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October 26th, 2012 | Posted by DJ Antonius in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

At Seattle Wedding DJ, we research our competition.  I want to know everything I can about my target market and all the players within that market.  As I research my competition (which I do… a lot) I see a common “thing” among competitor websites.  The wedding DJ industry (at least in the Seattle area) is full of websites that don’t publish their rates.  This bothers me for several reasons… As a competitor, of course I want to know what they charge… BUT… putting that thought aside for a bit… as a consumer, this would seriously frustrate me.

What are they trying to hide?  I have thought about this quite a bit, and here are some of the motivations behind it.

  1. They want to be able to get the consumer’s information (name, phone number, email, etc.) prior to divulging their rates.  They are required to fill out a form with all their contact info, to “check availability” before the consumer can see the prices.
  2. These companies are just not that confident about their value.
  3. They want the ability to alter/negotiate the price from one client to the next.
  4. They don’t want other DJ’s in the market to know their pricing.
  5. They want the ability to “bait and switch” the consumer, or “upwell” them later. AKA, they don’t want to be “held” to a certain price point.
Seattle Wedding DJ pricesAt Seattle Wedding DJ, we don’t practice business this way.  Our rates are very up front, and our rates page provides all the detail the consumer needs to make educated decisions. Each service offering provides the detail so that you know exactly what you get (including the intangibles of peace of mind, commitment, and promise)…

“If you don’t talk about prices, you’re not playing fair with the reader.  Respect your customers and readers. Tell them the truth.” Matthew Stibbe, badlanguage.net

“Publishing prices is somewhat of a no-brainer – you want to publish your prices. But you also need to answer as many of their other questions as possible, or they’ll walk away… not because of the price, but because their egos don’t yet feel safe enough to trust the heart.”  Mark Silver

It begs the question… if a DJ service is hiding their rates… what ELSE are they not being “up front” about?

 

Seattle Wedding DJ is now in the photo business… Well not really.  But!  We have added some service offerings… Why?  Because we listen to the needs of our clients.  Several times in the past few months I have sat down at Starbucks or The Rock or wherever else works for prospective clients who are looking to interview Seattle Wedding DJ to see if we are a good fit for their wedding day.

I would say 3 out 4 prospective clients have asked us about Photo Booth service.  I am a fairly ok photographer, but I have excellent photographer friends, so the idea quickly turned into a full fledged backdrop, box of props and great service!  Along with that… of the dozens of weddings I have been hired as the DJ and MC I have seen several slideshows that were shown during or shortly after dinner.   Dozens.  Some really good, some… less than good.

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That also got me to thinking.  I make movies… I can use my expertise, great equipment and awesome software to put a slideshow movie together so a) the bride and groom aren’t spending countless hours on it themselves, and b) the quality of the product is second to none.  This is not your typical “powerpoint” set to music… It is a movie, with actual footage of interviews of fam and friends, your pictures, and some “DAY OF” photos and video that we edit in “ON SITE” to show at the reception.  The movies we make are Bentley’s.  Powerpoint is a Yugo.

All of this is produced, planned, executed and delivered with the utmost attention to detail and great service.  Not only is Seattle Wedding DJ known for our great product, but the “white glove” service that comes along with great delivery is the best combo we could hope for.  We do nothing half way.  We communicate well, we love music, we are professional and we understand the value of a good referral… which you don’t get unless you provide the best service in the local market.

Photo booth example

I want to also mention that through all of my market research (which is a lot) I feel like I set price points for both of these services (as well as a package that includes everything we do) deliberately low.  Below average anyway… I did this for one reason.  Value.  Not only do you get the Best Seattle Wedding DJ… you get a GREAT value because our rates are super reasonable.

So just to recap… now, in addition to our excellent, fantastically priced, award winning DJ and MC service… you can now have the BEST slideshow video that your guests have EVER seen… and a fun and crazy photo booth at your reception… all for an amazing value.  Recap done.  The choice is clear.  The future is going to be seriously fun… and I couldn’t be MORE excited!  Talk to you soon…

I wanted to write a quick little blurb about my relationship over the past year with David’s Bridal here in the Puget Sound.  Seattle Wedding DJ has had the distinct pleasure of being the exclusively preferred DJ vendor for their Lynnwood (Alderwood Mall) location.  This month we are adding the Burlington Mall store to that equation as well!

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What this means in a nutshell is that for all the brides who visit those stores, the only DJ/MC service that they hear about, register to hear from, or get referrals to… is Seattle Wedding DJ.  Us.

