Name: Tracy F. Telenko
Business Name: Bowtie Mobile DJ and Sound
Industry Category: DJ
What common mistakes do you see couples making?
Setting wrong priorities. They think about the food, photography, what the guests will think, what decorations to have but there is a simple formula. Book where the ceremony will be (since that is the point of the wedding), then the venue where they will have the reception. Next is to book the DJ because the DJ will make or break their party. Everything else will fall into place.
What's the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?
Prioritize what is most important. Whether you want the pictures most, or food or venue or entertainment . . . don't cut corners on what you really want.
What don't couples know about your business category that they need to know?
Any good disc jockey will not only act as their DJ, playing their music but they will also be the emcee as well as their stage manager — helping to make sure things run smoothly and everyone is on the same page. They can utilize the DJ's experience to help make their day the very best.
What questions should couples be asking that they don't know to ask?
Couples should ask the DJ how long they have been in the business and not the business itself, the specific DJ. That way they will know if the DJ has enough experience to think on their feet and can roll with the punches.
What is the best piece of advice you have for a couple planning their wedding?
Laugh things off. Weddings rarely go exactly to plan, and its much more fun to be flexible than expect things to go exactly to plan.
What's the most unusual wedding you ever did?
I entertained at a wedding on a farm where, after the wedding was over and we moved to the reception, the wedding party except — for the bride and groom — changed clothes from their dresses and suits into jeans and t-shirts. This happened during the cocktail hour so the reception turned into one big party with a little wedding thrown in.
What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?
I can't really say one stood out more than others, but the ones I do really enjoy aren't the ones that go exactly to plan but the ones where the bride and groom trust in my skills and let me run the party once all the specific "ceremonies" are done: i.e. toasts, cake cutting, first dances. The best parties are when the bride and groom trust me to get the party going and we blow the roof off.