Fort Collins Scene

I have lived in Fort Collins for coming up on 19 years. I attended CSU and stayed in Fort Collins once i was done with school. In those years this town as changed a lot. I remember when this town knew how to party, that just isn't true anymore. When did college students stop going out during the week? In my day this was a party town, i miss those days. The scene in this town has taken a serious beating over the last 7 years. Students have always had there favorite watering holes to visit but when did they morph into that's the only you are allowed to go to. The change in the music scene in bars and clubs means that basically all the bars play the same music every night of the week. So i was just pondering the question what is it that makes people week after week go to the exactly same spots. You can get the same music basically the same drink specials everywhere so what inspires so much loyalty to the same few bars in town. Is it simply because that's where everyone always goes and has always gone. I have a quote that i love that applies to this situation "If you do what you've always done you'll get what always get". I have seen people wait in a line int the middle of winter to get into their "favorite" bar passing up bars that have no line simply because that's where everyone goes. I am quite a few years removed from college but i thought one of the purposes of college was to teach to be an individual. So here's my thought for you Fort Collins when you go out this weekend be an individual for once try doing something different than everyone else.

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Hiring A Wedding DJ

The fact of the matter is the DJ is the most important vendor at your wedding reception. With that being said the DJ is also payed the least of all the vendors. When hiring a DJ you need to be careful, sometimes you do get what you pay for. I read an article posted by about hiring DJ's for your wedding. In the article they had a lot of great points, so many in fact that i re-posted the article in my own blog. I do take exception to one of the claims in the article however. The notion that you can't get a quality DJ who is only charging between $650-$1200 per wedding in just ridiculous. Then there is the notion that a true professional wedding DJ does not work clubs so that they can be prepared to work weddings on the weekend is laughable.  In fact i contend a DJ who is talented enough to work in bars and clubs may be exactly who you want to hire for your wedding. I have been in the business for over 18 years and there are a lot of weekend warriors out there, i am not debating that. There are some of us who are in markets that would not allow us to charge $1300-$2100 for a wedding. As a consumer you absolutely have to do your due diligence when searching for a wedding DJ. Just be aware that sometimes the best DJ is not necessarily the biggest or most expensive. Sometimes you will find the little guy who has been dedicated to the industry and put in a lot of years is exactly who you are looking for.

How To Hire A Wedding DJ..It's All About TRUST

First, if you are even reading this article, it's probably because you received a  referral from a former client, family, friend, or wedding professional. Or maybe you were a member of a bridal party or former guest of one of our events. In any instance, no advertising can beat good word of mouth. Or bad. For us, it's all about TRUST.  The florist drops off the centerpeices before a guest even enters the room. The main concern of the reception site is meal preparation and keeping the bar well stocked. After dinner service most of the waitstaff is relieved of their shift. The photographer usually leaves about 1/2 way through the evening. The limo driver pickups and drops off. Because the DJ is there from the very beginning until the very end, we are literally "first man in, last man out". They have the best view of the flow, schedule, and vibe of the event. They also end up coordinating most of the control over these areas on your behalf. There needs to be a great amount of trust for a single person to have this much control over the most important day of your life. It is not a responsibility to be handed out lightly, and one that we at "And the Beat Goes On..." do not take lightly.


Famous last words from weddings gone bad...............

"Anyone can DJ. It's just pressing buttons."

"Let's just setup an IPOD. nobody will notice."

"I have a friend at work that DJ's some bars here and there."

"He said he would DJ for free if we feed him and give him free drinks."


Keep in mind that you are actually hiring more than a DJ. Here are some of the many responsibilities a professional DJ will have during your wedding planning and ultimately at your reception:



A DJ must know music history and genre, titles, artists, times, how the song starts and ends, where the break is (what a break is), a general knowledge of music structure and key, BPM (beats per minute)/ tempo, current music and trends – all types, lyrics to avoid, harsh or R-rated lyrics), and what works for a variety of people, ages, backgrounds, and moods.

