Maine DJ Patrick Daniels

Maine DJ Patrick Daniels
" We make your dreams, reality ."

Thursday, December 30, 2010

End of Year recap ! Thank You !!!

As 2010 gives way to 2011 and a whole new Wedding season is upon us , I would like to thank all of our previous clients for an amazing year and welcome our new 2011 clients ! It is always a pleasure to serve you and to be a part of your special day . I can think of no greater honor than to be asked to represent a client on one of the most important, fun days of their lives that they will cherish for years to come.

I would also like to take a moment to recognize the talented folks who keep Double Platinum Celebrations rocking and rolling along : DJ Tom , DJ Nate, DJ Mike V, DJ Chris, DJ Mike C, DJ Kevin, DJ Scott, Asst. DJ Seth, Asst. DJ Mitchell, and Asst. DJ Tyler. There are many people behind the scenes who help shape and update our efforts daily so that we may better serve you..
Thank you to our webmaster : Don C. for always being there and going above and beyond in many cases no matter what time of day or night or time of year ! To our friendly competitors out there who put the clients needs above politics and $ to ensure the client is taken care of with the most qualified available DJ whether it's with their own company or reaching outside of their organization. To my business partner and life long friend; DJ Mark who simply is amazing .
Last and certainly not least by any means, I would like to thank the person who gave me the inspiration at our wedding and continued dedication and support to keep this whole train rolling along... My wife, Cindy . Thank you !

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas !

Merry Christmas to all from DJ Pat ! Thank you to everyone for making 2010 an incredible year for Double Platinum Celebrations !

Friday, December 17, 2010

December 2010

Wow ! Another year has gone by ...
We were fortunate enough to celebrate two Holiday Parties this year with two new clients..

12/3/10 .. We were at Martindale Country Club with Auburn Concrete
12/10/10 ... We were at the McKernan Center at S.M.C.C. with Wright-Ryan Construction

What a great time we had at both functions and we made some new friends as well !
Thank you very much for celebrating the holidays with us ! We look forward to seeing you next year !

October 2010 Weddings Pt.2

DJ Pat closed out the 2010 wedding season with a bang at the Eastland Park Hotel with Katie & Chris ! From the opening notes of the Grand Entrance " I Wanna Dance with Somebody " by Whitney Houston to the Last Dance " Sweet Caroline " by Neil Diamond.. this crowd sang and danced all night ! Thank you Katie & Chris for a memorable ending to our fantastic 2010 wedding season !

October was one of our busiest months . In addition to all of the functions DJ Pat did, we must include the services of our distinguished staff of DJs who were out there keeping the dance floors full onbehalf of Double Platinum Celebrations ..

10/2/9 .. DJ Mike C. at Point Sebago with Stephanie & Chris
10/2/9 .. DJ Mike V. at MapleHill farm B&B with Joe & Katie
10/2/9.. DJ Tom at the Italian Heritage Center with Kerry & Kris
10/9/10 .. DJ Tom at Sunday River with Alicia & Beau
10/9/10.. DJ Norman at Smuggler's Cove with Jessica & Adam
10/16/10.. DJ Mike V. at the Elks Lodge in Waterville with Yvonne & Joey

October 2010 Weddings Pt.1

October 9th , Maine Wedding DJ Patrick Daniels helped Justin & Michelle celebrate in style at the Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland, Maine. From the opening notes of " We Like to Party " to the end of the night " Save the Last Dance for Me " this was a festive crowd with great requests ! Thank you Justin & Michelle for booking us a year in advance !

The next day, October 10th, DJ Pat was busy at the Portland Harbour Hotel with Temba & Shannon as they celebrated their new life together . The ceremony took place on the outside patio with a cocktail social hour in the parlor followed by dinner in the adjacent chamber.What a beautiful setting ! 10/10/10 truly was a magical day for a wedding !

October 16th DJ Pat was off to the Brunswick Golf Club for Kyle & Haley's wedding day.
Their ceremony took place in Bath at the Gazebo in the Park . The Grand Entrance for the Parents was " Better Together " by Jack Johnson , and " Higher Ground " by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers for the Bridal Party ! What a high energy wedding ! Congratulations Kyle & Haley !

September 2010 Pt.3

DJ Tom had a fun wedding at Point Sebago . He helped Cara & Keith celebrate their wedding day on Sept. 18th. A busy day for Double Platinum Celebrations !

September 25th rounded out our busy month. DJ Pat & DJ Mark from Best Maine DJs traveled to Hope, Maine to a private residence for one of the most beautiful settings we have ever had the pleasure of working ( see the picture for this blog ! )
Amy & Ben had a a perfect country wedding in a fairy tale setting with scenery that looked like something right out of Tolkien.
From the tractor pulled wagon with men and then a second trip for the ladies for the Grand Ceremony Entrance right up to the incredible lighted and decorated tent.. this was an event to be dazzled by ! Congratulations Amy & Ben

September 2010 Pt. 2

Our next function was a Surprise 50th Birthday Party for Randy & Pam , put on by their daugters at The Gold Room in Portland, Maine. The theme was groovy 70's ! Lots of Funk and Disco echoed through the hall , and DJ Pat got to show off his Disco Elton John look !

