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Columbus Weddings Magazine Feature Tyler and Justin

By Night Music DJ and Fizzy Cat Photo Booth | January 10, 2020

Columbus Weddings Magazine just released a brand new issue, and we were delighted to see one of our favorite 2019 couples, Tyler and Justin, featured in the “I Do Advice” section. So perfect.

Tyler and Justin hosted their wedding celebration at the Wells Barn of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The day was lovely for the summer ceremony in the beautiful backyard of The Wells Barn, and also the lively cocktail hour that followed. Guests were then invited into the barn for dinner and an epic dance party. So much fun!

Need some advice or ideas for planning your wedding? Read the article from Columbus Weddings Magazine below. Also, check out our galleries of featured Night Music weddings for more ideas. 

Columbus Weddings Magazine

Interested in hosting your wedding at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens?

Friday, January 24, 2020 is their annual Wedding Showcase. It’s a wonderful way to tour their fabulous event spaces at the Conservatory including the Wells Barn, The Palm House, and the Grand Atrium. In addition, delicious hors d’oeuvres, cakes, desserts, wine, and signature cocktails will be served.

Night Music DJ Professionals and Fizzy Cat Photo Booth are preferred vendors at the Conservatory.

We will be there on the night of the Wedding Showcase providing the cool tunes and photo booth fun in the Grand Atrium. Come and visit us! You can get your tickets here.

Wells Barn Franklin Park Conservatory

Tyler and Justin’s FUN guests pack the dance floor! photo by Nicole Dixon

Danni and Mark’s Franklin Park Conservatory Wedding

By Night Music DJ and Fizzy Cat Photo Booth | December 16, 2019

Danni and Mark had an incredible day for their Franklin Park Conservatory wedding, and we were with them every step of the way.  

If you’ve ever been to The Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory, you already know that it is a unique and gorgeous place for a wedding. Danni and Mark also used all of the outside gardens available to them, and their guests really loved it.

Danni and Mark Franklin Park Conservatory Wedding

Asteria Photography

The wedding ceremony began with a beautiful piano version of Here Comes The Sun. The ceremony was officiated by the Bride’s brother, and included a sweet poem read by her Aunt. The recessional was Home by Phillip Phillips.

Immediately following the ceremony, we organized some special photos, including one of all of the guests, and a bunch of specific family and friend groups, too. Caroline at Asteria Photography made that all fun and quick!

Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory

Asteria Photography

After cocktails and conservatory tours, guests were ushered back to The Wells Barn for dinner and so much dancing … complete with glow sticks, and a ton of throwback 90s and early 00s songs. The blowout dance party ended in a giant dance circle. After that, a beautiful sparkler exit.

Check out this amazing video of Danni and Mark’s Franklin Park Conservatory wedding by video masters Luke and Ally of ALC Productions

This is the kind of once in a lifetime event that we all wish we could be part of!  (Lucky us – we really were.)

Some Music Moments (Click the title to hear a sample)

Wedding Party Grand Entrance: Crazy in Love by Beyonce
Bride & Groom Grand Entrance: Forever by Chris Brown
Bride & Groom First Dance: Unforgettable by Thomas Rhett
Father/Daughter Dance: My Girl by The Temptations
Mother/Son Dance: Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw
Last Song: Piano Man by Billy Joel

Thanks to the awesome Vendor Team
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Event Coordination
Photographer ~ Asteria Photography Caroline Stiers
Videographer ~ ALC Productions with Luke & Ally
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Catering

Check out more Night Music Featured Weddings HERE

 

 

The Graduate Hotel Columbus

By Night Music DJ and Fizzy Cat Photo Booth | September 25, 2019

The Graduate Hotel Columbus is the newest and coolest Scarlet and Grey themed hotel and event space right in the middle of the action in the Short North!

The Graduate Hotel Columbus Rooftop

The rooftop patio at The Graduate

We couldn’t wait to check it out, and see for ourselves. We were lucky enough to have Catering and Sales Manager, Miranda Fairrow, show us around to all of the gathering and events spaces of this charming hotel, and even peek in a couple guest rooms.