The idea is to keep an audience comprised of 10 year olds to 70 year olds all involved and having fun – for the whole event – from cocktails to the meal to dancing to the end.

Do you know how hard that is?


Being a Master of Ceremonies requires public speaking skills – something that, statistically, ranks higher than death in people’s fears. Proper use of a microphone, posture, staging, and movement are a few physical requirements of a Master of Ceremonies. Technical aspects include proper introductions (there are five steps to a proper introduction), openings and closes, transitions, and presiding over the ceremonial aspects of the event.

The idea is to communicate effectively with charm and elegance in an entertaining and engaging way so that guests feel properly informed, apprised, directed and guided throughout the event, which will help them feel included and participating from start to finish.

Do you know how hard that is?


As they say, ‘‘Timing is everything ”

Planning involves understanding entertainment principles and logistics, including a room set up that is conducive to the activities planned – so that it not only allows for the activity, but enhances it. Putting activities in the proper order is paramount and involves telling the ”story” of the event – so there is a beginning, a middle, and an end – with peaks and valleys of energy and emotion throughout.

Do you know how hard that is?


Coordinating the event deals with setting up scenarios behind the scenes so that when the MC makes an announcement or introduction, the segment ”just happens” and feels effortless and natural to the audience. Done well, the audience will never notice any of the planning and coordination. They will just be enchanted and entertained.

Do you know how hard that is?


Knowing her/his equipment, how it functions, troubleshooting, and understanding all of the technical ramifications and requirements of an event is also part of the expertise of a professional mobile DJ.

DJ’s understand acoustics and the strengths and weaknesses of the equipment they use, how to adjust the proper EQ or equalization for the room and the amount of people it will contain. They know what to do if the sound goes out, what gauge cables to use, the electrical requirements, and use of a mixing board, computer programs, music decks, microphones, speakers, lighting, and other effects.

Dj’s also edit music for timing and content (take out bad lyrics0, create ”mash-ups” and other edited/mixed music appliacations.


One of the most puzzling things you will notice is the great disparity of pricing from one DJ service to the next. However, we suggest that you leave the question about price for last. First you need to find out what makes the DJ worth their fee and there are many differences in what they provide. Remember, your entertainment can make or break a reception. While it may be attractive to shop for a DJ by price, just as with every other wedding service vendor, price alone is not the definitive factor in this decision. All DJ services are not equal.


In post reception surveys of over 1,000 brides, most said they had spent around 15% of their overall budget on entertainment. Most paid more for their veggie platter than their DJ! But in the final analysis, over 87% reported that the entertainment was responsible for over 90% of the success of their event! Without professional, reliable, and talented entertainment, your wedding may end up turning into just a 6 hour dinner!


According to, the nationwide average cost of a wedding in 2011 is $29,000. For an average 6 hour reception that breaks down to over $4,800 an hour you are paying to make your special day happen. If you were to cut corners on your entertainment and say, hire a cheaper DJ for $800 instead of the average of a professional DJ (around $1,500) but your guests start leaving 2 hours early, you didn't "save" $700 on your wedding, you just "lost" $9,600 (2 hours @ $4,800) and potentially have ruined your wedding day!

  • Are you available for my date?
  • Do you have some actual written letters or Thank You cards from former Brides & Grooms that we can see?
  • Do you provide a written contract?
  • How much is your deposit?
  • How is payment arranged?
  • How many times do you meet with us?
  • How many weddings do you perform at or responsible for a day?
  • How many weddings in a weekend?
  • Do you use a computer for your music?
  • Do you travel with a back-up computer?
  • Do you bring back up equipment?
  • What type of equipment do you have?
  • How many playing hours are included?
  • Is set up time and travel included?
  • How early do you arrive to set up?
  • Do you charge by the hour or do you have a package?
  • Is there an extra charge for additional hours?
  • What do you wear?
  • Do you do the announcements? Are you the Emcee?
  • Are you open to requests? From us? From the guests?
  • How large is your music collection and is it varied?
  • How do we pick our music for the event?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • How many WEDDINGS have you done?
  • Are you the DJ who will be at the reception? If not how do we choose our DJ or are they assigned?
  • What is the total price for the package?
  • Are there any additional charges?

