Wedding After Parties – 6 Easy Steps

The after-party is a time when everyone you love, especially those you don’t get to see often, gathers together on a more intimate level,”

Some good reasonsto consider an after party:

  1. Your reception venue has an early music curfew and ending time.
  2. Your friends are a late-night crowd.
  3. You can save costs on your wedding reception – cutting down on the time needed to book band & catering hours
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For the after party, you are hosting an  additional  reception. It’s best to have a change of venue which build excitement for guests but if booking a different location isn’t feasible, change the atmosphere of your reception space through lighting, music, and food. Some of the best wedding memories aremade after the wedding has ended, and we want you to have the time of your life. We love the idea of wedding after-parties. They’re a great way to keep the fun going. It’s a growing trend in the wedding industry, because it’s a chance to offer a more relaxed environment after the formality and tradition of a wedding reception. You may remember hearing that Prince Harry threw a raging after party for William and Kate, complete with a nightclub DJ and late-night snacks — most definitely allowing guests to cut loose after Prince Charles’s elegant black-tie dinner at Buckingham Palace.

Do some planning

Get guests in after-party mode with fun wearables like glow sticks and paper crowns. Remember that traditional wedding etiquette rules don’t necessarily apply, meaning that you don’t have to send out official invites, and you don’t have to invite everyone.

Hire your deejay to stay late

Choose DJ with clubbing background to spice up the vibe. If the after party is at the reception venue, save some money by using the same deejay, which will cost around 50 euros/additional hour. Make your after party distinct from the reception by switching to full-out dance music. We recommend mixing deep house, club music, dance classics and radio hits that guests can sing along too.

Get transportation in order (for foreign weddings) 

Arrange for all the guests to get back to the hotel safely either by mini bus or taxi.

 

Change clothes

You and your new spouse will probably want to change into something a bit more comfortable to keep the festivities going. Of course, you are allowed to wear your wedding dress until the party ends, but there’s always the possibility that it gets spilled on or ruined. We suggest to stay on the side of caution and change into a different white dress so you can enjoy yourself without worrying about your beautiful gown.

Serve snacks

If you expect your guests to keep partying until the wee hours of the night, you should provide some sort of nourishment. It’s comment for an afterparty reception to serve mini hotdogs and burgers. They go well with the alcohol.

Don’t leave people out

Whether you want to invite all your guests or keep it to your inner circle, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure everyone will have the time of their lives.

DJ & Saxophonist (Live)

Want to add that extra special touch to your wedding day?

The DJ and Saxophone combination will tear the roof of the dance floor with energy and soul. This unique combination will deliver an exceptional experience for guests and will perform your favourite selected tracks.

This idea is simple where the DJ plays music anywhere from chill beat, Deep House, Top 40 charts, dance classics, 70's/80’s /90’s and our cool Saxophonist will join in harmony producing sweet sounding music vibes, This saxophonist will be connected up to the sound system via a wireless microphone allowing him to move around the dance floor freely and even dance with the guests.

Our DJ & Sax package is perfect for wedding receptions and can be booked in a 2hr or 4 hr slot depending on the duration of the performance. The Sax repertoire covers jazz, funky, jazz, freestyle, pop, soul, & blues and can play whilst guests are gathering. As soon as it's dancing time we'll mix it up with happy, upbeat music. It’s played on a tenor sax over high quality backing tracks.

For more information or to book your DJ and saxophone package feel free to send an email on info@maltadj.events with the event details (venue, number of guests expected & date of event)

Our goal is to let good music speak.

Wedding DJ vs Club DJ

The main difference is that in a wedding scenario the attention is on the bride & groom whereas the in a club environmentthe attention is on the DJ. Although the music is a very important part in a wedding, guests will attend the reception to pay their respect to the couple.

Wedding DJ 

The wedding DJ is not the star of the show. Besides music, the wedding DJ is responsible for conducting the schedule and the flow of the wedding and reception. In weddings there will be all ages from kids to grand fathers and the music has to reflect so that everyone enjoys themselves.

Dressed smartly – Suited

Takes requests

Music Selection – the couple gets to pick their favourite music to be played during the night

Plays dinner and conversational music

Make announcements – Introduce the family members properly

All equipment provided

Ceremony Service – wireless microphones and music

Crowd Reading – A professional DJ will know how to get people to the dance floor and keep them interested by changing genres and mixing it up.

