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5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Wedding DJ

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Wedding DJ

If you are planning a wedding in southern California, here are some compelling reasons to think about hiring a professional DJ. (more…)

Private Events That Call for Live Entertainment

Private Events That Call for Live Entertainment

You wouldn’t think of having a wedding without some kind of live performer such as a band or a DJ. And yet we often have private gatherings for friends and family for all sorts of other reasons and don’t think about the value of hiring a live entertainer. Here are some more private events that call for the right type of entertainment:

  • Anniversary parties
  • Graduation parties
  • Birthdays
  • Bar/Bat mitzvahs

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Tips for Livening Up a Boring Corporate Event

Tips for Livening Up a Boring Corporate Event

Do you feel that your corporate events have become stale? We’re going to take a fresh look at some of the events your company can liven up with a little advanced planning.

  • Product launches – A product launch should be an exciting event. To make it even more special, be sure to select a theme for the event. Make sure it is related to the release, so no one is confused. Then have relevant experiences and entertainment for your attendees to enjoy.
  • Holiday parties – Holiday parties usually end up being about the food (and drinks), but you can add even more to the event by hiring the right sort of entertainment. If you have a staff that likes to dance, a band is a great way to surprise the team. For a crowd that would rather watch with just a little interaction, a magician may be perfect.
  • Conferences – The number one way to improve a conference is to make sure the speakers are good. After that, be sure to reward your team with some good entertainment in the evening after the conference, especially if everyone has to be away from home for the event.

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The Ultimate Wedding Music Checklist

The Ultimate Wedding Music Checklist

If you are getting married any time in the future, then you have to start thinking about the music now. Here is a checklist to help you remember the many details that go into having the perfect music at your wedding.

  • Hire the live entertainment – Whether it is a band, a DJ, or a solo artist, selecting your live wedding entertainment is the first step.
  • Pre-ceremony music – Don’t let your guests arrive in complete silence. Have a music list for songs to play as guests arrive. Keep the music quiet enough to allow for conversation.
  • Select your wedding party and bridal procession music – These are two of the most important songs. The tempo will set the pace for how everyone walks down the aisle, so be sure to have the actual songs for your rehearsal.
  • Leave time for a soundcheck – If the band or DJ isn’t allowed into the ceremony or reception areas until guests are already arriving, either your attendees will hear the soundcheck or there won’t be one (which can lead to all sorts of problems once you need music to play).
  • Have must-play and must-not-play lists – This will help steer your entertainment in the direction you want.
  • Select a short song for your first dance. Unless you want to be out on the dancefloor for 5-6 minutes with everyone taking pictures. We’re not judging.

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Why Your Venue Needs to Partner Up with an Entertainment Booking Agency

Why Your Venue Needs to Partner Up with an Entertainment Booking Agency

Do you run a venue that regularly hosts various special events? One of the things that all of your clients have in common is that they need some type of entertainment. Whether it is a large corporate event, a wedding, or even a small private gathering, the entertainment will play a key role.

Why not get yourself a part of the action and provide an additional service to your clients by partnering up with an entertainment booking agency to offer the best local live talent San Diego has to offer? Here are a few reasons a partnership will be beneficial to your venue.

  • Offer convenience to your clients – This can be a big selling point to someone looking for a venue. Being able to package the live entertainment is more convenient than having to seek a separate booking source.
  • Charge higher prices – Whether you are including the cost of the entertainment or simply offering it as an option, this can still allow your venue to fetch a higher price thanks to the fact that you are providing extra convenience.
  • Increase client satisfaction – Reviews are everything in the venue world, so anything you can do to get a leg up on the competition and get those five-star reviews is something to consider strongly. Providing the right entertainment options may be just what you need.

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Wedding Music Mistakes to Avoid

Wedding Music Mistakes to Avoid

If you are planning to take your wedding vows anytime in the near future, then one of the things you have to be thinking about is music, both at the ceremony and at the reception. Here are a few wedding music mistakes you need to watch out for.

