Wedding DJs in Wellington

Wedding DJs in Wellington

It occurs to me that anyone reading through my website will be looking at my photos of beautiful weddings and events I’ve entertained all over New Zealand, as well as occasionally overseas. It would be easy to think that although I’m a mobile DJ based in...

Wedding Speeches Made Easy!

Once again I’m honoured to be the Master of Ceremonies at Auckland’s premier wedding event for the year, the Grand Wedding Show at Sky City. Additionally I’ll be co-hosting a seminar with Auckland MC and DJ Nick Logan called...

Learning More About Popular Music

For most of the 25 years I’ve been entertaining as a DJ, I’ve played music that I feel will fit the night, the mood and the crowd. Recently I realised that my perception of older songs is likely to be quite different to that of the guests at my events,...
The dreaded price question!

The dreaded price question!

Most people don’t ask a Florist “how much for flowers for my wedding?” without discussing what it is they actually have in mind. It doesn’t make sense to ask a Lawyer for a rate for his/her service without sitting down and discussing your case....
Finished at Turoa Ski Lodge after a 19 year residency!

Finished at Turoa Ski Lodge after a 19 year residency!

For the last 19 years I’ve been fortunate enough to be the resident DJ at one of Ohakune’s most beloved venues and accommodations spots, the Turoa Ski Lodge. Over the years I’ve driven up to the mountain, worked either Friday and Saturday, or just Saturday nights and...
DJ price 1986 vs 2018

DJ price 1986 vs 2018

Hiring an average New Zealand mobile DJ to entertain at your wedding in early 1986 (when I started) typically cost around $400.00. According to the Reserve Bank’s inflation calculator, $400 in wages would be the equivilant of $1,286.13 in quarter 2 of 2018. This...

Will your DJ have signage at your event?

During a recent thread on a New Zealand wedding forum, contributor Hayhay made the following comment about a DJ in Hawkes Bay; My SIL used xyz – he was very good, but he did have a very big obvious logo on his booth, which really stuck out to DH and I! In my...

Fun First Dance Idea

Choosing a first dance song can be a real challenge for many couples. If you are having difficulty deciding on a first dance, here’s a fun idea to add a little bit of mystique to your reception and involve your guests in one of the major elements. Sit down as a couple...

Prime February 2011 date now available

A change of plans for one couple has made for a possible great piece of news for others. A couple who booked me to entertain at their wedding on 26th February 2011 have had to reschedule their date. What this means of course is that I am now available to entertain on...

Offering assistance to an MC in Nairobi

Today I received an email that made me happy to be of assistance. It read; Hi Richard Thank you so much for your tips on being a wedding MC. I am writing you from Nairobi Kenya and will be MC at my very 1st event on the 20th of October (the day after tomorrow!!). I...

Just a DJ or a DJ and MC?

There is a lot of cross over and no clear demarcation point between the DJ and DJ/MC roles. The skills and wedding experience that a good professional mobile DJ has puts them in an ideal position to move into the MC role. As for my service, I don’t charge out my...
Grand Wedding Show in Auckland

Grand Wedding Show in Auckland

As I write this, I’m sitting on a Boeing 737-300 on the Tarmac in Wellington. In a few minutes I’ll be in the air, on my way up to Auckland, to once again work as Master of Ceremonies for the Grand Wedding Show’s Bridal Fashion Parades. Lisa...

Quote For A DJ For Just 4 Hours

One of the most common requests from any mobile MC & DJ’s prospective clients is the question asking for a quote for a price for a 4 or 5 hour wedding entertainment package. In my early years as a mobile DJ, this wasn’t a problem, because I really...

How I Learned To Bring Backup

About 15 years ago, I was like most DJs in my market. I only charged around $500 for an event and other than finding out the most basic details, such as the venue and start/finish times, I really did no show preparation at all. For weddings, I’d know the...

Fake Shure SM58 Microphones

I’ve seen a lot of these fake microphones popping up again, so I thought I’d post this as it’s good consumer advice. It also applies to the Sennheiser brand and presumably others, although I don’t have pictorial evidence of them. Be aware that...

Photographer misses the first dance!

I was reading comments from a British DJ on a UK DJ forum today. At the last wedding he entertained, he was getting ready to play the first dance for the Bride & Groom. He got the song queued up, prepared the following song also, checked that the couple were ready...

Just a DJ?

Every now and then I’m genuinely pleased that I’ve paid attention to the little things that sometimes go wrong at weddings. Take today for example.I arrived to set up two hours before the ceremony. No outside power. No problem, I have my generator. The...

Amazing Distances Driven In 4 Months!

The first quarter of 2010 has been incredible for me. I’ve enjoyed DJ and MC work literally all over the country and have clocked up some astonishing kilometres in my car. Because I need to take my gear with me, it’s most convenient to drive to my events. When...
Telecom- Are You Listening?

Telecom- Are You Listening?

In a recent blog post, Andy Sernovitz said the following: We’ve been hosting our email with the same company for 10 years. It’s been rock-solid, with the occasional problem solved quickly and well. We were the first in line when they offered a new, upgraded server....
DJ & MC work all over New Zealand

DJ & MC work all over New Zealand

What a fascinating season year it’s been already been. I’ve been fortunate enough to entertain clients and their guests in some of the country’s most beautiful locations and there’s more still to come before winter hits. I saw in the New Year celebrating a surprise...
2010 Best Nationwide DJs & MCs Award

2010 Best Nationwide DJs & MCs Award

For the second consecutive year, I’m honoured and extremely proud to have been nominated as a finalist in the 2010 Corporate Events Guide People’s Choice Awards in the classification “Best Nationwide DJs & MCs. I was delighted to win this...
Bride & Groom’s initials as a monogram

Bride & Groom’s initials as a monogram

A few months ago I was fortunate enough to purchase an extremely compact data/video projector for an extremely reasonable price. I had the intention of using it to play video footage that I occasionally get asked to present at my client’s events. Messages from...
First use of new portable generator

First use of new portable generator

The recent acquisition of a Honda EU10i portable inverter generator was a long-time coming. For years I’d wanted to have a generator so that I had the ability to provide beautiful sound virtually anywhere that my clients required it, as well as back-up power in...