Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Bow Tied Weddings
Tell us a little about your company!
Bow Tied Weddings is a group of young fun DJs who want to party with couples and their guests. What can we say, we like to have a good time. Being that we are the young guys, we relate really well to our couples’ choice in music because we liked the same music growing up as they did.
Another thing that sets us apart is the way we coordinate the day. Music is a cue for everything that happens, so we default to that role of working with the other vendors, ushering the timeline, and making last minute decisions. And the best thing about us? All of the couples who book us immediately become our friends. Communication is important, so we want to make it as easy as possible. Though we don’t drink during weddings, we are happy to grab a drink with our couples when we meet and when we are ironing out the details. Cheers!
How did you get started in this business?
Well, I got started in this because I was that kid in high school that liked to throw parties and make mix CDs. I thought, “Why not make this a living?” So, after working 7 years for an event production company, DJing in bars around town, and rocking a few sorority formals, I turned my attention to weddings. In 2014, I partnered with Seth (DJ sKrav) and Bow Tied Weddings was born. Today, we have 4 DJs total and are expected to have over 120 weddings in 2017.
What’s your favorite wedding story?
That’s a tough one. A lot of them have been fun. I’ll go with a recent one at Cross Keys Vineyard. Let’s start with the ceremony. It was outside behind the reception hall. Before the officiant got started, he asked everyone to stand up and take a selfie. So naturally, me being in the back, took a selfie with the entire congregation behind me. The reception kicked off with a grand entrance into the reception hall, then a first dance that was entertained by a performance by a couple friends of the bride and groom. Then we had dinner, an hour of dancing, cut the cake, had a couple toasts, and then the groom performed a song for the bride.
To the surprise of the guests, the groom and I had discussed giving him a “mic drop” moment and taking a brief intermission to move the party outside into the courtyard. With a little help from a couple of groomsmen, I dropped “Yeah!” and the party lit up. The courtyard was a rowdy bunch of fun, pretty sure a few groomsmen took their shirts off, but left on their suspenders. Oh, and the bride taught the crowd how to Dougie. Hilarious stuff. Needless to say, it was fun night.
Why do you like working with weddings?
Why not? I mean, it’s a big party with friends and family. And the story above is what I crave to achieve at every wedding.
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
Hire wedding professionals. Seriously. I’ve been hired several times where I was the ONLY wedding professional on site. When that happens, the couple almost always comes up to me after saying, “You saved our wedding. You were the only vendor who knew what you were doing.” Sure you might have that friend who sometimes takes pictures, or aunt who makes birthday cakes, but fight the urge.
How far in advance should couples book your services?
Right now, we are booking 12 to 18 months in advance. We booked our first 2018 wedding in earlier this summer.
What inspired you the most / where do you find inspiration?
The crowd. I’m inspired by the crowd. If there is a good crowd, I’m in my element. I feed off of the crowd. They are my muse.
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
Travel. I’m married to my passport. I’ve been to over 150 cities in the U.S. and 6 countries in Europe, and I plan on continuously adding to that.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
Some people know this about me, my wedding industry friends might not, but one day, I’m going to run for Mayor of Richmond.
Thank you for answering our questions, mFace! If you would like to learn more about DJ mFace & the other awesome DJs & musicians that Bow Tied Weddings offers, please visit www.bowtiedweddings.com.
Featured image: Michael Hostetler Photography