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How Much Does a Wedding DJ Cost?

Trying to put that wedding budget together? Start here to get a ballpark price for a high-quality wedding DJ, and learn what that rate will get you!

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Pricing out a wedding is a tough job! There are vendors to hire, rental fees to consider, food and  drinks to choose, decor and clothing to buy...it seems to go on and on!

When you start planning, it can help to have a ballpark budget in mind for each of your different expense categories. To help you get an idea of what you may expect to spend on a DJ, we’ve put together some info on wedding DJ prices. Start here so you know what’s reasonable and what you should look for when you hire this ultra-important vendor!


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How much does a wedding DJ cost?

Final pricing will depend on a lot of factors. In larger cities with pricier markets, you can expect to spend more on your DJ. For a longer reception, you may also have to pay more than you would for a “standard” wedding length. And of course, there are add-ons like a photo booth or uplighting


With all that being said, you can probably expect to spend between $1,500 and $3,000 on your wedding DJ for their standard package.


Some DJs may also offer smaller packages for a lower rate. For example, a minimony or micro wedding will probably be shorter and require less equipment, so this type of package may be more affordable. You can still bring the same level of professionalism that a great wedding DJ provides without breaking the bank.


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What does that price include?

Contract terms will vary from DJ to DJ. Many DJs include the following in their standard package, but make sure to check the details before you sign! 


  • Planning sessions to help you make music choices and nail down the timeline
  • Full setup before the ceremony begins
  • High-end equipment including speakers, controllers, and microphones for great sound quality
  • Ceremony music played to your specifications, like fading in and/or fading out, or playing a short portion of a song
  • Cocktail hour and reception music for three to five hours
  • Emcee services, including introducing the bride and groom and calling guest attention to events like the first dance and cake cutting
  • A curated playlist that includes your “must play” songs and avoids your “do not play” songs.
  • Efficient teardown of equipment at the end of the night


For extras like an afterparty or lighting, DJs will charge an additional fee. 


Photo by Dani Leigh Photography


Pro tip: if you’re not sure what to ask a potential DJ when you’re comparing your options, start with these Top 10 Questions to Ask a Wedding DJ. 

What about budget DJs?

You may be able to find a “budget” DJ for a suspiciously low rate. Ever heard the saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is?”


DJs that charge just a few hundred dollars don’t have the skills, the experience, or the equipment necessary to provide a good experience for you or your guests. They usually don’t have a backup DJ in case of an emergency, and they don’t have backup equipment if something gets broken. (At Maryland’s DJ, we always have both!)


And it’s not only about getting your dance floor moving. How would you feel if it was your grand entrance moment, and the DJ played wildly inappropriate music? That’s what happened to this poor bride, who had to stop her processional.



Or what about a DJ that’s so unorganized that they leave you and your new spouse standing awkwardly on the dance floor for over a minute while they look for your first dance music? One couple learned how it felt first hand. When the DJ couldn’t find the song, they started playing something else...only to start it over when they finally did find the right track. Warning: this wedding DJ fail is super cringey.


A DJ who doesn’t pay attention to detail can majorly mess up your all-important wedding milestones, from the ceremony to the first dance to the cake cutting. They can also ruin the vibe of your day, drinking on the job, looking unkempt, making inappropriate comments — there are dozens of ways a “cheap” DJ can wreck your wedding. 


To make sure you’re talking to someone with experience, check their reviews on sites like The Knot and WeddingWire, plus Google and Facebook. Look at the quantity of reviews as well as the star rating. A dozen good reviews are nice, but a couple hundred are better!

A great DJ makes wedding planning easier!

We know that you have a lot on your plate during your wedding season. At Maryland’s DJ, we work hard to be a fun and easy vendor for you to work with. All of our couples get unlimited planning sessions with their wedding DJ, so they can ask all the questions and get expert advice on song choices and timeline. 


To get your wedding date on our calendar, fill out our super quick online form and we’ll get back to you ASAP! 


Header photo by Glenn Clevenger III of I Live Art

Rebecca & Bill's Rosewood Farms Wedding

This sports-loving couple had a ball at their January wedding at Rosewood Farms in Elkton

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Baltimore Wedding DJ
Steve Hartka



Fun fact: did you know that Elkton, Maryland used to be the “Quickie Wedding Capital of the East Coast?” Back in the early 20th century, young people were migrating to cities like New York and Philadelphia in droves. In a time when doing...certain things...before marriage could be life-ruining, young people were tying the knot a bit impulsively so they could get to the good stuff. 


Cue the state governments imposing mandatory waiting periods on these youngsters, so they couldn’t get hitched quite as quickly. But for couples who were desperate to make things legal before mom and dad intervened, they had to look for loopholes. And they found Elkton, where Main Street was home to 15 wedding chapels to handle the influx of “quickie weddings.” 


None of that has anything to do with couple Rebecca and Bill, who had a large, lavish, and family-approved wedding at Elkton’s Rosewood Farms. It’s just something we thought you should know. 



This sports-loving couple had a ball at their January wedding! Rosewood Farms is a modern barn venue full of ponds, patios, and rustic elegance. The couple held their ceremony in The Rustic Barn, a stunning all-white double-height barn. This luminous space has wrought-iron chandeliers and huge windows to let in the light. With the greenery at the altar and the ethereal glow of the sun against the whitewash, it’s like a barn mixed with a cathedral in a fairyland.



Outside during cocktail hour, the couple asked Elkton wedding DJ Steven to play a contemporary country mix, which he happily did. The country theme continued for the first part of the reception. For Rebecca and Bill’s first dance, they chose One Man Band by Old Dominion. Then Rebecca danced with her father to My Wish by Rascal Flatts, followed by Bill and his mom dancing to I Am Your Child by Barry Manilow. 



The reception took place in the Rose Barn, a beautiful open space with 20’ ceilings and rustic wood beams. Outside, a covered patio overlooks one of the water features on the property. 


If their guests had any questions about where Rebecca and Bill’s sports allegiances lay, their doubts were put to rest during the reception. The Ravens’ playoff game was on the big screen during the whole reception, and Elkton wedding DJ Steven played The Whites Stripes’ Seven Nation Army, which is a Ravens hype-up song.



By time the dance floor opened up, this country party took a definite turn towards hip-hop. The couple’s “must play” list included songs by Gucci Mane, Kendrick Lamar, Megan Thee Stallion, and Cardi B — including one particular tune by those two ladies that was only played after 9:00pm when granny had gone to bed! 



