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Lara Raymond · Married on 08/26/2018
Jon went out of his way to find my processional song, which could not be found on iTunes. He gave lots of suggestions, but I always felt listened to. When there was about a half an hour left of the reception he came over and asked me what songs I really wanted to hear from my list.Sent on 10/19/2018
Chelsea · Married on 07/21/2018
Jon was so amazing!! He got everyone up and dancing! He played every song on our list and did a great job adding in more songs that fit in perfect with our music taste. We had people telling us all night how awesome the music was! Aunts and uncles that usually don’t ever dance at weddings were up on the dance floor all night! Jon was also great with planning out the day and made it easy for us. He was very responsive to any questions we had and made last minute changes with total understanding. He gave us great advice and is very knowledgeable! He went above and beyond and we couldn’t be happier with him! We couldn’t recommend him more!!!Sent on 07/23/2018
Jamie · Married on 07/14/2018
Jon was in touch with me to firm things up with our wedding and was a very easy going DJ to work with!! Great taste in music and the lighting he brought really got the party started after all the formal wedding event stuff!!!Sent on 07/15/2018
Brandon · Married on 04/28/2018
I highly recommend Jon if you are looking for a DJ who can read a crowd and keep people on the dance floor!Sent on 07/26/2018
Prior to the wedding, Jon drove up to meet us at our reception venue for an afternoon and he gave us a ton of advice on setup, the flow of the night, and was able to help us with lighting to fit the venue and everything. He helped us decide on so many small but important details about the reception that we hadn't even thought about yet. He's truly an expert at what he does and he went above and beyond the call of duty to make our event spectacular.
We honestly didn't spend as much time as we should have providing Jon with a list of songs we wanted to hear, but based on our list of maybe 30 songs and a short do-not-play list he was able to expand a full nights playlist that we loved based on our taste. He kept my 20-something year old friends on the dance floor, he kept our 30 something year old cousins on the dance floor, and he somehow kept even our 40 to 60 year old aunts and uncles on the dance floor for the entire night. It was so much fun!
An evening of dancing and celebration was what we wanted out of our reception, so choosing an awesome DJ was one of our biggest priorities. Jon absolutely delivered!
Alison · Married on 08/29/2015
Jon kept everyone dancing all night! Throughout planning the event and the wedding itself, Jon was very laid back and able to go with the flow - our timelines shifted a bit here and there and he made sure everything went smoothly when it came to the ceremony and the entire reception. There were many things that we had a hard time selecting music for, and Jon was a great help with recommendations. Jon was extremely professional, and very easy to work with. He may come at a slightly higher price than other DJs, but it was well worth having a vendor I didn't need to manage, could trust, and pulled his job off flawlessly.Sent on 10/24/2015
Tricia · Married on 07/18/2015
John was absolutely fantastic. He was a part of the reason our wedding was perfect! He listened to exactly what we wanted and put together a great song list. We keep getting compliments on how great our wedding was and we owe a thank you to John for that. We didn't want all the typical wedding traditions and John was very easy to deal with. He did exactly what we wanted and had some great ideas himself. We really couldn't be happier with his service and would highly recommend him for any event.Sent on 08/03/2015
J. · Married on 06/06/2015
Essential DJ Service was very thorough and accommodating! After the wedding our friends and family kept commenting on how amazing the music was throughout the whole reception (cocktail hour, dinner, and dance). My husband and I have very eclectic tastes in music. We knew that what we normally love to listen to, is not what people can dance too (or for that matter may even be familiar to them). So after discussing this with Jon at Essential DJ Service we found that playing a list of our favorites made nice dinner music. I felt like this made everyone happy in the end. When it came to the dance music, Jon knew what people wanted to dance too. My husband and I definitely needed help in that department and Jon knew how to compose a great mix of newer music plus some of the classics. He even took some of our suggestions and threw them in the mix of music too. This appealed to the young and old at the reception and made everyone get on the dance floor at least once or twice, which was awesome to see!Sent on 07/25/2015
Also, we met with Jon (either in person or on the phone) a few times before the wedding to go over the order of the evening. He was very responsive to any email we sent. Essential DJ Service also has a great selection of colors for uplighting available too which made the reception venue look amazing. I recommend Essential DJ Service because he knows how to make everyone happy and have a good time!
