After many updates to this page over the years, I decided it was time to do something fresh and new. This page was originally called "Gary's News," but I wanted to transform it into a blogging page to keep everyone up-to-date on the recent weddings where I was the DJ and also share some of my thoughts on weddings, planning, music, pictures etc. You'll notice much less older content and much more new pictures and information. This being said, I present to you Gary's Blog...
Announcing a BRAND NEW LOCAL wedding planning website
I have worked for many years in the wedding industry and have been helping brides and grooms with their wedding plans and have been the manager of the Scottsbluff Wedding Planning Facebook group for the past 6 years. One day a few months ago while doing the dishes a light went off in my head and came up with the idea of taking the Facebook group to the next level. I thought, "why don't I create a new LOCAL wedding planning website?"
flood of ideas for the site started coming to me and I am so excited for what it can do to help couples planning their wedding. In case you haven't checked the site out yet, YES, it is built and ready for your viewing. There is a lot more content that will be added and I'm looking forward to what the site will do for couples. I also wanted to help brides and grooms connect with our local vendors. When it comes to wedding planning, it's very beneficial to know or FIND local vendors. Some vendors you may know, some you might not have heard of, and other times you may find that these vendors offer services that you didn't even think of or know about.
Take a moment and browse the new wedding planning website and find local vendors, lots of wedding help, advice, suggestions for your wedding and more!! Plan. Connect. Celebrate! Happy planning!
Thank you to these June 2018 couples who tied the knot and chose
The DJ Music System for their ceremonies and receptions!!
July 17th, 2018 - WOW!!! June was a super busy and super amazing month! It all started with Lincoln and Carrie's wedding reception at the Hampton Inn in Scottsbluff. This great couple booked their date far in advance with The DJ Music System and it's a good thing they did as June 2nd was a very popular date this year. They were so fun to work with and the Hampton Inn looked even better with the Uplighting we used. Congrats and thank you again, Lincoln and Carrie. I wish you the very best!
On June 8th, we were at the Weborg 21 Centre...sort of. Well, actually our good DJ friends known as Projekt 3D from Sidney, Nebraska were there for a wedding and I decided to stop by and help them. Lucy was there for their ceremony and reception. Usually when they're booked, I'm booked, but this was a Friday night where I actually didn't have anything booked, so I thought I'd help them with equipment and take requests. Projekt 3D always does a great job at events and their Uplighting is fantastic, too.
The next day, Saturday, June 9th I was back at the Weborg 21 Centre in Gering for Lorena and Chase's reception. It was an earlier reception and everything from the food to the special moments and dancing were so enjoyable! We even did the shoe game and found out a little more about each of them. :) Thanks again, Lorena, Chase (and LeAnn!) for choosing The DJ Music System. Wishing you the very best!
Then on June 16th we returned to the Weborg 21 Centre for Brooke and Tyler's wedding ceremony and reception. The ceremony took place outside with some nice cloud coverage so it was a very enjoyable temperature for everyone to witness their marriage. It was followed with an outdoor cocktail hour, then around 6pm everyone started to make their way inside to have some dinner and get the reception started. The big rain storm thankfully waited until we were all inside! The dinner was so good (as always!!) with a variety of options for the guests to eat. Then we were entertained with the toasts, followed by cake and the shoe game! The shoe game is always so much fun!! Then it was time for the special dances. After those, it was dancing until the end of the night. It was also nice to work with Dynamic Duo Photography and Joe Patterson Creative. Thank you and congrats again to Brooke and Tyler. I wish you the best!
The next weekend, it was a wedding at the Scottsbluff Country Club. It was a year in advance that Kiley reserved The DJ Music System for her and Jacob's wedding. Friday afternoon was the rehearsal and then Saturday, June 23rd was the ceremony and reception. It was a rather warm June day, but a nice big cloud made it's way across the sky giving shade to everyone just minutes before the ceremony started. That cooled everything and everyone off. :) The pastor, Nathan, did a fantastic job with the ceremony and had so much great advice to give to them. I played music throughout different parts of the ceremony and Nathan's wife played piano and sang a song. The ceremony concluded and just as about they were going to do a receiving line, here came the rain. It wasn't a problem though as the plans changed to have everyone go inside for that. Inside the Scottsbluff Country Club there were fantastic decorations of streams of lights and floral arrangements provided by Bob Goss. Adreann Miller with Sweet Dreams Photography and Alexandra Nation were there taking pictures, while Brayden Auer with Moonlight Films and Photography recorded video. The dinner was great (as always!!) and the cakes by Natalie with Nutmeg were beautiful. The toasts were great and Kiley's dad gave a speech that was fun, funny and heartfelt. The special dances kicked off the dance part of the night and everyone had so much fun with a packed dance floor all night. We were going to wrap up at 11pm, but everyone wanted to keep on dancing, so I kept playing the tunes until midnight. I wish Kiley and Jacob the very best! I took a lot of pictures and also recorded a video at the very end of the reception when everyone was in a circle on the dance floor. Check out the video by clicking the link below.
