Pop Color Vendor: Event Video

I’ve really enjoyed working with Adam Nudelman of Event Video. He’s a true pro who will make sure you have a top notch experience plus give you amazing video coverage of your simcha. He also is going through the Mitzvah process right now with his own daughter (it’s this September!), so he gets it!

Here’s Adam to tell you more:

Pop Color Events interviews Adam Nudelman of Event Video about Mitzvah videography, questions to ask about video and more. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

How did you get started with Event Video?

I was involved in video production at different television stations, and I always wanted to run my own business.  After a while, I was really looking for a more creative and positive outlet for my skills, after working on negative news stories and dealing with the politics of broadcast.  I saw Mitzvahs as a way to create a positive production for families and as a way to establish myself as an independent business away from the corporate structure of many stations.

What is your favorite part of what you do?

My favorite part is delivering the final product and having the family absolutely love it!

What is your pop color–that something special that makes you, you?

I do my best to lighten the mood for families during a very stressful time.

What is your favorite moment of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

I always get my favorite moments of the video during the Hora.

Pop Color Events interviews Adam Nudelman of Event Video about Mitzvah videography, questions to ask about video and more. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

What questions should parents ask someone in your field?

Are you going to shoot my event personally? There’s nothing worse than building a rapport with a videographer only to find out that they’ll be sending someone else to video your event.

Need an experienced videographer for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Check out Event Video’s website or see their most recent work on their Facebook page.

Cori and Spencer’s B’nai Mitzvah in Beltsville, MD

I had so much fun working with Cori and Spencer’s family on their B’nai Mitzvah party at Fox Ventures (now closed) in Beltsville, MD. The family was hysterical and kept me laughing and very well fed throughout the planning process! They wanted an urban club/lounge vibe that would be appropriate for both a boy and a girl. We utilized lavender and midnight blue, mixing the soft and feminine with the gritty and more masculine to tie in the personalities of both of the twins. The warehouse venue with black draping also mixed the soft and gritty. The contrast was really cool.

Aren’t they the cutest family? I love how happy they all look in this photo.

Midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

The focal point of the room was an 8′ tall DJ booth with Cori and Spencer’s logo suspended from it. It was a major wow factor and guests kept saying that they’d never seen anything like it before.

DJ booth at a midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

The DJ booth lent itself to some amazing photos! And it’s a good thing that the DJ was okay with heights!

DJ booth at a midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

A fully stocked 12-foot bar covered in graffiti lent itself to the urban club-feel.

Graffiti Bar at a midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

A step and repeat tied together all 3 event logos–one for each twin plus a joint logo.

Unique and yummy desserts were a huge hit! Edible cookie dough shots and bites plus liquid nitrogen ice cream kept the crowd coming back for more.

Cookie dough and liquid nitrogen ice cream at midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

Thanks to the awesome vendors who helped make it happen!

Photographer: A La Mode Photography
Venue/Decor: Fox Ventures
Invitations/Logo: Event Prints
Desserts: The Cookie Jar DC, Love N Faith Cafe
Videographer: Event Video
MC/DJ: A-Squad Entertainment
Step and Repeat: ARS Events

Mitzvah Transportation

Do you need to provide transportation for kids or out of town guests for your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah party? Charter bus, minibus, school bus, rideshare? | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

A nice, but optional service to provide for your Mitzvah guests is transportation. There are two distinct groups that may need transportation assistance–kids and out of town guests.

Transportation for kids

If you’re having an afternoon party immediately following the service at a different location, you’ll definitely need to figure out a way to get kids to the party. If you’re having a small number of kids, you may be able to arrange carpools among your friends and family. However, if you have a large number of kids, I recommend a yellow school bus. It’s the most cost-effective way to transport a large number of kids.

I’ve also had families whose party location is a longer drive provide bus transportation for their child’s friends. The bus departs from a central location where parents drop off and pick up. This is definitely convenient for parents who have done one too many carpool runs!

Transportation for out of town guests

When you have a lot of guests who are coming from out of town and who may not have cars, it is a welcoming touch to provide transportation. Before you make any arrangements, check with your hotel to see if they are able to offer transportation for your guests. If not, there are a few options depending on how many guests will need a ride.

First, charter or coach buses provide transportation for a large number of guests–up to 61! Some even have restrooms on board.

A mini bus is more intimate and can be more cost effective if it is able to run in a loop to take multiple trips. Mini buses vary in size and can hold as few as 14 guests or as many as 38.

