Dance with your mama at your wedding!

Happy New Year! Like it always is this time of year, it is time to wipe the previous year off the book and look forward to the new one. I am going to make my first blog entry on a topic that I come across all time. I wish to urge all grooms to dance with their moms at their weddings!

I don’t want to sound like I’m preaching here. But as a DJ who has done nearly 1,000 weddings, I do notice something. You will always see the father/daughter dance, but many times you will not see the mother/groom dance.

I kinda get that. Let’s face it, guys! Many of us don’t really like to dance. We feel uncomfortable doing it. Myself, I love it. But I did take social dance lessons and was once a member of performing dance team. At the many weddings I do, I do notice that the guys are content to help hold up the bar. Nothing wrong with that!

But to get back to my topic. You moms out there correct me if I am wrong but as I see it, the groom/mother dance is a big deal. In a way, it is the mom’s way of telling her son that he has now transitioned from being her little boy to being her new daughter-in-law’s husband. It is a moment that she has looked forward to ever since the day he was little. It means a lot to her.

There is one thing I do say to the grooms whose weddings I work when I learn there will not be a mother/groom dance. If the reason is because his mom can not dance, does not like to dance, or (Heaven forbid) is not there, that is one thing. But if the reason is that the groom does not feel comfortable being out there on that dance floor with everyone watching, here is what I say.

Think ahead 30 years. By then, your mom will now be in her 70’s or later. Her hair will be gray and she will not be as strong as she once was. She may not even be able to walk without help. She might even be gone.

If you are willing face the regret at that time, then there is nothing I can say. But I hope you will not want to say “I should have danced with my mom”. Please take the three minutes or so and dance with your mom. You will be happy later that you did.

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Wedding on December 6, 2014

Last weekend was a wedding reception at a rather special venue. The Nouveau Antique Art Bar is a small, intimate bar located just southeast of downtown Houston along Main Street. The Metro Light Rail runs right next to it. This … Continue reading

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10 things you don’t say to a DJ

Every DJ hears these things whether they are working at a club, wedding, or party. After awhile, they do get old! So I will make a mild attempt at educating the masses. And read with a little bit of a sense of humor because some of these, I am being a tad flip. So without further adieu …

10 things you don’t say to a DJ

Well, make a suggestion! The DJ has to play to the crowd, to everyone – what you may not want to dance too, someone else may do back flips for.

Uh, all the songs I play have a beat – otherwise they’d just be melodies, and it would not work!

3 … I DON’T KNOW WHO SINGS IT AND I DON’T KNOW THE NAME OF THE SONG, BUT IT GOES LIKE THIS…(insert poor attempt at humming or beat boxing said song here)
Remember the Billly Joel song “The Piano Man”? Remember when the lines “Son, can you play me a melody, I’m not really sure how it goes?”. Well, if you can not name the artist or the song title, you are no help! And please don’t try to hum-out or sing the song you’re trying to request. With all the noise that is going on around me, I can not really make out what you are trying to sing anyway!

Oh, really? So you polled all patrons in the place and, as their (self-)appointed spokesperson, you are requesting the song? Yeah, right?

Dude! Step up your game! If you are counting on me to help you get laid, you’ve got bigger problems! You got game, you can get laid to anything!! Shoot, buy the album and get some for a month!

You better be either the one who is signing the check or showing me a few dollar bills, preferably ones with Andy Jackson, U.S. Grant, or Bennie Franklin on the front. Shoot, hand me one with Bennie on the front, I GUARANTEE your song will be next!

It will be a lot easier for you to go have another beer and figure out what you want to hear than it is for the DJ to recite the name of every track in my DJ software library. So go get yourself another drink and think about what you want to hear!

It is not wise to to say this when the dance floor is packed (but it happens, almost every gig, anyway)! Even if there is only one person on the floor shaking their booty – it still contradicts the statement.

See #4. So you went around and polled everyone in the place and they all told you that they will dance to it if I play it! Sure, you did!

If you’re at a club or event that doesn’t play hip-hop, don’t ask “you got any hip-hop”? Just take out your ear buds and plug in your iPhone.

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Halloween Parties

I love to DJ Halloween parties. Halloween always brings out the little kid in all of us. As a child, I have many happy memories of roaming the neighborhold, knocking on doors, and yelling “Trick or Treat!”. Often times, we would have so much candy, we could open a candy store!

It is always good to see adults come out in their costumes and see what their “alter ego” might be. My favorite over the years has always been as a pirate and I have had many different variations over the years including one year as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Last night was such a party. I love songs such as “Monster Mash”, “Thriller”, and “Ghostbusters”. I also pull out “Adams Family Theme”, “The Munster”, and “The Time Warp”. Many awesome costumes were there. Since it was mostly married couple, there were a lot of couples costumes. There was Popeye and Olive Oly. There was Bonnie and Clyde. There was a pirate and his wench.

