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LIT Wedding at Imperial Palace Pasadena

On April 27, 2019, I had the pleasure to DJ and host for Carla & Alain's wedding at the Imperial Palace Banquet Hall in Pasadena, CA. This video captures my DJ gear used, the venue's amazing lighting, and some fun highlights from their special day. #litwedding

This was my first time working at Imperial Palace Banquet Hall and was immediately impressed by the decor and lighting. This place is made for events as it already has lighting built-in to the walls and ceilings and has proper staging areas for the bride and groom and the DJ. I heard that the place was recently renovated and now it looks spectacular!

Today, I was just in charge of their cocktail and reception. For the cocktail hour, I just used my Bose S1 in the lobby and played some background music. For the reception, I used two RCF EVOX 8 speakers and 1 RCF 708asII subwoofer. I also used a wireless transmitter from my mixer to a wireless receiver for my 2nd EVOX 8 speaker to help me save time from running an extra cable. I also used white tape to clean up my cables and to help it blend onto the floor.

Before the grand entrance, we passed out the glow foam sticks for the guests to use when we welcome the people in. As I was announcing the people to come in, the person who was in charge of the lights used an iPad to control the lighting fixtures and made the lights go crazy! Besides the music and announcement, lighting definitely hyped up the entrance and made it feel like a club/concert! Such a fun time.

Then for the First Dance, the venue used a low-lying fog machine to create the dance in the clouds effect. From then on, we proceeded with dinner, pictures, toasts, money dance, and more. For the rest of the night, we got people up and dancing. I mixed in a mixture of Top 40, throwbacks, hip hop, and pop.

For the end of the night, they've chosen a Hawaiian song to close things up which reflects their fond memories and love of Hawaii. Everyone had a great time that evening and finished on a happy, feel-good note. Congrats Carla and Alain! Thank you for having me!

For bookings, please visit https://www.djmojoe.com

VENUE: Imperial Palace Banquet Hall

http://pasadenabanquethall.com/

COORDINATOR: Antonette

http://www.instagram.com/antocooo

PHOTO & VIDEO: White Studio Project

https://www.whitestudioproject.com/

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Wedding Trends 2019: What’s In and What’s Out, According to Experts

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I'm sure our new brides-to-be are excited about the wedding trends and creative ideas that will dominate in 2019.

In this article, Brides.com asked some of the country's top wedding planners to see what they're predicting the new year.

Here's a few insights:

The year's biggest trend according to Jesse Tombs of Alison Events:

"2019 is all about embracing color and new color combinations that have never been done before," Jesse says. "We see the trend veering away from soft classic colors and heading in a more fun, pumped up direction." Case in point: "Living Coral," the Pantone Color of the Year. "We see 2019 clients leaning more towards younger, fresher palettes with pops of bright and bold color that is fun, youthful and often somewhat daring," he adds.

Trend to do away with according to Michelle Rago of Michelle Rago Destinations:

"The doughnut wall—and right behind that, the 'naked' wedding cake," she says. And wedding favors! "We encourage more meaningful communications such as handwritten notes to each guest upon arrival or spending a bit more with your photographer and videographer to send photo and video keepsakes when the wedding is over," she says.

Dive into the world of weddings for 2019! Read the article for all the exciting, modern and on-trend ideas and advice from wedding experts: https://www.brides.com/story/2017-wedding-trend-predictions

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Wedding of Joey & Maigan

On March 18, 2017, I DJed and hosted the wedding of Joey & Maigan at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort. The wedding ceremony was beautiful as it was placed right by the beach. The weather that day couldn't have been more perfect. Joey & Maigan didn't have a traditional wedding ceremony. They spiced things up with their music selection as they walk down the isle. The groomsmen came into "Bring Em Out" by T.I., the parents, flower girls, and ring bearer came into "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas, and the bridesmaids came into "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper. When it was Maigan's turn to walk down the isle, she walked down to "A Thousand Years" by The Piano Guys. Their ceremony was great because it set a fun vibe and tone that carried out to the rest of the night.

For the cocktail and reception, it took place inside the resort. The wedding was a multi-cultural wedding combining Latin, Persian, and American backgrounds, and the music I played reflected that. We had 3 dance sets that nights. The first dance set happened right after the first dance, the second after dinner, and the third after the cake cutting. It was a fun celebration and the wedding was a huge success. At the end of the night, I even received a positive testimonial from the bride and groom themselves! This was a fun wedding! Thank you, Joey & Maigan!

DJ MOJOE
"Saving the City, One Party at a Time"
http://www.djmojoe.com

Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort:
http://www.mandalayembassysuites.com/

Photobooth & Flowers:
http://www.exoticgreengarden.com/

Wedding of Brian & Tina

On January 7, 2017, I DJed the wedding of Tina & Brian at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum! It was a wild night as we partied with the party animals that night (pun intended). The evening was a huge success with their family and friends, and I'm so honored to be a part of their big day. Congrats Tina & Daniel!

