How Wedding Entertainment Drives the Guest Experience | Vendor Spotlight: Legacy Events 119
Here at Twin Oaks we get to see some really cool, kind, talented individuals come to work on wedding days and show off their talents through the services they provide to brides and grooms. I have the unique opportunity of getting to know these individuals through their onsite work and many have turned into not only respected colleagues but also friends! I'm excited to get to spotlight some of our vendors, who we like to refer to as "friendors", on the blog. My hope is for you to get to know them better and benefit from their industry expertise.
Today we're getting to know Brandon and Lindsay Higgins, the founding husband and wife team from Legacy Events 119. Here's my interview with Lindsay and Brandon which includes some fun facts about them as well as some tips for brides and grooms on getting the most out of their wedding entertainment experience.
Don't miss the "rapid fire" wedding questions at the end! :-)
Getting to Know Lindsay + Brandon
LL: I consider myself [and many blog followers do too!] a love story and wedding junky. Tell me about your love story -- how did you guys meet?
Lindsay: Brandon and I met while I was visiting a friend of mine in Albany, GA for the weekend. I lived in Florida at the time, and Brandon was down in Albany visiting the same couple on the same weekend. I found out later that he had heard I was coming and wanted to meet me. I on the other hand had absolutely no idea who he was until I met him that weekend. I didn’t even pay him much attention until Saturday night when everyone decided to begin singing karaoke. He went up to sing and to my surprise he was very good! It peaked my interest in him and the rest is really history. We’ve been together ever since.
LL: What was your wedding like?
Lindsay: Our wedding?! Well let’s start by saying this. From the time we got engaged to the time we got married was 7 weeks!! Yes, we planned our wedding in 7 weeks, and no, we weren’t pregnant. lol! Our schedules were just very busy at the time, and spring wedding season was quickly approaching and is one of our busiest times from a business standpoint. So we decided why not just go ahead and get it done! Thanks to the fact that we had so many great friends in the wedding industry, we were able to pull together an amazing winter wonderland themed wedding in just weeks. We had a small intimate garden ceremony with only 30 guests and then followed up with a large 250 guest wedding reception in Downtown Macon. It was truly a blast and we wouldn’t change a thing!
Brandon and Lindsay's Wedding Photo
LL: That sounds so fun!! So how did the business of Legacy Events 119 come to be? When did you open? What do you specialize in?
Lindsay: The business was created by Brandon in August 2011 under it’s original name, Macon Nite Life. When he initially started, his focus was on small events and evening karaoke gigs because at the time he was still employed full-time as an electrician. We met in February 2012, and I still remember asking him what he did for a living. He said, “I’ve been an electrician for 12 years and that’s what I do full time, but I’ve also recently started a DJ company.” When he mentioned the “DJ company part” I literally laughed and moved on to something else because it didn’t sound like a “real job” to me. Well fast forward a few more months, and I went with him to a wedding he was DJing. As I was there, I started to see that being a Wedding DJ is so much more than the random party DJs that I had seen in the past. As a wedding DJ, you truly have to command your audience. You have a lot on your shoulders and so many things to coordinate. There are no second chances once you pick up that mic. It's on you to make sure that your couple's special day is exactly the way that they wanted it. To my surprise Brandon did this very well, and I thought to myself "I really think we should do this DJ company thing and if we are going to do it, we need to do all that we can to be the very best." So…..six years have now past since that wedding and many changes have been made. Brandon said goodbye to electrical work. We are now known as Legacy Events 119, and through much personal sacrifice and hard work we managed to create an award-winning luxury entertainment company specializing in DJ/MC services, lighting design, and photo booth rentals that spans two states. What a ride it has been!
**These two are clearly tons of fun!**
LL: Working as a husband and wife team is a unique arrangement....you guys make it look great and so fun! For any couples that decide they want to do "life" together AND WORK together…do you have any worthy advice for them?? :-)
Lindsay: It’s important to set boundaries and know each other's strengths. In running our business, Brandon and I each have our own roles and assignments. Brandon obviously handles the events and is the face of the brand. He handles wedding flow, wedding vendor relations the day of, and of course all of the entertainment needs of the day. I, on the other hand, am in charge of branding decisions, marketing, social media, and networking. By capitalizing on each of our strengths and remaining “in each other's lane” has allowed us to truly work together successfully. Now when it comes to our home life and who is in charge of what chores…..well we still haven’t really figured that one out yet! lol It’s a work in progress.
Advice for Brides and Grooms
LL: Let’s talk about brides and grooms for a minute. What is your biggest piece of advice for brides and grooms when hiring not only their DJ but all of their vendors?
