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Disc Jockey, Emcee & Decor Lighting

Serving Orlando and all of Central Florida
Weddings, Receptions, Parties

407-648-1577

Maria@CelebrationExpert.com

Celebrate Good Times, C'mon!

Discover how Maria Shafer turns a party into a one-of-a-kind,
Memorable Celebration that people talk about for years.

Weddings

Wedding Receptions are a once-in-a-lifetime event when Brides & Grooms want to ensure their family and friends will be entertained.

Since 1994 I have specialized in creating Fun, Unique and Memorable celebrations that Brides rave about for years. Imagine how amazing I can make your Special Day!

Parties

Pool Parties, Anniversary Parties, Birthday Parties – these are among life’s most cherished events. 

You can count on me to add the right blend music, dancing and fun to make it an unforgettable festivity. Discover why I’m recommended by Banquet Facilities and Party Professionals throughout Central Florida. 

Corporate

Awards Banquets, Holiday Parties, Retreats – theses are the events that can boost moral and create a happier workforce. 

Why entrust the success of your next event to anyone but the best? Every year, Central Florida’s top companies hire the Celebration Expert to entertain their team. Shouldn’t you?

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Hi, I'm Maria Shafer

Your Celebration Expert

Many people think I’m in the DJ business. I’m not.

I’m in the memory business.

My goal is create a party that will be among your most cherished life events. By blending your favorite music, along with my expertise, you’ll experience a musical atmosphere that is irresistible for dancing.

Have you ever been to a party that had a cheesy, overbearing DJ? The dance floor remained empty and the guests left early. Right?

Let’s talk about your Celebration – and expectations. THE ONLY COMPLAINT you’ll hear about my entertainment service is that your guests have sore, tired feet from dancing too much!

Learn More >>>

When you hire excellent entertainment your guests stay longer, dance more and when the celebration ends they hug you and say,

“Thank You For Inviting Us …
That Was The Best Party Ever!!”
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When I go to work, a party always starts

Get a sneak peek into a few of my Celebrations.

Wedding

Shades of Green – WDW
Saturday June 3, 2017

Last night, Kaitlyn and Brendan became Mr. and Mrs. Sweigart!

The ceremony and reception were both at Shades of Green, and they poured lots of Disney Magic into the music and decor (including the super cute Cinderella carriage centerpiece!). During the cocktail hour, we had some special visitors from a galaxy far, far away…including Boba Fett and Kylo Ren…yikes!).

Thanks, as always to Tami Seybert, Nicole Ami Photography, Design by Lolimar, and Shades of Green. And congratulations again to Kaitlyn and Brendan!

Wedding

Shades of Green
Sunday May 28, 2017

Congratulations to Kelsey and Adam McGuire!!

Such a super sweet couple…and a great group of family and friends! I always love when a wedding is filled with personal touches – and this one was no exception.

There was not a dry eye in the house when the bride’s dad surprised her with a dance to a song he’d recorded for her wedding (okay…yes…I was a tad weepy as well). It was great to work with Tami Seybert and Nicole Ami Ray (I cannot wait to see the pics of the glow stick exit!).

Its Tasty Too! supplied some absolutely delicious cupcakes, and its always wonderful to spend the day at Shades of Green!

Have a great time in Hawaii, Kelsey and Adam!!

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Bridle Oaks Barn
Saturday April 29, 2017

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Josh and Lindsey Knox!

It was a gorgeous day for a ceremony and reception at the Bridle Oaks Barn in Deland. It was extra nice because the bride was the niece of the photographer, Ginger Schmidt Midgett — and this is one amazing family! Thank you to Brian’s BBQ…delicious!!

These are going to be some gorgeous photos!!!

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Shades of Green – WDW
Saturday March 4, 2017

Jacob and Emily Hartzog are married!!

It was a perfect day for their ceremony and reception at Shades of Green — Emily and Jacob are such a super sweet couple…and Emily looked absolutely beautiful!

