It's been a little while since we shined a spotlight on one of our vendor friends! We are excited to bring you one of our favorite DJ/Lighting/Emcee/Photo Lounge professionals: Tommy Evans!
Vendor name/company: Specialty Sound Entertainment
Websites: http://www.receptiondj.com/; www.flash-pics.com
Services offered: DJ entertainment, Master of Ceremonies, Décor Lighting, Flash-Pics Photo Lounge, Audio / Visual
How did you get started in the wedding industry and when? The short story is that I offered to DJ for a fraternity party during college, because our chapter didn’t have funds to hire a “real” DJ and I had a huge music library (on vinyl). After that, I started getting calls from other groups, and Specialty Sound began! It was a couple of years later that I was asked to DJ a wedding reception, and I simply loved it. We’ve been in business now for over 22 years, and about 95% of by business is Weddings and Receptions.
What sets you apart from other vendors? First of all, my goal is to partner with the bride and groom in looking for opportunities to make their reception fun, unique, and memorable. Their wedding day is designed to be a once in a lifetime event, and it requires careful planning and preparation. I think they should have every opportunity to have some input in the details of the reception, while allowing me to provide some ideas and expertise from a professional's perspective.
What do you do for fun besides weddings? Spend time with my family, mostly - wife Cindy, son Tyler (age 9), and daughter Sarina (age 5). We are closed on Mondays for “family day”, and you’ll usually find us on some adventure at the zoo, museum, etc.
Why do you enjoy working with wedding planners? Receptions are much more grand when you have a team of people working together to collaborate ideas. I’m amazed at the creativity that the Dallas area planners have, and love being part of the “master plan” for someone’s wedding day. From beautifully elegant receptions, to themed weddings, it’s always something unique and exciting!
What is your favorite thing about working with a StarDust Celebrations planner? Stardust planners are nothing short of amazing. They always have a great relationship with the bride and groom, and are fun to work with. I think you can learn a lot about a planner on the day of the wedding, and the ladies at Stardust are always calm, collected, easy going, and a pleasure to work with. The bride and groom often derive their “day of demeanor” from the wedding planner. If the professional planner is stressed out, then the bride and groom are stressed. But, with Stardust, everyone is relaxed and enjoying their opportunity to help one bride’s dream come true.
Do you have any funny or memorable stories you can share about working with one of our planners? One of my favorite events with Marsha was her son’s wedding reception at The Filter Building. It was such a privilege to be part of that day, and one of my fondest memories was watching Marsha and her husband out on the dance floor.
What is the best single piece of advice you could give to brides? Look for opportunities to be creative and represent your own personalities and style. Engage your guests. Help your guests to have conversations about you. Get plenty of rest. Allow room for spontaneity. Have the time of your life!
Great advice, Tommy! We look forward to working with you again soon! Ladies, but sure to check out Specialty Sound's websites (http://www.receptiondj.com/ and http://www.flash-pics.com/)!