The unique décor is all Ohio, with special touches everywhere. The comfy hotel rooms feature quilts that look like the State of Ohio flag, and a chair with a beautiful needlepoint version of famous Astronaut, John Glenn! We know that people will come to this hotel just for these decorative delights.

The Graduate Hotel Columbus lobby chandelier

The “Best Damn Band In The Land” lobby chandelier

The event areas have beautiful spaces, including some outdoor areas, along with a staff dedicated to making your party perfect! Whether you’re hosting a few BFFs for a birthday party, or 300 guests for a wedding, check out this hotel!

Valet parking in the back makes visiting easy. And don’t miss the attached Poindexter’s Coffee Shop and brand new Shake Shack. Stop by, or give them a call for a tour. Graduate Columbus, a place to stay for the Scarlet and Grey, is going to be very popular, we just know it!

The Graduate Hotel Columbus
750 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Graduatehotels.com
Miranda Fairrow
mfairrow@graduatecolumbus.com

Want to take a look at some other awesome Columbus venues? Check them out HERE

Cocktails and Music? Guacamole Mix!

By Night Music DJ and Fizzy Cat Photo Booth | August 14, 2019

Summer is not over yet!

At Night Music, we love summer with SO MANY weddings and parties to DJ for!  

We also love summer party food including, corn on the cob, farm fresh tomatoes, and lots of Guacamole.  Take a listen to this summer playlist while enjoying this delish recipe for some yummy Guac. So tasty and so quick.

      

Night Music DJ summer guacamole recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3 Ripe Avocados
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Red Onions
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Cilantro
  • 1/3 Cup Chopped Jalapeno
  • 1/8 Cup of Lemon and Lime Juice — 80/20 ratio
  • Pinch of Salt (or salt to taste)

Instructions

Place Avocados in a bowl and mash with a fork – You will want to leave it a little chunky. Add all the other ingredients and mix. Enjoy!

Need some more cocktail tunes for your summer siore?

You’ll find some nice ones at the RESOURCES page of your website. Of course there are SO MANY excellent recipes for this summer favorite. Some of our favorites are HERE and HERE

Night Music DJ Guacamole

But Wait! What about the Cocktail?

A nice summer sip can make your guacamole taste even better! There are so many options but we are partial to this tasty concoction. Try this fabulous Strawberry Sparkler. 

Ingredients

  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 tbsp. sugar, to rim glass
  • ½ oz. chilled rose champagne
  • 1 oz. Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ oz. limeade
  • ½ oz. DeKuyper® Strawberry Liqueur

Preparation 

  1. Wash, stem, quarter and freeze strawberries at least 1 hour .
  2. Run wedge of lime around rim of champagne flute and dip in plate of sugar to coat rim.
  3. Place 3 frozen strawberries in bottom of prepared flute and add champagne.
  4. In shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, limeade, and strawberry liqueur. Shake and pour into glass.
  5. Add squeeze fresh lime if desired and serve immediately.

Experience Columbus for your wedding!

By Night Music DJ and Fizzy Cat Photo Booth | July 18, 2019

Experience Columbus for your wedding.

Experience Columbus makes wedding planning easy

How would you like to have a team of local insiders who are tourism and wedding experts help with your wedding planning at absolutely no cost to you?  Doesn’t that sound dreamy? It’s 100% real! Let us introduce you to the team at Experience Columbus, who will be delighted to help make your wedding planning a little easier, and your wedding weekend a fabulous adventure for your out of town guests. 

Ask the experts

The experts at the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau focus on great visitor experiences and that includes your wedding guests! For instance, do you need some ideas for fun Columbus activities? Just ask. How about some help suggesting and booking hotel room blocks? Done! They also will provide a glossy and awesome Seasonal Guidebook for you to stuff into each out-of-town gift bags, to help your guests navigate the city, and let them know all of the fun and unique places to go.   

Everything is absolutely free and complimentary! 

