23 Reviews for The Batchelor
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Joel came as a recommendation from my day of coordinator and boy am I glad he did. Without the ability to see most DJs perform before the big day (unless you happen to be at a friend's wedding and really fall in love with theirs), DJs are one of the hardest things to choose for a wedding. AND THEY ARE ONE OF THE SINGULAR MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS! Joel made our wedding.... literally. MADE IT. He was subtle (not too much interruption to an otherwise awesome dance soundtrack), picked all the right songs, and transitioned each song perfectly into the next (which is my one necessity when picking a DJ - nothing like transitioning from a full dance floor into a slow song that makes people head for the hills). The one thing I tell people when they ask about my wedding is how "I danced my face off" - those are my literal words. We got so many compliments on Joel - the fact that he played all of our favorite new and old hits - and how he never stopped the dance party. Just check out some of the pics below. He even went the extra mile by making a tshirt with our hashtag on it and wearing it for the event. He is perfect! My only regret is that Joel doesn't follow me around every day of my life just playing all the right jams!
Reading your review just puts a huge smile on my face & takes me back to your wonderful wedding day! I had so much fun at your wedding! You & Scott are truly truly awesome & I am so honored to have been there & been a part of everything! I'm also thrilled to have your wedding as the showcase for the video I'm getting made & I can't wait to show it to you guys when I get it! I'll see you both soon!
joel made our wedding party more than we could have dreamed of. he had everyone on the dance floor the entire night and we could not have been more pleased. he totally got our vision and was so easy to work with. i would book him again in a heartbeat. thank you so much joel!!!
It was truly amazing to see you guys out there for your first dance! I'm sure the pictures will be really unique! It was amazing to see your friends & family out there enjoying themselves! I'm thrilled that everyone enjoyed the music & truly honored to be chosen among all of your other amazing vendors to be a part of your day! Thanks so much again for having me!
Joel was our DJ for our wedding on May 5, 2018 and he did a fantastic job!
He was very friendly and responsive during the planning process, and we appreciated his honest, unique approach. He wanted us to define the feel of the wedding and choose our "Must Plays" but also was hoping we would be open minded. He said his job is to read the crowd and if we were okay with it, he may play a song that we don't love but the crowd might. He said if we hand picked every song, we may just sit around and listen to our favorite songs or, he could play what our guests wanted and have a dance party! He did an amazing job blending the two. He played our Must Plays and also used the style of those songs to help him pick some crowd favorites that matched the vibe we wanted. Our guests danced from 7:30pm - 10pm, non-stop and that was all thanks to Joel!!
We highly recommend Joel - you will not regret it.
I had an absolute blast with you guys!! It was such an honor to be a part of your day! I’m glad that everyone had so much fun & really...I talked about how much everyone was dancing and how even though it was a little cool out we had the fans BLASTING in that tent! What a great night! Cheers to you guys, and hopefully you’ll continue to cherish the awesome start to your lives together!!
Joel was all you could want and more from a DJ. Our guests were literally on the dance floor from start to finish, and we had SUCH a blast! He had asked us for some suggestions of songs and things we didn't want to hear, but the best was his ability to read the crowd and keep everything flowing. Also, his pricing is very reasonable for the DMV area, some of the quotes I got were out of control.
Kiki & Rob, I was so happy to be able to be a part of your day! I had an awesome time with you both! Congratulations on an amazing party & all the best to both of you! :-)
Joel was AMAZING from planning to the wedding. He was easy to work with and was able to understand what we wanted and had great suggestions and additions to our music selection. All of our guests couldn’t stop raving about how great the music was and how Joel kept the party going. If you are looking for a DJ who knows how to have a great time you should go with Joel Batchelor!
You were both so awesome & I had such a great time at your wedding! Guests were literally ready to party half way through dinner! Your great selections definitely made my "work" easy & fun! I can't wait to see pictures! Thanks so much again for allowing me to be a part of such an awesome day!
Joel gave us the party we were looking for at our wedding! He did so much more than just plugging in a playlist. He was in tune with what the crowd wanted and also played all of the songs we asked him to. He was a true pleasure to work with!
Thank you so SO much for your kind words & I hope that you guys enjoyed Vietnam! All the pictures looked awesome! Hopefully we'll get a chance to catch up once you guys are back in town! Thanks again!!
We had a great experience working with Joel and he did a phenomenal job at our wedding. He was super easy to work with and very patient as we figured out our music choices. Joel did a great job setting up a sound system for our ceremony and toasts during dinner, and then of course ensured we had a great time on the dance floor! Everything was perfect. The t-shirts with our names were a nice touch, too!