After a mock send-off, DJ Steve played I’m the Ish by DJ Class featuring Kanye West, which got the party started up again. Photographer Madison Short caught this fun-loving crowd in all their glory all night long! 



If you’re planning a wedding in the “Quickie Wedding Capital of the East Coast” (or anywhere else in Maryland, Washington DC, or Northern Virginia), we can help! Our DJs can help you to make song choices and keep the dance floor hopping during your special day. Contact us today to reserve your date!


All photos by Madison Short

Top 10 Questions to Ask a Wedding DJ

If you’ve never hired a DJ before, you may not know what to look for. Start with these 10 questions to ask a wedding DJ before you sign that contract!

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Hiring a DJ for the first time? If you’ve never worked with wedding vendors before, you don’t know what you don’t know! 


We want you to feel educated and empowered when DJ-shopping, so we’ve put together a list of 10 questions to ask when you’re vetting your options. Plus, we’re giving you an idea of the answers you should expect from a top-notch DJ service. 

  1. How many weddings have you or your team worked at?

This is your wedding we’re talking about. It’s kind of a big deal. You don’t want some wet-behind-the-ears amateur in charge of the entertainment! Ask any potential wedding DJ how many weddings they’ve worked to make sure they have the experience to wow the crowd. 


At Maryland’s DJ, our crew has to have major experience before they’re allowed anywhere near a DJ booth. 

Find someone who loves DJ-ing as much as Jordan. Brett and Maggie’s wedding, photo by Dani Leigh Photography

  1. What’s included in your base rate?

Different DJ contracts will have different terms. Some will be for three hours, others may be for five hours. Some may include travel within a certain radius, and others may require an additional fee for an out-of-town wedding. 


When assessing pricing, make sure you’re doing an apples-to-apples comparison by digging into the details and understanding exactly what you’re getting for your money.

  1. What kind of add-ons do you offer?

Some DJs offer extra services that can really spruce things up at your wedding. A photo booth  lets your guests create a digital keepsake from the night, and lighting packages can completely transform the vibe of a space. 


If you’re interested in these services, look for a DJ that can provide them so you don’t need to hunt for another vendor.

Hannah & Chris’s wedding with uplighting by Maryland’s DJ — photo by Whole Heart Studios

  1. Can you provide music for our ceremony, too?

Putting the DJ in charge of ceremony music will give you extra peace of mind on your wedding day. Instead of relying on your coordinator or a member of the venue staff to get things started, you’ll have a music pro handling cues and fading the song out at the right moment. Most DJs can do this, but make sure before you sign that contract.

Jake & Stephanie’s wedding, photo by Pearly Kate Photography

  1. Can you help us choose songs for the ceremony or reception?

A true professional will always be happy to help! Experienced DJs have been to more weddings than nearly anyone else, and they can make suggestions you might not have thought of. Instrumental covers, unique pop songs, movie soundtracks...even video games can be a great source of wedding music. 


At Maryland’s DJ, you’ll get unlimited planning sessions with your DJ so you can nail down the details.

  1. How long do you need to set up/tear down?

Your wedding venue contract lets your team into the space at a specific time, and they’ll have to be out at a certain time as well. Ask your DJ how much time they need for set up and breakdown to make sure there’s enough padding built into the event schedule. If vendors leave late, you may have to pay a fee!

Christine & Jordan’s wedding, photo by Lovefusion Photography

  1. What happens if my DJ has an emergency?

Wedding vendors take their commitments to couples very seriously. But unfortunately, emergencies do sometimes happen. What is the backup plan if the DJ can’t make it for some reason? 


Make sure your DJ has someone lined up to step in if something goes wrong. 

  1. Will you take requests?

Wedding song requests can be tricky! A great DJ has to balance three things:


  • The couple’s wishes 
  • The party vibe
  • The happiness of the guests


What will the DJ do if a guest requests a very cool song from Hamilton — that’s impossible to dance to? What if your cheeky teen cousin asks for a song that will send poor Nana into apoplexy? 


If the DJ’s approach is “anything goes,” that might not be one you want to trust with your party. At Maryland’s DJ, we’ll always take wedding song requests into account, but we’ll never sacrifice your vibe for a song.

Jen & Joe’s wedding, photos by Dani Leigh Photography

  1. Can I blacklist certain songs?

Along the same lines, make sure your DJ lets you create a “Do not play” list. This will let you blacklist songs you don’t want to hear, whether they’re inappropriate, cheesy, or you just don’t like them. 

  1. What’s your cancellation policy?

As we all saw in March of 2020...nothing is certain. Sometimes, things beyond our control can put a wrench in our plans. Illnesses, venue closures, unexpected moves — these things can all change your wedding plans.


Thomas & Stephanie’s wedding, photo by Hamilton Photography


Make sure you know about any fines for cancellations or date changes, so you’re not caught off guard.


Start the dialogue with a potential DJ with these 10 questions, and feel confident that you’re finding the right vendor. And to ask us these questions (plus any others you may have), contact us today!


Header photo by Dani Leigh Photography


Wedding Band vs. Wedding DJ: Which is the Perfect Choice for Your Big Day?

The choice between a wedding band and a wedding DJ is a big one! Consider factors like cost, versatility, and getting the right sound on your big day.

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When planning your wedding entertainment, you'll probably ask yourself if a band or DJ is the better choice.


There are certainly benefits to both! A live band can bring a unique energy to your wedding, but they also come with some challenges. Here are some important facts to know when you're considering the great wedding band vs. DJ debate.

DJs Are (Usually) Less Expensive

It's not always the case, but usually, a wedding band will be more expensive than a DJ. Bands have more members and more equipment, and their pricing will reflect that. A wedding DJ is a team of one, with a possible helper for set up. Instead of half a dozen instruments, amplifiers, speakers, and a PA system, a DJ only needs speakers, a turntable, and a controller to mix it all together.


Weddings can be pricey, and choosing a DJ instead of a band can help you to save costs and stay within your wedding budget.

DJs Are More Versatile

Got a favorite song in mind for your first dance? Hoping to hear several musical styles during the night? Want your guests to make song requests from the dance floor?