Finally, if your guests are tech savvy, ridesharing is the way to go. You can set up a code on Uber which will allow them to get their own transportation at a time that works for them. You can set a cap of how much you want to pay for each ride and for how many rides, so you can either offer a discount or pay for the full price of the rides for each guest. Uber sends you a card with a special code that you can customize (make the code your child’s name or the theme for the weekend) and put it in the hotel welcome bags.

Need help figuring out a transportation plan? Pop Color Events can help!

3 Ways to Keep the Mitzvah in Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Advice for meaningful Mitzvah Projects for your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

It’s never been more evident that our world is broken. As Jews it is our duty to perform acts of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Many congregations have a Mitzvah project requirement as part of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah process and it is such an important way to show your child(ren) that they have the power to make a difference. Instead of looking as a Mitzvah project as another thing to check off as part of the process, use it to inspire your child to make the world a better place. How do you do that?

Make the Mitzvah project meaningful for your child

Ask yourself, what is important to your child? A great way to start that conversation is to use current events as a springboard to find a way to help. Current issues like the refugee crisis, the environment or marginalized groups, could spark involvement with non-profits with expertise in those areas. Or connect this activity to your child’s interests–could they work with animals, help with sports for a Special Olympics team…?

Consider the impact of their Mitzvah Project

Volunteering somewhere once may fulfill a requirement, but has it really made a difference in your community or the world? Think big. Then think bigger. Sustained involvement and education on the issue will make the Mitzvah project more meaningful for your child and more likely to make a difference.

Fundraising has a direct influence on the ability of an organization to fulfill its mission, but it’s also important to see where the money your child has raised or the resources that your child collected are going. It goes beyond just giving tzedakah to actually learning how the money will be used and understanding why it is important.

Make helping others a regular occurrence

Now that your child is becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, they should make doing Mitzvah a regular part of their lives. This is something that you, as the parent, can help embody. Yes, it’s another commitment, but what is more important than showing your child that they can make a difference and that little steps can make a big impact

Still stuck?

Some great resources are your Rabbi or Cantor, Mitzvah Bowl, Charity Navigator and good ol’ Google. There are so many worthwhile organizations in every community that could benefit from your child’s time, talents or fundraising. Now go forth and Mitzvah!

Still need help? Contact me!

Which Mitzvah venue is right for you?

Need a Mitzvah venue? The most common types include: hotels, event venues with and without onsite caterers, synagogue social halls, restaurants and country clubs. | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

One of the first decisions you’ll have to make about when planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is the venue. The Mitzvah venue sets the tone for your event and can determine your overall budget. Since food and beverage will likely make up about 50% of the budget, the type of venue and whether or not they allow you to bring in your own cater definitely makes a difference. In my experience, here are the most common types of Mitzvah venues in the DC-area.

Hotel

This is your typical Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, etc. These are a super easy Mitzvah venue to use because they really are a one stop shop. Your out of town guests can stay there. You can host a Sunday brunch there. The more you use the hotel for, the more negotiating power you’ll have. Often the room rental fee will be waived with a certain food and beverage minimum or a certain number of guest rooms. The prices for a hotel event can vary wildly depending on the location, time of year and time of day.

Event Venue with Onsite Caterers

These include venues like AMP at Strathmore, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, and the Newseum, where you are required to use their preferred caterer. These venues often have a ton of character, so you may need to decorate less. Depending on the Mitzvah venue, there may be a limited menu selection or there may be a full-service caterer who can make anything you’d like. There may be a rental fee in addition to a food and beverage minimum.

Event Venue without Onsite Caterers

These include event venues like Rock Creek Mansion, The Ballroom and VisArts. You can bring in your own caterer (though some have a preferred list that you must select from), so you’ll have much more flexibility with the type of food you’ll serve. If you select your own caterer, you can choose one who allows you to provide your own alcohol, which can be a huge cost saving. These venues often have a ton of character, so you may need to decorate less. Keep in mind that there are still rental fees and you still have to pay catering costs on top of that.

Synagogue Social Hall

This is usually one of the most convenient Mitzvah venue options, but also can be a lot of work. Your guests already know where it is and they’ll have been there already. However, there may be restrictions on the types of food you can serve (ie Kosher or Kosher style) or specific caterers you must use. Frequently these spaces need a lot of decor help, as well.

Restaurant

These include venues like 4935 Bar and Kitchen and Sequoia. They will have amazing food, but high food and beverage minimums. They need to make up for the lost revenue of a Saturday night, so your costs can be very high. Sometimes the space is less flexible because it was designed as a restaurant/bar, not an event venue.