Brandon: To be blunt….you get what you pay for! This applies to every vendor category, but specifically when it comes to hiring a DJ, it cannot be stressed enough. When you begin researching DJs, you will quickly find that there is a very wide price range. In short, there is a reason for this. There are amateur DJ’s and professional DJ’s out there. Unfortunately unless you do your research on this before your wedding day (which we beg you to do), you will not realize the key difference between the two until after your big day has already happened and it didn’t go the way that you had hoped. To summarize, a professional wedding DJ/MC handles far more than just playing music at your wedding. Simply put, playing the music is the smallest part of what a wedding DJ does. The key to an awesome wedding DJ is how well they can handle the flow of your event, and do they do it with class?! You must always keep in mind that the DJ you chose is standing in front of your guests representing you and is responsible for creating a welcoming atmosphere for you and your guests throughout the entire event. In summary, you have worked so hard planning your wedding day. You have the most beautiful flowers, the most awesome venue, you have found a dress unlike any other bride that came before you, and your photographer is fire….. don’t leave the “experience of your wedding day” to chance. Studies have shown that guests remember two things at the end of the night: Was the food good? and Did they have a good time? The experience matters so make sure to give it lots of thought when planning your very special day.
LL: That's so true. --the experience really makes or breaks your guests' opinion of the night. I may be a bit presumptuous, but I feel safe saying most of our couples want a FUN wedding. What’s the keys to success for a fun wedding?
Lindsay: Interactive couples! During the planning process, we need as much input from the couple as possible. What makes them happy? What is fun to them? Over the years what genres of music have they enjoyed with their friends? What music did they listen to with their friends in college? These are all important things to share. When wedding day arrives though there is one thing that truly effects how “fun” a wedding is…. Brides and Grooms must join their guests on the dance floor! Guests feed off of their couple and if the couple insists on hugging the side wall all night, often times their guests will be more inclined to as well. Everyone loves to see the happy couple on the dance floor enjoying themselves. They came to celebrate with you, so make sure you celebrate with them! [Lindsay also wrote a great blog on Steps to Throwing a FUN Wedding]
LL: What do you feel like you guys provide to your couples that sets you apart from others in the industry? Like, what do you “hope” that your couples say after working with you?
Brandon: Well here is where we could go on and on and bore you by saying that we have the most state of the art equipment, lighting that can transform any room, and an awesome online planner that couples love to use. And, all of those things would be true, but one of our recent brides wrote a review about us after her wedding and said one of the best things we had ever had written about us. Caitlyn said, “They are just all around genuine and cool people that you want to be your friends long after the wedding is over!” That one sentence summarizes what we hope all of our couples feel after working with us.
LL: You guys have worked at venues all across the Southeast. What kinds of things make your job easier when working at a venue?
Brandon: Good communication! We like to know in advance where we are to set up when we arrive, where power is located and if their are locations on the property where power isn’t available, is there shelter for our equipment at all times, where are we permitted to load in our equipment, and one of the most important things for us to know is where can we park during the event. Parking can be a real challenge especially at inner city venues.
LL: You guys are just awesome! I always enjoy talking with you and of course talking about weddings. Now, for the fun part! Okay, I have a few rapid fire questions for you. Just answer honestly!
Rapid Fire Questions - DJ Edition
What tunes are on in your car.
Lindsay: Depends on my mood! But, its usually between country music or hip hop and every once in a while I throw in some old school Sam Cooke or 90’s artist such as Jewel or Alanis Morissette
Brandon: My XM presents in my truck are- Pop2K, 90s On 9, The Highway, The Heat, SiriusXMFly, and The Blend
Favorite song to play for ceremonies.
Lindsay: Hands down “My Last Name”-Dierks Bentley
Brandon: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”- Stevie Wonder as the ceremony recessional
Current favorite song for receptions.
Lindsay: “Finesse” Bruno Mars & Cardi B
Brandon: “I Want To Dance With Somebody” Whitney Houston
Most cringeworthy song request you get.
Lindsay: Honestly I am so over brides walking down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. I can say this because I even used it to walk down the aisle at my own wedding, but it is now truly the most overused wedding ceremony song to me.
Brandon: “Single Ladies” by Beyonce for the garter bouquet, Saying that this song is overplayed and overused would be an understatement.
Prediction for hit First Dance songs for 2018?
Lindsay: “You Make It Look So Easy” Jason Aldean
Brandon: “Millionaire” Chris Stapleton
First Dance song that you consider tired and overused.
Brandon & Lindsay: “Thinking Out Loud”-Ed Sheeran
Favorite wedding food.
Lindsay: Any wedding with a mashed potato bar. Mashed potatoes bars are my jam!
Brandon: Always mac + cheese!
Find out more about having Legacy Events 119 at your wedding through their website, and you should definitely go FOLLOW them on social media!
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