Outside Wedding vs Inside Wedding

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

I recently experienced to different weddings back to back, One of the weddings took place in a beautiful backyard with plenty of space, the ceremony and dinner reception was 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.


Guests showed up late to wedding

Have you had restless nights thinking that your guests showed up late to your wedding?  When it comes to planning your wedding there are several factors to consider to ensure that your guests arrive on time and don’t walk in during the middle of the ceremony.

When we sit down with our couples to discuss the timeline of events and what time the ceremony is starting, most couples assume that the time on their invitation is also the time that the ceremony actually begins.   That moment that you begin the seating of the mothers, or the officiant walks up to the microphone.  If you say your event starts at 5pm, will that mean that your guests are then going to show up at 4:30pm, which means your DJ, or live musicians should then start 30 minutes prior to your contracted time with them, if you are paying for 5 hrs of time, then will 30 minutes come off the back end of the event?

It sounds very confusing and is there the right answer?  The best advice I heard from Marlene Widawer with www.invitationmaven.com who knows first hand about timing, suggests to include the following on your invitation “Ceremony will begin promptly at 5:30pm”  this should give a good signal to the guests that they will have to account for the following:

1-Travel time

2-Traffic in the area (get the Waze App on your phone if possible)

3-What is the parking situation

4-How far of a walk from your car to the ceremony location

5-Where to drop of the gift prior to sitting down

6-Weather conditions- do you need a Jacket or an umbrella

7-how easy is your seat access (avoid walking in front of photographer)

8-just as a bonus ( don’t forget to silence your cell phone)

Always keep in mind the weather if you are planning an outside wedding, if its going to be hot, check out the location at the same time you plan to have the ceremony to ensure the sun is not beating down on your guests. will your venue provide a water dispenser, or provide fans.

Always have a plan B, if you are checking the weather, and there is a slight chance of rain, let your vendors, especially the ones with electrical equipment have the option of being placed under a canopy or umbrella.

Glen Tavern Wedding Santa Paula DJ

The Glen Tavern Inn located in Santa Paula is a fun venue for an outside wedding reception.

Andrew Glen Tavern Ceremony Santa Paulaand Sydney’s wedding was a blast as they celebrated their wedding day at the Glen Tavern hotel located in Santa Paula. The Ceremony had a great space for all the guests and a nice breeze.  Something that was unique about this wedding was the guest were first invited for cocktail hour at 5:30 pm and then the ceremony was called for 6:30 pm which gave everyone time to have a drink and get settled.

We had a fun introduction with some mini bio’s about the wedding party and went straight into the blessing and the Buffet in which the guests had to answer trivia questions best Wedding Dj Santa paulaabout Sydney and Andrew in order to eat.  After we had the toasts, we invited them onto the dance floor for the first dance and went into the dancing portion of the evening.  The backdrop of the hotel has some great lighting, we also included uplights around the bushes to add a little more decor as the night fell upon us.   Everybody seem to have a blast as we played a variety of music for the intimate # of guests, approx 65 were there to celebrate with Sydney and Andrew.


The Glen Tavern Inn website   for your next weeding off the 126 is great for a guest count of approx 100 and depending on weather conditions can make for a really fun wedding or special occasion, not to mention you can also book some rooms for your guests they want to stay and celebrate. the music does have to be off by 10:00 pm for noise ordinance.

Newhall Mansion Wedding DJ Piru

The Newhall Mansion in Piru is an amazing venue when planning your next wedding.

I recently worked another wedding at Newhall mansion and I must say, it’s one of my favorite outdoor venues in the Santa Clarita area, just about 10 miles west of Santa Clarita to be exact.


Newhall Mansion ceremony

The Wedding ceremony space is just off the side of the house with plenty of space to accommodate your guests.  there are several ways to set up the ceremony from having it under a tree to facing the mansion.  depending on the time of year, especially during the summer, if you were to start the ceremony about 5:00 pm you would have enough shade from the trees to avoid the sun beaming on your guests.