The hostess told me that it would not a very “rowdy” party, as pointed out, as I pointed out, it was mostly married couples that were out for night without their kids. Most were happy to have the night out. They still had a great time which is all that matters.

I still have Friday, October 31 available for a party so if you are in the Houston area and need a DJ, give me a call! (713-320-5017).

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WeddingWire World Houston 2014

WeddingWire World Houston

This past Monday, October 20, was the Houston stop on the Wedding Wire tour, the 4th of five stops WeddingWire will do this year. Held at the JW Marriott in downtown Houston, it was a great opportunity to hear some great speakers on various topics related to the Wedding industry and network with other professionals. It was a good day.

Two speakers really intrigued me. The first one was Traci Brown, a body language and persuasion expert who has spoken on the topic on many occasions. During her presentation, she pointed out how otherwise overlooked mannerisms can tell you what a person is really thinking and whether or not they are telling the truth. It was certainly amazing what we don’t look for.

The other was Kathryn Hamm, President of, a online site affiliated with WeddingWire that caters to the growing market for same-sex weddings. Her message was simple. Gay and lesbian people simply wish to legally marry who they choose, even if that person is of the same gender. She was very respectful to straight couples which I really liked. In the state of Texas, same-sex marriage is not legal but she believes it is only a matter of time before it is.

The one thing that I did notice is that I did not see many other DJs there. They missed out, you just never know who you might meet or what you might learn. It is always good to network.

I know that for 2015, WeddingWire World will be held at Washington D.C. I certainly hope I can make it up there.

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Remembering 9/11

Today is the 12th anniversary of the worst attack on US soil. I can still recall where I was when I found out, I was at home when my older brother called me from Dubai. He told me that he had heard something about a plane hitting the World Trade Center. I immediately turned on the TV to see the second plane plow into the South Tower.

At that moment, I knew it was no accident, this was a terrorist attack. At first, I felt shock and then anger. I hoped that our leaders would understand that there are elements in this world that want nothing less than to totally eliminate us from the world. They can not be negoiated with, they can not be reasoned with, and they can not be appeased. The only way to deal with them is to take them out. In time, everyone who perpetrated that attack was dealt with including the one who masterminded the entire affair. But I will not dwell on them.

Instead, I will remember the 3,000+ people who perished on that day including New York City firefighters, police officers, and first responders who answered the call and did not return. The people who went to work in the towers that day like any other day and did not come home. But I would like to recognize the passengers of Flight 93 who rose up and took on their hijackers, because of their actions, many more lives were saved in Washington D.C.

May they all rest in peace …

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Wedding out in the country … with a little rain!

This past weekend was a wedding out in the country about 90 miles from Houston. The venue was Las Brisas Farm located just outside the town of Fayetteville. After booking the event in January, I accepted a Facebook friend request from the bride Traci and over the next several months, I would follow her progress to her big day. I would also work closely, as any good DJ should, with her and her fiance Ronnie to make sure all the ducks were in a row from my end.

The charm of Las Brisas Farm is that it is set up for outdoor weddings. The DJ (that being me) sets up on the porch of a bunkhouse which overlooks the reception. There is a covered spot where the guests have dinner shown in the picture below taken from where I was set up.


The plan was to have the ceremony out at a spot called Cathedral Arbor shown in this picture.


Then the reception would take place in the area shown above in the first picture. Only problem was that Mother Nature had other ideas. As you will notice in the pictures, it is overcast. Shortly after these pics were taken, a rainstorm blew in. And was it a rainstorm. I had to quickly break down my gear and get it indoors in the bunkhouse. Meanwhile, Ronnie and others decided to go with Plan B which would mean that the outdoor ceremony would move into the bunkhouse and I would set up my system in the party barn. It turned to be the right decision as the rain never let up.


From there the event went off great! I did have an anxious moment as in the rush to get my gear indoors, I found I misplaced my cell phone. I spent the rest of the event turning over every spot where I thought I had put it. Nonetheless, I still an event to do and I would worry about the phone later.

So where was the phone? Well, somehow, I had put it into a pocket in my laptop case but did not find it until I was packing up. I had even checked that section of the case but evidently did not look hard enough! I was just glad I found it. The funny thing was I had told a groomsman that I will probably find it in a spot that was right under my nose the whole time. And it was!

I did learn a few new things for the future. One is that I will always bring a tarp when I know I will be setting up outside, the tarp I have is more than large enough to cover my gear and keep it dry. The second is that I will also bring my EZup pop-up cover as well and have it ready to go.