Remember, there is a lot of prep work that should be done prior to the wedding by the DJ. He/she should be able to explain what they will do for you in advance to ensure the success of the event. Advance preparation is what a professional DJ does as part of their service. A true professional will spend a minimum of 10-20 hours preparing for your reception. This includes going over your plans (consultations), music purchasing and editing, setting up and tearing down equipment, working with other vendors, etc. In other words, what you are paying for is more than just a body playing music!

Music however, is a very important element at your wedding reception. You have thought about the music you would like and probably imagined the evening as you would like it to be. If the DJ does not have a sufficient music library, you may find your guests won’t be on the dance floor as much as you would like. A budget DJ simply has not invested the amount of money necessary to provide you with a first class selection of music. At a minimum, 5,000 songs is a necessity today for a professional, and 10,000 or more songs are a very good music library. Therefore, it is important for you to select a DJ who has invested in an extensive music library, and there is really no excuse for DJ’s nowadays to have a full digital library of music. However, along with having the song titles, your DJ should also have a variety of music genres AND the know how to blend them into a pleasing mix. Also, find out if the DJ encourages requests from the guests or does he/she have a set music program. Decide in advance which you prefer.

Full Time, Professional DJ services usually command fees in the area of $300-$400/hr, which works out to average $1,500-$2,000 for a wedding reception.


 “Weekend Warrior”-type DJ’s who don’t keep up with music libraries and industry changes, bring friends/spouses to help, eat/drink/smoke most of the time they’re working, do not have backup equipment or reliable references, do not own a tux or suit and often DO NOT EVEN SHOW UP TO YOUR EVENT usually charge around $400-$800 for a wedding reception.

Finally, listen to the DJ as they speak. Does he/she have a pleasing voice and personality? Remember, what you hear on the phone will be twice as good or bad when amplified on a sound system. Make sure the person you are talking to is the one that will do the wedding reception. If they try to pawn you off on one of their employees, ask to speak to the DJ who will be doing the reception. The truth is, if they were truly that good, they would be on their own, and not working for a DJ company that is taking in a cut of the pay. Never, ever accept someone you have never talked to. Remember, having confidence in who you hire is just as important as the rest of it. As with all things in life, quality and professionalism has its price.


Best Wedding Venues In Colorado

December 6, 2010 2:58 PM

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Colorado’s wedding venues offer options for all personalities, budgets and styles. There are choices for the sophisticated bride and the cowgirl looking to wear boots with her dress. Here are a few of our favorite venues.

Chapel At Red Rocks

905 Bear Creek Avenue
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-0270

The Chapel at Red Rocks is listed as one of the top wedding venues by the Knot. It’s also been named the best/most unique wedding chapel in Colorado by The Perfect Wedding Guide. One bride told CBS4 that the woman who owns the chapel has everything nailed down. She said there really wasn’t much to worry about once she found the site. The chapel and grounds provide a phenomenal view of the surrounding Red Rocks. It’s an absolutely ideal location for spectacular wedding photos.

Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park

3501 Fall River Road
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 586-2501

The Della Terra Mountain Chateau is a secluded mountain venue. Only one wedding is hosted at a time to help add to the intimate atmosphere. There are two separate areas, the Devotion Place and the Celebration Place for weddings. The Devotion Place is outdoors nestled within the forest in a breathtaking natural atmosphere. The Celebration Place provides ample room for dancing and dining with an upstairs and a downstairs that are tied together by a balcony that overlooks all the action. Outside, rock water sculptures provide both a relaxing atmosphere and an ideal location for pictures. A magnificent outdoor patio enables the wedding party to take pictures following the ceremony while guests relax and eat Hors D’oeuvres.

