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Ask the Pro- DJ

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Cory Leonardo, owner of PartyZone Productions, shared some knowledge on DJ-ing and his company. Starting PartyZone Productions nearly 30 years ago, Cory has seen and done it all!

PartyZone is seasoned in weddings and events, we hope Cory's advice will answer a lot of your questions regarding DJ's!

How long have you been in the entertainment business?

This question will date me, ha! When I was in high school we had a 7th period dance and they needed a DJ on the cheap. Needless to say I gathered ALL of the music I had and that started it all. That was 28 years ago.

I can say that DJ-ing has taken me all over the United States and allowed me to do and see things that a lot of people dream of. I’ve spent six months on the road with George Strait, opened for Robin Meade and Kellie Pickler, destination weddings all over the nation, nite clubs all over the state, emcee for Hawaiian Tropic for 5 different states and so much more. There’s no other feeling in the world than that tickle right before you go on stage. I’ve never really worked a day in my life.

What is your favorite thing about DJ’ing a wedding or event?

One of my favorite things about a wedding is to see a bride and groom on the dance floor surrounded by their friends and family and they’re having the time of their lives. The release of stress from all of the planning the day itself and they find themselves truly enjoying all of the celebration and fruits of their labor. DJ-ing corporate events- whether that be a holiday party, fund raiser, trade show or something else is always different. You really need to be in touch what that client’s goals. Sometimes a dance party isn’t exactly what they want. They just want people feeling the “vibe”. Sometimes they want just background music etc.

We produced background for a corporate client trade show. They wanted people happy, they wanted energy in the room, they wanted people to stick around and talk to the vendors in the room. We made it happen. We had vendors dancing with future clients in the aisles and making sales. We were invited back to take part in their next trade show in Atlanta, GA.

What popular trends are you seeing right now?

Trends in events are all over the place. No two events are the same. It really depends on the taste of the Bride and Groom or theme of the event.

  • Wedding backdrops - They’ve always been there in the since of an arbor or something simple. Now we’re seeing a lot of draping and specialized lighting.
  • Fabrics - Room draping, entrances, dance floor, ceiling swags etc. Transforming your room from what it looks like to something totally custom and beautiful.
  •  Uplighting - New technology in the LED industry allows us to make any color imaginable. Muted colors seem to be the hot thing this season. Champagne, Blush and Tiffany Blue’s seem to the HOT colors.
  • Cake Lighting - Simple little lighting on the cake makes it really pop and become a centerpiece for the room.
  • Cake Mapping - Disney really marketed this well. Their Tinkerbell video flying to the top of the cake, touching it and a waterfall comes down the cake. Several other animated segments to follow. This allows the Bride and Groom several options. Slideshows, Custom monograms or animations on the cake just for their wedding. They can use a larger fake cake stand in and they have a small cake behind to cut and feed each other. Then the guests can have cupcakes, pie, cookies or even a sheet cake from the back for much less. Fair warning for all brides that want this process. This isn’t just a projector shining on to a cake. It’s a fairly sophisticated program that takes into account angles from the projector and each individual  layer.
  • Furniture - We’ve seen everything from elegant white leather couches to a high back chairs for the sweet heart tables.

If someone is not expecting a lot of dancing at their event, do you still recommend having a DJ?

 A DJ is so much more than someone playing music. They’re the central point for all of the vendors. Making basic announcements, introducing special speakers, moving people from one area to another etc. They really control the room. A good DJ can do this without ever being seen.

What sets you apart from other DJ’s in the Louisville Area?

I get asked this question by clients a lot. When I started PartyZone Productions I asked myself, do I want to be a cheesy DJ, wear the hats, get on the floor and be the center of attention? Or, do I want to handle the event with class, style and elegance? Provide professional equipment and services and be able to still throw the party of a lifetime. I chose the later.

PartyZone becomes your partner in the success of your event. We meet and discuss your event and create an itinerary. The client leaves with a copy. We provide the venue and all of the trades involved with a copy. This ensures that everyone is all on the same page. Then we execute the day. Do things change? Do things move around? Sure! It’s not our day though so we make it happen. Our goal is for the client to be able to come in and relax. We’ll take it from here…

What also makes us different than most other services is that this is all I do. We have an office in Bluegrass Industrial Park where we can meet and discuss all of your details. We have tons of equipment for any option or theme an event may need.  I also invest in our people. We do training sessions and travel to national trade shows to experience and learn.

What is your best advice for someone who is looking for a DJ?

Let’s face it your DJ is the one service you’re going to hire that can truly MAKE OR BREAK your entire reception.

