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Bringing Summer Fun to a whole new level

   

Bringing Summer Fun to a whole new level

Summer Is Here!!!!!!The summer party season is final here and everyone is starting to plan graduation parties, pool parties, 4th of July events, and so many other special events. What are you going to do to set your event apart from all the rest. DJs always bring more fun to an event with an endless library of music and the ability to play any and every type of music and if they are really good get up in there and out on the floor leading those crazy line dances and party games. Photo booths are still hot and bring another type of fun to the event, but what if you want something different. Well we have it, introducing our new FOAM PARTY option. That's right you heard it and it's not that foam that you see at the air trampoline places, it's foam that you both kids and adults can run through, throw at each other and just cool off a bit. WE provide the foam and the fun for your next event. Since introducing it a month ago we have been booking this option almost every weekend and it's just getting bigger and better as more people look to do something out of the box. It is biodegradable solution, won't harm your lawn, clothing, eyes or leave a slick residue. Easy to keep in a small area and virtually no clean up as it dissipates in a matter of minutes and with a good breeze no-one will even know it was there. Keep the kids busy and much safer than a bounce house, trampoline or pool. Adults get into it as well just running through with the kids. Call us and find out what new level of fun we bring to your next outdoor summer event, whether it's a backyard private event, fundraising events, swim meets, church socials, any type of event where kids need to have fun and parents want to interact with them as well. FMJ ProductionsBring the Fun and the Foam631-772-623


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Get out from behind the booth!!!!

   

Get out from behind the booth!!!!

New Service Blast !!!!!!

We are happy to announce a brand new service that has been a huge hit at all the events that we have unveiled it at. Introducing our Fun Roamer Booth. This is not your typical photo booth or social media or delphine station. Get out from behind the booth and get in front of the Roamer. With the ability to be totally mobile, we can keep the energy of your event going, keep that dance floor rocking all the while taking those great photo booth pics that you would have to wait in line for. Why should you get this new service to add to your existing booth or to replace the booth? Well there are several reasons we encourage you to check it out.

  • Totally mobile - no need to wait on lines, we come to you
  • Immediate response - get your pics via text or email, no printing
  • No setup - there are no props or signs, everything is virtual right on the computer
  • 6 different experience - We don't just take prints we do GIF's, Boomerangs, Filters, Virtual Props, Greenscreen and even photo booth layouts
  • Share instantly - Because everything is via text or email you can share your experiences right away on all social media platforms
  • Online Gallery - once you get the text or email you also get a link to all the photos taken so you can view everyones pics and experiences and all can share or download
  • Reasonably priced - if you're looking for a more budget friendly experience, this is it with a savings of $200.00 or more from the regular photo booth
  • No Down Time - Since there's no paper or printing you won't have to worry about the booth possibly breaking down or running out of paper and having to wait 
  • Keep the party going - Since your guests don't have to leave the dance floor or their tables we can get all the great pics without stopping the good times or the flow of the eveningCall us or reach out and find out why this is such a great service to add you your next event. We can demonstrate it right on the spot and you'll see why it's a must have. We also have 3 different styles of Roamer available because it's been such a great hit at events. 

    FMJ Productions
    382 Main St. Center Moriches, NY 11934
    631-772-6230
    info@fmjproductions.bi


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    Are you available tomorrow?

       

    It is so surprising when we get a call coming into the office asking if we have availability for the next day or even the next week. You would like that it's an uncommon thing but not really. We've gotten online requests recently, phone calls and emails asking this very question and it seems to be happening a lot more recently. Why the sudden surge in these last minute inquiries? I have some thoughts about this and after speaking with other industry professionals have come up with a list of reasons why these type of inquiries are happening so frequently and what you can do to avoid falling into this as well.

    1. DJ bailed out. This is the most common response from our clients and it happens for a few reasons. With so many dj options available between family, friends that dj it's easy to hire a friend or family member that does this on the side to entertain at the event and something happens that they either get a better paying job or something comes up and they can't make it.

    2. Procrastination This happens quite a bit because the importance of hiring someone for entertainment isn't a priority on the list. This is usually one of the last things that they take care of because of the fact that there are so many dj companies out there and don't realize that although there are many companies out there, there are only a certain number of dates available and the popular ones get booked quickly and very far ahead.

    3. Hiring the wrong guy. It doesn't;t seem to make sense but in reality very true. There are a lot of DJs out there but not all can do the type of event you're having. Some of these don't have insurance, don't have the type of music you're looking for or are not prepared to do the type of event you're having. If you're having an ethnic type of event and the professional you hire is not familiar with the music, customs or the way things are done, your party is toast!!!

