Alanna and Jordan’s Unique Hudson Valley Wedding at the Grandview Courtesy of Vivian Photography

Memorial Day weekend I had the honor of providing DJ services for Alanna and Jordan’s wedding, working with all my Bonura Hospitality Group friends at the one and only Grandview. From their Superman Grand Entrance and custom First Dance to a performance by the Father of the Bride Mike, from a fantastic Hora and Shout to great songs by Bruno Mars, MJ, and more, Alanna and Jordan and their family and friends had some serious fun! My good friend Vivian Photography was on hand to capture all the memories with her truly outstanding images.

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Grand Entrance Grandview Vivian Photography AMJL

Alanna and Jordan

Congratulations,
Bri
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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email: briswatek@gmail.com
Phone: 845.235.0080
Online: www.djbriswatek.com

 

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DJ Bri Swatek’s Featured Interview on Indian Ridge’s Blog

Thank you to Ricky, Jessica, and the staff at Indian Ridge for inviting me to share a little bit about my DJ business and a few of my thoughts on how to have a truly unique wedding celebration in this interview on their blog:

Spotlight on a Local Pro – DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
http://blog.indianridgepreserve.com/spotlight-on-a-local-pro-dj-bri-swatek-spinning-with-style/

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Vivian Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Vivian Photography

If you’re planning your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding, I highly recommend you visit their outstanding venue.

Hudson Valley Wedding Venue Indian Ridge Courtesy of Vivian Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Venue Indian Ridge Courtesy of Vivian Photography

Congratulations,
Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style

Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email: briswatek@gmail.com
Phone: 845.235.0080
Online: www.djbriswatek.com

 

Wedding DJ Prices

“How much?”

When planning your upcoming wedding, “How much?” seems like a simple question.  You need a DJ for your wedding, to play your most important songs and MC your most important events.  You want the best DJ for your wedding, to keep your dance floor packed all night long, with your friends and family celebrating to all your favorite songs.

Why, then, do you get so many different answers, and which one is the right one?  “How much does a wedding DJ cost?”

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Highlands Country Club Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kimberly Coccagnia

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Highlands Country Club Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kimberly Coccagnia

For most couples, hiring a wedding DJ is a new, once-in-a-lifetime experience.  After recommendations from family, friends and other wedding vendors, online searches, posts in forums, visits to bridal shows, and reading reviews, most couples are left asking, “who are all of these DJs, who’s the right one for us, and why are all of their prices so different?”

The American Disc Jockey Association (which I, DJ Bri Swatek, am proud to be a member of) provides a few things to think about when hiring a DJ for your upcoming wedding.  The Association notes that “Disc Jockey rates vary” across the country, “based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability and personality” and that “the best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight.”

Wedding planning sites such as WeddingWire, The Knot, or The Wedding Report’s “Cost of a Wedding” note that “How much?” really depends on what you are looking for in your wedding DJ.  According to the wedding industry-respected Costofwedding.com, “You should expect to pay, on average, 50% to 100%+ more when choosing well-experienced professionals, designer labels, popular event locations, unique or custom products and services.”

Simply put, full-time, professional wedding DJs set prices that are a reflection of the time, effort, quality, and service that they will provide for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding celebration.

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Highlands Country Club Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kimberly Coccagnia

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Highlands Country Club Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kimberly Coccagnia

Once you’ve established the overall budget for your wedding, the next step to determining “How much?” is to find and then meet with and interview DJs in your area that provide the best possible answers to a few simple, to-the-point questions:

– Are you a full-time wedding professional?
– If we hire your company, who will the DJ at our wedding?  Will it be you, or someone else?
– How many years of experience do you have DJing and MCing weddings?
– How many weddings do you DJ per year?
– How many weddings do you (or does your company) DJ in one day?
– Do you ever “subcontract” your work out to other wedding DJs?
– Are you registered as a legitimate business? (DBA, Inc., or LLC)
– Are you a member of a professional association?
– Are you insured for liability?
– Do you use professional equipment and would you provide backup equipment at my wedding?
– What’s *your* backup plan?
– What happens if I cancel the wedding or need to change the date of the wedding?
– When will you arrive on my wedding day?
– Will you be suitably dressed for our wedding?
– Will you be willing listen to me, and follow my plans for my wedding?

