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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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Our newest wedding setup

   

Our newest wedding setup

We at FMJ Productions are always trying to not only give you the best entertainment from our DJs & MCs to our awesome photo booths. We strive to make every facet of your event something special and unique. Our customer service and attention to detail makes working with us easy and provides you with the knowledge that everything will go down beautifully and smoothly. We also come up with some of the best and most unique setups and lighting decor for each and every event making each of them different. To that end we are proud to announce one of our newest setups, our Elegance in White system. This is just a beautiful display of simplicity, elegance and style that will remove the eyesore of some of those dj setups. It's your wedding, why should you have to have some gaudy looking table or over the top lit up plexiglas screens in your wedding shots. We want to give our wedding customers the very best. Our all white system will add that touch of sophistication to any event. We are also working on another more general type of setup that will also be much different than anything you've seen. Call us today to come down and check it out, book your event or just come in and inquire about any of our services.I look forward to seeing you down at our office and entertaining you and your guests at your next eventFrank M.FMJ Productions631-772-623


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What makes our Fun Mirror Booth stand out

   

What makes our Fun Mirror Booth stand out

if you've been to any bridal or event showcase lately you have probably come across these cool new mirror booths. While it technically isn't a "booth" it is in keeping with the new trend of what a booth has become. There are no longer those big, bulky booths that can only fit 2 or 3 people comfortably and no more curtain. The booths of today are mostly open style with a curtain backdrop and usually a stand alone fixture. The better booths have a professional camera that shoots some great pictures. The other booths out there may have a webcam or iPad with webcam. These are found a lot in many hotel lobbies, outside restaurants or fairs and are more common known as sleepy stations. One of the newest and most interactive booths is the Mirror Booth. What makes this one so different than the rest, well it's really a full length touch screen mirror with all the components of a Photo Booth inside the shell. This is really a beautiful booth to have for any formal event especially Mitzvahs, Weddings, Sweet 16s and Quinces. What makes it even more unique is that it has animations that actually tell you how to pose, play a game like Pong or Tic Tac Toe, compliment you on the pic that was taken, and let you add a signature and emoji stamp to the photo printout. All this makes for a very unique and interactive experience and as I am sure you may have guessed, the price is quite a bit more than your regular booth. So what make FMJ Fun Photobooths Mirror so much better than most others. When we decided to get into the photo booth market, we wanted to make sure that whatever we did, it was going to be exceptional. That started with or regular booths being a great fit for any occasion, looking elegant and sleek but yet hip and cool and taking up a large amount of room. We also made sure that our props were fitting your event type. I have seen and been to many events with booths and the props are all the same no matter the event type. So you would see the same signs if it was a wedding, anniversary, birthday, baby shower or whatever. We make sure that the signs and props fit the type of event you're having. We also took it another step forward by making up to 6 personalized signs that were made specifically for that single event so if Sarah was having a sweet 16 we can make a personal hashtag sign, a saying, or recognize her birthday and date on those signs. We also take a lot of pride in making sure your photo strips are not just a strip but a reflection of your event, personality and theme as well, even going so far as to match your custom invitation. Let's get back to the mirror, why are we so different? Well we also did some homework and found out that many companies just do as little as possible by keeping it to just one animation the whole night. That means that everyone that goes up will see the same thing each and every time. We run random animations so you never know what the booth is going to tell you to do, how it will compliment you or if you will play a game or not. That is how it was meant to be run and why not take advantage of everything you can do with it. We also have taken it a step further by personalizing the screens for your event as well. How cool is it that when your guests come up and see your names and faces, or bitmojis of you telling them to smile, pose or sign the mirror. We also have another great service that will be added to all of our booths but that will be announced in another video and blog. So when you go to these bridal shows or event showcases and see that mirror, feel free to check it out, ask questions look at it and make sure that it is the original mirror booth because there are so many new knock off that don't come close to doing what the original does. Once you have seen the rest give us a call and come down and actually see what ours can do and you will see the difference in quality and not to mention that our attendants running our booths are some of the best. We make sure that you and your guests have the best time because we aren't selling you on the booth but the experience that you have with our booth. We look forward to providing one of our booths at your next event.Frank M.FMJ Productions & FMJ Fun Photoboothsinfo@fmjproductions.bi


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To play list or not to play list

   

