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Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate Wedding | Club-style DJ!

On September 27, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and host Linda and Craig's wedding. That day marked their 10th year anniversary being together and we made it a celebration!

As a preferred vendor at Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate, I took care of their ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Although the day landed on a Thursday, we made it feel like it was a Saturday! The day was full of surprises and fun, unforgettable moments that majority of the people stayed.. on a weekday night!

That evening I played a mixture of Top 40, Hip Hop, Classics, Soca, and EDM! I loved how they had me in the middle of the room so I have more control of the dance floor. We collaborated together for the surprises and they raised the bar and set the tone of the night!

Linda & Craig are such a fun couple to work with and have such great loving friends. It was a pleasure making their 10th year anniversary and 1st time as husband and wife an absolutely amazing time.

Thanks for having me as your DJ!

#thehippestwedding

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VENUE: Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate

https://twinoaksweddings.com/

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DJ MOJOE is a professional party DJ serving Southern California and destination events.

For bookings: https://www.djmojoe.com/contact

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This video captures the fun surprises and energetic highlights from Linda & Craig's wedding at the Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate!

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Hartley Botanica Wedding

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Sarah & Michael

September 16, 2018
Hartley Botanica

Photo: Gina & Ryan Photography

On September 16, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and host Sarah and Mike's wedding at Hartley Botanica in Somis, CA. I was in charge of their ceremony, cocktail, and reception. This was a beautiful outdoor wedding venue where the guests experience the natural and class of this place.

We kicked things off with a grand entrance, first dance, and some dinner. We heard some toasts, witness the parent dances, and started to dance the night away! They were a fun crowd and I played a mixture of Top 40, Latin beats, Hip Hop, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s.

What's amazing about this couple was that they met at a nightclub in Miami! We brought that vibe back in Southern California and created a fun dance party.

Everybody had an amazing time. Thank you, Sarah & Mike, for having us!

View the amazing pictures captured by Gina & Ryan Photography
and my YouTube vlog from the wedding below!

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Fun Wedding Vibes at Knollwood Country Club

This video captures some fun highlights from Mary & Jay's wedding at the Knollwood Country Club!

On September 8, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and host Mary and Jay's wedding at the Knollwood Country Club. As one of the preferred vendors at the venue, I can say that this is a great place to host an event. That evening, I was in charge of playing music during the cocktail hour and entertaining their guests during the reception.

As for equipment goes, I used my RCF EVOX 8 speakers with my LED Moving Heads and ADJ Dotz Tpar for lighting. My couple also requested uplights and I set up 18 Ape Labs Maxi uplights around the room. All of my lights are synced to my lighting software SoundSwitch which really created a fun party vibe throughout the room. I was also able to connect my secondary laptop to the venue's in-house TV system, so I played their Proposal video on there, and when it's time to dance, I had my own background dance video that I play.

For the reception itself, we kicked things off with a fun grand entrance. Then we heard a Jonny Z original song called "The Happiest Man" which he performed live for their First Dance. We went through the formalities such as the parent dances, bouquet and garter toss.

There were a few things that really made this wedding popping. One, when it was time for them to do their cake cutting, I had the guests form a tunnel as Mary and Jay go under as they make their way to the cake table. This was spontaneous and was my first time doing this! It worked out really well because instead of guests leaving the dance floor, we had them involved for the cake cutting. Second, Jay and Mary had organized a dance-off and this was something that we discussed earlier during the planning stages. We pulled it off and the dancers showed off their amazing dance moves!

For music, I played a mixture of everything that would get their guests dancing and they mainly left the music up to me. I played music such as Latin, group dances, 90s, 00s, and some EDM!

Overall, this was such a great wedding and a super fun and sweet couple. It was a pleasure being their DJ and MC.

Congrats, Jay & Mary!

