Syracuse Weddings

By Carl Naples

EVENT DESIGNER  •  DJ/MC  •  CALLIGRAPHER

An Upstate New York wedding professional for over 20 years, I've managed events for Black Tie Entertainment, the Kallet Theater, and been at the helm of HUNDREDS of amazing receptions.

I've outlined my offerings here with crystal clear pricing. And you'll find my approach to business refreshingly unaggressive!  If that sounds like the ideal fit for you, reach out!  I'd love to meet!

Watch This!

This video demonstrates the entire scope of what I offer:

•  RECEPTION DJ & MC

•  CEREMONY SOUND

•  CREATIVE PLANNING

•  ELEGANT LIGHTING

•  PHOTO BOOTH

•  CALLIGRAPHY

Like this clip? It's the work of my videographer  Mr.Matthew Salzler. You can find more of his original wedding films here.

My Story

I've had a fondness for the arts from an early age, beginning a lifelong endeavor of practicing calligraphy and collecting music. I was inspired by local entertainer Joe Trionfero to open my first business shortly after college and in the fall of 1997, I collaborated to form the company DJ By Design. We networked, trained in workshops, took on interns, and performed at HUNDREDS of amazing receptions!

Over the next 15 years, working with countless couples and businesses, we shifted the focus of our company toward creative planning and event management. The newly reformed 'Syracuse Weddings' become a powerhouse of talented professionals working to satisfy the growing demands of the wedding industry. Truth be told, I was so personally immersed in the work, I never anticipated the success it would become.

My family has sacrificed much in allowing me to pursue this career. Unarguably, they above all, deserve my time, love and energy. And that's why I reserve no more than twenty weekends a year for couples and businesses who seek the high standard I cater to. If that's you, reach out!  I'd love to meet and discuss your vision. Come to my studio and meet my over-affectionate chihuahua, who, second to my wife, is quite possibly the most charming creature I've ever seen.

" There was never a forced or awkward moment when he was in charge. Everything just happened the way it should! "

SUE NEE & KEVIN

" He had real organization which soothed my detail-crazy mind, And it was priceless to me how well he got US! "

CHELSEA & MICHAEL

" I was only looking for a DJ and I got a planner, a designer, a guru, and a shrink!  LOL!  Carl was everything we needed! "

FRANCESCA & JAMES

" Carl was so attentive, right from the very first call.  And he handles everything so gracefully, like it was second nature. "

CASEY & ROB

" Carl was expertly prepared and at the ready with quick, simple solutions for EVERY complication we faced! "

DAVID & KARRIGAN

"We have so much love for Carl . . . He met with us as often as we needed to put together a day we'll never forget!"

DAYLE & DAN

" My guests were calling and texting me how much they simply LOVED our wedding . . . and Carl was behind it ALL! "

GABRIELLE & ALEC

"I found myself dreading the details... but Carl actually made planning FUN!  He clearly understands people! 

TOM & AMANDA

Pricing & Services

CLEAR, UPFRONT & ALL-INCLUSIVE!


•  FREE one-hour consultation with NO obligation
•  FREE round trip travel up to 2 hours for events
•  Low $500 deposit for events. 50% for projects
•  Pay online at your convenience with NO fees!
•  Supplies & equipment are already included!

Deposit applied to final payment, plus tax. Additional terms apply.

Receptions

ALL-DAY MUSIC FOR ONE PRICE

•  Custom playlist management for cocktails & dinner
•  Personalized intros & well-arranged formalities
•  Classic non-stop DJ dance party through 11pm
•  Unobtrusive sound coverage for up to 250
•  Warm, natural, appropriate interaction
•  FREE 2 hours of round trip travel

$500 down + 3 payments of $395

Optional upgrades, distant travel & lodging extra.,

Ceremonies

A SIMPLY FLAWLESS PRODUCTION

•  Ideal sound for up to 250 on location, indoors or out
•  Unobtrusive, low-profile battery-powered system
•  Wireless mic for your vows, readers & officiant
•  Prelude music plays as your guests arrive
•  Perfectly timed processional music
•  FREE 1 hour round trip travel

Add to your reception for $299

Applies only to ceremonies in a different area than reception

Elegant Light Decor

GO FROM STANDARD TO STUNNING!

•  Fully-Controlled Uplighting   $699
•  Undertable Accent Lighting  $599
•  Spotlighting for Each Table  $499
• Light-up Love Letters   $399
•  Your Name In Lights   $299
•  Starry Night Sky   $199

$200 credit for every pair you pick - NO LIMIT!

Includes as many fixtures as needed to suit your venue.

Photo Booth

INTRODUCING THE SELFIE STATION

•  An unobtrusive, low-profile photo booth
•  Your choice of rustic or modern backdrop
•  Instant shares by email, text or social media

$699 with reception • $899 a la carte

Upgrade to UNLIMITED PRINTS for $199
and get a FREE scrapbook of every photo!

All prints are premium full-size standard 4x6

Calligraphy

GORGEOUSLY LETTERED BY HAND

•  Chalkboard Ceremony Signs
•  Banquet Menu & Dessert Tents
•  Ornate Mirrored Seating Chart
•  Addressed Invitation Envelopes
•  Table, Seating & Escort Cards
•  Custom Woodburning

Projects from $199

4 week lead time. Materials and rush extra. Subject to availability.