  • RESEARCH YOUR DJ!
  • Ask your venue for a referral. They see the good, bad and ugly every weekend.
  • Make sure that your DJ has good reviews. Search on www.weddingwire.com, www.theknot.com, www.yelp.com, and www.google.com.
  • Ask for referrals from friends or even the other services you’ve already hired.
  • Ask to see pictures of their set up. Who wants plan this beautiful day to show up and see cables hanging all over the place, a sloppy table and someone sitting behind a table?
  • What do they wear? All of our guys wear suits. We were hired not to long ago where we provided lighting only. The DJ they hired from Facebook was wearing a Budweiser T-shirt and Jeans.
  • If your DJ takes themselves and your event serious enough they’ll be insured and registered with the state.

For more information, visit their website today! 

Rooftop Proposal

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Even on a rainy day, our rooftop provided the perfect photo op for a perfect proposal! Andrew wanted to make sure Ashley was completely surprised; clearly he did a great job! Thank you Ashley and Andrew for sharing your adorable photos taken by Abby Ott. We wish Andrew and Ashley all the best! 

Simple & Sophisticated

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We fell in love with Katelyn & Clay's wedding! The simple yet stunning decor was beautiful and the family style dinner was a fun twist. We wish them all the happiness as they spend the rest of their lives together! Check out these amazing photos taken by Bethaney Danné Photography .

Caterer: The Catering Company

Cake: Heitzman Bakery

Bar: Masterson's

DJ: Elite Signature DJ

Florist: Savannah Robin (Bridesmaid)

Venue: Frazier Rooftop Garden and 4th Floor Loft

Photographer: Bethaney Danné

Ask the Pro- Florist

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We asked Jill Elizabeth, owner and creator of J. Elizabeth Designs, to share her insight and expertise on wedding flowers. Jill has been in the industry for nearly 20 years and has done her fair share of weddings!

We hope her advice eases the stress and confusion of picking out your wedding flowers!

What are some popular trends/ requests you have been noticing lately?

One word- greenery.  It's making a come back in a big way. 

For a bride who has no idea where to begin when ordering flowers, what do you suggest?

Go to a professional.  Start with the basics for your wedding- location, time of day, season, and colors for the wedding.  Each of these components contribute to the overall look for a wedding.  Look at photos of the florists own work and the bride should bring what inspires her; whether it be photos, Pinterest, magazines, or even paint chips.  The designer can then blend all ideas together cohesively.

What is important information you think brides should know when inquiring/ planning their flowers for their wedding?

Flowers can be a "Big Ticket" item for a wedding- dependent upon their importance.  Every wedding is unique so therefore pricing for each wedding is equally unique.  Every wedding can be beautiful on any budget.

Do you have a ballpark average of what flowers for a wedding cost?

Between 5%-15% of the overall wedding budget, but we have had weddings for less than 5% and some for more than 15%.

How did you get into the floral business?

While I was in college I worked for 2 wonderful and well established florists in Louisville.  After graduation I worked for 2 other florists- one of which we almost purchased before deciding to start our own business.  After years of establishing the company we had the opportunity to purchase another flower shop and blend their company into ours. 

What is your favorite thing about doing flowers for people’s big day?

It's the happiest day of their lives and being a part of such a joyful moment is a blessing.

In your opinion, what sets you apart from other florists?

Our staff and wholesaler.  My mother and I started the company in 2003 and have built it from the ground up.  We would not be here without the people that have come along beside us.  The team(s) we have ad through the years believe in the company as much as we do.  They are talented in their own ways- from design, to organization, to setup and delivery- there is nothing they can not do.  We would not be here without the sales team at Dreisbach wholesale- they take care of us so that we can take care of our clients.

When do you recommend people reach out to florists to figure out their floral arrangements for their wedding?

As soon as they have a date.  It's never too late.  We have even had clients who have booked us before they have a date.  We just put their names on the potential dates and wait for the exact one once it is selected.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit J. Elizabeth Design's website!

 

Rooftop Garden

Host your next event in our new Pop up Park!

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We are excited to announce that Frazier's Pop Up Park (the PUP), located next door to the Museum, is now open and available to rent through the end of 2016! With market lighting and beer garden tables included with the rental, the PUP offers an urban feel right outside of the museum where your guests can enjoy the all the historic charm that Main Street has to offer.  We will also include an indoor back-up space with the rental because you know, Kentucky weather. 

It's an ideal space for a cocktail party, and can hold up to 300 guests for a cocktail-style standing reception.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule a tour! 502-753-5663 or fill out this form!

Pretty in Pink

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This September Rooftop wedding was absolutely stunning! We love the touches of soft pink and gold in the Loft for the reception. Jacob and Shaylyn's small, personal touches really tie the whole thing together! Thank you so much to  Whitney Knutson Photography for the gorgeous photographs!

