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Buckeye Entertainment

Buckeye Entertainment Buckeye Entertainment is a mobile entertainment company in Columbus, Ohio specializing in weddings. We offer DJ services, photography, planning, and more.

We are a mobile entertainment company providing DJ services, photography, photo booths and decor lighting. Weddings are our specialty! And we have 320,000+ songs, the most in Ohio! Check out our website at http://www.buckeyeentertainment.com

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We won the WeddingWire Couple's Choice award yet again! That's 12 years in a row that we've won this!! Thanks to all of ...
01/19/2022
Buckeye Entertainment Reviews - Columbus, OH - 377 Reviews

We won the WeddingWire Couple's Choice award yet again! That's 12 years in a row that we've won this!! Thanks to all of our amazing couples that left reviews for us on WeddingWire and the Knot. :)

Buckeye Entertainment is a wedding entertainment company based in Columbus, Ohio. Owner Byron Gunter is committed to providing an exceptional experience. A true scholar of his craft, Byron’s work has been published in a number of industry magazines.

12/20/2021
Christmas Light Show

The owner of Buckeye Entertainment was live on WSYX ABC 6 tonight! He and his neighbors put on the Lucy Depp Park Light Show . Check it out!

Our latest company photo! The best damn DJs in the land right here!
10/20/2021

Our latest company photo! The best damn DJs in the land right here!

09/15/2021

Buckeye Entertainment is hiring yet again! I'm looking for the next awesome DJ to add to my roster. Pay starts at $600 for a 5 hour Saturday summer wedding, and you could earn $1600+ a weekend on busy weekends if you're willing to work Fridays and Sundays as well (depends on the amount of weddings booked and time of year).

The right candidate must:
1. Have never been a DJ before (that's really important)
2. Be willing to book events a year to two years out.
3. Have reliable transportation
4. Have a decent knowledge of music
5. Have weekends and at least two weeknights a week free
6. Not be a fuddy-duddy. DJ's are supposed to be fun, damn it.
7. Be an OK salesperson. I can train the right person.
8. Able to lift heavy gear unassisted
9. Be punctual as hell. And by that I mean shows up early--to everything.
10. Not afraid to speak in front of large groups
and finally,
11. Be able to make it through "DJ Boot Camp" which is 20-30 weddings that you roadie and train for meh pay.

Ability to dance and/or sing is a plus.

Know that this isn't necessarily a full time job, but if you're willing to work the gigs it potentially can be. Also, you cannot have a history of flaking or moving, because the clients are booking YOU as much as they're booking Buckeye Entertainment. For that reason I'm extremely picky as to who I bring on board to represent my company.

If you aren't interested but know someone that might be, please share!

If you or someone you know might be interested, have them email me at [Email hidden] and we'll go from there.

-Byron

At the office late bumping tunes and updating the award wall with some new plaques! WeddingWire Couple's Choice for 11 y...
03/30/2021

At the office late bumping tunes and updating the award wall with some new plaques! WeddingWire Couple's Choice for 11 years running, 2011-2021. The Knot Best of Weddings for 7 years running plus the Knot Hall of Fame. The Best of Columbus Weddings the last two years, plus a whole bunch of others. Thank you to all of our past clients for the votes!!

Last year Buckeye Entertainment won best DJ in the Best of Columbus Weddings, and it's that time to vote again for 2021!...
12/18/2020

Last year Buckeye Entertainment won best DJ in the Best of Columbus Weddings, and it's that time to vote again for 2021! Head over to http://cbuswedmag.com/vote and vote for us and your other favorite wedding vendors!!

11/11/2020

Is 2020 over yet? :(

This picture was taken in February, right before the world changed. 2020 was supposed to be our best year ever. We were ...
08/02/2020

This picture was taken in February, right before the world changed.

2020 was supposed to be our best year ever. We were going to slam through the 500 wedding mark, on target to do a record 550 or so weddings.

And then Covid hit. So far, we've had over 260 weddings reschedule or cancel, with more reschedules and cancellations coming in daily.