Country Clubs

These include local venues like Congressional Country Club or Kenwood Country Club. They have beautiful grounds and tons of places to take family photos. However, generally you must be a member or have a member host you to utilize their space. You must use their in-house catering and often menus can be somewhat limited.

Need help finding Mitzvah venues? Pop Color Events can help!

Why You Need Partial Planning Help for Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Partial Planning clients for Bar or Bat Mitzvahs want to be hands on but have help along the way when event planning | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

I offer three levels of service for Bar or Bat Mitzvah planning because I’ve found that each meets the needs of a different sort of client. I love working with Partial Planning clients because it really is a collaborative experience. Clients who are ideal for a partial planning package:

Know that they don’t know

These clients are smart cookies! They know that there is a lot that they don’t know about planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah party and want guidance along the way. They see value in hiring someone who is an expert in planning, since they are often experts in their line of work. They are questioners and seek to get information to make sure they are making good choices.

Are short on time

Let’s face it. Everyone in the DC-area seems to have a demanding job and these clients are no different. Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah party take HOURS. They don’t want to spend their free time researching every last vendor, contacting them, asking questions and then worrying that the perfect vendor isn’t even on their radar. They understand the importance of relationships and how a planner’s vendor relationships are a huge time saver. A planner will act as a matchmaker to find the perfect vendor for each client’s unique needs. Especially if you are working with specific needs that limit your options–need a venue for 300 people or a Kosher caterer or a mechanical bull, a planner knows exactly where to start looking.

Want to be hands on

Despite being short on time, partial planning clients want to be involved in making decisions for their event. They want to have a personal relationship with the vendors and feel comfortable with their decisions. They may be a little Type-A (don’t worry, I am too!), so they aren’t ready to fully give up control of their planning process, but still want to make sure that they’re doing things right.

Need help staying on track

See short on time above. There are so many details that are part of the party, that these clients want to make sure that planning is on schedule, everything is covered and nothing gets overlooked. Partial planning clients love reminders, check ins and someone to act as a sounding board for all of their questions along the way. And there are often many questions!

Are looking for creativity and inspiration

Often these clients tell me that they have difficulty visualizing how it will all come together. A partial planner will help to figure out the vision and make sure the client can see it too. This may be through verbal descriptions, photos, design boards, timelines, floor plans and more. Planners have the resources and experience to translate your wants into something unique, creative and just so you.

Want to be able to enjoy themselves at their party

There’s something special about having worked with a planner for 6+ months. They know you, you know them and you trust that they’ll be able to handle anything that arises. That trust leaves you free to enjoy your party and not have to worry about a thing.

In Conclusion

A partial planner for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah will allow you to feel confident that you are making the best decisions for your family, that your planning is on track and that you’ll have an amazing party!

Think that partial planning might be right for you? Contact me for a free consultation

Need a Hotel Room Block for Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

Tips, tricks and questions to ask when reserving a hotel room block for out of town guests at your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA
Nowadays many families live far away from extended family and this often requires travel for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration. One way to be a good host is to offer a room block for your out of town guests.

Where to start with your room block

You’ll want to block the hotel room before you send out a save the date (if you’re planning doing one), so you can give guests plenty of time to book their hotel rooms. Generally, this is around a year or so out, but can certainly be closer to the event date if you aren’t planning on sending a save the date. Ideally, the hotel will be convenient to your temple or party venue. If you have a lot of guests who are shomer Shabbat, being closer to the temple is obviously preferable. Sometimes temples or venues have preferred relationships with hotels which may help you get a better rate for your guests, so make sure to ask. Also, if you’re interested in hosting a Sunday brunch at the hotel, this is a good thing to mention to the hotel up front as it also could help with pricing.

When you call the hotel, ask to be connected to the sales office about a room block.

How do I know how many rooms to block?

Unfortunately, there’s no one size fits all formula that works in all situations. People can be so variable and you know your guests the best. I recommend looking at your guest list to see who is from out of town and how many of them you realistically think will attend, then block for that number. It really is a guessing game! Some hotels will only allow you to block a certain number of rooms and then will give the block more rooms if you’re getting close to filling it. Definitely check to see the max number of rooms they will allow to be part of your block and confirm that they’ll let you add in more rooms if needed.

Courtesy vs. guaranteed block and cutoff dates

Generally, you’ll need to have at least 10 room nights (which could mean 5 rooms for Friday night and 5 rooms for Saturday night) for them to create a block for you. As far as the rooms, you’ll want to request a courtesy block of rooms vs a guaranteed block of rooms, if possible. This means that you are not financially responsible if not all of the rooms are booked by the cutoff date (the date when the block of rooms will be released to the general population) vs. a guaranteed block, where you’d be required to pay for rooms if not enough guests book.