Gatehouse (Lion’s Gate Center)

1055 South 112th Street
Lafayette, CO 80026
(303) 665-6525‎

The Lion’s Gate Center in Lafayette offers both the Dove House and the Gate House facilities. Quite a bit is included in the wedding packages at the Lion’s Gate Center, so it’s a great idea for the bride looking for a quick, one-stop-shop. Live streaming video of the wedding ceremony is even provided so guests that cannot attend the event are able to still take part in the wedding. Both the Dove and Gate House were purchased in the 1900′s to become venues for wedding and events. The house and grounds include patios, gardens, a solarium, bar room and garden room.

Bella Sera Event Center

45 Strong Street
Brighton, CO 80601
(720) 937-6337

Having a wedding at the Bella Sera Event Center in Brighton is like have a wedding at a gorgeous Tuscan Villa. The ballroom where guests await the bride is romantic and so is the staircase she’ll travel down before the ceremony. The Bella Sera provides do it yourself and all inclusive packages. The Bella Sera only hosts one wedding per day, providing exclusivity to the party with 8-10 hours of event and set up time. The Bella Sera received a Brides’ Choice Award for 2010 from

Stonebrook Manor

650 East 124th Avenue
Thornton, CO 80241
(303) 255-0063

Stonebrook Manor was chosen by The Knot as a “Best of Weddings” 2008 and 2009 pick. The facility provides a variety of both indoor and outdoor sites for couples to say their vows. Extensive landscaping at the private facility right in Thornton provides a number of opportunities for beautiful wedding pictures. There is a diverse variety of wedding packages to choose from in varying price ranges. The Stonebrook Manor offers a number of in house vendors for everything from cakes to photography. It’s a great way to avoid spending too much time shopping around.

Clock Tower Events

1601 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80202

If you’re looking for a private, intimate, somewhat unusual place to hold a wedding, Clock Tower Events is a great way to go. Wedding guests get the opportunity to see inside Denver’s historic D & F Clock Tower. It was once home to the popular Daniel’s and Fisher department store until the late 1950′s. When the store was demolished, the clock tower was saved and is now one of Denver’s nationally recognized historic places. The event venue has five floors, two balconies and a very sophisticated atmosphere.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle in Sedalia

6113 N. Daniels Park Road
Sedalia, CO 80135
(303) 688-5555

At Cherokee Ranch & Castle in Sedalia wedding goers get to share in the bride and groom’s day with a touch of both magic and fantasy. The Castle was ranked by The Knot as one of Colorado’s best places to have a wedding in a museum. Weddings take place in a Scottish-style castle. There are two different places to get married. Memorial Garden offers a carved stone arch backdrop. The venue’s veranda has spectacular views of Pikes Peak. The castle has a number of unique antiques.

Crooked Willow Farms

10554 Perry Park Road
Larkspur, CO 80118
(303) 681-2209‎

Crooked Willow Farms in Larkspur is an ideal location for a bride looking for a little bit of country incorporated into the wedding. There are a number of site options for a wedding on the 90 acre property including alternative indoor sites for inclement weather. Amazing views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains are offered amid an array of bright red and white barns. Horses are on the grounds offering a unique twist to the formal wedding photo. Brides and grooms can even enjoy a carriage ride during their wedding.


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The Black Diamond Photo Booth

Photo Booths are really gaining popularity today! People are falling in love with Photo booths!  They truly are the jewel of the party!  The current struggle of photo booth companies is to show how they have changed from the one you knew back in 1982, at the local mall. The new features and amazing technical aspects make them unforgetable.  They are the unique wedding idea, centerpiece, or literal STAR of the show for any get together.

Traditionally photo booths are set up at weddings or parties somewhere near the entrance. When people arrive at the reception they can hop in the booth and have an incredible time.  They each get a copy of the strip to put in a photo book that is delivered to the bride and groom after the reception is over. They usually become the center piece of any reception. The amazing thing about a photo booth is that they are great for almost any occasion (minus maybe Opera’s, running with the bulls in Spain, white water rafting to name a few). They are must-have’s at -here goes- sweet sixteens, after parties, grad nights, dances, mardi gras parties, Fiesta de Quinceañera, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, birthday parties, TGIF’s, Anniversaries, Corporate parties and so on.

