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Wedding Games

October 20, 2017
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Wedding Games – Yes or No?

Wedding games can be a great way to keep guests entertained at your special event and have become popular parts of many memorable wedding days. They provide something for your guests to do while the wedding party is getting photographed and can be the perfect ice breaker for guests who haven’t met. The key is deciding how and which games to incorporate into your special day, without becoming tasteless with overly silly or questionable game choices.

Outdoor wedding receptions can take advantage of yard games that can enhance a beautiful venue and act as an extension of your theme or décor. Choose games that are special to your love story. Here are some fun examples:

Ring Toss – The exchange of wedding rings can be represented by this game. Create your own ring toss set, incorporating wine glasses or bottles painted in your wedding colors and decorated with jewels.

Cornhole – Customize this popular game by painting your wedding date, names, or Bride and Groom on the boards and make bean bags that coordinate with your wedding colors and theme.

Giant Jenga – Create a giant-sized Jenga game with large wooden blocks painted in your wedding colors and imprinted with fun facts about you and your new spouse.

Wedding table games can help entertain guests while waiting for the meal to be served or for tables to be called to the buffet. They can also provide an easy way for table-mates to get to know one another. Some popular wedding table games are:

I Spy – This popular game is not only fun for the guests but also provides candid photos for the bride and groom to enjoy after the wedding. On each table place a list of items for the guests to find or do and then photograph on their personal or disposable table cameras. Photo ideas you can incorporate are a group selfie, the youngest and/or oldest person at the wedding, dance moves, a special kiss, clinking champagne glasses, and the sunset, to name just a few. The possibilities are endless.

Bride and Groom Trivia – Create a list of trivia questions about the bride and groom for the guests to answer. The DJ or a member of the wedding party can read the answers and reward the person with the most correct answers with a prize, or at least with recognition that they know the bride and groom the best.

Board Game Centerpieces – Games, such as dominoes, Uno, Trivial Pursuit, and Yahtzee can be incorporated into your table décor, creating colorful centerpieces and providing endless entertainment for guests of all ages.

Games for the whole group, wedding party and guests, are a great way to get the crowd to interact. Popular large group games include:

Wedding Shoe Game – In this popular game the bride and groom sit back to back, each holding one of the bride’s shoes and one of the groom’s shoes. The DJ reads questions and the bride and groom hold up the shoe of the person who best represents the answer to that question. In addition to preset questions, ask guests to submit questions as well. Some sample questions might include:

  • Who is the better dancer/singer?
  • Who has more shoes?
  • Who is the best driver?
  • Who falls asleep first while watching TV?
  • Who is the best cook?

Anniversary Dance – This is a great way to get your guests up and dancing. First, the DJ invites all married couples onto the dance floor. He/she then announces various years of marriage, asking those who have been married one year or less to leave the dance floor, then five years or less, until only the couple who has been married the longest remains on the dance floor.

Finally, if you have a number of children attending your wedding you may want to include some activities just for them. Some fun examples of children’s games are:

Mini I Spy – Provide disposal cameras for the kids and lists of pictures of items for them to find and photograph. Fun photo ideas can include a ponytail, a colorful shoe, a half-eaten piece of cake, someone dancing in a silly way, and a wrapped wedding gift.

Kids Dance Off – Challenge the kids to get on the dance floor and show off their best dance moves for a special “kids only” song. Gather around and cheer them on.

Wedding Color Book – Create a customized color book of your wedding. Include crayons or colored pencils and stickers to keep the little ones busy while seated.

This represents just a few of the ways and types of games that can be incorporated into your wedding, should you decide to do so. Games will undoubtedly keep your guests entertained, but they may not fit into the vision of your wedding. Do you like the idea of games at your wedding and have you played them at weddings you have attended? We would love to hear your thoughts as well as learn about any other fun and crowd-pleasing wedding games you have played.

