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The most respected personality Disc Jockey in CT, celebrating over 30 years in the DJ Entertainment Business, with unsurpassed elegance, class and style. When your Wedding entertainment must have amazing music, has to be fun, organized and professional, then experience the difference with Atmosphere Productions Professional Mobile DJ Service ~ Your Reception Entertainment Director.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Liability Insurance....Does Your Wedding Vendor Have It?


When looking for wedding vendors, it can be a concern laying down a deposit for your photographer, DJ or videographer a year or more in advance of your wedding date. You really don’t know them. You figure your banquet facility isn’t going to disappear in the dead of night with your deposit (although many have in the past few years).


One way to distinguish one vendor from another is asking to see their liability insurance policy. Why? If a wedding vendor runs their company in a professional manner, then liability insurance is never an option. It is a simple way of doing business.


ATMOSPHERE PRODUCTIONS carries Business and Liability Insurance for general liability, personal and advertising injury, damage to rented property, medical expenses and property damage and theft of equipment.


There are many CT banquet facilities that require proof of liability insurance before vendors can work in a particular venue. ATMOSPHERE PRODUCTIONS is qualified to work in virtually any CT banquet facility and can provide special insurance coverage for your venue or next corporate event (special fee may apply).


Atmosphere Productions LLC carries a minimum of $1,000,000.00 in Liability Insurance coverage. A copy of our coverage is available here.


Beware of vendors, especially CT wedding DJ’s, that are not covered by proper Liability Insurance. Don’t let them tell you that it is a cost issue (Professional Liability Insurance is inexpensive through a professional organization or association). It’s just a sign of poor business practices if you don’t have it.


Atmosphere Productions LLC is a CT Wedding DJ, providing professional mobile entertainment service, Music, Reception Entertainment Directors, MC and DJ’s primarily for Weddings in the Greater Hartford area but throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and in the New England area.


Specializing in wedding disc jockey entertainment, radio and club dj’s, corporate and business events, photo booth rentals, ceremony musicians, strolling violinist, guitarist, cocktail and chamber musicians, custom lighting, custom song editing and voice-over services.


For further information visit our website at www.atmosphere-productions.com

Contact us TODAY for FREE information.


DJ Sam

Sylvester Samuels

Reception Entertainment Director

As featured in Eric and Amanda’s winning wedding on the season finale of TLC’s TV

“FOUR WEDDINGS”



Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014-2017, Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011-2013 and Gold Rated Awards™ 2011-2013


Atmosphere Productions LLC

Professional Disc Jockey Entertainment

PO Box 330303

West Hartford, CT 06133-0303

Phone: 860.231.7141

Skype: atmosphereproductions

Celebrating over 30 Years in the Wedding/DJ/Entertainment Music Business

Member of The DJ Network

Member of The West Hartford, CT Chamber of Commerce

Member of The Association of Professional Entertainers

DJ Times ~ Mobile DJ Of The Month

Former WKND Radio Air-Personality


Copyright © 2017 Atmosphere Productions™ LLC All Rights Reserved.



Liability Insurance....Does Your Wedding Vendor Have It?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Choosing Your Groomsmen: No Matter What They Say, Nobody "Must" Be In the Wedding Party

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Your lovely fiancée has chosen her ‘maids, and now you’re stuck with the task of finding just the right number of family and friends to pair them with. How do you decide who makes the cut?


The Usual Suspects

Remember: No matter what your family or friends say, there aren’t people who “must” be in the wedding party. Select buddies you’re close with-not guys you feel obligated to ask. If you’re unfamiliar with wedding etiquette, however, here are the “usual” rules for including groomsmen in your wedding party.


Brothers-yours and your bride’s-come first. Unless there are strange circumstances (if you don’t speak to your brother, for instance), your brothers and her brothers are automatically in the wedding party. Next come your closest friends (some may be relatives) who are responsible-and let’s get real here-financially sound. Being in a wedding, especially if travel is involved, is expensive.


The Best Man for the Job

We’d like to advise you to ignore anyone who offers input on choosing your best man, but we know this isn’t entirely realistic. We will say, however, that you’ll want to choose the male who is closest to you and has been there for you. Whether he’s a blood relative or close friend, you’ll be glad when your wedding day arrives that you picked your best friend.


Great Expectations

When you begin asking your friends to stand up in your wedding, be sure to explain what’s expected. The basics include:


  • Travel and accommodations

  • Attend the rehearsal and dinner

  • Renting tuxedo and shoes

  • Attend tuxedo fittings

  • Help plan and attend the bachelor party

  • Seat guests at the wedding

  • Walk down the aisle with a bridesmaid (maybe)

  • Dance with same bridesmaid

  • Wedding gift (unspoken requirement, of course!)

