Hey everyone! As you know, my name is Danielle and I am the owner of Danie Marie Events. I am a Master Certified Wedding Planner and Ambassador through The Bridal Society, the leading Wedding Planning Certification Program in the world, and the largest membership of Certified Wedding Planners & Venues. We, at The Bridal Society, know how important hiring an educated Wedding Planner or Coordinator is. The Bridal Society is a wedding planner lifetime membership and certification program focused on raising the standards in the industry and ensuring that all couples have an opportunity to have the wedding day of their dreams.
I had the opportunity to interview Jason Butcher, owner of TSG Productions.
Welcome, Jason! Thank you for taking the time to be a part of this project.
Tell me a bit about your company.
TSG Productions is a wedding entertainment company based in Old Bridge, NJ. My team and I are passionate about music while creating an engaging experience for newlyweds and their guests. TSG Productions provides all-inclusive entertainment packages without breaking the happy couple’s budget. We curate personalized music and lighting experiences, setting the mood according to the newlyweds’ tastes. In addition, enhancements such as a photo booth rental and special effects are available.
I've known Jason for a long time and he is an experienced DJ with a natural talent for entertaining and packing dance floors. So, let's talk about what inspired you to enter the wedding industry?
I have been DJing weddings for years but around 2014 all my friends were getting married and they all wanted me to DJ. I was also getting ready to get married myself and I found that it was difficult finding a DJ that could really make my wedding a LIT Party but also someone professional who could do all the announcements, work with the other vendors, and make sure everything went smooth. My combined background as a Club DJ and a sales professional at the time made an easy transition into the business. The only thing that was new to me was all of the lighting equipment and wedding formalities. After a year of figuring out all the logistics, I launched the company.
Wow! I just learned something new myself.
What is the one thing you wish you had known when you began your career?
The only thing I wish I knew before I started is the importance of having a team. I spent the first year doing everything myself and it was rough. Loading in equipment, setting up, breaking down, dealing with all the details on the day of as a one-man show did not last long.
What is the one common myth about your profession that you want to debunk?
That DJs don’t like requests. We don’t mind song requests as long as it makes sense for the crowd. We just would like people to understand when we say we will play it that doesn’t mean it will be the next song.
Very good point! It certainly needs to make sense for the crowd.
As they say, "Please don't kill my vibe." 😂
What is the best compliment that you have received regarding your work?
I get compliments all the time but I think the best one yet is "Jason, you are the best DJ I've ever heard in my life."
Well, that's incredible! 👏🏽👏🏽
How many weddings do you take per year?
About 150 weddings.
That is a lot of weddings! Out of 150 weddings you do per year, how many would you say you do with a hired Certified Wedding Planner?
Probably 100 of them.
Can you tell me why you prefer working weddings when a Certified Wedding Planner is hired by the couple?
I love that I have a point of contact that understands the business. Most couples are so busy planning and dealing with all the vendors that it's easier on the DJ when they have a planner to guide them.
Can you describe a mishap that took place at a wedding where a planner wasn’t hired?
I think the worst I have seen was a wedding that started 3 hours late. Not only did it start late but because it was a room flip so the cocktail hour was a full hour and the wedding pretty much consisted of intros and dinner.
Oh my goodness! 3 hours? I literally cannot even imagine.
Can you describe a situation a Certified Wedding Planner saved the day?
I believe that planners always save the day with just timing. Relaying to the client that although the wedding may seem like a long time there are a lot of formalities that need to happen. If they are not planned properly, the client will lose out on dancing time and the event can drag to the point some guests may get restless.
I couldn't agree more! Certified Wedding Planners have the knowledge to guide their clients on timing as well as which formalities they can eliminate - to get to the dancing.
Do you wish all your couples hired a Certified Wedding Planner?
Yes, it's always good to have that third eye to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
Jason, thank you so much for joining me and giving me some insight from a DJ's perspective. What is the best way for clients to contact you?
Here's a quick video of a TSG wedding -
If you are reading this today and you are interested in earning your certification in Wedding Planning, The Bridal Society is the very best decision you could ever make. The members of this organization feel more like family than colleagues. The Bridal Society provides lifetime FREE membership once you complete your certification, which includes countless benefits.
Visit www.thebridalsociety.com for more information. If you would like to receive an exclusive discount code, message me!
Again, my name is Danielle owner of Danie Marie Events. Join me next time when I’ll be talking to another fantastic wedding professional!
Tell me what you think below or if you found this helpful. If you have any questions about The Bridal Society or would like to book a certified event/wedding planner, contact me for a free consultation.