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Top 200 Most Requested Songs in 2016

January 4, 2017
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The Top 200 Most Requested Songs In 2016 – THIS IS AN OLD LIST FROM 2014 – THE NEW LIST WILL BE UP IN A COUPLE DAYS!
Here are the Top 200 requested songs played at weddings and private events in 2016.  This list is compiled
based on over 2 million song requests made using the DJ Event Planner song request system.  To use this
online planning system, please contact Amos Productions by phone or email.  You can also visit our
Get A Quote” page and you will be assigned an online planning account – no purchase necessary.
Rank Song Song Title
1 Journey Don’t Stop Believin’
2 Robin Thicke Blurred Lines
3 Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling
4 Cupid Cupid Shuffle
5 Bon Jovi Livin’ On A Prayer
6 Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline
7 Pharrell Williams Happy
8 Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance With Somebody
9 LMFAO Party Rock Anthem
10 Bruno Mars Marry You
11 Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl
12 DJ Casper Cha Cha Slide
13 B-52’s Love Shack
14 Daft Punk Get Lucky
15 Beyonce Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
16 Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger
17 Usher Yeah!
18 Beatles Twist And Shout
19 Michael Jackson Billie Jean
20 Rihanna We Found Love
21 AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long
22 V.I.C. Wobble
23 LMFAO Sexy And I Know It
24 Pitbull featuring Kesha Timber
25 Kenny Loggins Footloose
26 OutKast Hey Ya!
27 Psy Gangam Style
28 Animal House Shout
29 Pitbull Give Me Everything
30 Justin Timberlake Sexyback
31 John Legend All Of Me
32 Frank Sinatra The Way You Look Tonight
33 Sir Mix-A-Lot Baby Got Back
34 Garth Brooks Friends In Low Places
35 Bryan Adams Summer Of ’69
36 Elvis Presley Can’t Help Falling In Love
37 ABBA Dancing Queen
38 Pink Raise Your Glass
39 Foundations Build Me Up Buttercup
40 Beyonce Crazy In Love
41 Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe
42 Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama
43 Sister Sledge We Are Family
44 Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me
45 Eric Clapton Wonderful Tonight
46 Etta James At Last
47 Train Marry Me
48 Michael Jackson Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
49 Lumineers Ho Hey
50 Temptations My Girl
51 Killers Mr. Brightside
52 Old Crow Medicine Show Wagon Wheel
53 Dexys Midnight Runners Come On Eileen
54 Macklemore & Ryan Can’t Hold Us
55 Cobra Starship You Make Me Feel
56 Macklemore & Ryan Thrift Shop
57 Flo Rida Low
58 Kool & The Gang Celebration
59 Avicii Wake Me Up!
60 House Of Pain Jump Around
61 Michael Jackson Thriller
62 Village People Y.M.C.A.
63 Florida Georgia Line Cruise
64 Rednex Cotton Eye Joe
65 Kings Of Leon Sex On Fire
66 Earth, Wind and Fire September
67 Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun
68 DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon Turn Down For What
69 Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby
70 Montell Jordan This Is How We Do It
71 Katy Perry Firework
72 LMFAO Shots
73 Chris Brown Forever
74 Lady GaGa Just Dance
75 Taio Cruz Dynamite
76 Billy Joel Just The Way You Are
77 Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World
78 Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
79 Jason Mraz I’m Yours
80 Salt ‘N Pepa Push It
81 Bruno Mars Treasure
82 Don Omar Danza Kuduro
83 Miley Cyrus Party In The U.S.A.
84 Christina Perri A Thousand Years
85 Usher Dj Got Us Fallin’ In Love
86 Bob Seger Old Time Rock N Roll
87 Zac Brown Band Chicken Fried
88 Michael Buble Everything
89 Drake Fancy
90 Bruno Mars Locked Out Of Heaven
91 Wild Cherry Play That Funky Music
92 M.C. Hammer U Can’t Touch This
93 Ben E. King Stand By Me
94 Luke Bryan Country Girl (Shake It For Me)
