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Craig Lewis Weddings

Johnson City , TN

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Johnson City, TN 37614 US (map)

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423-782-6479

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ABOUT US

Cell: (423) 782-6479
Email: info@CraigLewisWeddings.com
Website: www.CraigLewisWeddings.com
I have been a professional wedding DJ/MC for 10 years. I typically spend a lot... Read more
Cell: (423) 782-6479
Email: info@CraigLewisWeddings.com
Website: www.CraigLewisWeddings.com
I have been a professional wedding DJ/MC for 10 years. I typically spend a lot of time meeting one on one with every couple that I work with to plan out the ceremony music, grand entrance, first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, toast speeches, cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss, last dance and grand exit. Creative personalization for all of these events is a complicated process, but I will spend as much time as is necessary to guide you through this process, and collaborate with you in the creative process of planning out these events exactly as you want them.



My focus is on making weddings fun, unique and memorable. I like to bring out the bride and groom's personality during the event. One example of this is my style of grand entrances. Rather than simply reciting the names of the wedding party members, and then announcing the bride and groom, I like to work with you to create personalized introductions for each wedding party member. These may be simple biographical introductions, or they can be comedic if you want. Then, right before I introduce the bride and groom, I like to tell their "love story". This is the story of how they met, their first date, first kiss, and engagement, leading up to the day of the wedding.

I also work hard in the background to make sure that things flow smoothly. For example, ensuring that before I announce your father/daughter dance, that your dad is prepared and ready to go, providing coaching and encouragement to a nervous toast speaker, and ensuring that there is a knife by your cake before I announce the cake cutting! Small, but crucial details like this will make a tremendous difference to the flow of your event.

When you book me for a wedding, you are guaranteed to get me, personally. I have completed extensive specialized training in wedding entertainment, such as Peter Merry's renowned intensive training programs "The Professional Process", and "Make it Grand". I regularly attend mobile DJ conventions and stay active in the community. I am a charter member and officer of the East Tennessee chapter of the American Disc Jockey Association. I am a member of the Eastman Toastmaster's Club, and I have completed extensive training in public speaking, and theater at ETSU, as well as training in comedy and improv.

If needed, I can provide various lighting options, including uplighting and custom monogram projections. I can also help with directing your ceremony rehearsal, and running ceremony sound if needed. I am also an ordained minister and, although it isn't a part of the normal services I offer, in the event of an emergency, I am prepared to officiate a wedding myself.

You can check my availability and get an instant price quote through my web site, here. I would love to meet with you and your fiance in person to discuss your wedding in more detail!

Although weddings are the primary focus of my business, I also provide services for birthday parties, sweet sixteens, school proms, corporate events, etc.
Cell: (423) 782-6479
Email: info@CraigLewisWeddings.com
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INFO FOR DJ

Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
I spend a lot of time meeting one on one with every couple that I work with to plan out the ceremony music, grand entrance, first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, toast speeches
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
No. Of course, there is only a certain number of songs that can be played during the course of an evening, and I do encourage brides to allow me the freedom to use my own music selection skills to augment a list of special song requests. But no, there is no hard limit to how many a couple is allowed to request.
What is your usual attire?
Whatever the bride wants me to wear! Usually I wear either a red tux with a black jacket and black pants, or a black buttom up collar shirt and black trousers with a red tie. I don't mind to match your wedding's color scheme if needed. And if you're having a halloween wedding and want me dressed as a hotdog, then that's what I'll do!
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
No. I buy it myself, unless it is a very obscure song.
How many other DJs do you work with?
I am a single-op DJ, meaning I work by myself. When you hire me, you are guarenteed to get me personally. Sometimes I may bring an assistant with me, or occasionally two for more complex events.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
I don't charge by the hour, so I have no minimum.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
This is absolutely crucial. I typically meet with the bride and groom three to five times in the process of planning a wedding. If more is needed, that is not a problem. I allow couples who I work with to schedule as many planning meetings with me as needed, and always block out at least an hour and a half in my calendar for these meetings. I have a detailed planning process which I guide couples through.
 
 For long distance couples, we will have these planning meetings over the phone.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
Most of the weddings I do are American, but I have also done quite a few Indian weddings.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Yes. I typically ask for two distinct categories of do-not-play lists. One for songs that are negative emotional cues (associated with a deceased relative, past relationship, etc.) and one for songs that the couple simply does not like.
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes. I have access to a huge amount of professional PA and lighting equipment. Any unique equipment that is needed for a specific event which I don't have, I will rent.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
I have a large variety of lighting options which I can provide by request, including uplighting (colored mood lighting that matches the bride's color scheme), custom monogram projections (bright projections of the couple's initials and/or wedding date onto a wall or floor), dancing in the clouds effects (a low-lying fog for the first dance), and, IF appropriate for your wedding, all kinds of flashing, spinning, colored gizmos to illuminate your dance floor.
How much time do you usually need to set up? Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
I bring everything I need myself, and can often set up in as little as 30 minutes, although I do require an hour and half minimum just in case I run into any obstacles in setup. If time is not limited, I typically prefer to arrive 2-3 hours before the beginning of the wedding.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
Typically space is not an issue for me. If you have a situation with extremely limited space, I can be flexible with my equipment setup. If you want some of the more involved lighting options, some of them require a little extra space.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Absolutely not. It's your wedding, not an ad slot.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
Yes, in fact, I consider this to be the most important part of my services. I spend a lot of time with the bride and groom planning out the special events of the evening and making them fun, unique and personalized. This commonly includes the grand entrance, the bride and groom's first dance, the father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, the cutting of the cake, the garter toss, bouquet toss, last dance and grand exit. I have received extensive training in public speaking, theater, comedy and improv, as well as extensive specialized training in wedding entertainment.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Getting on the microphone to demand loudly that your wedding guests get on the dance floor is tacky, cliche and ineffective. I believe very strongly that if you choose the right songs at the right times, the dance floor will usually fill. If it doesn't, then it may not be a dancing crowd--and that is OK! I don't judge the success of the wedding purely by the number of people on the dance floor. I judge it based on the number of special memories I can create for the couple and their guests.
 
