72 Reviews for Michigan Wedding DJ ( Royal Oak, MI )
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Is there a button I can click for 10 stars? Our Wedding took place on May 27th 2017 at the Dearborn Inn. With it being a holiday weekend, my husband and I knew we had to book vendors earlier than our original time-frame to get the best. DJ Dan Nichols was just that, he was the best.
From our first phone conversation to our last, we were in awe of Dan’s professionalism, organization skills, honesty, and overall, Dan is just an amazing person. Dan understands the structure and importance of time-management which is something I truly respect. He has an eye for detail and wanted our Wedding to exceed our expectations. He asked questions regarding proper pronunciation and I asked questions about our first “choreographed” dance. That right there is what every Bride wants! Being able to trust your vendors, allowing you to be yourself and soak up this once in a lifetime chapter.
Having my roots established in the city where our Wedding was taking place, we were planning for a celebration… a 350 guest celebration. When we shared our numbers with Dan, automatically you could sense his excitement. He wasn’t nervous or took a step back when processing our numbers, but he was up for the challenge and wanted to bring entertainment that our guests would remember. With a happy heart I can boost that our dance floor was never empty and at the end of the night our guests were chanting “DJ Dan! One more song!” Almost three weeks after our perfect day, I am still hearing compliments from how FUN that weekend was.
After the Wedding, Dan wrote me the sweetest email thanking my family and me for such a wonderful evening. Dan is selfless and had genuine words to share; God has a way of putting people in your life for the better. Dan, from the bottom of my heart thank you for everything. You allowed me to be the best version of myself, kept things organized and brought happiness to all. You will always have a special place in the Stoming/Thomas family :)
Ok, you got me... I'm literally tearing up. I never know that people know that their night is AS big a deal to me as it is to them. The fact that you were aware of that doesn't surprise me because what bride knows what table each of her 350 are at? You're uber aware. But the fact that you shared it gives me a sense of pride knowing my clients "get" what I'm about in serving them on their big day. It's not "just a gig" to me. It's arguably one of the biggest nights of their life. A night that will be talked about possibly for a couple generations. Couples that hire me do spend a bit more but those are the ones that recognize it's a worthy investment. In fact candidly that's the part of the business I do not enjoy -- worrying all will go well. I get "reception head" (not in webmd) come Monday Morning thinking of the wedding/s the coming weekend. Thank You Molly !! Keep being amazing !
DJ Dan is amazing. He did this great move where he invited everyone on the dance floor for the first slow song right after the first dances. I felt like after that moment, there were always people dancing - great way to start the evening. I gave him a must-play list with a few of our favorite songs but left the rest up to his knowledge and expertise and it sure worked! Everyone complimented me on such a fun evening and we couldn't be happier. Would highly recommend DJ Dan over and over again!
Hi Stacy, nothing says thank you like being professionally endorsed. Being that you're in the "Event Biz" and being invited to work your event is an honor. Not one I take lightly!! It's always more risky when it's a "jury of your peers". I am honored you chose my professional dj service. AND yes I would agree they danced all night !!! I always tell my clients - it takes two. Both the dj and the guests so that night we indeed made it happen. Again, thanks!
We had a terrific experience with DJ Dan. He played the wedding exactly like we had hoped, and really came up with a creative playlist that tied in all the genres we were hoping to. He was terrific MC-ing the evening too, announcing speakers & getting people on the dance floor.
I think it' was pretty darn cool to have been the second wedding ever at "The Factory at Corktown" - especially because people danced all night. I loved being part of your wedding reception. Thanks for placing your faith in my services.
Our experience with Dan was nothing short of spectacular. From our 1st conversation with him, we really felt like we were in good hands. He was very responsive to our questions and continually reassured us through his communication that we had made the right decision.
Music was very important to us as being at some weddings with subpar music really killed the mood. Dan's music was like a magnet to the dance floor. Being born in the eighties, our musical taste is quite wide and Dan managed to capture all the styles of a playlist we might as well have created. Current hits, 90s hits, and oldies were sprinkled in seamlessly to create an experience we will never forget.
The checklist we went through with him was executed to a T (better than we ever thought possible!!) He even took a slower song we didn't think would be a great dance hit so we requested for cocktail hour and turned it into a perfect full wedding guest dance, something we never even thought of!! It was truly a magical moment. We both talked about it immediately when reminiscing about our special day.
Dan was also phenomenal as an emcee. Having a wedding party with some challenging names, we were a bit worried about butchering pronunciation but Dan nailed every one as if he had known the people for years. His commentary during the reception was few and far between but always seemed to happen at just the right moment, when needed.
Dan also provided music for our ceremony and cocktail hour that could not have gone better. We literally had zero issues and Dan was an integral part of our perfect day. We could not recommend Dan any more and strongly encourage considering him for your wedding or event. You will NOT be disappointed. Dan, thank you!! We are so happy we chose you as our Michigan Wedding DJ!!
