It was back in January of this year that Brooke met me at the Bluffs Bridal Show. After a few emails, she was happy to book The DJ Music System for her reception! Even though they moved out of state prior to the wedding, planning was no problem. We emailed each other several times to talk reception ideas and effectively put everything together.
I met Brooke's mom, Lisa, at another wedding earlier this year and at that wedding, she had a special request for Brooke's reception. She had a cassette, yes, a cassette. I almost needed spell-check for cassette, since it's been a long time since I typed that word ;) of a song that Brooke sang when she was 4 years old. Lisa wanted to know if there was a way I could get the audio from the cassette and play it at the reception. The song was one she sang to her grandpa and since her grandpa was going to be at the reception, she wanted me to play it for them to dance to. Believe it or not, I still have an old cassette player that I used back-in-the-day and brought it out of storage, dusted it off, and was able to get the audio to use at their reception. When I played it, you could totally feel the emotions from everyone in the room the second you heard Brooke begin to sing. It was truly a special moment!!
The families, friends and guests were so much fun to entertain. Lots of song requests from the guests and everyone was having so much fun, we ended up going an extra hour! It was nice meeting Jac Renyolds from Devoted Eye Photography. He was great to work with and I look forward to seeing the images he captured, too.
Thank you, Brooke and Andrew for choosing The DJ Music System for your reception. I wish you two the very best!!
Daylight Savings Time - What to do with that extra hour?
This weekend most of us will change our clocks back an hour for daylight savings time. While we are gaining an hour for the weekend, the time to book your wedding vendors is now! Take that extra hour and put it to good use with contacting vendors (or at least do some vendor searching) for your wedding.
Now that we are heading into the busy holiday season, it's easy to get caught up in your plans for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years and get sidetracked and put your wedding planning off to the side. However, while some people (maybe you) put their plans on the back burner, other couples are contacting their vendors NOW to get them booked while they are available.
I've been working with couples for many years and every year between the months of October and February, it is the busiest time with future brides and grooms contacting me to see if I can DJ their wedding. I have also spoken with other DJs, photographers, venue managers and they tell me the same thing about how busy they are this time of the year. Last Saturday I visited with a DJ friend of mine and he mentioned how booked up they are getting for next year, too.
"Everyone we contact is already booked!" This is something you probably don't want to say during your planning process, but it's something I can't tell you how many times I've heard couples tell me. Even if your wedding isn't until next summer or fall, I highly recommend you start contacting venues and vendors now. Decorations and other things that don't require reservations can be taken care of at a later date.
Reserving your venue and vendors far in advance will not only give you more options, but will also help you with your budget and give you some peace of mind knowing those are checked off on your list. Now is the time to contact the venue and vendors you want for your wedding...and don't forget to change your clocks this weekend, too!
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?"
A 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!
Here's the first of many podcasts that will be available on the website, too!
October 20th, 2018 - Chelsae and Mike's Wedding Reception. #BeyerARing
Chelsae and Mike celebrated their wedding day on a beautiful Saturday afternoon with an outdoor ceremony in Bridgeport and then held a wonderful reception that evening at the Weborg 21 Centre. The W21 venue was decorated with lots of rustic/wooden decor and the staff did an amazing job with food and service, as always. I've done many weddings at Weborgs and they consistantly do fantastic work with any event held there. One unique item that Chelsae and Mike had for a wedding favor was a small potted plant. Imagine how many guests took those home and will keep it for several years as the plant grows and remember they received the plant from their wedding! After a delicious prime rib dinner, the guests enjoyed some cupcakes and danced the night away. It was great working alongside Heidi Barnes with Heidi Barnes Photography. I have worked with her at other weddings and she does amazing work with pictures and has a vision for stunning pictures. Congrats to Chelsae and Mike! We wish you the very best!!
October 6th, 2018 - Julie and Justin's Wedding Reception
Julie first contacted The DJ Music System back in February of this year and was interested in booking me for their wedding reception. They were deciding on a date for their wedding at the time that would work with their work schedule...and as soon as they had that finalized, they were ready to reserve their date! Julie was so great to work with throughout the entire planning process and both her and Justin were such nice people, too! We met at the Hampton Inn about 2 weeks before their wedding to go over the plans and see how the room was going to be set up. To my surprise, the Hampton Inn had done some remodeling and has classy grey and white carpet now! And like they say, grey goes with everything.