    4. The company is no longer in business. We've all seen the stories in the news, It happens and not just the entertainment company, it happens with photographers, videographers, catering halls, florists, and other professionals. For whatever reason this is not the clients fault many times it's just that whomever they hired at the time and for weddings it's usually one year before the wedding date, the vendor can no longer run the business and has folded their tents and closed up or something major has happened beyond their control and cannot provide services.

    These are the most common reasons so what can you do about it so you won't have to worry about this happening to you? Well there are always steps to be taken to assure that you hire the right professional for your event but not everything is 100%. As with the last reason sometimes things happen that are beyond anyones control. Recently one of our house accounts caught fire and any future events had to be filled in by other venues in the area. Take these steps and you'll be sure to reduce the risk of getting caught without reliable entertainment for your event.

    A. Interview your vendor - take them through a vetting process to make sure that they will fit your needs. 

  • Ask for insurance
  • Check out reviews and testimonials
  • Google search for videos and photos of them in action
  • Make sure the DJ/MC they're providing can do the type of event you're having
  • Ask if you can reach out to past customers for referralB. Don't Wait - So many times people make the mistake of waiting until last minute and realize they can't get their first or even          second choice.This is especially true for Weddings, Mitzvahs, Quinceaneras. These types of events are usually booked at          least a year in advance and especially if you have a popular date in mind like 10/10/20 10/15/20. Remember you're not the          only one thinking it's a great idea.

    C. It's not always about price - Budgets play a big part in an event but you have to also be realistic in what you intend to                spend. For a birthday party it's okay to figure between $400-$600 for a basic dj but not for a wedding or mitzvah. For those          types of events be prepared to spend minimum of $1500.00 or more for just a basic package. If you want a $500.00                    entertainer for your wedding, you may end up on the list above. 

    D. Research - This can't be overstated. Ask around if others have used the company, what they said about them. Seek out              opinions from other vendors as well. Many have their own network of highly regarded and recommended vendors and won't        steer you wrong because it will also fall on them if something happens.

    I hope that you found this informative and hopefully will help you out when looking for vendors for your next event. Whether you choose to go with FMJ Productions or not, we only want you to have the best possible event and we strive to create and make special memories at all of our events.

    FMJ Productions - Where your event is our #1 priority
    382 Main St. Center Moriches, NY 11934
    631-772-623


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    Tips for planning the perfect party

       

    Your planning your party and have taken care of all your vendors and now it's time to get a game plan. Having the perfect party (is that possible?) takes some great planning but also care not to overthink some things. Here are some tips so you too can host that Perfect Party,1. For a wedding, keep in mind that your guests are going to be where the couple are. If you're on the dance floor, the guests will be too!2. Don't micromanage the timeline. We do need the order of events but not necessarily the exact time for each.3. If there are older guests, try not to sit them close or right in front of the speaker(s).4. Don't put the DJ in an obscure location or corner; the DJ needs to be easily visible and near the dance floor so they can see it to get a feel for the crowd.5. If you have dance floor lighting, keep in mind that darker is better. Use dimmers for chandeliers, cafe lighting, etc.6. If you have a bar or photo booth at the event, please put it in the main room where the DJ is. You want to keep people near the dance floor at all times.7. When picking your songs for your event, take into account not only your taste, but the guests' as well.8. You always want to leave the guests wanting more. It's not your responsibility to entertain guests until 2am.9. When picking your music, you don't have to overdo it. Pick 20 or so songs you like and a few you don't, and let us fill in from there.10. If you have to cut corners on your budget, don't skimp on your entertainment-it can make or break your event


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    Tips for hiring your next DJ

       

