April 15th, 2017 was a beautiful but breezy day for a wedding! Michael Woelfer married his love, Simone Wood, at Aeries Terrace in Grafton, Illinois. Simone was stunning in her mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline, which was perfectly adorned with lace and sequins. She carried a bouquet of white wood flowers and she wore two red flowers in her pretty up-do. Breezy days make cathedral length veils have a mind of their own, and Simone’s was no exception! As her veil flowed in the breeze, her five beautiful bridesmaids, who wore floor length dresses in a soft shade of lavender and carried bouquets that matched the Bride’s, held on to Simone’s crazy veil during the ceremony. Both the Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ dresses were purchased from David’s Bridal.
Michael looked handsome in his blue suit with a yellow tie and pocket square. With a while boutonniere on his lapel, he matched his sharply dressed Groomsmen. Simone gave Michael a new Fossil watch as a wedding gift, which he promptly put on after he opened it.
Michael and Simone exchanged vows on a deck that overlooks where the Mississippi and Illinois rivers join together, making it a perfect place for their lives to be joined together in marriage. With Colleen Callahan officiating, Our Couple were married in a touching ceremony that was surrounded by love. Rings were exchanged, his was purchased at Qualo and hers was an heirloom ring that belonged to Michael’s grandmother. The Woelfer’s vows were sealed with a kiss and then it was time to celebrate!
Simone happily danced her way into the venue with her new husband by her side. The Bride and Groom chose a wine theme for the reception...but really it was a “drunk with love” theme! The napkins even had “Drunk with Love” printed on them! The cake topper was a glittery gold silhouette of a bride and groom with wine and the bride was falling into the groom’s arms. (CUTE!) Speaking of the cake, it was a tiered white cake with scroll décor and the base of it was covered with cake balls with black and white scrollwork. In keeping with the wine theme, the table centerpieces were made with stacked, rustic wood slices with a simple doily, a wine bottle, a wine glass filled with corks, and grape clusters atop them. We provided lavender purple uplighting and lighted custom wedding monogram, which made the venue look super classy!
Before dinner, toasts to the Newlyweds were given by the Maid of Honor Felicia, Bridesmaid Sherry, the Best Man, Rudy and Groomsman Steven. Dinner was catered by Toarmino’s. Once everyone’s bellies were full, it was time for CAKE! Our Newlyweds cut into their awesome cakepop cake and then moved to the dance floor for their first dance as Husband and Wife. (Of course, the DJ service was provided by Applause Productions!) The Bride and Groom danced to “Never Stop” by Safety Suit. Simone and her father danced to “Sweet Child o' Mine” by Guns n' Roses and Michael and his mother danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.
Then, it was party time! Our DJ kept the dance floor packed with people moving and grooving to great music! A conga line wrapped around the venue and a groomsman even did a back flip over the limbo stick! Who does that?! Let's not forget the awesome Fish Eye Photobooth pictures everyone took home as souveniers. As all parties do, the celebration of Our Wonderful Newlyweds had to come to an end. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey was played as the last song. Michael and Simone certainly could make anyone believe in love! Congrats on your new life together!
If you've already been shopping for a DJ, Videographer, and Photobooth, then you probably aren't reading this post at all, because you already know the cost of these indiviual services is above and beyond our package pricing. But why? How can Applause be saving me so much and still providing these great quality services? There are 2 big reasons I'll tell you about:
Firstly we believe in value for your hard earned money. We are a family owned and operated business. We maintain quality by keeping our company within a tight circle of staff who believe in the same things we do. Quality, Hard Work, and Hospitality.
Second, less staff and fewer vendor companies = savings to you. By staffing your event with one team from one company, you don't have to pay additional staffing or company profits. It's a win-win for everyone!
As a rough comparison let's say you booked each of our services with separate vendors. The following are projected costs based on companies offering similar quality and service to us:
Quality DJ - $900
Comprehensive Video Package - $2000
Photobooth - $800
Uplighting/Monogram - $300
Our price for everything listed above is $2700.00! It's an unbeatable value, so don't hesitate to contact us today before your date is sold out!
Here you will find a detailed description of each of our services:
DJ - Includes up to 5 hours in one location. Premium quality Sound. Dance Floor lighting. Professional and Experienced DJ will make all needed announcements (Emcee) such as Grand Entry, Toasts, Cake Cutting, Specialty Dances. Wireless Microphone for Toasts. Over 1 million songs, Music Library updated weekly with clean edits (no profanity). Optional fun props (nothing cheesy). DJ will play music according to your style and the response of your guests. We ROCK the dance floor!
THE VIDEOGRAPHY PACKAGE INCLUDES:
1) FULL LENGTH CEREMONY - Your ceremony will be captured with 3 or more HD cameras with at least 2 operators. Most of the time only 1 camera person will move once or twice during the ceremony so as to be respectful and not create a distraction. Lapel mics and a professional audio recorder will be used to capture all audio from the ceremony. The footage will be edited together with a lead-in montage of all the Pre-Ceremomy footage. The length of your ceremony will determine the length of this portion of video. You will receive your copy on DVD/Blu Ray within 30 days.
