Can I give more than a 5 to Bryan Greenwalt? Oh my goodness, he was perfect! Bryan from the start was personable, open, friendly, and chill. Not only does he have extensive "Most Requested Lists" to peruse over, but he also has a great form ...
to fill out for the actual day of the wedding with all sorts of good info.
A good side story I never told Bryan because I didn't want to freak him out (not that I think it would have) but my mother-in-law was extremely skeptical about hiring a DJ. She had her heart set on a live band. I love live music, but HATE live bands at weddings. Why would I want to hear someone sing my favorite band's song when I can hear the original band I love's recording played on a high quality sound system? (which Bryan has). My mother-in-law actually pleaded to meet with him to discuss the music selection. Bryan, my now husband, she, and I all sat down and discussed the music, and Bryan was so awesome and accommodating about the meeting. We all had a good brainstorm and it was so productive.
To skip ahead in time to after the wedding, my mother and father-in-law both were THRILLED with Bryan :D Lots of other people in their peer group who are used to live bands were also raving about the music selection aftewards. I hope I managed to at least convince them that having a DJ at an event is not a bad thing!!
Back to Jeffrey and I, oh we were so thrilled with the music Bryan selected. It was PERFECT. We had a Jewish wedding, and Bryan was already aware of the Hora and even had recommendations about what kind of chairs to use for it (ugh, Bryan, we couldn't get ones with arms on them in time, but your suggestion was appreciated!!). I was so sad every time I was pulled off the dance floor because I was having so much fun. And each time I was off the dance floor and suddenly would hear something like, "Dance to the Music," I would mentally reach out in my head and say, "Nooooooo, I requested that song specifically and I am out hereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!"
The other thing I told Bryan was caterer the music to who was on the floor and staying on the floor. Which was exactly what he did! The crowd staying on the floor skewed younger, so he played selections I had green lighted as "Ok depending on the crowd." Didn't hear a single song that I had put on the "Do Not Play" list, and he took requests that fitted with the flow of the night and the crowd.
Perfection, that is what I keep saying and all I have to say!! I hope I find some other reason to recommend Bryan for future events because I would love to work with him again. Thank you, thank you, Bryan. Music is one of the most important things in my life and was one of the most important things about the reception to me. Thank you for making our reception energetic, fun, joyous, and a night to remember.