Free Consultation -Meet up in person or talk via email to understand exactly what you are looking for and make it happen

 

Club DJ

At a club all people are around the same age and  have very similar music tastes and normally goes  on till the early hours of the morning.

Artists – people go to see the DJ perform and hear his music.

Loud Music

No Requests

Crowd Reading

Here is video on local TV programme discussing the key roles of a DJ  amongst other things (In Maltese):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fstsereOmUg&t=5s

 

So to conclude, there is a lot of difference between the two but fundamentally they are both doing the same thing and that is: Playing the music and making everyone happy.

Comparing Maltese with British Weddings

Maltese Weddings

Palazzo Parisio Naxxar

Maltese weddings tend to be quite big, anywhere from 100 – 700 guests or more. 9 times out 10 it will be a Catholic Ceremony and will be held at a chapel or church. The venue picked will most likely be traditional like a renovated villa or a castle with magnificent view or garden. Food is served with waiter going round guests and normally there is plenty because the maltese like to their food a lot. They also like their alcohol and it will be a free open bar sometimes there is the option for a cocktail or wine bar too. Couples opting for a DJ will have more dancing time (maltese people also like to dance a lot especially after a couple of whiskey’s), no breaks, ability to switch genres and it’s much cheaper. Guests are quite generous with their gift and most of the time it will be in cash to support the expenses of such a big wedding.

Villa Bologna Attard

Timeline for Maltese Wedding

6pm – 7.30pm – Ceremony at church/chappel

8pm – Entry song

8pm – 10pm – Background music whilst couple is talking to guests and people are settling down

10pm – First Dance – Lights down, Music up

10pm – 12.30am – Dancing time – Here will play anything from Top 40 music, dance, to a bit of oldies

00.30 – 1.00am – Bouquet Toss, Cake Cutting, Garter and Going away song

Goes without saying that nearly every wedding different and this is only a guideline, some couples decide to go with an afterparty whilst others stretch out the dancing time.

British Wedding

British weddings are completely different as they have to fly their guests over from home and they are much smaller between 20 – 80 people. It’s starts earlier with a signing of the register ceremony held at the same location of the reception. After the ceremony guests are lead to the dinner tables where they are served food, during this time, the speeches are held and background music is played whilst guests are enjoying dinner. Guests and couple are more relaxed because they are on holiday mode. British wedding are longer and could go for up 12 hours. Yes we done 12 hour weddings before.

Timeline for British weddings 

3pm – 4pm – Ceremony. Music is played here for the bride walking up the isle, signing for the register and couple walking down the isle. Wireless microphones are provided for the speeches and vows.

4pm – 5pm – Cocktail hour – Chillout music is played here

5pm – 7.30 – Dinner.. Slow background music. (Please visit music page to listen to examples)

7.30pm – 11.00pm – Dancing time!! It’s time to get loose. Music from couple’s favourite songs including popular hits, some oldies, and other sub genres that the couple is into like garage or 90’s music.

So to conclude to lotsof differences but there is no right or wrong way as long as the couple and guests are happy. If you have any questions or would like to talk more about your big day do not hesitate to contact us on 00356 99655 9805 or via email on info@maltadj.events

All you need is love

5 Steps to plan your dream wedding.

Planning your dream wedding.

1) Brainstorm

Clear your mind, start with a blank page and write down first ideas and theme for the big day. No idea is wrong, start by writing everything that comes to you . Are you having a ceremony or would you like to get married in a church or chapel. If you are getting having a ceremony you will probably get asked to pick the music for the bride walking up and aisle, married couple walking down the aisle and music for the signing of the wedding. if you are unsure ask your wedding DJ and will be able to help you out with the choices. Summer or winter time?, Indoor venue or outdoor venue? the kind of food and beverages. Scroll down to see full list of vendors.

This brainstorming method will help you help you see your wedding clearly and decided on the type of wedding you are after.

