Hiring just a DJ might not be enough

Hiring a DJ for your wedding can be stressful. Are they going to be fun, keep my guests dancing, create fun moments, sound good on the mic and not be cheesy?

When it comes to your wedding day, you may actually need more than just a DJ. Have you ever been to a wedding where the DJ was horrible and you as a guest left early.  Now its your turn to find the right DJ who is going to keep your guests informed, entertained and excited about your wedding.

Having Just a DJ who only plays music, doesn’t have good mic skills, isn’t able to connect with your guests will have a huge impact on your wedding.

Having a skilled MC (master of ceremonies) at your wedding can really help set the mood, create the tone and manage the pace of your reception.   There are some companies where the MC  is also the DJ and others where there is a 2 person team.   So how do you know which is best for you?

If you have a coordinator, typically averaging from $900-$2500 for a day of, they can help manage the timing. But if you don’t have one, who is going to let the staff know when to pour champagne for the toast, prep the cake , notify the photographer about a special dance?

Having just a DJ alone without any Mic skills or formal training can really hurt the flow of our wedding.  If you have a large wedding party and require lots of direction, a DJ who is also an MC could most likely handle the tasks but also find themselves running back and forth between music sets.  With a 2 person team, the DJ can focus only on the music to rock your party and the MC can help manage all the other formalities.  It’s almost like having a coordinator their at the event.  Don’t get me wrong, We love working with coordinators, they will also help set up the reception and help guide with the ceremony and many other duties.  If you would like a list of some of my favorites, you can email me at graham@silvertunes.com

So if you thought playing music was the only thing a DJ does, Look at what I do BEHIND THE SCENES to ensure your wedding day goes of flawless.


  • Compare notes with catering manager/wedding coordinator:
  •  Review agenda
  •  Find, test and adjust lighting controls
  •  Verify reserved sign on family table
  •  Check cake table for : utensils, plate, napkins
  •  Check head table for toasting glasses
  •  Verify wedding party seating arrangements
  •  Clarify grand entrance path to head table
  •  Perform a thorough sound check
  •  Check with banquet captain that meals are ready to be served


  • Discuss grand entrance and toast with photographer/videographer
  • Confirm with those doing additional toasts/blessings
  • Brief those toasting on microphone technique
  • Announce for remaining guests to be seated for the grand entrance
  • Alert catering staff to pour for the toast
  • Verify that the toast has been poured at head table
  • Cue up grand entrance song
  • Discuss the following grand entrance details with the wedding party:
  • Line up wedding party for grand entrance
  • Confirm toast with best man and maid of honor
  • Brief best man and maid of honor on microphone technique
  • Where will they walk and stand
  • Seating arrangement and when to sit
  • Guide bride to hand of her bouquet
  • Clarify agenda for the remainder of the reception


  • Discuss Agenda for reception with additional vendors
  • Announce buffet guidelines
  • Announce any games or activities
  • Cue up centerpiece giveaway song
  • Release guests to buffet line
  • Discuss following details with bride and groom
  • Does the bride have a garter on already
  • Does the bride have her purse for honeymoon dance
  • Timing for the father/daughter dance
  • Timing for the mother/son dance


  • Cue up first dance
  • Announce first dance will be happening soon
  • Give catering staff an estimated time for cake cutting
  • Alert parents about upcoming special dances
  • Alert wedding party for upcoming dances/toasts
  • Cue up father/daughter dance


  • Coordinate with photographer and videographer timing and entrance
  • Introduction of master of ceremonies
  • Announce for the wedding party entrance
  • Cue up background for the meal


  • Alert photographer for cake cutting and bouquet and garter toss
  • Notify bride and groom of upcoming specialty dances
  • Alert maid of honor to have bouquet ready and money bag
  • Discuss with catering manager about cake cutting
  • Prep best man and maid of honor for money dance
  • Prep photographer about location for group photo


  • Discuss exit and timing with coordinator and photographer
  • Prep bride and groom for grand exit
  • Coordinate with venue with location for sparkler exit
  • Finalize best shot for exit with photographer
  • Make additional announcements for parking with guests
  • Let guests know how the night will end
  • Turn up venue lighting
  • Break down equipment
  • Do a final sweep of venue for lights and cords
  • Clean-up work area

If you would like to learn more or set up a quick chat me to discuss your wedding click here to schedule a quick chat. 

