The 3 Most Influential Elements of Your Wedding

Weddings are a blast. They’re fun, they bring people and families together from all walks of life and leave memories that last a lifetime. You laugh and talk, share deep and meaningful stories with each other, eat great food, and if you’re lucky catch Grandpa Joe crushing some killer moves on the dancefloor. BUT, anyone who has gotten married will tell you that getting it all together… well it isn’t all fun and games. It takes organization, dedication, planning and research. The great thing however is that it often comes down to three key elements that make or break a wedding.

 The Venue

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            Choosing the right space for your wedding is perhaps the most important piece of your planning. It is the home that holds all of the elements of your big day – and choosing this home is a careful and deliberate choice you must make.

            When making this choice it is first important to keep seasonality in the forefront of your mind. You may find the perfect venue, but does it offer relief from the heat, or warmth from the cold? If looking at venues in the Summer will they have the same look and feel during the Fall? Be sure to ask a lot of questions and see images of weddings that fell during the same window of your big day.

            Perhaps it is the most obvious, but choosing a venue with the best look for your wedding is extremely important. Are you going for a barn or for a more modern and sleek look? Industrial? There are hundreds of variations on styles and you want to be sure to choose one that is cohesive for your big day. Just because the reception space offers the perfect look, the surrounding areas may not match as perfectly with your vision. You may like the look of a barn, but may not want it to be surrounded by farmland for instance.

            The size and scope of what your venue offers is also incredibly important. Is your venue ideal for 200 guests? 300? Or the opposite, a more common issue, the venue is chosen that is too large for the amount of people so the space ends up feeling empty. Watch out for this. Also, what amenities does your venue offer? A nice bar, cocktail area, outdoor area for a fire or lawn games are things to be mindful of. Also, if you have anyone in attendance who needs this, handicap accessible options this is something to be mindful of as well.

The Food

             Let’s be honest… who doesn’t love to eat? Your guests will for sure. This is why paying close attention to food choices and vendors is extremely crucial. When deciding on food, you want to ensure that the food is quality. This is one of the most important days of your life and the last thing you want is dry lifeless food. Try everything, go to tastings, as pointed questions about ingredients, etc. Don’t be shy when it comes to this – the vendors are used to it!

             So you know that the food is exceptional, but what about the variety of the offerings? Will your caterer offer 2 choices? 3? It is always important to offer variety to your guests – at least allowing them two options. Also, an increasingly important option is to offer a vegetarian and/or vegan option. Check with your guests ahead of time to see what you will need. On the flip side, while offering options to your guests, adding too many can be overwhelming and potentially add to cost. Like anything, this is a balancing act.

             Be mindful of whether you would like to offer plated or buffet style serving. They each have their pros and cons and it is important to research which would be best for your wedding. Buffet style provides freedom for your guests to eat as they see fit and can often lead to a wider range of options. However, plated can sometimes speed up the dinner process, especially if your caterer has a large staff on hand to bring food out quickly.

The DJ

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So you have your venue, You’ve chosen your food. While many other elements will fall into place, choosing the right DJ can make or break your wedding. They bring the energy, atmosphere, and personality to a wedding reception and your guests will remember the experience most because of the fun they had.

            Choosing a DJ with a great personality is wildly important. You want to ensure that whomever you choose is able to make a connection with you in a way that feels natural. Do you want somebody who is upbeat, over-the-top, and exploding with energy? Or are you looking for someone to be more of a facilitator and music maker and less in the forefront. There are tons of DJ’s out there and it is important you match with someone who feels right for you.

While the accessibility of music is easier than ever, it is important to get a DJ who has mastery over different genres and types of music. While a DJ can access just about any song at a moment’s notice, it is more important that they know how to choose the right songs at the right moments to keep the dancefloor moving. Also consider what kind of feel you want your wedding to have, if you want it to feel light, upbeat, and fun you may not be looking for club-style DJ. However, if you are looking to offer your guests a true dance-floor experience consider a reputable DJ with experience mixing music in clubs and at events. 

