Wedding DJ Thornewood Castle Lakewood, WA

What a fun wedding this was! Rob Martin has been and still is a long time and well trusted DJ for PRO DJs here in Seattle. This wedding was a little different for him though. Instead of being behind the DJ booth it was his turn to get married!


It all started in the Thornewood Castle Gardens standing on the steps for the ceremony. A surprise came half way through with an owl carrying the grooms rings! They said their vows, signed the marriage license and it was official, Leo & Rob were married!


Cocktail hour commenced right after on the Castle patio and lawn overlooking the water where guests ate, drank and could even play life sized chess.


Soon everyone gathered in the main ballroom where Leo, Rob and their wedding party walked down the grand staircase to be introduced to their pumped up and excited guests.


Leo and Rob thanked everyone and then it was time to eat, drink and party! They even had a live performance after their first dance for all the lovers. After that we couldn’t get people off the dance floor even if we tried. Of coarse we would never try that 🙂


Congratulations Rob & Leo Coronado, it was such a treat to be part of your wedding!


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12/31/12 Anderson Wedding promotional video

For a couple years now we’ve had the pleasure of working with Judi Bloom and her wonderful team of planning experts at Quackers. It was only a matter of time before one of them personally knew a bride, and that bride was none other than Carol Upton’s daughter! Carol has worked closely with Judi at Quckers for a long time, including many weddings we’ve worked together. So who’d they call when they needed a DJ? PRO DJ’s of coarse 🙂

Katie Upton and her fiancee Eric Anderson wanted something a little extra special, such as a New Years Eve wedding. Nothing spells p-a-r-t-y like a reception on the biggest party night of the year!

06/23/12 Jeanne Tieman-Reed & Jonathan McCool Wedding


The day started off with rain but quickly dried up into overcast skies with breaks of blue making for a perfect day. The Tacoma Art Museum was being readied before guests arrived. In a unique twist the Murray Family Event Space inside the museum was used for the ceremony & dancing. Without an alter we were asked to create a lighting scheme to give an alter feel in addition to adding light accents in the otherwise gray room.

You can see two pillars of white light illuminating from behind the 4′ flower pedestals creating an alter feel. To the left we used 2 projected gobo patterns & 4 uplights to the right. These lights filled in the un-utilized space to create a warm and inviting touch.

The guests arrived and the ceremony was under way. The sound system was set up in the back of the room out of the way of guests and the alter. The officiant was clearly heard by all wearing one of our wireless lapel microphones. Upon the conclusion of the ceremony everyone was escorted into the Marie Helmer Lobby for dinner, toasts and cake cutting.

This presented a unique challenge for providing sound but was accommodated by setting up 2 satellite speakers that were fed from the main sound system still fully setup in the Murray Family Event Space. Upon extensive sound checks prior to guest arrival the wireless microphone worked perfectly in all areas of the museum, setting up a completely separate sound system was not needed. This saved space as less equipment was needed and sound in all areas were synchronized.

The purple paper crown seen above was a tradition in their family when they used to get together. Each guest had a “cracker” waiting for them at their assigned tables. A “cracker” is a cylindrical housing encasing one colored paper crown wrapped in gift paper twisted off on both ends. Each guest would grab both ends of the twisted gift paper and pull apart to receive their own crown to wear. When the two ends are pulled apart a “popping” or “cracking” noise is heard, hence the name “crackers”.


Later in the evening once dinner, toasts and the cake cutting concluded it was time to invite guests back into the Murray Family Event Space for the couples first dance.

All the chairs used during the ceremony were removed and the overhead lights turned off leaving an open space with ambient lighting solely provided by PRO DJs. Once the couple finished their dance with each other and their parents it was time to invite everyone else to join in!

The entire wedding went off without a hitch. From the weather, A Divine Event planing, Poncharee photography, Snuffins Catering, the Tacoma Art Museum and to the sound & lighting provided by PRO DJs everyone and everything worked perfectly to make for a successful day the couple will remember for the rest of their lives.

We’d like to credit & give thanks to Poncharee photography for providing these pictures to show to you. We’d also like to thank Kerra at A Divine Event for referring us to Jonathan & Jeanne so we could take part in celebrating their special day.


Why Do Wedding DJ’s Cost More Than Non-Wedding DJ’s?

True professional Wedding DJ’s have invested a lot more money and will spend a lot more time on each event than just a grad party DJ. Here are the differences in bullet point form:

  • Discuss music prior to event (15-30 minutes)

  • Arrives 30 minutes prior to event to set up

  • Plays for 2 to 3 hours

  • Packs up and leaves


  •  Usually meets with potential clients prior to booking to make sure they have found the right DJ. This on average takes about 1 hour not including drive time to and from the meeting location.

  •  Upon booking they will meet with the couple again to go over all the fine details of their ceremony and/or reception. This in most cases also includes the DJ to create a timeline of events meaning the DJ must have a good knowledge of all the typical wedding intricacies. The timing and flow of events is just as important as the actual music played at a wedding. On average this takes about 1 and a half to 2 hours.

  • The DJ will prep for the wedding such as get music needed that he or she may not already have, burn a back-up CD, print all details from beginning to end, double check name pronunciations, coordinate with other vendors such as the caterer, venue, officiant, photographer and other potential people such as a friend who wants to plug his video, guitar and/or piano into the sound system to ensure synchronicity (2 hour average).

  • Arrive much earlier than a grad party to setup a more elaborate sound system or multiple sound systems, do sound checks, check in with key people for key events to remind them of their role in the wedding, do audio patch-in/microphone checks and in most cases finally change into something formal (2 hour average).

  •  The DJ will Emcee meaning coordinating with all the vendors and people in the wedding party who are directly involved with the timing and flow of the wedding. This ensures everyone is on the same page and present when they are needed. This also includes all the announcements such as introductions, excusing guests to the buffet line, conducting the bouquet/garter toss and much more.

  •  Play music that appeals to a wide variety of guests in different age groups. This is also important as a grad party DJ or club DJ typically only play club music. Club music is great in a club setting but rarely works well at wedding receptions.

As you can see there is a lot more time required of the DJ prior to each wedding as well as lot more experience and coordination required of the DJ to pull everything together. Wedding DJs are more than just a DJ, they also are an event coordinator, they are the Emcee and they are part of the wait staff when excusing guests for food. In addition to all the extra services they provide and knowledge they must posses they also provide more elaborate sound systems and equipment. Equipment not needed for simple grad parties such wireless microphones, mixing boards that are capable of handling multiple microphones and other inputs such as instruments & audio from videos. Plus most wedding DJs had to pay double for everything so they can provide back-up equipment. If a grad party doesn’t happen due to technical difficulties it sucks but not nearly as much as a wedding.

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