 If you do really want to make SURE people dance at your wedding, the number one best thing you can do is to get on the dance floor yourself, and ask your wedding party to join as well. Your guests will get excited when they see the bride, groom and wedding party on the dance floor, and they will join in. Also, be sure to discuss with me how important dancing is to you personally. Some couples want dancing, and others couldn't care less; just let me know which you are.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
That's one of the major advantages of a DJ over a band; DJs typically don't need breaks. If you wish to provide me with a meal, I certainly don't mind, but this is, of course, not a requirement.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
It has never happened once so far in 10 years in business. But as a member of the American Disc Jockey Association, I would be able to find an emergency replacement. This has never happened, and would only happen in an extreme situation, such as a medical emergency.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
No. One wedding keeps me busy from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed, not to mention the months of planning beforehand. There is no way I could handle more than one event in a day.
What is your overtime rate?
I typically discuss the expected length of the event with a couple before providing a price quote, so this is factored in from the beginning. I always err on the side of keeping time limits very high so that the couple doesn't have to think about it. If your wedding is extremely long, or your are completely uncertain of how long it will go on, then we can talk about this and negotiate an hourly rate. I am very flexible with my pricing options.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
I don't charge for anything in the Tricities area, Asheville, or the far southwest corner of VA. If your event is longer than about an hour drive from one of these places, then I typically charge for travel expenses. If I can do the trip as a day trip, then I simply keep the receipts and charge you exactly what it costs me for gas. For overnight travel, I will provide you with a fitting price quote, but I generally don't try to profit on travel expenses.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
I require an in-person meeting in order to give a price quote. From there, if the couple would like to book me, I take a 50% deposit, and set up the contract at the same time. I also have a 3-payment plan available if needed. The final payment is not required until the day of the wedding, but I strongly encourage brides to pay all of their vendors before that, simply so that they aren't worried about money on their wedding day.

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Justin
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Craig was one of the main reasons this wedding was a success. He was able to take a crowd that wasnt planning on dancing and morph them into filling the dance floor. Craig is extremely easy to work with and will devote as much time to your day as you see fit. His technical setup, music selection, and sound quality is second to none. You wont see corny effects or hear that annoying "SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!" voice too many DJs have. Craig also was able to work with and coordinate with all of the other people involved in the wedding in order to make sure everything is set up correctly. Overall I would HIGHLY recommend Craig Lewis Weddings for any and all events. VERY PLEASED CUSTOMER!
Craig was one of the main reasons this wedding was a success. He was able to take a crowd that wasnt planning on dancing Read more...
Craig was one of the main reasons this wedding was a success. He was able to take a crowd that wasnt planning on dancing and morph them into filling the dance floor. Craig is extremely easy to work with and will devote as much time to your day as you see fit. His technical setup, music selection, and sound quality is second to none. You wont see corny effects or hear that annoying "SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!" voice too many DJs have. Craig also was able to work with and coordinate with all of the other people involved in the wedding in order to make sure everything is set up correctly. Overall I would HIGHLY recommend Craig Lewis Weddings for any and all events. VERY PLEASED CUSTOMER! Read less
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Daphne
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Craig really made our wedding spectacular. Despite the steady rainfall and miscellaneous mishaps that day, he pulled everything together (like adjusting our ceremony music when our original setup wasn't working), made sure everyone had an awesome time, and made sure to keep us on track all night! He takes the time to personalize each event and is very flexible.

Thank you Craig! You were the best "vendor" at our wedding! We had a lot of fun and we owe most of it to you!
Craig really made our wedding spectacular. Despite the steady rainfall and miscellaneous mishaps that day, he pulled Read more...
Craig really made our wedding spectacular. Despite the steady rainfall and miscellaneous mishaps that day, he pulled everything together (like adjusting our ceremony music when our original setup wasn't working), made sure everyone had an awesome time, and made sure to keep us on track all night! He takes the time to personalize each event and is very flexible.

