Altared Weddings is the ideal resource for those looking for a dynamic DJ who can turn up the volume on a wedding reception and fade into the background while the couple and their guests steel the show. The company offers a talented roster of disc jockeys, as well as a mix of packages to suit various budgets. There’s also the option of adding dimensions with emcee services, as well as wireless mics and dance lighting effects (hazers, blinky items and more). And for those wallflowers who cannot be swayed to sway, shake a leg or spin ’round and ’round to turntable tunes, the company rents out photo booths so guests can get their kicks with another kind of “flash dance” – one that’s more static and that involves a camera.
Music, Bands & DJs
If you’re looking to go live with your music – whether it’s for a portion of the ceremony, cocktail hour or reception – Book-A-Band is a fabulous resource for Central Texas talent. The company’s lengthy database includes big names and acts, as well as lesser-known but truly talented performers who give couples the ultimate in customization when creating the ideal soundtrack for their wedding day.
Based in The Live Music Capital of the World, Burgess Meredith is a 60s-inspired rock ’n’ roll band that pays tribute to the late great actor of the same name. The Austin ensemble was formed by Josh King, with John Vishnesky and long-time friend Jesse Hester. Members also include vocalist Cara Tillman, drummer Keith Lough and bassist Ben Burdick. The band dabbles in 60s rock and pop, 70s country, folk, blues and new wave – serving as the ultimate time-warp wedding band and providing countless reasons for newlyweds and their guests to rise to their feet and cut a (shag) rug.
Like its name indicates, Complete Weddings + Events offers couples those gotta-have wedding and reception essentials – with comprehensive services that help ensure every “I do” celebration rocks, is shown in its best light and gives way to a matchless collection of photographic memories. The firm’s lineup includes DJ services, photography, lighting, photo booth rentals and high-quality videography.
For those looking to infuse their wedding day with diverse entertainment, David Perkoff Music, Inc. offers couples, event managers and weddings planners access to its super-size bag of tricks – one that is as vast as the Lone Star State. The company’s production lineup includes impersonators, magic shows, hypnotists, ventriloquists, clowns, face painters, mimes, jugglers, mariachi, karaoke, children’s entertainers, animal acts, armadillo races, soloists, trios, local bands and national acts. Suffice it to say, David Perkoff can design a distinctive wedding-day celebration that the dearly beloved, their family and their friends will both enjoy and long remember.
Classics never go out of style – including love and the harp. Both have been around forever, and yet both remain sought-after and stylish. Not that Emily Jumes would have cared anyway. She was only 5 when she picked the harp as her instrument. Her parents had taken her to a symphony concert, and the only musician visible from her seat was the harpist. Soon afterward, she told her parents she wanted to learn to play. Over the last 15 years, Emily has learned, studied and become better than good at it. In addition to playing with the San Antonio harp ensemble and waltzing across Texas to play weddings, parties and festivals, she has performed at various celebrity events, among them Governor Abbott’s inaugural dinner. Her repertoire features genres as wide as the Lone Star State itself, including classical, traditional, rock, pop, jazz, Celtic and then some. She also enjoys playing a diversity of venues in her hometown of Fredericksburg, such as art walks, her church, nursing homes and more.
There’s nothing like the sound of a harp’s strings to tug on one’s heart strings, and this magical instrument is one that – despite its size – fits like a glove into wedding-day dreams. Austin native Kristen Gibbs has been singing and playing harp since she was 10 years old, earning statewide recognition at the young age of 16 as “the best high school harpist in the state of Texas” and, in 2010, making it into the fourth round of American Idol. From her musical beginnings, Kristen bucked the harp world’s “no singing, only strumming” barrier. Her gift was and still is using her voice and her harp to create wedding soundtracks across a myriad of musical styles: classical, jazz, pop and contemporary.
