Preparing for a Rainy Wedding in Gilroy

  I did a wedding this past Saturday in Gilroy. Based on the weather predictions, it was suppose to rain all day Saturday. My wedding clients were prepared and ordered a tent to protect against the elements. 

  When I got there, it was not raining so unloading and setting up was not difficult. The tent kept my equipment dry for the most part. It is ideal to keep some towels handy when the event when rain is involved. Electronics and water do not mix. It can be a little stressful when a speaker is getting wet without being dried. 

  The wedding folks were very prepared. They made sure they had other people to help setting up the party and be there for anything. We were provided with towels for the wet dance floor. At the beginning of the event, someone brought another canopy to add to the tent. It would be ideal to bring extra canopies just in case more ground has to be covered during a wedding. 

 For the ceremony, I had a wireless lapel for the officiant and a wireless microphone on a stand to hear the wedding couple to do their vows. I tested all wireless equipment and it sounded perfect. Then finally I put on a wired microphone close by and let everyone know its there just in case. It is always good to be prepared. 

 Although it was raining the whole time, the party was a huge success. Everyone was dancing even though it was raining cats and dogs. By being prepared made it a great as it was. It takes a team to make it happen and knowing who is in charge of what.

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Dave and Busters as an Event Venue in the South Bay

Dave and Busters as an Event Venue in the South Bay 

 

Dave and Busters (https://www.daveandbusters.com) is known as a fun place to have a good time with big screen tvs and to play video games. In Milpitas, they have a happening Dave and Busters where they can multiple parties at one time. They have multiple venue spaces and it depends on how big the party is. At Dave and Busters, they do have different packages offered with buffets and beverages and appetizer packages. In some packages, they give game cards to the guests. Some common questions answered: https://www.daveandbusters.com/party-and-event-venues/faq

 

I was able to communicate with the events manager to show me the venue before the event. I like to go to see where to park and unload and actually see where my equipment is going to be set up. She was awesome and was able to get me two tall tables to set up my equipment. I was able to set up 4 speakers and I was able to go as loud as I could without any limitations.  I was up on a stage and I had plenty of space for my equipment and set up my lights. The party started at 7 and the party-goers got the party going right away. The vibe was contagious and the staff was in a fun positive mood. They even helped me put my equipment away. I was in awe due to their awesome customer service. I was very happy playing at Dave and Busters. They venue was a big venue with a great staff that was easily assessable. I would definitely  like to play there again due to how professional the place was. 

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May 1st Playlist

Taylor Swift ft Brendon Urie ME!

LiL Nas X Old Town Road

Ava Max  Sweet But Psycho

Billie Ellish  bad guy

Sam Smith  and Normani  Dancing with a Stranger

Ally Brooke ft Tyga Low Key

Post Malone and Swae Lee Sunflower

Jonas Brothers  Sucker

BTS ft Halsey Boy with Love

Lil Peep and Ilovemakeonnen I’ve Been Waiting

Post Malone  Wow

Khalid  Talk

Meek Mill ft Drake Going Bad

J Cole  Middle Child

Mustard and Migos Pure Water

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Gilroy Gardens as a venue

Recently played at Gilroy Gardens located in Gilroy. I was able to contact the manager and she was very helpful and made sure she was available to guide me in the venue.  With the helpful staff, I was able to go through the employee entrance. Load in was very simple.  I asked in advance for a table and they gave me an extension cord. Once I arrive I asked for another extension cord and they were on it. I brought my big boy speakers and asked for a little barrier so dancers do not put their drinks or purses on them. This was done with little heads up and they were on it.

The coolest thing of the night was I left a mini table behind and I called the manager after midnight and she picked up and told me she would call security to locate it and text me if they find it or not. I just love the follow through. The manager even offered to drop off the table at my location San Jose once it was found. WOW. With teamwork, they found my table in the big park and I was able to get it back.  This is how this venue treats vendors and I was very impressed. I was very impressed with their customer service. I was working with 2 banquet managers and both of them went beyond the call of duty. 

Overall it was a pleasant experience. While I was playing my music students were dressed to the nines and it seemed like everyone was posting their experience on social media. The lights and the elegance made it a very special night. The park offered unlimited games and rides for the party goers. Students were able to win prizes that whey were proud of. Students seemed very excited and happy. Gilroy Gardens is an excellent place to have your party! 

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April Playlist 2019

Lil Nas X Old Town Road 

Post Malone and Swae Lee Sunflower 

Jonas Brothers Sucker 

Post Malone Wow

Ava Max  Sweet but Psycho

Sam Smith and Normani Dancing with a Stranger 

Ariana Grande  7 Rings

Khalid  Better

Halsey  Without Me

J Cole  Middle Child

Blueface  Thotiana

Meek Mill ft Drake  Going Bad

21 Savage  A Lot

Lil Baby and Gunna Drip Too Hard

Billie Eilish  When the Party’s Over

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First Wedding Dance Mistakes

The First Dance of the wedding is monumental. There is debate that folks say the couple should dance the whole song so they couple can relish the moment and the videographer and cameraman can get different angles of the couple during the dance.

I do not believe in should. All weddings are a product of the couple so they can choose how long their song and dance can be. If the couple wants to dance for a few minutes and the dj can fade the song away can be an option. If a couple cannot decide on one song, the dj can premix two songs into one and couples can be creative with their dance. The first song can be a slow song then it can turn into a salsa song to add some spice to the dance. Speaking of being creative, the couple can hire a dance instructor for their first dance. Also communicate with your dj so he can play the song when the couple are on the dance floor since it may be choreographed. It would be good to get the right song version. Best advice, that I can give is to practice the first dance with the music before the wedding. Practice the moves and also smiling. Some people get nervous and forget to smile. 

 

When does the first dance happen? When I help set up weddings, I do suggest having it right after the grand entrance. All the attention is on the couple so why not grab their attention for a few minutes more. There is no food in front of the guests so there have less distraction during the first dance. 

First Dance Mistakes

Love Songs Playlist

Diana Ross and the Supremes Baby Love

Stevie Wonder  Part Time Lover

En Vogue  Don’t Let Go

Janet Jackson  That’s the Way Love Goes

Stevie Wonder  I Just Called to Say I Love You

UB40  Can’t Help Falling in Love

Beyonce and Jay-z Crazy in Love

Stevie B  Because I Love You (The Postman Song)

Mario  Let Me Love You

Diana Ross and Lionel Richie Endless Love

Al Green  Let’s Stay Together

Whitney Houston  I Will Always Love You

K-Ci and Jo Jo  All My Life

Alicia Keyes  Fallin

John Legend  All of Me

James Arthur  Say you Won’t Let Go

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Feb 2019 Playlist

POST MALONE AND SWAE LEE SUNFLOWER

ARIANA GRANDE  7 RINGS

MARSHMELLO AND BASTILLE HAPPIER

POST MALONE  WOW

SAM SMITH AND NORMANI DANCING WITH A STRANGER

BENNY BLANCO , HALSEY AND KHALID  EASTSIDE

KHALID  BETTER

A BOOGIE WIT A HOODIE LOOK BACK AT IT

BAD BUNNY FT DRAKE MIA

FLIPP DINERO  LEAVE ME ALONE

CARDI B  MONEY

J COLE  MIDDLE CHILD

HALSEY  WITHOUT ME

LIL BABY AND GUNNA DRIP TOO HARD

KODAK BLACK FT TRAVIS SCOTT AND OFFSET  ZEZE

MEEK MILL FT DRAKE GOING BAD

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