If this is manageable for your buds, you’re in business.


Who Doesn’t Make It

Keep in mind that a lot of money (whether it’s yours is inconsequential) and effort are being spent on the biggest day of your life. You don’t want to start your lifetime commitment with the following burdens (trust me, I’m a wife): friends who get too drunk, who are late for everything, and who have a reputation for not showing up for important events. These guys are not the best choice for groomsmen. If there’s any doubt about whether your skiing buddy, “GanjaDaddy,” will fulfill his duties, you probably shouldn’t ask him. We suggest, based on horror stories we’ve heard and witnessed, that you choose your most responsible friends for this very special day.


This doesn’t mean you load your wedding party with a bunch of stiffs. You know what we’re saying. Keep it reasonable.


About the Author

Jennifer Baumann is editor of Wedding Gazette, the resource for real-world wedding planning that’s packed with info on how to plan your budget, how to avoid killing certain family members, exhaustive theme ideas, plus tons of resources on finding favors, necessary accessories, gifts for your groomsmen, and much more.


Atmosphere Productions LLC is a CT Wedding DJ, providing professional mobile entertainment service, Music, Reception Entertainment Directors, MC and DJ’s primarily for Weddings in the Greater Hartford area but throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and in the New England area.


Specializing in wedding disc jockey entertainment, radio and club dj’s, corporate and business events, photo booth rentals, ceremony musicians, strolling violinist, guitarist, cocktail and chamber musicians, custom lighting, custom song editing and voice-over services.


For further information visit our website at www.atmosphere-productions.com

Contact us TODAY for FREE information.


DJ Sam

Sylvester Samuels

Reception Entertainment Director

As featured in Eric and Amanda’s winning wedding on the season finale of TLC’s TV

“FOUR WEDDINGS”



Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014-2017, Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011-2013 and Gold Rated Awards™ 2011-2013


Atmosphere Productions LLC

Professional Disc Jockey Entertainment

PO Box 330303

West Hartford, CT 06133-0303

Phone: 860.231.7141

Skype: atmosphereproductions

Celebrating over 30 Years in the Wedding/DJ/Entertainment Music Business

Member of The DJ Network

Member of The West Hartford, CT Chamber of Commerce

Member of The Association of Professional Entertainers

DJ Times ~ Mobile DJ Of The Month

Former WKND Air-Personality


Copyright © 2017 Atmosphere Productions™ LLC All Rights Reserved.



Choosing Your Groomsmen: No Matter What They Say, Nobody "Must" Be In the Wedding Party

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Real Weddings: Juliana and Andrew - Wood Acres Farm, Terryville, CT


One of the most festive weddings of the year. Juliana was so happy to be getting married….she was, in fact, the life of the party!!!Juliana and Andrew wedding ceremony and reception was held at Wood Acres Farm, Terryville, CT, with Juliana arriving in a horse drawn carriage and exchanged vows outside with our live duo performing ceremony and cocktail hour music.


Juliana and Andrew wedding reception stepped into high gear after dinner for “La Hora Loca” (Latin: “The Crazy Hour”).  Juliana wanted to bring a little of her culture to the reception with a full hour of Latin music in a carnival atmosphere with noisemakers, big eyeglasses, Mardi Gras hats and other party favors. FUN was had by everyone!!!


 


 


 





 


Juliana and Andrew’s Introduction Music:

Korn – Shoots and Ladders


Juliana and Andrew’s First Dance:

Chicago – Your The Inspiration/ (Custom Edit)


Juliana’s and Her Father’s Dance:

Grupo Niche – Cali Pachanguero


Andrew’s and His Mother’s Dance:

Beatles – In My Life/Chubby Checker – The Twist (Custom Edit)





Songs That Rocked The Dance Floor:

Juan Luis Guerra – La Bilirrubina

Wisin – Adrenalina

Pitbull – El Taxi

Daddy Yankee – Limbo

Snoop Doggy Dogg – What’s My Name

Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For

Michael Jackson – PYT

Lionel Richie – All Night Long


Special thanks to Peter from VO Photographers




Atmosphere Productions LLC is a CT Wedding DJ, providing professional mobile entertainment service, Music, Reception Entertainment Directors, MC and DJ’s primarily for Weddings in the Greater Hartford area but throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and in the New England area.