A DJ is probably your best bet. DJs have huge catalogs of songs that they can play in a wide variety of genres. Even the most well-prepared, practiced band can't bring the same number of options to your wedding reception. 


Photo by Dani Leigh Photography


DJs can also do triple-duty, providing music for your wedding ceremony, for cocktail hour and dinner, and for the dancing after. If you hire a band, you'll still have to arrange for music during the quieter parts of the wedding day.

DJs Take Up Less Space

At some venues, the logistics of bringing in a band can be a major stumbling block. Space restrictions may put that 8-piece band out of reach. They may also need a large electrical power supply and several outlets to keep amps and a PA system running. Not all venues have the electrical capacity for a band.


A DJ, on the other hand, can be tucked into a corner without much difficulty. With much smaller space allowances, DJs can be a better choice for more intimate spaces. And their equipment draws less power than a large band, which is great for outdoor or historic venues.

Bands Never Quite Sound Like the Original

We love live music, don't get us wrong! But no matter what, that local wedding band is never going to sound quite like your favorite artist — especially if your special song has different instrumentation or unique sound effects.


If you want your first dance song to bring back a shared memory, you may want to stick with the original!


Photo by Savannah Brown

DJs Attract Less Attention

Some couples are happy to share the spotlight on their wedding day. But for others, transferring the focus to a stage isn't what they're aiming for. No matter how you look at it, a live wedding band is putting on a performance, and they will become the focal point of the reception. 


A DJ enhances the party, without distracting from it. They can make introductions and help keep to the timeline, but the guest focus remains on the event itself, rather than the band on stage.

Photo by Guill Photo

Best of Both?

Some couples find that the best way to get that live entertainment component without breaking the bank is to hire a small group — like a string quartet or a solo guitar player — to provide ceremony and/or cocktail hour music, and bring in a DJ for the reception. 


This option lets you take advantage of the DJ's versatility, while still letting your wedding guests enjoy some live music. 


If you have questions about working with a DJ, we can help! Contact us today to learn more about working with Maryland's DJ and how we can make your wedding unforgettable.


Header photo by Pearly Kate Photography


Sara & Michael's Crazy-Happy Rosewood Farms Wedding

We had a fun time being a part of Sara & Michael's Rosewood Farms wedding! DJ Steve Hartka brought the party and the guests brought the moves. Check it out!

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Baltimore Wedding DJ
Steve Hartka



Aren’t springtime weddings awesome? Temperatures are warming up, everyone’s shaking off the winter blues, and love is in the air. This year in particular (spring 2021) we have a lot to celebrate, as COVID loosens its grip on our lives and our celebrations. 


Sara and Michael tied the knot at Rosewood Farms, one of our favorite Maryland wedding venues in Elkton. This modern barn space is classic and timeless. The Rustic Barn ceremony site manages to feel both like the barn that it is but also like a cathedral or chapel. It’s just stunning. 



The photographer for the day was Sara Vars Photography, who captured this happy couple’s day from beginning to end! 


The bridal party’s entrance was to Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, followed by Sara’s entrance to Noah Reid’s cover of Simply the Best. If you’re not sure why you know that name, Noah Reid played Patrick on Schitt’s Creek. And let’s be honest...this scene is where we all officially fell in love with him, right? 


After the ceremony, the newly married pair were all smiles. And they had reason to be — this was a seriously happy crowd! And stylish. I mean — look at these poses! 



Elkton wedding DJ Steve welcomed the bridal party into the reception to the tune of Come and Get Your Love by Redbone. Then there was nothing left to do but introduce Michael and Sara to Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah) by Andy Grammer. This song is such a celebration! The couple then enjoyed their first dance to Van Morrison’s Crazy Love



Quick side note — often, couples like to have a relative or friend give a short speech or offer a blessing before dinner. During the planning process, we ask couples to fill out some information, including the best way to find the people that will be giving this speech. Sara and Michael decided to give their own. So under “best way to find this person,” they wrote, “We’ll be the ones that just got married.” It gave us a chuckle, and we just thought you should know about it. 


This wedding was a multicultural mashup. Sara is Irish and Michael is Brazilian, and it all came together into an epic dance party! This crew was on the dance floor for three hours straight. They enjoyed disco, hip hop, pop, rock, a little salsa…it was all over the place and it was a blast! 


A few of the hits: 



It was a seriously happy playlist. For the last song, they kept the good vibes going with Lizzo’s Good as Hell, and it really was. 



We want to bring an equally awesome playlist to your wedding! Let us know when the happy event is taking place, and we’ll get to work on making your wedding dance floor as epic as Sara and Michael’s. 


All photos by Sara Vars Photography


Elisabeth & Aaron's Ceresville Farm Wedding

Frederick wedding DJ Steve was happy to comply with this gaming couple's unique and lovely music requests in this Ceresville Mansion wedding!

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Here at Maryland’s DJ, we love when couples bring their everyday interests into their wedding, whether that’s a devotion to a particular sports team or a passion for stories about a certain underaged wizard.


For Elisabeth and Aaron, their shared love of video games made its way into their ceremony at Ceresville Mansion. With ceremony music from their favorite game series, they were able to bring their hobby into their big day, and share it with their family and friends at this January wedding. 


Ceresville Mansion is easily one of our favorite wedding venues in Frederick. This elegant historic mansion on 25 manicured acres of greenery and gardens is as classy as they come. It has a covered pavilion overlooking a reflecting pond, and plenty of trees where the couple can get “lost” for a few minutes of alone time during their big day. 


Elisabeth and Aaron held their ceremony and reception inside the mansion’s Grand Ballroom. It was January, after all, and while it was a beautiful day, it would have been a bit cool for an outdoor ceremony. Photographer Rebecca Mitchell of Rebecca Mitchell Photography was on hand to capture the magic!



Not just any music would do for this gaming couple’s wedding ceremony. They tied in their love of the Final Fantasy game franchise with music from three of their favorite games. If you haven’t played a video game since the original Super Mario, you might be surprised — this isn’t the jangly arcade-style music of olden days. Written by Japanese musician and composer Nobuo Uematsu, the music in this series is well-known for beautiful scores and orchestration. 


For the parents and grandparents entrance, they chose Dear Friends from Final Fantasy V. Then the bridal party entered to a piece called To Zanarkand from Final Fantasy X. Finally, Elisabeth made her grand entrance to Final Fantasy VIII’s Fabula Nova Chrystallis. If you’re not familiar, we recommend you click through and give these pieces a listen — they’re truly lovely. 



