by Anne E. O’Malley
So many special associations and memories seem to come wrapped endearingly by the gift of memories of music made at weddings, and Mike Dandurand knows all about it. Hailed by Modern Bride and The Knot as tops, Dandurand’s company, Kustom Sounds Kaua`i, has been a part of providing those wedding memories, that music, for over 20 years.
While Kustom Sounds goes beyond being of service at weddings — they’re in demand for whatever kind of gathering you’re planning — it’s weddings that make up 99 percent of the business, and they know what they’re doing.
“We do everything,” says Dandurand. “We’re professional emcees, providing deejay services, dance floor rental, iPod sound system rentals, light rentals, uplighting for large events, projection screen packages — we take a wedding and carry it from start to finish, so the bride and groom can relax.”
Kustom Sounds lists on its website cool songs in demand for weddings, “polled by over a million deejays,” says Dandurand.
In the list: top first-dance songs for the bride and groom, for dad and daughter, for mom and son — and even mom and daughter!
Weddings involve public speaking. Dandurand and his trained pros know how to keep things moving along.
“Public speaking can be scary and we take that off them,” explains Dandurand. An emcee and good deejay can make or break a wedding.
He continues, “It’s my passion. I’ve been doing it for 20 years. I love the business. I love what I do.”