And speaking of that cutoff date, make sure to communicate it to your guests! Before you sign anything, double check that once they quote you a rate for rooms it is actually a better price than what is being offered online (go to the website for the hotel chain and a site like Travelocity.com). If prices are expensive or you have a lot of guests, you could always have blocks at multiple hotels.

Check with the hotel and nudge those slow relatives to make their reservation before the cutoff.

Bonus Tips

Another thing to keep in mind is if there is anything in it for you.  If you book a certain number of rooms can you get rewards for their guest rewards program or is there a complimentary guest room that your family could use? Is there a possibility of having a complimentary hospitality suite for your guests? Will they waive fees for gift bag distribution (or is it complimentary, to begin with)? These are called concessions and the more you get, the better it is for you!

Need help with negotiating with a hotel? Pop Color Events can help!

Adding social action to your Mitzvah party

Many families include a social action, tzedakah or mitzvah component into their Bar or Bat Mitzvah party. Here are ways to include charity in your celebration. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

Many families, including a number that I’ve worked with, choose to include some sort of social action, tzedakah or mitzvah component into their party. I love when families really want to focus on the meaning of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah! There are so many different ways to include charity as part of your celebration. Here are a few examples and ideas:

Collect Donations

Lindsey collected book donations from her guests. She included a note in her invitation and asked guests to bring books to donate to a local charity. Boy, were her guests generous!

Book donations Mitzvah project at Lindsey's pink book themed Bat Mitzvah party at DoubleTree Bethesda | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Bradley Images Book donations Mitzvah project at Lindsey's pink book themed Bat Mitzvah party at DoubleTree Bethesda | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Bradley Images

Donations could be anything from food to toys to clothes. Select an organization that is important to your child or that fits with the event’s theme and ask your guests to help!

Donate Centerpieces

Lilly and her family got creative with their centerpieces and donated the food to a local charity. A note from Lilly let guests know more about the centerpieces and where they were going.

Bat Mitzvah Can Centerpieces at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Alison Tremblay

In addition to collecting donations of books, Lindsey also donated books that were used in her centerpieces as table numbers and as the base for the balloons.

Balloon and book centerpieces at Lindsey's pink book themed Bat Mitzvah party at DoubleTree Bethesda | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Bradley Images

A local charity, I LOVE is Repeat Roses. They gather event flowers and donate them to senior citizens, hospice care patients and others who need a little bit of cheer. You need to contact them early as they can get very busy!

Make a Tzedakah (monetary) donation

Instead of or in addition to traditional favors, why not make a donation in honor of your guests. There are a few ways to do this; you can make a donation on behalf of your guests, you can help your guests to donate or have your child contribute a percentage of their gifts to a charity of their choosing.

If you make a donation on behalf of your guests, a framed photo or note at each place can let guests know. It’s wonderful when this note comes directly from your child to let them know why it is an important charity to them.

If you want to facilitate your guests making a donation, there are a number of websites that can help. One of my clients allowed their guests to select a charity to donate to through a company called TisBest. All of the adults received a gift card with instructions and were able to donate to a select group of charities.

If you want to help your child understand the true meaning of tzedakah, have them take some of the money that they receive as gifts and donate to a charity of their choosing. This allows them to make tzedakah part of their celebration and sets a great example for donating later in their lives.

Donate Food

Talk to your caterer to see what they do with the leftover food. Will they allow you to donate it to a local food bank?  Find a local food bank or food rescue operation at Feeding America.

Finally

Let your guests know! Raising awareness for wonderful charities is another way to help. Your guests will feel good knowing that, in some small way, they’ve contributed to a good cause and you’ll feel good that you’ve included a mitzvah and social action in your Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration.

Need more social action ideas? Contact me and we can figure out how to keep the mitzvah in your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Olivia’s Colorful Bat Mitzvah at Hyatt Regency Dulles

Olivia and her family were just about the sweetest folks you could imagine (plus they had a major sweet tooth… check out the candy bar!). They chose a colorful palate that encouraged guests to “Liv it up” at the Hyatt Regency Dulles. I love the jewel tones, tassels, oversized balloons and color, color, color!

Olivia’s Dad made the escort card holder and the family made all of the colorful tasseled escort cards. With the balloon accents, that was such a statement piece and guests loved taking their photos in front!

