Hey! Mr DJ Entertainment Brandon’s Top Hits of 2012!

2012 was an amazing year for us at Hey! Mr. DJ Entertainment. We started the year by winning “Best Of Awards” “Brides Choice” Awards. As wedding season kicked into high gear we were able to work with so many amazing and wonderful clients.

We expanded our market in 2012 and did several weddings in Dayton and Lexington. We had several couples who used Dayton’s Schuster Centre for their events. What an amazing place that is! We also made a few trips to the Dayton Country Club and to the Packard Museum. We also traveled to Lexington for three weddings in 2012. One of those events was at The Red Mile Race Track where guests could bet on live racing during the reception. Another we had in Lexington was for Ryan and Jane Mosser at the Griffin Gate Resort. Here is a quote from Ryan from our Facebook page

I don’t just like Hey! Mr. DJ…I love them. They made our wedding the best day of our lives. Everyone of our friends and family are still talking about them!!!

We also continued work at some of our favorite venues in Cincinnati. The Elements Event Centre was host to several of our clients events and maybe our funniest introduction moment of a wedding party member all year when we tricked the brides sister into thinking we had a video of her as a child acting like Marsha Clark during the OJ Simpson trial. When we said let’s turn to the big screen for that video the sister almost died, and when we revealed that we were joking the room erupted in laughter.

Another venue were we did several wedding and multiple corporate parties was the Manor House.  For 2013 they have added a new building to their property called the Carriage house. Make sure you check it out.

The Country Clubs we worked this year were as always so accommodating and awesome. I was very sad to hear about the passing of my Friend Julie Gutzwiller at Shaker Run. She was always so incredible to us and did such a great service for her brides. It is nice to know that her dear friend Ryan Gilley has taken over for her and will carry on what she has started out there. One of our events at Shaker Run this past year was especially special to me because there were several families who’s weddings I had done all in one room. The Kocon family had hired me and it was great to also see the Ballard’s there and here how people still talk about both weddings so much.

Just this past weekend at Clovernook Country Club I had the pleasure of working the Rebecca Barclay’s wedding and I got to see her sister and her husband who’s wedding I did  2 and a half years ago. Megan and Rob Fausz are doing awesome and it was so great to see them again.

Also to stick with the Family connections. I was able to DJ one wild wedding reception, that even featured the UC Bearcat. That reception was for The Adkins family. I had previously DJ’d for Bill and Helene and it was great to see their family always knows how to party from the first song till the last note.

Drees Pavillion this year we had some GREAT parties one of which featured an Ohio State like entrance that brought the house down.

I really enjoyed my first experience DJing weddings at Great American Ballpark in 2012. I remember telling the Love Story of Meredith and Brandon and looking up ans seeing so many people in tears of joy. That was one awesome moment!

We had some amazing wedding party introduction moments in 2012 as well. Katie and Michael at Greene Acres where it was not only beautiful but the introductions of the wedding party had the entire place in laughter.

Other top moments:

Matt and Charlene at Elements where we used a video of Charlene singing with joy right after the proposal was hilarious.

Long distance toasts we were able to provide for our clients who had those important family members who couldn’t attend.

Ryan and Jane’s first dance where I was able to put the vowels they wrote into the first dance song. Great moment!

Our DJ Patrick Ray got married and we used Skype so his uncle who is battling cancer could see the wedding.

Our former MC Myron Heggood getting married and his wife singing to him At Last. that was very cool.

Gangam Style at Rachel Ha’s wedding with her Korean family!

All the guys at weddings this year that we caught singing Call Me Maybe lol

Some of the tearful father of the bride speeches that moved everyone in the room.

There are so many moments and this article/post is getting way too long. I just want to thank all of my amazing clients from 2012. You know who you are and I truly enjoyed working with each and every one of you. I’m sure our other MC’s and DJs feel the same way about their clients. I heard so many awesome stories from their weddings this year from people suddenly dancing during dinner to surprise entrances into the room to sparkler exits it was a fantastic 2012.

I look forward to all the clients I’ll have a chance to work with in 2013 and making some amazing moments for them as well.

I really love working every year with some of my favorite vendors and meeting new vendors as well. You also know who you are and it was a pleasure as always. I look forward to more of it in 2013.

I’m Uncorked!

I wrote a guest blog that is kicking off a series called Vendors Uncorked. Kellie Daab an event planner at Hand in Hand Events is hosting the series. You’ll get behind the scenes thoughts from some of the best in the wedding industry.