Its always so much fun to work with Nicole Ami Photography, Tami Seybert, Rev. Kevin Knox and Atmospheres Floral and Decor — all those plus the great staff at Shades of Green…definitely a “A” Team!

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Harmony Gardens
Friday March 3, 2017

Congratulations to Tina and Ethan!

These two were married today at Harmony Gardens Tropical Wedding Garden, and wanted to use the natural scenery and their favorite music to create a fun party with an “indie” accent. Mission accomplished!

It was great to work with Renee Silverman, and with Alex & Cammy Photography. Such a sweet couple…such a beautiful night!

Wedding

Shades of Green
Saturday March 25, 2017

Congratulations to Captain and Mrs. Christopher Catello!!

They met at work…he is a pilot and she is a flight attendant. And together, they make such a sweet couple! Sarah stole my heart when she asked for the Jurrasic Park theme as the processional for her ceremony.

There were so many amazing details, including vintage style travel posters for place cards,favors shaped like planes, and a large wooden propeller for a “guest book.” And who doesn’t love a saber arch held buy a group of handsome soldiers in dress uniform!

Thanks as always to the fantastic Nicole Ami Ray and Tami Seybert, as well as the staff at Shades of Green.

Such a beautiful day for a wedding!

Wedding

The Shores Resort & Spa
Friday March 31, 2017

Never in my career as a DJ have I said the phrase “…and then the guys from Halo did the Time Warp with Wonder Woman and Superman…” until tonight.

Eric and Mariel Guider’s wedding was definitely one to remember!

From the Wonder Woman/Superman cake to the Justice League comic centerpieces and table decor, to the candy bar complete with superhero Pez, to the bouquet flowers and boutonnieres made from comic book pages….the details were “super!”

About halfway thru the reception, the bride and groom changed into Superman and Wonder Woman costumes, and guests followed suit- a TARDIS, two Halo characters, several superheros, the Pink Ladies from Grease…and so on and so on…it made for one amazing party!! I cannot wait to see the photos, taken by Sara Ozim, and no doubt the video by Deenice Productions will be so much fun to watch!.

Thank you to Donna Crane for keeping things organized, and to the fantastic staff at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach. Congratulations again!!!

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

Shades of Green – WDW
Saturday February 19, 2017

Congratulations to Lynnda and Gregory West!

This wonderful couple – and most of their guests – traveled from New York for a beautiful Shades of Green wedding (it was a gorgeous day!!). The guests were so much fun…such a great group of people!

Thanks so much to Tami Seybert for keeping things organized, and it was great to work with Nicole Ami Ray and Kevin Knox.

Thanks again Greg and Lynnda – Best Wishes to you!

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

Shades of Green – WDW
Tuesday February 14, 2017

Steve and Sherry Ann Smith were in the Navy and the Army when they married a couple of decades ago – a quick Valentine’s Day ceremony and a dance at the Neon Armadillo.

Today, they renewed those vows with friends and family at Shades of Green, and it was an absolute honor to work with this couple.

I loved that Sherry Ann surprised Steve with a piper at the ceremony (playing “Anchors Aweigh” as Steve made his way up the aisle. There were so many creative, fun touches at the reception and the couple made sure that this party was all about friends and family. It was great to work with Tami Seybert, and Nicole Ami Ray (I’ll see both of you again soon!).

Congrats again Steve and Sherry Ann!

Wedding

Bella Collina
Friday January 6, 2017

Congratulations to James and Taylor Addeo!

This wonderful couple held their ceremony and reception at Bella Collina…and what a beautiful event it was!! Lana Faulkner (Fairbanks Florist) created beautiful floral centerpieces and bouquets, and I loved the variety of minicakes from Nothing Bundt cakes.

The market lighting provided by FyerFly Productions was so pretty!! Thank you to Bella Collina, and most especially to Susan Southerland and her assistants (Just Marry!)…you totally rock! And great to work with Kathy Thomas Photography.

I am a lucky DJ to be a part of so many wonderful parties!

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

Harmony Gardens
Saturday January 14, 2017

Congratulations to Chris and Magen Eunice!!

