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MANCARE- A Review on Guys Grooming- Komodo Music DJs Perth

purple square logo with nut bolts of guys groomingMANCARE

A review on Guys Grooming

 

I am a very lazy man! I am the sort of guy who will not get dressed nor have a shower or a shave all day if I am not meeting a client! In short, I do not care in general what I look like.

 

However, on certain days at certain times, it is expected that I shed my caveman persona and look not only like a functioning member of society, but a WELL MADE functioning member of society. When that day comes, I find myself drawn to Guys Grooming.

 

I have gone there twice so far- once before my wedding day, and once just before the last expo. Both times I had different things done but both times the experience has been overwhelmingly positive

 

First Time

The first time I went I wanted a close shave, and my eye brows, ears and nose waxed. No man wants to have hair sticking out of orifices in his wedding photos! I was also curious how they would do a close shave as I have never had one performed on me before.

 

As I arrived I was seating in the waiting area. The chairs were leather and comfortable, I was offered complementary drinks of beer, wine or softdrink, and on the table was the remote for the TV which had cable and various magazines and newspapers. In short it was a man’s paradise. Partners I found out were not allowed past the lobby, and all the employees were females. Now while the more evolved part of my brain could see this ploy for what it was, the more animistic part gagged it to shut up and enjoyed the view.

Waiting area of guys grooming with 4 leather chairs, tv and a bar in the background

 

My name was called and I was fetched by a young lady who would be doing my waxing…I had never been waxed before in my life and it was an…experience…I am not a fan of pain and I may have shed a manly tear as I tried to be brave…but the results could not be questioned.

Having shapely eyebrows and no hair in your ear or nose really does make you look much better! I wouldn’t do this every month mind you, but when I want to impress I will grin my teeth and bare it! The total came in at a cost of $19 each wax ($57 total)

The room was relaxing with some soothing music being played and a cute sign on the back of the door saying “If you want a happy ending, rent a Disney movie”. The young lady was friendly and chatty and put me a ease.

 

Next was the shave…it was wonderful. I recommend everyone has it done at least once. The hot towel, the precision, the cleanse afterwards, the old skool tools used. It was fantastic. The price came in at a cost $65 and took about 40 minutes. Not cheap, but the experience is worth it and you get every penny’s worth. A few small hints though, do not talk to the girls about Sweeny Todd as they have ALL heard it before and do not say how their eyes look as you are staring up at them. I talked about an old western called ‘The man with no name’ which she hadn’t heard of and found it a refreshing change.

 

At the end of my shave, I was offered a free consultation about my skin and what I should use when shaving. They showed me a product called “dermalogica” and said this would not only give me a better shave, but be better for my skin. I bought a starter kit to try it out. After using the product till it ran out, I found it had very little effect nor improvement on my shaving experience. I ended up going back to foam and the result was the same. One thing I do differently now is after my shave is done, I put oil on my face and shave again-it make my face REALLY smooth.

 

I enjoyed my first time there and decided I would come back. This year (2015) I had the eBridal expo and I wanted to look sharp and make a good impression, so back I went!

 

Round 2

 

This time I decided I would forgo the shave and do that myself, instead I wanted to try a haircut and the waxing like last time.

 

Again the staff members were very friendly and I was offered drinks while I waited. I was eventually fetched by a young lady who took me for my haircut. My hair was cut perfectly, then I was given a head massage and it was washed so there was no annoying bits of hair falling out during the day. The whole experience took 20 minutes and only cost $35. Considering to get my hair cut just the way I like it usually costs me $30, I really feel all the extras are worth the $5 more.

Hair studio at guys grooming with chairs and tvs

 

Then it was back to the waiting area and then collected again for my waxing. The second time around it wasn’t as bad (but it wasn’t fun either) but she did a good job….EXCEPT….when I got home and looked at it a little closer,s he had done one eyebrow slightly more in than the other. It was barely noticeable and my wife only saw it once I pointed it out to her, but it was there. Maybe the girl was new, maybe she was slightly distracted, or maybe my big bushy eyebrows left a shadow and she didn’t see. Either way, not enough of a problem that I wouldn’t go back but I am reviewing this place so I have to be fair!

 

Final verdict!

 

I like Guys Grooming and having tried it twice, you get your money’s worth. They are a professional company that cater to both the corporate and the casual male. The only piece of advice I can give is not be upsold on products unless you have either tried them before or you want to give them a go. The services on the other hand, upgrade away! They offer a whole range of services that I haven’t used yet like massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, sauna, the list goes on and on.

 

If you just want to treat yourself or if you want to look your best for someone, THIS is the place you should go. If this was available to me when I was in High School maybe things might have turned out differently for me! I could have been one of the pretty attractive guys…you know…instead of just the monobrowed, zit faced guy! 😉

 

To check out Guys Grooming, click their link www.guysgrooming.com.au

Gift vouchers are available and you can book an appointment by calling them.