Specializing in wedding disc jockey entertainment, radio and club dj’s, corporate and business events, photo booth rentals, ceremony musicians, strolling violinist, guitarist, cocktail and chamber musicians, custom lighting, custom song editing and voice-over services.


For further information visit our website at www.atmosphere-productions.com

Contact us TODAY for FREE information.


DJ Sam

Sylvester Samuels

Reception Entertainment Director

As featured in Eric and Amanda’s winning wedding on the season finale of TLC’s TV

“FOUR WEDDINGS”



Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014-2017, Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011-2013 and Gold Rated Awards™ 2011-2013


Atmosphere Productions LLC

Professional Disc Jockey Entertainment

PO Box 330303

West Hartford, CT 06133-0303

Phone: 860.231.7141

Skype: atmosphereproductions

Celebrating over 30 Years in the Wedding/DJ/Entertainment Music Business

Member of The DJ Network

Member of The West Hartford, CT Chamber of Commerce

Member of The Association of Professional Entertainers

DJ Times ~ Mobile DJ Of The Month

Former WKND Radio Air-Personality


Copyright © 2017 Atmosphere Productions™ LLC All Rights Reserved.



Real Weddings: Juliana and Andrew - Wood Acres Farm, Terryville, CT

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Wedding Cake Alternative

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Are you over the whole cupcake wedding cake craze? Looking for an alternative to the standard wedding cake?……


Then try Wedding Cake Shooters. These treats are designed like push-up pops and are filled with cake and icings in a variety of flavors. Our recent clients Jessica and Michael, along with a small traditional wedding cake, had Oreo Cookies and Cream, Strawberry Shortcake and Raspberry and Cream  shooters.  You can have whatever flavor you like….yellow raspberry swirl or piña colada sounds delicious!


Ask your local baker or visit CakeShooters online


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Atmosphere Productions LLC is a CT Wedding DJ, providing professional mobile entertainment service, Music, Reception Entertainment Directors, MC and DJ’s primarily for Weddings in the Greater Hartford area but throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and in the New England area.


Specializing in wedding disc jockey entertainment, radio and club dj’s, corporate and business events, photo booth rentals, ceremony musicians, strolling violinist, guitarist, cocktail and chamber musicians, custom lighting, custom song editing and voice-over services.


For further information visit our website at www.atmosphere-productions.com

Contact us TODAY for FREE information.


DJ Sam

Sylvester Samuels

Reception Entertainment Director

As featured in Eric and Amanda’s winning wedding on the season finale of TLC’s TV

“FOUR WEDDINGS”



Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014-2017, Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011-2013 and Gold Rated Awards™ 2011-2013


Atmosphere Productions LLC

Professional Disc Jockey Entertainment

PO Box 330303

West Hartford, CT 06133-0303

Phone: 860.231.7141

Skype: atmosphereproductions

Celebrating over 30 Years in the Wedding/DJ/Entertainment Music Business

Member of The DJ Network

Member of The West Hartford, CT Chamber of Commerce

Member of The Association of Professional Entertainers

DJ Times ~ Mobile DJ Of The Month

Former WKND Air-Personality


Copyright © 2017 Atmosphere Productions™ LLC All Rights Reserved.



Wedding Cake Alternative

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Most Requested Top 10 Songs of 2016


2016 was a deadly year if you happened to be a celebrity or a singer…. We lost Bowie and Prince within months.  So to pick 10 songs with such artists was very difficult.  ATMOSPHERE PRODUCTIONS reviewed all our clients playlists and our database from last year.  Some songs released in 2015 (and in once case 1996) didn’t reach full impact on the dance floor until 2016.  Nevertheless we came up with these:


  1. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars

  2. Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake

  3. Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

  4. Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon

  5. I Took A Pill In Ibiza (remix) – Mike Posner

  6. My House – Flo Rida

  7. One Dance – Drake Feat. Wizkid and Kyle

  8. Closer – Chainsmokers

  9. Let Me Love You – Dj Snake feat. Justin Bieber

  10. My Boo – Ghost Town DJs

  11. Chunky – Bruno Mars (watch out for this one in 2017!!!!)

Atmosphere Productions LLC is a CT Wedding DJ, providing professional mobile entertainment service, Music, Reception Entertainment Directors, MC and DJ’s primarily for Weddings in the Greater Hartford area but throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and in the New England area.


Specializing in wedding disc jockey entertainment, radio and club dj’s, corporate and business events, photo booth rentals, ceremony musicians, strolling violinist, guitarist, cocktail and chamber musicians, custom lighting, custom song editing and voice-over services.


For further information visit our website at www.atmosphere-productions.com

Contact us TODAY for FREE information.