Mary · Married on 08/02/2014
Jon is an exceptional DJ and maintained the highest level of professionalism during every interaction we had with him. We even had a mixup with our vendor, causing us to have to leave the site earlier than intended. He was unflappable and courteous to all. I would heartily recommend his services for any event.Sent on 02/11/2015
Paul · event on 05/17/2014
Johnathan responded all of my emails promptly, showed up on time and was well equipped for a party. He did a fantastic job mixing the songs up throughout the night. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ!Sent on 05/21/2014
Jen · event on 10/06/2013
Awesome! So thankful to have had such a professional at our event.Sent on 10/20/2013
Nicole · Married on 10/05/2013
Essential DJ Service was awesome! He met with us more than once before the event so that we felt comfortable with everything throughout the night despite the fact that we did not have a rehersal dinner! He recommended our officiant to us, which we loved. He was more than willing to do anything it took to make our night special. My husband loves batman and our introduction was a batman themed skit...Essential DJ Service went above and beyond to make sure that it ran smoothly and was even able to get the origional batman theme song for us! Thanks Essential DJ Service, for making our day special!Sent on 10/21/2013
Tammy · Married on 10/05/2013
Jon was a wonderful DJ. He not only helped us with the music, he ran our whole evening. He met with us several times and offered great suggestions to help our wedding be so wonderful. I would highly recommend him .Sent on 10/27/2013
Zokela Events · event on 08/25/2013
We used Essential DJ service for our annual summer picnic in our community. Jonathan was always responsive and pleasant. He provided fun, family friendly selections of music and all around good time!!Sent on 05/03/2014
User3393013 · 2+ years ago
Great experience! Jon listened to our requests and worked with us to make our day special. We really enjoyed the dance party at our reception! I would definitely recommend using him!Sent on 07/14/2013
Lindsey · Married on 06/29/2013
Jon was excellent! He made the wedding perfect with his flexibility, great ideas, and awesome choices in music. I've told everyone I know that is engaged about him and would highly recommend him! Thanks so much Jon!Sent on 06/30/2013
mike · Married on 06/29/2013
Awesome job. Did everything we asked and more. Conducted event superbly. Many complements from the guest and many thanks from me. Helped to make our special day that much more special. Thanks for everything, will definitely use again.Sent on 07/02/2013
Nicole · Married on 06/22/2013
Jon was very responsive and showed that he cared about our event. He met with us several times before the event to go over all the specifics and called us a few days before just to make sure everything was set. Also, on the day of the event, our string trio, which we booked for ceremony music was running late. Jon setup a speaker outside as a backup plan which was not part of the original plan. He was ready with an extra small speaker and willing to help cover for us just in case in order to make sure that our event went smoothly. He showed that he was willing to go above and beyond his original promise.Sent on 07/22/2013
Allen · Married on 06/15/2013
Although the state of Maryland has embraced marriage equality, we were apprehensive about finding an experienced DJ who would feel comfortable being the DJ and MC at a gay wedding. We didn't need a "gay-DJ"... but we did want someone who felt at ease with our family, friends and colleagues... and Jon Carpenter EXCEEDED ALL OF OUR EXPECTATIONS!Sent on 08/27/2014
He was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Jon helped us with our music selection, and was flexible with our needs. He met us at the venue to preview where he'd be setting-up and to give us some "real-life" examples of the uplighting.
The sound system was SUPERB! Full range, high quality, rich tones...we LITERALLY had random hotel guests wander into our reception because they thought the hotel had opened a night club. It was JUST THAT GOOD!!