2) Set a budget

After defining the ideal wedding in Malta it’s time to set a budget.  This is the time to determine how much to spend on what you need. Here is an approximate breakdown for the main services:

Wedding Reception: 48%–50%

Ceremony: 2%–3%

Attire: 8%–10%

Flower Arrangments: 8%–10%

Music:  8%–10%

Photography/Videography: 10%–12%

Wedding Rings: 2%–3%

Parking/Transportation: 2%–3%

Gifts: 2%–3%

Miscellaneous: 8%

3) Pick your guests

This is the time to decide who to send invites too. Do you want a big traditional maltese wedding where all the relatives are invited including uncles and cuosins, or are you looking for an english style wedding where intimate family are invited for a dinner and a party afterwards.This will depend on the budget you set too.

4) Research

Contact vendors that you would like to book for your big day. Ask them questions about their services, prices and their previous experience.

Here is a list of venders that you might want to consider for your wedding:

Venue, Beverages and bar, Planners, Invitations, Souvenirs, Photography, Video, Flowers, Music, Cars, Clothes, Jewellery, Beauty, Carpets, Decor, Honeymoon.

5) Entertainment

Choosing the right DJ is crucial to the success of the wedding. A lot of couple are choosing a DJ nowadays instead of band for various reasons, Firstly because it’s cheaper, they don’t take any breaks and a DJ can explore a variety of genres. Apart from that there is only one person that is held responsible for the evening.

 

Happy planning. 🙂

DJ Cost For Wedding

‘Couples tend to spend about 8% of their total wedding budget on Entertainment.’

 

Every event is different and here are some factors that will determine the price for your wedding DJ in Malta.

Time: The longer the wedding reception/ceremony the more it will cost. Normally we quote for 5 hours of DJ service but it might be less or more depending on the duration of wedding party.

Size: The larger the event the higher the price because additional speakers, microphones, upgraded equipment will be need to serve the crowd.

Musicians Number of DJ’s, Saxophonist, Violinist, Guitarist, Singer, Percussionist

Add-ons: Personalised playlist, Additional speaker/s, Moving lights, Smoke machine, Stage/Rigging, Up-lighters x5, Up-lighters x10, DJ Stand, Mirror me Photo Booth, Co2 Cannons for shooting fog, confetti into the air, Black lights, Custom Image Projection, Trust

From our experience in doing weddings, couples and guests do not remember the furniture, drinks nor flowers but they remeber tell us how many songs they danced too on the dance floor and what a great time they had. So make sure to set up a budget that meets your expectations. Do not leave shopping for a wedding DJ till the last minute because the good ones will already be booked. You want your wedding DJ to co ordinate with other vendors like photographer for first dance, wedding organiser for the cake cutting song, best man to find out when the speeches will commence and much more. Further, the most important is to have an experienced DJ that can adjust depending on the crowd, the skill of a DJ comes from being able to select and mix songs that are working on the dance floor right in the moment.

€ 200 – € 300 Beginner DJ, most likely most likely doing it part time or as a hobby

€ 350 – € 600 Professional, doing it full time and will have more time to make sure that your wedding runs smoothly. This is where Malta DJ Events falls in.

Our package includes everything you will need to make this special day a successful one with no hidden charges. We pride ourselves on having a solid reputation backed by years of experience, referrals and reviews to prove our value and consistency. 

Malta has a brimming nightlife with exceptional clubs and bars mainly in Sliema, Paceville and Rabat area (for big outdoor venues). So there will be plenty of places to go too for those wanting to party after the wedding especially in the summer. With festivals like Lost and Found and cheap hotels in Malta makes it a perfect go to place in the Mediterranean. For more information about wedding ideas, audio sound systems, DJ hire and what to do in Malta visit our blog.

Fun Fact

According to 2016 Annual Wedding Survey

71% of couple choose a DJ

29% choose a band

Fill out the form on our contact us page or send an email on info@maltadj.events to receive pricing for your event. Let us know as much information as possible, including your budget and options you are considering, in order for us to give you the best possible price and not sacrifice the quality you deserve for your special day.

Mirror Me Photobooth Hire

Malta DJ Events teamed up with Mirror Me, the newest trend in Photo Booth world to bring an advanced digital photography mirror catered for any event and a nice discount when booking through Malta DJ Events.