95 Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine
96 Aerosmith I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
97 Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive
98 Cali Swag District Teach Me How To Dougie
99 Nelly Hot In Herre
100 Rick Springfield Jessie’s Girl
101 Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love
102 Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
103 Icona Pop I Love It
104 Jason Derulo Talk Dirty
105 Marcia Griffiths Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)
106 Justin Timberlake Suit & Tie
107 Chubby Checker The Twist
108 Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Moon
109 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
110 Los Del Mar Macarena
111 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Grease Megamix
112 Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Get Low
113 David Guetta Titanium
114 Jack Johnson Better Together
115 Eddie Money Take Me Home Tonight
116 Rihanna Don’t Stop The Music
117 Oasis Wonderwall
118 Proclaimers I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
119 James Taylor How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
120 One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
121 Al Green Let’s Stay Together
122 Lonestar Amazed
123 Calvin Harris Feel So Close
124 George Harrison Dark Horse
125 Commodores Brick House
126 Jennifer Lopez On The Floor
127 Taylor Swift Shake It Off
128 Jason Mraz I Won’t Give Up
129 Michael Buble Save The Last Dance For Me
130 Michael Jackson Beat It
131 Big & Rich Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)
132 Queen Don’t Stop Me Now
133 Rihanna Only Girl (In The World)
134 Blake Shelton God Gave Me You
135 Blake Shelton Home
136 Flo Rida Club Can’t Handle Me
137 Billy Joel Piano Man
138 Spice Girls Wannabe
139 Mumford & Songs I Will Wait
140 Kanye West Gold Digger
141 Swedish House Mafia Don’t You Worry Child
142 Clean Bandit Rather Be
143 Nat King Cole Unforgettable
144 Fun We Are Young
145 Usher OMG
146 Katy Perry Roar
147 K-Ci & JoJo All My Life
148 Lady GaGa Poker Face
149 Aretha Franklin Respect
150 Young M.C. Bust A Move
151 Jackson 5 ABC
152 A-Ha Take On Me
153 Nicki Minaj Starships
154 Justin Timberlake Rock Your Body
155 Frank Sinatra New York, New York
156 Pitbul & Christina Aguilera Feel This Moment
157 Haddaway What Is Love
158 Meghan Trainor All About That Bass
159 Shakira Hips Don’t Lie
160 Norah Jones Come Away With Me
161 Stevie Wonder Superstition
162 Madonna Like A Prayer
163 Prince Kiss
164 Jason Mraz Lucky
165 Ike & Tina Turner Proud Mary
166 Bell Biv DeVoe Poison
167 Backstreet Boys Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
168 Black Eyed Peas Let’s Get It Started
169 Justin Timberlake Mirrors
170 American Authors Best Day Of My Life
171 BLACKstreet No Diggity
172 OneRepublic Counting Stars
173 Journey Faithfully
174 Jay-Z Empire State Of Mind
175 Elton John Your Song
176 Avicii Levels
177 Nicki Minaj Super Bass
178 Lifehouse You And Me
179 Billy Idol White Wedding
180 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive
181 Ke$ha Tik Tok
182 Nickelback Animals
183 Black Eyed Peas Don’t Stop The Party
184 Black Eyed Peas The Time (Dirty Bit)
185 Dion Runaround Sue
186 Rascal Flatts Bless The Broken Road
187 Johnny Cash Ring Of Fire
188 David Sanborn Bang Bang
189 Amy Winehouse Valerie
190 Bastille Pompeii
191 50 Cent In Da Club
192 Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On
193 Flo Rida Good Feeling
194 Weather Girls It’s Raining Men
195 K.C and the Sunshine Band Get Down Tonight
196 Supremes You Can’t Hurry Love
197 Flo Rida Right Round
198 Frankie Valli Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
199 Daft Punk One More Time
200 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal
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Wedding Toasts & Speeches

