MEET CARLO

Total. Event. Management.

Carlo has been at the helm of HUNDREDS of Upstate New York weddings since 1997. Having handled events for Black Tie Entertainment and the Historic Kallet Theater, he's beloved by his clients and brings rare passion and real experience to tailoring events.

With Just Joe & Co., Carlo oversees planning and production for all events. Also a veteran DJ & MC, he performs solo or alongside Joe!  Read more about him here.

Four Reasons to Hire Carlo

1.  Direction

As your MC, I'll deliver a natural and down-to earth performance, representing you & your families with both dignity and relevance

2.  Atmosphere

It's all about making the mood fit the moment! Like award shows, I keep guests engaged using subtle transitions in music and lighting

3.  Design

Totally tailored event planning and day-of coordination means that your ceremony & reception will FEEL as good as they LOOK!

4.  Artistry

Professional lettering for decorative signs, cards & invitations --done with a touch of elegance and entirely by hand!

beyond the music

I've been a DJ for over 20 years. But in 2008, I began to focus solely on weddings where my role in providing music was just a small part of what makes a wedding a success...

I found myself asking clients the same questions as photographers and coordinators, and with the same goal: to make sure that EVERYTHING comes together smoothly, properly, and right on time!

It was simple: The more I covered in advance, the better result I could deliver!  I took a break from music for 2 years and delved into planning so I could rethink everything from the ground up!

a fresh approach

Each reception should be unique, containing nothing that feels forced or awkward. So I stopped catering to trends and traditions that even remotely distracted or disconnected guests from what was important.

No more cookie-cutter introductions or announcements that sound like sports center. Avoiding unnecessary use of the mic, I focus on what keeps your families present and involved: dialogue that unveils those details YOUR guests WANT to hear!

a change of focus

I believe in sound that's CLEAR --not loud-- investing in the same production standard as shows like "The Voice"!  Your toasts and music reach wirelessly beyond walls, to other rooms and even outside, so that everything can be heard everywhere at just the right volume!

And while technology allows me to do great things, it never steals the spotlight. I employ a very small production footprint --in fact all my equipment takes up no more room than your wedding cake!

I think you're gonna LOVE what you DON'T see!

I've been producing events for over 20 years, but I also offer other elements that can really set your day apart...

Letters of Light

•  Bistro-bulbs provide warm, light-up decor
•  Four feet tall, stackable, and dimmable
•  Perfect for barns and ballrooms alike!

Uplighting

•  16 ultra-low-profile, wireless fixtures
• Choose from over 100,000 custom colors!
• Transforms virtually ANY venue instantly! 

Your Name
In Lights!

•  Feature your names, initials or wedding date
•  Projected prominently on up to two surfaces

Tabletop
Spotlighting

•  20 fixtures to highlight your cake & guest tables
•  Your choice of warm natural or cool white tones

Calligraphy

Gorgeously Hand-Lettered

Guest Seating
• each guest written on a card  $1
• each guest written on glass/slate  $2
• table number/centerpiece quote  $11


Invitation Envelopes
• name & address (3-4 lines)  $2-$3
• name only/add return address  $1
• deluxe embellishments  $1


Ceremony & Cocktail Signs
menu/program/'welcome' sign
• small $22, medium $33, large $44
• extra large & custom cuts from $55+




standard turnaround time is 14 days (30 days april~november) • rush (7 days) add 30% • priority (3 days) add 50% • overnight (2x)
all sign projects include FREE 2-day rental of any in-stock boards • card & envelope pricing based on client-supplied stationery

extra charge for any special orders, textured/glossy surfaces, custom design, layout, color, font or ornamental embellishment

Tailored Planning

Hands-On Help to Steer Your Day

•  Detailed Planning & Budget Review
•  Venue and Vendor Recommendations
•  Total Development of Your Day's Timeline
•  Guided Rehearsal and Dinner Meet & Greet
•  Reach out... I can save you THOUSANDS!

Starting at just $444

Photos On Demand

•  For selfies, couples & groups of up to 10 at once!
•  Choice of posh, brick, sequin or barnwood backdrop
•  Uploads instantly to Facebook or share by text message!

Sleek & Simple

• Uses a very small footprint & blends in anywhere!
• No crazy color-changing or inflatable contraptions
• An experience that focuses on PEOPLE --not props

Also Available...

•  UNLIMITED 4X6 premium frame-able prints for guests!
•  Ultra-Fast Wireless Printing Kiosk guarantees NO LINES!
•  Deluxe Scrapbook with up to 200 high-res 4x6 prints

Four Simple Packages

No pressure. No gimmicks. No hidden fees. And no waiting for a quote. Just pick what suits your event and budget!

