Elegante Entertainment, Houston DJ Company, Received 2010 Bride’s Choice Award

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Houston, Texas – January 19, 2010- WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced Elegante Entertainment has been selected to receive the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Wedding DJ & Entertainment!

The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds.

Elegante Entertainment is among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers.

“We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.”

We are happy to announce that Elegante Entertainment is among the very best Wedding DJ’s & Entertainers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank our past newlyweds for nominating us for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awardsâ„¢.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://todaysbride.weddingwire.com/biz/elegante-entertainment-dj-in-houston-houston/19759dce351f0685.html and our website at http://www.fhpentertainment.com

The Tuscany Gardens & Villa on 34th ST Soon to be Bell Tower on 34th??

“There is now a sign that says “Bell Tower on 34th” Coming Soon with a phone number.”

Does that mean that there will soon be a new venue opening to replace the Tucan Gardens Tuscany Gardens of Garden Oaks?

Happy Planning!

|o| Simply Fank |o|
Professional Bilingual Wedding DJ in Houston

Thoughts on life..

It’s been a while since I express myself here on my blog… After all this blog is about me, Francisco H. Perez, or Simply Frank…

At first when I started my website, I knew that blogging was the only way I could achieve what I wanted to achieve… A great online presence, a way for my business to grow exponentially, and be able to us the blog as a tool for me to learn more about myself. More than anything, I knew that I had a big limitation, and that was anything related to the English Language: Reading, Speaking, Writing, Talking, Networking, etc…

With time I’m realizing that those limitations are not really external limitations, but internal limitations.

More than anything, me not believing 100% in myself.

As I found out with time, I was able to achieve my goals. I am now ranked so high in Google, Yahoo, and MSN that I really do not need to spend any money on adverting… How great is that?

Now, there was the time when I remember thinking “oh man, this is never going to pay off,” or “why do I even bother, this is impossible,” and even… “I am doing it all wrong!”

I wanted to pull out all my hair, curse at the computer, and had all these negative emotions that would cause me to feel like giving up, throwing all that hard work away and doing something else, like computer programming or something along the lines of what I was built to do…

Then I thought about it… I do not want to sit behind a computer all my life write meaningless code, it’s easy for me, it comes pretty natural.. but at the same time,  it bores me easily.. and it’s just not what I want to do for the rest of my life… I want my life to have meaning, to help people, to be always learning, to put smiles on people’s faces, to be with people on their happiest days of their lives… A wedding DJ was definitely what I wanted to do…

So I decided I had to make it work, there was NO STOPPING ME! Nothing, absolutely nothing, was going to stop me…

So here I am, a little over 3 years since I first started blogging, having another one of those life changing moments.

See 3 years ago, blogging was only a thing that nerds did, which I guess I am proud to say I am. Blogs were seen as something too new to try… now everyone has a blog and more and more people are using them to build a business… so it’s harder to become a successful blogger (depending on how you define success). Some people even saw, and even today still see blogs as unprofessional, unethical, or even un-businesslike.

So why am I inspired to write today?

Today I started listening to Ron White’s “How to Develop the Mind of Einstein.”

It is very inspirational and motivational… It truly has made me want to be great at what I do… to do what’s in my heart’s desire… pretty much the same feeling I felt 3 years ago when I was struggling with getting the business up and running.

I guess the only difference being that now I have an established presence, both on the web and throughout Houston.

So today I vow and will start to strive to 150% to understanding my clients needs, giving them greatness, and making each and every one of them say…”WOW….” I want to be the absolute best and greatest wedding DJ in the Houston area. It may sound corny, it may sound impossible, and it may sound like it’s not worth the effort… but I feel so motivated by those CD’s, I think… why not… why just do good things when you can strive to do great things for your guests and clients… and I will…

Today is the first day of greatness!!!

Happy Planning!

|0| Simply Frank |o|

Brady’s Landing Pictures Wedding DJ Venue Review

I had the pleasure of returning to Brady’s Landing on Sunday June 28th 2009 for the wedding reception of Nelda and Marvin Itzep.

Nelda and Marvin are very down to earth and simple people. Both of them had the biggest smiles any person can have and they just looked absolutely happy together. Every time they were together you could see and feel the love they had for each other, it was truly a pleasure to be able to be of service to them.

All the wedding professional present there were able to see that love, capture it and help me provide Nelda and Marvin with an amazing night that they can remember for the rest of their happy lives together.

One of those professionals was Photographer Julie Wilhite, from Julie Wilhite Photography who was very professional about everything and stayed in contact with me the whole time.  She made sure I knew if they were going out of the room to, sitting down to eat, or anything that might involve them missing the formalities of the wedding. Again, very professional and their pictures are just some of the most amazing photos that I have ever seen; Very vivid and colorful.

Pictures at Brady’s Landing by Julie Wilhite Photography for Nelda and Marvin’s Wedding Reception


… For more pictures of Nelda and Marvin’s Wedding, visit the Julie Wilhite Blog.