After the ceremony, the party moved to the foyer and front rooms of the house for cocktail hour. The couple asked Frederick wedding DJ Steve to go a bit more traditional with some jazz instrumental tunes.


Then it was time to welcome the bridal party! They chose the upbeat Pop/Stars by K/DA, a virtual female K-Pop group. Then, for Elisabeth and Aaron’s entrance, they couldn’t pick just one song — so they picked four. The Best of 2012 Mashup by Anthem Lights includes:


  • Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Payphone by Maroon 5
  • Wide Awake by Katy Perry, and 
  • Starships Nicki Minaj


No gaming music for the big dances. Instead, Elisabeth and Aaron’s first dance was to Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran. Then, Elisabeth and her father danced to I Loved Her First by Heartland.



The couple included a few fun add-ons during the reception, including a photo booth to let their guests create an instant keepsake, and a custom monogram with the couple’s names and wedding date.



All-in-all, this was a great wedding with a great couple! We loved to see how they incorporated their passion for video games into their day. It made the wedding that much more personal and unique. 


If you’re looking for a Frederick wedding DJ, we can help. We travel all over Maryland, northern Virginia, and Washington, DC, bringing the party with us. Contact us today to reserve your wedding date in 2020 or 2021!








Tina & John’s Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding - Maryland’s DJ

Tina and John didn’t let a little thing like weather get in the way of their perfect beach wedding. When things don’t go exactly how you imagined, just pivot and enjoy!

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Annapolis Wedding DJ
Jordan Solender


A little drizzle couldn’t stop John and Tina’s picture perfect wedding from going off without a hitch. This October celebration at the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Beach Club on Kent Island was supposed to be held outside, but the weather wasn’t too cooperative. Not to worry! The team at the resort had it all under control. They moved the ceremony indoors to the Beach House Ballroom, so everyone could stay dry and still enjoy views of the bay in the background. 



Even with the change, John and Tina were all smiles. And during breaks in the weather, they were able to get outside for a few private moments with brilliant photographer Dani Leigh. A rainy day may not have been ideal for the ceremony, but it sure made for good photo lighting! 



Maryland wedding DJ Jordan got the ceremony started with the bridal party entrance, accompanied by covers of All You Need is Love and With a Little Help From My Friends covered by the Guitar Tribute Players. Then Tina made her grand entrance to A Thousand Years by The Piano Guys. After the ceremony, the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. left the ballroom under a chorus of cheers and Homecoming by Josh Ritter.


During cocktail hour, the staff flipped the ballroom to prepare for the reception, while the guests enjoyed snacks and sipped cocktails. DJ Jordan kept the vibe chill but upbeat, with music by Zac Brown Band, The Beatles, various Motown artists, and the Beach Boys.


When it was time to welcome the bridal party into the reception, the mood was set with Marry You by Bruno Mars. And for the bride and groom’s big entrance, they chose Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake. 



The happy couple danced their first to I Am Yours by Andy Grammer. There were definitely a few tears among the guests during this part…


I was free falling through the open sky

'Til you smiled at me and you saved my life and I

Knew I was put here to love you


You got the universe swimming in your eyes

I’m an open book when you look in mine

You'll find that I was put here to love you


Then it was time for the parent dances. Tina and her father danced to I Loved Her First by Heartland. Then John and his mother danced to It’s Your World Now by the Eagles. This is a great parent dance choice, and we don’t hear it too often! 


When DJ Jordan opened up the dance floor, he got to play with quite a few musical genres! The couple had added songs by The Beatles, Calvin Harris, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, The Supremes, and more to their list. The party was a great blend of country, pop, soul, and oldies that kept the crowd dancing all night. 


For the last song, the couple chose Old Crow Medicine Show’s Wagon Wheel for a feel-good dose of Americana to round out the night. 


John and Tina’s Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding was a blast, and we were so thrilled to bring the party to their big day! Here’s what Tina had to say about her experience with DJ Jordan: 


“He read the crowd perfectly and got everyone dancing, even those that don’t normally dance. His website and process for making song recommendations prior to the wedding is seamless - with just a few recommendations from us as well as crowd sourced requests from our guests, Jordan created a playlist that was spot on from the cocktail hour through the reception. He helped make the day run smoothly and provided a lot of great advice leading up to the day. He was so proactive, fun and friendly with us during the wedding; we had guests asking if we knew him beforehand. We will be listening to the Spotify playlist he created for us for years to come! Thank you Jordan!!”


Thank YOU Tina and John!



If you’re looking for a Maryland wedding DJ, we’re ready to go! Fill out our online form so we can reserve your date and bring the boogie to your special day! 


All photos courtesy of Dani Leigh Photography


Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay - Maryland Wedding Venue

Learn why the Maryland’s DJ team loves weddings at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay! It’s not 100% about the views...but it’s a lot about the views.

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Situated on the Choptank River just off Chesapeake Bay, the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina is a stunning Maryland wedding venue. Nestled into 342 lush acres, this waterfront resort brings sunset views, full-service wedding packages, and resort-style accommodations to weddings of all sizes. 


Who should get married here? Couples looking for a fun, exciting experience that their guests will never forget! 



Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay has a variety of gorgeous spaces for ceremonies and receptions. What we love about these ceremony sites is that while they’re stunning on their own, they also leave plenty of room for couples to make them fit their vision. 


Manor Lawn is the most popular site at the hotel for ceremonies, with room for up to 500 guests. With its expansive view of the bay, it’s a classic, timeless spot for couples to say their vows. 



The Breakwater Pavilion may be the most unique ceremony site. Located at the end of the pier, this all white pavilion lets couples hold their ceremonies surrounded by sparkling blue water on all sides. How about a bridal entrance by sea?



The Regatta Pavilion is another sensational location for ceremony or reception. This covered pavilion is open on all sides, with sweeping white drapery to create a beachy enclosure for you and up to 300 guests.


The venue also has an infinity pool site, ideal for receptions with river views. And at the Grand Fireplace, the stone fireplace makes a lovely backdrop for the ceremony, with the Choptank River flowing right behind. 


