I recently took my family to universal and went on the Tram ride and it sucked.
A month before, we went on the tram ride and it was my favorite ride, amazing and fun. So how could two rides that do the exact same thing, take you on the exact same route have a completely different experience and outcome? If you haven’t already guessed it by now, yup, it was the tour guide. The Host, the Conductor the person responsible for taking us on a fun journey, the individual who was hired to entertain us and explain where we were going and what was about to happen.
As you know, theme parks are not cheap and neither is your wedding, you may have booked the perfect venue, hired the best photographer, purchased gorgeous flowers and hired a good DJ, but if you don’t have the right MC, (Master of Ceremonies) the one person responsible to guide your guests through your incredible night with purpose, passion and enthusiasm, your wedding WILL fall flat. Like the tram ride, everything else was already in place, played out and done in a certain way, but without the personality behind the tour, it felt really boring. Our first tour guide we experienced was funny, enthusiastic and you could tell loved what he did and it showed. I’m sure he had done that ride several times a day but you could tell he enjoyed it. The second tour guide, felt they were going of a script that had been readt a thousand times, no expression, excitement or energy. You don’t want to hire someone who is just going through the motions to get paid and wants to get your wedding over with do you? My advice would be when hiring your DJ entertainment, ask if the DJ is also the MC and get a feel for their personality because I can guarantee you that even if the music is great your guests will definitely notice a boring MC. Check to see if we still have your date available and find out what DJ/MC we have that will match your personality and provide you and your guests an amazing wedding experience.
Dealing with wedding party members who have had too much to drink on your wedding day.
I recently performed at a wedding that when it was time for the toast, one of the members of the wedding party had too much to drink and was unable to perform the duties.
It can be a bit nerve racking for the bride and groom to just sit there while your best man or maid of honor spill out stories of your past or bring up some embarrassing moments, but when it comes to the toast, you also hope that the person speaking isn’t to intoxicated to take the speech to a another level.
Here are some tips to guide you in preventing a potential Roast instead of a toast to occur.
Choose wisely – Obviously its common for either the best man or maid of honor to say something at your wedding, but you also may be familiar with their drinking habits, are they early drinkers or late drinkers at an event.
Manage the timing- Most speeches occur either before the meal or after based on geographic location, east coast or west coast. typically at weddings in California, mist toasts happen towards the end of the meal, If you start to see members of the wedding party drinking too much, I suggest having the toast ASAP, maybe even before the meal.
Have a standby-It never hurts to be prepared and have another member of the wedding party to either read the speech if the best man is too drunk to stand, or ask another member of the party to fill in as well.
Don’t be afraid to stop the toast-If it seems its going on longer than expected or getting to feel uncomfortable, STAND UP and walk over to the presenter, it’s a clear signal that its time to wrap things up.
Notify your M.C. – Prepare your MC of any concerns you may have for the toasts and ask how they can politely bring closure to a toast that may be getting out of hand.
Overall your wedding is a day of celebration, fun, laughter and experiences. Just be sure to also take it slow on the alcohol consumption for yourself as well so you may enjoy those moments that you have taken so long to prepare for.
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Indian wedding event at the Hilton Universal City.
We had the pleasure of providing the music, dance lighting and sound support for Karthika and Siv’s Wedding which took place at the Hilton Universal City, with a guest count of 450.
The guests arrived at 5pm and enjoyed plenty of food outside the reception hall, while inside the staff was preparing the tables and decor for a fabulous party.
We introduced members of the wedding party onto the dance floor and then shared Siv’s and Karthika’s love story of how they met prior to being introduced into the room to the Back to the future theme, as Siv is a huge fan, (like me).
The Wedding party and several friends then came out to perform special dance routines for the couple with a variety of music styles.
We then opened up the dance floor to all the guests prior to the dinner buffet being served.
After several photos and Siv’s dance with his mom, we once again, turned down the light and kept the party going till midnight.
We had met with Siv and Karthika several times prior to their wedding to discuss the music and the timing of everything. Music was important to them as their families are from South India, they wanted to have a mix variety to cater to the many guests who would be attending. We played a variety of music consisting of Tamil, Punjabi, Hindi, with a mix of hip hop, R&B and traditional wedding classics.
If you are planning an Indian wedding and looking for a specific style of music or decor, be sure to contact us or check our availability online. 818.533.8863
The 250 guests arrived for pre-ceremony and were seated in a circle around Jillian and Ryan. They had asked Valentine to be their officiant for the ceremony and he did an amazing Job.
Cocktail hour took place in front of the mansion with a mix variety of Sinatra style jazz and funk.
Guests where then invited to the reception space where they enjoyed dinner, fun toasts and an entertaining grand entrance.
When it was time for dancing, We invited some friends up to show us how to dance that turned into a packed dance floor that continued throughout the night. Chicago pizza was served for a late snack along with donuts and cake for dessert. Photobooth was set up by the pool along with the open bar. Jillian and Ryan were so awesome to work with and getting to know them.
This video was taken by me just after we had invited several of their friends to kick of the dancing to “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo. The energy on the dance floor was constant throughout the entire night. We ended the evening with a “friendship circle” to Friends in low places by Garth Brooks. then we had a sendoff in front of the mansion as they drove away in style.
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The night was spectacular, with the help of an amazing team of vendors.
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Looking for a Rustic, Western feel for your upcoming wedding?
We recently provided entertainment services for this gorgeous rustic, western style wedding located in Aqua Dulce for Cody and Jake. One of the best features about this location is the backgrounds and the Saloon which hosted the bar.
The ceremony took place at Le Chene restaurant and then the guests where shuttled just a block away to Copper Ranch where they enjoyed cocktails and flavored popcorn.
I had the opportunity to take a video of the location while I was setting up to show you how unique and different it is from other venues around Santa Clarita and Aqua Dulce.
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 [email protected]
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:
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
ARRIVAL OF WEDDING PARTY:
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
ENDING OF THE MEAL:
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
MIDDLE OF RECEPTION:
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
END OF RECEPTION:
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
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.
Wedding party entrance
Your grand entrance
First song to invite guests
…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. silvertunes.com call or text us at 818.533.8863
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.
Walk down the aisle
Bring the wedding ring
Pull a wagon with the ring bearer
Fetch the bouquet
Share the ring pillow at the front
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.