DeeJay Absolute: Experience, Reputation and Creativity
“It’s not what I do, it’s how I do it...”
Hello, my name is Mark Vanderende, also known by my stage name DeeJay Absolute, and I’d like to welcome you to my website. It's a privilege to take part in an event as special as a wedding and I thank you for considering taking me along on the journey towards planning and executing the most important party of your lives!
More than simply a DJ, MC or Host, I pride myself on being a truly professional, experienced and versatile entertainer. I feel the foundation of my craft rest on three important pillars, namely:
EXPERIENCE, REPUTATION, and CREATIVITY.
I’d like to take a few minutes right now to walk you through my personal commitment to these pillars and how this allows me to dramatically bring the vision you have of your wedding to life!
I first started out in the event industry over 15 years ago as a small time DJ in the Lower Mainland and quickly discovered my passion for performing at weddings. I feel it is such a privilege to be part of a couple’s most memorable celebration and I quickly became a full time wedding DJ.
Since that time I have gone on to pack dance floors at over a thousand weddings under the name DeeJay Absolute. I love connecting with your guests and it’s my mission to see every one of them – from your nephew to your grandmother enjoying themselves through amazing music.
As I became established as one of the regions foremost wedding DJs, I began to add services to my repertoire under the name Absolute Entertainment. I’m very proud of the success of this company that currently provides bartending, photo booth, lighting, hosting and DJ services to an ever increasing client base.
With these new ventures I began to become very passionate about the need for professional MC services in the wedding industry. With so many weddings under my belt as DeeJay Absolute I had truly seen it all when it came to MCs and their performances – both good and tragically bad – had a huge impact on the success of the night. Since that time I have had the pleasure to be the MC (or as I prefer, event Host) at hundreds of weddings and it has truly become as important to my performance as the particular songs I select.
As I continue to enjoy the challenges and rewards of working in the wedding industry I have found myself evolving into a wedding planner. As the operator of Absolute Entertainment I have learned to manage multiple services for multiple events any given weekend and I have developed ways to plan, organize and execute events that work. When I sit down with a couple to discuss their wedding entertainment I am proud to be able to bring all this experience to the table and help them plan their special day.
Furthermore, I find I bring a unique perspective to the planning process that isn’t typical of wedding planners. Having seen so many weddings from the first vow to the last dance, I have come to believe that the key to your guest’s overall enjoyment is a properly executed timeline which is crafted like a piece of music. Starting from an entertainment perspective we can ask ourselves how we want our guests to feel at any given moment, and then create the perfect mood through music, lighting and a professional event host to achieve that result.
My reputation in the wedding industry means everything to me. I take such personal pride in the fact that so much of my business comes through referrals, fellow vendors, venues, and former clients.
I’m always humbled and thrilled to hear what couples have to say about my services. It’s a testament to my success that I can boast a 4.9/5 rating on WeddingWire Canada where you can read dozens of glowing reviews from just a selection of my past clients.
It’s been my pleasure to grow many amazing relationships with the finest wedding professionals in BC! When planning a wedding it’s essential that all your vendors work together as one team and I am always happy to refer you to a professional in the area who is a good fit for your vision.
When I sit down for a consultation with a couple I am wearing a planner’s hat – but not the same hat a typical wedding planner might wear. I am envisioning the end of the night just as much as the beginning because I am thinking from the perspective of an entertainer. My role is to ensure your guests thoroughly enjoy themselves at every step of the journey from the ceremony till last call.
So many weddings follow the same old timeline... it’s not surprising people might get bored when they’ve been to the “same” event a dozen times. I’m a huge fan of finding fun, creative and unusual ways to plan a timeline so your friends and family members are delighted and even surprised as the night unfolds. This helps to create and build excitement which translates directly into an amazing dance floor and an overall successful celebration.
In order to tap into this creativity, I enjoy staying on top of the latest wedding trends and concepts by constantly reading and discussing themes and industry tricks with fellow wedding vendors. I also take an active role in the national CDJA trade organization as well as a variety of planning and wedding network associations to stay current and informed in the latest professional trends.
Enough about me already... it truly is all about you! I’d love to chat and hear about your vision for this most important celebration. By defining how we want you and your guests to feel throughout the day and evening we can start to nail down a personalized timeline that does justice to your unique vision for the day. Let’s find a venue that can accommodate and highlight the important aspects of our plan. Let’s question some of the points on a traditional reception timeline and see how we can improve or redefine them to suit your specific tastes and desires. Let’s get creative!
If you’re ready to take the next step in creating and crafting a truly exceptional and unforgettable wedding reception I look forward to discussing how my experience, reputation and creativity can help you get the absolute most out of your big day! – DeeJay Absolute