FOREVER YOUNG !! Thanks for being a super crowd and a gracious bride and groom. I loved your event. Your guests were a blast as well and since they were from all over the globe it made it even more fun to know they were moving and grooving on the floor. Lots of fun it was. And it didn't go unrecognized that you both made a small leap of faith in booking me. I'm just happy the result was 5 stars. :-) Go Be Great !! AND thank you so much for the detailed testimony.
From start to finish I could not think of a better experience. Before the wedding Dan took the time to talk with me, my wife, my mother-in-law to get a sense of not just the music we wanted, but how we hoped the night would go. He listened to us and gave his informed and professional opinion when we asked for it. He took the time to learn the correct pronunciations for each of our groomsmen and bridesmaids. He made sure to understand the timing of important events during the night like the cake cutting, the speeches, and the dances. His organizational understanding immediately made me feel like we were working with someone who genuinely cares about how our wedding was going to go.
The night of the wedding was where Dan really shined. His cocktail hour and dinner music was the perfect compliment to conversations and festive atmosphere. His dance playlist had something for everyone. I personally couldn't believe how much people wanted to dance. Our group could have easily danced for another hour because the music was so good and everyone was having such a great time.
After the wedding, he wrote my wife and I a very nice thank you letter. Dan was a true gentleman and professional. I could not recommend working with him enough.
That was a fun night. You were indeed a pleasure to work with. I'll never forget your disappearing act prior to the speeches!! LOL. Be well and keep being amazing.
Everything was great from beginning to end. Thanks so much for making the event memorable.
Chris and Lanny
Thanks Chris & Lanny !! I am thankful the Dearborn Inn still refers me to great clients. I'm glad your reception and ceremony went so well.
Dan was the DJ at our wedding last weekend and I am so happy we found him and booked him! He is very professional and organized. He listened to our requests and offered suggestions for things we were undecided about. All our guests have been raving about how good our DJ was and how fun our wedding was. He ensured the entire evening flowed exactly how we wanted to. When a guest requested a song he thought I (the bride) might not like, he checked with me before playing. Thank you, Dan, for helping us have the wedding of our dreams!
Thanks Katie !! I appreciate you taking the time to share with other prospects, your experience. Your wedding was a blast. As I've told many other brides, somehow I keep getting great clients to work with and you 2 were no exception. Stay in love & make a great life !! Again thank you.
DJ Dan Nichols (we call him DJ Dan for short) was extremely helpful, organized, personable, professional, and awesome. There is not a single negative thing my wife or I could say about Dan or his services. He was readily available from the first phone call 10 months out all the way up to the final dance. When I first arrived at the hall, Dan's setup was professionally organized and he immediately came up to me and formally introduced himself. He also wanted to make sure we didn't make any last minute changes on our wedding prep sheet (which itself was super helpful).
We had zero worries going with Dan as our DJ and we were right not to worry. The flow of the evening was perfect. He nailed the grand entrance of the bridal party (Dan showed lots of enthusiasm, and pronounced every name correctly), played a nice mix of music during dinner, but most importantly, he kept our guests engaged and out on the dance floor throughout the reception.
I got to speak with Dan a few times throughout the night and it's obvious that he loves his work and takes pride in it. Our guests loved Dan and so did we. All of us would highly recommend him.
Thank you both ! Thank your family and your friends. That party was a lot of fun. Your bridal party was a blast. I've said it before and I'll say it again my clients are great. Somehow, maybe because I make sure it's a fit both ways upfront, somehow the end product is usually damn good to awesome. Thanks to you both - go make a great life !!!
I would book Dan again in a heart beat. Dan came highly recommended. I was extremely happy with all my vendors, but Dan was such a comfort to me throughout the months leading up to the wedding and during the wedding itself. His professionalism and demeanor from the beginning instilled a confidence that to me was priceless, and after I booked him I did not worry about it another minute but for the few things we had to figure out after our Monday(before the wedding) conversation. If you are a detail-oriented person and planning a wedding, whew, what a relief to have someone like Dan that you can rely on! The groom is very particular when it comes to music, and we have differing tastes, but Dan did a great job pleasing us both and getting our varied age groups on the dance floor. We used Dan for the ceremony music and sound as well, it was nice to have one less thing to worry about. He was at the venue and all set up before I even arrived. He kept the evening running smoothly, we were very pleased!
Thanks for the glowing review. As we both know the "groom" had some "different" opinions on music and honestly I was stressed coming into the event trying to figure out how to make those work YET still abide by his extensive NO PLAY list LOL... BUT we got through it and kept him happy too. I do want to say that was a well run venue indeed. Pleasant staff, top notch service and food. Again Ashley thanks for the great review. If ever you need a dj you know where to look.
