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Carl Mindling - Bay Area DJ & MC

Wedding DJs and Entertainment
Main Office Location:
P.O. Box 1010
Los Gatos, California 95031


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Service Area:

San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Go to the Price page on Carl’s website to view the map for specific service area information.


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Vendor Type { DJs and Entertainment }
Company Founded { 1970 }

Services Offered

DJ and Master of Ceremonies Carl Mindling says it best: “You can trust me with the mic.” And his brides back this statement up, telling us that Carl runs a seamless reception. He’s dedicated to offering a boutique level of customer service, working a limited number of events to ensure the most personalized attention is given to each wedding. When needed, he will direct the timing and flow of your reception. He’ll keep your guests engaged and privy to the formalities ahead. His style ranges from formal and professional, to lighthearted and fun—whatever mood the bride and groom are looking for. But no matter what your personal style, rest assured that Carl’s specialty is keeping the dance floor packed with his outstanding mix of music.

Carl Mindling uses commercial grade audio equipment and a custom painted podium will complement any setting. Packages start at $1500. Please see the Price page on Carl’s website for more details.

Questions and Answers

Why should someone hire you?

For my experience and boutique level service provided—hands-on by the company owner, exclusively.

What drew you to this field/how did you get started?

A passion for music and pleasing people.

What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work?

I strive to emulate broadcast-quality MC's.

Tell us about a favorite, unusual or most interesting moment at a wedding:

When the groom's brother completely surprised the couple with a sudden appearance by the entire Stanford University Marching Band in the middle of the reception.

What makes a wedding memorable for you?

When a couple really personalizes their wedding to the extent that their personalities are woven into the heart of the event and their style shines through.

What have weddings taught you?

The wedding is not just the celebration, but actually the very first day of their marriage.

What is the best advice you give to a couple when planning their wedding?

Don't leave your wedding for ANY reason because both your presence and your absence are strongly felt and will impact the success of the event.

If you could have any superpower on the job, what would it be?

To not let any one vendor or service function dominate.

What are 3 words that describe your personality?

1. Enthusiastic 2. Friendly 3. Engaging

What's your favorite book/movie/work of art?

Movie: Tom Hanks' film, That Thing You Do

What is your favorite quote?

From a Beatles song: "And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make."

What's your favorite marriage advice?

1 + 1 = 1

If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be instead?

A television chef.

What's your favorite way to wind down after a hard day?

Cooking.

Tell us about your pets, if you have any.

I have a Bichon Frise—an 11 pound ball of fluff named Casey.

What are some of your favorite places to eat—either everyday spots or special occasion splurges?

Two San Francisco restaurants comes to mind first: Greens and Zuni Cafe.

What is the most challenging situation you have ever faced at a wedding?

When a major power outage blacked out nine western states at 5:00 p.m. on a Saturday in August 1996. While several others went to find a generator I had to keep the guests informed and entertained without even a microphone.

Carl Mindling - Bay Area DJ & MC Covers These Areas:

Northern California
  - East Bay
  - Monterey and Carmel
  - North Bay / Marin
  - Peninsula
  - San Francisco
  - Santa Cruz
  - South Bay / San Jose
  - Tri-Valley and Livermore Wine Country
  - And other areas by special arrangement.

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Bride Reviews

“The day of the wedding, everything was seamless. It was perfect. I was so happy with the music and how fun Carl made the entire night.”

“He was a great MC and made the night very memorable.”

“Based on my pictures from the wedding, the dance floor seemed packed all night long!”

“He is a gem of a DJ!”

“When we began the planning the music, I gave Carl an idea of what I wanted and he came up with things I didn’t even think of… which is why he’s so great at what he does.”

“We found Carl to be very easy to talk to. He has the most inviting smile and sense of humor.”

“He was just an absolute dream to work with!”

“Carl was SO helpful during the planning. He offered many tips for music and how to keep the flow of the reception going.”

“He played the songs on our playlist and made sure no songs on my do-not-play list were played—even though the best man tried to sneak one in there!”

“He was so much more than just our DJ. He offered information and tips that my coordinator didn’t even know or think of.”

“Carl is a consummate professional from the way he dresses to the appearance of his equipment.”

“He is classy and fun—the perfect DJ for a wedding. High class all the way!”

“He kept the energy up which made the day more fun and he was on top of the whole event. I highly recommend him and I guarantee those brides will be in good hands.”

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