When I returned to the Hampton Inn on the day of their wedding, I was "wowed" by the decorations!! Wow, for sure! Their decorator did a fantastic job on the fall themed decor, plus there was a popcorn and candy bar, too. Then our Uplighting added that extra special touch to the look of the room.
One thing that Julie mentioned to me is how much she loves the pictures I take at receptions and wanted to make sure I took pictures of their decor. I was happy to take some pics and here are few of them (more are available on my Facebook page).
Speaking of pictures, it was nice to work alongside Kelly with Just Shoot Me Photographics from Alliance. They were wonderful to work with and took some great pictures that you can see in Julie and Justin's photo album. The wedding reception went all the way to midnight and everyone had so much fun dancing and celebrating. A few days after their reception, Julie posted this review on The DJ Music System Facebook page that I wanted to share here:
Gary was so amazing at our wedding and even during all of the planning stages! His emails were always so professional and very informative! I can’t express how helpful and organized he was while at the same time making sure everything went smoothly and going beyond for any request. He had awesome ideas throughout the planning process and while at the reception we never had to worry about anything!! He is so willing to go above and beyond for making our night so special.
We had a wedding guest that had used him and they had raving reviews so I never had to worry about anything. Gary also took great pictures of our night and I’m so thankful our day was open for him to be a part of it. The DJ Music system is amazing and we are so very thankful for his services! He is definitely a pro with customer service!
Thanks again, Julie and Justin
September 19th, 2018 - Let's talk (more) pictures...
If you take a moment to browse either The DJ Music System's Facebook or Instagram page or my personal Facebook page, you'll see lots and lots of pictures I've taken and shared. When you look at those pictures (and the images on this page, too) you will notice a few important things; lots of happy couples & guests, special moments and high quality images. Every picture that I post here or on my Facebook or Instagram pages is taken and professionally edited by me.
Taking pictures at wedding receptions is something that I enjoy doing and then sharing on social media. Occasionally I'll have people ask me if those images are ones that I took or if I'm sharing a photographer's images. They are all taken and edited by me and more of the recent pictures have my watermark "Photo by Gary Uhrich" or "Photo by Gary Uhrich / The DJ Music System." I have started doing this to clear up any confusion as to who took the picture and to protect the photography work that I have done. If you would like to use any of my images, please ask permission first, rather than simply editing or croping out my watermark.
Since I take pictures at weddings, you might be asking yourself, "if we hire Gary to DJ our reception, do we even need a photographer at the reception?" YES, hire a photographer for the reception, too. While I now take and post professional, high quality images from wedding receptions, the fact is I am a DJ first and need to make sure I take care of that job. That job not only includes me playing music, taking requests, etc., but I am also the emcee and 99% of the time, THE coordinator of all the events taking place during the reception which has me walking and running all over the place at venues to help everything run smoothly. However, since I'm there and enjoy taking pictures, I bring my camera and snap extra pictures for my clients. There are times that I'm not able to capture every moment due to timing, taking care of my DJ responsibilities, or I may have someone that needs me to do something to help the client during a moment and I can't step away from that to get a few extra pictures.
I appreciate ALL the feedback that I do get from the images I share. Most photographers aren't at the entire reception and may end up leaving 2, 3 or 4 hours before it's over. Well, after the photographer is gone, the party continues and I capture so many more images and my clients and their families/friends love the pictures. I've been told multiple times that they appreciated me taking extra pictures throughout the reception. All the images that I've taken simply would not exist and many happy, fun and special moments can be appreciated for years and years after the wedding since I took the time to take those pictures. Make sure to hire a professional photographer for your reception and enjoy the pictures I capture, too!
