Wedding LED Lighting – Rob Alberti’s Event Services (formerly After Hours DJ Service)

In years past, you were limited to simple lighting at your wedding reception.  Maybe your DJ could bring a mirror ball or some disco lighting for the dance floor.  You could not ask them to make your white walled venue into a pink wall.  With today’s new range of Wedding LED Lighting, you can do just about anything at your wedding reception.

There are different styles and quality levels when it comes to Wedding LED Lighting.  First, there is a difference in brightness – the first generation of Wedding LED Lighting were 0.1 watt LEDs.  They were nice, but you literally had to shut off all the lights in your venue before you could see the effect.  (We immediately sold our 0.1 watt LED Wedding Lights as soon as the brighter fixtures came out)

The second generation of Wedding LED Lighting were made up of 1.0 watt LEDs.  These were markedly brighter than the first generation LED fixtures.  Even with the venue lights at normal banquet level, you could clearly see the effect that they made in the venue.  You were still limited by sunset time and windows in a venue – they could not compete with direct sunlight.

The newest fixtures for […]

By |October 29th, 2010|Wedding & Event Lighting Ideas|Comments Off on Wedding LED Lighting – Rob Alberti’s Event Services (formerly After Hours DJ Service)

After Hours DJ Service – Disc Jockey Service, Wedding Entertainment, Event Lighting

Boy have we had problems with name confusion over the 25+ years that we have been in business.  After Hours DJ Entertainment, After Hours DJ Service, Rob Alberti’s After Hours DJ Entertainment Services.  Now – we have decided to completely change our name to better reflect the vast array of services that we provide above and beyond the typical DI Entertainment services.  We have heard of too many people that accidentally booked their DJ with the other company based out of Enfield – only to find out that they heard about us from a friend but were misinformed and booked the Enfield based company instead.  Doing a website search for “After Hours DJ” or “After Hours DJ Entertainment” reveals both links to our site and theirs.   www.robalberti.com will guarantee that you are talking to the correct company.  www.afterhoursdj.net afterhoursdj.com are so close that people tend to type our website incorrectly.

We are based out of Western Massachusetts, but have DJs throughout MA/CT/RI (Feeding Hills, Worcester, Holyoke, South Hadley, Northampton, Hatfield, Westfield, Enfield CT, Colchester CT, Warwick RI)  We cover the entire New England area and can handle your destination weddings as well.

Yes, we have changed our company name from After Hours […]

By |October 27th, 2010|Wedding Ceremony|Comments Off on After Hours DJ Service – Disc Jockey Service, Wedding Entertainment, Event Lighting

Lindsay & Matthew’s Tented Wedding at The Connecticut River Museum in Essex CT

Lindsay and Matthew were married on the dock at the Connecticut River Museum.  It started to rain right in the middle of their exchange of vows but both bride and groom and guests were not daunted.  The heated tent provided a haven for the on and off rain all night.

Now Matthew and his twin brother John used to work as kids at my father’s Christmas Tree farm in Southwick, MA.    My parents were in the audience (I think this was the first time they ever saw me DJ) as were many neighbors from my childhood.

We provided the microphones and music for their ceremony out on the dock, DJ & Master of Ceremony for the reception and the tent lighting courtesy of our new 3W LED par cans.  Lindsay wanted to use fall colors – Red and Orange highlighted the tent  surface.  You could see the color glowing right through to the outside.

Ceremony Bride Processional:  Scenic World – Beirut
Ceremony Bride & Groom Recessional:  I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Parents Introduction Song: Come Go With Me – Del Vikings
Bridal Party Introduction Song:  Anyway You Want It – Journey
First Dance:  Forever – Ben Harper
Bride & Father Dance:  I’ll Be Seeing You – Tommy […]

By |October 25th, 2010|Real Wedding Stories, Wedding & Event Lighting Ideas|2 Comments

Wedding Lighting Ideas – Reception Up Lighting and Event Lighting With Rob Alberti’s Event Services

Couples often spend months planning every detail of their wedding, from the exact shades for the bridal party dresses and the font on the wedding invitations to the decoration and topper of the wedding cake and the song played as they come in for their grand entrance, but a surprising number of wedding couples never realize they should also plan the appropriate wedding lights.

Without the proper lighting, pictures may not turn out as well, the details of the floral centerpieces and wedding gown lace may be missed, and you may not clearly see the smiling faces of your friends and family members. You might want to highlight the beauty of certain objects using pin spots, which also can accentuate a table’s place settings or linens.

There are many considerations to make when deciding on wedding lighting:

What lighting is already available in the facility?
Will there be candle lighting in the room?
What is the overall moon that you want to set for your wedding?  Dramatic?  Party? Romantic?
Will the lighting match both the facility and the rest of your wedding color scheme?
Will lighting help your photographer or videographer’s work?  Up Lighting can add dimension to a photographer’s work.  Up lighting and dance floor ceiling […]

By |October 23rd, 2010|Wedding & Event Lighting Ideas|Comments Off on Wedding Lighting Ideas – Reception Up Lighting and Event Lighting With Rob Alberti’s Event Services

Hartford CT Wedding Facility – Many Venues To Choose From For Your Reception

I wanted to share some photos and web links to some of our favorite downtown Hartford, CT wedding facilities.

