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Weddings
What Does a Wedding MC Do

One of the most overlooked and important announcements the MC can make once the ceremony is over involves making sure everyone knows how to locate the restroom.

February 5, 2022

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When is the best time to hire a wedding DJ?

What better way to celebrate your engagement than by planning the most important event in life? The excitement of getting married begins with choosing a DJ for this special day. But, as any bride knows- there’s no shortage of choices! So we’ll help ease some stress during those hectic times ahead; examining when it is best not only from an economical standpoint but also one where you won’t regret having chosen too early rather than late or vice versa later down the road…

January 11, 2022

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How To Plan Your Wedding Timeline

When it comes to planning a wedding, one of the most important aspects is the event timeline. This is necessary to keep everybody on schedule and make sure nothing gets lost in the shuffle. Here at DJ Cutt Entertainment, we understand the importance of preparation. That’s why we have our own online planning form for you to use with the specific times that we need to know. On your wedding day we will try our hardest to hit these specific events at the specific times. However, we approach the entire day with a commitment to flexibility, because we know many things can run late (or early) during the actual event. Often times, you won’t know what time the day should start but you have a hard out when the event must end. Our approach is to plan the timeline in reverse so that way you know exactly what time to start your event versus just trying to guess. Many venues have a hard cut off time that you have to be out by and a time that the vendors have to be out by as well. What time do weddings typically end? After DJing weddings the past 15 years in Oregon and Portland, the average end time is somewhere between 9:30 and 10. We have had weddings go till at least 3 in the morning but 90 to 95% of weddings and at this time.

November 16, 2021

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Why Choosing The Wrong Vendors Can Ruin Your Wedding

Choosing the wrong vendor can lead to any number of mishaps prior to, during, and even after your wedding. That’s why one of the most important steps towards a successful wedding is ensuring you have excellent communication among your various vendors. This is critical to avoid mistakes during your Oregon wedding or other event. In too many instances, with everything else they have to worry about, vendor communication becomes an afterthought for many couples. It’s left to the individual vendors to work out. This can lead to undue tension and added hassles that interfere with your wedding. Choosing the right vendors eases this worry, because they will have the experience necessary to ask the right questions and work together with other vendors in the lead up to your ceremony and reception. Because DJ Cutt Entertainment is a Portland-based photo booth, DJ, and videography company, we have experience dealing with weddings from many different angles. We understand how communication plays a vital role in planning any event, especially weddings, for which you only get one chance to get everything right. The following is a list of the most important things to consider when picking a wedding vendor.

November 2, 2021

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The Best Props For A Wedding Photo Booth In 2021

Photo booths have become a must-have entertainment at weddings and gatherings of all kinds. And for good reason. Not only do photo booths offer guests a fun and inventive way to create fun moments at your wedding reception, but they also leave lasting and unforgettable photographs for both you and your guests. At DJ Cutt Entertainment, we get a lot of questions about what kinds of props and costumes make for the best photo booth photos, and so we’ve compiled a list to help you assemble a great photo booth at your reception. All of these items are easy to find, either lying around your house or for cheap on Amazon. You won’t need to break your budget to put together a fun photo booth for your wedding.

October 19, 2021

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Corporate Event Party with a DJ

DJ Cutt Entertainment recently had the honor of organizing a party for Farmers Insurance at Urban Studio in Portland’s historic Pearl District. This was a great evening and it was our pleasure to assist Farmers in making sure their corporate event came off without a hitch. In order to help other corporate event planners better organize their own events, let’s take a look at what Farmers Insurance did right and see what best practices can be learned from their example.

October 5, 2021

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How To Plan A Covid-19 Wedding

Even in normal times, planning a wedding can be extremely frustrating. But ever since the pandemic started, many couples have been faced with tough choices about when and how to hold a wedding when travel is limited and many people still fear getting the virus. Luckily, with states opening up, and some hint of normalcy returning, wedding season is upon us once again. Let’s take a look at some best practices and recommendations for how to plan a wedding in the Covid-19 era.

September 27, 2021

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How to Setup a T-12 Open Air Photo Booth

Our T-12 Open Air Photo Booth is one of our most popular add-ons for Oregon weddings. Here at DJ Cutt Entertainment, we use this photo booth to engage guests and create a fun and memorable experience. Let’s take a look at how the photo booth works and what you need to know before deciding to have one at your wedding or other event. While it’s relatively easy to set up our photo booth and backdrop, there are a lot of different moving parts. We’ve also customized a lot of features to make it work even better for wedding receptions.

