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How to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding DJ

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Choosing the music for a wedding is different for every couple. And not all DJs are created equal but you can structure your wedding playlist in a way that makes your wedding flow smoothly.

To get the most out of your wedding DJ, here are some tips to help you set things up so that you can relax and enjoy the music you want to hear on your big day!

1. BE IN CHARGE

2. BE SPECIFIC ABOUT YOUR PLAYLIST

3. DECIDE WHETHER YOU'RE GOING TO LET THE DJ TAKE REQUESTS OR NOT

4. BE VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT YOUR DO NOT PLAY LIST

5. GET YOUR PLAYLIST TO YOUR DJ EARLY

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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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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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What a Club-Style Wedding Looks Like!

On December 2, 2017, I was the DJ & MC for Dale & Denise's wedding at the Metropol Event Venue in Glendale, CA. That evening I took care of the music for their cocktail & reception. It's a gorgeous venue that's designed for a party. It has elegant furnishings, draping, flooring, and lighting! The venue even caters serving delicious family-style Mediterranean food. Overall, it was a great elegant, yet party vibe. I played some hits for the Filipino parents such as disco, cha cha, & group dance songs, and later I cranked up the energy with more Top 40, hip hop, and EDM for everybody else. It was a great blend of genres to keep the party going. One of my favorite memories that night was that we got the bride & groom up on the DJ stage to hype up their guests! We ended the night with "Don't Stop Believing" which everybody sang along. Dale & Denise had an amazing time that night, and I had a blast being their DJ. Thank you for having me!

Read 5-Star Review:
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DJ Assistant:
DJ Jus Jay

Coordinator:
KQ Elements - http://kqelements.com/

Photobooth:
Momentus Studios - https://www.momentusstudios.com/ 

Photographer:
Erin Shimazu Photography - http://erinshimazuphotography.com/

Videographer: 
Evan Shimazu Videography - https://vimeo.com/evanshimazuvideography

Venue: 
Metropol in Glendale, CA - https://www.metropolbanquet.com/

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When a DJ & Band Rocks a Wedding!

On September 17, 2017, I DJed a wonderful wedding at the Birchwood Room in Calamigos Ranch for Danny & Evelyn. They hired me to DJ & MC for their ceremony and reception. At that time, it was my 2nd time DJing at the Birchwood Room and it was a pleasure to be back again. 

Their wedding ceremony took place on the lawn in front of the fountain. I provided a wireless microphone and speaker to play music and for the officiant to speak. Everything went smoothly and the bride's song selection added an elegant and personal touch.

For the cocktail hour, they had a live band play r&b and Motown tracks to set the mood of the night. They were a great addition to add to their wedding and people loved them. 

For the dinner, it took place on the patio of the venue which created a nice, intimate vibe. We had the band play during the 1st half of dinner and I had my chance to spin the 2nd half.

After the wedding formalities, we had the band open up the dance floor playing amazing covers such as September, Uptown Funk, and other dance classics. Then we switched up the vibe when it was my turn to perform. I continued to keep the dance floor by mixing a Latin set that included Suavemente, Danza Kuduro, Baila Esta Cumbia, and other Latin bangers. Everyone danced till the end and had an amazing time. 

Overall, Danny, Evelyn, and their guests had a great time at the wedding. Thank you for having me as your DJ!
 

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How a Fun Wedding Looks Like! DJ Entertainment!

On September 2, 2017, I was the DJ and MC for Jaime & Bradley's wedding at The Grand in Long Beach, CA. It was a fun wedding of about 250 guests. I provided sound and microphone for their ceremony, music for their cocktail, and DJ/MC entertainment for their reception. It was a very fun and upbeat wedding mostly because of their music selections that they've chosen for their wedding. They even had a special performance from their cousins. Overall, the dance floor was packed! And everybody danced the whole night. I'm glad I was able to capture some highlights of people dancing and some of my song mix transitions. This is the kind of weddings I enjoy performing. Thank you, Jaime and Bradley, for having me as your DJ!

DJ Assistant:
DJ DGO

Coordinator:
Cindy Wu
http://www.atouchoflavender.net

Photobooth:
Cynthia Freed
http://www.boothtwentyfour.com/

Photographer:
Jan Garcia
http://www.janandtey.com/

Videographer:
Travis Do
http://www.8kindsofsmiles.com/

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DJed a Lit 500+ Polynesian Wedding at UCLA!