On June 30th, it was time to wrap up a wonderful month of weddings with Ali and Colton's wedding ceremony and reception. A trip to Torrington inside the Rendezvous Center was where all the excitement was going to take place. Originally they were going to do an outdoor ceremony, but on Thursday the forecast was calling for rain on Saturday afternoon...and rain, it did! Thankfully Ali and Colton decided to have everything inside, which was a great decision!! A great ceremony with a fantastic message began the celebration. Ali's uncle Jeff played guitar for part of the ceremony and it sounded amazing. From the dinner to the toasts, cake, shoe game (or boot game at this reception) to the special dances and dancing for everyone, it was an honor to be their DJ!! I took a lot of pics that night and you can see them on my personal Facebook page and on The DJ Music System Facebook page, too. Oh, and I even captured a video of their "bubble send off" at the end of the night. Congrats and thank you again Ali and Colton. I wish you two the very best!
Megan and Justin's Wedding Ceremony & Reception (May 19th, 2018)
Congrats to Megan and Justin, who celebrated both their wedding ceremony and reception at Sandford Hall in Mitchell. It was a beautiful ceremony that had a surprise!! Megan surprised Justin by singing a song to him during the ceremony. The only people that were in on the secret were the officiant, Megan and myself. Once the ceremony was over, the guests were treated to a delicious meal provided by Sam and Louie's. Some special dances and fun during the reception followed. Thank you Megan and Justin for choosing The DJ Music System for your wedding day! I wish you the very best!
Kenzie and Jerrick's Wedding (February 24th, 2018)
Congrats to Kenzie and Jerrick who tied the knot in February at the Weborg 21 Centre in Gering! I provided the sound and music for both the ceremony and reception. Lisa, Jasmin and the entire staff at Weborg's did a fantastic job as always. I took a lot of pictures that night (like the one above) and many more are posted on The DJ Music System Facebook page. It was a great day and evening of celebrating and I wish them the very best!!
The Bluffs Bridal Show!!! (January 27th, 2018)
This past Saturday was an amazing day at the Weborg 21 Centre in Gering. Being on the BB Bridal Show committee, I've been a part of and been able to see how the show has grown over the past 3 years. What started out as an idea (back in 2015) to bring back the bridal shows of the past, runway and all, our committee has spent countless hours with planning, meeting, preparing, setting up, and the list goes on, but it has turned into an annual event that future brides absolutely love! Lisa Weborg and Dan D Party Corner did a phenomenal job in decorating the Weborg 21 Centre and this was truly our best show yet!!
There were everything from photographers, DJs, cake decorators, salons, bridal shops and so much more. I heard from many of the attendees that they were a bit overwhelmed (in a GOOD way!) with what is all available for weddings, right here in western Nebraska. From services to products, we have a great variety of businesses that are here to make your wedding day extra special.
Once again, the DJ service out of Sidney, NE, known as Projekt 3D (seen in the middle picture above) was there to help with the music and to talk with couples about their DJ service. I've been friends with them (Don and Lucy) for the past couple of years and as a professional DJ myself, I recommend clients to Projekt 3D whenever I'm already booked and they do the same for me. The DJ Music System booth was right next to theirs, which was right next to the stage. I was asked last year and again this year, "Gary, do you want to play music for the runway show?" While I have before and love playing music for events, I recommended that Projekt 3D do the music, since I'm the emcee for the event. This way they could play the music, I could do the talking and watch for cues during the show for when songs need to go from one to the next and then let Projekt 3D work their music magic.
The runway show was flawless and beautiful. A Bridal Affair teamed up with Indulgence Salon and Angela's Bridal and Boutique teamed up with Bianco & Co. for the runway show. Breathtaking dresses and stylish tuxedos paired up very nicely with the hair and makeup. It's always excited when the models show off the latest in styles and the crowd cheers for them. I did get some pictures (seen on this page) and videos (posted on my Facebook page) that captured a few amazing moments of the runway show.
