Your 30A Wedding Mobile Bar: Tap The Coast

Your 30A Wedding Mobile Bar: Tap The Coast Before we get into why Tap The Coast is the perfect 30A wedding Mobile Bar for your big day, I wanted to point out something that I’ve noticed. The experience of planning their own wedding has a way of providing a wedding professional with unique insight. This…

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Make Your Wedding Toasts a Highlight!

Make Your Wedding Toasts a Highlight! Part 1 – Tips For The Bride & Groom Let’s shift from the usual gears of this blog, shall we? Today’s focus will be on something a bit more practical in nature. Let’s talk about wedding toasts. They usually occur around the midpoint of the wedding right before the…

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Your 30A Wedding Cake Topper

Your 30A Wedding Cake Topper This week on Your 30A Wedding Cake Topper I get to feature Nicole W. Clark from www.minicouples.com. This will be the second blog that has featured someone I’ve never met in person but was introduced to via Instagram. I happened to come across her Instagram page in the Discover section.…

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DJ Josh: Your 30A Wedding DJ/MC

Getting to Know DJ Josh: Your 30A Wedding DJ/MC One of the most important parts of being a 30A wedding DJ/MC is, oddly enough, not the DJing side of it. That’s not to say the DJ part of DJ/MC isn’t important. To be an effective DJ, you need to be able to read the crowd,…

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Finding the right 30A Wedding Coordination For You

30A Wedding Coordination: What’s the Right Level For You

30A Wedding Coordination: What’s the Right Level For You? w/ Avis Glenister from Peach & Pearl Events The 30A area has so many GREAT wedding professionals that work there.  They provide the absolute best experience for happy couples and their guests that have come to celebrate the start of their lives together. Avis Glenister is…

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Your Weekly COVID-19 Update: Let’s Talk About Margin…

Your Weekly COVID-19 Update: Let’s Talk About Margin… Things are gradually becoming more bearable as the weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic progress. Governor DeSantis outlined new guidelines that restaurants, museums, and libraries are allowed to operate at 50% capacity. Gyms can also be open as long as occupants practice social distancing and other preventative measures…

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Your Weekly COVID-19 Update: Real Estate Edition

Your Weekly COVID-19 Update Real Estate Edition I don’t know about you, but I’ve personally stopped counting how many days or weeks we’ve been reacting to COVID-19. The days just kind of blur together without a semblance of distinguishing their differences. Such is the new normal, I guess. 5 years ago, being a wedding DJ/MC…

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The Perfect Mother-Son Dance Song For Your Wedding

The Perfect Mother-Son Dance Song For Your Wedding Mother’s Day was just Sunday (Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!), and my thoughts immediately went to the Mother-Son Dance Song. I’m a wedding DJ/MC. Are you surprised? I realize that picking the ultimate Mother-Son Dance Song can feel pretty overwhelming. Obviously, she’s your…

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Your 30A Wedding Coffee Bar

Your 30A Wedding Coffee Bar Sip Sip, HOORAY! If you haven’t heard of the idea of having a coffee bar at your 30A wedding reception, you aren’t alone! In my five years of experience as a wedding DJ, I was introduced to the concept for the first time last year. And, it is AWESOME! Fortunately, there…

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Coping With Coronavirus

Coping With Coronavirus When Wedding Plans HAVE To Change Up until this week, I’ve been separating my Wedding-related blogs from my coronavirus updates. However, the conversation I had with Madison from The Pearl when we started discussing how to adapt to the coronavirus while wedding planning was so good that saving it for the blog…

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Eloping to 30A? Go To the Pearl!

Eloping to 30A? Go To the Pearl! Ah, Rosemary Beach. I’ve alluded to my affinity for Rosemary Beach in The BEST 30A Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Spots. Ever since the first time I ventured there, it’s been my favorite spot. That’s not to say that I dislike the rest of 30A. That’s far from the case.…

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Your Weekly COVID-19 Update: April 19

Your Weekly COVID-19 Update: April 19 My wife, Rhoda, and I adopted a cat from SOCKS on Valentine’s Day this year. His name was Ben but we decided to change it to Dunkin. Yes, like the donuts. We even got him this cool name tag. A Little Backstory Rhoda has wanted a pet for probably…

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Be the BEST Best Man

Be the BEST Best Man! Let me guess. You’re here because of two possible scenarios. Correction: three. The bride or groom is reading this to find out what the best man is responsible for and should do. The bride or groom sent you, the best man, this link. You, as the future best man, have…

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Your Weekly COVID-19 Update: April 11

Your Weekly COVID-19 Update: April 11 Things I Did Not Expect To Be Doing Right Now Edition This is the third installment of my weekly COVID-19 update. In the previous two weeks, I’ve discussed the impact that the current pandemic has had on other businesses but not my own. I tend to focus on others…