Finding good wedding songs

Is finding good wedding songs driving you Mad?

When it comes to finding the right wedding songs for your big day, it can be so frustrating, I don’t blame you, with all the new music coming out as well as the oldies but goodies, it can really start getting to you.

There is so much music and moments throughout your wedding that you have to start thinking about, forget the linens, flowers, bridal dress decisions, we’ll not really, but have you considered what goes into planning your wedding reception music?

Every moment, from the beginning as your guests arrive to the last dance should tell a story about you, why you chose a particular song, doe it have a significant meaning about your relationship, was it the first song you rocked out to in your car together.

Many factors go into selecting the right songs and that is where your DJ should really sit down with you and discuss what matter most.  Here are just some of the moments you need to consider as you plan for your wedding day.

  • Guest Arrival
  • Ceremony
  • Cocktail hour
  • Wedding party entrance
  • Your grand entrance
  • Between toasts
  • Dinner
  • first dance
  • Father/Daughter
  • Mother/Son
  • Cake Cutting
  • Bouquet/Garter
  • First song to invite guests
  • Last Dance

…and that’s just half the list.  Having the right planning tools not only save you time but help guide you in the right direction so on the day of your wedding you get to relax, enjoy and dance.  If you would like to learn more about our online music planner, be sure to reach out to us and we would be happy to set it up for you.  www.silvertunes.com  call or text us at 818.533.8863


Pets at your wedding

Are you including your pets at your wedding?

Having your pets included in your wedding can be very cute and personal. Many couples have pets at home. They are part of the family and may participate in your ceremony and \ or reception.  How would you like them to make an entrance, or walk down the aisle

There are plenty of options.

 wedding pets

  1. Walk down the aisle
  2. Bring the wedding ring
  3. Pull a wagon with the ring bearer
  4. Fetch the bouquet
  5. Share the ring pillow at the front
  6. Have your bird friend whistle a song

Who will take care of your best friend after the ceremony, while you are at the reception, or gone on your honeymoon?

Timing can also be a factor, make sure the pet is ready to go on cue, whether you have trained them or have a friend walking them down. Also make sure they have gone potty before they are sitting next to you during the ceremony, nobody likes a smelly ceremony.

Happy Planning. www.silvertunes.com

Personalized Wedding Tables

Personalize your wedding tables to connect with your guests

Wedding tables can be more than just flowers. Tell your guests something about you and your spouse, there are many fun ideas to share with your guests a story about you or something that is important to you both. You can either create table names , photos or fun numbers that have significance, they don’t always have to be in numerical order. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Table Nphoto-centerpieces-non-floral-centerpiecesames

  • Places visited while dating
  • Places to visit during honeymoon
  • Popular honeymoon destinations
  • Famous married couples 
  • Sporting teams
  • Favorite songs, album covers, artists
  • Movies, actors, stars
  • City, State, Country name guests traveled from
  • Romantic words – Love, Joy, Cherish, Serenity 

Assigning seats, reserving tables, or not, you can still name the tables. Guests will then have a sense of belonging, a better connection with everyone at their table, and an improved party spirit that will set the stage for a fun Wedding.

 Photoshop Tip

Place your faces into pictures of famous places you would like to visit. As if you had been there. Hawaii, Paris, Hollywood, London etc.

 Significant Numbers

Ask guests to guess the significance of the numbers on the their table.

  • 452=Number days you dated before the proposal
  • 2=Number of dates before your first kiss
  • 6=Number of pets
  • 2381=Birth date

For more great ideas or questions feel free to contact us at sales@silvertunes.com


Wedding Castaways Burbank

We had fun celebrating Dean and Marcela’s Wedding at Castaways Restaurant in Burbank.

The weather was perfect outside in the courtyard for the ceremony.  With a intimate number of guests, approx 50, We made our way into the Laguna Room for the buffet Lunch which was spectacular and Dancing.

After the grand entrance, Dean and Marcela enjoyed their first dance as husband and wife. followed by the lunch buffet, We had the toasts and allowed the guests to also say a few words.

Cupcakes followed for dessert and dancing continued till we ended at 4pm.  We played some Bolivian music for marcela’s family and fun latin hits as well as a mix of 50’s and 60’s music.