Inside the hotel, there are two grand ballrooms where weather and temperature can be held at bay. Both spaces have lovely chandeliers, and they can become a blank canvas for your custom wedding vision with drapery and uplighting


Beyond the locations and services offered for weddings, this space is also a full-service resort. The wedding party and their guests can play 18 holes of golf, spend a day getting pampered at the spa, and enjoy Eastern Shore seafood at the on-site restaurant. Plus, they’re dog friendly! So everyone is invited to join in the fun at a Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort wedding.


We asked Brianna Guzman, event coordinator at the resort, to share some of her favorite wedding experiences with us, and she did not disappoint! Brianna and the whole Hyatt team love to help couples make their dreams come true on their special day. There’s no request too big!

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What is the most unusual or unexpected wedding you've ever had at your venue?

The most unexpected experience I’ve had is when I was literally opening the doors for a bride to walk down the aisle with her father...she turns to me and says, “I forgot the ring!”

What's the wildest thing a couple has ever asked for?

I can’t think of the wildest things because when I get wild and unique ideas, I get so excited and want to find any way possible to say yes! Elephants, helicopters, entrance or exit by boat, hawks delivering wedding rings, or impromptu surprise videos from multiple famous NFL players congratulating the couple — just to name a few!

What's the best "little kid moment" you've seen at a wedding?

Probably when my bride and groom got a surprise video projected on the reception screens from their two favorite NFL players saying congratulations!

What's one thing you wish people knew about running a wedding or event venue? 

That when you’re in this industry, usually that means your heart is in a place of love, compassion, and enjoyment in other people’s happiness. So when I tell you everything will be okay, trust me, we will figure it out! I do this for a living, it will all be okay.

Getting married at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay? Can we come?? We all love providing the musical ambiance at this gorgeous venue — but especially DJ Mebaa. It’s his favorite place to spin weddings! 


To book your wedding date with the wedding experts at Maryland’s DJ, contact us today!


Photos courtesy of Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay


Melissa & Nicholas’ Waterfront Wedding | Annapolis Wedding DJ

Annapolis wedding DJ Brian Doane kept this intimate party of 25 on the dance floor all night! Though it was a small group, they had the energy of a huge crowd.

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Annapolis Wedding DJ
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Everyone was all smiles at Melissa and Nicholas’ September Annapolis wedding! And there was a lot to smile about — this wedding took place at not one, but two lovely Annapolis wedding venues — Annapolis Waterfront Hotel and The Chart House


The ultra-talented Kathy from Love and Adventure Photography took the photos for the day. Our favorite picture from the day is this shot of Melissa and Nicholas in front of the Wisteria Wall on Fleet Street in Annapolis. This sweet mural is the perfect place for a pre-ceremony smooch, just up the street from the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. 


And that just happens to be where these two held their nuptials during this lovely afternoon event. Melissa and Nicholas said their vows in front of an intimate group of just 25 guests to keep things COVID-friendly. The bridal party entered to Pieces by Amanda Cook. Then for Melissa’s entrance, they switched to some classical with Pachelbel’s Canon in D. And for the post-ceremony recessional, they kept the genre cohesive with Beethoven’s classic Ode to Joy



After cocktail hour at the hotel, the whole party made the jaunt across Spa Creek to The Chart House for dinner and dancing. This waterfront restaurant has gorgeous views of the Annapolis Historic District and the Maryland State House. By time everyone arrived, the classical portion of the day was over. This was made apparent by the song the couple chose for their entrance — Enter Sandman by Metallica. We don’t get to play enough Metallica at weddings! 


For the couple’s first dance, they chose Blessings by Florida Georgia Line. 


A little house on a little land

A little creek, a little Jeep

Same old moon everybody sees

It sure ain't hard to count your blessings


The rest of the night was a fun musical combo of many genres, but country was the backbone. Even though there were only 25 of them, this group came ready to party! Annapolis wedding DJ Brian Doane satisfied both the couple’s wish list and kept up the energy of the crowd with songs like: 




There was also a special song dedicated to the maid of honor — Lean on Me by Michael Bolton. For the cake cutting, they went with the always-popular I Think I Wanna Marry You by Bruno Mars. And the last song of the night was I Belong to You by Jacob Lee.


Melissa and Nicholas had a gorgeous Annapolis wedding with this small group for friends and family. Our DJ team was proud and honored to be a part of it! 


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Matt & Christine’s Hyatt Wedding │Eastern Shore Wedding DJ

Matt & Christine’s Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay wedding had everything a seaside wedding needs — an ocean breeze, killer Eastern Shore DJ, and lots of love.

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Easton Wedding DJ
Jordan Solender




Do you think we ever get tired of seaside weddings?


Nope. 


Christine and Matt’s October wedding at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland was a sunny, beachy, dreamy day and we loved being a part of it. Planned to perfection by Ocean City’s Belle of the Ball Events, this wedding was both beautiful and perfectly organized.  

Photographer George Street Photo caught all the special moments, and Eastern Shore wedding DJ Jordan made sure the music cues were just right. 

Christine and Matt’s ceremony took place inside the resort’s Regatta Pavilion. We love this pavilion — it’s cathedral-like, while still being outside. Tall white pillars hold up a vaulted wooden ceiling, and a brick chimney at one end feels like an altar. White curtains around the perimeter blow in the breeze and let the sounds of the bay come through. 

The bridal party entered to a cello and violin cover of John Legend’s All of Me by Brooklyn Duo. Then Christine made her appearance to another cover — Jack Jezzro’s instrumental guitar version of Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King


After the vows were said and the tears were shed, the newly married couple perked things up with a fun recessional choice...we’re not sure if we’ve ever heard I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts as a wedding recessional before, but we loved it!


The reception took place in the resort’s Chesapeake Ballroom, wrapped in white draping for a neutral palate. This let us change the feel of the room from moment to moment with multi-colored uplighting! 


This wedding was a hip hop/country combo — hip hip to get everyone riled up, and country for the softer moments. The bridal party made their entrance to Forever by Drake, Kanya, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. Then the new Mr. and Mrs. were introduced to Bring ‘Em Out by T.I.  

Things quieted down for the special dances, with the room bathed in a pink glow from Maryland’s DJ uplighting for Matt and Christine’s first dance. They swayed and dipped to Then by Brad Paisley. Then Matt danced with his mother to Tim McGraw’s Humble and Kind, and Christine danced to Daughters by John Mayer with her mother. For her dance with her father, they chose Nothing Else Matters by Metallica. 


