Wedding Horror Story: Speaking Of Wireless Microphones

September 13, 2016 by Tony Barthel

My good friend Ray Martinez, or RayMar, has been in the DJ business since this country celebrated its bicentennial. He relayed a story to me that goes back almost that far to 1977 when he was working at a Southern California ocean park called Marineland that, like much of Southern California, has since been developed into a housing development. Marineland had a beautiful room for banquets that was round and had sliding glass doors all around it so you could take in the spectacular view of the ocean.

At this particular event, the room was sold to capacity or, as RayMar said, the people were shoulder to shoulder. From his position Ray couldn’t see the dance floor for all the people in the room and the story unfolds as the groom is in the process of removing the garter from his lovely wife.

In those days there was much activity at Marineland including a bit of fishing and it just so happened that the groom decided to capture the essence of his new wife by smelling the garter when one of those fishing boats came in to dock. Of course Ray wasn’t aware of the activity on the dance floor since he couldn’t see it, but he certainly could smell the fishing boat and remarked, “man, that smells fishy.”

I’m sure you’re able to put the statement Ray made together with the groom’s activity and the major insult here is that Ray had his microphone on, so the entire group was in on the gaff.

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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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