2) DOCUMENTARY STYLE RECEPTION - This is a long version of your reception and will include full length scenes of all that apply: Grand Entry, Toasts (with audio), Cake Cutting, Specialty Dances, Bouquet/Garter toss. The footage will be edited together with a lead-in montage of all the Pre-Recetption footage. This is usually 45 minutes to One Hour in length. It will also be on your DVD/Blue Ray discs within 30 days.
3) HIGHLIGHTS - The video you are most used to seeing on Facebook or as samples of a videographer's work is what we call Highlights. It is a condensed version of the day, has a mix of background music and audio, and tells the story of the entire day in a 10 to 12 minute timeframe.
4) ONE-MINUTE SNEAK PEAK - A series of very short clips set to background music and perfect for sharing on Instagram. For packages that include this, you will see it posted within 2 weeks. We will get it out as soon as possible : )
VIDEOGRAPHY Extra Info: There is no set time limit, however we will determine an appropriate start of the day time after you have an outline set for your day (it's usually 30 minutes prior to your photographer's start time). We will capture the couple getting ready, pre-ceremony location footage, detail shots such as rings, flowers, and other special decor, portions of your posed portraits, pre-reception location footage, reception detail shots, Guests arriving/Cocktail Hour, the Grand Entry, Toasts with Audio (full length), Cake Cutting, Full-length specialty dances, and various clips throughout the open dance floor portion of the evening.
FISH EYE PHOTOBOOTH - Our photobooth is open style, where your venue becomes the backdrop. Guests will choose from fun props and pose alone or in groups. We will print a copy for each guest in the photo on the spot! These will be 4x6 prints with a strip at the bottom containing our company name on one side, and your name(s) nad date in the midde. You will be given a digital copy (shared online) of every photo taken and you have permission to reprint any of them.
UPLIGHTING AND MONOGRAM - Uplights are the colored lights placed around the perimeter of the room, or on columns, etc. Our packages include 10 uplights and they can be set to any color your choose. They are wireless so they go anywhere you want and they stay lit for 12 hours. Monogram lighting is actually a small projector we can set up near the DJ equipment (or some other inconspicious spot) and project the couple's monogram letters, or their names, or any phrase of your choosing onto a nearby wall.
CEREMONY SOUND - If the ceremony is not in the same spot as the reception, we will bring a separate set up specifically for the Ceremony. It will include speakers and wireless microphones. We will provide 30 minutes of pre-ceremony music, cue all your music selections, and provide mics for your officiant and anyone else needing to be heard.
These Sneak Peeks are perfect for sharing on Instagram. We release them within 48 hours of the wedding and it's a nice way to get a first glimpse of all the moments we captured. Included in our Round of Applause Packages!
Services Provided by Applause Productions: Videography
Location: Andre's Carriage House at Fox Run Golf Club
Speakers? Check. Microphone? Check. Lighting? Check. Sounds like all Wedding DJ's are created equal, doesn't it? There's actually a lot more to being a great Wedding DJ than just music. Here are a few questions you should be asking when comparing DJ's:
1. How do you keep my event organized? There are a lot of details that need to take place for your reception to run smoothly. A DJ should serve as a Master of Ceremonies and needs to be familiar with everything you have planned prior to the event. We offer online planning forms to guide you through providing us with all the information we need to create the agenda for your reception. As well, we will work as a communicator between you, your venue, and your other vendors as each event unfolds.
2. How will introductions be made? Is there a wireless microphone for toasts? In addition to announcing in the wedding party (aka "The Grand Entry"), a professional DJ should be prepared to introduce anyone else that will be speaking or giving toasts at your reception. They should provide a well working microphone with which to make speeches so that everyone in the room can hear what is being said. We not only provide a wireless microphone, our DJ console has it's own separate microphone so that your DJ can remain at the console to make introductions and then operate the volume of the speaker's microphone. Furthermore, our wireless microphone system is kept up to date and in good working order.
3. When will the dancing start? Some DJ companies rely on you to tell them during the event when each portion of the reception will take place. Although this sounds nice, it is a lot to expect from you on the day of your wedding. If you get distracted talking to guests, you may not realize how much time is passing and before you know it, there's only an hour left for an open dance floor! Keeping events moving along is our #1 priority. We know your guests want to be entertained and a wedding is the perfect opportunity for them to dance. Even if it's just one slow dance with their sweetheart, they'll appreciate the effort to avoid long gaps during your reception.