I had such a great time at your wedding! Thanks so much for taking the time out to leave feedback! It was great to see everyone out dancing & enjoying themselves. Hopefully the pictures are ready soon so that I can check them out!!
Joel was such an incredible DJ! We were lucky to have his expertise and help along the wedding music planning process. He puts such a personal touch on everything he does and made us feel like a unique and important client of his. Hire Joel for an incredibly fun night and a great collaborator for you perfect wedding day atmosphere! Thank you Joel for all you did for us!
Thanks so much for taking time out to comment! I had such a great time at your wedding! You guys definitely made it easy, and I was happy to see everyone dancing & enjoying themselves! Be sure to send some pictures my way if available!!
Joel is the best! He was great to work with before, had awesome recommendations and made our night perfect. People were dancing all night long and several people told us how great he was. Would definitely recommend!
Thank you so very much for your feedback! I had such a great time at your wedding & it was great to meet & get to know you both! All the best to you & Chris!
We could not have made a better decision going with Joel! First off, Joel is extremely responsive and committed to making sure that you and your spouse know exactly what's going on with the day and are comfortable with the plan. A few examples of how Joel did this: (1) Unprompted, Joel shared a google doc with us that we used to provide ideas about what we wanted played at our wedding; (2) Joel spent 2 hours with me on the phone one evening walking me through the entire flow of the day and provided examples of how he had seen it done before to help me make decisions; and (3) Joel met my spouse and I during his lunch break to finalize all the details for the day - and that was all in preparation for the wedding! On the actual day, Joel showed up to the venue early to make sure things were set up. He accommodated our unique set up and ensured that we had the right music playing on the right floor at the right time - without skipping a beat. When it came to the party portion of the night - Joel simply threw down! We danced for 2 hours non-stop and could have kept on going. Several people who attended the wedding have already asked for Joel's contact information to potentially use him for their special wedding day. You simply cannot go wrong with hiring Joel. I am not sure if my name shows up with the post but if it does, please reach out to Joel and get my contact information and I will be willing to speak with you. If it does not show up, just ask Joel about the "exemplary" wedding dance party and he will know exactly who you are talking about.
You guys are so awesome, & your party was definitely EXEMPLARY haha I had so much fun being a part of you guys' wedding! You guys both made my work such a pleasure, & I am so honored to have been a part of your day. Thanks so much for everything! You guys are the best!!
Before we give our own experience with Joel as bride & groom, it is important to share quotes from our guests (whose positive experience was paramount to us).
"Until your wedding, I thought all receptions were supposed to be awkward with little dancing."
"I thought we were going home early, but we danced all night."
"I'm sorry I didn't eat your dessert I was too busy dancing."
"I've NEVER been to a wedding dance party like this"
"perfect song transitions"
"We had fun because your dj had fun"
As the music for our entire wedding, Joel was the sound track for 4 separate parties. The event started with a champagne -cheese reception which we wanted to be relaxed, but elegant. Joel listened to us and delivered great ideas. The ceremony was a mixture of silly and meaningful and Joel adeptly made those transitions natural and seamless. The cocktail hour was enhanced by the music because it naturally blended into the buzz of the room. For the reception, once again we shared our intention and Joel delivered the right mixture of songs so that our guests could move in their seats while also holding conversations.
Dancing after our dinner was made fun by Joel. We had a few ideas on how we could play with the idea of a first dance because we were really not interested in a crowd of people watching us slow dance. Joel spent a great deal of time helping us think through how we could surprise our guests while not having to spend a lot of time choreographing or practicing.
Joel is unique because when he is part of your day he is truly part of YOUR day. He wants to help you bring your ideas and experiences into reality. Thank you Joel for making us feel so special and the genuine, infectious joy you brought to our wedding!
Your day was truly amazing and it was such a joy to be a part of! It was truly a pleasure to meet your both & I had so much fun at your wedding! You guys really brought the ideas & the day to life, and working with a couple like you can't even be considered work. It was definitely a pleasure!
Joel is very easy to work with. We had a great time. He is open to communication and he gave us very useful suggestions! Definitely recommend him!
Thank you so very much Huili! I had such an amazing time with you guys! All the best to you both & I hope to catch up with you soon!
Joel was great to work with. He was responsive and was easy to communicate with over the phone, in person, and over email. In terms of music, he did a great job listening to our wishes, but he also is willing to provide his own suggestions, drawn from his other DJing experiences and personal thoughts. On the dancefloor, it was obvious that he paid attention to crowd engagement. Additionally, he did most of the emceeing services for my wedding and he was enthusiastic, fun, and professional. I provided a breakdown of the schedule and announcements/introductions over Google Docs and at the rehearsal and he stuck to it and even learned the hard-to-pronounce names of our friends and family members!
