Reggae and Hip Hop Wedding at San Diego Botanic Garden

Behind the DJ Booth is a preferred DJ vendor at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California which is how our latest couple found us.

San Diego Botanic Garden is a beautiful and unique venue that has everything you could desire in an outdoor venue. Whether you have your wedding in the Walled Garden, Victorian Gazebo Lawn, or Lawn House Garden you cannot go wrong with any of them. Holding anywhere from 60-300 guests they have a location that will fit any couples’ needs.

The Victorian Gazebo Lawn is located in the center of the garden and can hold 200 guests seated at tables and 300 guests seated. It is naturally picturesque with flowing plants and mature trees surrounding the area. This area of the Gardens is available for daytime ceremonies and evening receptions. The gazebo is the perfect spot for a quiet moment with your spouse during the hustle and bustle of your big day.

The Walled Garden is a lovely, intimate option for your wedding as well seating 180 and 72 seated at tables. The historic Larabee House opens up to the Walled Garden which is enclosed with adobe and tile walls surrounded by ferns and trees. The Walled Garden is available for daytime wedding ceremonies, parties, showers, anniversary celebrations, evening wedding ceremonies and evening cocktail receptions.

The Lawn House Garden is a unique option in that it's proximity to the Palm Canyon Rainforest offers the sounds from the three story waterfall while creating a tropical backdrop. This spot it a fantastic option for daytime ceremonies, daytime wedding receptions, parties, showers, and celebrations. This area sits 60 at tables.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Waterfall View Deck. Somewhat secluded this little spot is perfect for 30 seated guests and small daytime ceremonies. It overlooks a three story waterfall that is surrounded by exotic foilage.

DJing at an outdoor venue requires an entirely different set-up due to how the acoustics work in the space. Which is one of the reasons that San Diego Botanic Garden uses Behind the DJ Booth. Since we are a preferred vendor they know we provide quality sound and experiences while following the sound ordinances for the area. The garden is located in a residential area so the venue has very strict sound restrictions.

 

When this couple reached out they already knew we worked well with the venue, once they knew we could create the vibe they wanted it was a perfect match. The musical vibe we created had a mix of Tropical, with artists like G-Eazy, Collie Budz, and Camila Cabello, Hip-Hop, with artists like Drake and Kanye West, and Country, with artists like Creadence Clearwater Revival, Luke Combs, and Luke Bryan. The San Diego Botanic Garden is a perfect venue to play a wide range of music since it's a beautiful open space.

If you’re looking for a DJ to cater to the experience you’re wanting for your guests while delivering superior customer service and quality then contact Michael with Behind the DJ Booth for your next event or wedding at www.behindthedjbooth.com/contact/. Serving Orange County, CA, all of Southern California, and open to travel.

**DJ tip**
Since the garden is located close to a residential area, the venue has very strict sound restrictions. It's important to choose a DJ that reflects your personality and tastes in music; but it's also just as important to choose a DJ that's familiar with the strict sound requirements at the San Diego Botanic Garden. In fact the DJ has to sign a form at the beginning of the event to ensure that the DJ abides by the rules.

Photo credit: Chelsea Jimenez Photography

 

Classic Wedding at the Estate on Second with a Star Wars Surprise

Ceremony in Santa Ana, CA

Mike and Melanie decided to work with Behind the DJ Booth when they were recommended by LanAnh from Mele Amore Events. They wanted someone who could play a great mix of classic rock, funk, 80s, and some pop music.  Melanie especially likes The Beatles and Mike was in a band so Michael was sure to play music that fit both of their interests. 

The wedding had a timeless and classic feel from the venue to Melanie’s dress. The venue was at the Estate on Second in Santa Ana, Orange County, CA. Michael and the wedding planner were able to help Melanie pull off a couple of surprises she had for Mike throughout the day. The first surprise was when she had him play the Star Wars main title song during the grand entrance and then when lightsabers were handed out to guests on the dance floor. Both surprises were pulled off without a hitch and the lightsabers really added a fun element to the dance floor. 

The overall musical theme and vibe Michael created was inspired by classic rock and soul funk music.  Michael made sure to play a lot of bands similar to The Beatles, Commodores, The Isley Brothers, Tuxedo, Prince, mixed in with the classic rock and soul funk music. If the guests wanted to make a request they had to go up a flight of stairs so Michael knew that if they made the trip then that song was important to them. Michael was sure to play the song if it fit the vibe.

If you’re looking for a DJ to cater to the experience you’re wanting for your guests while delivering superior customer service and quality then contact Michael with Behind the DJ Booth for your next event or wedding at www.behindthedjbooth.com/contact/. Serving Orange County, CA, all of Southern California, and open to travel.