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To book DJ MOJOE for your event, please visit his website:

https://www.djmojoe.com

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Venue: Knollwood Country Club

https://www.knollwoodgc.com/

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Perfectly Events with Jessell

https://www.perfectlyevents.com/

Jonny Z:

https://www.jonnyzmusic.com/

Photography: Erin Shimazu

https://erinshimazuphotography.com/

DJ & Host: DJ MOJOE

https://www.djmojoe.com

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New Mix! Top 40 // EDM (2018)

I love EDM and this mix showcases my style in the EDM arena.

This 30-minute mix is inspired by Hip Hop, Latin, Moombahton, and EDM influences.

I made this mix in contribution to my friend's podcast Alienation Radio.

Thanks, DJ Alb, for bringing me on board and being your guest DJ!

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How to Use SoundSwitch? (Part 1)

In this video, I answer some questions about SoundSwitch and go a bit in-depth with the software's features. I'm not a lighting expert, and that's why I use SoundSwitch to help me with my lighting game. Hope this video is helpful for all the people who are considering getting SoundSwitch or for those people who are already using it. I believe that we need to up our performance when we DJ and stand out. Learning something new isn't easy, but once you realize the benefit from it, it'll be worth it. This is my take on SoundSwitch. Enjoy!

Let's help each other out.

If you have any questions or thoughts, leave in the comments section below!

I'll make a Part 2 depending on the kind of responses I get.

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TIMELINE:

0:00 Intro

1:00 Gear I'm Using

2:07 Q&A from previous video comments

6:45 Adding fixtures to SoundSwitch

8:11 Setting up DMX Addresses in SoundSwitch

9:25 Demo with autoloops

9:49 Controlling individual fixtures/Overriding master track

11:52 Static Looks

14:20 Setup & Assign position markers for moving heads

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RESOURCES:

SoundSwitch YouTube Channel-

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTzSCjRzz-zYbdR82Voacrg

Brian Smith YouTube Channel-

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ7_cfUYjkPjdXv_wVTXfYA

SoundSwitch User Group-

https://www.facebook.com/groups/171593393400494/?ref=br_rs

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OTHER VIDEOS TO WATCH:

SoundSwitch with Brian Smith at DJ EXPO 2018-

https://youtu.be/fx00Fv1czHg?t=10m16s

What SoundSwitch can do for you-

https://youtu.be/Aih0BgsCbW8

How to Have an Easy Lighting Setup-

https://youtu.be/gLZuT6SfcOw

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GEAR USED:

SoundSwitch - https://amzn.to/2CA2iCr

Midi Controller: APC Mini - http://amzn.to/2hZWhSI

Dance Lights: ADJ Dotz TPar - http://amzn.to/2kSKll7

Wireless DMX: Donner Dongles - https://amzn.to/2ImJYLn

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SUBSCRIBE TO CHANNEL:

http://www.youtube.com/djmojoeofficial

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Why Choose Hummingbird Nest Ranch?

In this video, I give 5 reasons why I love working at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch! This video is for newlyweds, couples, and event industry professionals who are looking for a venue space to host their event.

Watch Recent Wedding Highlights: https://youtu.be/IwJZTDp1sBY

There are many factors to consider when choosing a venue to host your event. As a DJ, my goal is to entertain your guests, make sure the event runs smoothly, make my clients happy, and pack the dance floor! It is important to become familiar with the venue space and know any challenges one may face to make it an ideal night.

Everyone will have their own reasons to what makes a venue an ideal place to work or to host an event. From my perspective as a DJ, and after working here 3 times, here are my 5 reasons why the Hummingbird Nest Ranch is great!

1. It has a beautiful, warm, romantic, luxurious personality

2. DJ & bar are near the dance floor!

3. There are options to where you can host your event.

4. You can have a late party! Great for party people!

5. Easy load-in for vendors!

Hope this information is helpful for everyone involved in the event industry to understand what's important to vendors and to help make the client's event a success. By knowing what's important, we can understand and help each other as a team.

What important factors do you consider when working or selecting a wedding/event venue?

Leave your comments below!