The Mirror Me Photo Booth Works For All Types Of Events:

• Weddings

• Corporate Events

• Parties

• Personal Events

Unique Photo Experience 

The Selfie Mirror is an advanced digital photography mirror catered for any event, which interacts with your guests to give them a fun photography experience. 

Guests are invitedto walk up to the selfie mirror where colourful animations will invite them to start their photo experience. A wide range of props are also made available to enhance the fun factor. After 3 photos have been taken, guests can then sign the mirror and add emojis to personalise their photos.

Professional Printed Photos 

The photos can be printed out straight after the pictures being taken. They are professional quality 4×6 prints. You can even incorporate your own logo. A guestbook can also be provided for guests to attach a copy of their photo and leave a personal message.

All copies of the digital photos will be given to you after the event.

Package:

4 hrs unlimited use with props

Delivery and Installation

Personalised template for your photos

Person on hand to operate the mirror

Copies of all digital images

Red Carpet + Rope Barriers on each side

You Can Book Malta DJ Events Now

  Yes, you can book your Malta DJ Events by phone (00356) 9955 9805 or by email at info@maltadj.events, Click on the Contact US  page,  to access the great service that we provide each prospective clients! Find availability, package pricing, find and manage lists, music and much more.

Venues We Regularly Work With

Here is a list of some of the wedding venues often set up and perform at:

Le Meridian – St. Julians (Wedding Venue)

 

Torre Paulina – Swieqi (Wedding Venue)

 

Pallazzo Nobile – Naxxar (Wedding Venue)

 

Preluna Hotel & Spa – Sliema (Wedding Venue)

 

Villa Arrigo – Naxxar (Wedding Venue)

 

Corinthia St. George – St. Julians (Wedding Venue)

 

Villa Bologna – Attard (Wedding Venue)

 

Giardini Lambrosa – Rabat – (Wedding Venue)

 

Razzett L-abjad – San Gwann (Wedding Venue)

 

Chateau Buskett – Siggiewi (Wedding Venue)

 

Limestone Heritage – Siggiewi (Wedding Venue)

 

 

Palazzo Parisio – Naxxar (Wedding Venue)

 

The Villa – Le Meridian – (Ideal for ceremonies and reception)

 

Baia Beach – Mellieha (Wedding Vennue)

 

Westin Dragonara – St’Julians (Reception + Ceremony)

 

Villa Mdina – Naxxar (Wedding Venue)

 

 

Hilton Portomaso – St. Julians (Ceremony and wedding reception)

 

Fort St. Angelo – Birgu (Wedding Venue)

 

Eden Lodge – Zurrieq (Wedding venue)

 

Paradise Bay – Mellieha (Wedding Venue)

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Song Suggestions

Hi,

I am really excited to be sharing my 1st of many blog posts. Here is a list of tried and tested track suggestions, you may choose your own but this will help you if you are a little stuck or need some ideas. Enjoy.

Entry Song

Enya – Only time

Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World

Kings – This Girl

Disciples – On My Mind

 

1st Slow song

Bryan Adams – (Everything I do) I Do It For You

Bruno Mars – Marry You

Lionel Richie – My Destiny

Ben E King – Stand By Me

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

Eta James – At Last

Ed Sheeren – Perfect

Ed Sheeren – Thinking Out Loud

James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go

Klingande – Jubel

John Legend – All Of Me

 

2nd Song – Parents and relatives

Passenger – Let Her Go

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling

Chris Brown – Forever

Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger

Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely

Dominic Grech – Xemx

The Temptations – My Girl

Josh Groban – You Rise Me Up

Scorpions – Send Me An Angel

Bouquet Toss

Beyonce – Single Ladies

Beyonce – Run The World

Clydi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

 

Garter

Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On

Shaggy – Bombastic

Imany – Don’t Be So Shy

Queen – Another One Bites The Dust

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On

Nelly – Hot In Here

Jimi Hendrix – Foxey Lady

 

Cake Cutting

One Republic – Counting Stars

Cliff Richard – Congratulations

Kool & The Gang – Celebration

Pharrell Williams – Happy

Take That – Greatest Day

Maroon 5 – Sugar

 

Going away

Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

American Authors – Best Day of My Life

Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signal – Sweet Lovin’

Bee Gees – Massachusetts

Coldplay – Viva La Vida

Felix Jaehn – Ain’t Nobody