It’s Spotlight day! Where we introduce you to incredible Orlando wedding vendors and the stories behind their companies who help Wedding Venue Map couples have their best wedding day.
Hiring the right wedding vendors is so important on your wedding day. The entertainment company keeps the flow of the wedding going.
It gives us great pleasure to introduce this week’s venue spotlight, Jeff Verschage of White Rose Entertainment.
When people ask “what do you do”, how do you answer?
I get to party for a living 😉
How long would you say you’ve been doing what you do today? (what year did you start)
Since I abandoned the cold snowy weather of New York and moved to sunny Florida in 1998.
How did your work evolve to get you to where you are today?
I began DJing at my high school radio station in Rochester, New York. From there I began DJing in bars and nightclubs, which then turned into private parties and weddings.
What is your favorite thing about what you do? What’s your WHY?
Finding that RIGHT song to make the crowd surge & keeping a packed dance floor all night long.
Tell us about your most memorable event so far and why it was.
On my 25th anniversary of DJing, I was flown out to Los Cabos, Mexico to DJ a 5,000 person banquet. We had to send a recorded mix ahead of time so they can choreograph a fireworks display to our performance.
What’s the best part of your job?
Giving our clients a personal touch by sharing my experience and educating while giving them multiple choices for how they want each detail of their day to be handled. I like to offer the one-of-a-kind event that clients aren’t able to receive anywhere else.
What motivates you to do this every day?
Making people happy. Everything from helping clients visions come to life to training DJs the White Rose way.
What fun-fact would people be surprised to learn about you?
A fun fact… well how about break dancing, sky diving or downhill ski instructor.
What is the best compliment you’ve received from your clients?
“Thank you so much for everything! I am blown away by how much you were able to get in even when I wasn’t feeling good! I’m so grateful we chose you and your team for our special day! You just made things so much easier and I cannot begin to tell you how blessed we feel to have found you! Outstanding job! Thank you for making it so memorable! We honestly couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you so much, Jeff! ❤️”
How did you decide on the name of your company?
The White Rose Entertainment name came from a fraternity’s formal event… which stood for a balance of elegance & fun. Which has always been the company’s cornerstone.
What is important for clients to know about your company before they book you?
We have learned to ask the right questions. We have created a reception blueprint that helps us understand your specific expectations and vision. We want to make you happy and the best way to do that is by asking the right questions. After planning the details of your event, and creating your music profile, we will understand what you picture for your big day.
What is the most unique service/product you offer?
Our Music Profile system. We want to know what music you love, what is okay if a guest asked, as well as what categories are not allowed. We created our Music Profile to make this process stress free for our clients.
What types of events do you specialize in?
Mainly weddings, but also social events as well as corporate.
What makes your business stand out from others in your category?
Working WITH our clients in offering a one-of-a-kind experience. We always use a DJ & MC and match them up with the client’s musical needs… Country, Latin, Caribbean, Older, Younger, Hip-Hop, Rock, etc.
Tell us about your favorite type of engaged couple.
Our favorite couples to work with care about their big day. They don’t want a cookie cutter wedding and want control of how their event is going to feel.
Why do couples hire you?
For making them feel comfortable with the fact that we will handle their day with the level of service they are searching for. We ask the right questions to ensure everything is tailored to the way the couple wants.
What does your most popular package include?
DJ services for Ceremony, Cocktail Hour & Reception. Reception includes our DJ & MC, a 2 person team. Plus all the details before the event including building your schedule and the music profile.
What is the price range for your packages?
DJ & MC Services – starting at $1295
Lighting Packages – $300 – $1000
Photo Booth – starting at $750
Why do you think your business is successful?
Our standards of services always stay the same, but we know how to adapt to the ever-changing wedding market.
White Rose Entertainment shares some helpful information for engaged couples…..
What are the most common questions you get asked by brides and/or grooms?
What’s included in your packages? What do I need for my event?
What is your best piece of advice for brides or grooms?
* Have conversations with your vendors to find out what is really included in their price and what makes them different from other companies.
* There are tons of details your DJ should not decide for you… how do you want to be introduced, how long do you want your first dance to play, what music is acceptable during dance time, etc.? Have a discussion with your DJ and don’t let them guess the day of!
What do you think are the biggest misconceptions that people have about your vendor category?
That every DJ just plays music. Reality is we are also the MC (Master of Ceremonies) for the reception and introduce every detail, creating the atmosphere and flow for your wedding.
Name your 3 unique venues that you enjoy working at and why
Orchid Garden / The Ballroom at Church Street – the dramatic staircases at each property plus the Victorian architecture at Church Street.
Reunion Resort – this place has a unique ceremony location in the park, a one-of-a-kind cocktail hour space and the glass pavilion with the waterfall backdrop is stunning.
Citrus Club – this venue offers amazing views of downtown Orlando.
What some of their previous couples had to say….
“I cannot RAVE enough about White Rose Entertainment! When booking a DJ for our wedding, the last thing I wanted was a tacky DJ that was going to bring inflatable guitars and make everyone do the chicken dance. I saw White Rose at a Bridal Expo and instantly knew they were the perfect fit- their tagline is “Where Elegance Meets Fun!” How perfect?! From our first meeting with Jeff, I knew our reception would be in good hands. He really listened to what we wanted (and didn’t want!) He took his time, got to know us, meticulously went through genres and sub-genres of music, carefully planning each detail of the playlist. He was so thorough with asking how certain people should be introduced, pronunciations of names, when exactly we wanted each event of the night to happen, exact versions of songs we requested (including a specific Let It Go remix for my niece!) He was amazing. Even more amazing- when we sprung it on him, somewhat last minute, that we needed a DJ for our ceremony as well, he didn’t skip a beat. We immediately went to work figuring out exactly what songs should be played at what time. What really blew me away was that he patiently sat with me in his office, helping me find the perfect acoustic, instrumental version of Brown Eyed Girl for me to walk down the aisle to. Most people would have said “sure I’ll play instrumental Brown Eyed Girl for you,” and I would have ended up with something that sounded like a bad karaoke track. NOT JEFF! He played version after version for me until we finally landed on the perfect version- which he didn’t hesitate to buy on iTunes since he didn’t already have it. He. Was. Amazing. The event itself went off without a hitch, thanks to Jeff, Mandy, the incredible staff at White Rose Entertainment, and their amazing attention to detail. Thank you!!!!!”
“Jeff and the whole White Rose Entertainment team were amazing! They did our wedding in September for us. They have the whole process perfected where they provide you a form to fill out as to what you want at the wedding for music such as the first dance, last dance, and approved types of music etc. After this, they meet with you to make sure that everything is just right for you. This took a ton of stress off of us during the whole process as they made sure to perfect everything. We highly recommend White Rose Entertainment for anyone getting married!”
“We had the pleasure of having Jeff and Courtney as our DJs from White Rose Entertainment for our wedding reception. Throughout the evening Jeff and Courtney continuously engaged all of our family and friends by playing a variety of music. Jeff created a blueprint with us prior to the event which outlined our absolute no’s and yes’s for music. This allowed us to enjoy our guests and the celebration during the reception without the DJ needing to ask us if specifically requested songs were desired by us. Both DJs were extremely professional and kind. We had many compliments from our guests and there was literally no time in the evening that the dance floor was not full. If you are reviewing DJs, make sure to talk to Jeff and his crew. They know how to leave an impression and will definitely do a wonderful job.”
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