September 16th, 2018 - Kadee and Bo's Wedding Reception
Congrats to Kadee and Bo! September 16th was an interesting day as it was a rare Saturday that I wasn't booked with a reception. Due to the person who was originally going to do music for the reception ending up not being available, I received a phone call asking if I was available. Thankfully, I was and I enjoyed providing music for them. Their reception was held in Gering in a large tent and they had a great turnout of guests. Hillary with Blue Skies Photography Studio was their photographer, who I worked with before at a wedding back in June. Hillary is nice, professional, and did a fantastic job with the pictures. Here's a link to their photo album. Thank you for choosing The DJ Music System for your wedding reception.
September 1st, 2018 - Megan and Kaleb's Wedding Reception
Megan and Kaleb's wedding reception was the perfect way to begin the month of September! This amazing couple contacted me a while back and I had the opportunity to visit with both of them. We chatted about their plans and what kind of music they wanted played, and they instantly knew that The DJ Music System was the right choice for their reception. A few days before their wedding we met at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Scottsbluff to go over the plans. The night of their reception was so much fun with lots of dancing and celebrating! They went all-out with making this a great reception for everyone with a popcorn bar, coloring books and toys for the kids, a pool table, a beautiful cake and cupcakes, dinner and, of course, a dance! Thank you Megan and Kaleb for choosing us for your DJ service! We wish you two the very best!!
August 25th, 2018 - Sami and Austin's Wedding Reception
Sami and Austin celebrated their wedding on the last Saturday in August and had a special and energetic wedding reception at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Scottsbluff. Austin contacted us in October of last year after seeing posts on Facebook from weddings I've done and recommendations from their friends about The DJ Music System. After just a few emails they knew that they wanted to book me for their wedding reception. It was a wonderful reception and I recognized a lot of people I know from previous weddings. I had never met their photographer, Zac Meier prior to this reception, but he was great to work with and took some amazing pictures. The staff at the Hampton Inn did fantastic with food and service, too! Congrats Sami and Austin! I wish you the very best in your new lives together as husband and wife.
August 18th, 2018 - Veronica and Jordan's Wedding Reception
Veronica and Jordan were a blast to work with throughout the whole planning process, meeting at Weborgs prior to their wedding day and especially during the wedding reception! I had so much fun hanging out with the wedding party and their families. Bryan from SC Party Productions was there with their photo booth and everyone had a good time getting their pictures taken. Tammy and the crew with the Flight Deck Restaurant did the catering and made some mouth-watering chicken fried steaks, mashed potatoes and green beens. Lots of people went up for seconds, too! The popcorn bar from Big Red Nebraska Popcorn was a hit as guests arrived, they quickly went to it and enjoyed the popcorn and sweets. Sugar Diamond made the beautiful wedding cake. Veronica and Jordan did a contest with two jars, one for the bride and one for the groom, whichever jar ended up with the most money, they got to be the one who smashed cake in the other one's face. However, they both ended up smashing cake into each other's faces...so fun!!! It was great being their DJ and I wish them the very best!
Here's what Jordan posted on The DJ Music System Facebook page: Best dj service ever. Gary does everything he possibly can to make sure your event goes perfect. Great guy great at communicating with you and he’s fun to be around.
June 20th, 2018 - Ali and Colton's Wedding Ceremony and Reception
On the last Saturday of June, 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 beautiful 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!!
It was nice meeting Brooke Juma with Brooke Juma Photography. Brooke took some wonderful pictures of both the ceremony and reception. I follow her on Facebook and Instagram and enjoy seeing the images she shares.
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, click here to see the moments Brayden captured. 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 here.
June 16th, 2018 - Brooke and Tyler's Wedding Ceremony and Reception
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!
Here is a review that Brooke posted on The DJ Music System Facebook page:
Tyler and I had a great experience with Gary. He was the DJ for our wedding in June 2018 and did a phenomenal job. He was so organized and really helped us run the show! We gave him songs we knew we wanted, different genre's and then let him take it from there. He helped us organize the order of events during our reception and things ran very smoothly. He even takes great pictures which are wonderful keepsakes. We recommend Gary to anyone because he is there to make your day special and goes above and beyond. - Brooke
June 9th, 2018 - Lorena and Chase's Wedding Reception
On 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!
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 gladly 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 3Dalways does a great job at events and their Uplighting is fantastic, too.
June 2nd, 2018 - Carrie and Lincoln's Wedding Reception
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!
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 Salonand 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.