The Society Room – Hartford, CT

The Bond Hotel – Hartford, CT

The Gershon Fox / Marquee Events 960 Main Street – Hartford, CT

If you would like to have us at your upcoming event, please checkout our website at www.robalberti.com or request further information and we can check our availability and put together a formal quote for you.  CONTACT US NOW FOR FREE INFORMATION.

Remember, we offer wedding disc jockey entertainment, iphotography wedding photography, photo booth rental, Sweet 16 and Prom DJs, Wedding up-lighting, architectural event lighting, LED wash up-lighting and a/v rental services including ipod wedding rentals.  We can provide entertainment and event services for all types of events in the New England areas including:  Newport, RI – Providence, RI – Boston,  MA – Western Mass – The Berkshires – Hartford, CT- New Haven, CT – Connecticut  Shoreline –  Fairfield County CT as well as destination events as far away as Mexico.  Rob Alberti’s Event Services is the former “After Hours DJ Service” – an Entertainment company with a new name to better reflect our new array of event and entertainment services.

Rob Alberti, […]

By |October 22nd, 2010|Wedding & Event Lighting Ideas, Wedding Planning Ideas|Comments Off on Hartford CT Wedding Facility – Many Venues To Choose From For Your Reception

New England Winter Wedding Theme – Rob Alberti’s DJ, Lighting & After Hours DJ Service, Wedding Entertainment

Here at Rob Alberti’s Event Services, DJ & Lighting (formerly After Hours DJ Service) – winter weddings are something we love.  You will be excited to hear that we have off-season discount wedding DJ packages available for all our New England Winter Wedding receptions (January and December brides).

Winter weddings can be such a fun time to be married.  The holiday décor, Christmas tree and holiday lighting can be a great background for any wedding reception in December and January.  Winter weddings are always so festive.

It is a great time of year to gather family and friends for your holiday wedding reception.  Who doesn’t love going to a wedding in December in New England?  There are many great wedding décor ideas for your winter holiday wedding reception – blue or teal up-lighting around the room or snowflake patterned lights on the dance floor or wedding venue walls are perfect to tie in that holiday feel to your winter wedding.

We’ve seen flower girls brought in on a toboggan for the grand entrance, furry white hand warmers and Mrs. Santa fur shawls are great ways to tie in that New England winter wedding theme.

Check out our blog:  http://www.robalberti.com/blog/category/realweddingstories/

We transform space, light & sound […]

By |October 21st, 2010|Wedding Planning Ideas|Comments Off on New England Winter Wedding Theme – Rob Alberti’s DJ, Lighting & After Hours DJ Service, Wedding Entertainment

Amy & Dylan’s Wedding Reception and Ceremony at Storrowton Tavern in the Big E Fairgrounds, West Springfield MA

Amy & Dylan were planning on an outdooor wedding ceremony under the gazebo, but rain placed the ceremony inside the Old Meeting House.  We provided music and microphones for the ceremony as well as lighting and music for the reception at the Carriage House.

Although the staff was not very accommodating, sometimes downright rude (we were locked out of the Meeting House so we could not setup for the ceremony until about 30 minutes prior to guest arrival) and facility could use some serious updating and upkeep, we came in and lit up the space to make it more wedding friendly for our bride.

First Dance:  You & Me – Dave Matthews Band
Cake Cutting:  When I’m 64 – The Beatles
Amy & Her Father’s Dance:  Amie – Pure Prairie League
Dylan & His Mother’s Dance:  Forever Young – The Pretenders
Anniversary Dance:  I Get A Kick Out Of You – Frank Sinatra
Last Song:  More Than Words – Extreme

By |October 20th, 2010|Real Wedding Stories|Comments Off on Amy & Dylan’s Wedding Reception and Ceremony at Storrowton Tavern in the Big E Fairgrounds, West Springfield MA

Western Mass Wedding Reception v. Fairfield County Connecticut Wedding Reception

Being in the wedding industry for over 25 years, we have seen our share of weddings and wedding trends.  There are definitely regional differences in wedding receptions between these two fairly close areas of Western Mass and Fairfield County, CT wedding receptions.

For example, In Fairfield County – they tend to cut the wedding cake around 9pm (well into dancing) and many clients even dance between courses during the meal service.  Western Mass weddings can be more subdued.  No dancing between meal courses, but we do tend to cut the wedding cake prior to the end of meal service.

Everything tends to be a bit bigger at Fairfield County wedding receptions – the floral centerpieces can be more extravagant.  The wedding photography budgets can be twice the size as at your Fairfield County wedding compared to the Western Mass wedding reception counterpart.

Sometimes it seeks Western Mass wedding receptions are 3-5 years behind their Fairfield County wedding southern neighbors.  All the wedding shows on TV (My Fair Wedding, Four Weddings and Platinum Weddings) show most of their wedding receptions tables as rectangular with these amazingly opulent table décor.  At your Western Mass wedding – you tend to not have a choice – it’s […]

By |October 19th, 2010|Wedding Planning Ideas|4 Comments