Who is Behind the DMR Entertainment Name?

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As the owner and operator of DMR Wedding Entertainment, I’ve gotten to work with a lot of wedding vendors. One of my favorite vendors to work with are photographers. Working together, we’re able to help create lasting memories for so many couples. Here is an article about me by photographer Maria Fossler, of weddingsbymf.com. Thanks Maria!

Who is Behind the DMR Wedding Entertainment Name?

Sitting down at the dining room table surrounded by family photos, grandma in the kitchen, auntie sneaking in and out seeing what we were up to, and a pooch under the table, I spent some time getting to know Christopher Rita of DMR Wedding Entertainment. I’ve known Christopher for a year or so now, but never really had a chance to GET to KNOW him and his business. This quiet young man doesn’t come across as your “typical” Disc Jockey/Master of Ceremonies, instead, upon first meeting Christopher, I would more so expect to see him possibly working at some IT kind of job. Not the case.

Oh, and let me start with a collection of photos I took of him at a recent WEN (Wedding & Event Industry) Event. Christopher was “trained” by his Uncle Raymond, also a quiet, reserved kind of guy.  Grandma came into the interview at this point to tell me this story. (Paraphrased…and be sure to read this in a good ol’ Italian Grandmother kind of voice!) “When Raymond told his father and me that he wanted to be a DJ, we couldn’t believe what we were hearing. He was quiet. He wasn’t loud. And here he wanted to be a DJ? We weren’t sure about his decision until we first saw him at a family party that he was DJ-ing. When he first got up and spoke, and then started playing his music, his father and I just sat there like this {opens mouth and shows a look of surprise}. We just couldn’t believe this was our son! He became a completely different animal! That’s the same like Christopher. He’s so quiet and reserved, but once he’s in front of everyone, he changes, too.”

Her eyes shone with pride as she told this story. Christopher was slightly embarrassed, but nonetheless, I could tell he felt good about his grandmother beaming about him, smiled. Come to find out, Christopher started to do DJ work for his Uncle Raymond, owner/operator of Legendz DJ, back in Chicago when he was in his mid-teens. His uncle was more like an older brother than an uncle, and obviously was a huge influence on him, unbeknownst to him until years later. Christopher’s father played the accordion in a band.  Christopher’s music tastes are very eclectic, ranging from 50′s-60′s, country, mainstream top 40 (aka pop), and more. Yet, he’s not sure, other than his uncle’s influences, where his “bug” for DJing came from. At this point, I asked Christopher about his beginnings as a DJ for weddings here in Arizona. He moved here in 2001 from Chicago…why you ask? Ahem. Did you not read the first paragraph?  Let’s just say F-A-M-I-L-Y. Of course, my first question had to do with the name of his business, DMR Wedding Entertainment. ”So, Christopher, what does DMR stand for?” Apparently, many people ask this of him. Of course, in my mind, I’m thinking something along the lines of Digital Media Recordings? Downtown Music Rocks? Nope. Let’s get back to FAMILY. DMR stands for Diana Marie Rita, Christopher’s mother, who passed away a number of years ago. No wonder Christopher focuses mainly on the wedding niche. He has a love for the “power of music” and how it brings family and friends together for this special occasion. He loves his interactions with the bride and groom, getting to know them, the reasons behind the music they choose, and so on.

What Makes DMR the DJ Service for You?

DMR Wedding Entertainment loves to focus mainly on weddings. He’s not into “games” and such for little ones, but he LOVES the wedding games. He mentioned some that I’d never heard of before, like the “Kissing Game.” In this game, three couples are asked to the dance floor, where they are asked to portray their “first kiss,” at which time the newlyweds are asked to mimic that same kiss. Christopher finds it fun and endearing, especially when the couple asks for the grandparents or other “older” couples to come up. Of course, there’s always the “Newlywed Game,” “Who Traveled the Furthest,” and “The Anniversary Dance.” When I asked Chris if there have been any other influences on his DJ career, without hesitation, he mentioned Mark and Rebecca Ferrell, owner of The Marbecca Method. Mark and Rebecca taught Chris to “customize” his business to Christopher Rita and how to perfect his craft as a Master of Ceremonies. Make it all about Chris.  How does Chris do this? Let me number the ways…