On August 13, 2017, I DJed a super fun wedding at the UCLA campus for Lydia & Eti's wedding. It was a Polynesian wedding of about 500+ people. Their ceremony took place on top of Janss Steps in UCLA and their cocktail and reception at Dickson Court North. That night I played a mixture of r&b, hip hop, reggae, Polynesian music, top 40, and throwbacks! Everyone had a great time and the dance floor was packed! Only fun times at this wedding. Thank you, Lydia and Eti, for having me as your DJ!

ASSISTANT:
Angelique - IG: @angeliquex3joy

VENUE:
UCLA - http://uclaevents.com/events/weddings/

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DJed a Beautiful Hotel Wedding at Mr. C in Beverly Hills

On August 12, 2017, I DJed and hosted a gorgeous wedding at Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills for Alex and Clelia. We expected a crowd of about 110 people with French, Armenian, and American backgrounds. People flew from different parts of the world to celebrate Alex and Clelia's big day.

This was my first time DJing at the hotel and the whole process went smoothly. I set up an appointment to visit the venue a few weeks before the wedding, and the hotel representative gave me a thorough walkthrough of the place. Since the ceremony, cocktail, and reception sites were at 3 different locations within the property, it was good for me to check the place out beforehand. I had a pleasant experience with the hotel and its staff.

On the day of the wedding, I arrived early with my assistant, Chris, to set up. Fortunately, the hotel had WOVA (World of Video & Audio) on site to have the ceremony sound already set up, and I just had to plug in my audio source to play the music for the ceremony. For the cocktail hour, we set up 1 speaker inside Mr. C's lobby to play some Italian standards music when guests enter. The reception took place on the upper floor which had a great view of Los Angeles from the building's outdoor patio. Inside the reception room, we placed uplights around the walls to create the vibe the bride and groom were going for. For sound during the reception, I had a basic sound system to match their intimate wedding theme.

For the rest of the night, everything went smoothly from the grand entrance, first dance, dinner, speeches, parent dances, and dancing. I had a fun chance to play some French and Armenian music to please both sides of the families and mixed in American music to bring everybody together. The DJ's job is read the crowd and play the right music at the right time, and I believe I did my job really well.

I'm so happy for Alex and Clelia and am glad that they had an amazing time with their family, friends, and loved ones. I had a blast being their DJ and host and I hope to work at Mr. C Hotel again soon.

Thanks for watching this video and reading this post! If you have any questions or thoughts you would like to share, please comment below. To watch more of my videos, please subscribe to this channel! Or if you know any couples planning their wedding, feel free to share this video with them, as well.

Thanks again! Joe

DJ ASSISTANT: Chris Cardoza Instagram: @djris

VENUE: Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills http://mrcbeverlyhills.com

COORDINATOR: Erica Kumala & 2nd Coordinator, Jada Zieg http://bridesbestie.com

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jillian Rose http://www.jillianrosephotography.com

VIDEOGRAPHER: Mason http://anchor-pictures.com

FLORIST: Butterfly Floral http://butterflyfloraldesign.com

PHOTOBOOTH: Capture Pod https://www.capturepod.com

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Filipino-Latin American Wedding at McCormick Home Ranch!

On August 5, 2017, I DJed the wedding of Courtney & Jesus at the McCormick Home Ranch in Camarillo, CA. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding. Their ceremony took place at the backyard and their reception on the grass lawn on front. This was a Filipino-Latin American wedding, so I played various styles of fun upbeat music for everybody to dance to. I played some bangers such as Mi Gente, This is How We Do It, Suavemente, and La Vida Es Un Carnival. We finished the night with "Everything" by Michael Buble as we gathered everybody to make a circle around the bride and groom. Everyone danced the whole night and had an amazing time. Thank you Courtney & Jesus for having me as your DJ!

VENUE:
https://mccormickhomeranch.com/

COORDINATOR & FLORIST:
http://exoticgreengarden.com/

PHOTOGRAPHER:
http://www.sun-dancephotography.com/

CATERER:
http://stonefiregrill.com/