Unlike many small businesses, we have not been able to get back to work, to do what we love. We can't offer curbside service. We can't deliver our services to your front door. We are in the business of getting people together, which is the *worst* business to be in right now.

Our industry is unique. When a doughnut shop runs out of doughnuts (inventory), they make more. Our inventory are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. We can't make more of those. Additionally, when someone books us, we hold that date for that person and turn countless others away for that particular date. The doughnut shop just makes another doughnut to sell to others that want a doughnut. We can't do that.

So that makes what is going on even worse. I'm sure you've heard of multiple venues in Central Ohio and around the nation closing. We too had to permanently close our small ceremony space.

Most of that has to do with reschedules.

Let's say someone has us booked for October 10th. They are (understandably) freaking out about potential restrictions at their upcoming wedding. They decide to rebook until 2021. Here's what happens. The DJ they had booked for 10/10 now is sitting at home, unpaid, on the original date. This is the same DJ that hasn't been able to do weddings for 5 months (7 months when October rolls around), the same DJ that does this as a full time job, the same DJ who uses this income to pay their bills, feed their kids, and keep a roof over their heads. With the reschedule the DJ is now booked for a new date in 2021. However, they have now lost the ability to sell the one thing they can sell, that new 2021 date. Which means they have lost the ability to collect a new deposit and make the full amount that they otherwise would have on the new date with a new client.

And worse? That new deposit (booking) would have normally come in the off-season (the winter) which is how we pay our bills that time of year.

So now, if we have enough of these reschedules (which we most certainly do) the guys and gals in this pic are going to be sitting at home for the better part of an entire year, devoid of any income. Of their livelihood.

We still have fixed expenses. We still have bills to pay.

There are lots of vendors out there (in particular photographers, cake people, planners, etc) that do this as a part time job. They have another full-time job or a spouse with a full-time job that pays the bills. And that's ok. But most of these types of vendors maybe only do a handful of weddings a year. So to them, rescheduling weddings or refunding deposits isn't a big deal because this isn't their only source of income.

That's not us. We're all in. And we've been all-in on weddings for a decade. We've been able to weather the occasional slow month or random cancellation over the years but NEVER could have anticipated nearly a year of little to no income.

No business in the history of business can survive a year with no income.

But we're going to try to do that exact thing. So when you email us, please be patient. I had to let my office staff go, so it's just me, Byron, answering 100 emails a day. Understand that I'm trying to balance the worst 5 months of my life with somehow trying to save my businesses while somehow making sure my staff will be ok while somehow trying to reschedule 250 weddings.

Long story short, I wish we sold doughnuts.

-Byron

Here's our yearly Buckeye Entertainment photo shoot! It's tradition to do a serious one and then a not-so-serious one. :...
02/26/2020

Here's our yearly Buckeye Entertainment photo shoot! It's tradition to do a serious one and then a not-so-serious one. :)

01/02/2020

Did you know that Buckeye Entertainment has DJ'd 3,287 weddings in the last 10 years? That's a LOT of celebrations that we got to be a part of!! THANK YOU to all of you that trusted us to make your day perfect.

Here's to another 10 years and thousands more weddings!! 😍😍🍾

12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Buckeye Entertainment!

09/28/2019

We have our first full date of 2020! On May 9th 2020 all 10 of us are booked for weddings!!

Next year our schedule is well over half filled, 2020 dates are going FAST!!

If you (or someone you know) are considering Noah's as a wedding venue: don't. It appears the owner has created a giant ...
07/10/2019
Tax-haven wedding venues become nightmare for NH man and other retiree investors

If you (or someone you know) are considering Noah's as a wedding venue: don't. It appears the owner has created a giant Ponzi scheme using his venues and it's only a matter of time before the one in New Albany closes. The one in Dublin most likely will never be built. We had a bad experience with their corporate staff from Utah last year and after reading this article it all makes sense.

