Tim Altbaum Productions: Wedding DJ, Live Entertainment, Lighting and Decor!

By, April 04, 2012

Your wedding day is like a well produced soundtrack — with a beginning that draws guests in, an ending that sums up the emotions and energy of your day, and throughout there will be dips and turns and twists. As a musical guide, Tim Altbaum Productions (TAP) works with you every step of the way, helping create the soundtrack to your perfect wedding.

We believe that being a good emcee means knowing when to speak up, and when to let the music speak for itself. A great wedding DJ combines musical acumen with microphone presence, while understanding his role behind the scenes. Where good DJs go bad is when they think they are more important than the bride and groom, and that a big personality means better entertainment value. TAP is a leader and trendsetter in the wedding industry because we blend the best aspects of the club with the most important role of a wedding DJ, which is leading your guests through the formal events of the day.

San Diego Wedding DJ during reception at the Hard Rock Hotel
Club DJs speak through their music, seamlessly mixing beats, incorporating mash-ups, and reading the energy in the room and reacting accordingly. Traditional wedding DJs tend to appeal to the masses, young and old, touching on a variety of genres and giving everyone a chance to dance. We do both – we cover the bases, and then some!

San Diego Wedding Photography: Tim Altbaum Productions DJ at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego Wedding San Diego wedding DJ makes people of all ages dance
Music selection tends to be one of the more difficult challenges our clients face during the planning process. To put your finger on the music you love, and also have it be appropriate for a wedding is where the challenge presents itself. We assist our clients by reviewing sample timelines and song lists, suggesting artists and genres that may fit with their current musical tastes, and providing opportunities to listen to our most recent mixes through our website and public events. We are the original Pandora. Our job is to take what’s in our client’s heads and translate it into a four or five hour event.

Songs to play during cake cutting at wedding in San Diego

For some of our clients, a combination of DJ services and live entertainment is the perfect balance. We offer everything from solo guitarists to full bands, and everything in between. When we think of live music at a wedding, our minds usually conjure up the classic image of a string quartet playing Beethoven in a private garden. But the truth is that any live element can enhance a wedding.

San Diego Wedding DJ and Live Entertainment Tim Altbaum Productions
National research shows that brides and grooms are putting more of an importance on entertainment at their wedding. The average wedding budget devotes around 10% to entertainment, and this trend is growing. Lighting and decor has also become an integral part of the overall experience. Recognizing the demand, TAP dove in head first almost ten years ago and added a myriad of lighting and decor services to our repertoire. For this reason, TAP clients invest an average of 15% of their overall budget with us.

Outdoor lighting and lanterns by Tim Altbaum Productions
At Chris and Danielle’s wedding, pictured below, we provided quite a few services to create the overall look and feel of their big day. It started with the market lighting over their ceremony lawn, which later became an enchanted space for their guests to relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean.

San Diego Wedding Photography: String lights during outdoor wedding ceremony at Scripps Seaside ForumSan Diego Wedding Photography: Tim Altbaum Productions provides Dj and lighting to wedding at Scripps Seaside Forum
To take it up a notch, we illuminated the palm trees, all the way up their 30 foot trunks! We also wanted to bring a little romance to their reception room, so we added wall-to-wall draping using a sheer material that we illuminated to warm up the space.

Outloor twinkles lights wrapped around palm trees at outdoor wedding Sheet wall to wall draping at Scripps Seaside Forum wedding in San Diego Tim Altbaum Productions custom illuminated-sheer-draping
The music tied everything together. From traditional Horas to your favorite sing-a-long songs, we played the full range you can expect at a well-rounded wedding reception.

San Diego Wedding DJ Tim Altbaum ProductionsSan Diego Wedding Photography: Bride and Groom during hora at Scripps Seaside Forum wedding reception
We are the pioneers of DJ Live! services, which is the combination of a live musician (or musicians) with a DJ mixing recorded music. For example, DJ with sax, DJ with conga drum, or many other combinations will give your guests something they’ve probably never seen or heard before, and certainly haven’t seen at a wedding.

San Diego Wedding DJ with Saxophone-during-wedding-reception
Don’t be afraid to combine different musicians, a DJ, and interesting lighting effects to achieve the overall feel of your wedding day. That’s what TAP is all about, creating an experience that will knock the socks off your guests. From lighting to decor, DJs to live entertainment, we help make memories that will last a lifetime.

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