Ensure maximum raging dance party magic with Hudson River Valley DJ Get Down Upstate

Lovers of vinyl, eclectic yet accessible mixes, and a seriously good time, all your perfect-for-you DJ dreams are about to come true. Get Down Upstate is one of our very favorite DJ companies serving the New York and Hudson River Valley areas. Usually, finding a non-cheesy, ultra chill, and blow-your-mind knowledgeable DJ is nearly impossible. But with Jesse and Ali at Get Down Upstate, you're in for an awesome ride where everyone will be boogieing down.

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Why finding a good DJ is HARD (and why this one is so so good)

Let's admit it, finding a wedding DJ is one of the harder challenges in wedding planning. There are a lot of… well, duds out there. Cheese, obnoxiousness, and really traditional people abound in this industry. And when it comes to something as important as the literal mood of the wedding, you want someone GOOD. We're careful when we partner with DJs for that reason. You've got to find someone who can customize the experience to your crowd and make sure it works. That's why we've partnered with Stylus DJ Entertainment…

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7 things to keep in mind when booking entertainment for your wedding

If you'll be needing entertainment to enhance the atmosphere of your wedding, it can be a challenge. Nothing can bring together both sides of the aisle together like some killer music (whether for dancing all night or background for your tabletop gaming).

Here are some tips for booking entertainment to keep your wedding guests chill and having a blast.

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Wedding music drama-fest? A DJ's advice on minimizing music stress

After helping over 100 couples curate the music for their weddings, I've just about seen it all, including elaborate choreographed Disney princess dance medleys, uncles doing the worm, belly dancers, a Mariah Carey ceremony processional, and even a Backstreet Boys karaoke battle. I've worked with couples who've kept things easy going and simple, achieved elegant and traditional decadence, or have had full-blown raging parties and everything in between. No matter the overall goal for your wedding, here's a little wisdom I've extracted from being a part of these very special events.

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Playlists, requests, and backup plans: What to ask your wedding DJ

We've worked with lots of great DJs in our time, and finding the right one for you can be a really specific task. They've got to get you, your style, and be experienced enough to work on the fly when things aren't going well. It's not an easy job, but a great DJ can make your party with excellent tunes, good MCing, and not getting in the way of the festivities. Here are some questions we think you might want to ask your potential wedding DJs to see if they mesh with you.

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New York's DJ Ali Gruber wants to hook you up with the eclectic soundtrack to your wedding

Any vinyl nerds in the house? If you're New York-area vinyl music geeks, I think we just found you your wedding DJ! If you're looking for a loud emcee, smoke machines, and line dances, look elsewhere. Our sponsor DJ Ali Gruber simply uses her degree in music history, along with her analog equipment and amazing vinyl record collection, to provide the eclectic soundtrack to your wedding.