September 11th on Drake Island in Wells, Maine at a private beachside residence was the intimate setting for Linda & Bruce. They had a lovely seaside ceremony on the beach and then everyone transitioned back to the cabana tent for cocktail hour , dinner and dancing .
Old classics and some 80s and tecno were the rave of the night ! A truly beautiful day and magical evening ! Thank you Linda & Bruce !

September 18th was the date for Kristin & Joshua to be married at Springhill in S.Berwick.
The ceremony took place on the grounds under the Arbor . From the opening notes of Pachebel's " Cannon " outside to the last thunderous guitar chord of AC/DC " You Shook Me All Night Long " at the end of the night .. this rocked ! We even had a Conga line that stretched out into the parking lot ! A very fun wedding day !
Congratulations Kristin & Josh !

September Weddings 2010 Pt. 1

September was true to form and was a very busy wedding month for DJ Pat and his staff at Double Platinum Celebrations !

First up was Nancy & Ryan's wedding in Hollis , Maine in a huge tent on his family's property.
After some brief formalities and fun announcements , it was time to party ! A pig roast and massive buffet welcomed the guests and no one left hungry ! " Hicktown " by Jason Aldean was the perfect fun -spirited introduction song for the bride and groom ; followed by Darius' Rucker's " History in the Making " for the couple 1st Dance. Congratulations to Nancy & Ryan !

Sunday, September 5th found DJ Pat & DJ Mark from Best Maine DJs at Springmeadows Golf Club in Gray, Maine to celebrate along with Steve & Shannon . The ceremony was held on the deck outside with the Bridesmaids entering to Pachebel's, " Cannon in D " and the Bride entering to Norah Jones version of " Love me Tender ." The Recessional was " The Traditional March out ." A fun ,customized entrance was planned for the wedding party with personalized snippets . Dancing ensued after dinner right up to the very end ! Congratulations Steve & Shannon ! Thank you for allowing Best Maine DJs to celebrate with you !

Monday, December 13, 2010

DJ Tom keeping busy for August 2010

We would like to recognize one of our star DJs, DJ Tom for all of his hard work and excellent services . Tom had 3 weddings this month and hit a home run with each one ! Way to go Tom !

Tom's first wedding was on Aug. 7th at the Silver Spur in Mechanic Falls with Hillary & Elijah.
Next was Paul & Justyna at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland on Aug. 21st .
Tom rounded out the month at the McKernan Ctr in S.Portland to celebrate with Anne & Eric from California .

Tom works very hard to ensure his clients are taken care of and will always go the extra mile to make sure they are relaxed, and satisfied !

August 2010 Weddings Recap pt. 3

Aug. 28th at The Inn by the Sea was the romantic setting for Elizabeth & Keth's wedding reception. They were married just down the road at a quaint historical church. The cocktail hour was on the lovely grounds and dinner was in the tent on the other end of the property. Dancing and cake took place inside the seaside reception room.Congratulations Keith & Elizabeth !

Aug. 29th DJ Pat & DJ Mark were up bright and early to team up for the first of 3 weddings together . This one being at the Inn at Peaks, on Peaks Island, Maine. Jordan and Emily had their ceremony on the grounds with classical musicians providing the arrival and ceremony music. A cocktail hour and dinner followed their grand entrance " You've Got a friend in me " by Randy Newman & Lyle Lovett . A beautiful summer's day came to a close with the Last Dance, " With a little help from my friends " by Joe Cocker.

August 2010 Weddings Recap pt. 2

Aug. 14th was a beautiful wedding day for Caitlin & Adam at the Boothbay Boatyard. One of the boat hangars was transformed into a really nice reception hall complete with a real Downeast Lobster bake ! The Grand Entrance was " We are Family " by Sister Sledge . This totally set the festive family tone for the evening . The 1st Dance was " Bless the Broken Road " by Rascal Flats. The Last Dance was " Celebration " by Kool & the Gang , followed by an encore of " You shook me all night long ." We went out with a bang ! Some of the best accoustics we've ever come across in a boat/ airplane hangar .. it was awesome !

Aug. 21st we celebrated with Molly & Keith from Canada. Their wedding day was at Chase Hill Events in Kennebunkport , Maine ( formerly Windows on the Water ) What a lovely facility !
The ceremony was on the grounds and the cocktail hour was on the lovely grand deck overlooking the port and grounds. After an incredible dinner and formal dances, the guests boogied on the deck right up until midnight . Wow ! What a night !

Aug. 22nd found DJ Pat back at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth, Maine for Stacia & Rob's wedding day. Multiple sound set ups were utilized to surround the guests on the premises.
Intimate jazz standards played out in the parlor room, while easy listening played softly in the main reception room and the roof top lounge was converted into a reggae bar complete with the best Bob Marley tunes. What a fun day and awesome couple !

Sunday, December 12, 2010

August 2010 Weddings Recap pt. 1

August came roaring in with 3 weddings in a row for DJ Pat !

First up was Justine & Zach's Aug. 6th wedding at the ever popular Dune Grass
( our 3rd wedding there in 3 weeks )
The Bridal Party Grand Entrance was " Born to Run " by Bruce Springsteen , and the Newlyweds made their entrance to " We Will Rock You ." by Queen The 1st Dance was " Then " by Brad Paisley. Parent Dances followed the Couples 1st Dance. Everyone danced the night away and the Last Dance was " Save the Last Dance for Me " by Michael Buble. Congratulations Justine & Zach !