  1. Chris realizes that his position as the DJ/MC and even the “on site wedding coordinator” (if the bride and groom haven’t hired one) can make or break the wedding day.
  2. He makes sure that he KNOWS his clients and that his clients KNOW him, and that they’re comfortable with him BEFORE they hire him.
  3. DMR Wedding Entertainment makes sure that there’s an open line of communication with ALL the vendors involved.  He likes to have a “pow wow” with the vendors a week before, then sends out the wedding timeline the Wednesday before the ceremony (if held on a Saturday).  Can I just tell you as the photographer, how much I’d appreciate this???
  4. Christopher makes sure that the venue understands the importance of LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION of the DJ.  There’s nothing worse than being “stuck in a corner” away from the “grand entrance,” not being able to SEE what’s going on as the MC!
  5. When Christopher is the MC, he makes sure the guests themselves know the “itinerary” of the evening, and keeps things rolling (or stalls them, if necessary).
  6. I loved this part, Christopher even offers sunset times to his brides and grooms, to help with the photography for the evening!  (What I wouldn’t give to work with this man!)
  7. Christopher takes the role of being a professional seriously.  You’ll never see him drinking at an event, nor bringing “uninvited” help to an event (I was appalled to even hear that other DJs might even FATHOM doing this!).
  8. DMR Wedding Entertainment shows up to the rehearsal and makes sure there’s a final planning meeting.
  9. DMR shows up 2-3 hours BEFORE the scheduled start time, to ensure all equipment is working properly, to “hide” all cords, and to be ready well BEFORE his scheduled start time.
  10. Lastly, I think this will “awe” you…Chris has a collection of over 113,000 (yes, THOUSAND) songs to select from. He is always looking to add to his library. So if there is a certain genre of music or a certain song you are wanting to be heard, let Chris know and he will go out of his way to legally add them to his collection and have available on your wedding day.

Wedding Reception Entertainment You Can Count On

In age, I’ve got a good decade on Christopher Rita. In experience in the wedding industry, he has a good decade (almost TWO) on me! So, I had to ask the following: ”Christopher, what advice to you have for brides and grooms when picking vendors for their special day?” Christopher’s answers made TONS of sense!

First, he said, “Make sure you are COMFORTABLE with your vendors. On the day of your wedding, you shouldn’t be stressed. Leave the stress to your vendors and ENJOY your day.” He then added, “If you see a vendor in action at another event/wedding before you have booked yours and like what you see, get their information. Interview them. Get to know them. Don’t let price be your final factor.” Christopher basically was saying that if you trust your vendor and are confident in choosing them, THAT should be the bottom line. Not the cost. In the end, it’s obvious to me, and probably the same to the 400 clients that Christopher Rita/DMR Wedding Entertainment has had, that he LOVES what he does. Christopher has an undeniable PASSION and GRATITUDE for being a part of a bride and groom’s wedding day, and takes his passion seriously. He’s not cheesy or boring, nor is he “over the top.”

The Phoenix Wedding DJ That’s Right For You

Rest assured, when you hire Christopher Rita/DMR Wedding Entertainment, you are going to be getting a wedding DJ you can trust and have confidence in. Oh, and one more thing, it warmed my heart to hear Christopher say this: “Nothing matters more, than at the end of the evening to have the bride/groom or other member of the family come up and give me a heartfelt thank you. That makes it all worthwhile knowing that I’ve done my job well.”

Of course, I had to ask about the BEST and WORST days of his life as a DJ. We’ll start with the “not so good,” which happened quite recently. There wasn’t much planning involved (which I could tell, drove him nuts). There were last minute music changes (as in the DAY OF!), and the music wasn’t available on iTunes for purchase. Although, on the flip side, there was an “unexpected change” that he loved. The bride realized at the wedding reception that her grandfather was in worse shape than she’d realized. She requested a bride/grandfather dance to a Frank Sinatra song, which Christopher was able to get, and provide this special moment for the bride and her grandfather (as I wipe tears). Christopher had a difficult time capturing the “BEST” moment as a DJ.  He loves the involvement he has as a DJ/MC of weddings, and with each and every wedding there’s a “best of” moment, and it was just too difficult to taper it down to just one event. To me, that says a lot. Too many moments to put a finger on = lots of gratefulness and passion. Although, Christopher did say that it was an extreme honor to do the grand introduction of the bride and groom to the reception, along with the first dance and “why” the couple chose that song was a definite favorite part of his job! Finally, Christopher’s motto is for DMR Wedding Entertainment, “The Soundtrack to Your Wedding Celebration!”