Wedding Sites

UNIQUELY PERSONAL WEBSITE DESIGN

•  Share Lodging Details, Directions  & Menu with Guests!
•  A Prime Planning Resource for Your Venue & Vendors!
•  Online Album of Photo Booth & Event Photography
•  Sleek, Simple Page Design & Clear Navigation
•  100% Mobile-Optimized and Easy to Use
•  FREE Domain, Setup and Hosting

...from $199

4 week lead time. no charge for supplied content. original development and rush extra. subject to availability.

Special Options

Practical solutions for your event needs

•  Sound system for a separate area, deck or patio  $199

•  Photo slideshow / on-screen video presentation  $299

•  Microphones, monitor and mixer for musicians  $349

•  Added sound reinforcement for larger receptions  $449

•  Sound coverage for rehearsal dinner the day before  $549

•  Personal planning assistant and day-of-coordinator  $649

FREE TRAVEL

I love a good drive and go all over Upstate N.Y.  2 hours round trip from Syracuse comes standard at NO cost!

FREE CONSULTATION

I go over each step with you 1-on-1 so your results FEEL as good as they look! First hour included at NO cost!

ONE LOW DEPOSIT

Retain me for small projects for just 30% down, or events for as little as $500! Pay online with NO added fees!



Lighting Makes All the Difference

Planners nationwide urge couples to invest appropriately in elements that have the GREATEST impact on the MOST people for the LONGEST time. In this regard, the effect that lighting can have on your ENTIRE day cannot be overstated!



Ignite The Night!

From beginning to end, more than anything else you budget for, lighting can DRAMATICALLY change --in person, in photos, and video-- how each. moment. feels!



Dare to DREAM BIG!!!

Wireless, battery-powered lighting allows you to enjoy TOTAL creative freedom over design and decor, whether in ballrooms, beneath tables, even outside!



From subtle to STRIKING!

I don't just rent fixtures to my clients.  I give you COMPLETE control over your ENTIRE lightscape for an atmosphere that truly evolves as the night goes on!

Impact that's UNDENIABLE!

More than anything else, good lighting design increases the ENERGY of your dance floor and gets your guests talking! Why not give your venue a makeover?

Designed to Match Your Theme!

Have no fear of gaudy hues or your venue resembling a nightclub! Soft subtle glows warm every surface and texture. Pastels, blushes, and warm tones combine in layers to compliment fashion as well as decor!

Undertable Illumination Accents

Under a tent? Not in love with the walls of your venue? Wireless fixtures installed beneath translucent table linens can make your photos incredibly POP!

Your Name In Lights!

I'll design an iconic monogram of your initials by hand or emblazon any wall of your venue with your names and wedding date in gorgeous calligraphy!

Gallery of Recent Events

Images courtesy of  The StorySolas StudiosAnderton WeddingsJanelle RoderiguezEmpire West  and  Edges Photography.

Read My Blog!

Find inspiration and great information on planning your wedding! I also publish a food journal called "Dining Our In CNY" relating experiences at area restaurants.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

>  WHAT DOES TRAVEL INCLUDE?
Up to 2 hours round trip to and from your reception venue. $50 per half hour beyond. Overnight lodging with suitable amenities is required for destinations greater than 2 hours one way (actual costs or $200, whichever is greater). I consider out-of-state events on a case by case basis., but do not serve major cities, rural areas, or regions without cellular service.

>  ARE THERE ANY OTHER FEES?
Only in situations that substantially increase my costs, such as if additional staff, special equipment, transportation or early setup is needed.  In such instances, I issue a detailed estimate well in advance before you make any commitment. I also comply fully with New York State, applying 8% sales tax to all of my services.

>  HOW LONG IS 'ALL DAY' ?
I oversee events from 11 a.m. till 11 p.m. Depending on your ceremony and reception venue, I must sometimes limit my services based on local ordinances. If such do not apply, you may request, in advance, special arrangements to extend my services.

>  WHAT ABOUT OUTDOOR RECEPTIONS?
I have suitable equipment for patios, tents, and parties in an open field, and I'll gladly accommodate, when thoroughly shaded and suitably protected from the elements.

>  WHAT IF I HAVE MORE THAN 250 GUESTS?
I'm capable of playing to exceptionally large crowds, but require additional staff, equipment and transportation. I do not charge more than my actual costs to facilitate such needs.

>  DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?
I'm all for saving my clients money whenever possible. I offer a 5% discount (up to $200) when you pay in full the same day as your deposit. I also discount my services by 10% (up to $400) during off-peak (non-weekend) or off-season (non-holiday weekends between November 15th and April 1st). Additionally, I offer incentives toward specific services when hired with select vendors or at venues with whom I enjoy a good working relationship. Tell me who you're considering and I'll gladly reach out and see what we can do together!

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MEETINGS BY APPOINTMENT

Mornings, Afternoon, or Evening - Sunday through Wednesday
The Shoppe at Syracuse Weddings
7271 State Fair Blvd. #3 Plaza 48
Baldwinsville, N.Y. 13027

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