Once you’re satisfied with the DJ’s answers, you might also want to consider getting to know your potential wedding DJ / MC a bit better.  After all, this is the person who will introduce you, your family, and closest friends at your wedding, play your first dance, and keep your party going all night long!

– Why did you decide to become a wedding vendor?
– What do you enjoy most about being a wedding DJ?
– Have you ever DJed a wedding like ours?
– What suggestions do you have for our wedding?

When it finally comes to talking numbers, with your overall wedding budget in mind, never be afraid to ask any of the following questions of a truly professional wedding DJ:

– What are your pricing packages, options, and services offered?
– What specifically is in included in your pricing, and what is “extra,” an “add-on,” or a “fee?”
– How much is your deposit, how do payments work, and what methods of payment do you accept?
– Do you provide a written contract?
– Can I have references and contact information from previous customers?
– Can I have references and contact information from other wedding professionals?

With the amount of time and money you’re putting into your once-in-a-lifetime celebration on your wedding day, you deserve to know exactly who your wedding DJ is and what their answers are to any and all of these questions.  Anything less than a feeling of complete confidence in your wedding DJ is not worth the price, no matter “How much.”

(For a complete price quote of my DJ services for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding, please contact me at http://www.DJBriSwatek.com.)

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email: briswatek@gmail.com
Phone: 845.235.0080
Online: www.djbriswatek.com

Photos from Unique Hudson Valley Weddings — Summer and Fall 2010

The visual elements of your wedding can truly define your event’s unique style.  A personalized look can tell your guests what type of celebration your wedding will be:  a formal occasion, a gathering of close family and friends, an elegant reception, a real party, or a little bit of all of the above!

Hudson Valley Wedding Image Courtesy of Beautiful Memories

Consider these different looks from some of the Hudson Valley weddings I’ve had the privilege to provide music and lighting services for as the owner of DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style over the past few months:

Lisa and Michael at Mills Mansion, Images Courtesy of Lori O’Toole Images:

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Jill and David at The Links at Union Vale, Images Courtesy of Wishimay Photography:

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Jill was also interviewed by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani of Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever about her wedding’s unique style: 

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Trudi and Patrick at The Grandview, Images Courtesy of Lori O’Toole Images:

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Katelyn and Fernando at The Grandview, Images Courtesy of Elissa I. Davidson Photography:

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Michelle and Dustin at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Images Courtesy of Vivian Photography:

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Nicole and Paul at The Grandview, Images Courtesy of Allan E. Levine Photography:

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Andrea and Nick at The Links at Union Vale, Images Courtesy of Owl’s Eye Studios:

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To truly create a unique look for your big day, talk to all of your professional Hudson Valley wedding vendors about how they can contribute to your wedding’s visual style–your caterer and / or reception venue or location, photographer, videographer, florist, and DJ can all give you great ideas on how to achieve the look you want for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration. 

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding,
Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your Professional Disc Jockey and MC Service
in the Hudson Valley of New York 

Email:   briswatek@aol.com
Phone:   845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com

Vivian Photography’s Images from Michelle and Dustin’s Hudson Valley Wedding at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

Thanks to Michelle & Dustin for inviting me, DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style to be a part of their incredible Hudson Valley wedding at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel!   As my good friend, photographer Vivian Lanzarone says on her Facebook page, “Meet Michelle and Dustin! A fun energetic couple deeply in love! I had such a great time shooting their special day!”

Thanks to Vivian Photography for taking such wonderful photos. Take a look at this fantastic wedding . . .

Michelle & Dustin’s Facebook Wedding Album, Images by Vivian Photography: 
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=428845&id=100896335439

Congratulations!

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your Professional Disc Jockey and MC Service
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email:   briswatek@aol.com
Phone:   845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com