(Name, Instagram, Type of Vendor, Important Factors, and Favorite Venue)

Watch Wedding Highlight at this Venue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uK0uHnkK2g

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Millennium Bilmore Hotel Wedding

Wedding of Christine & Peter

June 30, 2018

Photo by Koman Photography

This video shows some highlights and the beautiful wedding setup at the Millennium Biltmore Emerald Room for Christine & Peter!

On June 30, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and host for Christine and Peter's wedding. I worked with Modern LA Weddings to bring their wedding into a reality. I took care of their cocktail hour and reception. 

For the cocktail hour, I just used 1 QSC K8.2 speaker at the Bernard Room and played a mixture of upbeat music.

For the reception, I used my 2 RCF EVOX 8 speakers, Ape Labs Maxi Uplights, and LED mini moving heads. 

It was a fun and intimate wedding with their friends and family. The whole wedding reception was so elegant and when it was time to get down and party, they definitely lived it up! I played some Top 40, 00s, and booty shaking music to get them up on their feet. Christine and Peter had an amazing time and all of their friends were so great!

Thank you for having me as your DJ!

Venue:
http://www.millenniumhotels.com

Planner:
http://www.modernlaweddings.com/

Photographer:
http://komanphotography.com/

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North Pavilion | Calamigos Ranch Wedding

This video captures some highlights from Amie & Jose's wedding at the Calamigos Ranch The North Pavilion Room!

On June 24, 2018, I DJed and hosted Amie & Jose's wedding. I was in charge of their ceremony, cocktail, and reception. Since it was my first time to DJ at that particular area, I scouted the venue a couple of weeks before the wedding to figure out my setup.

For the ceremony, I used 2-QSC K8.2 speakers with my Wireless Sennheiser Speaker system to cover the wide seating space. It was a beautiful ceremony and sounded wonderful! Everyone could hear what was happening from both sides of the ceremony and I didn't have to set up a wired XLR to daisy chain the speakers!

For the cocktail hour, I set up 1 RCF EVOX 8 Speaker on the deck. It's super low profile and has a great wide sound coverage.

For the reception, I have a setup crew who put all the trusses, lighting and sound together for me. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to put any speakers underneath the tent due to sound restrictions, so I had my speakers under the building and point my speakers outwards. My assistant was great and he helped me figure out my sound levels so the people in the back can hear me. 

I also had a custom monogram for the client. I used my ADJ Ikon Profile WW and got my gobo done from www.progobo.com

As for entertainment, we started off with a grand entrance, first dance, surprise dance with the bridal party, dinner, speeches, and dancing! While the couple was taking pictures outside, I kept the guests entertained and opened up the dance floor for people to dance. I started playing some jams and later that night cranked up the energy. I mixed a mixture of 80s, 90s, Hip Hop, 00s, and Top 40.

Overall, it was a great night and Amie and Jose had a wonderful time!
Thanks for having me as your DJ!

Venue:
http://www.calamigosranch.com

Florist:
http://www.exoticgreengarden.com

Photographer:
http://rebeccatheresa.com/

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Hummingbird Nest Ranch Wedding

This video captures some highlights of Lindsey's and Tony's wedding at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch! Watch till the very end for the 5-star review!

On June 22, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and host Lindsey and Tony's wedding at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch. This was my 3rd time working at the venue and it's always exciting to work there. That evening, I was in charge of the cocktail hour behind the villa and the reception that took place in front of the villa.

I entertained about 270-280 guests with the majority being a younger crowd. I warmed up the dance floor and played some jams while people were having dinner. This set the tone of the night and got people up on their feet to groove to the beat. After some of the wedding formalities, we did a sparkler entrance! This was a twist! Usually, couples have a sparkler exit at the end of the night, but we switched things up and did a sparkler entrance onto the dance floor! This kicked off the dance party and I started off with Chris Brown's "Yeah 3x". This got everybody hyped and in a great mood! It quickly became a party and the wedding was LIT! We even got Lindsey and Tony lifted up in chairs at one point in the night!