Visit the Experience Columbus wedding website by clicking HERE.  You’ll find information on how to receive those fantastic and glossy Columbus Visitor Guides. (Insider tip: Get enough for your out-of-town guests, but make sure to keep one for yourself to help plan great newlywed date nights!) In addition, you will find the contact info for the Experience Columbus Wedding Team, if you want some suggestions for activities, or help with hotels.  

Need some ideas for your bachelor or bachelorette party?

They have even created some fun and unique ideas for your bachelor and bachelorette parties. For example, check out the sample Bachelor Party HERE  and the Bachelorette Party HERE 

Contact Experience Columbus for your wedding

Contact the team at Experience Columbus, your new BFFs! 
Laura Herring LHerring@ExperienceColumbus.com
Zach Warmouth ZWarmouth@ExperienceColumbus.com
Roger Dudley RDudley@ExperienceColumbus.com

Above all, make sure you stay in the know by following our blog HERE 

Columbus DJs Night Music at WEX Drive In Movie

By Night Music DJ and Fizzy Cat Photo Booth | June 6, 2019

Columbus DJs Night Music will be at the WEX Drive In Movie for the 2019 season!

Columbus DJs Night Music will be at the WEX Drive In Movie. Logans Run.

Here you go! We’ve got your FREE summer fun plan for Tuesday night,  June 18 because one of our favorite summer activities is back, WEX DRIVE-IN!

Join us on the Wexner Center Plaza starting at 7:30 PM.

The movie will start at dusk (around 9 PM).
We will be providing the 70s tunes and some fun trivia, and there will also be great food and drinks … including local favorite Jeni’s Ice Cream! (Insider tip – members get a free scoop, so bring your membership card)

The FREE movie this month is Logan’s Run.

This is a beloved cult Sci-fi favorite with a  doomed city, government sanctioned secret extermination of anyone over age 30, a swinging 1970s sense of décor, a determined group (Michael York!  Farrah Fawcett!) running for their lives, and so much more action … and fun!

Pack some blankets or chairs, and you’ll be all set. In case of rain or extreme heat, the film and fun will be indoors. Join us, Night Music DJs, along with these other fabulous vendors. Hai Poké –   Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams –  Seventh Son Brewing –  The Cheesy Truck

Also, make sure you join Columbus DJs Night Music at WEX Drive In Movie for two more fantastic drive-in movies, Jurassic Park and The Craft. Jurassic Park will be presented on Tuesday, July 16th, and you can see The Craft on Tuesday, August 20th. More information about this cool movie series can be found at The Wexner Center For The Arts website here: https://wexarts.org/series/wex-drive

Check this out

The Wex has partnered with regional artists to create screen printed T-shirts for our outdoor summer film series so pick up the shirt for Logan’s Run—designed by Robert Beatty of Lexington, Kentucky—on-site at the Wexner Center Store and on the plaza or online at store.wexarts.org. (Shirts are $20 for Wex members and $25 for the general public).

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens presents Cocktails at the Conservatory

By Night Music DJ and Fizzy Cat Photo Booth | May 15, 2019

Franklin Park ConservatoryDate Night or Girls Night. A group from the neighborhood or a bunch from work. Our friends at Franklin Park Conservatory have brought back (by popular demand) Cocktails at the Conservatory, and we can’t wait.

Save these dates for so much fun once a month from May to October. Explore all of the areas of Franklin Park Conservatory at these popular 21 + events

Thursday, May 23, we are proud to help kick off the series by bringing all of your favorite 90s throwback songs along with some chances to win a prize or two! Do not miss this super fun one!

May 23 ~ Adults Night in the Children’s Garden

And then, join in once a month for special cocktail parties carefully curated with drinks, bites, and beauty!  

June 27 – The Bees’ Meads
July 25 – Backyard Brews & BBQ
Aug 29 – Botany of Booze
Sep 26 – One The Rocks:  Crystals & Cocktails
Oct 23  – Plants and Potions

Insider’s tip: Bundle and Save by purchasing tickets to THREE cocktail parties, and receive $15 off the total price. Promo Code: CHEERS Buy your tickets HERE

We LOVE events at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Check out this post that features a great dance party on the West Terrace

What are you waiting for? Get with your friends, and join up for the best party in town! See you soon.