It was a gorgeous day at Harmony Gardens Tropical Wedding Garden for their ceremony and reception. There were so many creative details at this event…and such a fun crowd! Thanks to Moore Fine Foods (amazing buffet…super delicious!!), and to photographers Dante & Angie (no doubt the photos will be beautiful!). And its always great to work with Janice and the staff at Harmony Gardens.

Best wishes Chris and Magen!!

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Bramble Tree Estate
Saturday November 12, 2016

A huge congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Neil and Kristina Schwalb!!

Today was a beautiful day for an outdoor ceremony and reception at the Bramble Tree Estate. And this was a fantastic group of people! I loved the Krispy Kreme Donuts…in lieu of cake. It was great to work with Erica Sheedy, photography. And although it was my first trip to Bramble Tree Estate, I hope its not the last! (Beautiful!)

Can’t wait to see the pics!!

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Shades of Green
Saturday November 26, 2016

Eric and Jessica Rector….congratulations!!

I absolutely adore this couple! It was a beautiful day for their ceremony and reception at Shades of Green. There were so many little personal touches — from the Georgia Bulldog groom’s cake to the super pretty peacock feather accents in the girls’ accessories and the guys’ boutonnieres. And Goofy made an appearance to dance and pose with the guests…so much fun!

Thanks to the wonderful staff at Shades of Green, and to the fabulous photographer, Nicole Ami Photography.

Wedding

Sunday October 9, 2016

Ain’t no party like a Gatsby party ’cause a Gatsby party don’t stop!

Congratulations to Sal and Sarina Stewart!

Their Gatsby art-deco themed event was simply stunning. The bride, bridal party and guests all dressed in the theme…so much fun to watch them on the dance floor! I can’t wait to see the pics from the photographer, Mike Briggs (and I will be sure to post here!). Its always a pleasure to work with Rev. Kevin Knox, and with the coordinator Tami Seybert, and (of course) with the wonderful staff at Shades of Green!

Wedding Vow Renewal

Shades of Green
Saturday October 15, 2016

A few (lot) of years ago, I worked a wedding for Dan and Jennifer Beran, at the Country Hearth Inn (sadly, no longer in business). Now, more than 15 years later, I was hired to provide DJ Entertainment for Jennifer’s dad, Frank at his vow renewal to his wife, Isabel.

Not only that, but they also hired Photographer Randy Chapman — the photographer I worked with at Jen and Dan’s wedding…Vow Renewal and “reunion!”.

It was a fantastic party at Shades of Green, and Tami Seybert (Winter Park Wedding Design) kept things moving smoothly. Thanks again (as always) to the always wonderful staff at Shades of Green!

Wedding

Shades of Green
Saturday October 29, 2016

Congratulations Robert and Holly McConnell!

It was a lovely day for a wedding at Shades of Green! The bride and groom themed each table after a Disney couple…I think my favorite was the Lady and the Tramp, complete with a Cianti bottle and a pair of personalized dog collars. So sweet!! Always fun to work with Randy Chapman, and with the staff at Shades.

And thank you to Tami Seybert for keeping everything running smoothly

Wedding

Sunday October 23, 2016

Congratulations to Molly and Steve Marshall!!

Their ceremony and reception were both held at the beautiful Harmony Gardens Tropical Wedding Garden. I have to say, I absolutely loved Molly’s dress…very unique…and perfect for the “Princess Bride” processional! I can’t wait to see the photos – shot by Sierra Ford. Thanks, as always to Leah, Joe and Janice at Harmony.

Such a beautiful day and night…and such a fun crowd!

Wedding

Casa Feliz
Saturday September 24, 2016

Congratulations to Cody and Nicole Snyder!!

What a great night at Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum! So many sweet moments…and lots of fun! (Who doesn’t a bridal party where every groomsman is named Michael?) I really loved the cake table…designed and built by the groom, himself! Great to work with the fantastic staff at Arthur’s Catering and Events, and Rev. Glynn Ferguson.

And…just saying….flaming donuts! (not a bad way end a post!)

