Exclusive Interview with Dream Factory Productions

I had the opportunity to dive into some behind the scene details from team leader and owner of Dream Factory Productions.  This is what Patrick Milligan shared about his length in business and what drives his passion every day:

“We have been in business now for 13 years as of December 27th. What drives my passion every day is that when I’m a part of someone’s special day for the 4-5 hours that the reception takes place, the couple and their guest get to forget about all their life’s troubles with work, money, health, and every other one of life’s troubles and live in that moment. Everything for that moment in time doesn’t matter anymore and they can just be a part of the celebration forgetting everything without any stress of everyday life. There is just something magical about playing the right set of music and bringing two families together as one. I have always said that we are in the business of making dreams come true and making memories for everyone. By being honored to be a part of that magic is what drives my passion day in and day out. ” Clouds 3

PS Party Outfitters Has A New Location!

PS Party Outfitters has moved to 309 Rio Grande Blvd.!

Wedding table decor and dinnerware provided by PS Party Outfitters.  Photo Credit: Bryan's Photography
Wedding table decor and dinnerware provided by PS Party Outfitters.
Photo Credit: Bryan’s Photography
Wedding table rentals by PS Party Outfitters. Photo Credit: Bryan's Photography
Wedding table rentals by PS Party Outfitters.
Photo Credit: Bryan’s Photography

PS Party Outfitters is your one-stop-shop for wedding and event rentals. From linens to glassware and chairs and DJ services, PS Party Outfitters has you covered for your big day.

Stop by and visit them at their new location:

PS Party Outfitters

309 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

Albuquerque, NM, 87107

For everything you need to plan your wedding in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

 

How to select the perfect wedding band

Many couples who are planning a wedding may think decision-making is basically over once they decide they want a band instead of a DJ, but the happy couple cannot check this item off the list yet. There are a number of different things to consider before hiring a band, according to The Huffington Post.

What type of music?
First of all, the betrothed couple needs to determine what type of band they are looking for before they start meeting with different groups.

“One option is to go with a traditional wedding band,” musician and band manager Adam Mason of 45 Riots, a New York City band, told the news source. “But what I’m seeing more and more is that couples want something closer to a nightclub vibe, so they’re looking for a band that can play some indie rock, or hip hop, that sort of thing.”

Consider sound
It is important the band has played at a private event before, as a couple will not want to deal with a band that has never worked with vendors and wouldn’t think about things such as a good enough sound system, the media outlet.

Couples should meet with the bandleader about sound and find out if the venue has an in-house system or if the band has to bring it. If they do, there is one very important question that needs to be asked, and many couples do not know that this is something they should have worked out until it is the day of their event.

“The question to ask is, ‘What do you do to play at the appropriate volume, but still with intensity?’ Some bands may show up with a ton of state-of-the-art gear, but in a small room, that can be overkill. What you want is a band that can provide a clear and clean sound with a lot of energy, but without drowning out all conversation,” Mason told the news outlet.

Although there are a number of things couples have to keep straight, there is one myth that they can leave out of their wedding planning. When it comes to choosing the perfect band, the biggest is not necessarily the best. So, don’t chose a band because of their size, but rather how they play together.

Ipods at weddings

A new trend has been happening where brides are using ipods in the place of a disc jockey or band.  A lot of reception locations now have the capability to host an ipod and play it on their overhead speakers.  This is something that I have noticed to not be the wisest choice a bride can make for their wedding day.  Think about it…the DJ/MC is the one that is in charge of controlling the timeline of events (first dance, cake cutting, garter/bouquet toss, father/daughter dance, money dance, etc).  They are the ones telling your guests what to expect and when to expect it.  And what’s more fun than having a live mariachi band such as Los Primos or guitarist from Carousel of Music  play during your cocktail/dinner hour?  Most ipods tend to have a terrible “unyielding selection” of music when it comes to getting your guests out of their chairs and on the dance floor, according to Jim Gross with Carousel of Music

When there is no DJ or band, there are typically no mics.  Then the photographer has to yell over the guests “Ok, now – time for the toast”.  Recently, at one wedding held at the Hyatt Tamaya in Bernalillo, a groom plugged in his ipod through the overhead speakers and had to pay the venue more than what it would have cost for a DJ’s hourly rate to hook it up…then the room full of guests cleared out fast.

On another note, if you simply do not have it in your budget to hire an entertainer and insist on using an ipod for your wedding…then you should check out this new product that a few local wedding businesses put together.  This is a CD packed with all the announcements you would use at a reception for either a CD player or iPod download to play just before each event.  The aim is to help the dysfunction and disorganization that surrounds most of these iPod weddings by giving brides a $10 solution.  You can also have your announcements customized and then be mailed a downloadable version.  The CD is available at iPod Announcements.  From there you can go to CDBaby and purchase downloads or the album itself.

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