Aug. 7th Double Platinum Celebrations hosted a good old fashioned back yard ceremony & reception in Hartford, Maine with Tyler & Kara . We had a tremendous amount of fun planning the day out in advance with the young couple. From customized Processional songs hand picked by DJ Pat to formal traditional selections and a little classic rock thrown in for good measure !
As one guest noted, " The wedding date fell on the same night as the only New England appearance of KISS. Since we couldn't go to the KISS concert, DJ Pat brought some of the KISS concert to us ! The dance lights lit up the night sky and that famous chorus to Rock and Roll All Nite echoed through the Hartford area ! We wanted the best, and we got the best ! DJ Pat !"

Aug. 8th Wedding in Kennebunkport with Tracy & Josh at the Ocean Woods Resort .
Bon Jovi's " Livin' on a Prayer " welcomed the Bridal Party in to the reception room and Bonnie Tyler's " Something to Talk About " was the song of choice for the newlyweds.
After a cute, memorable speech from the Flower Girl, Anna Belle it was time for dinner and dancing . Tim McGraws, " Stars Go Blue " was the Last Dance of the evening.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

2010 Season Recap ! 2011 Season looks great !

What a year !! We were so busy, we didn't even have time to update our blog once August hit !
The busy season continued right through October , and November was a very busy month for bookings ! 2011 is shaping up to be a great year for Double Platinum Celebrations .
Let us take a moment and pick up where we left off earlier in mid-season , and touch base on the all functions that took place for the remainder of 2010 from August forward.
Read on.. seek and ye shall find .....

Monday, December 6, 2010

Website Upgrade

We are continually striving for methods of easier communication to get our information out to all of our friends , clients and future clients. We have been working on layout , design and new features on the website that will enable folks to browse at ease and get the initial information they are seeking . More changes and upgrades are coming forth. We hope you enjoy them !

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Holidays !

The Holiday Season is upon us and as you can tell from the entry date of the last blog back in the middle of wedding season... we have been VERY BUSY !!!
We have many exciting things to post and will be updating our blog on a much more timely basis now that the 2010 wedding season has ended .

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Meghan & Rich 7/24/10

Saturday, July 24th was the date for Meghan & Rich's wedding at Sacred Heart Church in Portland. The reception followed in a tent at the Museum Field at S.M.C.C.

The Parents were introduced to " I Get Around " by the Beach Boys, while the Bridal Party entered to " Tom Sawyer" by Rush . The Bride & Groom made a dramatic entrance to the theme from the 1978 movie, Superman. The couples' first dance was " I Gotta Have You " by the Weepies. The Cake song was " He'll make me happy " from the Muppets movie .
The Father/ Daughter song was " Father/ Daughter " by Paul Simon and the Mother /Son song was " I Hope you dance ."

Dancing followed and then the it was time for the Bouquet toss , " Single Ladies " Beyonce .
Classic Rock ruled the Garter : " Strutter " by KISS was the Garter removal, " You shook me all night long " was the Garter Toss, and " Whole Lotta Love " was the Garter on song.
The Last Dance song was " Forever Young " by Alphaville.
It was a fun rockin' evening of 80's classics !
Congratulations to Meghan & Rich !

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Heather & Mitch's Wedding July 17th 2010

The Dune Grass in Old Orchard was once again our setting for a beautiful wedding . Courtney and her staff do a wonderful job there. Kudos to them !

It was a beautiful , hot & sunny day for a wedding. The ceremony took place at the bunker hill overlooking the ocean at SMCC. Guests began arriving shortly before 4pm for Cocktail Hour.
The entire Bridal Party was introduced to " Beautiful Day " by U2.

The Bride & Groom immediately went into their 1st Dance , " Whatever it is " by the Zac Brown Band. Toasts and dinner followed, with Cake cutting afterwards. The Cake song was " How sweet it is " by James Taylor. The F/D song was " I Loved her first " by Heartland, and the M/S song was " You are the Sunshine of my Life " Stevie Wonder.
The dance floor was packed the entire night with everyone surrounding Heather & Mitch on the dance floor , for the Last Dance " Don't stop Believein' " by Journey .
What a fun night !!
Congratulations Heather & Mitch !

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Erin & Joey's Wedding July 10th, 2010

The Dune Grass in O.O.B. was the setting for Erin & Joey's summer wedding. Unstable weather conditions prompted an indoor ceremony in the Ballroom that went off flawlessly. The Staff did a lovely job with an Arbor and flowers and seating to create a beautiful church like atmosphere.

After the wedding ceremony a relaxing cocktail hour ensued where guests mingled and went outside between the rain sprinkles. The Bridal Party introductions were to " Fire Burning " by Sean Kingston, and the Bride & Groom made a spectacular entrance wearing sunglasses to " Sexyback " by Justin Timberlake. Erin & Joey went right into their first dance " When the Stars go Blue " by Tim McGraw. The Cake song was " Everything " by Michael Buble.

The Father / Daughter song was the ever popular " Father/ Daughter " by Paul Simon , and the Mother/ Son Song was " My Wish " by Rascal Flats.

After some Anniversary Dances and the traditional Garter/ Bouquet Toss the crowd danced the night away and ended the night with two big 80's songs :
" Don't stop Believin " by Journey and " I've had the time of my Life " by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warner .

Erin & Joey are honeymooning in the Mexican Riveria !
Congratulations and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day !

