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The Los Angeles Party Planning Guide

Pulling together the right event mix—whether it’s a wedding, a birthday, or a party for no real reason at all—is all about a certain special sauce. Great food and drinks, spot-on music, maybe a few extra shenanigans and flowers for fun, plus a great photographer to capture it all. Below, our Los Angeles rolodex of great vendors.

Dart DJ

213.915.4375

Helmed by Jesse Kivel and Michael David (of Kisses and Classixx fame, respectively), this creative collective is lightyears away from cheesy wedding DJs. Simply put, these guys have stellar taste in music. For example: A mix can run the gamut from Missy Elliott to The Supremes to Iggy Pop, with some under-the-radar stuff thrown in for good measure. We're told their vinyl collection is second to none.

Jacqueline Suskin’s Poem Store

Sure you can have a fantastic gathering without the services of Jacqueline Suskin and her old-timey typewriter, but why would you want to? She can set up her Poem Store virtually anywhere and will tap out beautiful, one-of-a-kind poems for guests right on the spot.

The Mariachi Divas

818.554.5080

This all-female Mariachi band is the real deal, and they've got two Grammys and legions of fans to prove it. Book well in advance.

Django Foxtrot

818.660.5136

This is a real-deal jazz band who can get people on the dance floor and then keep them there. Two of the founding members are the guys behind Dart DJ, so expect to hear some pop mashups with the classic stuff—like takes on Neil Young, Daft Punk, and David Bowie.

Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band

617.771.6359

While bluegrass is their claim to fame, this trio's repertoire is pretty far-reaching. They'll perform in any number of styles—from jazz to classical to country—to suit any occasion.

Brothers Landau

thebrotherslandau@gmail.com

Brothers Daniel and David Landau have a sweet, folksy sound (their instruments of choice are cello, guitar, and voice) that brings an intimate ambiance to picnics, birthday parties, weddings, and any other occasion. They’re known for their coffeehouse-style covers of everything from 80s classics to rock, pop, and jazz standards. They also expand to a trio or quartet as needed.

Magbooth

415.689.8720 | info@magbooth.com

Magbooth is kind of like the people's photo booth: Take your pick of props and custom logos, and never worry about going over some preset picture limit. The best part: every rental comes with an attendant, which significantly minimizes mid-party technical difficulties.