To play list or not to play list

This questions goes out to not only our clients but also to all my fellow DJs. The play list, to me, is one of the most valuable tools that any client can offer a dj for their event. When you hire a Dj for your upcoming event, chances are that if you haven't hired them before or do not know them it was through a referral, word of mouth or a meeting at a showcase event. You are not familiar with them and they entertainment company is not familiar with you. They don't know what type of music you listen to or for that matter your guests preferences as well. It's far too easy to blame the dj if your event doesn't go well because nobody got up on the dance floor. If the dj did his homework and asked you for a playlist and didn't play the songs on it, then yes it is on them. If they didn't even bother to ask what type of music do you prefer or did you have any special songs that you wanted played then yes it is on them again. The thing to remember is not all DJs are created equal and what some are good at others may not be. It always goes back to getting the right DJ for your event but you can always help the by giving your Dj a playlist of songs that you would like to hear. I don't know of any professional dj that would look down or be insulted by that because once again, they are not familiar with you or your event and should want it to be the best it possibly can be. The play list should also include a DO NOY PLAY list as well. Let's face it, we hear cupid shuffle, cha cha slide, electric slide, paradise by the dashboard light, and so on in almost all the event you go to. If these are some of the songs you don't want to hear then please let your DJ know that and it also gives him an out when someone requests it. We've had several of our clients put line dances as do not plays and of course there's always one person that comes up and asks for it. We politely say that it was on our do not play and that's it. You also have to consider that not everyone wants to hear Top 40 all night or house music, hip hop or whatever the dj usually spins. The client may want more reggae, latin music, country, maybe they want clean edited songs or songs without suggestive lyrics. These are all things that must be taken into consideration as well because again not all DJs are wiling to stray from their format or what they usually do. The other thing to consider is the type of event your having will also have an impact on the type of music played and how it is played. Having a backyard party where anything goes and it doesn't really matter is a big difference from a formal event such as wedding, sweet 16, or corporate event where you have to be a bit more structured and be considerate of the different ages and background of guests. Playlists also become important at events like weddings and sweet 16, quinces, and mitzvahs where there are formalities like introductions, special dances and candle ceremonies. There are special songs to be played during these times and the dj should have the appropriate music and be aware of what he is playing and be able to transition from these formalities to the regular dancing portions of the event. There is also something to be aware of with making out your list. Keep it short and simple, make it about 25-50 songs. This should just be a must play or a guideline of music you want to hear. If you put a list of 300 songs, chances are that most won't even get played because there has to be a good flow and although you may want to HEAR the song, it may not be a good dance song or a dance floor killer. At any event you're looking at 20-30 songs being played per hour so for a 4 hour event it averages out to no more than about 100 songs played. That doesn't even include dinner music, special songs, introductions, candles, formalities and other things. These are all things to keep in mind. So when you give that play list keep it simple, not something that takes hours to put together. I hope that this was informative and gives you a little insight for when your next big event rolls around and you want to make it the best it can be. If you would like to see some of our top requests lists visit our website and contact us page or our Facebook page to see the top most requested songs for all categories. I look forward to seeing and entertaining you at your next event.Musically Yours, Frank M.FMJ Productions631-772-6230


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Realizing the value of your DJ

   

Realizing the value of your DJ

What is the value of a good dj at any type of event? There are so many different types of events and many different types of DJs and choosing the right one for you is as important as finding the right venue, picking out the right food, getting the right dress or suit for the occasion. Let's start with a simple scenario. Your car doesn't start so you call on a friend who is a mechanic and he gets it going. He is not charging you as much as a regular repair shop but after a week your having a similar problem. You call on him again and he again gets it going and charges you a minimal amount for his time an whatever parts needed. Now a couple weeks later your having a similar problem, do you call him again because he's cheap and convenient or decide to go with a regular repair shop that can diagnose the problem and fix it properly and pay more. It may sound nothing like a party scenario but the two are very similar. There are many people who "know" a dj or can get you a good guy for cheap but is that really the guy or company that you want entertaining you and your guests at one of these once in a lifetime event. This is where the value in the DJ comes in, and I'm not talking about cheap value it's more like value in the type of service given. If you hire a DJ for your sweet 16 and his price is $300.00 cheaper than all the other companies you met with. Now comes the day of your event and he shows up in neat but maybe not appropriate attire, his set up is sloppy, he brings his girlfriend to keep him company and the music sounds bad and he doesn't play the type of music you want and played the wrong songs for candle lighting. You and your guests do not have a good time. Now it's time for graduation and this same DJ offers you additional lighting and tv screens to show a slideshow at no additional charge. Would you hire him again knowing full well that the last time he ruined your event? It sounds far fetched and for the most part many people may not, but reality is that many people will take him up on the offer. Why? because they haven't put the value of the entertainment as a priority. It's always about how much can i get for the cheapest price instead of how good is this DJ going to make my event and how memorable will it be. The value should not be placed on how well is he going to entertain us and what are they going to do make my event special, unique and memorable, not how much stuff can i get thrown into our package. This doesn't mean that the more you pay the better quality you are going to get. There are bad DJs in every price range. What this means is that you must interview your DJ company and find out exactly what you're getting, how they look and if they have done these types of event before. You should find out what their set up looks like because no one wants a table full of equipment and wires glaring at them all night. If it is a formal event, what type of attire will they be wearing. Will they have a back up plan if something happens like a speaker blowing out or laptop failing. This is all part of the value that a company brings. How valuable is it to you that your event be something special. An event where everyone goes home exhausted because they didn't leave the dance floor. An event where everything was perfect from beginning to end and the memories created would last a lifetime. Is it worth that extra few hundred dollars to know you've placed one of the most important dates in your life in capable hands. For your next event leave it in the capable hands of one of the most experienced dj companies. A company that puts your event as it's highest priority, not just a date on the calendar. Call FMJ Productions to see what we can do to make your once a lifetime event special, unique and memorable. Musically Yours, Frank M.FMJ Productionsinfo@fmjproductions.bi