$4444

$1500 OFF EVERYTHING I DO!
•  DJ music service until 10 pm
•  MC for event management
•  unlimited choice light decor
•  ceremony sound at any site
•  photo booth with backdrop
•  unlimited 4 x 6 prints
•  creative event planning
•  rehearsal coordination
•  your choice of calligraphy

$3333

ALL-DAY WEDDING PACKAGE
•  DJ music service until 10 pm
•  MC for event management
•  unlimited choice light decor
•  ceremony sound at any site
•  photo booth + backdrop
•  creative event planning

$2222

CLASSIC RECEPTION BUNDLE
•  music service for up to 5 hours
•  basic event management
•  choice of light decor
•  ceremony sound on site
•  creative event planning

$1111

PICK ONE...
•  music service for up to 4 hours
•  standard rental of light decor
•  photo booth + unlimited prints
•  planning + day of coordination
Add any feature to your package, just $555:  light decor (your choice), photo booth with backdrop, event planning, or ceremony sound (at any site)

Ceremonies

Flawlessly produced on location!

•  For any size wedding venue - indoors or out
•  Prelude music already playing as guests arrive
 •  Battery-powered sound system stays out of view
•  Wireless mic for your vows, readers & officiant
•  Day-of coordination to ensure timing & cues
•  Perfectly-timed procession & egress music

Included FREE at same site as your reception
or ANY site you choose with my top package

Rehearsals

Start off Right the Night Before!

•  Attendant to Walk Thru Your Entire Ceremony
•  Important Songs Played for Proper Timing
 •  Sound Test for Vows, Readers & Officiant
•  Coordinator to Meet & Greet Your Families
•  Background Music for Your Rehearsal Dinner
•  Optional Slideshow & Shoe Swap Segments

Included FREE with my top package

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

SUE NEE & KEVIN

"I had absolutely no idea the impact Carlo would have on my wedding!  Do yourself and your guests a favor and book him NOW!"

SAMANTHA & JOE

My Story

Inspired by a local entrepreneur, I launched  'DJ By Design' in the fall of 1997. Training in workshops with other talented vendors, I soon expanded into lighting, planning and even video.

After rebranding as 'Syracuse Weddings', we experienced rapid growth. My staff would eventually go on to manage film sets, TV shows, and national concert tours! Proud as I was, I never anticipated the success we would become, or the toll such success would take...
So in 2017, I scaled back and and moved from our storefront into a newly-remodeled home studio. A few months later, I met with local celebrity and renown musician, Joe Altier. Discovering our mutual longing for balance, we partnered up and launched Just Joe & Co.

Incredibly blessed to do what we love, we owe an immense thanks to our clients and fans, but especially to those always in our corner: my wife Catherine, Joe's daughter Abri, and our ridiculously affectionate mascot, a spoiled chihuahua named Doo!

QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED


1.     Do You Take Requests?   Of course!  You'll let me know your must-haves,  do-not-plays, and what level of control you'd like your guests to have. I'll advise you as to what I've seen work and what I know doesn't, together we'll develop a playlist that reflects YOUR taste in music!


2.     Do You Bring An Assistant?   Always!  Between setup, timing and cues, lighting and helping guests at your photo booth, my assistant is a reliable resource at every reception!  If an emergency arises or for any reason that I cannot host your event, they will see your event through!


3.     How Do You Dress?   For formal events, I dress accordingly, black on black or with neutral-tones with a complimenting vest. For rustic and outdoor events, my attire consists of a collared shirt or black polo. No matter what, I dress with dignity, respect, and appropriateness.


4.     Why Do You Charge More?   I don't cut corners or take chances, ever!  I've invested over $30,000 to achieve the highest possible standard in sound and lighting. To maintain this level, more than HALF of my rate goes toward overhead, taxes, insurance, and a proper wage for my staff.


5.     Will You Hold My Date?    Yes... until 7pm the day following your inquiry. This gives you time to make arrangements for your deposit (which goes toward your balance.)  No commitments are valid, however, until you get an online payment confirmation and/or a countersigned contract.


6.     Do You Offer A Discount?   Many!  When you book (1) a weekday, Friday or Sunday of a non-holiday weekend.  (2) a non-Holiday date between November 15 and April 1, or (3) use a preferred venue or vendor, or (4) pay in full at the time of your deposit. If I save money, YOU save!


7.     What is Your DJ & MC Style?   I believe in a smooth mix, playing the song that best fits each moment. I use the microphone only when appropriate, to make any necessary announcements and keep guests informed.  I never rely on Wi-Fi for music, and bring backups of everything!


8.   Do You Have Any References?   Yes! I have dozens of 5-star reviews on WeddingWire and have worked with hundreds of vendors and venues that will attest to my performance.  I also have video coverage of past events I would be delighted to show you when we meet, before you book!