  Band: The Company Band | Cake: Lady A Cakes | Caterer: Bristol Catering | Chair Rentals: Fifty Chairs | Decor: Millennium Events | Event Spaces: Fourth Floor Loft + Rooftop Garden | Florist: Country Squire | Photographer: Whitney Knutson Photography | Planner: Unveiled Details

 

Band: The Company Band | Cake: Lady A Cakes | Caterer: Bristol Catering | Chair Rentals: Fifty Chairs | Decor: Millennium Events | Event Spaces: Fourth Floor Loft + Rooftop Garden | Florist: Country Squire | Photographer: Whitney Knutson Photography | Planner: Unveiled Details

Ask the Pro - Catering

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We asked Brian Masterson, co-owner of Masterson's Catering, to share his insights on catering weddings. Brian’s special focus within Masterson's Catering is off premise catering for weddings and major special events. 

We hope his thoughts and ideas can help you plan your perfect wedding day!

Meet the Masterson Family (left to right): Paul, Andrew, Sueanna, and Brian Masterson

Meet the Masterson Family (left to right): Paul, Andrew, Sueanna, and Brian Masterson

What food and beverage trends are you noticing at weddings?

It’s all over the place right now.  I think we are definitely between trends. Truly rustic and “organic” events still have their place but they seem to be being refined visually and in taste to a more elegant take on that trend. 

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What’s your favorite part about a wedding?

Keeping the whole family calm, confident and focused on having a good time and creating life long memories.

What’s included in Masterson’s per person price?

Our price includes all floor length table linens for all tables in the event space, all needed china (no plastic unless you have to have it), stainless flatware, real glassware, and all catering related display and service equipment.

We have a lot of clients ask us, so we’ll ask you - what’s the difference between gratuity and service charge? And, what is the appropriate amount to tip?

With us, the service charge is meant to reflect the amount of direct labor on an event.  On caterings we do not do a service charge percentage but a flat dollar rate.  Why?  If you order a $30.00 menu you still want the same service that someone ordering a $60.00 menu would get. Regarding gratuities we recommend as much as you can afford!  I want my staff driving Ferraris. But we recommend not looking at it like a restaurant situation where you are practically obligated to tip 20% or more even for bad service.  Our catering staff works hard loading and unloading thousands of pounds of equipment with style and grace and a smile on their face.  An average wedding reception is an 11 to 12 hour shift for these guys.  We typically see gratuities in the range of $30.00 to $100.00 per staff member directly involved in your event. 

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Do you do food tastings and is there an extra charge for this?

We do individual tastings Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with start times of noon to 5:30pm and on the 1st Sunday of every month with start times of 1pm to 4pm.  There is no charge for up to six guests

Does Masterson’s Catering have a specialty cuisine?

The founder, our grandfather Nickolas Mastoras was a Greek immigrant (he Americanized our name to Masterson in the 40’s). We’ve have always had Mediterranean cuisine in our blood.  What I love about our family having been doing this for nearly 80 years though is that we have touched virtually every cuisine on this planet.

Do you have a favorite wedding menu items?

I love to do things that again are relevant to the family.  Old family recipes or favorites.  Twists on the childhood comfort foods of the bride and groom.  Foods of the region the bride and groom are from or show off our regional cuisine if a number of the guests are from out of town.

What do you think clients can overlook when choosing their caterer?

The whole picture.  Catering is so much more than just the food for 90% of events out there.  As unsexy as it sounds, catering is a logistics business.  How do you get a quality product and presentation, most efficiently and on time delivered to a client and their guests given constantly changing variables?              

What do you do best and why do your clients love you?

Our logistical aptitude I think is just better than everyone else in the market and that comfort and confidence that that infuses in our staff I think translates into a good calm bedside manner if you will.  You only get that from experience and no one in town has more than Masterson’s.

Looking for more information? Visit the Masterson's website or reach out to them at 502-636-2511.

Share the Love

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This rustic inspired wedding had all the perfect touches with accents of baby's breath, wooden blocks and mason jars. The Rooftop Garden provided a perfect setting for the ceremony and the band, Thumper and the Plaid Rabbits, had guests on the dance floor until the very end.

An extra special thank you to Kriech-Higdon Photography for sharing these gorg photos with us, so we can share them with you!

Band: Thumper and the Plaid Rabbits | Cheesecakes: Bristol | Catering: Bristol | Event Spaces: Rooftop Garden + Fourth Floor Loft |  Officiant: Robert "Bob" Mueller | Photographer: Kreich-Higdon Photography