This wedding also had something unexpected — a celebrity cameo! No, not in person, unfortunately. The bride is a huge Baltimore Ravens fan, and they got Ray Lewis to do to a video cameo wishing them well. 



When the dance floor opened up, expert wedding DJ Jordan got the party started! The couple only had a few must-plays on their list, which he happily provided. These ranged from Usher’s Yeah! To Elton John’s Your Song to Morgan Wallen’s Cover Me Up. Jordan took it from there, crafting a dance mix that kept this party moving. 

The couple wanted to end on a high, so they requested Shout by The Isley Brothers for their last song. This party was a blast from start to finish!


Planning your own seaside wedding bash on the Eastern Shore? We’re in. Contact us ASAP to get on the schedule and start planning your big day with Maryland’s DJ!


All photography by George Street Photo & Video


Ryan Carr at Maryland's DJ

Get to know Maryland wedding DJ Ryan Carr! This pro has been bringing the party to clubs all over Maryland, and he’s ready to bring it to your wedding, too.

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Baltimore Wedding DJ
Ryan Carr

It’s an exciting time at Maryland’s DJ — we’re adding a new member to the crew! DJ Ryan Carr is a Maryland native with some serious chops behind the booth, and we’re thrilled to have him on the team. 


Music has been part of this Westminster native’s life for as long as he can remember. When he was a baby and his dad was working nights, his mom would use music to soothe her cranky baby. Michael Jackson videos in particular could always get baby Ryan to laugh! 


As he grew up, Ryan added education and basketball for his passions, and dreamed of becoming a history teacher and basketball coach. After getting a Master’s Degree in Special Education from McDaniel College, Ryan taught and coached for three years. 


But music remained part of his life. A co-worker’s husband was a local DJ, and Ryan began to help out. He found himself in love with it and took pride in the fact that a great DJ can make or break someone’s event. 


Ryan has now been DJing for 10 years. He's got an extensive resume featuring places like Wayward Smokehouse and Mother’s Grille in Federal Hill. He started up Wild Wednesdays at Westminster’s The Greene Turtle where he attracted big crowds. And he held a residency at Rodos Bar in Fells Point.


Outside of Maryland weddings, Ryan’s favorite type of event to DJ is bar crawls. The crowd is always in a great mood! And when he’s not behind the booth, he’s on the golf course or giving a million pets to his Schnauzer, Kali. 


We asked Ryan to share some of his thoughts on weddings, music, and DJing. So let’s get to know the newest member of the Maryland’s DJ family.


Responses have been lightly edited for clarity.

What makes a great DJ?

Musical knowledge, transitions, and timing are everything! 

What’s your favorite local wedding venue and why?

Walkers Overlook in Walkersville, MD. I love how spacious it is! They also have a really cool gazebo often used as a cigar bar, which a great concept.


Walker’s Overlook, photo by Photography By Brea


*Their sister venue, Dulaney’s Overlook, is one of our favorite venues in Frederick, MD

What’s your favorite thing about weddings?

Weddings are so joyous! Everyone is always in a great mood when love is in the air! 

If you were getting married this weekend, what would your first dance song be?

Face The Sun by Miguel!



What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding?

After announcing the Father of the Bride, his pants fell completely down to his ankles in the middle of the dance floor!


What’s the best “little kid moment” you’ve seen at a wedding?

I saw a stepmom pick her stepson up and dance with him, and he started crying. (It was beautiful.)

What's the most unique processional song you've ever played?

Frank Ocean’s cover of Moon River.

 

What do you think is the most overplayed wedding song?

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey (eye roll). 


*Disclaimer: Maryland’s DJ takes no responsibility for Ryan’s erroneous opinion about this absolute classic. 😉

What’s one thing you wish people knew about working as a DJ?

I carefully pick EACH song and analyze if it’s the right time to play it. I never show up to any event with a playlist! 

When you're not working, what kind of music do you listen to?

Miguel is my all-time favorite artist. But I’m listening to Jersey club music 90% of the time.


To work with Ryan or any of the other rock star Maryland wedding DJs on our roster, contact us today!  


Steve & Renuka’s Farm Wedding|Gaithersburg Wedding DJ

Maryland’s DJ was thrilled to provide the entertainment at Steve & Renuka’s October micro wedding! Read about this sweet, intimate wedding on a Gaithersburg farm.

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Washington DC Wedding DJ
Brian Doane



It’s no secret that we love a farm wedding. A day out in the country celebrating a love story and uniting two families? That’s basically our perfect day. 


So an October micro wedding on the lovely Tusculum Farm just outside Gaithersburg, MD, was a real treat. This place has it all — a traditional red barn, manicured gardens, stunning views of the countryside, and a charming stone farmhouse. It was the picture-perfect location for Steve and Renuka’s happy day — as captured by the expert photographer Mike Buscher of Buscher Photography.


With just 18 people in attendance and a strict “mask up” policy, this happy event was both fun and safe. The day was cool but sunny, so bride Renuka kept warm with a white fur wrap over her sparkling wedding dress. With a bouquet of pale pink roses in hand, she made her grand entrance to the Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Symphony #9. If that doesn’t set a good precedent for the rest of a marriage, we don’t know what does! 

After the ceremony and cocktail hour, the small party moved indoors for dinner. Gaithersburg wedding DJ Brian kept things fun with a Motown playlist, as requested by the bride and groom. Then it was time for the cake cutting, which was accompanied by Short Skirt Long Jacket by...Cake! This was a fun and cheeky choice, and we loved it. 


Next up — the happy couple’s first dance. They chose Sharon Arasu’s cover of Top of the World, originally by The Carpenters. After that, DJ Brian opened up the dance floor. As this was such a small gathering, it was more of an intimate dinner party than a wild dance party. And that made it feel all the more special. 

The bride and groom requested some of their favorites from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, like: 


For the bouquet toss, Renuka chose Beyonce’s Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It). Do you think Queen Bey and her writing crew knew they were writing the bouquet toss anthem of the next decade? I’d like to think they did. 


When the party was over, the small group swayed to Save the Last Dance For Me by Michael Bublé, before everyone wished Steve and Renuka a good night. 


We were so pleased to help this lovely couple celebrate their wedding, along with 18 of their closest friends and family. This past year has been a great reminder that a small, intimate wedding can be just as beautiful and memorable as a huge party. We’re looking forward to more weddings of ALL sizes in 2021!