A small group of retirees, including one from New Hampshire, paid a combined $6.2 million last year for ownership stakes in a fancy event-rental space.

We got new security cameras at the office and the uplights changing color are tripping the motion sensors. On a related ...
05/26/2019

We got new security cameras at the office and the uplights changing color are tripping the motion sensors.

On a related note, check out all the cool colors our uplights can do for your wedding! 🤣

2019 Weddings
05/16/2019

2019 Weddings

www.haileylaurenphotography.com

Venue: The Westin Great Southern Columbus
Planner: Cathy Mehrle Tuthill
Florist: Sherwood Florist, LLC

One of our favorite caterers in town officially has a new name!
04/02/2019
Local Caterer Rebrands to Together & Company

One of our favorite caterers in town officially has a new name!

After more than two decades and 25,000 events, Two Caterers is rebranding. The catering and events company started by Angela Petro in 1997 will now be known as Together & Company. “When I…

02/14/2019

In the wedding industry, dates that have a repeating number (we call them "repeaters" at BE) are usually pretty popular. With next year being 2020, a repeater the whole year, we are expecting to see a record amount of weddings booked at Buckeye. We've already far surpassed our amount of bookings for next year that we normally have this time of year.

That being said, if you haven't picked a date next year and you want a really cool repeater date, check these ones out before they completely book up!

01112020 (a Saturday)
02022020 (a Sunday)
02222020 (a Saturday)
0314 (pi day, a Saturday)
04042020 (a Saturday)
06062020 (a Saturday)
08082020 (a Saturday)
10102020 (a Saturday)
12122020 (a Saturday)

Now, if you want to save some serious coin, consider a weekday repeater date like 03032020, which is a Tuesday. Venues will discount heavily for weekday weddings, so you can get your dream venue for less than half of what a Saturday would be with the added benefit of it being a cool date! And we at Buckeye will never turn down the chance to rock out a wedding during the week! :)

We do our best to be The Best Damn Entertainment Group in the Land, but sometimes we still get reviews like this.  Unfor...
01/30/2019

We do our best to be The Best Damn Entertainment Group in the Land, but sometimes we still get reviews like this. Unfortunately the only negative reviews out there for us are from people that never actually used our services.

In this case, the bride set up an in-person meeting with us on Monday for Tuesday, and then cancelled the meeting 9 minutes before the meeting saying she had booked someone else. Never mind that it wasn't a phone meeting (like she said in the review) and that Wade had already driven to the office and was waiting for her when she cancelled.

Here's the email exchange:

She inquired on Monday 1/28/19, my reply a few hours later "Becca-

First of all, congratulations! Secondly, you are in luck--a few of us are booked that day, but my DJ Andrew Wade is available! If you'd like, Wade would be more than happy to meet with you at our office to talk about your wedding. Normally he is available Monday after 5, and Tuesday through Thursday after 7, just let me know a time that works for you!"

"On 1/28/2019 6:40 PM, Rebecca wrote:
7:30 Tuesday would work

Sent from my iPhone"

"On Jan 28, 2019, at 7:47 PM, Byron Gunter (Buckeye Entertainment) wrote:

Tomorrow at 7:30 at our office works for Wade, thanks!"

"On 1/29/2019 at 7:21 PM, Rebecca wrote:
We actually picked a different vendor. Sorry for the last minute notice.

Sent from my iPhone"

When we get unfounded, untrue reviews like this it really takes the wind out of our sails. And the fact that websites like the Knot allow them to stay up even though 1. it's false and 2. they never booked us or even MET with us. It seems unfair, which is the point of this post. We'd like others to remember to read reviews (any reviews, not just ours!) with a grain of salt.