Overall, it was a fun and successful night. We ended the party at 12:30am and there were a good amount of people still with us that night. Lindsey and Tony had an amazing time, and I had a blast as their DJ as I got to play some of those club bangers that you normally don't hear at a wedding. Thank you, Lindsey & Tony, for having me as your DJ and making your night unforgettable!

Watch The Full Wedding Video by Diego Stuart Films!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uK0uHnkK2g

DJ Assistant:
Joe Tagnipes - IG: @bazookajoe786

Wedding Coordinator:
Dianne Valladares - http://www.atlastplanning.com

Photography:
Alicia Mink - http://www.aliciamink.com

Videography:
Diego Stuart Films - http://www.diegostuartfilms.com

Venue:
Hummingbird Nest Ranch - http://www.hummingbirdnestranch.com/wedding-events

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Calamigos Ranch Wedding

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Wedding of

 

Ron & Drorit

June 3, 2018 - Calamigos Ranch Birchwood Room

Photo by Burgundy Blue

This video captures some highlights from Ron & Drorit's wedding at Calamigos Ranch Birchwood Room in Malibu, CA. You also get to hear the kind of music and songs I played that night!

On June 3, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and host Drorit and Ron's wedding. I took care of their ceremony, cocktail, and reception at the Birchwood Room. They were a fun couple who like to have fun and dance! That night, I played a mixture of funk, disco, Top 40, 80s and 90s! We even did the Hora and had their friend sing a bit of karaoke. Overall, the vibe was perfect and they all had a great time.

Thanks for having me as your DJ, Ron & Drorit!

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Muckenthaler Mansion Wedding!

This video captures some fun wedding highlights from Kailene and Robin's wedding at the Muckenthaler Mansion! I show the kind of music I played that evening and a quick walkthrough of the venue.

On May 27, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and MC Kailene and Robin's wedding at the Muckenthaler Mansion. It was my first time at the venue and everyone there was so friendly and easy to work with. Because of sound ordinances, they already have their own speaker setup and sound tech that I could just plug my system into.

That evening, I was in charge of the ceremony, cocktail, and reception. The venue was beautiful as it had different locations to host each part of the wedding. People enjoyed the dinner on the lawn and later that night, we invited everybody where the dance floor was. I really enjoyed how the photobooth and bar were near the dance floor so it was great to have everybody contained in 1 area.

As for music, I played Latin music, Top 40, Hip Hop, and some Disco to please everyone there that night. Everybody had a blast on the dance floor and Kailene and Robin had an amazing time.

Such amazing vibes that night. Thank you for having me!

Venue: The Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Photographer: http://www.jaylphotography.com/

Videographer: Fattykine

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Garden Wedding at Gerry Ranch!

Gerry Ranch Wedding Ceremony

Wedding of
Kristin & Stephen

May 26, 2018 - Gerry Ranch
Photo by Lin and Jirsa

This video captures some highlights from Kristin and Stephen's wedding at Gerry Ranch! I also give DJ & MC tips throughout the video! Keep watching till the very end to read my 5-star review from the happy couple!

5-Star Review: https://mojoe.media/kristinstephenreview

On May 26, 2018, I DJed the wedding of Kristin & Stephen at the Gerry Ranch in Camarillo, CA. It was an all-outdoor wedding and I was in charge of the ceremony, cocktail, and reception. This venue was a hidden gem with great views and scenery. It was made for only weddings in mind with a section for the ceremony, a section for the cocktail hour, and a section for the reception. 

As for entertainment goes, we kicked things off with a fun grand entrance and the first dance. We enjoyed the dinner provided by Command Performance Catering. We heard some great speeches and watched the parent dances. There was a twist with the Father & Daughter dance which started off with a slow song, then we transitioned it to "Barbara Ann" by the Beach Boys. This was the catalyst to start the dance party! I played some fun music that everybody could dance to. I even had them start a conga line to one of the songs, too!

