Category Archives: Vox DJS

Calamigos Malibu Wedding:Bright + Beautiful

By | Calamigos Malibu Weddings, Catering, Event Planner, Rustic Wedding, Vox DJS, Wedding Consultant, Wedding Coordinator, Wedding Planner | No Comments

I had the true pleasure of working with this couple for their wedding last year, and I can’t believe it’s been that long!  they chose Calamigos Malibu for their wedding, and their colors were bright and vibrant, as brought to life by McCann Florist.  They were a fun and playful duo, and they and their families and friends made for a heartfelt evening full of stories and levity.  They also provided classy, rustic wood elements such as signage and escort ‘cards’ (of thin wood slices).

True Photography and First Look Films captured the best moments (and then some) and the team at Calamigos worked with Catering By Brenda, who provided the kosher meal.  Continental Bakery provided the delicious cake and Robert Corral of Vox DJs provided lighting and entertainment.

The space at Calamigos Malibu was the Redwood Room, a space that has been renovated in past years and reminds me of a mountain retreat with stone, wood, and other natural elements.

Rabbi Joe Menashe staged the ceremonial elements beautifully and performed a heartfelt ceremony, and La Folia provided classical music before, during, and after the wedding ceremony.

Calamigos white folding chairs ceremony space

Ceremony Malibu Calamigos Chair Aisle Decor

Ceremony Under Chuppah Calamigos Ranch

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Escort card table wood slices

Sushi Cocktail Appetizer Wedding

Jewish Wedding Ceremony Elements

Purple Orange Flowers White Wedding cake

Round Wood Wedding Signage

Calamigos Oak Room Ballroom Wedding

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Calamigos Ranch Oak Room Ballroom Wedding

DJs: Worth Their Weight In Gold

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First of all, let me start this somewhat manifesto-like post by saying I got no skin in the game moneywise, whether or not my clients hire a DJ.  I don’t survive on kickbacks and don’t believe in anything more than a nice thank you note or returned referral from bringing a DJ business.  Rather, here is why I recommend hiring a professional DJ:

1.  It makes everything run more smoothly.  Working with a pal as a DJ (I don’t mean a pal who isn’t already a proven wedding performer…I mean, one who has had no experience and is doing it for fun and kicks) can be a nightmare.  I’ve wrested “DJ”‘s from their sit down meal to please announce toasts or stop them from making an announcement well before its time because they didn’t listen to my instructions.

2.  Relying on an Ipod can make for awkward drops in music and variances in volume that harm the integrity of your event.  We do not run iPods for clients unless clients hire an additional assistant just for this, because we are not accustomed to the techniques of smoothly changing volume and segueing from one song to another.  We risk the music sounding clunky.  For ceremony music, we risk getting to the Ipod late because we are doing other things…like coordinating the wedding!  (A LOT can happen all at once before a bride walks down the aisle.)

Not sure what's going on here, but I do know the music was great at this wedding! Photo by Wasserlein Photography.

Tips for choosing a DJ:

1. Watch the price.  Bargain-priced, ‘cheap’ rate DJs have caused problems in the past.  One didn’t bring an assistant or a second setup, even though he had two rooms to setup – and despite multiple warnings and reminders, he was 20 minutes late moving the gear from cocktail to reception, and guests nearly walked into a silent room without music playing. Also, even though he scouted the space weeks before the event, his speakers were not attuned to the room’s acoustics and no one could understand what he was saying.  Another DJ was playing gangsta rap complete with the F word (!) till I ran over and asked him to kindly switch to the bride’s “must play” list before Granny had a heart attack.  He also needed a lot of handholding making announcements (“Okay, now announce WHO caught the bouquet…”) Anyways – I could go on, but I think you get my point.

2.  Require a site inspection from the DJ if it’s a tricky property they are not familiar with – particularly if you need multiple audio setups.

3.  If your inexperienced friend is (gasp!) doing the wedding, say a Hail Mary and be sure he/she knows your favorite tunes – “Must Play” and “Do Not Play.” If they don’t ask, take the initiative and send to them.

Our favorite DJs and companies are Silvertunes Entertainment, Vox DJs, Eddie Makabi (check out his instrumentalists as well), Dash Entertainment, and Lee Dyson / Hey Mister DJ. They are all reliable, professional, and have the uncanny talent to keep the crowd moving with “just the right song” – a skill that can make a huge difference in the quality of your event.  And yes – the sanity of your wedding planner!