June 20, 2021

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Top Questions Your Wedding DJ Will Ask

Now that you have decided your want to hire a DJ for your wedding, it’s time for the process of interviewing a bunch of different companies to see which one best fits your style. Think of this as a job interview on both sides. You’re going to be interviewing DJs but they’re also going to be interviewing you as a couple to make sure that it’s a good fit for both parties. Here is a list of the most common questions that the DJ is going to have for you as a couple. I’m sure you have a lot of questions to ask them but be prepared for these specific questions that almost all professional DJs will ask in an initial consultation.

March 1, 2021

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Difference Between A DJ And Day Of Coordinator?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a DJ and a day-of coordinator? What does the day-of coordinator do that overlaps with what a DJ can do? I get asked by a lot of couples if they need a day-of coordinator if they already have a DJ. My short answer is this depends on your budget and what you feel is important. There are many weddings that we take part in where we do most of the planning once the day starts. But it is always more successful when there is a good day of coordinator to help with some of the important tasks.

February 22, 2021

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Top Tips For Choosing a Wedding DJ

Are you looking for tips and tricks for getting the most out of your wedding DJ? There are many things to consider when picking a DJ for your wedding. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event so picking out the right entertainment is a crucial task for the success of your big day. Here are some tips that we’ve put together that will help you pick out the right DJ for your wedding. We are a local DJ company in Portland, Oregon and we’ve been rated on WeddingWire as the best DJ in Portland. As leaders in the industry, here are some things that we focus on to put our clients at ease.

February 9, 2021

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How to Choose The Best Wedding DJ

How can you be sure you’re hiring the best wedding DJ? Finding a wedding DJ in Portland can be a daunting task. There is already so much stress that goes into planning a wedding while trying to keep everything under budget. we’re going to give you a list of reasons and processes that will help alleviate the stress and make you and help you make the right decision when it comes to hiring a DJ or entertainment company to help run your event successfully. You are probably wondering if it’s really worth it to hire a wedding DJ to help run your event. It can be really hard for a couple to decide where the best place to find and DJ is and where to even start looking. There are so many different Google searches you can do to find the right entertainment company for your special day.

February 15, 2020

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Tips For Hiring A DJ For Your School Dance

Are you wondering what it takes to plan a successful school function or dance? I’m going to explain all the different factors you must consider to ensure that your school dance or function comes off without a hitch, whether it’s a winter formal, semi-formal, prom, or senior all-night party.

November 21, 2020

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Should you have a Outdoor or Indoor Wedding

Are you wondering if it’s better to have a wedding indoors versus having your wedding outdoors? Here in Portland, Oregon, weddings can be done in many different locations. I’m going to list the pros and cons when planning an indoor or outdoor wedding and what you should consider when deciding between the two.

November 1, 2020

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What should you tell your Wedding DJ

Are you wondering what you should talk to your DJ about before your wedding day? While we all want to let the professionals do their jobs without having someone looking over their shoulder, there are certain things that you need to communicate to your DJ about beforehand. Here are ten things that you really need to consider telling your DJ to make sure that your wedding is a successful event. DJ Cutt Entertainment is based in Portland, Oregon, and we have over twenty years of experience communicating with couples and brides. You can bet that this list is based on plenty of hands on experience dealing with weddings of all sizes and scope. I feel these are the most important issues to discuss with your entertainment company prior to your event. Here is our list of 10 things you should tell your wedding DJ.

July 11, 2020

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Should You Hire A Wedding DJ

Should I really hire a wedding DJ? It may seem like a big cost to pay for somebody that just plays music. Let’s look at 10 reasons why hiring a wedding DJ is essential for keeping all your guests entertained and engaged at your wedding.A good DJ will alleviate much of the stress involved with making sure your day runs smoothly. This is where you’ll see the value of hiring a professional. When picking out a DJ the first items you have to consider are your price range and looking at companies that have availability for your day. From there you want to do some research.You’ll want to look for testimonials and reviews of potential DJ companies. But don’t get discouraged if you read a bad review. Every company has one or two. A good rule of thumb is to look at how the company responds to those reviews and that will help you decide if you’re hiring a professional and somebody you want to work with.You also want to make sure that you get along with that DJ’s personality. Nobody likes a big headed DJ who will just add extra stress to your wedding. It’s the DJ’s job to alleviate stress, make sure everything runs smoothly, and put you at ease

July 2, 2020

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How To Create The Best Possible Corporate Event Playlist

In the DJ business, we know how important playing just the right song at just the right time can be. Queuing up a song only for it to ruin the mood can be a nightmare, and that’s why understanding the type of event you’re at and the desired atmosphere is essential for any DJ. At DJ Cutt Entertainment, it’s our business to always know the right song to play. Here’s our Corporate Playlist, with our favorite songs for company parties and events.