Everyone had a fun time and stayed till the very end.  Cupcakes were provided by Doris Mishaelain 310-800-3157

Contact us today for this months specials.  Call/Text: 818-533-8863


Outside Wedding vs Inside Wedding

What is the difference between an outdoor wedding and indoor wedding in California

I recently experienced two different weddings back to back, One of the weddings took place in a beautiful backyard with plenty of space, the ceremony and dinner reception were outside.  The indoor wedding venue took place inside a large airplane hanger.

outdoor weddingWe experienced to completely different results. The outside wedding reception on a hot sunny day required guests to find and stay in the shade, as it cooled down, it became a beautiful night and there was plenty of space to be in various parts of the property, not keeping all the guests in one area.  When it came to making announcements and getting everyone together, it was a bit more difficult.

The following wedding where all guests were located in one specific area, the sound and the energy was completely different.  Not only where we able to control where all the guests were, but when it came to dancing, everyone was together. The bar was also located in the same room which can have a huge impact.indoor wedding

When considering a location space for your wedding, think about where your guests may wonder off too or whether having them all in the same space will create a better outcome and what you had in mind for your wedding.

Coordinator vs Event Manager

Is the sales manager the same as your coordinator?

have you hired a wedding coordinator? Many couples will select a venue that has the sales manager, who is going to secure their event date and make sure the right amount of staff is hired for the day. But will they also help coordinate the event?wedding coordinator

This has been a misconception for most brides, even if the the sales manager is around, they are there typically showing prospective clients the layout of the venue.  sometimes they may stick around until the ceremony but then what? who takes over?

The banquet captain is going to facilitate the food and beverage service and if you don’t have a coordinator then the DJ/MC will most likely be responsible for the flow of your event.

Whether you hire a full service coordinator who will help you starting from scratch, finding a venue, securing vendors, managing insurance, payments decor, just to name a few items you can always hire a DAY OF COORDINATOR.   another misconception is that they are only there on the day of event, NOT TRUE….Most day of coordinators will start the preparation process with you at least 3 months out.   Check out a few of my favorite coordinators I work with that will help guide you as to what style of service they offer and packages.

Events by Holly Gray          Ask for Holly

Intimate Gatherings           Ask for Koryn

Tonight’s Gonna be a Good Night    Ask for Deborah

I recently DJ’d a wedding where the couple had hired an outside coordinator, She was pretty consistent throughout the night until it came to the toasts.  She came up to me and asked me to announce for everyone to take their seats as we are ready to begin the toasts, I looked out and said to her “shouldn’t there be champagne in the glasses before I make that announcement”  sometimes it can be those little things, or was it?  having an experienced coordinator that works well with other vendors is always a good formula for success.

Wedding DJ with British Accent

I am a Wedding DJ originally from England and Yes I am losing my British Accent, How Sad.

Does having a wedding DJ with a British accent really matter? So my family and I came over on the Mayflower back in 1981, when I was a young lad at the age of 9.  I remember my dad telling us on the plane that we will need to learn some american words, such as sneakers as opposed to plimsolls, or that lemonade was called 7-up.

There was a time when everyone would ask me to say something, just to hear my accent, it almost got to be to much at one point, but i guess i can say it was also flattering.

GrowBritish Wedding DJing up in San Diego and starting my DJ company back in 1994, I really had a niche that was different and separated me from a lot of the other companies out there, but having the accent was always a plus, who doesn’t like to hear a British accent, as long as they can understand you.

So fast forward 22 years, having been a wedding DJ for that long has taught me one thing and that is whether you are British or American, my clients really love accents.  several have relatives at their events that are just visiting and seriously put me to shame, but thank god, they can still hear parts of my accent.  One of my strongest abilities at an event is my Master of ceremonies skills that I have taken so long to master and still today continue to learn whether its being in Toastmasters or improv classes, I am always striving for new and innovative ways to create an experience over the microphone for my clients.

What comes out of the mouth of your MC, whether they have a cute accent or not is still important to most clients because we are a direct representation of you at your wedding.

I always joke that my accent is fading fast, but I really hope that it stays with me as long as I am performing weddings and other celebrations.

Here is a video of me making fun of my accent.  enjoy.



Giracci Vineyards and Farms Wedding

Giracci Vineyards and Farms Wedding reception in Silverado, California.

We had a spectacular evening celebration with Molly and Patrick for their wedding at Giracci Vineyards.  From a high energy grand entrance to sharing the special moments on the dance floor with their parents. The night was filled will great speeches and lots of dancing for all their guests.