DJ Sam

Sylvester Samuels

Reception Entertainment Director

As featured in Eric and Amanda’s winning wedding on the season finale of TLC’s TV

“FOUR WEDDINGS”



Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014-2017, Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011-2013 and Gold Rated Awards™ 2011-2013


Atmosphere Productions LLC

Professional Disc Jockey Entertainment

PO Box 330303

West Hartford, CT 06133-0303

Phone: 860.231.7141

Skype: atmosphereproductions

Celebrating over 30 Years in the Wedding/DJ/Entertainment Music Business

Member of The DJ Network

Member of The West Hartford, CT Chamber of Commerce

Member of The Association of Professional Entertainers

DJ Times ~ Mobile DJ Of The Month

Former WKND Radio Air-Personality


Copyright © 2017 Atmosphere Productions™ LLC All Rights Reserved.



Most Requested Top 10 Songs of 2016

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SmoothGrooves 2016 Top 10


Presenting the Top Ten Smooth Jazz selections of 2016….. Rich Edwards SmoothGrooves radio show can be heard every Tuesday on 96.6FM on GFM, Gloucester, England, and every Monday on Regina Radio (www.reginarecordsradio.com). Listen every week for the latest in today’s smooth jazz from around the world.  Here’s the 2016 SMOOTHGROOVES TOP TEN SONGS:


(10) Paul Brown – PUT IT WHERE YOU WANT IT

(9) Al DeGregoris – EVERYDAY PEOPLE

(8) Adam Hawley – I DON’T MIND

(7) Euge Groove – ANOTHER PERFECT MOMENT

(6) Peter White – HERE,THERE AND EVERYWHERE

(5) Brian Simpson – LOST IN LOVE

(4) Robert Sabado – I LOVE IT

(3) Matt Marshak – NORTH CAROLINA

(2) Steve Cole – SHE’S THE ONE

(1) Brian Simpson – PERSUASION


…….. SMOOTHGROOVES 2016 TOP 3 VOCALS

Brown Hill – WAITING IN VAIN

Lindsey Webster – BACK TO YOUR HEART

Gregory Porter – HOLDING ON


Atmosphere Productions LLC is a CT Wedding DJ, providing professional mobile entertainment service, Music, Reception Entertainment Directors, MC and DJ’s primarily for Weddings in the Greater Hartford area but throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and in the New England area.


Specializing in wedding disc jockey entertainment, radio and club dj’s, corporate and business events, photo booth rentals, ceremony musicians, strolling violinist, guitarist, cocktail and chamber musicians, custom lighting, custom song editing and voice-over services.


For further information visit our website at www.atmosphere-productions.com

Contact us TODAY for FREE information.


DJ Sam

Sylvester Samuels

Reception Entertainment Director

As featured in Eric and Amanda’s winning wedding on the season finale of TLC’s TV

“FOUR WEDDINGS”



Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014-2017, Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011-2013 and Gold Rated Awards™ 2011-2013


Atmosphere Productions LLC

Professional Disc Jockey Entertainment

PO Box 330303

West Hartford, CT 06133-0303

Phone: 860.231.7141

Skype: atmosphereproductions

Celebrating over 30 Years in the Wedding/DJ/Entertainment Music Business

Member of The DJ Network

Member of The West Hartford, CT Chamber of Commerce

Member of The Association of Professional Entertainers

DJ Times ~ Mobile DJ Of The Month

Former WKND Radio Air-Personality


Copyright © 2017 Atmosphere Productions™ LLC All Rights Reserved.



SmoothGrooves 2016 Top 10

Saturday, January 14, 2017

6 Wedding Reception Mistakes You Need To Know About


In our over thirty years of experience providing music and entertainment we’ve seen ALOT…. some really unique events, many elegant and classy and some destined for failure before we even got involved.


Every Bride wants that fairytale wedding – everything goes off perfectly and you both ride off into the sunset on your Honeymoon.


But, in reality, many Brides and Grooms, overlook some mistakes that we see occur commonly:


Trying To Copy A Wedding


You’ve seen your perfect reception on “Four Weddings” or on another one of your favorite wedding related TV shows, bridal magazine or attended a friends wedding.  Now you want yours to be “just like theirs”!  STOP!!  Even if you have a lavish television budget and can duplicate the locations and vendors… it’s NOT going to be the same! We’ve had clients express that they want exactly the same music as so-and-so’s wedding.  Even if we could, we can’t re-create the atmosphere and the excitement of any previous event.  Add YOUR personal touches so that you let your guests know that this is YOUR day.ATMOSPHERE PRODUCTIONS experience can help you with those unique elements that will make your reception fun, classy and different.