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM:
http://www.nhm.org

2017 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award

DJ MOJOE, Honored For Excellence With 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award®

Los Angeles, CA– January 22, 2017 – WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced DJ MOJOE as a winner of the esteemed 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® for DJ Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA!
                        
The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. The prestigious awards are given to the top local wedding professionals across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year. 
                        
The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with DJ MOJOE. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.
                        
“The Couples’ Choice Awards’ ninth year features one of the most impressive groups of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals yet,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “It is our honor to work with high-caliber merchants, such as DJ MOJOE, who not only make a couple's big day possible, but also contribute to the more than 2.5 million U.S. reviews represented on WeddingWire.  We congratulate all of this year's winners on their achievements.”
                        
As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, DJ MOJOE is highlighted on WeddingWire, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals in the U.S.
                        
DJ MOJOE is thrilled to be one of the top DJs in Los Angeles and Ventura on WeddingWire. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We truly value all of our clients and appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn a 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award.
                        
To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.
                        
About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers around the world are able to read over 3 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses globally. It provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 800 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.                      

Tips for hiring a Wedding DJ that's best for you!

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Tips for hiring a Wedding DJ that's best for you!

I had a great opportunity to be featured in YourWeddingPodcast.com to share some of my insights, knowledge, and tips to help couples find a Wedding DJ that's best for them. You can listen to the podcast and read some of the material which we talked about below.

If you want to share this valuable content to a friend or family member who is looking for a DJ, please share the following original link:
www.yourweddingpodcast.com/djmojoe

Thanks for stopping by and thank you Henry Chen from Aevitas Weddings for having me on your podcast!

Best,
DJ MOJOE
"Saving the City, One Party at a Time"


ABOUT DJ MOJOE

DJ MOJOE loves the wedding industry and DJed his first wedding in 2011. While attending college, Joe DJed part-time and is completely self-taught. Along with his DJ experience, Joe has worked with a staffing company at various venues as well as doing catering. This has allowed hime to view weddings from both an entertainment and a catering perspective, understanding the various elements that contribute to the success of a wedding.

On the music side, Joe has performed at a variety of events and many different environments, from birthdays to bar mitzvahs, grand openings, and fashion shows; you name it, Joe has done it all. He has also expanded his services to DJ destination weddings, of which his first was located in Maui, Hawaii. This flexibility as a DJ really contributes to his success at weddings now because he is able to bridge the gap between the music, performance, and the customer service.

A glimpse at the behind-the-scenes preparation of a wedding DJ.

There is a lot more to being a DJ than just showing up and making music, especially in the wedding industry. There are many details to iron out behind-the-scenes when prepping for the wedding day. You have to get the correct names, a complete song list, as well as checking your software and equipment to make sure that everything is working properly and is reliable. There is nothing worse than having a mishap on the big day. You only have one shot, so you have to make it work.

The top question a bride and groom asks their wedding DJ.

One of the biggest concerns that couples have when it comes to the music for the wedding is that they do not want the “cheesy” wedding stuff. So their first question is often regarding the style of music the DJ plays. Joe is an open-format DJ who plays various styles, with a focus on specifically catering to the couple. He adapts his music to the style of music requested by the bride and groom, whether it is club hits or even throwbacks to a specific era.

Important criteria for couples to look for when hiring a wedding DJ.

The first question a bride and groom should ask their DJ is, “Are you insured?” Not a lot of DJs carry insurance and many venues will ask for it. This is to ensure that the DJ is covered in case of any accidents or emergencies. Having insurance also allows DJs to play at more venues, which is a critical piece of the puzzle.

The second criteria for couples to consider is to check if the DJ has been active recently. Some DJs may state that they have been DJing for many years, but how active are they right now in the wedding industry? It is important that your DJ is up to date with the current music and that they are on top of their game.

Understanding the importance of uniformity, having a DJ who can also take on the role of MC.

It is crucial to find a DJ that can do both the role of a DJ and an MC. This is very important because that person will know his or her style in terms of playing music and making announcements. This is also a cost-effective way to cover both roles within the wedding. It gives a uniformity, as one person is in charge of the reception events for the whole evening.

By having the DJ as your MC, your wedding will be more cohesive on the entertainment front, which will make it flow a lot smoother. This also eliminates missed communication between the two areas, and the transitions between music and announcements will be effortless without missing a cue. If you are not able to find a DJ who is also an MC, the next best option is to find two people who work together for the same company. This way the individuals know each other’s personalities, styles, and cues, creating an effective team.

The top reasons why DJ MOJOE loves being in the wedding industry.