Thank you Craig! You were the best "vendor" at our wedding! We had a lot of fun and we owe most of it to you! Read less
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Miranda
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
He was wonderful. Truly made our day more special and kept me sane. He gave great ideas especially on stuff I never thought of. I would recommend him to everyone.
He was wonderful. Truly made our day more special and kept me sane. He gave great ideas especially on stuff I never Read more...
He was wonderful. Truly made our day more special and kept me sane. He gave great ideas especially on stuff I never thought of. I would recommend him to everyone. Read less
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Derrick
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Craig really cared that our wedding was perfect. He provides much more than just music. I strongly urge anyone planning a wedding to not cut corners on the MC/DJ.
Craig really cared that our wedding was perfect. He provides much more than just music. I strongly urge anyone planning a Read more...
Craig really cared that our wedding was perfect. He provides much more than just music. I strongly urge anyone planning a wedding to not cut corners on the MC/DJ. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Craig is a great DJ! We thoroughly enjoyed working with him for our wedding!
Craig is a great DJ! We thoroughly enjoyed working with him for our wedding!
Craig is a great DJ! We thoroughly enjoyed working with him for our wedding! Read less
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Leeanna
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Criag Lewis provided DJ services for our daughter's wedding, we were beyond pleased with his services. He went above and beyond our expectations. He was very professional, timely, and easy to work with. He kept the events of the evening running smoothly, simply put; we couldn't have done it without him. We're so glad we choose him as one of our vendors. All of our guests had a fabulous time and we highly recommend him to anyone that needs a DJ for an event.
Criag Lewis provided DJ services for our daughter's wedding, we were beyond pleased with his services. He went above and Read more...
Criag Lewis provided DJ services for our daughter's wedding, we were beyond pleased with his services. He went above and beyond our expectations. He was very professional, timely, and easy to work with. He kept the events of the evening running smoothly, simply put; we couldn't have done it without him. We're so glad we choose him as one of our vendors. All of our guests had a fabulous time and we highly recommend him to anyone that needs a DJ for an event. Read less
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Gillian
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Craig was an awesome DJ/MC. He has made it a priority to work to be the best DJ/MC he can for his clients. We did not have to worry about anything the day of the wedding. Craig was so organized with the planning that day of the wedding everything ran smoothly and without a hitch. He worked very hard to cater to our wants and was very responsive if we wanted to add or change anything. He was very professional and made our wedding day feel really special. I would recommend him to any of my friends getting married. Pick Craig! You won't be sorry:)
Craig was an awesome DJ/MC. He has made it a priority to work to be the best DJ/MC he can for his clients. We did not have Read more...
Craig was an awesome DJ/MC. He has made it a priority to work to be the best DJ/MC he can for his clients. We did not have to worry about anything the day of the wedding. Craig was so organized with the planning that day of the wedding everything ran smoothly and without a hitch. He worked very hard to cater to our wants and was very responsive if we wanted to add or change anything. He was very professional and made our wedding day feel really special. I would recommend him to any of my friends getting married. Pick Craig! You won't be sorry:) Read less
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Holly
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Amazing DJ!! Everyone bragged about how awesome he was. He pretty much coordinated the whole reception, and wonderful entertainment!
Amazing DJ!! Everyone bragged about how awesome he was. He pretty much coordinated the whole reception, and wonderful Read more...
Amazing DJ!! Everyone bragged about how awesome he was. He pretty much coordinated the whole reception, and wonderful entertainment! Read less
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Shaina
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Craig Lewis was such a wonderful guy to work with for my wedding reception. He wanted to make sure that the reception went exactly how I wanted it and gave wonderful advice when I needed it. He really knows how to personalize weddings and make sure everyone has a good time. Both my husband and I had an amazing time dancing and just hanging out at our wedding reception. Quite a few of our guests commented on how much fun they had and said they were entertained throughout the whole evening. I would recommend Craig to anyone who wanted to have the perfect wedding reception!
Craig Lewis was such a wonderful guy to work with for my wedding reception. He wanted to make sure that the reception went Read more...
Craig Lewis was such a wonderful guy to work with for my wedding reception. He wanted to make sure that the reception went exactly how I wanted it and gave wonderful advice when I needed it. He really knows how to personalize weddings and make sure everyone has a good time. Both my husband and I had an amazing time dancing and just hanging out at our wedding reception. Quite a few of our guests commented on how much fun they had and said they were entertained throughout the whole evening. I would recommend Craig to anyone who wanted to have the perfect wedding reception! Read less
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Mollie
Wedding:
12/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Craig was great for our wedding! We were planning from out of town, and he was so helpful in being flexible about meeting with us. He did a fantastic job at the reception with very little guidance from a very busy bride and groom, and everyone commented on how well the music flowed with the reception "vibe". Thanks, Craig! Would highly recommend for someone who doesn't know what they are looking for and needs some options presented by an experienced DJ.
Craig was great for our wedding! We were planning from out of town, and he was so helpful in being flexible about meeting Read more...
Craig was great for our wedding! We were planning from out of town, and he was so helpful in being flexible about meeting with us. He did a fantastic job at the reception with very little guidance from a very busy bride and groom, and everyone commented on how well the music flowed with the reception "vibe". Thanks, Craig! Would highly recommend for someone who doesn't know what they are looking for and needs some options presented by an experienced DJ. Read less
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