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: Robbed Of Your Wedding Day

December 14, 2016 by Tony Barthel
As you’ve come to realize, the stories in this book are generally the result of the guests or vendors people choose doing something stupid, deadly or just embarrassing. This is one that’s totally beyond the control of the bride and groom. You see the bride and groom were in the process of celebrating their wedding reception at a restaurant in an otherwise very safe area when a couple of uninvited guests crashed the party. The pair just happened to be armed robbers. The duo forced everyone to the floor face down and robbed the guests of wallets and purses. As if that weren’t bad enough, the bandits also relieved the bride and groom of all their wedding gifts as well. Sadly, it’s not horribly uncommon that some guests feel obliged to help themselves to the envelopes on the gift table knowing... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Horsing Around

December 7, 2016 by Tony Barthel
It is not uncommon for a bride to have Cinderella dreams of her wedding. After all, you get to wear the big dress, theoretically the guy in the rented tux is Prince Charming and all the guests certainly dote upon the bride. It’s probably the WeddingHorrorclosest any of the majority of the world ever get to feeling like a celebrity. So with those Cinderella dreams come some very interesting implementations. A good friend of mine was the DJ for a wedding where the bride’s big dream was to arrive at the wedding ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage. Doing so would certainly evoke images in the minds of guests of the young lady with the glass slipper a... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Nice Trip See You Next Fall

November 30, 2016 by Tony Barthel
This was another one that was relayed from the source of my “tooth” story a bit earlier. It seems that a videographer was hired to capture a wedding reception and was in the process of recording the cake cutting ceremony when calamity struck. In the days when video cameras began making appearances at weddings battery technology was not as advanced as it is today so it was not uncommon for videographers to have long, long extension cords laying about so that they could power their cameras. Wedding guests are notorious among wedding professionals as being focused on everything but where their feet are landing so it was no surprise that a guest tripped on the videographer’s extension cords. What was unfortunate is that it sent the camera and its tripod tumbling toward the cake which, in turn, domi... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Elvis Has Left The Building. We Wish.

November 23, 2016 by Tony Barthel
“This story previously appeared in Shawn McMaster’s Winter 2003 issue of his electronic magic publication The Mandala.” It was submitted by Marc Bacharach, The Kinder Gentler Hypnotist, who amended it with an addition. Shawn wrote…On a totally unrelated subject, I think I should also share with you my increased level of hatred for Elvis impersonators. In September, I was performing at a huge Mardi Gras-themed event. The people who booked me really went all out. No expense was spared, and it showed. A variety of entertainers, including the singing group The Tokens (of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" fame) performed at this function. Anyway, I was scheduled to go on after The Tokens. I was informed during their performance, however, that an Elvis impersonator who was scheduled for later in the show had ano... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: By Rain Sleet or Snow!!!

November 16, 2016 by Tony Barthel
While I live in sunny Southern California, I have friends all over the country. One of those friends relayed this story to me about trying to provide a performance for a couple in the mountains during a snow storm. Here’s the story my friend related... It wasn’t quite the night before Christmas, but it was the busiest Saturday evening during the December holiday party season. An uneventful Saturday afternoon found me preparing, as I usually would, for my upcoming evening performance which was to begin at 6pm at an upscale hotel. Across town my DJ, Justin, was in the process of dispatching to another prominent hotel for his expected 4:30 set-up and arrival. Shortly after 5pm I received a phone call from Justin informing me of the "gridlock" situation that was developing on the freeway due to an after... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Urine The Celebration Now

November 9, 2016 by Tony Barthel
Many DJs do not charge much for their services. In fact, the number of DJs who WeddingHorrormake their full-time living from this profession is small so many of them have other jobs that help bridge the gap between DJ income and the poverty line. It’s also common practice to offer one’s services to larger operators who assign performances shortly before they occur. These companies book as many jobs as possible and then search for talent from the available pool as close to the performance date as possible so that they can negotiate better rates for themselves and, thereby, more profit. A DJ I know in Sacramento was performing at a night club to h... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: One Cake Going Down

November 2, 2016 by Tony Barthel
There is a venue in Southern California that I work at with some frequency. It is a beautiful and historic venue with plenty of banquet rooms available so on any given weekend, there are a lot of special events going on. This place is WeddingHorrorparticularly popular as a wedding venue and there are no shortage of weddings that recognize the beauty and history of this place. One of the rooms in particular is somewhat unusual in its layout, having served other purposes before it became popular as a wedding venue. While it certainly serves its present purpose well, the layout is different than what many people expect so accommodations have to be made... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Is That A Belt?

October 26, 2016 by Tony Barthel
I did a wedding for a wonderful family where there was a clothing emergency. This has happened to me as well, so when I found out that the clasp on the groom’s father’s pants had given up the ghost, I knew just what to do. I have developed a talent for creating a “belt” with the thick black stage tape that I carry and did so for this gentleman as well. I hope he was able to get a refund on his tuxedo rental and I wonder what he would have done had he not had a DJ who was experienced in pants failures and the resolution of same with stage tape. You know what they say – you can’t fix it, duct it – can’t duct it…... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz

October 19, 2016 by Tony Barthel
There are so many reasons to have a super fancy hotel figure into your wedding and a bride who I had the good fortune of working with had planned a beautiful seaside wedding and reception capped off by a night at one of the fanciest hotels in Marina del Rey, an upscale marina in Southern California. Being a high-zoot neighborhood they also had a room at one of the fanciest hotel chains in the business and that’s where she planned night one of her honeymoon. Fortunately, this hotel was just minutes from the seaside restaurant where both her wedding and reception were planned to be and the combination of the two venues made for a wonderful celebration with the ocean as part of the picture. Literally. The morning of her wedding she checked into the hotel and with a honeymoon’s worth of luggage and, add... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Help Me!

October 12, 2016 by Tony Barthel
I’ve heard more than one story from friends in the wedding business where someone has painted something to the effect of “help me” on the bottom of the groom’s shoes. It’s not until this poor chap is kneeling at the altar does the audience get let in on the little joke. Usually the groomsmen have painted the offending phrase in white out so it really stands out on the bottom of black shoes. Grooms, check your soles before you commit with your soul.... [read more]