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I own Seattle Wedding DJ, and I really like to write (I’ll come back to that in a minute).  I started Seattle Wedding DJ a while back because I saw SO MANY weddings where friends and family shelled out big cash to ridiculously under-qualified, over-sold “entertainers” and… it goes without saying… got very disappointing returns on their investment (putting it mildly). AKA… They’re DJ/MC sucked.  Bad.  Of course, there are a few good DJ/MC pros around the Seattle Wedding marketplace.  But how do you tell?  Every website says the same thing (including mine!) …

We are the Best! The most professional, good equipment, help you plan, blah blah… Read our testimonials!  I mean c’mon!  The testimonials that are on MY website… that I EDIT… say it all. You should trust those!

If you go any search engine and search for any variation of “Seattle” “Wedding” “DJ” you get a LOT of results.  Once you wade through all the junk, and repeats, and big huge “Wedding Wire” type sites that always come up first but are national companies and have no idea the temperature in the air in Seattle… I would guess there are between 30-40 actual, local companies doing real business. I might be wrong, but hey… it’s a guess.  You could also pay money to attend a “Wedding Show” to see how many.  I’m going to write a whole different article on that hullabaloo…

If I were you… knowing what I know from the other side of the table… and I needed to hire the BEST local wedding DJ at the Best price (this is called “value”…) here is what I would do:  Talk to them on the phone.  Listen to the tone of their voice, how quick on their feet they can think, react, etc.  Do they sound like they know weddings and their role in a wedding? How well do they write?  How someone writes on their website or in an email will tell you VOLUMES about their personality, their IQ, and their attention to detail.

Then… MEET!  Ask questions… Trick questions.  Get off the beaten path of typical Seattle Wedding DJ questions and throw curveballs at them.  The whole time they are talking, ask yourself, “Is this THE PERSON that I want providing the entertainment for the biggest day of my life?  Do they sound like they are worth the money?  Are they JUST selling?  Do I like their voice?  What, if any, value do they include (NOT a la carte CHARGE for) in their service?  Lights are a no brainer… If a DJ “includes” lights as their one huge included add on and treats it like you just won the lottery and you should be honored to hire them… no.  We all do that. And it should be INCLUDED!  Not nickeled and dimed.

Do I trust that this person will be kind to my guests?  Will my guests and I “vibe” with this person’s personality and age?  Have they had the same equipment for 10+ years or do they have modern technology that actually sounds good?  Will they show up and just go through the motions because they have done this 100 times, or will they take the time to get to know me and add personal touches to MY wedding?  Will they work hard, go the extra mile, pay attention to detail but also see the big picture of how my event will turn out?

And don’t just listen to the answers… this is more than an interview… It’s an audition!  Listen to HOW they answer… You are looking for professionalism AND at the same time fun, good work ethic AND at the same time intelligent, will this person have a good time WITH us, or just set up equipment, push play and read a script FOR us for a fee?

I like to write.  Writing helps me see what I’m doing… What others are doing.  How I am faring in the marketplace.  It clears my head and organizes my thoughts.  I love my company and I LOVE the opportunities that I get to serve brides and grooms leading up to, and AT their wedding.  I feel extremely blessed.

This process will make ALL the difference in the world.  Period.

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!