March 19, 2015
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Writing a Best Man or Maid/Matron of Honor Speech

Delivering a wedding toast or speech should be fun, personal and from the heart. Remember, that you will probably be on video, so start preparing yourself to be in the spot light. If you are reading this, we assume you have been chosen to deliver a toast or speech to a bride and groom. To help you get started, we have included some tips on writing and delivering a speech.

Begin by writing down thoughts about the bride and groom and your relationship to them.

• How do you know them?
• Why did they choose you as best man or maid of honor?
• How would you describe each of them? What are the first five adjectives that come to mind?
• What was the groom like before he met the bride? How has he changed knowing her?
• How did they meet? How did the bride tell you about him?
• If you are married, you may want to share marriage advice you’ve received or have learned.
• Are there any particularly amusing anecdotes that illustrate who the bride and/or groom are?

Get creative and if appropriate, use humor to capture the attention of your audience and emotion to cause them to shed a tear. You may want to organize your speech into a top 3 or top 10 list, citing the top reasons why the Bride and Groom belong together. Another fun idea is to write your speech around a bag of items that you bring, handing off each item in the bag to either the Bride or Groom as you offer advice, thoughts, or humor related to each item.

Tips to remember when preparing your speech:

• Introduce Yourself – The Bride and Groom know who you are but probably most of the audience will not.
• Express gratitude – Thank the Bride and Groom for including you and all the guests in their special day.
• Compliment the Bride – It’s the Bride’s day; make her feel extra-special.
• Appropriate content – Make sure the content of your speech is appropriate for the audience.
• Limit your time – Stay on topic and limit your time to 3-5 minutes.
• Closing line – End with a beautiful romantic quote or a heartfelt comment.
• Prepare – Practice and use notecards if needed.

Tips for the day of the wedding:

• Know how to operate the microphone and don’t be afraid to use it.
• Work with the videographer to determine the best spot to deliver your speech.
• Speak clearly.
• Deliver your speech at a good pace – not too fast, not too slow.
• Limit your alcohol consumption prior to your speech.
• Be sure to raise a glass to the couple at the end of your speech.

Especially for the Maid/Matron of Honor

Your friend or family member asked you to be her Maid/Matron of Honor because you are special to her. She is trusting you to represent this special relationship in a speech to all the other guests. Be sure to take this responsibility seriously by preparing a speech and practicing. Speak from your heart, be yourself, and don’t feel pressured to be funny or sentimental or lengthy.

Especially for the Best Man:

Similarly, the Groom chose you to be his Best Man because you are significant in his life. Whether you choose to roast the Groom with a series of funny stories and anecdotes, take a more serious approach, or combine the two, it’s important to pay tribute to the Groom and his Bride. Be yourself and make sure to deliver a speech that reflects your genuine relationship with the Groom. The Best Man speech is generally expected to be humorous. Here is just one example:

I am happy to be here tonight. When the groom wanted a Best Man, he went to the smartest man he knew. When he said no, he asked the most handsome man he knew. When he said no, he asked the most popular man he knew. And finally after being asked 3 times, I agreed.

Amos Productions Event Services:

The key to a successful event is all in the planning stages. At Amos Productions, our staff of certified professionals have years of experience and advice to offer you. For just about every event we do, we help guide you through the planning stages and assist you in pulling together all of the details for a seamless result. Building a custom timeline, planning important formalities, selecting the right staff and equipment, as well as choosing the appropriate music for your event, are just some of our specialties. Our goal is to exceed your expectations before the event even begins. Our Monthly Open House is a great opportunity to learn more about our services.

Here’s to creating a memorable speech for a very special occasion. Cheers!

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Tips for Hiring the Right Wedding DJ

October 9, 2014
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AMOSPRO DJ Rob Mutzl (center) pictured with 4 couples he DJ’ed weddings for.


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Tips for Hiring the Right DJ for Your Wedding

While there are many important decisions to make when planning your wedding or special event, none may be as crucial to its success as the selection of a DJ. The role of a professional DJ is to not only play music that sets the mood, but to also take charge of the event timeline, ensuring all vendors are working together and all your requests are met. The DJ acts as the Master of Ceremony, gracefully guiding your guests from one spotlight moment to the next using both announcements and music. With just the right combination of both, your event will be memorable for both you and your guests.

Undoubtedly you’ve been to weddings or other events where guests pack the dance floor, clapping, singing, and dancing to popular music from every era that everyone knows. The mood is fun, exciting, and carefree. You’ve likely also been to events that are not quite so lively, where a canned list of “reception” music has cleared the dance floor and most guests watch from the sidelines or leave early. Instead of fun and entertaining, the DJ has created a not-so-special mood that encourages disengagement from the event.