Video Spotlight. A dance party wedding reception at the Renaissance Columbus.

By Night Music DJ and Fizzy Cat Photo Booth | April 29, 2019

You know what’s fun at wedding receptions?  Dancing! And Lindsey and Matt’s Renaissance Columbus wedding reception celebration had everyone DANCING all night long.  

We had such a blast with Lindsey and Matt and their fun family and friends.  They really wanted a fun dance party, and they sure got it. Check out this short video of the action, and you’ll know this was a very happy couple!

Lindsey and Matt had a perfect choice for their beautiful First Dance.

First Dance by Corey Smith

And they know you just can’t go wrong with some old school for the parents:

Father/Daughter Dance ~ I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Mother/Son Dance ~ Perfect Fan Backstreet Boys

Matt and Lindsey on their wedding day. Wedding reception at Columbus Renaissance.

 

Thanks Lindsey and Matt.  What a blast! Thanks also to Kristin Bliss from Picture Bliss Photography and our friends at The Renaissance Columbus Downtown for such a good night. Check them out for your Renaissance Columbus wedding reception. Need some music ideas for your celebration? Take a look at our resources page HERE.   

Stephanie and Joe’s “Cheezy” and FUN Columbus Wedding Reception.

By Night Music DJ and Fizzy Cat Photo Booth | March 7, 2019

When Stephanie and Joe got married, they were determined to incorporate some of their favorites things into their fun Columbus wedding reception celebration through intentional choices with guests, music, fun and food!  

Columbus Wedding reception

 

Have you ever been to a reception that featured a selection of 12 different kinds of Cheez-It Crackers for the guests to try, enjoy, mix, and help themselves to all during the reception?    

We are not exaggerating when we tell you that this was a HUGE HIT.  Also, so simple to do AND a true reflection on Stephanie and Joe’s fun personalities.  

columbus wedding reception

They would be delighted if you copied their idea, or if you got inspired by their Cracker Bar to put your own snack spin on your wedding!

Insider tips from bride … you’ll need more Hot and Spicy than you think you will. You’ll need a couple of extra boxes to toss into the getaway car too!    

Cheeze-it's at Columbus wedding reception

Thanks to the awesome team at Clintonville Woman’s Club for setting up and replenishing the display, and talented photographer John Croyle for capturing some great photos.  

More fun ideas for your Columbus wedding reception can be found here

Sneak Peek. Swan Lake Event Center in Powell Ohio

By Night Music DJ and Fizzy Cat Photo Booth | February 5, 2019

Yay! It IS possible to find a unique and elegant location for your wedding and reception!  Look no further than the brand new Swan Lake Event Center. The long awaited grand opening will be May 2019.

 

It’s no secret that we love a beautiful venue, and when we contacted the superstar team of Sarah and Olivia to give us a sneak peek, they were gracious enough to offer us a tour.

Swan Lake has been carefully built from the ground up to provide the absolute best location for your once in a lifetime occasion. The attention to detail is amazing. And yes! There is actually a lovely lake, along with 20 wooded acres perfect for photos and memories.

Inside the Main Hall you’ll find a beautiful room with gorgeous floors, windows, a stone fireplace, and tile accents that compliment the gorgeous muted palette. The room is designed to accommodate up to 375 guests for a celebration. Every detail has been carefully chosen, and the overall effect of modern elegance is simply perfect.

 

When you check out their website or call for your tour (and you DEFINITELY should), be sure to ask about the two detached parlours, perfect for getting ready, and the welcoming Gatehouse! Trust us – you’ll fall in love with Swan Lake.

Swan Lake Event Center
5900 Liberty Road
Powell, OH  43065
740-833-6024
www.SwanLakeEventCenter.com
info@SwanLakeEventCenter.com

UPDATE! The official ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration is scheduled for Thursday May 19th at 4:00pm.