Here’s Josh in his own words:
Wedding receptions are about so much more than good music. Of course great music is crucial, but a truly amazing celebration happens when guests are deeply engaged and emotionally moved.
My approach is very collaborative and creative. We design a timeline together that best suits your tastes and those of your guests. We customize the music for every part of the day — from ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner to dancing — and I learn from you not just the important songs but WHY they’re important. These details help me tailor everything to your tastes and, more vitally, help connect the guests emotionally to what’s happening. When guests are moved like that, they spontaneously join the celebration on the dance floor — not just because they hear a good song, but because they want to join in all that good feeling!
As a master of ceremonies, I’ve been hosting weddings professionally since 1993. I’ve trained with some world-class emcees and continue training to this day. I’m warm, witty, and sincere, without resorting to canned routines, generic announcements, or empty chatter. I know I’m representing you in front of all your friends and family, so I should understand you and your style very well. I also know that the best emcees aren’t intrusive but serve instead as hosts and guides, and that anything said on the microphone should have real meaning.
For me, weddings aren’t just “gigs”: I think of each as I did my own wedding — a truly rare occasion, very possibly the only time this exact group of friends and family will share an evening, a chance to celebrate both this momentous day in your relationship as well as all the loving people in your lives. Serving as emcee and DJ, presiding over the entertainment at your reception, is a huge honor and an enormous responsibility. I treat it with all the respect, humility, and joy that that entails.
“Josh Wilkinson is such an awesome DJ. We hired him for our wedding at Laguna Gloria and could not be happier. From the moment we met him, he always had such a positive and enthusiastic energy. We wanted to do a custom dance for our first dance. It was refreshing to see that Josh was just as enthusiastic about it as we were. The other DJ we had previously interviewed did not share this same enthusiasm. Not only was this part exciting, our photographer and event coordinator said they loved Josh too! We knew it would be perfect and we all would be one big happy family as we planned/coordinated our wedding. And you know what?…. that is exactly what happened for our wedding! My husband and I spent over 6 months in private dance lessons to make our custom first dance. Josh provided SIX edits for our first song! That was way above and beyond and he didn’t ask for any extra money. My husband and I will forever appreciate Josh’s very generous spirit! Our first dance rocked the house and it was so much fun. And Josh made it so easy for us to provide our must play/do not play. He is so professional and easy to work with. All our face-to-face meetings were so much fun and we could see how much experience and passion Josh had as being a DJ. He showed up to our venue early to help my coordinator and was a natural at making all his announcements. We were so lucky to have had Josh as our wedding DJ! He was awesome! We rate him ten stars out of five!!!!“
“Josh was our DJ. Great chemistry from the very first meeting. Guests are still talking about the fantastic music and the dance floor was full all night long! He is a consummate professional, passionate about his work, and totally customer service oriented. On top of that, he’s a blast to watch at work, with no cheese factor whatsoever, like so many wedding DJs. Two elements of our daughter’s 3/22/14 wedding reception at Laguna Gloria were top priority, music that would keep the international crowd dancing all night and the timing of the lengthy European-style toasts between dinner courses. There seems to be no music genre that can stump Josh and he is as talented an emcee as he is a DJ. Everything flowed seamlessly. Laguna Gloria has some fairly rigid rules about outdoor sound so that they are able to remain good neighbors to those who live around them. Josh is well acquainted with their policies and procedures so that was one worry that I was able to check off my list. Upon request, he set up a double deck system so that we were able to start the dancing on the back patio under the stars, and then at the 10:30 PM witching hour, without missing a beat, he moved to his inside deck, our guests followed right behind him, we closed the doors, and the beautiful art museum turned into a fantastic dance club! Josh gets our highest recommendation and we would happily use him again.“
“Hiring Josh as our DJ was one of the best things we did planning our wedding. He was flawless, and everything you would want in a DJ — passionate and super knowledgeable about music (across genres and time periods); very professional; excellent communication and response time; had good suggestions; and filled the dance floor the entire night. We hesitated hiring him because his fee was higher than some other DJs we vetted, but it was money very well spent. We made things complicated for him by wanting classic 1940s and 1950s music for cocktail hour and dinner, classical at the ceremony, and 1980s and Top 40 for the dancing. He knew every genre in and out, was excited about our ideas, and made some great suggestions to make them even better. As the bride, I never had to think twice about his equipment, which worked flawlessly. We saved money on hiring a ceremony musician, because Josh hit every cue perfectly. And one of the feedbacks I got from my guest was how good the dancing music was. Not every vendor at my wedding was perfect, but full credit to Josh for doing an exceptional job day of, and throughout the planning process.“