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Is lighting that important?

   

Is lighting that important?

One of the most common questions asked when someone is booking our services is, "is lighting included and do i really need it?" Well this is kind of a loaded question because lighting is very important but it isn't always needed depending on the event type and of course the time of the event. There are many different types of lighting and you hear different terms for them so lets start by clearing up the terms that you most commonly hear. We start out with basic lighting. That can mean many things depending on the company but more often than not it usually consists of a bar of lights usually with 1 - 3 different effects. These lights would be concentrated mainly on the dance floor and put on during the dance sets of the event and taken off during dinner or special formalities going on. They are usually sound active meaning that they will do different things and change color going to the beat of the music. This is the most common type of lighting and some djs include it in their packages and others have it as an add on. We start our packages without any lighting because we did include it in our packages and got so many requests for a discount if they didn't have to get the lights so we listened to our customers and now offer a very basic package without lighting. The next type of lighting is intelligent or theater lighting and basically it's one step above your basic lights. These lights are "intelligent" because they get programmed either before or during the event and are usually moving fixtures that give out a nice amount of light, changing colors and movement based on the programming. They also have small metal plates with designs on them (gobos) that the light shines through and make patterns of color or the floor and walls. The patterns can be changed and even themed such as snow, stars, moons, hearts and more. These fixtures are more on the higher end and usually are add ons to packages. They are also used for dancing and spotlighting grand entrances, cakes, special dances and more. The next most common type of lighting is uplighting and one of the most requested. These lights are usually set around the room and give a nice ambiance and create an atmosphere for the event. They can remain one color throughout the night or multiple colors to create a different feel and also can be programmed to go to the beat of the music when the energy is high and you want to get that night club atmosphere. The picture associated with this blog is an example of uplighting that was used to highlight the columns in the particular room and create that atmosphere that can be achieved using regular lights. The main thing regarding uplight is ask your dj if they use wireless or wired. While there is no difference in the light aspect produced, with the wireless you don't have to worry about tripping hazards from cords. One of the most under used but sometimes most necessary lighting is pin spots. These are small lights that are used to highlight a particular area of the event and that is usually a custom cake, candy table, sweetheart table, the dais, on so forth. This is a unique way to highlight those areas and make them a center point. This is not a type of lighting that all companies have or use so if you are looking to do something different and unique this is one way of making these areas stand out. So the question is, "Is lighting that important" Yes it is because it creates that feel, that atmosphere, gets the juices flowing and adds another element to the dance floor when the music is pumping. Think of it like this, imagine if you had a party and the regular fluorescent lights were on the whole night at the venue. There are a lot of people that just don't feel that comfortable getting up and dancing in front of others and now the lights are full blast and you see them bopping in the eats but hesitant to get on the floor. The difference with the lights turned down and some color and movement thrown in makes it a little easier to get up and it also creates that felling like your at the "club". There are times when lighting is not needed and no need to pay the extra expense because it just won't have any effect. These are those afternoon events, or in the summer when it doesn't get dark until much later and you're in a very bright naturally lit room. We take that into consideration when booking your event. The one thing that we will not do is sell you on something that is not necessary or won't have an effect on your event. So keep these things in mind when doing your research and getting prices from your entertainment company. You don't have to be afraid to ask what type of lighting they use and ask to see it. There are many different options out there and it really doesn't matter the brand so don't get sucked into that "hey these are used on the empire state building" It's not going to make a difference once they are color washing a wall. The key to lighting and lighting decor is getting a company that will provide you with quality lights and know how to place and use that to get effect and atmosphere you want to create. As always I hope that you were able to get something out of these blogs and get a little better informed and if you have any questions about any of our services or lighting, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to providing you with some great atmosphere and fun lighting at your next event.Musically Yours, Frank M.FMJ Productions info@fmjproductions.bi


