Should I hire a professional DJ for my wedding?

Weddings are expensive! In 2014 the average cost of a wedding rose to over $30,000 according to the #1 wedding resource, The Knot. Couples are looking for every place to save money. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you go to book your wedding ceremony and/or reception entertainment! DJ or Band This is the age old question that a lot of newly engaged couples struggle with. There are pros and cons to each one. Here are some of the basic differences in the two. A DJ will likely cost you less, will be able to play any song you want to hear, will most likely have their own sound system and dance lighting, and won’t need a break. A live band is awesome because the performances are..well.. live. Live shows are cool! If you are looking for a band ask them for a music list to make... Click Here To Continue Reading →

August Giveaway

We are kicking off August by giving away something everyone can use! Dead cell phone? No problem! Enter to win a portable battery pack to charge your electronics on the go! Click Here to Enter! *NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. For a complete list of rules, click here.

Most Requested Songs of 2014

Having a tough time figuring out what songs you want to hear at your wedding? Here’s our top wedding requests from 2014 to help you out! Click here for the full list of most requested wedding songs of 2015  

Most Requested Songs Of 2013

Planning music for a wedding can be tough! Check out our list of top requests for 2013. Need a song for the cake cutting? How bout that song you can’t remember from 2003. This list will definitely help out! *Click here for the full list of requests from 2013!*

2014 Wedding Trends

Here are some trends to look out for in 2014 from 1. Hand-painted Wedding Cakes. 2.  Detailed Backs.  “Backs are going to be the main feature in 2014.  Thanks to vintage influences in 2013, 2014 is going to be packed with this subtle yet sexy feature.  We are talking keyholes, jeweled embellishments, architectural pleating and lace fill-ins.” 3.  Rustic is out. Elegant is in. “Brides are looking for contemporary design with traditional touches. Budgets will still be tight but there will be increased spending on uniqueness and interactive activities for guests.”  4. Tea-Length Dresses.  “…have been reappearing throughout 2013 and in 2014, we are expecting to see a tea-length boom.  These short designs are super cute and are a bit different than the traditional wedding dress. ”  5. Large Ruffled Skirts 6. Gold Table Decor 7. Brides Posing in Front of Doors 8. Printed/Patterned Bridesmaid Dresses 9. Text-dominant Invitations 10. Tutus for Flower Girls   What... Click Here To Continue Reading →

Wedding Exits

The wedding exit is an ancient tradition still used today that is not only fun for the newlyweds but for the guests too! Grains like wheat were originally used in wedding ceremonies as a sign of fertility and prosperity. When grains were used it was good luck and considered blessing the newlyweds. Today wedding exits are still used for tradition BUT provide great photo ops. This brings us to the first wedding exit– Rice Rice is very traditional. It’s the most commonly thrown item for American couples. Heard the rumor that throwing rice is harmful to birds? It’s just an urban legend. Beach Balls If you are tying the knot at the beach this is something perfect for you. A beach ball exit is fun, different, and looks great in pictures! Paper Airplanes This is a new one and is definitely different. Have airplanes folded up (even print directions on... Click Here To Continue Reading →

Referral Program

How would you like to get paid JUST to talk to your friends? We want to reward anyone who refers Joel Gillie Productions to their friends and family! We all know someone getting married or planning a birthday party, so why not make their planning easier? We offer affordable DJ services for any kind of event in North Carolina. Our referral program pays you to spread the word about Joel Gillie Productions! Here’s how our referral program works: For any booked event up to $500 you will receive a $25 VISA gift card Any booked event over $500 you will receive a $50 VISA gift card How you get credit for a referral: Tell your friend or family member to mention your name when they contact us Complete the form below If your friend or family member books an event, you will receive your gift after they have signed a... Click Here To Continue Reading →

Instagram Your Wedding

How many people carry smartphones everywhere with them at all times? Why not take advantage of that at your wedding? Look at your wedding through the eyes of your guests with Instagram! Taking your wedding to the social media level isn’t hard. Print out some cards or handouts for your guests to let them know how to participate. You can use Instagram a couple different ways. Create a hashtag (one that hasn’t been used already) like #MikeAndCarrieWedding and let your guests hashtag pictures from the wedding. A simple search with that hashtag will reveal all the pictures your guests took. Another way to collect pictures would be to setup an account on Instagram for your event– like @MikeAndCarrieWedding (or something like that) so users can tag pictures to an account. Using social media to collect pictures is a great tool to see different aspects of the wedding that the photographer... Click Here To Continue Reading →

There’s an app for that: Wedding Party App

Keeping people updated on wedding details can be difficult. Why not make the job a little bit easier? There’s an app for that and it’s called Wedding Party. This free app hosts details about your big day plus organizes guest’s photos from your big day. Couples planning a wedding simply create a Wedding Party account and give their wedding a unique name for guests to find. Invitations to the event can be sent to friends and family through text message or email and you can easily manage guests who have access to details. Sharing schedules, venue locations, and other details is so easy with this app and everyone who has joined your event will be kept up to date if anything changes. Fast forward to the big day One cool trend has been to have disposable cameras on tables at your reception for guests to take pictures for you to... Click Here To Continue Reading →