 

How to be an AMAZING MC for a Wedding- Komodo Music DJs

Previously I did a blog about “Using a professional MC at your Wedding”, and it occurred to me that there are a lot of people who would like to improve and be a better Master of Ceremony. So for your consideration:

 

HOW TO BE AN AMAZING MC

 

Man mcing a wedding with bride and groom sitting down smiling

(Image courtesy of www.mattpearsonworkshop.com)

Be yourself

The worst thing an MC can do is try to be someone they are not. If you are an outgoing person, be that outgoing person. If you are quieter, be that. As soon as you start trying to be someone you are not you become fake and an audience can always see through that (unless you are an actor, but then you probably don’t need these tips)

 

Confidence

This should be obvious, but how does one get confidence? By doing! I like the ‘tough love’ approach where I will berate someone until they get so sick of me that they just do it…and usually find it wasn’t that scary in the first place. Everyone will have different ways to find confidence, but just know you need it!

 

Humor

I always say using humor in a speech is like a handgun- if you are funny and know what you are doing you can kill the audience with laughter, if you aren’t funny you are more than likely to shoot yourself and die on stage. If you aren’t funny, don’t try to be funny. If you are funny, remember you are there to do a job, not be a standup comedian so keep it in moderation

 

Length

You might have heard the acronym KISS- Keep It Simple Stupid. Don’t make a speech overly long and don’t make it overly complicated. Keep it short and sweet.

 

Practice your speech

Practice in front of a mirror will you can say the words blind folded. Then practice with variations of it, then practice in front of family, friends, and roommates…just practice it lots!

 

Practice your body language, breathing, and speed

So once you have practiced the words, now it’s time to practice your presentation. Here are some of the most common problems:

  • Moving your hands- using your spare hand to gesture is fine, otherwise keep it in your pocket. What is NOT ok is using both hands to gesture as one will be holding your microphone
  • Ums and Ahs- try not to say these during the speech, it makes you seem like you are trying to remember what to say
  • Breath slowly- The temptation to say a page worth of speech in one breath; don’t! Breath normally and have pause where appropriate
  • Speak clearly but keep the pace even– when nervous you will rush through your speech, so remember it is not a race.
  • Smile– Speaking the same thing with a straight face and speaking it with a smile makes a world of difference.

 

What to say

So now you know how to do it, what should you say? Well if you are the MC let’s go through what your duties are at the beginning of the night:

  • Welcome everyone
  • Housekeeping
  • A quick outline of the night (optional)
  • Welcoming in the Bridal Party

Remember to also get everyone’s attention before you start, don’t just launch straight into speaking before they are ready.

Also be sure to close off once you have finished your speech otherwise people never know when it’s over.

 

A rough template of what to say could go as follows:

Hi everyone could I please grab everyone’s attention (wait till everyone quiets down). Thanks everyone. Well my name is Dave, a good friend of the bride and groom. Such a good friend in fact I was their 3rd choice to MC the night so it is my great honour to be the captain of this ship of love tonight.

Before we get started, a few housekeeping rules- The toilets are located outside to the left, smoking is strictly outside and please no glassware on the dance floor. There is also a guest book to be signed at some point during the night. Now without further ado, let us welcome out bridal party…

(Bridal parties names)

One more round of applause for our stunning bridal party. So with that everyone, food will be served, followed by speeches and then desert and dancing so sit back and relax and you will hear from me later for speeches

 

The rest of the night

The rest of the night should go pretty smoothly, just keep the lessons above and the speeches/announcements will be easy

 

Hopefully this will be the first step in you become the world’s best MC:-)

 

If you are interested in having Komodo Music being your MC for your wedding, CONTACT US

Engagement Guest vs Wedding Guests- Who To Cut?- Komodo Music DJs

Bride at engagament in white holding sparkler with guests around her

(image courtesy of www.leofarrell.com)

So if you have just gotten engaged, you might be excitedly trying to organise an awesome engagement party, or maybe you have just had yours and now are focusing on the wedding itself.

 

 …but then a slow creeping realisation comes to you…you can’t invite everyone at your engagement as a guest to your wedding!

 

 Sure you would like to, but I am also sure we would all like to have our own island, private jet, and $10 million dollar mansion, the problem is that all costs money, and believe or not, you aren’t made out of the stuff!

So what do you do? How do you not invite someone to your wedding who was at your engagement party? Should you only invite the people who will be attending your wedding to the engagement? Well while everyone may have their own personal opinions, here is mine not only from a guy who has gone through this, but someone also in the wedding industry as well:

 

Step 1: The engagement is NOT a wedding

So many people seem to forget this and go full crazy in the preparation. An engagement party should be that! A Party! Now some parties is an open invite, others is more of a selected assembly of people, but unlike a wedding there is no expectation to be invited. Now you can make it a very well organised party, but if you start spending over a 1/3 of what you will on the wedding and think personalised keychains for those attending is a good idea, congratulations, you have officially gone overboard!