Dan DJed our wedding at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. He was a pleasure to work with, very friendly and professional. He worked with us personally to help nail down our musical taste, even when we couldn't quite describe it ourselves, and was very accommodating of our requests. One of my favorite things about Dan is his honesty; he's not afraid to let you know if he doesn't think a song or artist will work given your setting and group, which I really appreciated. After all, he's the DJ, not me; I hired him because he has the experience to know that kind of stuff!
He was an excellent MC, doing a great job directing our introductions and toasts. Our wedding was pretty small (
Thanks so much for the reviews on multiple sites! Interestingly I booked another bride from your event a few weeks back! That's always a good thing. I appreciate that you appreciated my "coaching" in places I saw it important. It's nice people recognize it's more than just playing music. It's helping to coordinate the flow of an entire evening. Thanks so much !!
Dan was recommended to us by another DJ who was booked and said she'd stake her reputation on him. She was not wrong! He kept the tunes coming, everyone was dancing (even my 96 year old great aunt) and everything was exactly as I hoped. I would definitely recommend Dan if you are looking for the DJ for the most important party you will throw.
Katie, thanks so much and the DJ you write of is a veteran like me. Us old timers... err... mature dj's have a few tricks from years of working crowds. Thanks for placing your faith in me. That's a fun venue and you had a great crowd!!
Dan was so easy to work with! He was accommodating and took everything we had to say into account. He honored our "must play" and "do not play list" and was nothing but professional. He was extremely dependable, pronounced everyones names correctly (and there were some tough ones-believe me!), and kept the party going! Our dance floor was packed the entire night and he made it a night we will never forget. I have nothing but good things to say abut Dan. If you go with him, you will NOT be disappointed!!!
Dan was great! He really took into account our style and what we wanted for the evening (types of artists, songs, ect.) but he also read the crowd very well. It was such a hot day (and we were in a barn with no AC) and he somehow managed to lure everyone inside the barn to dance. We had the best time. He also did great with keeping our night on track with announcements- very professional, and very helpful. Thanks Dan!
Hi, thanks so much for the good words!! I loved the barn wedding ! It was indeed hot but it could have been so much hotter. AND yes it was nice to finish with a bunch of people dancing. Thanks again for the opportunity to serve at your reception.
Dan is simply the best. He was so friendly, so professional, and so easy to work with. My husband and I are Egyptian, and we knew we wanted to balance classic oldies tunes with some good belly dancing music. Dan helped us accomplish this perfectly! He gave us excellent guidance about what we could do to help him execute this and was very prompt in responding to any questions we had the week of the wedding. Dan was definitely one of the biggest factors in how fun our night was -our dance floor was packed the entire night. We are so glad we worked with him for our wedding and would give him a glowing review to anyone considering booking him for their wedding!
Dan did a great job at my daughter's wedding. He kept people dancing from beginning to end. The music wasn't too loud and after reviewing my list of songs we chose to hear, he quickly learned what music preferences we had and continued the theme throughout the evening. He made musical adjustments to accommodate all ages at the reception. We had all generations dancing to the variety of music. He emceed at the right times, made any necessary adjustments and took care of requests throughout the evening. He did his job eloquently and with ease and blended into the dancing crowd. Several guests commented to us that he was a really good DJ. He was pleasant and friendly and many said he was just a good guy. He was good to work with, understood what we wanted and made it a wedding to remember!!
Thanks so much for the opportunity to serve you and your friends/family. I enjoy the Galilee room at St. Johns, especially when it's filled with a fun crowd. As I shared before "L" (private user) I'm always happy when my clients are happy with my work. Especially when they are as sharp and detailed as you were. It's a little more stressful going in but gratefully making it feel right is my job. Thanks again !!
We had our wedding back in May, and Dan did a great job keeping in contact with us. He was always on top of things and definitely someone I would recommend. Simply put, this is his job and he does his job very well. The music selection was perfect and he chose the right songs for the right mood. Thank you Dan for giving us a wonderful experience and providing us with a great time
You know you have a great DJ when the crowd is chanting "One More Song" after the lights come on at the end of the night. Dan was awesome--we spoke the week of the wedding and outlined the entire wedding and reception. He as very details-oriented, which I appreciated. He kept the flow of the wedding going and kept things organized so that we didn't have to worry about it. I honestly don't remember much about the music choices because I was so in the zone, but the dance floor was packed and everyone has been raving about how fun the wedding was. Great DJ, highly recommend.
Amen Jenny !! Thanks for seeing the importance of details AND music.