    Whether you're looking for a DJ for your wedding, Sweet 16, Mitzvah or a simple party, there are steps that you should take and questions to ask so you don't hire the wrong dj for your event. These are some simple questions to ask yourself or the dj you're looking into.1. Prompt return of your phone calls or Emails. Does the DJ you are thinking about hiring respond in a prompt manner? You should expect to get a call back or an email back within 24 hours. The only exception may be weekends when most DJs are performing.2. Willingness to meet with you and present his/her service. Will the DJ try to meet with you or at least schedule a video conference?3. Do you LIKE the person that shows up? There is NOTHING worse in the world than having to do business with someone you do not like. Choosing the person who feels right is the most important factor in picking the right entertainer for your party or reception.4. Does the DJ have a music list or online system that shows you what sort of music he or she has available? You need to be assured that the DJ you hire not only has a sizable collection, but has a variety of music, especially for wedding receptions, where many different styles of music and guests will be in the same room together.5. Does the DJ use professional grade equipment? The DJ should be able to tell you what he/she uses and characterize the equipment as professional grade.6. Will the DJ offer to meet with you AFTER signing the contract to plan your event? A professional DJ is ALWAYS willing to discuss your event at any time before the event starts, and should display the flexibility to accommodate changes and help you solve problems. Meeting or phone/ video conferencing your DJ to plan your event is of paramount importance to a successful event such as a wedding reception.7. Will the person that you interview be the person that will perform at your event? This is THE most common complaint about the DJ industry today. The person you meet turns out NOT to be the person that actually does your show. Often, you are not made aware of this. Ask the DJ you interview if he/she will be the actual person performing, or will someone else perform the event. You need to know this UP FRONT before you sign a contract.Thanks for reading and keep these in mind when hiring your next professional dj. It doesn't matter if it's for a Wedding or backyard party. You've paid some money and should get the best possible service.For any and all of your entertainment needs, call FMJ Productions! We are here to answer all of your questions and make sure that we are the right fit for your eventFMJ Productions382 Main St. Center Moriches, NY 11934631-772-6230 631-404-982


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    Qualifying your DJ

       

    When you're planning your event one of the most important decisions is going to be about the DJ and music. The very first decision or thought is going to be about pricing. Let's face it most people only have to worry about a DJ for their wedding and may never have a need again. However the role of the DJ has grown over the last few years where it doesn't matter what kind of event you're having, you have to have a DJ, so how do you pick the right guy? You may know someone who is a DJ but is that person that really fits your event. Whether you're having a wedding, sweet 16, graduation, or communion you have to make sure you pre-qualify your DJ. The company/person you hire for your wedding may not be the right fit for your children's baptism or communion party. This blog is going to give you some insight into what your should look for or ask your DJ before you hire them.For Weddings¥ Are they insured¥ Can you schedule appointments ¥ What is their procedure for follow up and planning¥ Can you meet the DJ and MC before the event¥ Do they have professional equipment¥ Do they have videos of prior weddings¥ Do they have referrals or testimonials from previous weddings¥ Can you provide a playlist ahead of time¥ Are they familiar with your venue¥ Do they have photos of their wedding setupsFor kids events¥ Do they have edited music¥ Are they interactive with dances and games¥ What type of music will they be playing¥ Can you provide a playlist ahead of time¥ Have they done kids events and are comfortable with themEthnic Events¥ Is the DJ familiar with the music you want¥ Do they have the proper equipment¥ Have they done these types of events before¥ Do they have videos from these types of events¥ Do they have reviews or testimonials from these types of events¥ Can they get the music you requestAs you can see there is quite a bit to think about and as a company that not just does the basic events but also specializes in Latin and Christian events, it's important to know that the DJ company you hire is familiar with the music, ceremonies, customs and formalities that your event requires. Nothing bothers a DJ more than knowing that another DJ has taken a job that they are not familiar with or not familiar with the music needed because it is every DJ's responsibility to give their client the best possible entertainment. For your next event, make sure that you do your homework and hire the right person, do not base it on price or friendship or convenience. We may not be the right company for your event and we have turned down events that we knew we wouldn't be able to give our best, or familiar with the ethnicity or music, and we have referred them to experienced companies that would be a better fit. Give FMJ Productions a call today today and you can be assured that whether we can do your event or not you will be directed to the right entertainment options for yo


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    Don't be fooled by imitators.

       