June 16, 2020

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Should I Get A DJ For My Wedding?

Have you ever wondered whether you really need a professional DJ for your wedding? Here are 5 reasons why your wedding needs an experienced DJ. Are wedding DJs really worth that amount of money what all do they do that iPod can’t wouldn’t it be better just to hire my family friend. what’s the difference between a high price professional and an amateur we’re going to answer all these questions down below. See how we plan our weddings

June 16, 2020

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Five Tips To Make Your Father-Bride Dance Unforgettable

Your dad has been through a lot to get you here. From tea parties, to prom, to driving you to that first day of college, he’s seen it all. Your wedding should have a place for him, just like his life has always had a place for you. To ensure that your father-daughter dance goes smoothly on your wedding night, here are a few important steps to keep in mind.

June 13, 2020

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What wedding guest really care about

You don’t need me to tell you that weddings are expensive. Plus they are complicated. Of course, learning about every little detail that needs to be considered, and hearing how your guests will riot if you get something wrong, probably has you close to a panic over which font looks better in your pre-invitation invitation. As you can imagine, I’ve been to a lot of weddings, and I can tell you that not every decision you make is life or death when it comes to your ceremony and reception. Your guests are there to celebrate you, and the time spent with friends and family is more important than what color your napkins are. So here’s a list of the top things your guests probably don’t care about, along with a few things that really do matter. All Photos by Abby Rae Photography

July 29, 2020

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Portland Wedding Photo Booth

Lighting is one of the most important elements of your wedding prep. From the ceremony to the reception, having the right lighting for your venue is essential. Unfortunately, it often gets overlooked. Today I’ll share with you an example of what a professional lighting set up looks like. The good news is that even without a huge budget, you can still use simple lighting equipment and techniques to make sure your venue is looking Instagram-ready. This example is taken from a recent wedding at the Water Oasis, a beautiful venue in Newberg, Oregon. It’s important to note that this lighting solution was created specifically for this wedding, and took into consideration the fact it was partially indoors and partially outdoors. Every venue has its own special requirements and you need to work with a vendor who has the flexibility to create solutions tailored specifically for your needs.

July 5, 2020

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Portland School Dance Prom DJ

How do you hire a professional school dance DJ? Here’s a list of five things every school must consider when hiring an Oregon DJ. Whether you’re in Portland or another school district in Oregon, hiring a DJ for your school prom should be a relatively easy process, especially if you follow this advice. Most important, make sure you work with a pro, like the team at DJ Cutt Entertainment.

June 17, 2020

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How To Get The Best Lighting For Your Wedding

You have a lot to worry about for your wedding, and one important item that often gets overlooked is lighting. It doesn’t matter whether you’re indoors or out, once the sun goes down, you’ll definitely need some lighting to make sure your reception stands out. You might be worried that getting a proper lighting set up will be prohibitively expensive, but there are plenty of lighting packages that are reasonably priced, if you know what to look for. Proper lighting is critical for the wedding of your dreams. And the truth is it doesn’t take anything elaborate to make your reception look like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster, especially with the recent advances in LED lighting. Here are some things to keep in mind when picking out the perfect lights.

June 2, 2020

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How To Play The Wedding Shoe Game

Weddings are about having fun and celebrating the love between the bride and groom, and one great way to do both is with the wedding shoe game. Families have plenty of different wedding traditions that get passed down from generation to generation, and this is one you may already familiar with. If not, don’t worry, as I’ll be explaining everything you need to know about this enjoyable and romantic activity.

May 30, 2020

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What makes a great Wedding DJ

Have you ever wondered what makes a great wedding DJ? There are so many things to consider when hiring a professional DJ and Entertainer you got music coordination somebody that’s dependable punctual will play your music follow directions and get along with othersHere are 10 things that everyone should know to make sure your wedding as the perfect DJ.