So what should you look for and what questions should you ask when hiring a DJ? Amos Productions has compiled the following list of important things to consider when making your DJ decision.

Referrals from family and friends are a great way to start gathering a list of prospective DJs, as are referrals from your other vendors, such as photographer, event coordinator, and florist. Online sources, including Wedding Wire, The Knot, and Yelp are popular sites with honest opinions and first-hand experience with many different professional DJ services. Pay particular attention to DJs who have won recognition from The Knot or the Bride’s Choice Awards, as awards are given based on votes by actual clients. A word of caution however, about considering a DJ recommendation from your chosen venue, as some venues have commission relationships with specific DJs and you may not always get the best recommendation.

Most often, reputable, professional DJs have updated websites that offer a description of services, insight into their style, and contact options for requesting pricing and/or additional information. Many DJs do not post prices on their website because they prefer to learn more about your special event in order to customize services and pricing to best meet your needs.

The equipment used by the DJ is also important to the success of your event. Be sure their equipment is up-to-date, that their equipment meets your needs (i.e., wireless microphone, number of speakers suits your venue size, special electrical needs can be accommodated), and that back-up equipment is available if needed.

Always plan to meet with prospective DJs in order to assess personality and style, discuss what is most important to you, ask questions, and make connections. Base your DJ selection on the best personality fit for you as well as the style you hope to evoke at your special event. Listed below are some questions you may want to consider when making your DJ decision.

· Is the DJ you are considering well-qualified? How many weddings or other events has the DJ worked and do they have client testimonials they can share with you? Go online and read reviews about the DJ and the company to ensure you are hiring a reliable expert in the industry.

· Is the DJ you choose available on your event date? Make sure that DJ is the one who will be at your event and not one selected and sent by the company in general.

· What is the cost of DJ services and what exactly is included? If services other than the DJ are offered, does the company offer a multiple service discount? Does the fee include planning meetings, setup and strike fees, ceremony and reception music, microphones, and lighting? Are the fees quoted comparable to other local DJ services? Higher prices may be an indication of more professional service, better equipment, and other higher-end services, but if this is the case, the company should be able to justify the costs to their clients.

· Professional DJ companies offer clients written contracts that include the terms of the agreement and the cancellation policy. A signed contract is important to ensure the DJ will be at your event on-time and with all the right equipment, and that there is a back-up plan in place should the DJ not be able to make it or in the event of an equipment failure. A contract will confirm costs and payments, as well as indicate whether a retainer fee is required and if the retainer is refundable should your event be canceled or postponed. Be sure the DJ has full liability insurance, which protects you as well as the event venue in the unlikely event that something unexpected happens.

· Has the DJ worked other events at your venue? If so, the DJ will likely know the room configuration, the staff, electrical requirements, any unique challenges, and will therefore be well-prepared on the day of your event.

· Will the DJ act as the Emcee for your event and what is the DJ’s style on the microphone? What will he/she do if no one is dancing? Energize the crowd with the microphone or with careful song selection? How does music selection work? It is important that the music reflects you, that special song selections and requests are allowed, and the DJ is able to accommodate last-minute changes. These questions will help you decide if the DJ is a good fit for you.

Finally, the debate between hiring a DJ or a band may be a decision you make as well. A live band provides a much different experience than a DJ. A band typically has a larger sound system, requires more space and set-up coordination, interacts differently with the crowd, and is usually more expensive. Your DJ versus band decision may come down to what type of feel and experience you want for your wedding or event.

Jody Amos, owner of Amos Productions, has been in the wedding and event industry for over 20 years, has worked with many different vendors, knows what works and what doesn’t, and wants you to know why Amos Productions is the right choice for your event. “Amos Productions has many professional DJs with 10 or more years of experience. We continually train our staff on new technologies and innovative ideas in the industry as well as network with other professionals that help execute a perfect wedding or event. At Amos Productions, equipment is constantly upgraded and we provide our customers with a variety of planning tools to help customize your special wedding or event.”


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