To start the planning process with your own Gaithersburg wedding DJ, contact us today! We’re currently booking weddings, micro wedddings, and minimonies for spring, summer, and fall 2021 and 2022. 


All photos by Buscher Photography


What Baltimore Wedding DJs Listened to in 2020

What do Baltimore wedding DJs listen to in their off time? From rock to pop to rap to sleep music, the team at Maryland’s DJ has a wide variety of musical tastes!

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Wedding DJs spend most of their working hours playing the music that other people want to hear. And they have a great time doing it! But when they’re off the clock, they’re not usually in a rush to listen to the same music that they play on the dance floor every weekend. 

With so many Spotify recaps being shared over the past month, we were curious about what’s on the Maryland’s DJ crew’s current playlists. So we asked some of the Baltimore wedding DJs on our team to share their Spotify music recaps for 2020 to answer the question — what do DJs listen to in their downtime?


Here’s what we found.

DJ Jordan

Baltimore wedding DJ, founder of Maryland’s DJ, and new dad(!) Jordan Solender has had an ear for a variety of styles in 2020. 


From folk rock like Mumford & Sons to pop singer-songwriter George Ezra to some upbeat Tiësto remixes, Jordan has been enjoying a good mix of tunes. 


While rock might be his most listened to genre with Mumford and Sons and The Beatles at the top of the list, his most-played songs of the year skew toward pop. Top song RITMO by J Balvin and the Black Eyed Peas has a reggaeton vibe. And the Tiësto remixes of This Town by Niall Horan and You Should Be Sad by Halsey give these tunes a dance flavor.


2020 release Funny Thing by Thundercat was another top listen this year, with its updated-yet-vintage vibe and fantastic bass line. Check out the video. 


DJ Ebi

While Jordan’s list crossed genres, Baltimore wedding DJ Ebi stayed firmly in the rap scene this year. We often play rap at our events throughout the year, but Ebi’s favorite young artists are less mainstream, like Caskey, Russ, and Phora.


Top songs in Ebi’s year included Khaled Siddiq’s Still On Deen and Caskey’s Thought I Told Ya — pretty impressive, since Thought I Told Ya was only released in September of 2020.

DJ Brian

DJ Brian isn’t a huge Spotify user, with just under 1,400 minutes of playtime this year. When he is using the app, he’s listening to rappers like Cam’Ron, Drake, and Kanye West. 


As for the individual songs? Daft Punk’s Get Lucky tops the list, which isn’t a surprise since even 7 years later that song is catchy AF. Then there’s How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You). We suppose Brian just doesn’t get enough of this one at weddings?


Hey Ma by Cam’ron and Like a Pimp by David Banner bring the songs back into 2009 hip hop territory. 

DJ Steven

Baltimore wedding DJ Steven Hartka tops out the “minutes listened” among the team at just over 123,000 minutes. That’s over 2,000 hours of music on Spotify alone!


But in fact, Steven doesn’t listen to much music on Spotify. He prefers to buy music, and only use Spotify to access some rare jazz and play music for sleeping. That’s why you’ll see top artists like Marconi Union and Rest You Sleeping Giant on the list. These musicians experiment with sound to make soothing, chill music that helps Steven rest. 



Marconi Union’s song Weightless, which you’ll see in top song slots 1 - 3, was actually written in conjunction with neuroscientists to help reduce stress and lower heart rate, hoping to help people sleep. Want to see if it works? Here it is on a 10 hour loop.


So when he’s not hunting for jazz or playing ambient sleep music, what does Steven listen to? This year, it’s been strong female vocalists like Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Megan Thee Stallion, and Ariana Grande.


What were your top songs for 2020? The year may have been tough, but there’s always music to get us through it!


If you’d like to chat with Maryland’s DJ about your wedding in Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington DC, or the rest of the DMV area, fill out our online form or call us at 301-968-0965.


Brock & Theresa’s Springfield Manor Wedding

Brock and Theresa’s Springfield Manor wedding took advantage of the fall foliage at this Maryland winery and distillery. Just the best Frederick wedding DJs killin it!

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Frederick Wedding DJs │Music, Lighting, Photo Booths
Jordan Solender

Early November saw cooler weather and a winery wedding fit for Maryland royalty at Springfield Manor. This winery, distillery, brewery, and event venue is one of our favorite wedding locations in the Frederick area. From the classic stone house to the fields of lavender in spring to the valley views, this venue never disappoints! (The homemade wine, beer, and whiskey sure don’t hurt, either.)


Our couple on this beautiful November day were Brock and Theresa, a classic pair that looked right at home in this rustic and elegant setting. The photographer at this Springfield Manor wedding was Emily Chastain, an ultra-talented photographer in Washington DC and the greater DMV area.



The ceremony was held outside under Springfield Manor’s trellis, with the rolling hills in the distance. There is nothing better then the backdrop for a wedding in the Frederick area. The changing leaves created a fiery red and orange background for this intimate event. Seated among the guests? Dani Leigh, one of Maryland’s DJ’s favorite photographers! She’s related to the bride, so it was great to see her off duty. 


The bridal party entered the ceremony to a cover of Rewrite the Stars by The Piano Guys, originally from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. Then Theresa made her grand entrance, looking gorgeous in a lace gown. She chose an instrumental arrangement of Ave Maria for her music. We loved the combination of an ultra-traditional piece of music with a slightly more modern arrangement in this informal setting.  


After a short and sweet ceremony, the couple’s recessional was to Johnny and June by Heidi Newfield. This was a choice we don’t hear often, and it was a great way to reflect the couple’s tastes and personalities.


After cocktail hour outside on the winery patio, everyone moved into the sophisticated ballroom for dinner and dancing. DJ Jordan introduced the bridal party to Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody, which is a surefire way to get a party started. Then the couple were introduced to another Greatest Showman pick, The Greatest Show. We have a slight suspicion that they may be fans of the movie.


DJ Jordan set the mood with blush pink uplighting at the couple’s request, and they took to the dance floor for their first spin as husband and wife. Their song was Blessings by Florida Georgia Line. 



For the parent dances, Theresa and her father chose Walk With You by Edwin McCain, followed by Brock and his mom’s dance to My Wish by Rascall Flats. The matron of honor gave her toast, followed by the best man, who unfortunately couldn’t be in attendance. But he recorded a speech in advance to play during the reception, which was a clever way to keep him present. 