Stay warm today everyone. -Byron

Address

2280 Henderson Rd, Ste C
Columbus, OH
43220

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm

Telephone

(614) 707-7671

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Congratulations to Emily & Jason! photographer: Betsy Jane Photography, LLC dj: Buckeye Entertainment venue: Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove
Preview 1 of 2! Ellen Stemm & Dylan got married at Jorgensen Farms on Saturday and it was the perfect winter wonderland wedding!!! Also, scroll to see the best first look reaction ever. Vendor team: Jorgensen Farms White of Dublin Diamond Cellar Buckeye Entertainment Sam and Grace Photography
Congratulations Kimberly and Austin! photographer: Got It Photography dj: Buckeye Entertainment venue: Whetstone Park Of Roses
Becky and Joey were my last wedding of the year, and we couldn’t have ended the season on a happier note. These two were highschool sweethearts, and he proposed on their 10 year anniversary. She wasn’t expecting it, and even missed when a friend asked to see her ring accidentally, too early. After a zoo day, he proposed to her on the same spot on her Mom’s driveway where he first asked her out all those years ago. All their family and friends were inside waiting to celebrate with them. The Westin is one of my favorite ballrooms, and also is one of the only locations that could match the elegance of Becky in her dress. See all the joy here: Blog: https://bit.ly/beckyandjoey2 Wedding Planner: Living The City Venue: The Westin Great Southern Columbus Pictures: Ohio Statehouse Florist: Bloomtastic Florist Dress: Jenny Yoo Collection Dress Shop: La Jeune Mariee Hair: Jennifer King Makeup: Make Me Up by Allyson Invitation Suite: Minted DJ: Buckeye Entertainment
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Congratulations to Abbey & Hayden! photographer: Josiah Bremer Buckeye Entertainment dj:Uday Hasegawa Buckeye Entertainment venue: Wedgewood Golf & Country Club
A wedding takes so much care, planning, and love. So to all the amazing people that made this gorgeous day possible, THANK YOU! Not to mention all the amazing bridal party who just made the day PERFECTION! Venue Little Brook Meadows Coordinator- Sue Frank Officiant Brandon Collins Makeup Nannette Peters DJ Buckeye Entertainment Caterer Cheers Chalet Baker Purple Door & More Seriously I will be thinking about these macaroons forever! Team work really does make the dream work! ;)
Congratulations to Cora & Johnny! photographer:@Josiah Bremer Buckeye Entertainment dj:@tony Tony Williams Buckeye Entertainment venue: Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove
Hannah and Cam met while going to OSU, just like Cody and I did. You can tell how important campus is to them, because somehow they managed to get us on the football field. It was my very first time, and OH MY GOSH I had the best time. Hannah and Cam’s bridal party and friends are so friendly and uplifting and watching them run around the field full of joy was just amazing. Their pup even got to visit Mirror Lake to hop in the pictures with us. The day was full of tears. Hannah’s bridesmaids couldn’t get through pictures together without stopping to cry, and Cam literally couldn’t keep it together when he saw her come down the aisle. I wish I could do this night over again. Blog Post: https://bit.ly/hannahandcam2 Venue: The Westin Great Southern Columbus Florist: Fox & Laurel Creative Dress Designer: Essense of Australia Dress Shop: Wendy's Bridal Columbus Menswear: THE BLACK TUX Hair and Makeup: Hey Pretty Beauty Cake: Lion Cub's Cookies & Nothing Bundt Cakes Invitation Suite: Truly Engaging by MagnetStreet Piano: StringSource DJ: Buckeye Entertainment
Congratulations to Julia & Kyle! Photographer: dk photographic Venue: Swan Lake Event Center DJ: Buckeye Entertainment
Here’s hoping for more epic sunsets like this one from last Friday! Jenna and Ben got this beautiful backdrop during their long awaited celebration at Vue 😍 Captured by Emily Mollineaux Photography Catering: Milo's Catering DJ: Buckeye Entertainment Video: Kodjoarts Videography & Photography
We're thrilled to announce that Buckeye Entertainment will be our FIRST onsite DJ for this year's Darby Creek Trail Run! They will be getting everyone pumped up prior to the 5k and 10k, and making the post race party a blast! Special shoutout to DJ Adam for dedicating his services to his late mother-in-law who sadly passed away recently from cancer.