Check it out


It’s Wedding Season Not Blogging Season

Through the winter months I tend to keep up on the blog but when wedding season gets here I struggle to find the time. I know most of you think I work mostly on the weekends and screw around through the week. I wish that were the case.

For example, Monday and Tuesday of this week have gone like this.

Monday – I assigned DJs to go with our MCs for this weekends events. I called a couple of our MCs to see how their events went on Saturday. I called to check on some new equipment I ordered and where it was in the shipping process. I cleaned up some gear I am selling on ebay and posted pictures and listed the items for auction. I also looked fore some new tires for our DJ van, so we can sell it. I made a bank deposit from the weekends events. I answered the phone and emailed some potential clients. I then had a 4:00 meeting at my office to plan a wedding with Todd and Donna. After that I rushed to my sons baseball game and coached third base.

Tuesday – I’ve answered more emails. Deleted some emails off our server that had put us over quota. Talked to a web developer about getting our flash site ranked higher. I verified my reservation for the upcoming ARMDJS DJ conference next week and made arrangments for my kids to stay somewhere while my wife works when I am gone. I wrote this blog and managed to find about 2 hours to stain 1/2 my deck. I’ve been putting that off for far too long. I then made a call to a local country club and thanked them for the referal they had given me on the wedding I did Saturday (great time BTW). Later I’ll be going out to buy a new printer and I have a sales meeting at our office at 5:30. I’m also supposed to be at two baseball practices at 5:30. Oops!

I’m not complaining, just setting the record straight. I do work through the week. Tomorrow I’ll be putting the final touches on my wedding for Saturday and verifying I have everything ready for my Friday wedding. I’ve already put several hours of preperation into these events. I also have two more meetings tomorrow night.

Which brings me to the point… I might not have time to blog but I do have time to deliver awesomeness at weddings. Here is an email I received over the weekend.

Hi Brandon,

I wanted to send you feedback about our wedding ceremony & reception. We have been receiving non-stop feedback with the first words being “That was the BEST Wedding” we have ever been to, and a lot of is due to you.
Thank you for helping us coordinate & for leading the charge on our big day. Everyone LOVED the introductions & knew what was going on all night.

I cannot thank you enough for all that you did and I will be sure to recommend you to all future brides… they are crazy not to book you for their big day!

Thanks again!
Kasey & Zach

So I have more fun stuff to blog. Hopefully I can get too it sooner than later.

The Entertainment Experience

Good news for my existing and future clients! This month I’ll be traveling to Minnesota to train with Bill Hermann. Bill is a Wedding Entertainer with a unique background. He’s an actor, he has done movies, tv, radio and stage acting and brings this approach and storytelling to his weddings and corporate events. Twenty three DJs from all around the country and as far away as Australia will be attending this workshop and I am lucky enough to be one of them.

I’ll be so excited to share these new concepts and my new found talents with all of my clients.

The philosophy of “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” doesn’t work in this business. I’m out to be the best wedding entertainer I can be, not just the best in my area.

Got Talent? We do!

Wedding Entertainment is and always will be a talent based industry. That is why we are so proud of the team of people we have on staff.  That is why we are so proud of Zach Albers at Hey! Mr. DJ Entertainment.  On the biggest day of your life, Zach is a great  person to have on your team. When all of your friends and family hear a voice on the microphone for the first time at your reception, that voice should be polished, conversational and fun.  Zach is a trained and talented MC with an acting background. He will help set the tone for your event. He will keep it flowing well, while keeping your guests informed. He will convey the importance of the special moments at your reception making your guests feel connected to what is happening.

Zach is currently in three TV commercials airing around the country. Here is one of those.  (Zach plays Tony in this commercial.)

Zach’s main focus is wedding receptions and he might be available for your wedding date. If you place a high priority on the entertainment on your wedding day, then give us a call about Zach today 513-617-5817 .

Vendor Spotlight: Michael Bambino & Co

In November I had the pleasure to once again work with Michael Bambino & Co. Jason and Brianne celebrated their wedding  at The Savannah Centre and Bambino and crew provided both photography and video for their day.

Michael is an artist, who eats sleeps and breathes photography and the wedding business. If you’ve ever met him he is sure to have greeted you with a giant hug. On your wedding day he is sure to keep everyone in good spirits with his high energy personality and he takes some fantastic pictures.