May 28, 2020

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The Aerie at Eagle Landing Wedding Speaker Set-up

A lot of planning goes into your wedding, but it’s always the things you overlook that end up having the most impact. One of those things that people forget or just plain don’t think matter is sound. Unfortunately, an adequate sound system is one of the most important ingredients to ensure that your wedding is memorable (in the right way) for all of your guests. While setting up a speaker system that will ensure good sound quality for everyone at your ceremony, even those in the back, is not rocket science, it does require some expertise. That’s why working with an experienced sound professional makes a lot of sense. In the above video, we look at one particular speaker set up for a recent Oregon wedding. And while every wedding venue is different, there are certain guidelines that will apply no matter where your special day takes place.

May 28, 2020

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The Best First Dance Wedding Songs For 2022

A great wedding is all about celebrating love and creating life-long memories, and one of the most memorable parts of every wedding is the first dance. That’s why brides and grooms will spend a great deal of time coming up with just the perfect song for their first dance. While traditional songs are often the way to go, many couples want to pick a newer song that is meaningful to them. Here’s a list of the best new songs for 2022 at this point) that would make a great choice for your first dance. Not only can you be fairly certain that these songs are so new they haven’t become cliché, you may find yourself starting a new tradition with them.

May 26, 2020

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The Perfect Speaker Set-Up For Your Dream Wedding

There’s a lot to worry about when you’re planning your wedding. The food and the invitations, the venue and the dress. They all are important to ensuring you have a perfect celebration of your love. But one very crucial, yet often overlooked, aspect of your wedding is the sound system. Without a proper speaker set up your guests may be left straining to hear the ceremony and reception, and the entire evening will feel disappointing. At DJ Cutt Entertainment we have years of experience putting together sound packages that are both effective and affordable. Today we’re looking at our approach to speaker set up and what you need to be aware of, whether you’re hiring a vendor or putting together the system yourself.

May 23, 2020

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How Much Does A Wedding DJ Cost?

Weddings are expensive. While no one wants to skimp on what should be one of the most memorable days of your life, at the same time, the cost can quickly get out of hand if you don’t budget correctly. With that in mind, one of the likely expenses you are contemplating for your wedding is a DJ. Let’s take a look at what you should expect to spend on a professional wedding DJ here in Oregon.

May 21, 2020

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Wedding At Castaway in Portland, Oregon

Do you have a wedding coming up and are wondering what you’ll need in terms of lighting, sound, and microphones to ensure it is a success? Having the right audio-visual person is essential and we’ve created a brief video from Castaway in Portland, Oregon that looks at all the gear we use when building out a wedding ceremony and reception. You might be surprised by all the gear we bring, but you can’t argue with the results. Having the right lighting and audio helps to create the perfect mood and tone for your big day, and that’s why hiring a professional is so important.

April 7, 2020

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Should I get a photo booth for my wedding

Weddings aren’t just a celebration of your love – they’re a celebration of love itself. There’s a high likelihood that your single friends are secretly hoping they might meet someone special at your big party, and sparking that perfect moment with a photo booth is one of the best ways to ensure that. And it’s not just romantic relationships that might bud at your photo booth – tons of friends and family who haven’t met each other will finally get to bond over their new outfits, mutual interests, and love of the newlywed couple. You never know where you’ll meet your new best friend or even The One. Make your wedding the easiest place for that to happen. You might even get a shout out when the next happy couple can say they met at your wedding.

August 5, 2020

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Does My Wedding Ceremony Need A Microphone

When it comes to planning a wedding, microphones are probably very low on your priority list. But no matter where your wedding is, whether indoors or outdoors, you’re going to need some kind of sound system to make sure that your guests can hear you and the officiant and anyone else who will be participating in the ceremony. That’s why you should work with a wedding DJ who does more than just play music. There are two main factors that must be considered when setting up your sound system, the location and the number of guests. We’ll be looking at both of these elements and more so that you have a good idea of what goes into ensuring quality audio during your ceremony.

January 30, 2020

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Events at a Wedding Reception

Wedding traditions happen for a reason. While many couples are tempted to do away with particular customs when they are planning their wedding reception, they often find that changing things up just to be different can be a mistake. That’s why it makes sense to understand the reasons behind some of these traditions before doing away with them all together.