Monday, July 5, 2010

Henry & Sarah July 3rd, 2010

Henry & Sarah had their wedding day at Keeley the Katerer in Portland, Maine. Keeleys has been in busines over 30 years as a premiere function facility specializing in weddings. Steve and his staff do a wonderful job there !

Originally, Henry & Sarah had scheduled a fall date for their wedding and had DJ Pat for their wedding date. A few months after securing DJ Pat, the couple received some wonderful news .. Sarah was expecting and they had to move everything around !

No problems, no fears there... Everything was moved forward to July 3rd, same venue ..same everything .. with the exception of DJ Mark from Best Maine DJS ( DJ Pat's other company ) taking over all the DJ duties for their re-scheduled date .

DJ Mark phoned in the next morning to report on how much fun he, and everyone else had !

Angie & Sean's Wedding July 3rd, 2010

July is here and summer is heating up ! We kicked off July right close to home with a lovely reception at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough,Maine. The weather was perfect for an open air reception tent complete with a key lime color scheme !

The bridal party was lined up and introduced to " I Gotta Feeling " by the Black Eyed Peas , and our Bride & Groom went right into their First Dance ," You and Me " by Dave Matthews.
A Toast by the Father of the Bride, Best Man & a Bridesmaid followed.
Dinner was a barbeqcue and pig roast. The Cake song was " You are the Best Thing "
The Father/ Daughter & Mother/ Son dances were combined for " Beacuse You Loved Me " by Celine Dion.

After a brief opening of the dance floor, all married couples were invited out for the Anniversary Dances. " Baby, you got what it takes" and Just Breathe " were the songs picked by Angie & Sean.

3 Hours of dancing ensued all the way up to the end, with " You Shook Me All Night Long " being selected as the Last Song by the Bride & Groom .
Congratulations Angie & Sean ! You went out with a bang on 4th of July Weekend !

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Laura & John's Wedding June 26, 2010

Well , we wrapped up the month of June in Jackson, NH. Jackson is a lovely, picturesque village next to Story Land. There are literally dozens of places to get married. This was my third trip back to Jackson, and each time has been an exciting new venue.

This time, we were at the Wentworth Inn . It is a lovely historic facility with many buildings sprawled across their grounds . We were in a permanent tent that was decorated beautifully.

The Grand Entrance for the Bridal Party of 23 was , " Sirius " from the Alan Parsons Project.
Made even more famous by the Chicago Bulls as their entrance song. The Bride & Groom entered to " Fire Burning " by Sean Kingston , and that definately set the tone for a rockin' wedding.

They immediately went into their first dance " This Kind of Love " by Sister Hazel .
" Ashokan Farewell " from the Civil War soundtrack was the F/D dance , and " Tupelo Honey " played for the M/S dance. The Cake song was " Everything " by Michael Buble.

Anniversary dances followed after some group photos and then the dancing began .
This crowd was very energetic and loved to dance ! They knew all the words to all the 80's songs and needed little if no prompting from me to scream it out .

" Last Dance " played out for their final dance and everyone headed out to the afterparty.

Congratulations Laura & John !

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The talented DJs who made June a very busy month for Double Platinum Celebrations

Other weddings took place this month as well and more are coming !
Special mention to  DJ Nate &  Tom  for their weddings this month at the Colony in Kennebunk Port, Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, and the American Legion in Springvale .

They are but some of the talented DJs who we represent. Many more functions are to come !
We look forward to meeting all of you out there !

Thank you !

Allyn & Peter's Wedding June 20th, 2010

Yes, avery, very busy weekend for DJ Pat ! Three in a row and we kept the pace and the energy there for all !

Allyn & Peter were wed at Clay Hill Farm in Ogunquit . We have been there several times and highly recommend this venue ! Jennifer and Rachel do a fabulous job there !

Introductions were to " You Make my dreams come true " by Hall & Oates.
" Lucky " by Jason Mraz was the cake song and " Fields of Gold " bt Eva Cassiday was the first dance.
" Father/ Daughter " by Paul Simon was the Father/ Daughter dance , and " My Baby Blue " by Dave Matthews was the Mother/ Son song.

After a wonderful mix of classic rock, pop, alternative and a rousing blend of Merringue music , the festivities concluded with the Last Dance " At Last " by Etta James.

Congratulations Allyn & Peter !

Nancy & Dennis' Wedding June 19th, 2010

Nancy & Dennis were wed at The McKernan Center at S.M.C.C. on a gorgeous afternoon.
The ceremony took place on the grounds with the reception following immediately afterwards in the intimate hall.

The Processional was " Someone Like You " and the Recessional was " Everlasting Love ."

The Grand Entrance was " Say Hey I Love You ." Their first dance followed ," Ain't no Mountain High Enough " by Michael McDonald ( very nice )
The Mother / Son song for Dennis 7 his Mother, Barbara was " Chances are " by Johnny Mathis .
" My Little Girl " by Tim McGraw was the perfect song for Dennis to dance with his daughter, Abby. This was followed by " Somewhere over the Rainbow/ What a Wonderful world " where Nancy danced with both her sons, Jesse & Max.

Nancy's son, Jesse had his band there ( Station 85 ) and they played a rockin' first set of 70s classics. DJ Pat took over from there and kept the floor packed right up until the very Last Song " Save the Last Dance for me " by Michael Buble.

Congratulations Nanacy & Dennis !

