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Hotel Huntington Beach Wedding DJ

Hotel Huntington Beach is a modernized hotel right off the Beach exit of 405 Freeway, across the street from Bella Terra and next to Old World Plaza. There’s a really cool bar and patio next to the lobby called Bar Rouge, that I used to teach DJ mixing with a non-profit group. It’s a perfect bar to plan an intimate birthday outing or a mixer / social of under 80 people.

The ballrooms are on the opposite side of the hotel and are easy to get in and out of, logistically speaking. I provided lighting services for a Holiday Party with a Chinese bank. Services included uplighting in two colors with dimming capabilities on the stage, stage spot lighting, and miniature moving head follow spots. The projector was provided by the client, but I can do that too.

This hall, as well as the bar and dining areas at this hotel is a hidden gem in HB.

Sound for Wedding Ceremony

Whomever you decide to hire for your wedding ceremony sound, make sure they have broadcast quality wireless microphones and the knowhow to use them. This is the ceremony that binds you and your fiancé together for the rest of your days, you want to make sure you do everything in your power to always remember that it was beautiful and perfect.  This is the one day out of your life that you will benefit from the use of the highest quality sound equipment; don’t skimp out on this part.  Use what the Hollywood pros use.

The world of wireless microphones, not to mention the world of live sound, is a very delicate and volatile craft and it takes years of training to master the techniques necessary to pull off a flawless ceremony. Part of it is in using the best equipment available. Here are a few differences comparing high quality wireless mics from low quality wireless mics:

1. Acceptable Make & Models:

  • Audio Technica ATW Series
  • Shure SLX Series
  • Sennheiser EW Series

I own nothing but Sennheiser wireless equipment (enough mics for two full weddings) one of the units indeed came out of a satellite news broadcast van from a network TV station in Los Angeles (down-size bad for them, good for me!)  You want to walk away from these low quality brands:

  • Pyle
  • VocoPro
  • Nady

Here are some brands that haven’t proven to be worthy or unworthy:

  • Line 6
  • Behringer

Feeling lucky?  Just go with the tried and tested three!

2. UHF vs VHF

These are different frequency bands, and though it’s not the main determining factor for how high quality a transmitter / receiver might be, the professional microphones run on the UHF band (yes, as in the Weird Al movie.)  You might notice that most discount mics are VHF.

There are digital units that run in the Giga-Hz ranges, but unfortunately, many of the companies that produce them have not been tried and tested for their dependability like the three above.

3. Operable distances

Cheaper mics often have a usable operating distance of 20 feet.  This means that the further away you take your microphone away from the receiver past a 20 feet radius, the less reliable it becomes, causing interruptive noise.

The Sennheisers have a 300 foot operating distance (under ideal conditions), and 100 foot real world usable distance.  This means that you can have a good amount of walls, bodies, furniture between the microphone and receiver, and you will still be able to depend on a signal fairly strong for up to 100 feet.  Or in other words, if your sound guy is 20 feet from the chapel, that signal is going to be impenetrable.

4. Options

The professional microphones have more options than the cheaper ones, and unfortunately, is more complex as well.  You will need to make sure your sound guy knows how to operate the equipment proficiently (just ask him what the “squelch” is for; it’s a noise gate that stops low amplitude interference in the tuned frequency from registering as a mic signal).

The easiest way to root out the sound guys who don’t understand how to use professional equipment, is to see how much experience they have doing live sound or stage work or wedding ceremonies.  Your usual nightclub DJs NOT going to have any experience in this field though he might insist that he know’s what he’s doing; DO NOT ASK HIM TO BE YOUR SOUND GUY.

Single-Op

DJ Dais is a single operator company, meaning the owner is your event day DJ & MC, as opposed to a multi-operator, where the boss of the company (the person with the most experience) DJs the highest paying event, while managing employees or contractors who are DJing smaller weddings contracted on the same event date under the same company (could be your wedding!)  In a single op DJ company, there is only one contract accepted per event date, and you are always assured that you get DJ Dais, not a contractor or lesser experienced DJ & MC.