Dan provided his DJ services for both our wedding ceremony and reception. I found Dan to be extremely professional. He arrived at the venue early to set-up his equipment, he was dressed appropriately, and he made sure the entire wedding flowed seamlessly. Dan was also very helpful throughout the planning process. I was struggling with finding the perfect ceremony music, and he did an excellent job of guiding me in the right direction. He also learned about our musical tastes before the wedding and infused some of our very favorite music into the reception. His musical choices throughout the reception were on point and he kept the dance floor full the entire night! The music is such a key component of your wedding, and I feel very lucky that Dan was our DJ because he made sure our wedding fun for us and all of our guests! He is a true professional and great person. I highly recommend Dan!
Hi, thanks for sharing your thoughts with the wedding public. It was a pleasure to work with your family and friends. It was especially nice to work a friendly event. Your guests were happy and kind as well. I probably shouldn't share this but your late night snack -- pierogies... were the bomb. I couldn't resist a sample.
Dan was amazing - he DJ'ed and also MC'ed the whole night, and was super knowledgable and helpful in the planning process. He was very detail-oriented, and gave tips and shared his experience with me, but also made me feel 100% comfortable to make my own decisions as well. He helped make the improvised timeline a smooth one, since the bridal party was running late coming to the reception from pictures. The dance floor was jam-packed all night, and everyone went on about how much fun they had, and I know Dan was a big part of that success! Would 100% recommend him to anyone.
Hi, thanks Rebecca for the great review. Your wedding was a lot of fun for me as well. Thanks for having me as a part of your celebration.
Dan is awesome! He responded quickly to all my emails and answered all my questions. He was very helpful in helping me pick the music for my wedding. He made sure everyone was dancing and he kept the dance floor full until the very end! I've had numerous people tell me they have never danced as much as the did at our wedding. Dan is very interactive with the crowd and makes sure to play something for everyone. If you are looking for an awesome DJ, don't consider anyone else besides Dan. He's the best! Thanks again Dan for making sure everyone had a great time!
Kylee, thanks for the kind words. It is nice to be appreciated for what I do. It's indeed an honor to serve my super clients!!
Dj Dan was fantastic, he was professional and extremely organized. He controlled the flow and made it so that as the bride
I didn't have to worry about one thing! He paid special attention to all of the details
Of the event and didn't miss one item! Also he paced the music well
and everyone had a great time!
I had 2 private user responses today - one was yours. I am 99% sure this is my Miami bride... based on the attention to detail comments - LOL. Engineers notice things like that !! You both go on and make a great life and thanks for trusting your mom's gut to trust the Dearborn Inn's catering office referral. I'm glad to keep all parties happy with my work as a dj. AND knowing that I have customers that are keenly aware of my attention to detail makes me feel good. Because it really is more than just the music. It's about balancing and mixing an entire evening. Again, thanks !!!!!!
My husband and I chose this DJ after he did such a wonderful job at our friends' wedding. Their wedding was 150 people; ours was 20. Dan said he'd never done so small a group before, but he totally read the crowd and played dinner music when people wanted to talk and interspersed great dance tunes that got even my stodgy parents onto the dance floor. He was very conscientious, making sure he wasn't going to play anything we didn't like and setting up well in advance. He provided the music for the ceremony as well as the reception and really steered the evening in a positive direction. He is worth every penny we paid and more.
I loved playing to such a small crowd. It was a blast. Also, I still tell the story of a "first". I'd never seen people stretch before dancing before as a couple of your guests (remaining anonymous) did. The was a hoot !! Thanks for the opportunity to play for your family and friends.
Dan Nichols did an awesome job with my wedding. He played all of the songs that I wanted and the other ones kept everyone on the dance floor! He did a fabulous job getting everyone on the dance floor as soon as dinner was over. It was exactly what I wanted! I loved every second of my wedding. The music and DJ can make or break a wedding, and Dan made my wedding day awesome!
I had a great time at your wedding reception too!! Thanks for making me a special part of your day. My clients enrich my life.
Dan was wonderful. The dance floor was packed all night. Everything went very smoothly and he was very easy to work with. We would recommend him to anyone.
Thanks Julie - I appreciate your taking the time to review my services and I see your father did as well !! Thanks a TON !!
As the father of the bride and a music lover choosing the right guy for the job was critical. My daughter and her now husband are also pretty young and had a large percentage of their friends at the event. So, finding the right dj that could handle the job was important to us. After all as Dan said, "a good dj plays the right mix and a great dj mixes the events of the evening, the timing, rhythm and flow as well as the right music". Without a doubt the Dearborn Inn gave us the right referral for the job in DJ Dan Nichols. He had a talent for keeping the party going all night. He played only a handful of slow songs choosing instead to keep us all moving to music from several genres. It never felt lopsided he seemed to seamlessly mix from one era to the next. He also handled the emcee duties effortlessly and was a minimalist on the mic. Lastly -- it's true... he was several hundred dollars more than some other options but worth every single penny. I'll refer him over and over !
Thankful for the review !! Thanks Bart - your family was a pleasure indeed. Good people marrying good people is a great thing.