            While not always common, Wedding DJ’s are playing an increasing role as the coordinator and facilitator of your big day. They often perform duties such as coordinating with your guests and bridal party, speaking with venue staff to ensure the readiness of the food or other wedding elements, helping your guests navigate the venue – all tasks that may otherwise be left to a wedding coordinator or to your guests own devices. As such, it is a great plus when you can work with a DJ who has a great ability to put all of the moving pieces together with detail. Thoroughness and care will go a long way when it comes to your wedding day.

            If you are looking for the experience of a lifetime when it comes to entertainment, be sure to check out the options at Klock Entertainment. We have continued for years as leaders of the industry and offer a wide-range of services that your guests will be talking about for years. The best part is that we have a knowledgeable staff and a plethora of DJ’s and Emcees to choose from!

In short, do your research and take care with your choice. Your Venue, the food, and your choice of DJ are all crucial parts of your wedding day. While most all of your other elements will fall into place – these won’t. So choose carefully!

Austin Whitlock

Austin Whitlock

Production Manager

10 Wedding Reception Songs to Pack Dance Floor

10 Wedding Reception Songs to Pack Your Dance Floor

Imagine yourself talking to your guests about how fantastic you look or your friends giving you a big hug congratulating you, when all of a sudden, that song you haven’t heard in a long time comes blaring out of the speakers. As you look up, you, you see your tables empty, and guests flocking to the dance floor.  Whether you’re looking to get your guests out of their food-coma, or have them share in a special dance with you and your significant other, make sure you tell your DJ about these songs.

September – Earth, Wind & Fire

A classic old-school jam guaranteed to get your guests up and ready to dance after their delicious meal.

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Bring out the younger crowd with this one and a good beat to keep your older crowd moving and grooving.

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

A great slow song selection to let all your married and together couples share in a moment with their significant other.

Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

Whether you want to start the night off with some dancing or end it with a bang, this is a great choice, no matter what!

Shout – Isley Brothers

A great throwback to have everyone shouting at the top of their lungs when they repeat the, “Hey’s”!

You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

A good ol’ feet-stomping, rock classic. Grab your drink and your friends!

Yeah – Usher Ft. Lil John & Ludacris

Who doesn’t love this song? A more recent throwback, and it’ll make your wedding feel like a club for just a moment.

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Want to end the night with a group karaoke? Have your DJ end the night with this one!

Despacito – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

Yes! It made the list. There’s something about that melody that everyone wants to just dance!

This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan

A great break back into the 90’s hip-hop that you know and love!

What are some of your favorite songs? Leave a comment below!

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Leeroy Williams

Event Specialist

Line Dances at Weddings

              I’ve heard it over and over.  “I don’t want any line dances played at my wedding.”  I’m here to tell you that I think that’s a bad idea.  I’m also not here to lie to you and tell you that I like line dances.  In fact, I dislike line dancing songs just as much as the brides that tell me they don’t want any played at their weddings.  I think it’s a cheat to get people to dance.  As a purist DJ, I always had the mindset that a DJ shouldn’t have to resort to line dances to get people up out of their seats.   But then I realized I’m looking at it the wrong way.

                Line dances do what?  They get people off their chairs and make them dance, right?  Isn’t that what everyone wants at their wedding?  Yes, it is!  So why should I be opposed to Aunt Sally and Uncle Ted cutting the rug to the Electric Slide.  Sure, it’s cheesy.  But isn’t that the point?  It’s also funny!  To drift so far into one direction of being “different” and not wanting typical wedding music at a wedding will alienate a lot of your guests.  Yes, I get it, it is YOUR day.  But, we need to think about the guests, too.  If everyone is enjoying themselves, the wedding will be much more fun and you will have better memories of watching all of your closest family and friends coming together on the dancefloor with you.