Jessica & Scott's Wedding June 18th, 2010

June was definately the month for people booking us early ! Scott and Jessica hired us back in April of 09' right when they met us ! They knew they wanted me as we had a shared passion for all things Heavy Metal . The challenge was to tastefully incorporate their wishes throughout the evening without dilluting their vison .

The beautiful day took place at the Holiday Inn West where DJ Patrick Daniels is a preferred vendor there and has been for 5 years ( Thank you Holiday Inn !)

The Grand entrance was " This is how we do it " and then the lights dimmed for the Bride & and Groom and " The Game " by Motorhead erupted and the lights came on as they made their very cool entrance. " Killing Loneliness " by H.I.M. was their first dance .

" One in a Million " by Aaliyah was the cake song. A special F/D dance that started with " Africa " by Toto with Jessica dancing with her dad then turned into " Gasolina " by Daddy Yankee and Jessica's stepfather coming in to cut in . It was perfect !!
The M/S dance was " The Rose " by Bette Midler and then the party began !
The Last Dance was " Hotel Room Service ."

Congratulations Jessica & Scott on your rockin' celebration !

Sue & Robert Beaulieu 35th Anniversary June 13th 2010

Another family dear to my heart who retained my services two years ago for their son ; Michael's wedding , promised they would get in touch for their own 35th Anniversary for 2010 and they made good on that promise !

Robert & Sue hired me well in advance and moved the date of their function to accommodate MY SCHEDULE !! WOW ! Whenever that happens, I am very honored to know that I mean that much to someone and they truly value my services to book their date around my availability !
It was a lovely fun, intimate affair as they renewed their wedding vows in front of their friends and family.

They walked down the aisle to " Love me Tender " and " Happy Together " was played as their Recessional. " Colour My World " ( their original Wedding Song was played again as their 1st Dance , and " Can't Help Falling in Love " was the Last Dance .

Thank you so much for thinking of me again for your wedding renewal ! I hope to be a part of the family reunion being planned in the future .

Amanda & Andrew's Wedding June 12th, 2010

Amanda & Andrew were wed at The Agassiz Village in Poland. It was a beautiful day at this historic facility. The function room was a huge open wooden ballroom with balconies on both sides. Amanda's parents were cleints of mine 2 years ago and when Amanda got engaged, her mother Norma wasted no time in boooking me a 18 months in advance to ensure I was available !

Immediatedly following the Ceremony, Introductions began to a mixed medley of " Livin' on a Prayer," " Bad Boys Theme ," " I'm Too Sexy ," and for the Bride & Groom " Here in this Moment ." Their first dance immediately folowed with " When I Say I Do."

The decorations were a stunning blue and white theme complete with two ice sculptered swans on the appetizer table.
" Grow Old With You " was selected for the cake song and then the formal songs began ;
Amanda danced with her father Bruce to " Tough Little Boys " and then there was a special dance where the Groom, Andrew danced with his Mother- in law, Norma and the Bride ; Amanda danced with her Step -Father, Chris and her Father- in law; David to " My Wish ."
A rousing version of the " Time Warp " was played complete with family members donning their shades .

The Last Dance was " Lost in this Moment ."

Congratulations Andrew & Amanda

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Matthew & Michelle's Wedding June 5th, 2010

Wedding season is in full swing ! We were off to the North Andover Country Club in Mass.
What a lovely facility ! Our first time there of hopefully many future weddings. Jim and Matt do an amazing job there and the staff is top notch and fun !

Matthew & Michelle were married last November, but decided to hold their reception in the summer so folks who were travelling could make it and enjoy the summer weather.

The Grand entrance was " Life in technicolor ii " followed by a beautiful slideshow and toasts from the Best Man, Michael Kashiwagi and Maid of Honor , Karen Carville.
" How sweet it is to be loved by you " provided the cake cutting background .

Their first dance was " Better Together " by Jack Johnson , with a Father/ Daughter dance of ," Daughter " by Loudin Wainwright. A Mother/ Son dance followed with " You make me feel so young " by Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.

" Another 1 bites the dust " from Queen was the Bouquet Toss song while " Foxey Lady " by Jimi Hendrix was a rocking Garter removal song. The Garter Toss was the " Ring of Fire " concept with a twist... It was the Social Distortion version.

The Garter On song was the Theme from " Mission Impossible " and our lucky lady who caught the bouquet made it almost impossible for the garter to be put on as she playfully kept shuffling her feet and switching her legs back and forth .

Much dancing ensued with great requests and the Last Dance was " Faithfully" by Journey.

Congratulations Matthew & Michelle !

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Record Online Traffic for May 2010

May 2010 has come and gone and we received an incredible amount of traffic online directly and indirectly from some of our friendly competitors out there.
Many prospective clients are still shopping for their DJ by price first, which as we always try to educate people, " It's simply not the best way to hire someone who will be in charge of one of the most important days of your life."

You always get what you pay for and if you are looking for someone to " just show up and play music " and not actually repesent you and look after your best interests on your wedding day, you will get exactly that.

Many calls we received were for last minute 2010 dates June - September. We always advise people to book their entertainment 6-12 months in advance to ensure they get the DJ they want . Some folks told us their DJs double booked dates or they were not able to track them down as their date got closer. Those individuals are unprofessional, who call themselves DJs , that cater to real low prices. They overpromise and under deliver, or simply do not deliver at all.