Nonetheless, it was a great event to be a part of. I do want to thank Ronnie, Charlie, and a couple of other groomsmen who helped me look for my phone. I would like to praise the work of four boys, all of them around 9-10 years, for their help moving my gear from the bunkhouse to the party barn. And last of all, I want to thank Ronnie and Traci for their willingness to help me out in the event I could not find my phone.

And finally, I wish to once again thank Kathy at Las Brisas for recommending me as a DJ. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate Ronnie and Traci on their wedding and offer my best wishes on their new life together. It was a pleasure to work with you the last few months, I do hope you will stay in touch.

Of course, I must add that one thing you can no do anything about no matter how much you plan is the weather. LOL!

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What a wedding DJ does

You are now planning that big day … the day of your wedding. One of the important pieces you are looking for is your DJ.

You find out that a friend of a friend is a DJ at a local nightclub. Or maybe you have a family member who has been dabbling in DJing for a little while. After all, all the DJ does is play music for dancing. If this is the line of thinking, nothing wrong with it but proceed with caution.

The dancing portion is only just one part of many protocols and moving parts of a wedding. There are also announcements, toasts, the cake-cutting, special dances, and the bouquet/garter tosses. Not to mention coordination with the caterer, photographer, and videographer. This is where your DJ will also need to be a Master of Ceremonies or emcee.

A skilled and experienced wedding DJ knows when those events are to occur and keep the participants advised as when they will occur. If not, you will get awkward silences, empty dance floors, and poor timing and coordination with the other wedding professionals on-site.

When every part of the reception transitions smoothly from one to the other plus a full dance floor, it usually means a fun event. Knowing how to do that does not happen by chance, it is an acquired skill, one that every experienced wedding DJ should have in addition to great music selection.

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Wedding Wire 2013 Brides’ Choice Award

Weddings, Wedding VenuesMusic-By-Mitch DJ Productions, Best Wedding DJs in Houston - 2013 Bride's Choice Award Winner

January 14, 2013 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that Music-By-Mitch DJ Productions has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 for DJs in Houston, Texas!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.

Music-By-Mitch DJ Productions’ selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews. While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Music-By-Mitch DJ Productions.

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on professional achievements from the previous year. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients. As a Bride’s Choice Awards winner, Music-By-Mitch DJ Productions is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

“Each year, WeddingWire looks forward to celebrating the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Now in its fifth year, the Bride’s Choice Awards® program continues to recognize the elite wedding professionals who exemplify a commitment to quality, service and professionalism. These businesses were chosen by our bridal community for their responsiveness and dedication to their clients over the past year. We are honored to recognize Music-By-Mitch DJ Productions for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

Music-By-Mitch DJ Productions is thrilled to be one of the top DJs in Houston, Texas in the WeddingWire Network of sites, which include leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® for 2013.

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So you and your guests don’t dance … that’s okay!

Recently, a fellow DJ posted on Facebook talking about a consultation he had with a future Bride and Groom. They had advised him that neither of them danced nor do their families and their concern was whether the lack of dancing would affect the outcome of their wedding or not.

The following is pretty much what he told them with me adding my own thoughts on this topic. So here we go.

As your DJ on the day of your wedding, my job entails many duties. It is helping in anyway I can with the planning process. It is giving you good advice on how to plan your reception based on my years of experience doing these events. On the day of, it is properly executing the ceremony and then playing respectable music for the cocktail hour and throughout the dinner. And it is keeping the flow of the reception running smoothly.

Think of your Wedding, not only as a celebration of a great milestone in your life, but as a great family social event. Nothing brings a family together like A wedding. In fact, it even brings two families together! Many are seeing relatives and friends they haven’t seen … well, probably since the last family event. And sometimes, dancing is not even on their minds. That is not to say they will not enjoy themselves just listening to music (and sometimes even requesting songs they want to hear).

So you feel that no one in either family is going to dance? Don’t worry about it, that is quite okay! But I do recommend that you advise your DJ that may be the case. Every DJ takes great pride in their craft. It brings great joy to us to see our song selection getting people to get up, dance, and have a great time. However, if no one is dancing, well, we do begin to wonder whether we are doing a good job. If so advised beforehand, any DJ worth their salt will be happy to play background music if that is what the client wants.

A very important point to consider is the time of day that your wedding will take place. In 10+ years of DJing weddings, I have found that when the ceremony takes place early in the day and the reception in the afternoon, not even the best dance crowds are ready to party on the dance floor just yet. So you will need to plan accordingly to what you want for your reception.

If you just want to have family get together and enjoy each other’s company for a few hours, then an early morning/afternoon ceremony with the reception following immediately may be what you want to do. However, if you are wanting an all-out dance party to end your reception, have an early evening wedding reception and dance the night away. A great meal, great pictures and great music is what guests are going to remember not how many people danced.

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