               Ok, maybe I took it too far with the Electric Slide.  I wouldn’t talk you out of not wanting that played, but we do have newer line dance hits that even though they may still be cheesy, they won’t stink the room up like the Electric Slide or Macarena.  Good examples are:

V.I.C. – The Wobble

Cupid – Cupid Shuffle

J. Dash – Wop

Cali Swag District – Teach Me How to Dougie

Mr. C – The Cha Cha Slide

                Those are only a few, and you probably know most of them, just like your guests do.  And I doubt you cringe when you hear them like you would to Electric Slide or even Boot Scootin’ Boogie.  I’m not saying it’s absolutely necessary to play line dances, but what it does is almost forces everyone to get on the dance floor.  From 8 – 80 years old, your entire guest list will join you on the floor.  As long as your DJ works the crowd right, they will follow up that line dance with another great song to keep everyone moving. 

Adam Szar

Adam Szar

Event Specialist

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During the months of January, February, and March you'll be able to catch us at more than a dozen Wedding Shows. We also have a few Private Showcases scheduled (see below)!  Click our logo or Click Here to view our Wedding Show Tour Dates of 2018.

Our showcases are open to couples who have already chosen to trust us with their wedding day as well as couples still looking to interview our talent and preview our Lighting & Design services.  We'll have our latest Photo Booth Options and our Mirror Selfie Station for demonstration as well!

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from your friends at Klock Entertainment!  Between 2006 and 2014 we would send a fun postcard to all of our couples and clients that we worked with.  That list became hard to manage and what was even harder was keeping up with address changes in the times that we live in today.  However, we were able to create a fun new way to spread Holiday Cheer!  Below are some of our post cards from throughout the years. 

In 2015, we started our Holiday Video Series. Our first video was a 'Lib Dub' to N'Sync's "Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays".  We recorded this using an iPhone 6s Plus and then added some music over top of it.  We reached over 25,000 views on facebook and then it was deleted in 2016 because of copy wright infringement.  We have it back up for your viewing or please feel free to watch below. 

All videos are recorded using an iPhone and edited with Adobe Premier. Nothing too fancy or special. Just some fun and Holiday Cheer!

Since we had such great feedback from our Lip Dub in 2015, we knew we had to try and top it. In 2016, we decided to parody Jimmy Fallon's idea of guest musicians in his office. We covered "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" and even played some of our own instruments for fun! Visit our facebook or enjoy 2016's Holiday Fun below! 

I'm sure you are scrolling to see what we did in 2017... Below you'll find our Carpool Karaoke from Late Night Talk Show Host, James Corden Parody. We decided to introduce all of the full-time team members, sing some choruses and thank everyone for a fantastic year. We look forward to 2018 and beyond! We already know what we will be doing next year.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your friends at Klock Entertainment! 

Spotify Top 2017

Throughout the week, the majority of our team using Spotify to listen to music while we work, workout, or enjoy every day life activities. We decided to have some fun and screen shot our Team's Spotify Top 2017 for everyone to see the personal choices. Being DJs, it's no surprise our music choices are all over the place. 

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Austin's

Spotify Top 2017

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Adam's 

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Sam's

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Jason's

Spotify Top 2017

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Enjoy browsing some of the songs that are the favorites from a few our Team Members! 

BizBreak 2017

Thank you to all that attended BizBreak 2017.  We have plans of producing another networking event in Fall 2018. Please feel free to right click and save as to your photo booth photos!


Enjoy the photos below of our production team partnered with Spooky Nook Meetings & Events. We thank our dozens of sponsors that include Lancaster Cupcake, Tito's Vodka, Elliot Marketing Solutions, Event Central, General Expo Services, Matt Stambaugh Media, Nesmith Films

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Your moments are important and they only happen once. Looking for a DJ to make sure they are done right? Klock Entertainment has successfully helped thousands of couples since 2004 and continues to create an experience that's one of a kind. Looking to get creative? This is where Klock has been able combine Experience, Expertise, and Technology for incredibly enhanced special effects. 