The Black Diamond Photo Booth (BDP is the high-end leader within the industry. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a photo booth for your next event, in no specific order:

1.     SIZE. Booths very in the amount of people can get in the shot. Some booths you can only fit 2 or 3 people. Our booth can fit up to 16. Have more than two bridesmaids you want in the picture? Of course you do. Our booth can handle whole families and we ALWAYS make sure everyone gets a copy!

2.     Décor and Appearance. The BDPB has two curtain colors, dark olive green/black and a gorgeous red set. It has commercial grade wallpaper, crown molding, and trim that completes the look around our 27” and 19” LCD’s.  It is built to be elegant and fits into the nicest venues.  The outside 27” LCD can show the pictures being taken inside or if the bride and groom have pictures or a video of their time together that can be playing separately from the laughs inside. Also included in our price is customization of our lighted sign system. Yes we PUT your name in lights!!  You deserve that on your special day.

3.     Quality. We only use Canon equipment to capture these special moments. The pictures are high quality and print out in around ten seconds from the session ending.

4.     Props. We have a lot of props! Hats, glasses, ties, boas, picture frames, masks, etc. We rotate the props to spice it up.

5.     Guestbook. We only use 17″ Kolo Newport albums with our rental. This is included in the price. They come in many different colors and we customize the front cover with the name of the bride and groom. This is handed to the couple when the event is over. We bring our own table and table cloth so you have nothing to worry about.

6.     Price.  All of the above is included in one price. There are companies that have a low price to start and then have a “Ala Carte” section where they charge you for, say, props or the photo book etc.  The resulting final price is much higher than the starting price. Some booths cost less just because the booths are basic 2 seater booths or what is called an “open air” booth. While price is always a factor in your decision, we feel we offer the top of the line in everything down to the details. You get much more than what you pay for!!


Colorado Mountain Wedding – Silverthorne

Nick & Andie
Silverthorne, CO

I had never seen a cute wedding like this and I couldn’t wait to share it!  Nick and Andie were married up in Silverthorne, Colorado and had personalized their wedding down to every detail!  Because they are both very athletic and very much into running they used a lot of shoes throughout [...]

Historic Colorado Wedding

Erik & Sarah
Estes Park, Colorado

The Wedding Photographer: Julianne Brasher Photography

The Wedding Venue: The Stanley Hotel
The Wedding Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas
The Wedding Cake: Gateaux Bakery
The DJ: DJ Guy

Winter Park Weddings

Jakob & Anne
Fraser, Colorado
According to their wedding photographer, Melissa Beck Photography: Anne and Jakob planned their Winter Park, Colorado destination wedding all the way from Alaska. With an intimate guest list, they returned to Colorado to begin their lives right where it all began years prior. From the small details of hand written favor notes [...]

Colorado Ranch Wedding

Dan & Molly
Fort Collins
Colorado is known for it’s country and it’s beautiful landscapes!  That’s why we love a pretty colorado ranch wedding!  This one was set in Fort Collins and was country all the way down to the cowboy boots the bride wore!

The Wedding Photographer: Julianne Brasher Photography

The Colorado Wedding Venue: Ellis Ranch
The Wedding Floral [...]

Summer in Estes Park

Jon & Jessica
Estes Park
Today we wanted to share this pretty wedding from Audrey Hannah Photography up in Estes Park at the beautiful Della Terra Mountain Chateau.  From the brides couture wedding gown to the combination of pretty pink flowers each of the bridesmaids carried.

The Wedding Photographer:  Audrey Hannah Photo
The Colorado Wedding Venue: Della Terra
The Wedding [...]

A Colorado Bride & Groom

Justin & Jessica
Loveland, Colorado
Day After Session
Elegant Images
Most people would never think of hanging out in the lake with their wedding dress on but for this couple it was second nature! Justin & Jessica love to water ski and so it only made sense when they got married to take a spin around the lake! [...]

