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All music and entertainment related questions for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Questions on timelines, unique reception ideas, hiring wedding entertainment, finding entertainment professionals and even other things like: How to(and why you should) make a seating chart (don't put the talkers near the dance floor!), The different TYPES of DJs/Bands and how you can find the right one for your event. We also offer a "Grooms Workshop" to help educate the newly engaged GROOM.

Experience in the area

Over 23 years experience as a Disc Jockey with the last 18 years as a wedding entertainment specialist. Experienced in planning, helping to coordinate and entertaining clients and guests in a professional, fun and elegent manner. In addition I have taught several seminars on interaction (as an entertainer), microphone skills, business plans, keeping yourself educated, digital DJ'ing and more.


American Disc Jockey Assoc., Pacific Coast Disc Jockey Association (Past President & also a founding member), Southern Calif. Entertainers Assoc., ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants), Bridal Assoc. of America, Oxnard Chamber of Commerce.


Mobilebeat Magazine, Ventura Wedding Guide, Santa Barbara News Press (wedding suppliment article),,,,,,, (their wedding section),, and of course on our website at: as well.


I teach seminars for other entertainers on subjects such as; Marketing, Advertising, Web Search Engine Optimization, How to help your clients even BEFORE they hire you, Pricing your services fairly, Knowing the REAL cost of doing business, Ethics for DJs (buying music, licensing, insurance, etc.). I have also attended (and continue to do so) numerous seminars specifically related to mobile dj's as well as workshops and seminars for coordinators, speakers, team building, presentations, voice skills and more.

Awards and Honors

Past President of the Pacific Coast Disc Jockey Association, also past Vice President and a Founding Member. We also are the ONLY Entertainment company in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties that has passed the rigid qualifications to become a "Certified Wedding Professional".

Past/Present Clients

We keep our clients information confidential. However, if you need some, please specify how many and we will contact some of our clients to get permission to give you their contact information. We never just 'assume' that a client is a reference, we ASK them if they would like to be one and, if so, how they would like to be contacted (email, phone, text, etc.).

What do you like about this subject?

I truly enjoy helping brides and grooms plan their weddings so that they will really have one of the most memorable and fun day of their lives! I love music of all types, from classical to hip-hop and I guess the thing I most enjoy is when, at the end of the event, the Bride & Groom come over with big smiles on their faces and tell me how much they and their guests really enjoyed the event.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I will continue educating myself on the latest music, speaking skills and equipment used for my craft. I also want to help 'raise the bar' for DJs and to help rid our industry of the 'cheezy' and unprofessional entertainers.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

I also teach a 'Grooms Workshop' in our area which helps show and explain (with fun and humor) ways they can help plan their wedding as well as help keep their bride-to-be less stressed before the wedding. We also give tips on how to keep your marriage happy and fun, planning the honeymoon, picking gifts for groomsmen, and even what your best man needs to know.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Music can be VERY controversial. We often hear "Play something good..." when the dance floor is PACKED. What's good for one person may not be for another. Weddings have people of all ages, ethnicities & genders so it's key when choosing music,and,MOST IMPORTANT in my opinion, to find music that won't offend your grandmother(foul language,etc.) but that you and your friends will like to dance to!

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Liz07/18/12101010thank you for your help.
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Recent Answers from Alan Mckenzie

2012-09-04 wedding music:

Kimberly,  I am sorry to hear of your fiancee's loss.  I lost my father when I was 11 and it's still having an affect on me to this day.    As to songs, both of the ones you narrowed it down to are great

2012-07-13 question about dj prices:

There are MANY differences in entertainers.  Just like some actors (like extras) who have little experience are paid only $50 per day, while others (like Tom Cruise) are paid MILLIONS, it's a matter of

2012-04-25 timeline for walking down the aisle:

Debbie,    The determining factor is the length of the song being played for their entrance... Typically, if you space them out 30 seconds apart (no more than that or it looks funny) that gives you 1.5

2012-01-19 Formal Wedding Banquet:

April,    This is a tough one.  Typically, the Entertainment will set the tone for the event and if you're using a string quartet and NOT playing any types of 'dance' music, the tone will be VERY low key

2011-02-11 Uncle/Niece wedding dance:

Well Kayla, there are many options available to you... Here are a few:    Wonderful World - Louie Armstrong OR Rod Stewart    You've Got A Friend - James Taylor    When the stars go blue - The Corrs, with


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