The third part of our Vendor Blog Series are questions that we asked a DJ and Lighting expert. Luxe Productions, located in Rockford, Illinois has been providing entertainment and uplighting for Chicago, Rockford, Quad Cities and surrounding areas for five years. As a wedding planner I can attest to the importance of finding a professional company to build a rapport with to meet your needs. Jordan Chance and his staff have been a tremendous resource to myself and my clients and today I would like to share with you some of that knowledge.
What makes you different from your competition?
Our approach is what sets us apart. We have committed a full time staff to just focusing on your event. On our staff we have trained professionals that specialize in each of our areas. Those lead people seek out seminars, trainings, and information to make sure they stay on top both with technology but also concept and design. This is what we do full time so we are able to spend the time and resources to create the best events and experiences.
Do I always get the person that I sign the contract with or meet at my consultation?
Yes! We believe that it is important to build a rapport with our clients. You are welcome to meet with your DJ before signing the contract in order to ensure a good match. We have DJ’s with a variety of personalities and styles to fit every event. You will know who your DJ is when you sign the contract and can communicate with them as much or little as you would like.
How would you define your style?
The best way to describe our style is very professional. We don’t have a specific way that we always do our weddings because that would not lend to the creativity or desires of our clients. Instead, we have the tools and flexibility to listen and incorporate our clients’ wishes into their event. The music, lighting, and timeline can always be changed up and we facilitate those changes so our client gets exactly what they want.
What will you wear to a wedding or event?
We feel that our attire speaks to our professionalism. We wear suits and ties to weddings. For other events, we dress according to what will be expected of the attendees. If we are unsure, we always look to the event planners to give us direction.
How do we pick songs that we want played? Do you have a do not play list? Can guests request songs?
All of the song choices for both the special dances and the open dance can be picked through our online planning forms. Upon booking, each couple is given a username and password so they can begin working on their song lists and timeline at their convenience. The online planning tool allows you to search a vast database of music and sort your selections into “Must Play,” “Play If Possible,” and “Do Not Play” lists. If there happens to be something the couple would like played that is not included in the database, they can just let us know and we would be happy to get it for them.
Do you have backup equipment with you on that day?
We have carefully thought through the possible gear failures that could happen during an event and we carry an emergency bag of equipment to every event. In addition to that we also have extra equipment that we keep in our warehouse just in case and we always have someone on call who can run equipment out to events.
What ways do you keep up to date professionally with your business?
Staying ahead of the trends, gear, and ideas is something that we love about this job. We take the time to travel to the best national conferences to learn from the leading industry experts. Also, with social media, forums, websites, and magazines we can gather ideas and inspiration that keeps us fresh!
Why would I include lighting at my reception? Is it just another expense?
Lighting is one of the most important elements that you can add to your event. Sometimes it helps to think of it as part of the décor of your reception. It can set the mood in the room: romantic, elegant, festive, or fun. Another important consideration is the effect it has on your photographs. Lighting helps makes those photos come alive and exhibit the elegant or fun atmosphere.
How can lighting add the personalization I am looking for?
The reason we love lighting so much is because it is so versatile. With specific color and fixture choices we can create an intimate romantic setting that feels warm and elegant or we can create an upbeat, dance club atmosphere. With our ‘Name in Lights’ we can project a monogram to truly customize your event.
Will someone be onsite for the reception to monitor the lighting?
All of our DJ’s are trained on lighting and can monitor it throughout the evening. Some of our packages include a lighting technician who can program the lights and provide more of a light show.
I hope this answers all of your questions ~ Contact Luxe today for more information.