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This has been an incredibly lucrative and profitable relationship for my company and I am grateful that I came across the opportunity in the beginning.  What it means in a PR sense is that I am a local company in a trusted relationship with a national brand.  I am honored to say that.  I am in the process of using that relationship as a model to clone similar relationships with other local bridal shops and boutiques as well as venues and venue operators.  I truly believe that the wedding industry is a relationship business.  Building local relationships with venue operators, bridal shops, and ASB/Activities coordinators and providing all of them with excellence in service, communication, equipment and delivery is the key to building the #1 brand in DJ/MC service.  Social media is king now.  Blanket marketing, paying for a magazine page or paying for a spot on some wedding mill website that places you among 10 other vendors offering the same service as you… well… needless to say, is less effective.

Relationships. Referrals. Trust. Quality. These will always win over marketing dollars.  This sentiment proves itself to be true time and time again.  Every time I attempt some half-cocked expenditure on the next great lead generator… It falls on it’s face.

Here is the funniest thing about Relationships. Referrals. Trust. Quality…. It takes time and HARD WORK to achieve.   There is no shortcut.  You can’t buy them.  When you come by our service via these 4 things… It is worth checking out.  The guarantees write themselves.  All you will get is a good, reputable, hard working, experienced, ultra-local and ultra-high quality company that will do everything in our power to give you the best.

Why? Because only the best will produce a happy client telling their loved ones to hire us too… when the need arises.  Again… Relationships are king.

I would like to publicly thank all of you who are visiting who took the time to vote Seattle Wedding DJ and Sean Antonius as the Best Wedding DJ in Western Washington on Evening Magazine.

At first I didn’t even realize that the contest was going on.  This is the first full year in business for Seattle Wedding DJ, so being a part of the annual hoopla wasn’t on my radar. I quickly found out we were nominated and I thought, “Why not actually try to win this thing.  I didn’t really expect to get a ton of traffic or business from it, but did figure that it was a great idea just from an awareness viewpoint.  At the time of this writing, Seattle Wedding DJ is currently in a tight race for 2nd place.  It is actually really hard work to get ranked that high.

Seattle Wedding DJ voted among the Best!

It is quite time consuming to lobby and campaign to all of your friends and family to get votes.  I am proud of the company that this has grown to be and I work hard to protect that reputation and give everyone I meet the pinnacle of great service, kind interaction and amazing delivery in my product.  Seattle Wedding DJ has a reputation in it’s young life of quickly becoming the preferred DJ in the area.  Mix that with my affordability compared to most of the companies at the top, and to me… it’s an easy choice.

Anyway, the point of this post was to say thank you.  Thank you for all the amazing people I have met in this last year.  I have been hired by some very fantastic folks and had the privilege of providing the party for their special day.  Hopefully they will never forget how fun it was.

 

The BEST Seattle Wedding DJ

September 20th, 2012 | Posted by DJ Antonius in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Seattle Wedding DJ is here to stay! We are currently in FIRST PLACE in the Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington in the BEST WEDDING DJ category.  Seattle Wedding DJ is in first place thanks to our friends and fans and most importantly past clientele who were extremely happy with the service and value that they received are NOT hesitating to tell everyone they know.

When you meet with us to discuss your event and whether we are the best fit for what you are looking for, within 5 minutes what you will see is that we are nice, fun, laid back, intelligent about our craft and our industry and we are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed in giving you THE BEST in ceremony and reception SOUND as well as MC skill. I meet a lot of future brides and grooms at the beginning of their planning process and I can tell you that they always leave feeling supported, affirmed and with a ton of ideas from the countless clients we have helped in the past.

If you check our reviews (King 5, Yelp, Google, etc.) we don’t have even ONE review that isn’t exceptional. Companies can’t control these sites and the reviews that are left on them. When a DJ posts a “client review” on THEIR OWN website you should take it with a grain of salt. But these review sites cannot be altered. They express the true feelings from past clients. MOST of my competitors have at least a few poor to moderately poor reviews. Seattle Wedding DJ doesn’t. Why? Because Seattle Wedding DJ does what we say we are going to do. We work hard, and do it all with a smile and a great attitude. How? Why? Because we are so happy getting to do what we do. We feel blessed. By you.

If you are looking to hire the RANKED BEST Wedding DJ in Seattle, the phone number is on the top of this page. The owner will answer. No pagers, no gimmicks, no assistants. Just a local guy who is passionate about his business, about providing the best service possible and ultimately passionate about you and the excellence of your event.

Hey folks…

I was nominated as the Best Seattle Wedding DJ in the Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington competition…

 

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Common reception formats

June 21st, 2012 | Posted by DJ Antonius in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Arrival of guests at reception site

Some guests may arrive early to the reception. Definitely be sure all reception to-dos are complete by the start time of the wedding. All wedding vendors should be wearing proper attire for early arriving and late staying guests.  All tables should be set-up including cake table, entertainment’s table, sign-in table, food tables, and tables with chairs for all guests.  If you have a seating arrangement, all seating lists should be at the reception with everyone’s name with where they are sitting. I recommend seating arrangements as many wedding meals are buffet style serve your self set-ups, and having assigned seats and table dismissals makes for a much less crowded and frantic buffet line.