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Want to help rock the experience for our clients? Specifically Wedding Couples on their special day? Event Assistants, DJs, Camera Crew, Lighting Techs, Audio Techs, Photo Booth Assistants, Setup Assistants, positions all available. Have fun making with your weekend job! Call or email your resume today if you apply to (any or all): 

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Wedding Formalities, When To Do Them | Getting Creative With Your Wedding Reception

Many couples have asked me during a final meeting before the big-day when the best time to do the special dances is.  My reply, is always right after introductions. First Dance, Parent Dances, Toasts, Blessing is my favorite order of events after a highlight introduction of the wedding couple.

In every wedding, I’ve done, I’ve always found that having your First Dance right away after being introduced is a great transition.  You have everyone’s attention and you’re dancing right into the dance floor. The energy and attention level is high if you’ve hired a professional experienced DJ they’ll be able to help aid special lighting for photos, a first dance remix, or inviting married couples or a wedding party to join.

When I get to recommend the timing for the Parent Dances or any other Special Dances, I like to do these immediately following the First Dance.  From a photographer’s perspective, the lighting will now be the same for all the highlight moments on the center of the dance floor.  Additionally, it is an awesome photo and moment to have the bride or groom hand off their spouse to a mother or father for the following dance.  Here are a few ideas to implement these traditions in a modern way: The simplest is to keep the song(s) chosen shortened.  A professional experienced DJ/Emcee can help make a great edit or transition.  There’s nothing wrong with combining a special dance Father/Daughter Mother/Son at the same time to a special song.  Additionally, you can do fun things like special slide shows in the background of specific photos of the relationships, make a mix and have a blend of upbeat and slower music to shock your guests and show your personality, or if you’re not the type of person that doesn't like the center of attention there’s never anything wrong with coming up with your own tradition or not doing either of these dances at all. It’s your wedding.  Hire vendors that support that and have the experience to make your vision become a reality with a smooth flow and positive energy guest involvement.

When you’re asking a Maid/Matron of Honor, Best Man, or Relative to speak on your behalf I always recommend to do Toasts earlier rather than later.  Not everyone is a public speaker and that’s ok!  A true professional has pro-grade gear to aid that.  Additionally, most reception offer some form of alcohol consumption.  The sooner someone gives the toast, the less alcohol they’ll have consumed during a four or five our open bar.  Depending on the inside jokes and teenage/college stories, that may be a good idea,

Through these moments, you’re retaining the attention of the guests by doing everything at once.  Some things to be cautious about are later in the evening you’ll have a group at the bar, maybe out for a smoke, you may have a guest leave early, etc.  Typically, at the time of introductions everyone is in the room and no one will miss one of these highlight moments. 

- Jason Klock, Founder of Klock Entertainment

 

First Private Showcase of 2017: Announced!

We are excited to announce that our first Private Showcase of 2017 has been announced!

On Wednesday, January 18th at Historic Acres of Hershey, we'll be showcasing our talent, production, creative design options, and latest photo booth options! The time is 7pm - 9pm. We'll also have some of our friends that include Uncommon Catering, Films By J, Tony Gibble PhotographyCouture Cakery,  MX2 Design and Vineyard of Hershey!.  Space is limited so please sign up below!

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December 2016 Newsletter

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Welcome to December!
A Season of Opportunity

We love keeping you up to date all year-long with our events and activities.  Along with the holidays, December brings us many new and exciting opportunities. After a busy season of corporate events, new staff members, holiday parties, and more we are excited to get ready to start the New Year!

We LOVE bridal shows! If you are newly engaged, be sure to come out to your local bridal show and stop by our booth. We can't wait to see you there! 