 

**DJ tips**

For any surprise performances or other surprises, let your wedding coordinator, DJ, and any other vendors involved know as soon as possible to they can prepare for the surprise.  For Melanie and Mike, LanAnh prepared two timelines; one for the vendors to prepare for the surprise and one for Melanie and Mike (which excludes the Star Wars song and light saber surprise).

Hazelnut Photography - http://hazelnutphotography.com/
Mele Amore Events - www.meleamore.com

 

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the Estate on Second Venue

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Choosing a DJ is so important because they are going to set the tone for your wedding or event so you're going to want to be sure you choose someone that will give you, and your guests, the vibe you're desiring.

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As they went about planning their destination wedding in San Diego at The Brick at Liberty Station Sean and Chelsea envisioned a hip, creative, and fun wedding. When they discussed the music they both entrusted Michael with the list.

Fun Filled Dance Pop Wedding

Fun Filled Dance Pop Wedding

After some discussion they knew he could create the fun down to earth dance vibe they were wanting for their big day. 

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San Diego Outdoor Wedding Venue Spotlight

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Outdoor Wedding Venue

Are you thinking about holding your wedding in the North County, San Diego area? San Diego is one of the sunniest places in the US. On average, there are 220 sunny days each year. So you picked a great area for an outdoor wedding. 

Would you like a venue that is not only beautiful but also unique? If so, check out the San Diego Botanic Garden. You can hold your wedding ceremony and reception at the gardens, and never leave to take photos elsewhere, either. The gardens make a beautiful backdrop. 

Any Size Wedding

Whether you'd like a small, intimate wedding that includes those who are closest to you, or a larger wedding with 300 of your closest friends, the gardens can accommodate you.  

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Surrounded by tiled and adobe walls, the Walled Garden can accommodate up to 180 seated guests at your ceremony and 72 seated at tables for the ceremony. Having your ceremony in the walled garden means framing your wedding with a beautiful view. The historic Larabee House nearby adds another layer of character and is available for a variety of events.

The Victorian Gazebo Lawn is in the center of the gardens. It's a large lawn surrounded by trees and greenery. The gazebo itself provides the perfect backdrop and the opportunity for a quiet moment between you and your fiance after the ceremony. 

The lawn can accommodate up to 300 seated guests during your ceremony and up to 200 guests seated at tables for the reception. Imagine dancing your first dance under the open sky. 

Lawn House Garden can hold 60 seated guests for the ceremony and the same number seated at tables. If you plan to hold a cocktail reception, then you there is plenty of room for up to 150 guests. 

The Lawn House Garden is a multi-level, gated area that ensures you and your guests' privacy. It's located adjacent to the Palm Canyon Rain Forest, which means that you can hear the soothing sounds of the waterfall in the rain forest, as well as see the beautiful tropical plants in the background.

Ask about the Waterfall View Deck for showers. It holds up to thirty guests. 

Music and Dancing in Outdoor Spaces

Hire only the best to provide the soundtrack for your outdoor wedding. How do you know if someone is the best? Start by asking about their past experience. Ask how many outdoor weddings they have DJ'd. Look at their reviews. 

Lighting and sound for outdoor weddings requires a different setup. Sound (and lights) in an indoor venue bounces off of surfaces such as walls and ceilings. In an outdoor space, there isn't anything for the sound or light to bounce off of. So, it's important to hire a professional who understands the differences and the nuances of providing quality sound outdoors, and has the equipment to make the appropriate adjustments. 

If you have your heart set on an outdoor space such as the gardens, ask the venue who they recommend as vendors. They will know who has worked well in the space and who hasn't. Many outdoor venues must follow the local noise ordinances and prefer to work with DJs who have experience following the guidelines. 

Behind the DJ Booth is a preferred vendor for the San Diego Botanic Gardens. If you're interested in using San Diego Botanic Gardens for your wedding, then I would be happy to discuss your wedding with you.

It's Your Day

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No matter where you hold your wedding or who you hire to provide you with music, your wedding is about you. Choose someone who understands that and makes an effort to get to know you. Choose someone whose tastes align with yours whether that be the caterer, photographer, or florist. Your day should reflect who you are. 

 

 

Santa Monica Wedding with top notch food, killer music and amazing friends

Santa Monica Wedding with top notch food, killer music and amazing friends

Behind the DJ Booth was incredibly honored and blessed to be a part of the Santa Monica wedding of Chef Ben and Pia. The wedding day included some of the most amazing culinary creations we have seen yet! And the crowd partied late into the night. All in all, a perfect wedding day!