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A unique bridal shop for the savy bride!

   A new and consignment bridal boutique, Encore Bridal offers new wedding dresses that will take your breath away. We carry a large collection of bridal gowns, veils, bridesmaids dresses, prom dresses, tuxedos, bridal shoes, jewelry.... and the list goes on. If you are a eco-concious bride come try on one of our pre-owned/pre-loved wedding dresses or you may fall in love with one of our many new dresses from the top designers in the industry including Allure Bridals and Eden Bridals. We have something for everyone... with hundreds of dresses in store your are sure to find your dress and have fun doing so.  Encore Bridal is a new way of thinking for a new kind of bride.

  Serving northern Colorado including but not limited to Fort Collins, Loveland, Denver, Windsor, Greeley, and Cheyenne Wyoming.

Encore Bridal

204 W. Laurel Street

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Tiesto plays to cyber crowd at CES

Tiesto plays to cyber crowd at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is no stranger to innovation and it hosted yet another first earlier this week. However, this time things were a little different – Tiesto took to his DJ laptop to give the first-ever live concert streamed over Twitter, reports.

The performance was a joint venture between Tiesto, Intel and HP. Though he was only in front of a small cadre of CES attendees, he spun for thousands more watching on the interenet through an invite-only stream.

"The coolest aspect for me is to be the first one to do it," Tiesto told the publication. "Twitter is here to stay; it's a long-term thing. And to be a part of it, to help its development, is amazing."

The performance was more than just a unique way for Tiesto to get his music out there. It also served as way for him launch an ambitious social media project called The Booth. The 10-part, documentary-style video series is set to debut on YouTube and offer fans of the DJ a glimpse at his lifestyle.

According to the publication, his Twitter performance went on for 90 minutes and although the video was small, the quality was excellent.

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DJ Steve Aoki discusses new album

DJ Steve Aoki discusses new album

Though he's spent much of his musical talents launching the career of others, DJ Steve Aoki is about to turn the focus onto himself. The founder of Dim Mak Records has helped a number of other artists reach stardom and is set to put his own stamp on the music world with his second full length album Wonderland, which was released January 10.

Aoki recently spoke to The Santa Barabara Independent about the future of his record label and what he sees for himself in the coming year. As for Wonderland, he claims that he wanted to highlight his diversity. The album also features appearances from Weezer's Rivers Cuomo as well as Kid Cudi.

"My goal for this album was to be totally eclectic and totally diverse," he told the newspaper. "I wanted to showcase all these different sounds that I love, because the thing is, I love all kinds of music."

As for record label, he told the news source that music fans should look out for a collaboration between Datsik and Infected Mushroom.

Aoki is also set to go on tour this year. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he has packed up his tour cases and is promoting the album across the world.

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Welcome to Pink Diamond Events and Congratulations on your Engagement!

Pink Diamond Events is Northern Colorado’s premier event planning company, certified by the Association of Bridal Consultants, and serving the greater Fort Collins area. Our goal is to pave a smooth path to your wedding or special event. With weddings planned throughout Colorado, we will help you create an unforgettable event on your Special Day!

Whether you planning your walk down the aisle at the wedding of your dreams, an event that will be the talk of the town, or a party your friends will remember for years, Pink Diamond Events is the most important decision you will make. Casey Muller and the team at Pink Diamond Events can organize the perfect event for any special occasion, no matter how big or small.

Planning a wedding or event includes a long list of big to do’s like finding the right venue for your celebration, planning the menu, and booking the entertainment. So many details require special consideration, time, and planning. Pink Diamond Events be with you every step of the way working within your timeframe, budget, and style to create your perfect event.

Pink Diamond Events will enable you to have the opportunity for a unique and fulfilling event planning experience, so you can realize the perfect event you’ve always dreamed of, without the stresses that can arise from having to plan it all on your own. Pink Diamond Events will take your vision of the perfect wedding or event and make it a reality. We coordinate every last detail so all you have to do is show up and enjoy your celebration!


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