Even BETTER was Jon's light show! We assumed that portable lighting could not match night club lighting. But we were wrong about that! Portable-lighting does NOT mean "inferior". Jon's lighting was OVER THE TOP... and TRULY helped with our celebration!! Jon also helped us by making a special effort to arrange the rental of a follow-spotlight for the Cher impersonator that we'd hired.
Jon kept in touch with us during the weeks leading up to the wedding day. Jon arrived early, set-up quickly, and at the end of the night he packed-up quickly too.
We provided our own playlist, a do-not-play list... and we gave Jon the flexibility to judge the crowd's energy level to play his own selections as well. The dance floor was FILLED THE ENTIRE NIGHT.
We wanted a DJ with a professional-sounding announcer's voice (check!) who would speak and announce when needed (check!) but who wasn't one of those silly DJ's who talk constantly (double-check!).
My husband and I sincerely and wholeheartedly recommend Essential DJ Service! One-stop shopping for EVERYTHING you need! His pricing was the perfect fit for our budget, and we received MUCH MORE than we expected.
Nicki · event on 06/14/2013
Great music selection for the event. Everyone had a fantastic timeSent on 06/21/2013
Ryan · Married on 05/18/2013
Jon helped make the overall process very easy for us. From beginning to end, Jon was very professional and responded quickly to any questions or concerns we had.Sent on 06/04/2013
I would highly recommend Essential DJ Service to anyone looking for a DJ in the future.
Thanks again, Jon!
Christina · Married on 03/23/2013
Awsome, John is amazing. Very flexiable with working with you and around scheduals. He can get anything you want.Sent on 04/11/2013
Philip · event on 03/23/2013
We hired Jon Carpenter of Essential DJ Service to provide his DJ and lighting services at the Scott Wheeler 5051 Foundation Bull Roast this year and were thrilled with the total experience.Sent on 04/28/2013
He arrived a little over an hour early to get set up and it was apparent from the start that he had spent his money on the right equipment to tackle just about any event. He is a pleasant, easy going guy and very easy to work with.
We had a few requests which he handled with ease and by the end of the night multiple people came up to us saying how great the DJ was this year. We'd definitely love to have him back again next year and would offer the highest recommendation to anyone needing a great DJ to provide entertainment for their event.
User2727575 · 2+ years ago
Essential DJ Service provided an excellent set-up for our wedding ceremony and for our reception (which was on two floors). They definitely made our wedding memorable by taking into account our preferences on music and by keeping our guests dancing! Additionally, they responded quickly to all emails/phone calls when we had questions and were professional/willing to work with us throughout the wedding planning process! We would definitely recommend Essential DJ Service to anyone looking for an outstanding DJ company for their event!Sent on 10/21/2012
User2705114 · 2+ years ago
Jon from Essential DJ Services was the DJ for my wedding reception and cocktail hour. Working with Jon was an awesome experience. He is very knowledgeable and helped guide me to set up my perfect day! He really got the guests going even though our wedding was small. I would absolutely recommend Jon!Sent on 10/10/2012
Abby · Married on 08/11/2012
We booked Essential DJ Service for our wedding, and we could not have been happier with our choice. From the beginning, Jon was professional and proactive, helping us plan the perfect reception from cocktail hour through our final song. Jon was patient as we made changes through the planning process even up to right before the introductions when we threw him a curve ball with a major alteration in our introductions. At all points, Jon was composed, graceful and instructive. He helped me as a bride by taking the reception completely off my stress list, and he helped my new husband as a groom by guiding us and giving him a voice (when he wanted one) in all parts of the party process.Sent on 08/25/2012
The night of the event, Jon arrived early, set up quickly, and promptly checked in with us when requested at our arrival. All night, he kept us on a schedule, executing our activities/events flawlessly while still being flexible to allow our reception to flow naturally. Our guests are still talking about the great music, light show and great organization at our event.
Thank you Jon! You made our night!