We did a "Smash The Cake" contest with prizes hidden inside the cakes, including a $1000.00 gift card to Riddles Jewelry and the contestant that won that prize had a totally priceless look on her face when she found out what she had won! The even more crazy part of the contest is that the contestants could only use their elbows or mouth to find the prizes.
The 3rd Annual Bluffs Bridal Show was a true success and a huge thank you to Lisa Weborg and her staff, Dan D Party corner and their staff, all the extra people who helped put the show together and of course the entire Bluffs Bridal Show Team.
Jessica and Caden's Wedding - January 13th, 2018
Weborg 21 Centre, Gering, NE
Congratulations to this amazing couple!! Jessica contacted me last year as they were planning their big day and after talking with me about their wedding, they were excited to reserve The DJ Music System. Last July I was at the Weborg 21 Centre for another wedding where I was providing music for another couple's ceremony. Well, Jessica was one of the guests and we officially got to meet each other in person there and she said to me "Gary, I didn't know you did music for ceremonies, too. Can you play music at my ceremony?" Absolutely! I've been playing music more and more for ceremonies and enjoy it because I also get to be a part of the rehearsal and hang out with the wedding party.
Fast forward to January, 2018 and we all had a blast celebrating their wedding. A beautifully decorated venue, with a special ceremony, a gorgeous cake and cupcakes, dinner, toasts and dancing were many of the highlights of their day. Alex from Shangri-la Studio was there capturing pictures and I was taking pictures, too (seen on this page) and it was an honor to be a part of their wedding. Thank you again Jessica and Caden! I wish you two the very best!!
Picture this! A DJ who also takes professional looking pictures?
Occasionally I'll have people ask me "who does the pictures for your website (or on Facebook)?" While I consider myself a "DJ" first, I have taken an interest in photography, too. I have taken thousands of pictures over the years and captured some amazing moments that otherwise wouldn't exist.
About 10 years or so ago, I started taking pics with an old school digital camera. This may be one of the first times someone has used the words "old school" and "digital" in the same sentence and they were talking about the same thing. Well, after uploading the pictures, putting them through some editing software and seeing grainy images, I decided to upgrade. I now use a Canon camera that takes much sharper pictures, without the grain. I also upgraded my software to take these sharp pictures and bring out the best in color and effects.
I have worked with so many amazing photographers at weddings and have learned not only how to get those sentimental moments, but to also catch those "action" shots, as well. A photographer's day for a wedding generally starts early in the morning and usually wraps up about half way into the reception. I figure since I'm there for the entire reception, I'll continue to take pictures and share them. Sometimes my wife will stop by a wedding and take some pictures for me while I continue to play music, put on a great light show and do some emcee work. I don't charge extra for the pictures, it's simply my way of going the extra mile for my customers.
Hannah and Chad's Wedding:
Congratulations to Hannah and Chad! A beautiful ceremony and fun reception were held at the Weborg 21 Centre in Gering on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. The newlyweds were excited to exchange vows and celebrate their wedding and it was an honor being a part of their big day. Hannah and Chad were so nice and great to work with...and their family and friends were, as well. While we communicated mostly through email, I officially met them and their families at the rehearsal the night before the wedding. Pastor Giles did a fantastic job walking them through the rehearsal and also made their ceremony very meaningful. After an exchange of vows, rings placed on each other's hands and the announcement of the newlyweds, it was time to celebrate! Thank you again Hannah and Chad for choosing The DJ Music System for your ceremony and reception. I wish you two the very best!
Here is an email we received from Hannah after their wedding:
Thank you for everything that you did for our wedding! It was truly a pleasure to work with you, and we were very pleased with how everything turned out. I so appreciated how much you communicated with us prior to the wedding to get everything lined out as much as possible. It saved us from we trying to track you down the day of the wedding so that we could fully enjoy our day. It was greatly appreciated how much you communicated with everyone else as well (the pastor, the photographer, our families, etc.). You were TRULY a lifesaver in providing sound for our ceremony. My flower girl took a little longer than we expected, so we almost ran out of music, but you were able to continue the music in a smooth transition and made it all work out! And thank you, thank you for providing sound for the vocals. It was such a stress relief to know that you had it taken care of, and it sounded awesome! You were so amazing to work with us on our budget. And another huge plus to having you was the photographs you took. It was great to have one more person to get candid shots of the reception and dance. We loved all of those pictures. We really cannot thank you enough for everything that you did!
-Hannah and Chad
Looking back on the past few months, I am continually thankful for all the couples who chose The DJ Music System for their weddings. Being a part of these celebrations and seeing all happy faces is such an amazing opportunity and I appreciate every bride and groom who placed their trust in me to help make their wedding memorable.