye on the agenda/timeline (and the clock).
2. Insurance. One could argue that in most cases an assistant/second DJ is unnecessary, and after reading this list, nay-sayers may still come to that conclusion. But this is your wedding, and there are no do-overs. We all have insurance “just in case”, and it’s better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.
1. Having an assistant in ANYTHING in life makes the job go more smoothly.
So there’s our list, but instead of an argument “for” or “against”, while compiling this list, one of our resident Wedding DJs (Adam) simply asked “I don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want an additional staff member to make sure their wedding reception goes off without a hitch”, with which our entire team couldn’t agree more.
-The Staff of Cutting Edge Entertainment
Cutting Edge @ October 25, 2013