    They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but as a company it can be very challenging. WE at FMJ Productions want to provide you with the best service and superior quality products at your events. Every company will tell you that they have the best lighting, best sound, best DJs, best MCs, best photo booths but how do you really know. I've heard one company say so many times that their uplighting is the same that's used on the Empire State Building, wow that great but does it really equate to what you need for your event and honestly it doesn't provide any greater or better lighting than most others. When we purchase equipment it is with one thing in mind, "Is it going to produce the desired effect we want." When we buy speakers it's all about the way they will be used. We don't do concert sound or arenas so there is no need for a mountainous speaker array, and if we are all quite honest most of the time the first question we get asked is, "is the music going to be so loud that we can't talk. But what does this all have to do with imitation? Well maybe you don't know but as DJs, most are ego driven and envious of the other guys rigs and setups and it's a "I can do better and bigger than he can" type of deal. We don't take that mindset because our sole priority is to give you the best event possible and be unique to each of our customers tastes. That's why when we first meet with a client we show them various setups, have them listen to different sound systems and tell them how we would set up for the particular venue they will be at. It's not a one size fits all type of thing. A smaller venue will get blown out with large subs and speakers, while a larger venue with weird dimensions may need satellite speakers put in the corners. The biggest form of imitation is now with the Mirror Booth. The original Mirror Booth is a thing of beauty with different animations only available with the booth, different frames and full sized. The new mirrors that are coming out are smaller, some homemade with cheaper software and of course with a cheaper rental price. It may seem better to go with the imitator because, Hey I'm getting a mirror booth and it's cheaper for the same thing. This could not be more wrong. The companies that own the original mirror, as we do, know that the product we have is so much more versatile than all the others. The software is always being updated to add newer and better services, the animations are one of a kind and owners themselves take great pride in personalizing these animations to fit the event. We even go a step beyond just personalizing the screens but also add our clients Bitmoji's to each screen so it is a one of a kind event. This is the type of customization and personalization that most of the original mirror booth owners do to make sure that our product stands out among all the other imitators. So when you go to the next showcase and see maybe 2 different Mirror Booths there, don't be afraid to ask what type is that and what do they do to make theirs different and unique. You will know immediately once you take that mirror for a spin.....lol. Call us today to get the Original Mirror Booth at your event and watch how much fun people have taking pictures and interacting with our booth.Frank M.FMJ Productions631-772-623


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    Summer Fun

       

    As our Memorial Day weekend approaches this is the beginning of the summer party season. If you're having any kind of event the main thing is finding the right entertainment for your specials event. We no longer call ourselves just a DJ company because we, as well as many other companies, do so much more than play music. The industry has grown to include many new services that tie into the music part but add such diversity within the event. Live musicians add such a great new element to any event from percussionists to string instruments, and singers and dancers. We also have a wide variety of lighting effects to bring out certain elements of any room or highlight aspects of the venue as well as some distinctive design elements. It's not just lighting but lighting decor. One of the biggest developments over the last few years that has become extremely popular is the Photo Booth. There are so many different aspects that can be done beyond just the traditional photo booth. Most are now open style so you can get up to 20 people in the pictures and the personalization of the photo strips has gone to a whole new level. We also give our customers so many options to make their event different than all others from custom backdrops and albums to personalized signs. 
        The music part has also changed. With the access to music from Pandora, Spotify, and other music services, clients can submit playlists and have become more knowledgeable about what music they want played for themselves but also for their guests. Great entertainment companies must have that ability to provide any kind of music for their clients and be able to transition from one genre to another while still keeping that party feel without losing the dynamics of the dance floor. 
        So for your summer party, whether you're having a small intimate affair, large block party, or special occasion like wedding or sweet 16, Frank and his staff at FMJ Productions can bring your vision of the perfect party to life. We have unique setups that are different than any other Dj company. We customize them to fit your needs and budgets and style. All of our DJs and MCs are selected by the client and we match them to the event so you get the right performers for your events. We will design the perfect lighting, perfect Photobooth options, perfect musical team for you and your event. At FMJ Productions your event is our #1 priority.

    Looking forward to entertaining you and your guests at your next event

    Frank M.
    FMJ Productions
    631-772-623


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    Backyard Weddings.....Personal, private and a lot more work but is it worth it?

