What’s behind the DJ booth? I’ll show you.

I field questions nearly every event from guests who want to see what’s going on behind the DJ booth. The reality is, there’s a lot. There is a dedicated music laptop usually running 2 or 3 different music programs. There is another laptop dedicated to controlling the colors and movements for upwards of 35 light fixtures. There are microphones, receivers, transmitters, midi control boards, audio mixers, turntables, iPads, and various control boxes all strategically set up with a role to play. Everything works together to create a seamless integration between music and lighting. And you’d likely never know it, but there’s a lot going on.

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Behind the Scenes | Wedding at Hangar 30 Seattle [Video 2 of 3]

This is the second video in the short series. Here’s a walk through of Hangar 30 at Magnussen park in Seattle after setup is complete. Guests are beginning to arrive and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are playing on the TV next to the Bar (streaming in via satellite).

 

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Behind the Scenes | Wedding at Hangar 30 [Video 1 of 3]

It’s hard to accurately describe in words all of the smaller details that go into an event. But for me, that’s one of the fun parts. I love seeing all the little details come together to create one overarching effect. It’s like a viola in a symphony. You may not notice what specific part it plays, but when it combines with the other instruments, the song sounds complete.

When it comes to a wedding, DJing, lighting design, and MCing all play an integral part in the makeup of the experience. When it all works together, the event feels complete.

So to answer a few questions and pull back the production curtain a bit, I’m going to be sharing a few videos about what goes on behind the scenes. Enjoy this video series and as always, feel free to reach out with any questions. You may also subscribe to my Youtube Channel HERE for more behind the scenes videos and exclusive content.

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Brian + Jen Married

The love story Brian and Jennifer began nearly 10 years ago when they met through their mutual friend Tara Brown. Brian had agreed to a night out dancing with a friend group commonly referred to as the “dancing divas.” When Brian arrived at the at the club Jen could not help but notice. Not only was he was the only guy in a group of 6 ladies, but he arrived dressed slightly nerdy and wearing a pair of Birkenstock type sandals.

My, how far we’ve come. This is the video of their celebration nearly 10 years in the making.

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7 Things Wedding DJs Wish They Could Tell You

This article originally appeared on MarthaStewartWeddings.com on November 30th. (LINK)

By Maya Wong of Martha Stewart Weddings
Contributing Author

For DJs, there’s a lot more to their job than just pressing start and stop on your wedding playlist. We asked Nguyen, owner of Los Angeles wedding DJ booking agency, Blackbook Social Club, and Dan Rosenbach, owner of San Francisco wedding DJ company, Love in the Mix, to share their secret pet peeves and best advice for couples getting married.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY: COLLIN HUGHES

Keep the photo booth and bar in the same area as the dance floor

A separate bar and dance floor means the crowd gets spread out and less people are having fun on the dance floor. Nguyen says, “The party goes wherever the bride and groom go, so if the bar and photo booth are outside, the party would follow the bride and groom to the bar and photo booth.”
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Elegant wedding at Thornewood Castle

I knew this was going to be fun….

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Linda and Rodney Johnson are a wonderful example of a couple who never let their dream wedding evade them, even if it happened a bit later in life. Their passion for detail and their incredible regard for their guests was just a minor demonstration of how their love for their friends and family was returned to them on this day. Despite helping produce the occasion, my wife and I were actually “officially” invited (invitation and all)  to this wedding to attend as guests. We were honored.

 

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7 Golden Tips for Vendor Relations

Team Work Makes the Dream Work – Wedding Vendor Relations Tips

By Katy Roberts, VOWS Owner, Lead Wedding/Event Planner and Designer

My most memorable moments, when looking back over my 10 years working weddings, are those that I felt respected, trusted, and appreciated. There’s something about positive reinforcement that unlocks the flood gates of creativity, patience, energy and generosity.  Clients hire us, yes.  There’s a contract and a check written, but I consider myself your team member vs. your employee and when I’m treated this way nothing from good comes from it.READ MORE

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