Introduction of wedding party

This step is not mandatory, but it is nice for everyone to know who the wedding party is as many have not met before your wedding. I personally LOVE this, and love doing it.  The most fun intros that I have done were similar to introducing a team with a sports theme behind it.  Similar to this…  Create a “Reception Planning Guide” (I call mine a “Run sheet”) and make sure your master of ceremonies is fully prepared prior to your wedding. This details, among other things, the order of entrance into the reception site with their names and titles. The order of entrance is as follows: parents of the bride, parents of the groom, ushers with bridesmaids, flower girl and ring bearer, special guests, best man, maid/matron of honor, bride and groom.  In addition, review the pronunciations of the wedding party’s names with the master of ceremonies.

Introduction of bride and groom

This is always the last of the introductions. Everyone should stand before the bride and groom enter. In addition, a special song can be arranged with the music entertainment and a special announcement made to punctuate a true grand entrance. Also, inform the master of ceremonies how you would like to be introduced: Mr. and Mrs. Smith or John and Jane Doe.

Blessing

This is another step that is not mandatory, but for the religious couples makes a nice setting. If you invite the person who performed the marriage ceremony to the reception, I would recommend having them conduct the blessing. If they are not able to attend, a parent or family friend is a good idea. Lastly, the master of ceremonies could give the meal blessing. Be sure to communicate with whomever is giving the blessing in advance so they are prepared to give a personal touch.

Meal

Your guests want to eat! Bride and Groom, be sure to stop and take a moment to eat. The bride and groom should probably be first through the line if it is a buffet.  This may be your only chance in the day. Most guests know to wait until the bride and groom start the food line. So don’t be late!

Cake Cutting

This is the traditional bride and groom making the first cut on their wedding cake. Then, the bride feeds half of the piece of cake to the groom and the groom feeds the remaining half to the bride.  The cutting of the cake is a ceremony intended to symbolize the caring and sharing for one another.  Forks may be used as they make the image very attractive for the photographer.  Forks may also minimize the possibility of someone being hurt with the more playful squashing that sometimes happens.

Toasts

The toast is when the bride and groom toast each other then interlock arms and drink. Immediately following, the best man and maid/matron of honor make toasts to the bridal couple. Be prepared for other family and friends to follow with their toasts too.

Bride & Groom’s First Dance

The Bride & Groom’s Dance is the first dance between a bride and groom as a married couple. The dance is also commonly known as the “First Dance”. The timing of the bride groom dance can vary in the evening based on your preferences. The first dance can be done immediately following the grand entrance with the wedding party circling the dance.

Father & Daughter’s Dance

The Father & Daughter’s Dance or the Father Bride Dance is the dance between the father(s) of the bride and the bride. Brides, if you have more than one father in your life, one can tap the other on the shoulder in the middle of the dance so you can dance with both of them. If you do not have a father, a common substitute is a father figure or even your brother would make a very nice gesture.

Mother & Groom’s Dance

The Mother & Groom’s dance is the dance between the mother(s) of the groom and the groom. Grooms, if you have more than one mother in your life, one can tap the other on the shoulder in the middle of the dance so you can dance with both of them. If you do not have a mother, a common substitute is a mother figure or even your sister would make a very nice gesture.

Special Dances

There may be songs in your life that mean dear to your heart. You can ask the music entertainment to play these songs during the night or immediately following the formal dances. An example would be: If someone dear to you passed recently, you may ask the music entertainment to play Angels Among Us by Alabama.

Bouquet and Garter Toss

The traditional tossing of the bouquet is when the bride tosses the bridal bouquet to all single women in attendance.  Immediately following the bouquet tossing, a chair is set in the middle of the dance floor. The chair is for the bride to sit and the groom to remove the bride’s garter from her leg. The traditional tossing of the garter is when the groom tosses the bride’s garter to all the single men in attendance. The people whom catch the garter and bouquet are said to be the next one to marry.

Dancing and Fun

This is what you pay the music entertainment to do…get people to dance and have a good time.  Give the music entertainment music examples and limitations of what type of music you want but don’t give them a list of 100 songs they need to play.

A client Review

May 26th, 2012 | Posted by DJ Antonius in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

This review was left as a 5 star review on my Google Places Page 5 months ago.