Overall, this was a beautiful evening and Kristin & Stephen had an amazing time! I had a great time being their DJ and glad that everyone had a great time, too. Thanks Kristin & Stephen for having me!

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5 Reasons Why I DJ with In-Ear Monitors

▶ Check out my gear on Kit: https://kit.com/djmojoe

This video explains why I use in-ear monitors when I DJ!
If you're considering getting in-ear monitors, I hope this video will help with your decision

MEE Audio M6 Pro (2nd Generation): https://amzn.to/2yXrdhB
MEE Audio M7 Pro: https://amzn.to/2KATkEw
Comply T-200 Foam Tips: https://amzn.to/2tSi1Fw

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Sherwood Country Club Wedding!

This video captures some fun highlights from Lily & Ryan's wedding at the Sherwood Country Club!

On May 18, 2018, I DJed and hosted a beautiful wedding for Lily & Ryan. It was my first time working at the Sherwood Country Club. The venue had an elegant, spring-time feel to it. 

That evening I was in charge of the ceremony, cocktail, and reception.
The ceremony took place outdoors and had a great view of the greenery and hills behind it. The cocktail hour happened on the patio next to it. For the reception, we invited the party inside the country club.

The couple just wanted fun, upbeat music throughout the night. They loved to dance and I brought the energy to them and their guests. I began the night with some Motown, funk, and disco. Then, later in the evening, I played music that is more catered to them and their friends. I played some throwbacks, pop, Top 40, and some 2000s. This video captures some great examples of the kind of music I played that evening.

Overall, Lily & Ryan had a fantastic time with their guests. They enjoyed the music and rarely left the dance floor! I had a great time DJing for them and DJing at the venue. Congrats to our newlyweds!

VENUE:
https://www.sherwoodcc.com/

WEDDING PLANNER & FLORIST:
http://exoticgreengarden.com/

PHOTOGRAPHER:
http://katieedwardsphoto.com/

VIDEOGRAPHER:
https://bydesignfilms.com/

CAKE:
http://susiecakes.com/

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5 Reasons - Why I Chose RCF EVOX 8 Speakers

This video explains why I love my RCF EVOX 8 speakers and 2 bonus hacks if you own an RCF EVOX 8 Speaker!

RCF EVOX 8 v2 Speaker:
http://amzn.to/2kpDd2p

RCF EVOX 8 v2 Speaker Cover:
https://amzn.to/2to6ops

Features:
1400 Watt
128 dB max SPL
40 Hz 20 kHz frequency response
12" Woofer, 2.5" v.c.
8 x 2" Ultra compact fullrange, 1.0 v.c.
120° x 30° slightly tilted pattern control
Innovative DSP processing
Pole mountable, easy set-up and transportation

Benefits:
1. Sleek Look
2. Less of a hazard, won't fall on you
3. Wide sound coverage
4. Can attach small, light-weight lights to the poles using an O-Clamp
5. Powerful speaker and has amazing clarity at loud volumes
6. Easy to Setup, Poles and cables fit inside cover case (not included)
7. No more bringing and carrying speaker stands

Bonus Hacks:
1. Add a power strip behind the speaker
2. Store my Velcro ties on the handle of the speaker for easy access

To view my gear, visit www.kit.com/djmojoe

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Santa Barbara Oceanfront Wedding!

This video captures some fun highlights from Therese and Aaron's wedding at QAD Inc. in Santa Barbara! You'll also hear the kind of songs that I play and see the thoughts going through my mind!

On May 5, 2018, I worked with an amazing team of vendors to make Therese & Aaron's wedding a success! The event took place at a corporate building called QAD Inc. with stunning ocean views.

The ceremony took place on the balcony with an elevated view of Santa Barbara. To accommodate the 180 guests, I used 2 speakers on both sides of the balcony to cover sound. We also had a musician who played some music and sang when the ceremony began.