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For Joe, one of the reasons he loves being a wedding DJ is because he gets to witness people from all over the country and world come together in a room to celebrate the union of a couple and just to have a great time. As a DJ and MC you really get a chance to be a part of such a rewarding experience. Another aspect is creating a relationship with the bride and groom. During the process leading up to the wedding, you get to spend time getting to know the couple and hear all about their love story. Creating that moment for them on their special day, tying it all together with the music, is an incredibly fulfilling experience.

What are the challenges of being a wedding DJ in the industry today?

One of the things that Joe would love to see improved is the level of communication. Performing at a wedding requires teamwork and working alongside many vendors on that day. It is critical that everyone is on the same page going in. So in terms of communication, a lot of problems can be avoided the day of the wedding by addressing any concerns or problems beforehand. Whether it is through email or a phone call, communicating with each vendor would be helpful in determining what they need from you, or what the most important aspects of the day is to them.

This helps to avoid any conflicts in time and eliminates any unnecessary surprises on the day of the wedding. These vendors are in your industry and it is part of your job to build strong relationships with them to create an incredible team environment in order to make the bride and groom’s day come true.

Myths, misconceptions, and false assumptions about wedding DJs; what couples need to know.

Often times couples have the misconception and belief that DJs just like to play their own music. However, as a wedding DJ it is your job to actually play the music that the bride and groom want, while at the same time being able to use your knowledge and expertise to play what the crowd wants as well.

So it is not just about the DJ; it is about you, the couple. Nothing is wrong with the couple asking this question, but it is important for the DJ to provide clarification and set their minds at ease by addressing their concerns. Couples need to know that there are DJs out there who actually care about the music that you want for your wedding, and that is something all DJs should provide.

3 tips for couples when planning their wedding and finding the perfect wedding DJ.

The first tip for brides and grooms when planning their wedding is to choose vendors who have worked together in previous weddings. “Teamwork makes the dreamwork”. If you hire vendors who have worked together you know that they have a connection. They will have fun and they know how to navigate any challenges of working together. That energy will permeate into your wedding to make for an incredible time.

The second tip is to learn as much as you can about your DJ; ask, ask, ask. The entertainment aspect of a wedding is huge in terms of making your wedding day be smooth, successful, and fun. Ask your DJ for pictures, videos, reviews, and even ask for vendor referrals.

Tip number three is to find a DJ who is genuine and also cares about your wedding. Do not just settle for the DJ that rushes everything to show up, play music, and leave. A DJ who cares is the one who will put the most effort into your wedding, who will go the extra mile just find the perfect song for you on your wedding.

More about DJ MOJOE; saving the city, one party at a time.

Joe got his DJ name because he wanted his personality to be in the name. He loves puns and wanted to find a way to put his real name into his DJ name, hence MOJOE. Joe runs his business under the slogan “saving the city one party at a time” because when he first started DJing he received emails and phone calls from family and friends about how their DJ was not responding and how they were stuck with an event and no DJ.

They would call Joe the night before, with news that the original DJ canceled. Joe always stepped up to fill in the position. The DJ’s lack of professionalism really upset Joe, and he knew he had to make sure that no clients ever have to go through that stress again. He truly believes that this motivated him to save the party when no one else could do it.

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Photo Credit: Aevitas Weddings

Photo Credit: Aevitas Weddings

Joe is an incredible guy and he has a huge willingness to help others. Everything from his demeanor, his personality, and his love for reaching out and connecting with others is to make sure that he not only serves his brides and grooms, but also the other vendors on the wedding day. DJ MOJOE’s always prioritizes his interest to get to know his couples early on, to ensure that the type of music he plays ties into their personality.

Finally, just his mindfulness of everything. Of course it is the bride and groom’s day, but it is important that all the guests have a great time, so he goes the extra mile to tailor the music to everyone’s taste. He is truly a DJ who cares about everyone involved in making wedding day dreams come to life.

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Wedding of Corbin Bleu & Sasha Clements

On July 23, 2016, I had an amazing opportunity to DJ Corbin Bleu and Sasha Clements' wedding at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, CA. I also work with VOX DJs and am thankful they gave me this celebrity wedding. As many already know, Corbin Bleu is one of the featured stars in Disney's High School Musical movie series. Sasha Clements is a Canadian actress, and if you combine Corbin and Sasha, you get this amazing power-couple. 

At their wedding, I attended as their DJ/MC and was in charge of their cocktail and reception. It was a fun-filled event as there was a surprise transition in their first dance, Oscar Cartaya's live latin band, and an In-N-Out food truck at midnight! In this video, you'll see some of the behind-the-scenes footage taken that night from my point of view. The wedding was an absolute blast and I'm glad Sasha and Corbin had an amazing time too. Enjoy the video!

Wedding Planner:
http://belladestinee.com

VOX DJs:
http://voxdjs.com/

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