We strongly encourage folks to do their research, read our links on the homepage on what to look for in a DJ and how to hire a Professional DJ. A few moments of your time is well invested when the outcome could have less than favorable or desired results because the " price was right , but the ability and lack of professionalism was all wrong ."

We encourage you to ask questions . As always our goal is to provide you with enough information where you feel comfortable to make an informed decision about your entertainment choice .

Monday, May 31, 2010

Karen & Corey's Wedding May 30th, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend ! And what a beautiful weekend to have a wedding ! Corey & Karen were married in the beautiful gardens of Clay Hill Farm in York, Maine. An intimate gathering of family and friends helped the couple celebrate their wedding day in style.

" Soul Bossa Nova " by Quincy Jones welcomed the Bridal Party into the room as " Hot Stepper " by Ini Kamoze played for the newlyweds entrance. The chosen Cake song was " Grow old with you " Adam Sandler and the First Dance was " My Best Friend " Tim McGraw.

F/D Dance " Because you Loved Me " by Celine Dion and the M/S Dance was " On this Day " by Christian Barnes. After formalities such as Anniversary Dances, and Dollar Dances , the floor opened up to everyone . " Wonderful Tonight " by Eric Clapton was the perfect Last Dance song .
Corey and Karen had special custom birdhouses made as Center Piece Giveaways for their guests which made great conversation pieces.

Lauren & Jason's Wedding May 22nd, 2010

Lauren & Jason were married and had their reception at the Cliffside Lodge in Poland, Maine.
The young military couple were stationed at BNAS and were ready to start their lives together after a brief engagement and soon to be trek across country as the Naval Air Station prepares for closure.

It was our first time at the Cliffside Lodge and it was absoloutely beautiful. We worked with Bellefete Catering. Lori Kinkade and her staff were amazing to work with ! The floral arrangements and linens were perfect and the food was delicious. Everything was coordinated with Bellefete in advance and went off perfectly. We look forward to working with Bellefete Catering again and highly recommend their services.

The intimate ceremony took place on the grounds as the bridal party made their entrance down a gravel pathway to the ceremony area surrounded by loved ones .

The Bridesmaids entered to " Air on a G String " , as the Bride'd entrance song was " Cannon in Gigue D." The Recessional was " Somewhere over the Rainbow " by Israel Kamakowski.

The Grand entrance choice was " Beautiful Day " by U2 ( and it was a beautiful day ). Lauren and Jason chose " At Last " by Etta James as their 1st Dance . After Toasts and Dinner ( and toasted Smores ) " Sweetest Thing " by U2 played out for the Cake Cutting which was followed by " My Girl " by the Temptations for the F/D dance and " In My Life " by the Beatles for the M/S Dance.
Several songs from the " Top Gun " soundtrack were played to coincide with the military dress and nature of service from the United States Armed Forces.

Chris & Sara's Wedding May 1st, 2010

The Wyndham Hotel was the setting for Chris & Sara's reception. They were married earlier in the day at the Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland.

Guests were treated to cocktail hour in an ajoining room beofre being welcomed into the ballroom prior to the 6:30 pm Grand Entrance. Big Band Rat Pack style music set the mood for the guests as they made their way to their seats.

The Bridal Party made their entrance to Walter Murphy's disco era hit " A Fifth of Beethoven ."
Chris and Sara immediately went into their first dance, " To Make you feel my love " by Adele.
Toasts and dinner followed with " When I'm 64 " playing out for the Cake Cutting .
" I Loved her first " by Heartland was a moving Father/ Daughter song which was followed up by " Wonderful World " by Louis Armstrong for the Mother/ Son Dance.

Anniversary Dances followed with a special tribute to Dawson & Elaine Otis celebrating 40 years of marriage ! The dance floor was opened and remained packed up to the very last song.
Chicago's " You're My Inspiration " was a fitting end to a truly special day.

Congratulations Sara & Chris !

Prom Season !

Another Prom Season has come and gone and Double Platinum Celebrations was able to fit two Proms into our busy Spring Wedding Season .

Our first stop was Winslow High School's Prom held at the VFW Hall in Winslow. DJ Kevin kept the students dancing all night and dazzled them with his state of the art light show.

One week later , DJ Kevin went to the Elks Lodge in Augusta/ Belgrade for Winthrop High School's Prom. Word of Kevin's stellar performance from nearby Winslow's Prom the previous week already had the students in Winthrop buzzing with anticipation about their prom.
DJ Kevin did not disappoint and treated the students to a night full of clean edit hits and a light show that will not soon be forgotten.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Michael & Elizabeth's Wedding ; April 17, 2010

Not very often has it occurred that DJ Pat personally knows a member of the wedding party ( specifically the Groom ) since they were a young child and then sees them 20 years later as a grown adult about to celebrate one of the most joyous days of their lives. This will be one of my favorite stories to tell for some time. Upon meeting Michael and Elizabeth and immediately hitting it off with them at our meeting, something very unique happened at the end of the meeting; Michael and I realized we knew each other from 20 years ago when I used to work for his dad. We used to go on trips together and hang out with his dad. Michael had adopted his dad's fondness for classic rock and in particular, the rock group KISS. This was a must do wedding for DJ Pat.

Much pre-planning was involved to ensure Liz & Mike the special day they had envisioned and to re-assure Liz, KISS would not over run her wedding day. The Holiday Inn by the Bay was the perfect venue. The Holiday Inn by the Bay recommends DJ Patrick Daniels for all of their functions and events.
A Beatles theme was quickly establised for the introductions; " In My Life, With a Little Help from My Friends, and All you need is Love ."

