It’s Spotlight Day, where we introduce you to incredible Orlando wedding vendors and share the stories behind these 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 creates the atmosphere of the entire event.
It gives us great pleasure to introduce this week’s vendor spotlight, Craig Brooks of Blue Blazers Entertainment LLC.
When people ask “what do you do?” how do you answer?
The biggest asset to having Blue Blazers provide entertainment for a wedding is the organization. Our timeline and details process means that not one memorable moment is ever missed. Weddings go by in a flash and our job is to entertain while ensuring that couples (and their guests) don’t miss a single thing.
What did you do before you did this?
Local live entertainment in bars and restaurants, such as trivia, bingo, and game nights.
When and how did you get into the wedding industry?
About six years ago, both Mike and Craig were performing at weddings, providing entertainment separately, building referral business through word of mouth. In 2016, they realized it was better to work together, build a brand, upgrade the equipment, and take a more organizational, customer service oriented approach to wedding entertainment.
What is your favorite thing about what you do? What’s your WHY?
The milestone moments. That first dance, the bouquet toss, the shoe game. Magical moments that we get to be a part of. Providing wedding entertainment offers a front row seat to the magical maturation of life. Seeing families and couples unite is uplifting and enlivening.
What motivates you to do this every day?
Seeing the look on our couples’ faces when we reduce their stress with our timeline and details process. That look warms us. The planning process is very stressful and helping people get through that is rewarding. We’re people-pleasers.
What is the best compliment you’ve received from your clients?
We love our Wedding Wire reviews, because many have highlighted some of our unique elements, such as how we organize the timeline, go over the music, offer suggestions, and execute customer service elements that many never expect from their entertainment providers. If I HAD to choose, I think I like constantly seeing “prompt with responses” because never disappearing is one of our core values.
How did you decide on the name of your company?
Alliteration and Apparel. Love them both.
What is important for clients to know about your company before they book you?
Our goal is to make our couples’ experience on their wedding day as stress-free as possible. If that means going the extra mile to facilitate something, so be it. If there is a problem to be solved, we’ll do so, and not bother the client with the mess.
What types of events do you specialize in?
Weddings, corporate team building, birthday parties, and wedding rehearsal dinners.
Tell us about your favorite type of engaged couple.
The ideal engaged couple has a venue chosen, a date picked out, and is already preparing for their big day in advance. Not that we don’t help out people on short notice, it just makes it more difficult to execute deep thought on timeline elements and song strategy.
Why do couples hire you?
Couples hire Blue Blazers because of our commitment to organization. A wedding is an event and must be treated as such. There are many moving parts and entertainment is just one. Playing well with others is a necessity and our strength.
What does your most popular package include?
5-6 hours of entertainment (including ceremony, cocktail, and reception), uplights, and a dance floor light bar. All of our events include our timeline and details organization.
Tell us briefly about some of your package options. What is the price range for these packages?
Packages range from $1,200 – $1,800 based on lighting options and the number of hours. We customize anything and everything to the needs of the couple.
What are the most common questions you get asked by brides and/or grooms?
What type of music do you play? The answer, for us, is always going to be, “Exactly what you want to hear based on our meetings and your desires.”
We don’t approach weddings as club DJs, playing what we want. We read the crowd to determine which vibes to stick with, but our detailed approach to the pre-work is to have all the songs outlined in advance, knowing the dreams of the couple and executing them in real time on the big day.
What is your best piece of advice for brides or grooms?
Plan, plan, plan. Planning is your best friend.
Name three unique venues that you enjoy working at and why
Noah’s Event Venue Lake Mary has been a fantastic venue, from their subtle elegance to their great outdoor patio. They also have a built-in sound system and visual options, which is really great for wedding rehearsals and events that build up to the wedding.
Highland Manor is a personal favorite for an antique vibe while still being close to everything. You simply can’t beat the photo opportunities overlooking their mini-lake.
Dubsdread really knows how to make a party happen. Everything, from their delicious food to their organization, has helped us execute entertainment for many weddings. We always look forward to entertaining at Dubsdread!
What some of their previous couples had to say….
“Blue Blazers Entertainment were amazing. The customer service and the personal touch that they provided from beginning to end made our experience working with them a real joy. Craig and Mike listened to our needs, provided valuable feedback, and worked with us to come up with a playlist that would not only ensure that our guests had a great time but ensure that our favorite songs were played as well. I had a special song and video that I wanted to be played as a tribute to my dad during the brother/sister dance. The timing of when the video played had to be just right, and Mike worked with the venue and wedding planner during set-up and then during the reception to make sure it went off without a hitch. It was perfect. As an MC, Mike provided a personal and charismatic voice to the evening. He was nearby whenever we needed and worked well with our wedding coordinator to make sure the timing of the evening flowed nicely. Our reception was about an hour longer than normal and at no point was the dance floor empty. This was thanks to the time and energy Craig and Mike put into making sure the song list was just right. They were amazing. If you’re looking for a fun, supportive, and professional team, look no further. Blue Blazers Entertainment are your people for your wedding or event!” – Anne & Mike, Noah’s Event Venue
“We could not have chosen a better duo to be our wedding DJs! Blue Blazers Entertainment provided outstanding service from the first meeting at a wedding show through the wedding day and beyond. Craig worked with us through our complicated international living situation with ease. I never realized how much work it took into planning music and moments at a wedding but he made it easy. Choosing songs for each moment during the ceremony and reception was a breeze with the organization Craig and Mike have. For any scenario, there were suggestions or styles of music (upbeat/slow/romantic depending on the moment) and when we were stumped, they had a suggestion for specific songs that worked. We couldn’t be more thrilled with how our wedding flowed thanks to Blue Blazers Entertainment! The energy was always amazing. You guys rock!” – Kelsey & Jimmy, Highland Manor
“Blue Blazers Entertainment delivered hard on our wedding day! 11/2/18! It was a dream come true! If something needed to be moved around, Blue Blazers did it with grace. They made our wedding so much fun and everything I ever imagined! The night was so smooth, the vibe was right, and everyone was on the dance floor!! I would highly recommend Blue Blazers Entertainment if you’re looking for a good time and a smoothly organized event. Their professionalism, organization, and ability to make it fun was everything we needed to be stress-free and enjoy our wedding! Craig really pulls through and makes sure that the night is about you and made sure we had fun!! Everyone was raving about the music and how cool are DJs were!!! Thank you guys so much for being our entertainment for the evening and really making our wedding A day we’ll never forget!” – Dena and Eddie, Celebration Gardens