After the ceremony, people enjoyed the cocktail hour below and enjoyed the oceanside view. The reception took place below, as well. The whole area was beautifully decorated and the vendor team did a great job setting up the tables and bistro/string lights! For dinner, I played dinner music that was great for everybody and mixed in some great tropical house covers of popular songs. For dancing, I started my set with something upbeat from Top 40 and 2000s. Then we had the cake cutting, thank you speech, bouquet toss, garter toss, and money dance. When we got the formalities out of the way, it was back to partying! The bride loves music from the 2000s so I threw in some party jams that got the party moving. Even at the end of the night, I had guests telling me to play one more song! So I did! I think that's how you know that they were having a great time.

Overall, the wedding was fun and a success! I had an amazing time rocking the crowd and working with a great team of vendors. Thank you, Therese and Aaron, for having me!

MEET THE TEAM

Catering/Coordination: http://eventsbyrincon.com/
Florist: https://www.facebook.com/A-Beautiful-...
Videographer: http://www.talespunfilms.com/
Photographer: https://www.kylelondonphotography.com/
DJ/MC: https://www.djmojoe.com
 

For inquiries, please e-mail book@djmojoe.com

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Eli & Laura's Intimate Ojai Wedding

 Photo by Pinnel Photography

Photo by Pinnel Photography

On April 21, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and host Eli & Laura's wedding in Ojai, CA. It was such a beautiful wedding as it took place on a private property with great landscape views of the area. We had an amazing vendor team to transform the evening into a wonderful event and made our couple's dreams into reality.

Below is the vendor team that made it all happen.
Planner/Coordinator: Paper Heart Events
Catering: Seasons Catering
Rentals: Ventura Rental Party & Events
Photography: Pinnel Photography
Florist: Idlewild Floral
DJ/MC: DJ MOJOE

 

Here are some photos capturing some special moments that evening.
Courtesy of Pinnel Photography!

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Kathryn & Bryan's Lit Wedding!

Here's a video capturing some fun highlights from Kathryn and Bryan's wedding at Villa Del Sol D'Oro! I also discuss the gear that I used at their wedding!

Wireless Sound System:
https://mojoe.media/WirelessSoundSystemAGIPRODJ

Video: https://youtu.be/JRy7RVxlASc

On April 14, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ for Kathryn and Bryan at Villa Del Sol D'Oro. That evening I was in charge of their cocktail and reception. 

I was located in the main hall and used 2 RCF Evox 8 speakers on both corners of the room and a QSC K8.2 for the dinner on the patio. To minimize my XLR cables setup, I used my Sennheiser Wireless Speaker System for my RCF Evox 8 speakers. This also allowed me to have more sound coverage in the main hall. I also used my Ape Labs Maxi to provide uplights inside and outside of the building. 

We kicked things off with a fun grand entrance outside, their first dance, dinner and speeches. Then afterwards, we moved everybody inside for the cake cutting, parent dances, money dance, dancing, bouquet & garter and towards the end, a grand exit for our happy couple. 

As for music, I played a mixture of line dances, 80s, and 90s. And towards the end of the night, I played some current Top 40 hip-hop hits to please the B&G and their friends. 

Overall, this was a fun, lit and smooth wedding! The energy from the crowd was amazing and everybody had a fantastic time. Thanks, Kat & Bryan for having me as your DJ!

5-STAR REVIEW:
https://mojoe.media/KatBryanReview

VENUE:
http://villadelsoldoro.org/
Villa Del Sol D'Oro

WEDDING PLANNER:
http://www.sosmittenevents.com/
Marni from So Smitten Events

VIDEOGRAPHER:
http://scenemotionfilms.net/
ScenEmotion Films

PHOTOGRAPHER:
http://alyssamariephotography.com
Alyssa Marie Photography

PHOTOBOOTH:
http://www.photoboothgeeks.com/
Photo Booth Geeks

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How to Choose a First Dance Song | Wedding Tips & Advice

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How to Choose a First Dance Song | Wedding Tips & Advice

 Photo by  Alvin Mahmudov

The First Dance is an intimate part of the evening when you get the opportunity to dance with your new wife or husband in front of your all of your guests. Everyone gets to see the chemistry and interaction that you have with each other, as well as your dance moves. This part of the night can be stressful for some couples as they may not be good dancers, may not know which song to choose, or may not like the center of attention. It doesn't have to be this way. You're about to read some tips to help make your First Dance more pleasant, memorable, and smooth for both you and your partner.

