Kate & Wayne’s Wedding at Hotel Monaco

The Paris Ballroom at the Hotel Monaco is designed with detail in mind, boasting both incredible sculptures, and an eye catching rug that greets guests upon entrance. As was the case in a number of prior weddings I’ve DJed, the ceremony itself occurred in the same location as the dinner, with cocktails being served in a separate location. The couple opted for a husband and wife team to provide acoustic guitar melodies and appropriate vocals for the ceremony. The entrance of the wedding party was quite regal, with the best men adorned in Airforce uniforms. After the ceremony, the guests moved to the cocktail location, and the staff brought out tables and candles to alter the look and prepare for dinner. After the cocktail hour, the room was again repopulated. I announced the entire wedding party at once to Micheal Jackson – PYT (amazing) and from there, things moved quickly into the first dance. After about 2 minutes of alone time, I announced that the Bride and Groom would like to get everyone else out on the dance floor for a brief celebration. Songs like Wreckx-N-Effect “Rump Shaker” really did the trick. 40 minutes of pure rocking passed, and hopefully everyone worked up an appetite as dinner was then delivered to each table. I have to say, I tried a few of the deserts, and the chocolate was certainly mind numbing. Dinner music was requested to be soothing, but with personality…..and the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, James Taylor, Nat King Cole, Alicia Keys, and Lauren Hill, were among those that came out to play. I also mixed in a few slightly more uptempo tunes to prep the crowd for what was to come after the toasts, eventually getting to Montell Jordan “This Is how We Do It”, and moving into some favorites of the night, including Maroon 5 “Moves Like Jagger” and Cascada “Evacuate The Dancefloor” , that really rocked it. The cake cutting was a necessary break from the wild party. By the end, the crowd was definitely feeling it, and I know I kept them fully pumped for the private after-party that followed.

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