The staff at Brady’s Landing is always so accommodating, make the DJ feel welcomed and are very helpful when pointing out where to go what time to set up and even offered me some water early in the wedding reception. The room captain came up to me and presented himself and offered to be of assistance. That is always nice and not all room captains have that initiative. Most of the time I have to go looking for him and asking different people who is the person in charge of the room.

As a wedding professional, I truly recommend both Brady’s Landing and Julie Wilhite Photography.

Happy Planning!

|o| Simply Frank |o|
Professional Bilingual Wedding Dj in Houston

How a non-Wedding DJ can ruin your reception

You’ve heard the rummors…

You’ve heard the DJ stories…

Hopefully, you have not ever experienced it…

If you have, then you know exactly what I’m talking about…

Non-Professionally trained wedding Dj’s that ruin a wedding!

This weekend, I took the weekend off to spend with my family. We decided to attend a family event, which just happened to be a wedding. Let me just tell you, it felt like the looongest wedding I had ever attended, and I am talking about feeling  this by 8:00pm. People don’t like to attend weddings because weddings are boring, they are not properly entertained, and because they are not wow’d from the moment they arrive at the reception venue. Their sensory system is not impressed at all. If all their senses are not properly entertained, they easily lose interest and now feel like they are imprisoned for the rest of the night. That’s how I felt Saturday night.

Now, I can’t talk about the sense of smell, the sense of sight, or the sense of touch, but I can talk to you about the sense of hearing and taste. But for my audience’s purpose I will concentrate about the sense of sound.

Music is a stimulant; it can stimulate you to feel relaxed, hyper, active, etc… It also helps you pass time when you are just sitting there and have no one to talk to for short periods of time. You start noticing the background music and you tend to find yourself enjoying something you would normally never enjoy. Not to mention, music sets the mood of a room, or an audience.

When we walked into the reception area, the first thing we noticed was that there was no music. Now since I am a DJ I was expecting to hear some music, my only curiosity was the type of music that would be played. Well, there was none, just people mumbling like they were at a subway, at a park, at a noisy classroom right before the teacher walks in, etc… It did not feel like we were attending a wedding, it felt more like we were just at an everyday place you don’t really want to be, but have to.

I feel that the background music, even if it’s something you really don’t particularly hear on a day to day basis, would have added a bit of an ambiance and would put you at a wedding reception, surrounded by close friends and family.

Another thing that I feel having no music did was, it separated the groom’s friends and family from the bride’s friends and family. I felt it created like a dual, a separation, a distance. Like if they were intruders in our personal event. OK maybe I’m stretching it, but it did feel like that. I guess I don’t see that too much at the weddings I attend, but I know that if you put some jazzy beat, some classical background music, some romantic melodies, or something smooth, it will relax all of your sense and put you more at ease to trust those strangers. Again, this is my opinion of what happened that night.

So here are 10 ways that a non-professional wedding dj can ruin your wedding, without him even knowing it.

  1. We will start with the music. They don’t play any music during the dinner/reception hour. Uggh, annoying… boring… unprofessional!!
  2. They don’t find out what kind of music the bride and groom like beforehand, so they play what they are used to: All night loooong: During Dinner, During Cocktails, During Dancing. A big no no…
  3. They don’t inform the audience of what is about to happen, what is happening, and what to expect. What just happened? ever hear that? or What’s going on over there?
  4. They dress inappropriately. How embarrassing is it to have someone represent you in an unprofessional manner? Shame on you!
  5. They do not announce your bridal party when asked to. They are the bride and groom’s best friends, they want the bridal party to be recognized for their time spent with them through the planning stages, they want to guests to know they are important people in their lives. When the DJ did not announce them, I saw the bride burst out in tears. SAD… you paid for that… very sad…
  6. They do not have an itinerary to help the bride and groom run and organize the wedding. (no that is not the wedding planner’s job, especially when one was not hired, and no that is not the bride and groom’s job to make one up, it’s up to the DJ if there is no wedding planner present!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Come on!!! Evolve already!
  7. They don’t find out what type of music BOTH sides of the family like to dance.
  9. They play unedited, inappropriate music. It’s a wedding, not a night club.
  10. They disrespect, make fun of, your guests over the microphone. Ditto!

Obviously, anyone who does ALL these things, should never be invited to a wedding let a lone be asked to MC and DJ yours.

Now the DJ at this particular wedding did not do all these, he did not even do half of these. But with two or three things that he did do, it made it seem like a long, enjoyable wedding where everyone was just sitting there looking at each other wondering: When is this going to get good?

This wedding reminded me how the music is an important-vital part to any wedding reception.

I hope this helps you AVOID an un-enjoyable evening at your wedding reception.

Happy Planning!

DJ Francisco
Professional Bilingual Wedding DJ in Houston