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Phocus on Relationship w/ Phocus Photography

Phocus On Relationship with Phocus Photography My most recent podcast recording with Tim, Phocus Photography, reminded me of how I strive to make the client experience with Highlight Weddings & Events personal. I’ve always felt that working with couples was much more enjoyable if I got to understand who they are. Getting to know them…

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Your Weekly COVID-19 Update: April 5

Your Weekly COVID-19 Update: April 5 I’m Not Feeling It It’s currently 11:08 AM on Friday, April 3, 2020. I wrapped up DJing for Uplifter’s Friday workout. I got plenty of sleep last night. It’s my mom’s birthday! But I’m not feeling today. The weird thing is that I didn’t start feeling like this until…

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The Majestic Oaks: A Venue Highlight

The Majestic Oaks: A Venue Highlight A Brand New Wedding Venue With A Musical History I would like to share with you one of the newest wedding and private event venues in Northwest Florida: The Majestic Oaks. It might seem weird that I’m writing a blog about a venue I’ve never been booked for an…

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Your Weekly COVID-19 Update: March 28

Your Weekly COVID-19 Update: March 28 Last week, I wrote my COVID-19 Letter. I figure, why not just make this a series?! Even as we are limited to things we can do, we are still being inundated with change. So, let’s talk about change today. I want to start this by saying that change, like…

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Film Photography For Your Wedding

Film Photography For Your Wedding The Reasons Why With Holly Ferris This week I sat down with Holly Ferris to discuss with her why couples should consider incorporating film photography for their wedding I distinctly remember the excitement back when disposable cameras first arrived on the scene. Before then, you needed to have a camera…

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COVID-19: A Letter From DJ Josh

COVID-19: A Letter From DJ Josh What a difference a week makes… Last week: We had all heard of Coronavirus, laughed it off as “the flu”. It didn’t register as anything to worry about because every generation currently alive hadn’t, up until now, experienced something so pervasive and widespread. Spring breakers were still pouring into…

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The BEST 30A Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Spots

The BEST 30A Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Spots I’m sure you’ve selected your venue but you do not want to forget about your 30A wedding rehearsal dinner. Picking the venue for your wedding rehearsal dinner is almost as important! As with anything wedding related, the choice locations don’t stay available for long. BUT! I have you…

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30A Wedding Advice from DJ Josh

A Groom’s Guide To Groomsmen

A Groom’s Guide To Groomsmen Everything You Need To Know To Assemble Your Squad When writing A Groom’s Guide To Groomsmen, it made me think about what it felt like when I was a groom. It reminded me more specifically of how I felt when I had just recently proposed to my wife, Rhoda. I…

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Q&A with Doria Grace: 30A Wedding Hair & Makeup Artist

30A Wedding Hair and Makeup: Q&A With Doria Grace

30A Wedding Hair & Makeup: Q&A With Doria Grace I realize, as a wedding DJ, I am not an expert on 30A wedding hair and makeup. Fortunately, I had the privilege to chat with my friend, Doria Grace. She’s an editorially published Hair and Makeup Artist and master stylist and salon owner of Doria Grace…

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Top Hats & Tails - A Cause For Clause

Top Hats & Tails: An Okaloosa Island Charity Event

Top Hats & Tails: An Okaloosa Island Charity Event After the event Adventures in Wonderland, it was all semi-formal attire and gears for this steampunk-themed Okaloosa Island Charity Event in support of Save Our Cats & Kittens‘ 2nd Annual Top Hats & Tails: A Cause for Claws. The location was again at The Island, by Hotel RL.…

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Santa Rosa Beach Event

A Santa Rosa Beach Event To Remember: Adventures in Wonderland

A Santa Rosa Beach Event To Remember: Adventures in Wonderland I get to witness Father-Daughter Dances on a regular basis as a typical formal dance for most 30A weddings. This Daddy-Daughter Dance, a Santa Rosa Beach event called Adventures in Wonderland on February 7, 2020, hosted by Good News Kids, was a little different than what…

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Alternatives to Wedding Cake

11 Wedding Cake Alternatives

Now, before you start yelling at me for suggesting wedding cake alternatives, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE cake. We had a wedding cake AND a groom’s cake for our wedding. I’m not going so far to say that you HAVE to get …

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The COMPLETE Guide to picking your wedding soundtrack

Choosing Your Wedding Music

Choosing Your Wedding Music Being a DJ, music is one of my favorite parts of the wedding. It is the one thing that makes the atmosphere personal to the bride and groom. It also sets the tone for how the guests will feel, and to an extent behave, throughout the reception. The cool thing about…

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