For me a wedding reception should feel like a great movie. It should be full of moments that move your guests to laugh, cry, or just react with a heatfelt “awww that was so sweet”. It should also be a great time on the dance floor. Jason and Brianne had all of that and, Michael and his crew did an amazing job of capturing those moment we helped create. See for yourself…..

Funny Introductions Of The Wedding Party

Jason & Brianne Enter The Room

Brianne Dancing With Her Daddy

Jason and his Mom Share a Dance

Cake Cutting

The bouquet Toss

Jason and Brianne are terrific people. It was a pleasure to work with them and create an amazing reception. It’s great that Michael Bambino  & Co captured it in such an amazing way. I can’t wait to see the video!

My Top 10 Questions To Ask Vendors At Bridal Shows

Last week I posted My Top 10 Tips For Brides At Bridal Shows and I encouraged brides to ask good questions. So as promised here are My Top 10 questions to ask vendors at Bridal Shows.

10. Who’s your biggest competition? This question is good for a few reasons. You might hear some negative things about other vendors and that should send up red flags about the vendor saying them. A good business can stand on its own merits and doesn’t need to trash the other guy. You might hear confidence. You might even hear who they think might be better than them.

9. Have you worked at my locations? If they have not are they willing to do a sight visit with you before the big day? It’s usually a good idea for wedding planners, photographers and videographers to know the lay of the land and to scout out the location first. It’s also an indication as to how much experience they might have. DJs should know the venue and the layout of the reception in order to help you plan an event with a good focal point for your events and good quality sound for all the guests.

8. Are you available on my date? I know this is a “duh” question but it has to be your first question. Last year at a bridal show the photographer next to me talked to a bride for about 20 minutes about her wedding. She was ready to book him and then, you guessed it, he was already booked for her date. Save yourself some time and make sure they are available before you go any further.

7. Tell me about three creative things you have done recently at weddings? This question applies best to Wedding Planners, Photographers, Videographers and especially Disc Jockeys. You want someone who is going to work with you and have an open mind. You don’t want cookie cutter.

6. What professional training have you had? Many photographers, videographers and DJs wind up in their line of business out of pure circumstance. Maybe a hobby develops into a career or they get a nice shiny camera for Christmas. At the bridal show the professionals and the hobbiest look the same. They all paid for a booth and that is all you need to get in the door. Some claim to do exactly what others do. The fact is unless they’ve had the training they may not know what the other guys are doing or why it is even important. Like I said in my last post, would you hire an attorney who just started hanging out in court and thought it looked easy?

5. What was the name of your last couple you worked for and how did they meet? Ok, now you think I’m crazy right? Let me explain. If you really take an interest in your clients you should know these things. If they don’t know these things then chances are they show up and collect a check. It’s the biggest day of your life! Choose a vendor who cares about you. This is a great question to catch a vendor off guard and see what they are really all about. My last couple met at transfer orientation at UC. Thier first date was to Mio’s Pizza and he proposed in Mt. Adams overlooking downtown Cincinnati.

4. What’s your backup plan? If they are sick on your wedding day what will they do? If they have equipment failure do they have back-up? There are no do overs in the wedding world. You either get that picture of the grooms reaction when he sees the bride or you do not. You either have a DJ at the reception on time or you do not. Make sure they have a plan B.

3. Do you offer any type of guarantee?  They may or may not but it sure is great to hear how confident they are in their product and their reaction to this question should tell a lot. Just because they don’t offer a guarantee doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hire them. This is just a good reaction question.

2. What’s the craziest thing that ever happened to you on a wedding day and how did you handle it? It may take them a minute to think about this one but it’s a good question. It’s good because it shows their experience. It also might reveal a problem they created or could have avoided. Nobody is perfect but this is a good one to shed some light on many things about their business.

1. Will you be the person I’m working with and if not can I meet with them before booking and  for planning? Some vendors just hate me for giving you this question but the fact is, it needs to be asked. In the wedding industry there are vendors who will book your event and have no idea who is going to do your event and in many cases they have to hire or subcontract someone to do the event after they have booked you. That is scary, it is impersonal and it’s a big risk to go with someone who does this. Make sure you know exactly who is doing your event and you’ll get to meet them before hiring and for planning.

These questions are way better than “How much do you charge?” and “How long have you been in business?” If you go into a bridal show prepared you’ll get some great insight into who you might be hiring. Once again we will not be at many bridal shows this year. If you have questions for Brandon Lindsey or for Hey! Mr. DJ Entertainment give me a call. www.heymrdjentertainment.com