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Love Wins!

30th May, 2014

Modern Event Solutions is proud to donate our services to the Oregon United for Marriage victory party on Saturday, May 31st.  The victory party will celebrate the court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in the state of Oregon.  There’s going to be food, drinks, great music and over 1,000 guests.  RSVP HERE!

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15th April, 2014

Here’s a quick pic from our gig this past weekend at the Sentinel Hotel (formerly Governor) for the French American International School’s annual fundraising gala.  The Sentinel just completed a massive facelift and is a gorgeous venue for any private event.  The FAIS is an immersion school that teaches children an international curriculum including multilingual immersion.  Learn more about what the school has to offer at

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School Dance Decline

19th March, 2014

As a company that services a wide variety of events in many different places, we definitely get to see trends and changes firsthand.  We can always tell what changes from season to season with Mitzvahs, weddings and most importantly, school functions.  High school kids definitely have tastes that change the quickest and sometimes the most drastic.  Social media and smartphones have connected people with a consistency that has taken some of the excitement out of actual gatherings.

Recently we’ve noticed a few articles published about declining attendance at school dances.  The Business Insider article below is probably the most eye-opening one we’ve read.  Years from now there will undoubtedly be an avalanche of studies published on how smartphone and social media addiction adversely affect social skills and relationships but schools cancelling dances because children would rather stay home and text is an obvious current problem.  We service quite a few functions where parents designate the party to be a “cell phone free” zone.  After all, you’ve got a professional photographer to take photos and all your friends are right there, right?

Read the full article via Business Insider

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Ruby Receptionists Holiday Party

12th March, 2014

Over the past couple of years, MES has been doing quite a bit of work with the good people at Ruby Receptionists.  If you’re unfamiliar, Ruby Receptionists is a Portland-based virtual receptionist company.  Their commitment to customer service and employee appreciation has made them not only one of the “Top 10 Best Large Companies to Work For in Oregon” but also one of the Top 3 Best Small Companies to Work For in the US as rated by Fortune Magazine and the Great Place to Work Institute.  It’s hard to work with a company like that and not have a great time.

In December we helped make their annual holiday party a special one.  Check out the more photos from the party HERE.

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Seth & Sarah

4th March, 2014

“In planning our wedding my husband and I decided early on that music was one of the most important things to us.  Our friend is a DJ in LA and she offered to play part of our reception but we needed to find someone local to handle all of the sound and lighting as well as take care of the music for the ceremony and the beginning of the reception.  We both really hate anything that is cheesy so we wanted to avoid hiring a “wedding DJ.”  Our goal was to find a talented DJ who knows music and knows how to play to a crowd but is still professional, reliable and familiar with how weddings run.  After weeks of searching we were finally introduced to DJ Zimmie and we were instantly impressed by his knowledge and professionalism not to mention we loved his sample mixes that we listened to.  Throughout the wedding planning process DJ Zimmie was beyond helpful with everything from designing the dance floor layout to figuring out the sound equipment needed for our venue to organizing the details of the ceremony music.  He was always really responsive to any calls or emails and he was extremely organized, knowledgeable and fun to work with.”  -Sarah

View the photos from their wedding HERE!

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By the time we got around to selecting the music, I could not manage to make another wedding decision.  I wrote Zimmie with some basic preferences, a timeline of the event, and the instructions to “Do what you do.”.  Needless to say DJ Zimmie had the smooth tunes flowing through cocktail hour and all generations breaking it down on the dance floor after dinner.  His sense of humor and attention to detail made him a great emcee, as he helped us get through the evening without a hitch.  As if this isn’t enough of a ringing endorsement my Mom is now a fan of DJ Zimmie on Facebook.

-Kathleen Mackin // 6.16.2012

When handling an event of magnitude such as a wedding or an event of personal significance, it is important to trust and know the people you work with and rely on.  We at Yes We Cater Inc. can say that whenever we see that Zimmie is on the itinerary for any given event we can rest assured that the details for the announcements & formalities will be timely and accurate, and more importantly, the overall feeling of the event is a high energy, celebratory and joyous feeling.  Focusing more on the overall happiness of the guests and the guests of honor than on the ego of the entertainer himself (i.e. self-promotion, over announcing, etc.), we highly recommend Zimmie to all of our clients when asked for a recommendation.  He is one of the best we know for Pittsburgh & beyond.

-John Vallese – Yes We Cater // 5.24.2012

We owe you a huge THANK YOU for making our wedding an awesome dance party! So many of our friends commented that you were fabulous and that our wedding was the most fun wedding they have ever been to! You really understood our style and were so amazingly helpful along the way. Best DJ of all time! Thanks again.

-Lindsey Farrell & Ashwin Bhatawdekar // 10.23.2011

DJ Zimmie was not only amazing at what he does, but he really understood our taste in music and what we wanted from the beginning to the end of the evening. He was very professional and so easy to work with. We couldn’t have been happier with DJ Zimmie and his stylings! We had the time of our lives and even had countless guests telling us that they had never had so much fun at a wedding!

-Gwendolyn and Curtis Hines // 10.8.2011

My wife and I didn’t want your typical corny, joke telling wedding DJ. Fortunately for us, we found DJ Zimmie. We were running late after the ceremony, but Zimmie smoothly extended cocktail hour into cocktail hour and a half for us while we got situated. But after dinner, he got everyone up and on the dance floor including family members I’ve never seen dance before. While at the bar, receiving rave reviews on the DJ choice from both the bartenders and guests, I turned and was able to count all 5 people still sitting down. The hardest part of dealing with Zimmie was spelling his last name on the check. Thanks DJ Zimmie for being so easy to deal with and making an awesome night for my wife and I.

-Tara & Paul Murphy // 5.14.2011

Some of our guests talked about the venue or the food after the wedding, but absolutely everyone went on and on about the music.  DJ Zimmie outshone several rooms of botanical gardens and the filet topped with lump crab… not to mention my wedding dress!  His mix set the right mood at every turn and the transitions were great. And specific songs that we just had to have blended perfectly.  Thank you for a wonderful party with our friends and family!

Laura and Jason Rock // 4.30.2011

After my fiancé and I snuck out of the country to get married, we threw a big bash back home to celebrate. We wanted our party to be an event that all of our friends and family could truly enjoy, and one that we would all remember. What we didn’t want was a cheesy, boring wedding reception with a cheesy, boring DJ.

During our search for a DJ that would suit our style, DJ Zimmie came highly recommended to us. I’d known of him and watched him work his magic before, so right away I knew he’d be the perfect one to set the vibe for our party. Zimmie was a complete professional and fun to work with during the entire process. He took all of our requests into account and met them with ease. But most importantly, he did exactly what we hoped for—he gave us, and our friends and family (even the break-dancing ones) a party to truly enjoy. Thanks to DJ Zimmie and his music for such a memorable night!

-Adrienne Tolentino Essey // 6.4.2011

As an event concierge, I use only the best ingredients to make a party great.  When my clients need a DJ, Zimmie is always my first recommendation.  One call to Modern Event Solutions gets me the music, lighting and sound I need for any gig, no matter the size, the age group or the demographic.  It’s an easy way to make me look good by making any party I’m involved with a success.

-Barbara Cohen, Event Concierge // 2.5.2013