Leaving Early


The plan is, as part of the scheduled “events”, 45 minutes before the official end of the reception the Bride & Groom would like to invite everyone outside to light sparklers or see fireworks.  Then, the guests watch as the Bride & Groom get into the limo and head off to the airport for the Honeymoon.  Everyone is then expected to return to the reception and “party” for the last half hour without the Bride and Groom.  In reality, this is a slap in the face to all your guests who have come far and wide to see you on your special day.  Once you leave, your guests WILL leave…. that’s their cue!  Stay until the end of the reception and say”Hello” and “Thank You” to every guest.  They are there to celebrate YOUR marriage.


Keep Your Vendors Informed


You’ve made subtle changes to the reception time, changed the order of the introductions, added a few surprises that your guests will surely enjoy plus changed the floor plan to better accommodate more guests.  On it’s face, these changes might be minor, but to NOT inform your day-of-event vendors is a crime! Last minute changes do occur.  We need to be prepared and can help you orchestrate things much smoother, if we know about them before it’s too late.  We CAN help – this is what we do best!  Your facility, officiant, photographer, DJ, video photographer, florist, baker, limo driver ALL need to be on the same page.  Make sure ALL vendors know what you want and clarify times and details as soon as they change or YOU make a change.  ATMOSPHERE PRODUCTIONS contacts and review details the Monday or Tuesday before each event for this specific reason.


No Specific Seating Arrangements


The plan is to have everyone sit where they feel comfortable and not at a designated seat.  You may have extra tables and extra room to do so, so why not?  Because, for some strange reason, your guests who are “young at heart” will want to sit right next to the speakers…. and then complain that it’s too loud. Always have a seating plan.  Don’t seat those that are the “young at heart” directly in front of the entertainment. Older generations are at a wedding typically to socialize with their family and friends.  If they cannot hear each other talk, an unhappy situation WILL occur.  So, seat them close to the wedding party and away from the dance floor and entertainment. ATMOSPHERE PRODUCTIONS will work with you to put together an accurate floor plan and seating arrangement that benefits you, your guests and achieve the optimum sound for your reception.


Only One Type Of Music


We get more and more requests to play just one style of music – all Country, all Hip-Hop, all Techno!  Although I’m still waiting for an all Disco and 80’s Dance Party request, we decline most single genre themed weddings.  Why?  Because not EVERY guest will be enthralled to listen to 5 hours of the same music.


There are many different types of people in the world and they include your family and friends.  Pick selections that cover different age groups and styles of music.  We’ll typically play these earlier and then later in the evening, we can then pull out your specific favorites.


Having Too Much To Drink: 


Keep in mind that the only time the Bride & Groom eat during the long wedding day is at the wedding reception. Alcohol will affect you much faster, when there’s not much food in your stomach. Try and eat throughout the day and watch how much you drink.  Don’t get drunk and obnoxious. You want your guests to remember how beautiful the Bride looked, not how she acted.  Enough said!


MOST IMPORTANT – HAVE FUN… ENJOY YOUR DAY!!


Atmosphere Productions LLC is a CT Wedding DJ, providing professional mobile entertainment service, Music, Reception Entertainment Directors, MC and DJ’s primarily for Weddings in the Greater Hartford area but throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and in the New England area.


Specializing in wedding disc jockey entertainment, radio and club dj’s, corporate and business events, photo booth rentals, ceremony musicians, strolling violinist, guitarist, cocktail and chamber musicians, custom lighting, custom song editing and voice-over services.


For further information visit our website at www.atmosphere-productions.com

Contact us TODAY for FREE information.


DJ Sam

Sylvester Samuels

Reception Entertainment Director

As featured in Eric and Amanda’s winning wedding on the season finale of TLC’s TV

“FOUR WEDDINGS”



Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014-2017, Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011-2013 and Gold Rated Awards™ 2011-2013


Atmosphere Productions LLC

Professional Disc Jockey Entertainment

PO Box 330303

West Hartford, CT 06133-0303

Phone: 860.231.7141

Skype: atmosphereproductions

Celebrating over 30 Years in the Wedding/DJ/Entertainment Music Business

Member of The DJ Network

Member of The West Hartford, CT Chamber of Commerce

Member of The Association of Professional Entertainers

DJ Times ~ Mobile DJ Of The Month

Former WKND Radio Air-Personality


Copyright © 2017 Atmosphere Productions™ LLC All Rights Reserved.



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