Planning your wedding reception- and you think PARTY! When considering a DJ, consider this Local Pro who understands that “you and your guests deserve a celebration that reflects your unique style“. Read on to learn more about Bri.
My professional motto at DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style is “Your DJ for Your Unique Style.” I think that phrase really says a lot about the DJ services I provide for each and every one of the couples that hires me for their wedding day. From events to announcements to song choices, I really want to make sure that my DJ and MC work reflect the couple’s style, and that the wedding plan we write together becomes the kind of party they want to throw to celebrate with their family and friends.
How did you begin?
I’ve always had a big music collection and music has always been an important part of my life. Even back in high school and college, I was *that* guy who always wanted to play a song for his friends. We’d be driving around or at a party and I’d always try to take over the stereo–“hey, have you heard this one?”
After college, I began a teaching career. I taught a lot of different English classes, but I mainly taught writing and public speaking. One year I worked with a teaching assistant who also DJed weddings and parties on the side. Hearing about all of his adventures in the DJ world got me thinking about starting my own DJ business. On nights and weekends I began interning with a couple of companies in the area, learning more about all the different aspects of the mobile DJ business.
Fairly early on I realized that I mainly wanted to focus on weddings. On the DJ end, I liked the variety of music you can play at a wedding, from the Beatles to Beyoncé all in the same night. As an MC, I also thought that I could personally bring a lot to weddings in terms of my organizational skills and my public speaking experience.
After 5 years building my business I was able to leave my teaching job behind and begin the next chapter of my professional life as a DJ. It has been an amazing experience running my own wedding DJ business and I can’t thank my customers enough for giving me the opportunity to turn my love of music into my full-time job.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Without a doubt, my favorite part of being a wedding DJ is the “only tonight, only with this crowd” moments. When a song with special meaning becomes a huge sing-along or packs the dance floor; when a choreographed first dance wows the couple’s friends and family; when a bride dances with her father; when a best man’s toast brings down the house–those are the moments that make me so grateful that this is what I do for a living.
What is your favorite trend in the business? (current or otherwise)
Trends come and go in the wedding business. I wouldn’t say that I have a favorite trend as much as the same approach to all of them. Whether its up-lighting or a photo slide show or cutting a “traditional” event, I think that the most important thing is to plan the events and choose the music and options that best fit your style as a couple. What’s your idea for how you want to celebrate on your wedding day? What does “fun” mean to you? The answers to those questions usually help a couple decide on which trends to add and which ones to leave behind.
What piece of advice would you give (or wish you could give) to each couple on their day?
I always give my couples this piece of advice: more than anyone else, they will set the tone for their guests on their wedding day. Their friends and family have come to celebrate their wedding, and they will follow the couple’s lead throughout the event in terms of when it’s time to enjoy a moment, visit, or hit the dance floor!