|Contact Me - Your email will be answered in a few hours (unless I'm at the wedding).
Newsletter - January 2007
This month issue
I wish everyone a very happy new year. I had a real fun Christmas season last month. I am relaxing during this slow wedding season. 2007 looks better than 2006. My first wedding of the year will be in March.
I would like to talk about wedding vendors. I'm not trying to give you wedding "Tips". I went to many weddings over the years and I wanted to talk about what I experienced. These are only my personal opinions.
Depends on your situation, wedding planner is either a "must have" or "Not necessary" item. You can do without a wedding planner if you know somebody who would LOVE to dedicate time for you. Sometimes a good DJ can partially act as a wedding planner. Sometimes bride and groom can direct the event well. Below is my breakdown.
In most part, DJ is a "must have" item. I rarely see a successful wedding without a DJ. If you want to have a wedding without a DJ and provide your own music, your taste of music has to be really good. I've seen some couple playing music that's significant ONLY to them. That will make the entire guests extremely bored. Wedding is supposed to be a party. Usually, you want to make people feel like dancing. Even if you hate disco, you must play some disco. Even if you hate oldies, you must play some 40's ~ 60's for older generation.
A good DJ can read people and change music according to.
My opinion is that DJ should talk less and play more music. Below is the items you need to think about on your DJ.
If you can afford - Yes!
You don't have to have live music for your wedding ceremony. You can do with recorded music just fine. After wedding, you will not regret anything. You save money.
But, having live music will make your wedding much classier. If you can afford live music, you should get it. (I stress again, "If you can afford".
Usually ceremony musician will play quiet music before the wedding ceremony to create the mood. After your wedding ceremony is over, the musicians usually play a few more songs as the guests exit to the reception place. So, you are hiring a wedding ceremony musician for 1 hour max in most cases.
In some cases, ceremony musicians will play live music until the grand entrance. Sometimes the ceremony musicians are used for the beginning part of the reception. The musicians usually provide soothing sounds while the guests eat and chat.
DJ will take over when the "Party" starts. The musician will be released at that point.
In most cases, musicians providing live music for ceremony will not provide music for the entire wedding reception. Because, violins and harps will not make people to boogie down.
Over 50% of Ventura County's population have Hispanic heritage. That's why I speak Spanish (boquito ).
There is a huge variation in musical talent with mariachi bands in Ventura County. Some mariachi bands are super talented. In contrast, some mariachi bands are clearly not as good. I guess what's important is that all of the mariachi bands in Ventura County will bring you the good feeling of being at home. You may want to ask for some audio sample or you can visit them on their practice day for the initial meeting.
A few items to go over.
Happy New Year
Recent blog posts