With Hill Country Strings, a couple’s song list is made-to-order and carefully arranged by company founder Thomas van der Brook. Thomas and stringer take joy in striking the notes and songs that ring true with the celebrated couple, providing quartets and other ensembles tailored to wedding and reception wish-fors. The string musicians can perform custom combinations of sophisticated and spirited songs, giving way to the ultimate audio backdrop for that walk down the aisle and other pivotal moments of a marriage celebration.
Look No Further combines their passions for sound, lights and video to provide a comprehensive audio-visual experience for you and your wedding guests. With years of experience in the party and wedding entertainment niche, the team mixes music together seamlessly to create a dream soundtrack for your celebration. Wondering if Look No Further Entertainment has your favorite songs? Their online catalog makes it easy to peruse their repertoire, so you can see exactly which tunes are available to rock, swing or sway to during your reception. As dedicated artists, their team has taken care to curate an extensive collection encompassing essentially every type of music from the past 50 years—making it possible for you to include a song for everyone in attendance from every generation. In the rare event that Look No Further doesn’t have the jam you absolutely need to dance to on your big day, don’t worry—they’ll acquire it for you. They’ll even assemble a custom playlist if you know exactly what you want to hear. The company offers free consultations and a variety of customizable wedding packages, allowing you to select the specific services best suited for your big day.
With an ear perfectly tuned to the Texas music scene, Nancy Coplin is the go-to person when it comes to finding talent for any event and designing musical moments, for the everyday and especially weddings. The spunky little redhead has played a starring role in helping to make Austin The Live Music Capital of the World – not under the spotlight, but from backstage. She has created signature events in Austin, Dallas and New Orleans and has promoted talented artists to international acclaim. Over the course of her 30-plus-year career, Nancy has organized more than 7,000 shows – for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s music program, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, individual musicians and beyond. These days, Nancy also works with nonprofits, companies (including Hyatt Lost Pines) and, of course, couples looking to hire incredible players in the name of love.
Timing is everything, and Penguin Entertainment has dedicated a lot of time – launching in 1987 – ensuring the right music, humor and traditions are right on cue for wedding day celebrations. The company boasts a lineup of talented DJ hosts who know how to create a memorable event with style and a fun atmosphere that’s in good taste. Penguin also takes pride in taking time to match couples with a DJ that suits their personality and the goals they have for the festivities that mark and celebrate the start of their forever together.
With 27 years of experience, Texas Disc Jockeys knows how to rock a reception – however hard or soft newlyweds and their guests wish to rock (or roll). In the company’s own words, its seasoned team of DJs knows how to strike “the appropriate mood for the appropriate moment.” Each and every one pulls out all the stops to create a memorable reception – using every tool in their toolkit to do so, including song selection sheets to get the planning process moving. Among the company’s many offerings are line dances, DJs, VJs, emcees, dancers, games and activities for the kiddos and then some, with the ultimate goal of building a customized music itinerary that brings to life the couple’s hopes and dreams for their big day.
Jam sessions around backyard campfires and pickin’ on the porch gave way to the Bonfire Choir, an Austin-based Americana and blues band. The six-piece ensemble features two guitarists, a harmonica player and songwriters – mixing in instrumentation drums, upright bass, banjo, trumpet, keys and even a coronet. The group can perform a mix of tunes, with each member pulling from different corners of the music world for inspiration, including: jazz, blues, folk and funk. A self-proclaimed music machine, the band has a handful of original songs and delights in playing weddings and performing set lists curated by the happy couple.
From the first dance to the last, Texas Professional Disc Jockey works to make wedding celebrations memorable. The team focuses in on big-day details, meeting with the couple to determine music selections and come up with a playlist that gets guests on their feet for swaying, singing and unforgettable fun. The company’s musical repertoire is seemingly unlimited, with online access for the dearly beloved so they have the option of curating their reception soundtrack. Special announcements – including introduction of the wedding party, the happy couple, the cutting of the cake and then some – are part of the services, keeping guests informed and keeping the flow of the festivities on point.