“I love My “wife” (no longer fiance) asked me to leave a review for Sean with The Best Seattle Wedding DJ, I said no problem at all. What a great experience! I wish I had a good story or two but the thing that sticks out most is that he didn’t screw anything up. The music was great and he helped the series of events flow seamlessly. Job well done, Sean. Thank you.” -Justin

As I have written in previous articles, having past clients write such things about how happy they were with the service they received, is the ultimate compliment to me and my company.  Hiring a DJ/MC is not only a serious investment financially but it also requires a lot of trust in the skill and experience of the person you choose. We take those considerations seriously at Seattle Wedding DJ.  Since our inception, we have received only 5 star reviews from our clientele.  We aim to keep that perfect record in tact with EVERY new client that signs with us.  Professionalism, detail, kindness to your guests, sensitivity to your requests and stress level, and so forth is how we conduct ourselves at all times.

We fully understand that if we do an incredible job… It will lead to repeat and referral clientele… which is the lifeblood of any successful small company.

Another client review

May 26th, 2012 | Posted by DJ Antonius in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

This was left on my Google Places page last February as a 5 star review: “When my wife and I were searching for a DJ for our wedding, we interviewed a handful of people and ultimately settled on Seattle Wedding DJ. Although they were not the least expensive, we felt that the guy we met with the lowest price was… well, subpar (to be nice) and would have been a disaster that we didn’t want. Seattle Wedding DJ was professional, nice, down to earth, and friendly in addition to being a pro as our MC. In my opinion, MC skill and experience is of the most important consideration for a glitch free wedding reception. We loved having Seattle Wedding DJ perform at our reception and would highly recommend them to anyone looking!” -S.B.

And here is another one from the same month…

“I can’t begin to describe how fantastic our wedding reception was. Everyone I have talked to has commented on it… and they all seem to use some variation of the same word… Perfect. “It was such a fun party!” Seattle Wedding DJ helped us plan… Sean was there every step of the way to help with itinerary planning, speech writing, MC ideas, music selection and was a consummate (and wonderful) professional on the microphone. He was also… to but it simply… friendly. I have been to so many wedding receptions full of dead air, lifeless parties, lame music, weak equipment, mean DJ’s when handling requests and tons of awkward moments on the microphone. This was the total opposite for us in every sense. I happily recommend Seattle Wedding DJ for anyone looking for the very best wedding DJ/MC at a very affordable price. Thanks Sean! We will remember this day forever.” -Dude Lebowski

There is no higher compliment that I could dream of receiving than a referral to a loved one from a past client.  It shows that, not only were they pleased with the service and the party that they had on their day, but they are supremely confident that their friend or loved one will receive the exact same level of service, professionalism and FUN that they did.  Again, these reviews are from past gigs of very happy clients and there is no greater honor than to hear when a past client was this thrilled after hiring Seattle Wedding DJ.

Thank you… so much.

Sean

ps— I am ready to party whenever you are!

 

More Client Reviews

May 2nd, 2012 | Posted by DJ Antonius in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Here are a few of my most recent reviews from clients…

Seattle Wedding DJ is absolutely amazing. I actually booked him for my sister’s surprise birthday party, and even though it wasn’t a wedding, right from the moment I met him I knew he would definitely help me make this party one to remember. All the way from the obvious like the playlist to lighting, right down to the flow of the party and audio for my slideshow (which was something I sprang on him the day before!!), Seattle Wedding DJ helped with every aspect he could. Even the day of when I was stressed out, he had kind words to encourage me. He went with the flow and even allowed for “speeches” that were not at all planned. Seattle Wedding DJ was without doubt the best choice. I was referred to him through a friend, and in turn I referred him to another friend. He will be the …absolutely amazing. I actually booked him for my sister’s surprise birthday party, and even though it wasn’t a wedding, right from the moment I met him I knew he would definitely help me make this party one to remember. All the way from the obvious like the playlist to lighting, right down to the flow of the party and audio for my slideshow (which was something I sprang on him the day before!!), Seattle Wedding DJ helped with every aspect he could. Even the day of when I was stressed out, he had kind words to encourage me. He went with the flow and even allowed for “speeches” that were not at all planned. Seattle Wedding DJ was without doubt the best choice. I was referred to him through a friend, and in turn I referred him to another friend. He will be the DJ at her wedding next weekend and I so look forward to seeing him again. He made my sister’s birthday a night to remember, and people are still talking about it. I know he will add the same touch to my friend’s wedding!! Seattle Wedding DJ is the DJ to book for whatever your party needs may be!!!!!

and another…

When my wife and I were searching for a DJ for our wedding, we interviewed a handful of people and ultimately settled on Seattle Wedding DJ. Although they were not the least expensive, we felt that the guy we met with the lowest price was… well, subpar (to be nice) and would have been a disaster that we didn’t want. Seattle Wedding DJ was professional, nice, down to earth, and friendly in addition to being a pro as our MC. In my opinion, MC skill and experience is of the most important consideration for a glitch free wedding reception. We loved having Seattle Wedding DJ perform at our reception and would highly recommend them to anyone looking!