Liv it Up tasseled balloon escort card holder at Olivia's colorful, jewel-toned, balloon-filled Bat Mitzvah party at Hyatt Regency Dulles. Pink, purple, teal, turquoise and gold. | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Sweet Dreams Studios Liv it Up tasseled balloon escort card holder at Olivia's colorful, jewel-toned, balloon-filled Bat Mitzvah party at Hyatt Regency Dulles. Pink, purple, teal, turquoise and gold. | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Sweet Dreams Studios

Liv it Up tasseled balloon escort card holder at Olivia's colorful, jewel-toned, balloon-filled Bat Mitzvah party at Hyatt Regency Dulles. Pink, purple, teal, turquoise and gold. | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Sweet Dreams Studios

The logo was projected onto the wall.

Liv it Up logo at Olivia's colorful, jewel-toned, balloon-filled Bat Mitzvah party at Hyatt Regency Dulles. Pink, purple, teal, turquoise and gold. | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Sweet Dreams Studios

I love this color!

Liv it Up table number at Olivia's colorful, jewel-toned, balloon-filled Bat Mitzvah party at Hyatt Regency Dulles. Pink, purple, teal, turquoise and gold. | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Sweet Dreams Studios

The adult side of the room had different colored balloons with ribbon or tassels, plus intentionally mismatched napkins and chair sashes.

Liv it Up tassel balloon centerpieces at Olivia's colorful, jewel-toned, balloon-filled Bat Mitzvah party at Hyatt Regency Dulles. Pink, purple, teal, turquoise and gold. | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Sweet Dreams Studios

The kids sat at a horseshoe-shaped table with the same balloons, napkins and chair sashes as the adults.

Liv it Up tassel balloon centerpieces at Olivia's colorful, jewel-toned, balloon-filled Bat Mitzvah party at Hyatt Regency Dulles. Pink, purple, teal, turquoise and gold. | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Sweet Dreams Studios

There were 23 different types of candy at the candy bar, just the right number for my sweet tooth! Each glass jar was accented with colorful ribbon and a label.

Liv it Up candy bar buffet at Olivia's colorful, jewel-toned, balloon-filled Bat Mitzvah party at Hyatt Regency Dulles. Pink, purple, teal, turquoise and gold. | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Sweet Dreams Studios

Thanks to the awesome vendors who helped make it happen!

Photographer/Photo Booth: Sweet Dreams Studio
Venue: Hyatt Regency Dulles
MC: Unique Dreams/MC Justin 
Centerpieces: Festive Effects
Chair Covers/Napkins: Be Seated
Logo: FabuDesigns

Should I see a MC or DJ in action?

Selecting the right Bar or Bat Mitzvah MC/DJ is tough, but seeing them at someone else's party is a bad idea. Here's why and how to choose your MC/DJ. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

It’s tempting to want to see a vendor in action, especially a band or MC/DJ before you hire them for your Mitzvah. After all, you want to ensure you’re picking the right one! But is it the right move to visit someone else’s party to see them? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I highly discourage clients from attending other events (that they were not invited to as guests) to see potential bands or DJ/MCs for their events. Why is that and how should you select your MC/DJ? Read on!

Random person at your event

I don’t trust vendors who allow you to essentially crash someone else’s party. I mean, would you want random people walking through your event? Or your DJ/MC’s attention being taken away from your event because they are trying to sell someone else on their services? I had this happen with a particular MC, who did not let my client or me know this was a possibility and had random people dressed in street clothes walking through their formal affair. They stuck out like a sore thumb and I had to ask them to leave. It was incredibly uncomfortable for everyone. And, needless to say, I do not recommend this MC to my clients.

You don’t know the host

Second, if you’re visiting a random person’s event, you don’t know the host family or the Mitzvah child at all. You have no idea what they’ve requested of their DJ/MC, so you’re not getting the full picture. At least with a friend recommendation, you know your friend’s personality and style which gives you slightly better insight as to whether you’d like a particular DJ/MC.

So how should you choose your band or DJ/MC?

A great and experienced DJ/MC is able to tailor your party to your family. If you go in with an understanding of the type of party you want and the needs of your guests, you’ll have a much easier time finding the right one. Do you want to the DJ/MC to focus on the kids and playing games with them? Do you want to have a solid balance of time when adults and kids are dancing? Does your crowd love to dance? Hate to dance? Think it through!

Then start looking at DJ company websites which often have bios or videos of their DJs and MCs in action. These allow you to get a feel for the style of the company before you reach out to talk to particular MCs.

Ultimately selecting the right DJ/MC is a gut check. You need to talk to a few to see if you and your child click with them. It’s a great idea to work with a company that represents multiple MCs so you can talk with a salesperson to see who might be the best fit. You can describe your child and your family to the salesperson and they can help you find the right one.

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