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Showcase Do's & Dont's

   

Showcase Do's & Dont's

You're having a big event and now you have to start to get everything together. Whether you are planning a wedding, sweet 16, mitzvah or quinceanera, there is a lot to plan and much to do. So where do you go to get your invitations, entertainment, flowers, limousines, favors and other things. Well with the internet it may be a bit easier to get much of these things done online but if you're anything like me you like to see these things first hand, touch, feel, see and in the case of entertainment you definitely want to see them in action or at the least be able to talk to someone and check out the different options and packages available. Showcases are one of the best options to book your entertainment for the upcoming event. There are many different vendors and in some cases too many. There are always pros and cons to these showcases. You will see many entertainment companies and they are all going after the same piece of the pie, which is your event. They are going to be bringing their best to the show and if they are doing a performance they will definitely be bringing the best of the best. Are you going to get that for your event? That is the biggest question to ask. Who is going to show up for your event? Will it be the performers that were at the showcase? Can you book that particular performer for your event? These are the first few questions to ask when considering the company you choose. The other thing that is great about showcases is that the majority of companies there will be offering discounts for their services. After all that is why they are there, to book appointments and events so they will give a discount or package deal for that day. This is the time to get all the information you can about that particular company. You should find out about their normal pricing as opposed to the show discount. You can also get a feel for what the company is about. You will hear how they have performed x amount of weddings, sweet 16s, mitzvahs, what have you. That doesn't necessarily mean that they are good it just means that they have done many, and most of the time they have a certain formula so your event will be like all the others. If you are looking for something different or unique you need to ask how they will make your event different and unique. One of the next questions to ask is about payments. It is unlikely you will be paying for everything in one payment so ask how the payment process works. How much is the retainer or deposit? Can you make payments and how often and when is final balance due? Do they accept credit cards and checks or just cash. One thing to remember is just because they are at a showcase doesn't mean that they are reputable or stable. We have all heard stories about how couples didn't get pictures from their wedding because photographer went out of business or how a DJ bailed out at the last minute. If the company you're dealing with only accepts cash it could be something to consider. There are a couple of ways to at least qualify the company and ask for insurance, ask if they have a tax id number and if they are incorporated. The last is, do they have insurance because more than likely if your having an event in any large venue they will need to provide that to the venue. These are all valid questions and a company that is up front and reputable won't have an issue supplying you with these Once you have these answered the nest is figuring out what you want. There are so many things to consider and you want to have an idea of what you want for your event. Do you want lighting, and if so what type of lighting? Dance floor or uplighting or both, and what type of dance floor lighting. Do you want to have tv screens showing a slideshow of pictures, do you want a monogram projected on the wall or floor, do you want a photo booth, percussionist, live performer. These are all things to be considered and so you don't get overwhelmed at the showcase figure this out before hand. It will make it easier when you have to compare the different companies because you will have a checklist of items you want and they will have to give you the right pricing for what you're looking for. I hope that I have given you some valuable information going into wedding season and helping you when you go to these showcase events. We at FMJ Productions don't do many showcases as we have enough word of mouth and repeat customers to keep us busy enough but when we do, we like to give our potential customers enough information to make their decisions a little easier. We have our portfolio's for each type of event that include music suggestions, price lists, Photo Booth brochure, business card, introduction letter and other marketing material.If you would like to get a packet for your upcoming event feel free to come by our office and pick one up. You can also ask for us to mail you one out or come down to one of our showcases and meet with us up close and personal. You can also request a copy of our flash drive with all of our promo videos, pricing sheets, and other marketing material on a beautiful business card type flash drive and it still has room for you to put your own files on it. We look forward to seeing you at one of the showcases or at our office. Please feel free to read out to us for more informationMusically Yours, Frank M.FMJ Productionsinfo@fmjproductions.bi


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