It was such an immense pleasure to be a part of your day! You were both so easy to work with & you really made my work a pleasure. :-)
Joel DJ'd our wedding in May 2017 and did a fantastic job. We got a lot of compliments on the music throughout the night and everyone was on the dance floor at one point or another. He was very engaged and enthusiastic. Definitely recommend him!
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review for me! I really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your amazing day! :-)
Joel is very flexible to work with and will respond to you in a very timely manner. You can also request him ANY song and he will find it for you. Most importantly, he will genuinely care about YOUR wedding like his and you can feel his warmth throughout the wedding :)
Thanks so much for your amazing review & I had such a great time at your wedding! Best wishes & congratulations to you & Jorge!
Joel was amazing. He took all of my suggestions and played most of the songs on my playlist. A number of our guests complimented him and even asked to have his information to possibly use him in the future for events. We danced so much and had the best time. It made our wedding day everythign we hoped it would be.
Thanks so much for your feedback! It was such an honor to be a part of your day!
Joey is very likable and professional. I loved how he dressed to match our colors. He listened to what we wanted & did what asked him to do. He kept the dance floor packed all night too! Super awesome would hire him for every event. Hire him and you won't be disappointed. Believe you can't redo this special day!!
I really appreciate your feedback! Thanks so much & I hope to work with you again soon!!
The Batchelor was a superb DJ who kept everyone on the dance floor until the party had to end when the lights came on! He was very professional and easy to work with, incorporating feedback on the playlist, adding other songs that reflected the music styles/preferences of the special guests, and responding to real-time requests! His work was high quality with guests asking for his contact information for their events. Highly recommend!
Haha we could've kept going all night! I'm so happy to hear that everyone enjoyed themselves, and thanks so much for your feedback!!
Best DJ ever! Joel keeps the party going and there is never a song you won't dance to. He is one of the most talented DJs I know!
I really appreciate you taking the time out to review my services! I hope to work with you again someday & I was thrilled to be a part of your day!
All we can say is that Joel really rocked it! He took the time to really help us make our wedding special which included not just DJ'ing the dinner and the reception, but helping our friends come up with the special music that they needed for the ceremony and the toasts. Joel is kind, attentive and super easy to work with. He really listened to what we wanted and he delivered! Everyone had a great time! I have had more than one person tell me that he is the best DJ that they have ever heard at a wedding. Proof of that is that someone who attended the wedding has already hired him to do another event. We really couldn't be happier. And, we would not hesitate for one second to recommend him to anyone who needed his services!!
The special toast was awesome! I was glad to see that it came together so well! And, of course, I'm thrilled to hear that everyone had such a great time. You guys put on an awesome wedding & it was an honor to be a part of it!
Where do we begin.... Joel is amazing! He DJ'ed our wedding last month and really hit it out of the park. From the get-go he was very responsive and professional. As someone who cared a lot about our wedding music, I felt reassured that Joel listened to my ideas and made our wedding playlist very personal. He was open to finding the more obscure songs I requested and made sure everything was just how we planned it. Meanwhile staying totally calm and he always has a smile. He is a great guy and I couldn't recommend him more! It felt like having a friend there on our wedding day. A++! Thanks again, Joel!
Thank you both so much for having me! Your wedding was truly unforgettable and I was dancing along with everyone else while playing lol!! I wish you guys the best & it means so much to hear that you guys were happy with everything.
Our guests couldn't stop raving about Joel! And we were so fortunate to have him because he was so professional and accommodating.
My wife and I had our wedding in DuPont Circle but we currently live in New York so planning with our vendors wasn't always the easiest. Joel made the time to see us on a Saturday after he had just done a job and then constantly followed up with us to see if we needed to speak with him over the phone or meet again. It showed us that he took a lot of pride in what he did and cares about his clients' opinions.
Also in that regard, Joel asked my wife and I for a lot of input and by the time the wedding came around it was very clear that Joel took our input to heart. His playlist was perfect and really captured the music that my wife, myself, and all of our guests love to get down to.
Last point to mention is that there was a little bit of a scheduling conflict during the actual wedding and Joel had to adapt and overcome a hurdle which he did without any complaints and so smoothly.
All in all, my wife and I were over the moon with Joel. He was professional, accommodating, and took all of our input seriously. I would highly recommend him to anyone hosting a wedding or large event in the Washington DC Metro area.
Thanks to both you & Sunny for your awesome review, and I had a great time being a part of your wedding! I wish you guys nothing but the best & I am so grateful to have been a part of your day! :-)