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

Dubsdread Country Club
Sunday July 2, 2016

Oh Ben and Maggie LaFreniere…you stole my heart.

Wow.

It would take me more than a paragraph to describe this one — from the ceremony that included notes passed from bride to groom and back (“will you?” check yes or no) and ended in a high-five, to the board games, scratch-off tickets and raffles, to the buffet of pies for dessert…it was so so much fun!

Its always great to work with David and the staff at Dubsdread – and the chairs provided by Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals were so pretty! I had a great time working with Domenico Castaldo….no doubt the photos will be spectacular.

This was definitely one to remember!

Wedding

Shades of Green
Friday July 16, 2016

Congratulations to Timothy and Tammi Alfrey!

Their ceremony and reception were both held at Shades of Green (love that place!).

The groom’s cake featured scenes from the groom’s favorite movie “The Lion King”…it was super cool! And I loved the special dance-gift to the bride and groom by her niece who is amazing at Irish step dancing.

It was great to work with Tami from Winter Park Wedding Design, and photographer Nicole Ami. I was happy to get a chance to say hello to Reverend Kevin Knox before the ceremony, and the beautiful cakes were both made by It’s Tasty Too!

Disc Jockey, Emcee & Decor Lighting

Serving Orlando and all of Central Florida
Weddings, Receptions, Parties
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Celebrate Good Times, C'mon!

Discover how Maria Shafer turns a party into a one-of-a-kind, Memorable Celebration that people talk about for years

Weddings

Wedding Receptions are a once-in-a-lifetime event when Brides & Grooms want to ensure their family and friends will be entertained.

Since 1994 I have specialized in creating Fun, Unique and Memorable celebrations that Brides rave about for years.

Imagine how amazing I can make your Special Day!

Parties

Pool Parties, Anniversary Parties, Birthday Parties – these are among life’s most cherished events. 

You can count on me to add the right blend music, dancing and fun to make it an unforgettable festivity. Discover why I’m recommended by Banquet Facilities and Party Professionals throughout Central Florida. 

Corporate

Awards Banquets, Holiday Parties, Retreats – theses are the events that can boost moral and create a happier workforce. 

Why entrust the success of your next event to anyone but the best? Every year, Central Florida’s top companies hire the Celebration Expert to entertain their team. Shouldn’t you?

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Hi, I'm Maria Shafer

Your Celebration Expert

Many people think I'm in the DJ business. I'm not. I'm in the memory business.

My goal is create a party that will be among your most cherished life events. By blending your favorite music, along with my expertise, you’ll experience a musical atmosphere that is irresistible for dancing.

Have you ever been to a party that had a cheesy, overbearing DJ? The dance floor remained empty and the guests left early. Right?

When you hire excellent entertainment your guests stay longer, dance more and when the celebration ends they hug you and say,

“Thank You For Inviting Us. That Was The Best Party Ever!!”

Let’s talk about your Celebration – and expectations. THE ONLY COMPLAINT you’ll hear about my entertainment service is that your guests have sore, tired feet from dancing too much!

LEARN MORE >>>

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When I go to work, a party always starts

Get a sneak peek into a few of my Celebrations.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

Shades of Green – WDW
Saturday March 4, 2017

Jacob and Emily Hartzog are married!!

It was a perfect day for their ceremony and reception at Shades of Green — Emily and Jacob are such a super sweet couple…and Emily looked absolutely beautiful!

Its always so much fun to work with Nicole Ami Photography, Tami Seybert, Rev. Kevin Knox and Atmospheres Floral and Decor — all those plus the great staff at Shades of Green…definitely a “A” Team!

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

Harmony Gardens
Friday March 3, 2017

Congratulations to Tina and Ethan!

These two were married today at Harmony Gardens Tropical Wedding Garden, and wanted to use the natural scenery and their favorite music to create a fun party with an “indie” accent. Mission accomplished!

It was great to work with Renee Silverman, and with Alex & Cammy Photography. Such a sweet couple…such a beautiful night!