2010 was a great year and I would like to congratulate all of the couples that tied the knot! I was lucky enough to entertain 133 weddings in 2010 and every one of them was unique and wonderful. I want to thank all of you for allowing me to be a part of your "Big Day".

2011 is filling up fast and looks to be another fabulous year of weddings. I am looking forward to lots of new and unique ideas that will be incorporated into ceremonies and receptions. In response to this, we have upgraded our lighting packages and will be introducing a new slideshow/video package in the spring or early summer (check back here for details).

If you would like to hear more about our services, please feel free to contact us! The music library is always expanding as are the ideas!

CJ Wallace

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Brand New Video Package!

We hope that 2011 is treating you well so far! We had a great time this past weekend at the Wedgewood Vendor Meet & Greet at Eagle Ridge and we introduced a new Video Package. This package has been created for the budget minded brides and grooms that want to have a slideshow presentation at their reception but don't want to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to do it. In the past, the only option to spending a lot of money to have a presentation was to bring (i.e borrow or rent) a screen and projector in order to show all of your photos. Well, we have an inexpensive answer for you...

Our Introductory Video Package features (1) 32" video monitor and a custom slideshow that we can loop and play throughout your entire reception! We will even make the slideshow for you (of course, you have to provide us with the pictures)! At the end of the event, we even give you a copy of the slideshow in a DVD format that you can enjoy over and over.

If this is the personal touch that you would like to have at your wedding reception, please feel free to contact us and we can explain all of the details, pricing, and answer your questions.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011

Gilroy, Calif. – January 27, 2011- WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce C.J. Wallace-Mobile DJ and Lighting  has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Dj’s.

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

C.J. Wallace-Mobile DJ and Lighting stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud C.J. Wallace-Mobile DJ and Lighting for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that C.J. Wallace-Mobile DJ and Lighting is among the very best Wedding DJ’s within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/cj-wallace-mobile-dj-lighting-gilroy/24a057e6966d5a0c.html

For more information on the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire.com, the nation's leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on WeddingWire.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO), ProjectWedding.com and Weddingbee.com (both part of eHarmony), and Celebrations.com (part of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands, NASDAQ: FLWS). 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Advice from a DJ for "The Big Day"

From family to friends to professionals, everyone has advice for brides and grooms for the "Big Day". My first piece of advice is to do your homework and figure out what you want. After you figure out what you want, talk to the people that have done it to find out if it's realistic.

Every bride and groom know some of the basics about preparing for a wedding. The Dress, the tux, the cake, the food, the flowers and the place. From a DJ's perspective here are some suggestions on things to do to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

If you do not use a coordinator, make sure that you communicate with the DJ. If he is a good DJ, he is going to act as a coordinator and make sure that the facility staff, photographer, videographer, officiant (minister), bridal party, parents and the happy couple are on the same page and stay on time. Similarly, if you have a coordinator, the DJ will take his or her cues from the coordinator. Either way, communication before the "Big Day" is extremely important.

From a music standpoint, you should not stress about the music unless there is something special about what you want. Do not over think the music for dancing. You should focus on the music for the ceremony, 1st dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, etc. There is a simple reason for this, the energy of you and the guests will affect the type of music that entertains everyone. Most of the time, 10 to 15 specific requests and communicating the genres that you like most will give the DJ a very good idea of what will work for you and your guests. This will free up time for you to get your other "to do" lists done. But don't be afraid to provide a "Do Not Play" list! Sometimes that is more important than specific requests.

So, the bottom line is this.... Try not to stress out about the music. Communication is the most important thing. If the DJ has questions or concerns, he will talk to you about it if there is open communication... kind of like a good marriage!

Hope this helps!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

101+ Favorite 1st Dance Songs

For those of you that are struggling to find the right first dance song for your big day, here are the top 100+ over the past couple of years. Hopefully this can help you on your way to finding just the right song...

Top First Dance Songs (in alphabetic order, not order of popularity)

A Whole New World - Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
A Wink & A Smile - Harry Connick Jr.
All I Ever Needed - Brett Michaels
All My Life - KC & Jo-Jo
Always - Atlantic Starr
Amazed - Lonestar
Angel - Jack Johnson
At Last - Etta James
Back At One - Brian McKnight
Because You Love Me - Celine Dion
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Bless the Broken Road - Rascal Flatts
Breathe - Faith Hill
Brighter Than Sunshine - Aqualung
Can you feel the love tonight - Elton John
Chances Are - Johnny Mathis
Colour my World - Chicago
Crazy - Patsy Cline
Don't Know Much - Linda Ronstandt & Aaron Neville
Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
Endless Love - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Everything I Do - Bryan Adams
Faithfully - Journey
Fly me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
For The Love of You - Isley Brothers
From This Moment - Shania Twain
Good Morning Beautiful - Brad Paisley
Here and Now - Luther Vandross
I Can't Help falling in Love with you - Elvis
I Could not Ask For More - Edwin McCain
I Do - 98 Degrees
I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden
I Only Have Eyes for You - The Flamingos
I Swear - All For One
I Swear - John Michael Montgomery
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
I Will be - Leona Lewis
I'll Be - Edwin McCain
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
In your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
It's Your Love - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
Lady In Red - Chris DeBurgh
Lost in this Moment - Big & Rich
Lost Without You - Robin Thicke
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
Love Like This - Natasha Beddingfield
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
Love of My Life - Brian McKnight
Love of My Life - Sammy Kershaw
Lucky - Jason Mraz
Marry Me - Train
Masterpiece - Atlantic Starr
Me and You - Kenny Chesney
More than Words - Extreme
Only You - Platters
Open Arms - Journey
Soulmate - Josh Turner
Still The One - Shania Twain
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
The Prayer - Andrea Bocelli ft. Celine Dion
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Then - Brad Paisley
Time of My Life - David Cook
To Make you Feel My Love - Garth Brooks
Truly, Madly, Deeply - Savage Garden
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Unforgettable - Natalie Cole / Nat king Cole
When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole
When you say nothing at all - Allison Krauss
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
You and Me - Lifehouse
You and Me - Dave Matthews Band
You're Love Amazes Me - John Berry
Your Song - Elton John
You've Got A Friend - James Taylor
You've Got A Way - Shania Twain