January 29, 2020

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Wedding at The Water Oasis

The Roman philosopher Seneca once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. There is no better example of this than a recent wedding I provided DJ services for locally. The late summer wedding held at the beautifully scenic Water Oasis in Newberg Oregon was planned as an outdoor event. A gorgeous sprawl of seating and a running fountain welcomed family and friends from all over the country. Everything was set for a perfect day…until, like clockwork here in the Northwest, the rain decided to fall. It was at this point that guests and the marriage party could have started panicking. Having questions that anybody in this situation might have like “Is this going to go off as planned?”, “Will the dress get wet?”, and “Will the guests be warm?”. See how we plan for weddings

January 29, 2020

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Why You Should Hire An AV Company For Your Portland-based Corporate Event

Weddings aren’t just a celebration of your love – they’re a celebration of love itself. There’s a high likelihood that your single friends are secretly hoping they might meet someone special at your big party, and sparking that perfect moment with a photo booth is one of the best ways to ensure that. And it’s not just romantic relationships that might bud at your photo booth – tons of friends and family who haven’t met each other will finally get to bond over their new outfits, mutual interests, and love of the newlywed couple. You never know where you’ll meet your new best friend or even The One. Make your wedding the easiest place for that to happen. You might even get a shout out when the next happy couple can say they met at your wedding.

January 12, 2020

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Hiring A DJ For Your Holiday Party: A Checklist

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time for many businesses in the Portland area to start planning their end of the year parties and celebrations. Obviously, music is a big part of any company party, and that’s why hiring a corporate DJ can make the difference between a lackluster or an unforgettable evening. But there’s more to a great party than just music, and that’s why we’ve compiled this checklist for corporate event planners that will help ensure that you have all your bases covered.

December 3, 2019

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Why You Should Hire A Corporate DJ

Are you responsible for organizing a corporate event and are looking for ways to make it an engaging and successful event? Then you should hire a professional DJ to act as your event’s MC. Corporate DJ’s can help your event proceed smoothly while making it fun, entertaining, and captivating for everyone involved.

November 12, 2019

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Communication Between Your Wedding DJ and Vendors

Effective communication between your DJ and wedding vendors is an absolute must when it comes to the day of your wedding. Without a professional to navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of such an important event, you could be setting yourself up for a less than stellar celebration. Why would you put so much time and effort into planning your big day just to have it undermined by the very people you entrusted to make sure your dream for the perfect wedding day is realized? When you hire DJ Cutt Entertainment to work at your wedding you are guaranteed to avoid these pitfalls. We work tirelessly to build professional relationships with all wedding vendors. This effort is rewarded when the dream you have for your wedding comes to fruition. We recently provided wedding DJ services to a couple at the scenic Gorge Crest Vineyards in Underwood Washington. This event provided the perfect backdrop to showcase how successfully a wedding can be pulled off when communication between your various wedding vendors and DJ is handled professionally.

July 28, 2019

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Surfsand Hotel Wedding

A calming wind juxtaposes the turbulent waters along the sandy windswept shore of Cannon Beach Oregon. On this beautiful July summer day, TJ and Kirsten decided to dedicate themselves to each other for all time. We were there to capture the moment and all the small moments along the way that made this such a special event to be a part of. Choosing Cannon Beach as the location of their wedding was not happenstance, it couldn’t be any further from coincidence. TJ and Kirsten chose this location because of the memories they have made together here. The moments they have shared individually that helped to forge the strong bonds of love that they celebrate today. Bringing together family and friends from all over the world was the best way to show how these bonds they have built here are only strengthened by sharing that love they have for one another with those closest to them in their lives.

July 28, 2019

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Wedding DJ Services Sentinel Hotel

If there is one thing that every person working in the wedding industry can agree upon it is the value of being prepared. It is the first thing that you can control and perhaps the most vital component that will ultimately determine whether or not a wedding is a success. At DJ Cutt Entertainment, we take pride in preparing for every aspect of the wedding experience for both the wedding party and their guests. This is never more apparent than for a recent wedding held at The luxurious Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. The happy couple, Alex and Nikki, enlisted our DJ and lighting services to take their special day to the next level. As you can see in the video to follow, a great deal of care was taken to make sure that we deliver on our promise to always provide the best interactive audio, visual, and entertainment experience for our clients. In this article, I will take you through each of the stages of preparation and give you a peek behind the curtain, so to speak, at all that was involved in making this such an awesome event to be a part of.

May 3, 2019

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