Be sure to keep a look out for Klock Entertainment in the next month. We are eager and ready to rock 2017! If you have an upcoming wedding or event, make sure to Contact Us today to take advantage of some winter pricing and combining service deals!  
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In this video we were a full-service event partner for Sustainable Roofing and Waterproofing Alliance Conference. We provided Production, Audio, Video, Projection, Lighting, Set Design, Content, After Hours Entertainment, and Social Media Integration for their annual conference. Additionally we got to create the lighting and programming for the final banquet which had performances from Cirque-tacular Entertainment! It's always a pleasure working with The Hershey Lodge and Thank You Films By J for another great video! Thank you SRWA, we are looking forward to 2017!
We are very excited to announce that DJ Ryan "Puff" Downes has joined our team of talented DJs! You may recognize Puff from the radio station HOT 93.5. Welcome to the Klock Entertainment Family, Puff! Cheers to many awesome weddings and events! Click here to watch our new promo video.
Thank you to "The Knot" for voting us The Knot's Best of Weddings for 2017! We tried to make a video to thank you all, but it didn't go quite as planned! Click Here to watch the video.
Nick Fortini ROCKED one of his biggest weddings of the year  at one of our favorite Harrisburg venues, The Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey!  Click Here to watch a video recap of the night.
 
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October 2016 Newsletter

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Welcome To October!


We have been keeping you up to date all year with our events and fun throughout the year.  October is our last super busy month of weddings and events before we start to prepare for the year-end corporate conferences and numerous holiday parties! 

We've recently updated our Corporate & Production Page on our website.  Take a look.  Share with a friend if you think we can help them with an upcoming function or party!  Many party planning committees start the planning in the month of October.  If you're on one, make sure to Contact Us today to take advantage of some winter pricing and combining service deals!  

Thank you Tony Gibble Photography for sharing some awesome images of an awesome wedding we worked together at Moonstone Manor
Last Newsletter we shared the schedule for Kipona 100. Enjoy this video recap of what took place. Click here to watch the video.
Nick and Jason Co-Headlined this year's Simply The Best Gala presented by Harrisburg Magazine! Click Here to watch the video.
Joe Cooper ROCKED a wedding at one of our favorite York venues, Heritage Hills!  Click Here to watch the video
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I'm getting married in a barn. Should I have any lighting?

There is no denying that barn style venues have made their mark in the wedding industry. Klock Entertainment has had the opportunity to work at so many cool venues that that taken on this style, and every time the same question seems to come up…”I like the way my venue looks, do I need lighting?”  The short answer is no, if you are completely content with the way your venue looks then I would argue that there is no need to change it.  However, there are ways to enhance your venue, rather than change the way it feels.  Below you’ll find some of our most popular options for barn style venues that create even more ambiance, without taking away from that natural feel that drew you to the venue initially.

Harrisburg's Simply The Best Gala 2016

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

Thank you for voting us Harrisburg's Simply The Best Entertainment & Production Company for the 3rd year in a row!  This makes 5 years total being a finalist for this prestigious award in our local community.  Join us at the annual celebration Gala on Thursday, September 1st from 5:00pm - 10:00pm (or later!) at The Camp Hill Radisson Hotel & Conference Center.  This is always a super fun event to calibrate with talent from The JDK Group, The Band Jazz Me, Harrisburg Magazine, and dozens of eateries in the Greater Harrisburg Area Community.  This year, join DJ Nick Fortini Headlining the party after the awards! 

Stay tuned for a follow up blog and media from the fun!  In the meantime, here a few photos from last years fun! 

Introductions are our FAVORITE part of a reception!

When we have planning meetings with couples prior to their wedding day, one of the most common questions we get is “What do most people do for introductions?”  There is no single answer to this question.  Some couples create a list of VIPs including their wedding party, grandparents, parents, ring bearers, and flower girls.  Other entrances feature only the two newlyweds walking through the front doors to a slammin’ soundtrack.  We created a compilation video of pro-shot, self-shot, and cell phone footage to show how exciting being introduced can be!

Whether you choose to include the entire extended family or just a few close friends, this part of the night sets the tone and energy for the rest of the evening.   You can have your wedding party greet you by forming an arch or a straight line on the dance floor as you lead into your first dance.  Encourage your wedding party to add some creativity to their entrance with props, dance routines, or by picking their own intro song.  For Wedding Intro Song Ideas, hop over to our Wedding Songs Blog post and get sample tracks for each part of the night.