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The placement of the entertainment plays an important part in the success of your reception. There seems to be a little trend of centering the dance floor and then placing the DJ on an opposite wall or in a corner, sometimes as much as 50-75 feet away. In most cases there are tables between the DJ and the dance floor. Whether you are using a band or a dj, they need to be located where they can best do their job, and that is by the dance floor. The speakers need to be up on stands for the best possible sound, and you don’t want tables with guests between the speakers and the dance floor. Two major problems arise when this takes place: one is that the guests seated at the tables in front of the speakers are usually not happy about it, and the other is the music volume needs to be louder since it has to travel further to reach the dance floor. It is also important that when the band or dj is doing the introductions or facilitating the toast that they can be seen as well as heard. If you’ve ever been to an event where someone is making an announcement, but you don’t know where it’s coming from, you notice everyone in attendance looking around the room trying to find out where the announcer is. And finally, a professional DJ with good equipment does not need a lot of room; a 5 foot by 4 foot space is usually enough. With a little planning you can still have the dance floor centered and the DJ next to it. Please consider these thoughts when planning your special event. Your dj or band will appreciate it. And in the end, so will you and your guests.

~ Mike

Mike Hogan is a full time professional DJ/Emcee with over 20 years of event experience. He is considered by many as one of the best and the majority of his business is by referral. Mike is a preferred vendor at over 30 of San Diego’s finest hotels and event venues including The Hotel Del Coronado, La Costa Resort and Spa, The La Valencia Resort, The Rancho Bernardo Inn and The Grand Del Mar. He is also the DJ of choice for many of San Diego’s top reception coordinators and corporate event planners. Mike has fun at what he does and takes great pride in a full dance floor and a happy client; you can rest assured he will do all he can to assist in the success of your celebration! Entertainment At Large can also take care of all your lighting needs, from Custom Glass Gobos to LED uplighting we will make your venue look it’s best!

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JIIN & ALLEN 08.14.10

Allen and I met in Vegas! Yes, Vegas. I guess, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas haha! We met at the club called Tao. The next day, we went on our first date official date. Allen was from San Jose and I was in San Diego, so we did the long distance thing for about a year, until Allen made the move to San Diego. A year later, Allen proposed to me.

It was a pretty easy choice when we decided to go with True Photography. Aaron was the first photographer to call us back, so being prompt was really important to us. Aaron was the only photographer we had spoken to, but because he was so friendly, easy going, seemed to know his stuff, and the photos were amazing, we signed the contract right away.

So many people were like, “Weren’t you guys tired of smiling and taking pictures?” But no, we didn’t even feel like it was any work at all. It was really fun, and a very easy experience. Michael and Eddie were both awesome shooters. Everything went so smooth and felt very organized that we were able to spend a lot of time with our guests.

~ Jiin (Our Bride)

Images courtesy of True Photography Weddings. Especial thanks to all of those who made Jiin & Allens special day a dream come true….Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, La Fleur, Entertainment at Large- Mike Hogan, Concepts Event Design,  MSI , Raphaels, The White Dress, Wedding Paper Divas, Edelweiss Bakery.

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