Having good entertainment for weddings makes all the difference in the world, so if you’re in need of a Phoenix wedding disc jockey, look no further than DMR Wedding Entertainment. Contact us today to get the process started!

Wedding Reception Event Timeline

The reception can be the hardest thing to plan for your wedding day. There are so many different components to coordinate that it’s hard not to just give up! The most important part is to know what is to take place when. I’ve been to a lot of weddings, so I went ahead and put together an order of events based off of what I have seen:


1. The Cocktail Hour

After being officially pronounced husband and wife, the newlyweds are often to be the first ones to leave the wedding ceremony. Usually, they leave with their wedding party to take pictures the partying and dancing begins. Guests will either remain at the same location as the ceremony, or head to the reception location for cocktails. Depending on the logistics of the event, your cocktail hour will begin immediately (if the ceremony and reception are held at the same venue). Cocktails will be the start of the reception and typically last an hour. During this time, the staff will have stationary food available, or they will walk around with trays of appetizers and drinks, while the guest mingle. Don”t forget: Greeting your guests is key! It’s custom for the newlyweds—along with their parents and the wedding party—to form a receiving line outside of the ceremony site to greet guests. Many couples these days opt for this post-ceremony receiving line, rather than going from table to table during dinner.


2. Bride and Groom’s Arrival & First Dance

Here is one of my favorite parts of a reception. This is where the bride and groom make their entrance. As the Master of Ceremonies, I will make an announcement to ensure that all guests are seated. Generally, both sets of parents and the wedding party are introduced, followed by the bride and groom being introduced for the first time as husband and wife. In many cases, the newlywed’s first dance will begin as they enter the dance floor after being announced. Alternately, you can wait until after lunch or dinner, but since everyone is already cheering as the bride and groom enter the reception, the applause can be used as encouragement to eliminate any shyness they may have over being the center of attention.


3. Toasts & Speeches

Following the first dance, the bride and groom might want to take the opportunity—while the attention is focused on them—to thank everyone en masse for taking part in the wedding celebration. A family member, typically a parent of either the bride or groom, will say a say something. Then the mother and father of the bride will thank guests for attending and invite guests to enjoy the celebratory meal. Keep in mind that the toasts that are given by the best man and the maid/matron of honor should occur between courses, to spread out all the high-emotion and anticipated moments, and to keep guests in their seats.


4. Dinner

Time to enjoy the main course. If there is a seated meal, I will have a playlist put together based off the music choices of the bride and groom. The playlist will be conversation-friendly, background music so no one has to yell to be heard as the staff makes their rounds. If you are having a buffet, as the Master of Ceremonies and DJ, I will coordinate with the catering staff and release the tables individually to make sure there is a constant flow through the buffet line. The bride and groom will be served individually at their head table or sweetheart table.


5. Let the Dancing Begin

Once dinner dishes are cleared, the newlyweds should be the first ones on the dance floor ,so guests know it’s time to start partying. Using the music choices provided by the bride and groom, and requests from guests, I will customize a dance set making sure everyone makes their way to the dance floor and continues dancing until the next event (cake cutting ceremony, bouquet toss, removal of the garter, centerpiece giveaway, or whatever else that was scheduled). If you choose to do the bouquet toss, make sure that there is toss bouquet provided by your florist so you can keep the original as a memento.


6. Last Dance

End your wedding on a high note and choose a dance song that will leave an impression. There are so many song choices that make for a good final dance, but there is also the option to end the evening by playing the bride and groom’s first dance song one more time.


7. Final Farewell

Now the time has come to say good-bye. There are a few ways that this can be done to include all remaining guests. As the Master of Ceremonies, I will make the announcement to invite guests to the foyer or to the main entrance (outdoors), so the bride and groom can make their grand exit using rose pedals, bubbles, and/or sparklers. At this point guests will cheer for their successful future together.


Looking for a DJ and Master of Ceremonies for your wedding? Check out DMR  Wedding Entertainment here!