The couples 1st Dance was " All I Ever Needed " by Brett Michaels.
A Toast by Best Man , Ryan Nadeau and Maid of Honor,Kristen Lewis followed .
After dinner ( which did include some KISS ballads ) more formalities took place.

Elizabeth and her Father, Michael danced to " I loved her First " by Heartland. The Groom, Michael , and his Mother, Kathy danced to " My Wish " by Rascal Flatts. A special Mother/ Daughter Dance followed with Elizabeth and her Mother Deb.

" Grow Old With You " was the perfect cake cutting song. After Cake, the floor was open and the dancers came out in full force. After a half hour of dancing, it was time to get back to business;
All the single ladies were called to the dance floor. The Bouquet Toss was quite the affair as Liz made sure everyone who should be out there.. was out there... " Single Ladies " by Beyonce was the perfect song. Next was the Garter, and Michael had picked out " Teacher " by Elton John in honor of his new bride. " The Boys are Back in Town " was the raucous backdrop for the Garter ring. This led to the grand finale of the " Theme from the Stripper " being played for the recipients who caught the garter and bouquet. They were great sports about it .

Hours of dancing ensued until the Last Dance was called. The floor was cleared so Liz & Mike could dance with each other to " This Kind of Love ' by Sister Hazel.
An encore was promised to the Bride & Groom , and Michael got to pick it .
In true rocker fashion ( and with Liz's blessings ) " Detroit Rock City ' by KISS echoed through the grand ballroom. Everyone in attendance knew the song and the choreograpy ( even Liz !)
What a fantastic evening !

Charlie & Sue's Wedding ; April 10, 2010

The first wedding of 2010 was a lovely intimate affair . Charlie & Sue Hall renewed their wedding vows in front of friends and family in Biddeford, Maine. The reception was held at the new Ramada Inn at Saco Plaza ( former Holiday Inn Express ) Several guest traveled from Canada to join in the celebration.
Charlie & Sue and the entire bridal party were introuced into the reception room to " You're My Best Friend " by Queen. Charlie & Sue immediately went into their 1st Dance; " Could I Have this Dance ?" by Anne Murray. A Toast by the Best Man, Charlie Hall Jr. and the Matron of Honor, Lynne Smith followed.
After dinner, a Cake Cutting took place with Sonny & Cher's " I Got You Babe " providing the background music. The bride danced with her father, Jean Claude to " Through the Years " by Kenny Rogers as friends and family lovingly looked on. Anniversary and Dollar Dances gave way to to a Bridal Party Dance of " Celebration " by Kool & the Gang that got everyone out on the dance floor. Mixed in with hours of dancing ( and a couple of Conga Lines ) were special M&M's souvenirs giveaways from Las Vegas.
They were awarded for closest birthday, furthest distance traveled, and Canadian Trivia ( handpicked by DJ Pat )

The festivities came to a close as Sue & Charlie danced their Last Dance to " Wonderful World " by Louis Armstrong and an encore of Journey's " Don't Stop Believin' " that saw everyone in the room form a circle around Sue & Charlie as they danced to this 80's classic.

2010 Winter Recap

Well, since we are now posting our current events and functions, we need to back up slightly to post our previous winter functions :

Jan. 16th Winter Ball at ST. Joseph's College in Standish.
What a fun night this was ! It was the perfect night ( for January ) , no snowstorm, mild temps, and partying , but very well-behaved students. Record attendance was set upwards of 500 students passed through the Chalet Lodge as DJ Kevin Wiacek and DJ Patrick Daniels laid down the soundtrack and lightshow for this spectacular event. Much appreciation and thanks to Marci and Nick at St. Joseph's as well as our good friends, Dan & Greg at Northeast DJs for calling us to fill in for them and loaning some additional equipment.

Jan. 23rd Retirement Party at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.
This was wonderful to be a part of this distinguised event. To honor Major John Fetterman as he retired from the Maine Maritime Patrol and prepared to transition into his next federal position. A very distinguished career with many notable mentions by heads of government. Many branches of local, state, and federal law enforcement and wildlife agencies were present as well as branches of the military and the Secret Service. Cocktail hour and dinner was followed by awards and presentations and then lots of dancing until the early morning hours.

Feb. 6th A Novel Ending at Kennebunk Free Library
How cool was this function ? It was great !! Let's transform the library into a rockin social club with full bar , gourmet appetizers and desserts and have a fund raiser and silent auction to benefit local charities. The locals danced , wined and dined and had a good time ! What a great way to get people out into the community to give something back and have a good time .

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Want to increase your bookings... read on.. and Thank You

Ahh, the temptation to post something frivolous on April 1st is great, but we will leave that reckless abandon for others to indulge in .. As we get closer and closer to Wedding season, it is interesting to note the bookings for 2010 continue in an interesting comparisom to 2009.
Several dates are emerging as prime wedding dates and we continue to network with our friendly competitors out there when we are full on a particular date.

As always, we pride ourselves in customer service and finding the best qualified DJ ( in house or otherwise ) for a particular client. We pride ourselves in our relationships we have fostered with our clients, local venues , fellow vendors and friendly competitors out there.