 Photo by  Alexandra Gorn

How do I choose my First Dance song?

If you only have one song to choose to dance in front of your wedding guests, what would it be? You have several factors to consider when choosing a song such as its genre, tempo, length, type of dance, mood, and mutual likeness from both parties. If you were to start narrowing down some songs, start with songs that the both of you enjoy. It would be even better if the song had an emotional connection that brought you closer together in the relationship. Make the song meaningful!

Once you narrow down some songs that you both like, you can narrow it down even further by agreeing on the kind of dance and vibe you want. Do you want something light-hearted and fun? Do you want it more romantic and slow? Is it something that both of you can dance to? 

Once you have a good small list of songs that may work for you, pick and agree with one together! :)

What if you want your First Dance song to be different and stand out?
I can see the music lovers asking this question. You can look up cover songs of your favorites on YouTube and Spotify! You get to discover such amazing talent out there and surprise your guests with something familiar and unique!

Below are two Spotify playlists to help you with your song selections:

Top Requested First Dances

My Personal Favorites

I'm not a great dancer, what should I do?

You don't need to be a great dancer for your First Dance, but it would help if you know some basic moves to make it look like you know what you're doing! Remember, you're most likely going to be on video to be remembered for ages to come. Do you want to look like you know what you're doing? If yes, please take the time to learn! There are many resources out there to start doing so. You can even take some dance classes with your fiancé so both of you can benefit together.

Here are some online dance lessons you can start learning today!

We want our First Dance to be choreographed, do you recommend anyone to help us with this?

Yes, I do! Please contact Crystal Shum from Exceptionally Yours. Not only is she a wedding planner/coordinator, she's also a dance instructor and choreographer! Definitely reach out to her to discuss your vision.

If your choreographed First Dance is a combination of songs, ask your DJ to help you mix it all together in one continuous track! This is a service that I also provide, so if you need help with making one, let me know!

We don't like to be the center of attention, what can we do about it?

Ask your DJ to shorten the song for you! That way you won't be on the dance floor for too long. If you decide to go this route, ask your DJ if he/she can make a custom edit of the song to end it when you want. This will give you time to practice your dance moves at home, and if you time it right, you can end the dance with some flair! 

As for when to shorten the song, usually, it's best to end the song at the end of either the 1st or 2nd chorus of the song, before it hits the bridge. Consult with your DJ to find a good time to end the song!

If you want another creative way to go about this, please continue reading below!

Bonus! Even More Tips & Advice!

1. Ask the DJ if he/she provides a spotlight to highlight both of you on the dance floor!
2. Midway through your First Dance song, you can invite all the couples to join you and finish the song! That way, you won't feel like you're the center of attention!
3. After you invited everyone to dance with you, you can have your DJ play another slow dance song which you can segue to the Anniversary Dance. Don't know what it is? Ask me in the comments section below ;-)
4. You can even choose a First Dance song that encourages crowd participation whether it's clapping or singing along!
5. Depending on your style and enough time in the schedule, you can also kick things off with a short dance party right after your First Dance

These are just some of my thoughts when it comes to First Dances. Thanks for reading this! I hope this article has been helpful! If you need any more help or have any thoughts that you would like to share, I'd love to hear them in the comment section below. Cheers and have a great day!

- DJ MOJOE, "Saving the City, One Party at a Time"
DJ MOJOE is an award-winning DJ and MC based in Ventura County serving all over Southern California and destination events



 

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