    We are lucky enough to live and work on the South Shores of eastern Long Island and summer time means many outdoor events, beautiful scenery and beaches and lots of waterfront and backyard weddings. Why are backyard weddings so popular? One of the reasons is that may brides think that it is a cheaper alternative to renting a hall or going to a catering facility and paying to having everything done for you. The other reason is that it is a more personal and private approach to an event that is supposed to be a once in a lifetime memory. These are both true in some ways but also false. Let's take the first one, is it really cheaper than a catering hall? If you are ready to do most of the work then yes it may be a little more reasonable but you still have to rent your tables, chairs, linens, tents in case of bad weather, get a caterer, flowers, service professionals like bartenders and servers, and get all the drinks and alcohol. The last part is making sure that everything goes as planned and if that's going to be you or someone you put in charge. If you decide to hire a wedding planner then that's another expense. So if you put all this together you may only save a bit or in some cases end up spending more depending on how big you go. All of these same things also factor into the personal and private part as well. If you are going to be the one making sure everything goes as planned then how will you possibly get to sit back and enjoy one of the most remarkable days of your life. Talk about being a bridezilla!!! So you decide to hire a wedding planner and it will be up to her to keep your budget in mind and give you that once in a lifetime day you so richly deserve. That of course comes at a price as well because they also have a bill for you. So you ask how does the DJ come into play. Well as an entertainment company that primarily focuses on weddings and larger events, we know exactly what is entailed for a backyard wedding. Everyone believes that it should be cheaper to ask a dj provide entertainment for your backyard event. In some cases there is a little wiggle room for pricing but in reality it is a much busier day for us than one might think. At a catering venue you have a head waiter, wedding coordinator, or maitre de to do all the organizing of the days formalities such as getting guests from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception, getting everyone set for introductions, getting all the dances set up and the timeline for the day. That head person coordinates with the DJ or MC to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch, but who does that for your backyard wedding? Well unless you have hired a wedding planner, you guessed it, the DJ is in charge. We get to run the show the whole day and for the most part don't charge extra for that. That's why it is so important for you that if you're planning to hold your wedding in the backyard, outdoor venue, park or other place where no support staff is added to coordinate things, you need to hire a professional DJ that is familiar and capable of running a wedding. We take a lot of pride in our attention to detail and the personal attention that we give to all of our wedding couples. From the time we meet at the first meeting to the last wrap up meeting, our one and only goal is to make your vision become a reality and give you that once in a lifetime day. Don't cheat yourself by trying to save money where it is the most valuable. Ask yourself these questions, from the last weddings you attended, do you remember the flowers, the centerpieces, what the brides dress looked like, what were the wedding colors? I'll bet you remember the food and the music though. These are the 2 most important facets for any event, so don't make the decision lightly when choosing your entertainment. Ask your perspective DJ if they've done backyard weddings before, how do they run it, are they aware of the timeline and will they be prepared to run the show. For your backyard wedding make the right choice and choose FMJ Productions to make memories that will last a lifetime.Frank M.FMJ Production


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    Looking for a reasonably priced DJ..........Just was is reasonable

    I had to write this blog because well let's face it, that is said quite a bit whether you're looking for a plumber, mechanic, contractor, painter, clothes, restaurant etc. But just was is reasonable? That is really very subjective depending on your means and what you're looking for. The other night my wife and I were watching American Restorations and this guy bought in an old Michelin Man compressor that was just in bad shape. He had purchased it at a yard sale for $40.00 and because he had owned a tire shop he thought it was really cool. In order to refurbish it and make it like new the cost was going to be $1500.00. My wife was like, Is he crazy!!! and i thought well it has some value to him because of his passion and past occupation so he went for it. The same show had another gentleman bringing in an old Saf Way red wagon that he had gotten as a child for Christmas in the 40's. To bring it to like brand new condition was $600.00 and we both thought that it was well spent because it held many memories and was very special so to both of us it was reasonable. When looking for a DJ it is also very subjective because most people don't really shop for DJs that often and may not be aware of the costs, what it takes us to actually run a event and the fact that the prices vary from $150.00 weekend warrior to a $10,000.00 wedding DJ. For arguments sake let's take a small birthday event for 4 hours. The prices can range anywhere from $150-$600 or more so how do you figure what is reasonable. It's really up to the individual that is looking but it's also up to the DJ that is bidding on the job to show why his $600.00 service is more reasonable than the $150.00 guy. What do you want out of the event, do you want everyone dancing, do you want the dj to play all different kinds of music, do you want him to be interactive and lead dances and get people to have fun not just dancing but with some party games. Do you want everyone going home saying that this was the best party they had been to or are you just happy with someone playing music and that's it. I am happy to say that we not only have never had anyone say that we weren't worth what we charged but more often they say they would have paid even more for the services we provided. Not to say that we are in the low end but we always give our customers more than they expect but does that translate into reasonable.....NO! We still get many that don't hire us because we are more than they expected and I'm okay with that because not everyone is going to be your customer and that doesn't mean you weren't reasonable, you were just not reasonable for them. So when you put out an ad or look for a recommendation on Facebook or from friends looking for a good DJ that is reasonably priced be ready because you will get bombarded with many from the cheapest to most expensive and remember that what you may see as unreasonably high someone else may see as inexpensive for the service they provide. It's all a matter of perception. As always i hope that i gave some insight into thinking about what you should look for when searching out entertainment for your next event and hopefully that will be FMJ ProductionsMusically Yours, Frank M.FMJ Production


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