Last summer we joined forces with our friends over at Marry Okanagan to giveaway a $10,000 wedding to one lucky couple. Ben & Becky won our contest and just next month, we will be helping them host a gorgeous Okanagan wedding with the help of some amazing vendors. To get the celebrations underway we've interviewed some of our vendors to learn more about them. Here's today's spotlight..
Paul Cousins, owner of Okanagan Dance Party knows how to get the party started. We've known Paul for a number of years and have seen him in action many times. He has one of the most amazing music libraries and a team of trust-worthy employees.
A little bit more about Okanagan Dance Party from their own perspective....
1. What is Okanagan Dance Party all about?
Okanagan Dance Party provides professional mobile entertainment throughout the Okanagan Valley, performing at hundreds of events from Osoyoos to Revelstoke.
2. When did Okanagan Dance Party come to life?
The ODP brand was created in 2012, but the owner, Paul Cousins, has been a professional performer since 1986. His staff are all skilled DJs & MCs in their own right and are interactive entertainers.
3 - What do you love about DJ and Music life?
Performing for couples on the best day of their lives, or building dance parties out of requests for corporate and school events, is one of the best ways anyone could make a living. It's an instant gratification, playing someone's request and watching them rush to the dance floor with their friends.
For wedding receptions, as the primary entertainment and the longest-running portion of their big day, we take pride in providing the type of energetic dance party people are still talking about months later.
4 - Where can people find Okanagan Dance Party online?
5 - What tips would you give couples ?
1 Hire a professional company, instead of a hobbyist. This is the best way to make sure when your day comes you can find your DJ. Many times every year we get calls from brides who hired somebody's brother's friend to save a few dollars, and we have to save the day at the last minute when they find out he moved to Edmonton.
2 Don't overthink your playlist. Some couples think that they need to compile the complete playlist for the evening for the DJ. But, that's our job - to read the crowd, take their requests, and weave them into a show that includes everyone in the room. We are able to provide request-based parties because we have a massive professional-quality CD library of all today's hits and past classics.
3 Trust your professionals to do their jobs. This goes for DJs, caterers, wedding planners, photographers - every vendor you hire. Hire the best people you can afford, spend the time before your event lining up what you want, and then trust them to do their job so that you can enjoy your day. Some brides in particular spend their day micro-managing their vendors instead of spending it with their family and friends