 

Step 2: Invite the people you like to your engagement

If you invite people out of obligation, you set yourself up for failure. Phil down in Accounting who you say a friendly hello to in the elevator every morning might be a nice guy, but you don’t need to invite him to your engagement even if some of your friends in the office are going. He will say congrats to you in the elevator. Same with your boss, same with your friend from high school who you occasionally like their Facebook post. It’s not whether you would mind them being at your engagement, it is do you WANT them at your engagement.

 

Step 3: You have a lot of friends….who to invite to the wedding?

Ok, let’s say we have followed the 2 steps and you have 150 people coming to your engagement. Wow, aren’t you Miss popular! Problem is, you only have a budget for 85 people for the wedding reception. That means some of the people who you are having a drink with and gave you a small present for your engagement will not be attending the wedding.

…and you know what? That is ok!

Phil from accounting is really happy you invited him to the engagement but was not expecting an invite to the wedding. Most people don’t, especially when it is very clear you have so many friends.

The problem comes usually with these kind of scenarios:

Scenario 1

You have been friends with Jill and Kat since high school, you all hang out together occasionally but you normally are always seeing Kat for coffee. You invited them both to the Engagement but now you have looked at the numbers, you can only invite one person to the wedding. You want to invite Kat because you see her more, but you are worried what Jill will think…

Scenario 2

You only had 20 people at your engagement and you are telling everyone how amazing your wedding is going to be and everyone is going…except Sam, your friend from work who you are friendly with but don’t see outside of the office. Since everyone from the office (who you are friends with outside work hours) was going you felt obliged to invite him too. He then asks what the date will be and he will ensure he books it off free…

Sound familiar?

At the end of the day, sometimes egos will be bruised, but it is not their ego paying for this wedding, its YOU! In Scenario 1, most people would understand, and if they don’t, then they aren’t really your friends. In Scenario 2, being friendly is not the same as being friends. If you explain to anyone who might have their feathers ruffled that it is purely a budget thing most will understand…if you just don’t like them…why did you invite them in the first place?

 

Hopefully this will help give some perspective when deciding on who to invite:-)

 

If you would like Komodo Music to DJ your wedding or engagement, be sure to CONTACT US

Deciding on Music and DJs for 2015- Komodo Music DJs

CDs stacked up against more CDs

So with the start of the wedding season and the finishing of the first expo for the year, now is a good time to give some help of what they should be doing with their music choices and how to go about selecting a DJ

 

Decide on a DJ

Sometimes you will meet a DJ and feel that they are best thing for your wedding, other times (most commonly) you are so overwhelmed with choices and you don’t know where to start.

The first thing you have to decide on is your budget for a DJ (see the blog “Pricing Perth DJs” for further help)

Once you have done that, it is time to do some Googling! Research is the key and it is important to ensure that no matter who you choose, you are comfortable with your selection. A good tip is to narrow down your choice to 3 or 4 and the use a graph to determine where each stand (A template can be found here: “Price Vs Quality“). It may take you an extra 5 minutes but is 5 minutes more work worth ensuring your supplier is worth it?

Once you have decided on who you want to go with, now it’s time to have a meeting with them. Some DJs who are sole traders you can have this meeting face to face, other larger companies with more DJs you can usually do this first one over the phone and have a physical face to face with your selected DJ closer to the time.

Be sure to ask your questions (see ‘What questions to a DJ”) and once you are happy; just pay your deposit (see “Paying Deposits for your wedding“)

 

In the months that follow…

You would have been set homework with your music, so don’t wait till the last minute, start it now!

A good hint is to have a pad and paper in the car and write down any songs that you like as you hear them. Print off exactly what songs you need to pick (i.e. Bridal Waltz, entrance song, cake cutting, etc) and stick it on the fridge. That way you actively look out for songs to fill in for it.

Now picking music is hard, and you and your partner will not always see eye to eye, but just remember that it is better to have too much music than not enough. At the same time, providing you pick your important songs, the DJ can help you with the rest

 

3 months to go….

About this time you should be meeting up with your DJ again to go through and finalise most of the important songs. Komodo Music would get you to meet with your official DJ for the first time and it is important you get to know them. If for any reason you are unhappy, let us know why and we can either change them over or fix the problem now. Remember this is your day and any DJ or DJ Company worth their decks will do anything to make sure the music and music man is a perfect fit

 

2 weeks before the wedding

Now is your final chance to change any songs, cause after this, it is not fair on the DJ. Most DJs will be doing the playlists the beginning of the week of your wedding, and with DJ Companies you are not the only bride they are dealing with so ensure you:

  1. Are 100% happy with all the important songs you have chosen
  2. You have submitted any music requests (either via email or via an Online Music Library)
  3. You have paid any remaining balance on the account

Even though the DJ will be ready to go, feel free to give them a buzz to put your own mind at ease

 

Wedding Day

Remember to have fun!

If on the night things need to be changes, ask the DJ and if it is within their power, they will do it. Make requests if you want, ask the DJ to switch things up, whatever will make you dance, the DJ will happily do!

 

If you would like some more information about what Komodo Music can do for your wedding, feel free to CONTACT US

 

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