4. What kind of music do you play? The answer here should be simple. ALL KINDS. While a DJ at a club will often have a specific style of music depending on the club, a wedding DJ must be flexible and play a wide variety of music. Weddings inherently have guests of all ages, with all types of taste in music. In addition to playing your requests, we will aim to play music that appeals to your friends and family. No two receptions are alike and no music is pre-planned. Instead, we play each song according to the response of the crowd. We pay special attention to the placement of songs so we can "break the ice" on the dance floor and give everyone a reason to get out of their seat. This means you will have a great party that your guests will remember for years to come!
5. What does your set-up LOOK like? This could be one of the least asked questions, and yet, should be one of the first. You will be spending months planning every detail of your wedding and much of that will be on how everything looks. At the reception you will choose tablecovers, centerpieces, lighting, seating chart, etc. How the DJ looks in the room should also be important. Our console is custom built; everything is black to make it fade into the background, rather than draw attention to itself. Best of all we believe in cord management! You will not see stringing or dangling cords on our system. We do not require a table, but a couple of chairs are appreciated. Our light bar houses multiple lighting effects and makes a big impression on the dance floor.
6. How often do you update your music? A DJ should carry regulary updated music, period. If they can't provide a solid timeline for how often they update, it could mean they aren't on a schedule of keeping their song library fresh. We automatically update our music monthly, and equally as important, all our music is profanity-free.
7. How are your DJ's hired and trained? Some DJ companies are able to book an unlimited number of weddings on any given date. Other companies are "single-operator", meaning whomever you speak to is your DJ. We are a very small company, hiring and training one DJ at a time, and always sending an owner with new DJ's until they have enough experience to handle a wedding with the same confidence and ease as we do. At no time do we outsource our personnel.
8. What is the Backup Plan? When you book with a "boutique" vendor (meaning a small business) it's a good idea to ask what their backup plan is in case of an emergency with personnel or equipment. Our company retains several backup DJ's who are on standby in case of any personnel emergency. We carry backup equipment at every gig. Although no back up plan is fool-proof, we are confident that we've taken steps to prevent unforseen circumstances from interfering with your booking.
Price is price, right? Well, maybe not so much. Videography package details vary widely from vendor to vendor. Here are a few questions you will want to ask to make sure you are making a fair comparison:
1. How will I receive my video? It may sound like a good deal to receive your final product digitally either via the internet or even on a USB drive, but what about those family members who aren't tech savvy? A DVD/Blu-Ray disc for your parents or grandparents is always appreciated. We provide you with 3 copies on DVD and 1 Blu-Ray as well as sharing your highlight clip online.
2. What will my final video actually contain? A lot of companies will offer competitive pricing, but the end product will be a highlight clip only. Although we love highlights, we believe that for the money you are spending, you deserve your entire ceremony as well. And remember, not all "entire ceremonies" are created equal, either. A single camera in the back and just one close up during the vows is all that is sometimes done to film the "entire ceremony". Ask to see samples to verify what you'll be recieving. You can see our samples here: Your Ceremony it It's Entirety. In addition, you will also receive a long version of your Reception so you can view your toasts, cake cutting, specialty dances, etc. as they occurred.
3. What will my video sound like? Music overlay is perfect for highlight clips, but what about hearing your vows, your readings at your ceremony, your toasts, and your songs during the reception? These moments should be recorded separately (not relying on camera audio) to make the best final presentation. We record your vows with a lapel mic on both the Groom and the Officiant, as well as a separate sound recorder at the ceremony and reception.
4. When will the filming begin and end? What is left out and why? Your schedule for the day can be long, especially when you want your video to tell the entire story. Clarify when your videographer(s) will start and end shooting. It's also a good idea to ask them if you've scheduled enough time for them to obtain the footage they need. We typically start filming an hour before the Bride is scheduled to put on her dress, and we stay at the reception until we have captured most your friends and family on the dance floor. Anything we don't shoot is because we are experienced in getting all the footage necessary to tell your story in a creative way. Our streamlined approach keeps our package affordable. As a courtesy to your photographer, we do not shoot over their shoulder at all of your posed photos, but instead capture several scenes at at least one of your photography locations.
5. What is your video style/approach? Some videography companies aim to have you star in your own cinematic masterpiece. Even if you can afford the extra cost of this style of production, keep in mind you will be devoting more of your day to working with your videographer than anything else including photography and time with your guests. Our approach is what we call creative documentary. We work around your schedule (and your photographer's plan) to capture everything in the moment, only asking for a little of your time for custom shots.
6. When Will My Video be Ready? It seems obvious to assume that you will receive your video in a reasonable amount of time. Maybe that's why most people never think to ask it until after the wedding. Don't risk celebrating an anniversary before you get to see your video, ask the timeline for completion. We deliver your video no more than 6 weeks after your wedding, and in most cases within 30 days, with you highlight clip be available as soon as possible.
7. What's Your Backup Plan? Technical equipment is never fail-safe. Having multiple sources for both video and audio is the only way to guard against loss of precious footage taken on your special day. Our package includes redundant sources of both (meaning multiple cameras and multiple audio recordings).
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