Today, I was told by a bride who just booked me that I was the only vendor she had met with that actually listened to hear about her day and vision , versus going into a well rehearsed sales pitch about how awesome I was and what wonderful toys and gadgets I could brag about to go along with my well- to do associations with various industry related vendors.
Now, keep in mind this client had just retained me and our initial contact was a week prior.
She thanked me for not rushing her and allowing her to compile all the information to make an informed decision.
She told me the associations, gadgets, experience and testimonials were all important to her, but they were all addressed AFTER I LISTENED to her first.

There you have it. Your free booking advice of the day, listen first and sell after.
I'm not trying to re-invent the wheel or re-define entertainment practices.

And now the THANK YOU section...

For all of you that continue to put your trust in quality services for your special day, we thank you for considering and most often cases selecting us as your entertainment choice.
To those vendors out there who recommend our services after working with us , we thank you .
You can expect the same from us , as we always notice a vendor who has a passion for their field of expertise.
To the clients out there who have moved their date to specifically guarantee our availability, we are humbled and honored.
And last , but certainly not least, we want to recognize our friendly competitors who engage in building prosperous working relationships with us and care enough to make a difference.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

World Wide Web

With today's technology advances we have become a society dependant upon receiving and soliciting information at warp speed. The super-information highway has embedded itself into the thread of the 21st century. With these advances and society's ongoing quest for knowledge and information , we vendors find these tools of the computer age to be quite useful in getting our messages of promotion out to the masses.

Sometimes these tools can be used to rant, rave and formulate an opinion or review anyone, anywhere at anytime. Message boards are an increasingly popular format as are blogs and sites that just review products and services.

We encourage you to do your research on the products and services you are interested in before making a commitment. Share your experiences with others as input and feedback is of tremendous value in the customer service industry.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Maine DJ excited about upcoming Wedding Season

Greetings everyone ! It's been awhile since my last post . Not due to lack of information to post, but rather, just a little busy meeting new clients and preparing for the upcoming season .
This season promises to be another busy year with many dates already filled and last minute inquiries coming in.

We have increased our talented DJ staff to meet the demands of clients and are networking outside of our group with the highest quality DJs in New England. We strive to ensure that clients get the quality services they come to expect when they upgrade to Double Platinum Celebrations.

We will hopefully be increasing the frequency of our blog postings as there is much to discuss .
Updates and announcements on several key areas relative to the Wedding Industry in Maine and New England will be covered as well as some interesting topics.

Stay Tuned !

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Equipment & Entertainment

Greetings everyone !
Hope you are off to great start with the new year . As I am preparing for the upcoming wedding season and some other projects, I wanted to reflect on this industry of entertainment that I have been a part of for 20 years. In 20 years I have seen technology grow leaps and bounds from CDs to mp3s, DJ software, powered speakers, LED lights, the mega-ton-gazillion digital library and let's not forget cell -phones, pda's, blue tooth and wi-fi to name a few.

All of this is relevant in 2010 and makes life easier and sometimes more complex at the same time. I think of this now, as I am updating my Equipment list for the website to proudly display my personal taste in equipment for clients and fellow vendors alike. Does this all matter at the end of the day ? Yes, and no.

Having the proper equipment for any job is an essential ingredient to the success one will have with the job/ task at hand. Having the experience to know and operate your equipment is as equally important.

I am of the mindset of trying things out, what I'm comfortable with, and is it a cost effective investment . Someone will always come along and boast about the bigger, better.. yada yada yada that they got that blows your yada yada yada away.... It is human nature to boast .

If you have the right equipment and know how to operate it to get the desired results to please your clients and yourself...excellent ! I know some folks ( self included ) who will always be looking for the next new thing to see if they can make that next new thing work for them as part of their business and to profit from it.

However, I try not to lose perspective of that other hugely important factor that comes into play ... talent.

Your new hi-tech whatchamacallit and the new fangled contraption are cool and are an excellent add on to what you do.. but does it overshadow or take away from that human element of performing that people relate and respond to ?

By choice, I have elected to list my equipment as :

1. I am proud of it
2. It is a selling point
3. It shows that I am current with today's technologies

In contrast, I strive to represent the human element of any function that has a live band or a DJ or an M/C... the talent aspect.

Bands are expected to know their instruments , their vocals, and songs to perform.
DJs are expected to know what songs to play, and to keep the floor packed.
M/C's are expected to run the event and speak clearly.

As an old friend once told me , " An act with a huge production and no heart and soul is just an act of production ."

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Welcome North East DJs !

Best Maine DJs would like to extend a warm welcome to our friends DJ Danny & DJ Greg from North East DJs . They have recently joined forces to collaborate on this new venture . We wish them well and recommend their services if Best Maine DJs, Double Platinum Celebrations & New England Groove are unavailable for your next event.

Welcome to the neighborhood !

2010 Wedding Season is here !

Welcome to 2010 ! The holidays are over and the brides are out there looking for vendors. We are looking forward to the upcoming Bridal show at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland on Jan. 9th & 10th hosted by the Maine Wedding Association.

This will be my 5th year exhibiting at the show. Stop by the Best Maine DJs booth and say hello to my business partner and Best Maine DJs co-founder, DJ Mark Lufkin and myself.
We'd love to hear your wedding plans and ideas . We have plenty of ideas to turn your dream wedding into reality with enthusiatic services, and affordable pricing.

Hope to see you at the show !

DJ Patrick Daniels
Best Maine DJs