Tony Barthel


Tony Barthel

Anthony (Tony) Barthel has been a DJ since 1986 with a unique take on marketing that has resulted in over 1,000 events personally performed. In that time Tony’s weird sense of humor and unique perspective on the world got him started collecting these stories and sharing them with friends and other wedding professionals. Born in Baden, Switzerland Tony celebrates the unusual and outlandish as part of his lifestyle. He was married to Peggy Sue in 2005 in what his friends describe as the most unusual wedding ceremony and reception they’ve ever been to. The ceremony was in a 1928 movie theater complete with giant Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ and the reception lasted for two days including a gathering in an ocean side lagoon with 400 of their closest friends.




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Wedding Horror Story: Unpracticed Drinking

March 22, 2017 by Tony Barthel
There are a lot of people, including most of my own friends, who can be considered accomplished drinkers. While I wouldn’t qualify these people as alcoholics, they are no stranger around their drink of preference. Then there are people who drink rarely and many who don’t drink at all. Until their wedding day. It is unfortunate that some of the more experienced drinkers feel that everybody has to be part of their party and particularly sad when the object of their attention is a virgin drinker and happens to also be the bride. Such was the case as a wedding took place up in a beautiful country club WeddingHorroroverlooking the ocean in Palos V... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Music’s Recuperative Power

March 8, 2017 by Tony Barthel
People have attributed a lot of power to music over the years and I saw a bit of this first-hand myself. As a wedding progressed a particularly drunk fellow came up to me with a request for a song. I could tell by his accent that he was Irish and his request, Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Come On Eileen, was going to be a good choice for this audience. But I had a lot of requests to fulfill first and obliged those guests. As it came around to time to play the Irishman’s request I looked for the gentleman and, sure enough, there he came from his table and was the hit of the dance floor. I love making guests happy. What I didn’t know was that seconds before his request played this bloke had been passed out in a pool of his own vomit at his table. His drinking had caused him to pass out and regurgitate ... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Family Fun For Everyone

March 1, 2017 by Tony Barthel
Every family has at least one member who may be the subject of a late-night news cast. It’s particularly unfortunate when that family member chooses a wedding celebration to create that newsworthy spectacle. From my side of the table, these events are particularly unfortunate when I like the bride and groom a lot and such was the case here. I was warned in the planning meetings about one particular family member who probably wouldn’t show up but, if he did, he was not to be encouraged, paid attention to or served any alcohol. Apparently, the likelihood that this family member would even show up was slim so we needn’t worry. As things progressed all was well. After dinner I did notice a new guest and didn’t try to provoke him, although I invited him to come and join a conga line that was happenin... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Alcohol Is Poison

February 22, 2017 by Tony Barthel
One of the best DJs I know of is named Steve Sharp who happens to work the in WeddingHorroran area north of Los Angeles known as Ventura. This interesting piece of America has a wonderful combination of city life, country life, farms, ocean and almost every other form of topography known to man. Steve was the DJ for my wedding and did a wonderful job of it. part of the process leading up to the wedding itself was a very detailed meeting where Steve asked questions I hadn’t thought of, and I thought I was thorough. Steve was in the same process with a bride and groom he describes as really liking a lot and whose taste in music he describes as ah... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Drinking And Driving Means Divorce

February 15, 2017 by Tony Barthel
A radio talk show host who is nationally-syndicated has a theory that nobody should get married who is under the age of 25. Either the bride and groom who planned a lovely celebration to include karaoke hadn’t heard the show, or didn’t really care about a radio blah blah show host’s opinions. This was one of those receptions that had a lot of unusual twists and turns planned into it and each one of them went very well. You could actually say that this reception was a success including the fact that our under age groom somehow kept managing to appear more drunk to me. Somehow he was a success at getting alcohol into his system. Maybe it was crafty friends. What happened to this couple actually happened after the reception and ceremony were but a wonderful memory. The duo had gotten into the car as ... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Friends Don’t Let Friends Throw Punches

February 8, 2017 by Tony Barthel
I have developed many friends in the wedding profession in the 20 years that I’ve been involved with it. As with many professional relationships, some are closer than others and many of the other wedding professionals have asked me to be their DJ for their own celebrations, or those of their family. Nothing could be a greater compliment than the trust of people who really know the business and choose you above others. One such function was a beautiful wedding celebration in a church hall for the daughter of a caterer who I thought was an absolute master of the art of food. After the ceremony came a reception where I found out that the bride had had her wedding dress especially crafted to show off the numerous tattoos that would be polite to show. The bride and groom were wonderful, the food was absolu... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: More Champagne Dreams

February 1, 2017 by Tony Barthel
There have been plenty of weddings throughout history where the bride was a young lady about to change her life. In fact, I’m sure the wedding I was working was by no means the first where the bride was legally too young to celebrate a toast to her new found bliss with an adult beverage. In some cases an exception might be made for the young lady in the beautiful dress but liquor laws are strict and any venue that is able to serve alcohol might not be able to if it is discovered that they knowingly did so to someone who was under the legal drinking age. Pesky laws.WeddingHorror So there I was near the beginning of my DJ career in the company of... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Does Champagne Give You A Headache?

January 25, 2017 by Tony Barthel
Brides and grooms view a wedding celebration so differently most of the time. While one can convey one’s feelings to the other, sometimes the groom and the bride are still miles apart in their vision and understanding of each other’s WeddingHorrorfeelings, thoughts and emotions. For example, many brides have a vision of a wedding celebration as a fairy tale event with all the markings of such in the dress, setting and atmosphere. Many grooms, on the other hand, view the celebration as a formality they have to wear uncomfortable clothing to before they get to spend their wedding night participating in the real celebration of what the day is ab... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Is That Rain On Your Parade?

January 18, 2017 by Tony Barthel
My friends Lisa and Aubrey Miller in Arizona had a very an interesting story to tell about a particular wedding celebration. As DJs, one of the things we absolutely treasure is an ebullient group who just are positive and upbeat andWeddingHorror thoroughly enjoy the celebration. Every once in a while it seems that every single guest at a function is just on top of the world at the same time and really love celebrating that fact. Such was the case at this particular wedding reception that Lisa describes as “possibly the best wedding reception we ever did.” No matter what was played or what happened, the audience gleefully responded by dancing lik... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Anyone For Some Crow?

January 11, 2017 by Tony Barthel
You gotta love friends who tell tales out of school. Back in the beginning of my WeddingHorrorcareer I was working a wedding at a local venue and we had gotten close to the time when the toast was going to happen but one of the players, the maid of honor, still hadn’t arrived. Seemed she had some previous engagement that was more important, but I don’t remember what it was. Anyhow, she arrived right in the middle of the best man’s speech and came up to me and asked the question I’ve heard so many times. “What the hell do I say!?” My answer is to let your heart be your guide and share your true feelings about and with the couple who ag... [read more]