My favorite part of the reception area is that there is plenty of space for your guests to enjoy, Newhall mansion wedding Djwhether its hanging out at the Bar gazebo or relaxing by the pool area. Most weddings will have the Buffet located inside the mansion which also provides a kitchen for the staff.  There is plenty of lighting form the market lights to the house lighting, but having uplights located around the venue can add that special touch to the atmosphere.




We had the pleasure of working with a terrific staff and vendors for the evening:

Wedding Coordinator:  Tricia Dahlgren Events  tricia@triciadahlgrenevents.com

NewHall Mansion contact:  Adam Brooks  guestrelations@newhallmansion.com

Video: Matrimony Films  matrimonypictures@gmail.com

Photography:  Krista Ashley Photography   info@kristaashleyphoto.com

Officiant:  Ken Kraft   ken@dreamdayweddings.org

Flowers: Joji Rose   Jojirose@me.com


5 Fun Ideas for wedding cocktail hour

Cocktail hour at your wedding is the beginning of your entertainment, so make it entertaining.

What can you provide for your guests that is going to keep them busy and entertained while you and your wedding party are getting their pictures taken. Here is a list of the top 5 cocktail hour ideas at your wedding.

  1. wedding cocktail hour Game show trivia Game Show trivia- Everyone loves trivia and what better way to entertain your guests with various styles of trivia from jeopardy to wheel of fortune, you can even customize the answers to be about you.
  2. Giant Jenga- this game is becoming more and more popular, but besides participating in it, its also fun to just watch.  you can offer variations to the game from kids against the adults or battle of the sexes.
  3.  Candy table with a twist- if your cocktail and reception are in the same room, place the various candy’s on each table and have the MC announce to make your way around each table and fill your candy bag.
  4. Who am I- want your guests to mingle more? provide each guests a card with a famous person, or character in history and each guest has to guess who’s name is on your card.
  5.  Hire a Magician- at a wedding you say? yes, what better way than to have a walk around magician creating fun entertainment for your guests as they mingle.

Wedding cocktail hour should be fun and high energy for your guests as they get excited for what is to happen the rest of the night.  Be creative, if you have a theme, be sure to implement it throughout the evening. Happy Planning.

Photobooth vs DJ

Will your next event have the Photo booth vs the DJ, battling it out for guests to participate?

Photo booths have been the latest craze at weddings and private events for many years now and they don’t seem to be slowing down.  Are you planning on having a photo booth at your next event?  With all the fun props and the new technology such as green screen backgrounds to instant social media posts, it’s no wonder guests are having a blast when using a photo booth.  So why DJ vs Photo booth, I’m sure if you were to survey 100 Djs about their thoughts on a photo booth at an event at least 70% who say they find them to be a distraction and take away from the dance floor and energy which they have been hired to provide, and the truth is they can be unless you consider the following conditions that can be successful for both vendors.  Here is a list of ideas to consider once you hire the photo booth.

1- Timing- how many hours do you need the photo booth for? If you are having a cocktail hDj vs photoboothour before the event, this would be a good time to start the photo booth as guests enter into the room.  But if you want your guests to be dancing at the end of the night consider stopping the booth at least 1 hour prior so the focus is only on the dance floor.

2- Space- Most Photo booth vendors require at least a 10×10 space for their booth and a props table, does your location provide you with that.

3- Location Location Location- One of the many complaints you will hear from a DJ is when the photo booth is located outside of the main reception room, this is a definite way to lose many of your guests and not be engaged with what is happening, consider the toast, the Dj will have to step outside the room and invite the guests waiting in line to take their seats as opposed to it all being in one area. (probably the biggest consideration for a successful night)

4- Will the Photo booth vendor coordinate with the DJ, I have experienced several rude and obnoxious photo booth attendants who don’t care that a toast is coming up or the first dance and keep the booth open, a good attendant will work hand in hand with coordinators and DJs to hold off on taking photos while something special is happening.

When looking for a good value in a photo booth company, ask who will be attending the booth and are they flexible on timing.  What props do they have or can provide that may be unique to your event.

One of my favorite photo booth companies I enjoy working with who create those moments and are friendly and have all the bells and whistles is Peter Martinez with Photo Touch Booth  Give him a call at (818) 634-7822 to see what other great services he can provide for you.