  • Not having enough diversity – No matter how much you enjoy one particular genre of music, no one is going to want to hear it and dance to it for 5 hours. A little variety will get everyone involved and give your wedding that “something for everyone” feel that attendees will remember.
  • Forgetting to come up with a do-not-play list – Most couples have a list of musts, but a list of must-nots is just as important. This will ensure that those songs you hate won’t get played on your special day, even if a well-meaning guest requests them.
  • Having the first dance be too long – Most couples don’t want to be in the spotlight for 5-6 minutes, slow dancing while everyone just watches or records it. Try to find a song that is less than 4 minutes. You may be able to get a DJ to cut it down or find an alternate version of a longer song you like, or perhaps your band will come up with their own shortened rendition with enough notice.

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How to Decide Between a Band or a DJ for Your Wedding

How to Decide Between a Band or a DJ for Your Wedding

When you are deciding between a band or DJ for your wedding entertainment, there are a number of considerations. Here are a few quick pros and cons to help you make an informed decision.

Wedding Bands

Pros: There’s nothing quite like a live performance. When a band is interacting with the wedding guests, it can create a really special atmosphere that you want on your big night.

Cons: Bands tend to be more expensive than a DJ, if for no other reason than a band is multiple people. Also, a band is limited to playing the songs they know, so you don’t have as much variety or opportunity for special requests. (more…)

Tips for Planning a Small to Medium Business Event

Tips for Planning a Small to Medium Business Event

Big corporations aren’t the only businesses that need to hold events. If you operate a small to medium-sized business (SMB), how can you make sure that your team building events, seminars, holiday parties, and other private events meet their full potential? Here are a few quick tips to help you meet your event goals and to provide the best live entertainment for your attendees.

  • Understand the event purpose – Other than holiday parties, business events are rarely just to have a good time. Have a good understanding of your goals before you proceed with event planning.
  • Choose the right venue – You need a location that will fit your team (and their family’s if they are invited as well). The purpose of the event will have a big effect on the venue. For example, if you are having a seminar, you want good lighting and acoustics. For a holiday party, you are probably looking for a venue with some kitchen space for your caterer to work in and a dancefloor for when the entertainment starts.
  • Plan a menu – Is the event going to be all day long and require one or more meals? Is it a shorter event in the evening where you can just offer appetizers? If the purpose is recreation rather than all business, will there be a cocktail hour?

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5 Creative Corporate Event Ideas

5 Creative Corporate Event Ideas

If you want to step up your corporate game at the next big event, we can help. Here are a few ideas to really wow your attendees. Some of them may even forget they are at a corporate function and genuinely just have a good time.

  • Have customizable food stations – Whether it be a coffee bar or a sundae bar, being able to interact with foods and beverages is a great way to make attendees happy and give them exactly what they want.
  • Hold a contest – Whether it is a raffle or a scavenger hunt, get everyone involved in an activity and give out some nice prizes.
  • Hire a magician – Magicians are known for being able to work a room. Add a little magic to that, and you have the recipe for some delighted attendees. Ben Silver, based out of southern California, is a perfect choice for your corporate entertainment.
  • Hire an aerial DJ – Where music and acrobatics meet in the middle, you find one of the most unique live artists. Mami Chula combines captivating aerial skills and thumping bass to create an experience your guests will never forget.

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2019 Wedding Entertainment Trends

2019 Wedding Entertainment Trends

The royal wedding certainly had a major effect on US wedding trends, but there are many things to keep an eye out for in 2019. Some couples have decided that the same old entertainment just won’t do for their event. Here are some things that are trending:

  • Alternative wedding entertainment – Rather than just sticking to the usual musical entertainment, some couples are opting for alternative options. Would your guests be entertained by a magician? There are plenty of exciting options.
  • Instrumental soloists – Rather than a full band or DJ, some couples have been opting for an instrumental soloist. Whether it is something more traditional like a pianist or something a little more modern like a saxophone or violin player, there are plenty of instrumentalists out there to choose from.

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