Then Jordan opened up the dance floor and the photo booth for party time! The uplighting around the room pulsed in blues, pinks, and purples to keep the crowd moving! The music for the evening had a definite country twang, with songs like Garth Brooks’ Friends in Low Places and Darius Rucker’s Wagon Wheel on the “must play” list. But there were a few unexpected choices too, like The Best by Tina Turner and Post Malone by Sam Feldt feat. RANI. 



For the last song of the night, the couple chose Precious Love by James Morrison. Then they headed out under a shower of balloons and an arch of LED-lit wands. 



This was the last wedding of the year for DJ Jordan, who is expecting a new addition to the family pretttttty soon. But while he adjusts to new fatherhood, the rest of the Maryland’s DJ team will be here, sharing love stories and electrifying dance floors through the winter and into the new year!


Planning a wedding in 2021 or 2022? Planning a wedding in Frederick, MD? We’d love to help. Fill out our online form to secure your date and start planning with our team!


All photos by Emily Chastain Photography

Stephanie & Matthew’s Baltimore Winter Wedding

Baltimore wedding DJ Jordan Solender helped Stephanie & Matthew to say “I do” in style at the historic Belvedere Hotel. Learn about this classy winter wedding!

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Baltimore Wedding DJ
Jordan Solender


A chilly winter’s night, a beautiful historic Baltimore wedding venue, and some outstanding music choices — that’s our idea of a good time! 

Maryland’s DJ couple Stephanie & Matthew’s February wedding at The Belvedere in downtown Baltimore was one for the books. This 1902 Beaux Arts beauty with its glittering ballrooms and stately staircase is one of the best wedding venues in Baltimore


On-hand to capture the magic was photographer Bradley of Bradley Images. His pictures highlight the love between Stephanie and Matthew, and the joy of their family and friends. 


The ceremony took place up on the venue’s 12th floor in the Grand Ballroom with its high ceilings, white columns, and sparkling chandeliers. The couple chose some gorgeous classical pieces for their ceremony, starting with the Adagio from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major for the bridal party entrance. Then for the bride’s processional, they chose Edward Elgar’s Salut D’amour, Op. 12, as played by cello virtuoso Yo Yo Ma. 


After the beautiful ceremony, they switched over to more modern music, with George Harrison’s 

What is Life for the party’s recessional. Everyone moved over to the Platinum Ballroom for cocktail hour, giving the hotel team time to flip the Grand Ballroom for the reception to come. The couple asked their Baltimore wedding DJ to stick to Rat Pack tunes for a mid-century swing during cocktails. 


When the Grand Ballroom was ready, the bridal party made their reception entrance to Redbone’s Come and Get Your Love. Then the happily married couple were introduced to the fun Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede.


Stephanie and Matthew requested soft purple & blue uplighting around the ballroom during the evening, which we were happy to provide. Uplighting is a great way to give a ballroom a different look, which is especially helpful when the ceremony and reception are in the same space. With white table linens, tall arrangements of white roses, and the blue and purple glow, the Grand Ballroom looked completely different for the reception!


For their first dance, Stephanie and Matthew chose famous doo-wop group The Harptones’ Life is But a Dream. Then Stephanie and her father danced to Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles, followed by Matthew and his mom’s dance to Forever Young by Rod Stewart.


When it was time to open the dance floor, we learned how much fun this crowd was. This group came ready to party, and the bride and groom’s song choices certainly didn’t hurt. The “must play” list included some great funk, soul, and pop tunes like: 



But there were some choices from the late aughts as well, like Juvenile’s Back That Ass Up and Danza Kuduro by Don Omar fest. Lucenzo.


When the festivities ended at midnight, the whole crew had partied hard. Tired and happy, they sent the bride and groom off with all their love and well wishes.


We know how much time and energy you put into your wedding day, so let us take care of the music and lighting for you! As your premiere Baltimore wedding DJs, we’ll make sure every song suits the style and personality of your wedding day. Have some questions or ready to get started? Contact us online or call us at 301-968–0965.


We were really impressed with how Stephanie and Matthew were able to put together a day that was classic and elegant but still a ton of fun! Their entrance song was Blue Swede which was the perfect way to get everyone in the right mindset for an awesome party. It’s so fun for us at Maryland’s DJ to find the right mix of music that will honor and celebrate the love the couple shares and get an awesome party started! We loved every aspect of Stephanie and Matthew’s wedding day and are so happy for the beautiful couple!

We know how much time and energy you put into your wedding day, let us take care of the music and lighting for you! At Maryland’s DJ, we’ll make sure every song fits the style and personality of your wedding day perfectly. Have some questions or ready to get started? Contact us at www.marylandsdj.comor call 301 -968–0965

Vendor roll call: Photos: Bradley Images | Venue: The Belvedere Hotel Baltimore| DJ : Jordan Solender, Maryland’s DJ

Maryland’s DJ Wins The Knot Best of Weddings - Baltimore & DC Wedding DJs

Maryland’s DJ has been recognized as one of the best Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Annapolis wedding DJ services. Thank you to all of our wonderful couples!

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Maryland’s DJ Named Winner of The Knot Best of Weddings 2021

15th Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America

 

Maryland’s DJ is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a 2021 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning and registry brand and app. This is the second consecutive year that Maryland’s DJ has been named a winner of The Knot Best of Weddings awards.


We’re honored to be named one of the best wedding DJs in Baltimore!

 

Despite COVID-19 interrupting many 2020 weddings and social events, Maryland’s DJ has continued to support to-be-weds throughout their wedding planning journeys. From adjusting future schedules to make way for postponed weddings, to helping couples host socially distanced weddings following state and local guidelines and restrictions with an increased focus on health and safety, wedding pros—and the industry as a whole—rallied together in 2020, ultimately helping couples continue to celebrate life and love. The Knot 2021 Best of Weddings recognition honors the vendors who went above and beyond to help to-be-weds navigate the global pandemic. 


As Baltimore, Washington DC, and Annapolis wedding DJs, it’s been important to us to continue to support the couples in our community as they’ve had to change their plans. 


In 2021, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fifteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2021, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. This comes as the industry prepares for an increase in upcoming celebrations due to postponed events throughout 2020. 


To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings. 

  

With a team hailing from Maryland, the Baltimore and Annapolis wedding DJs on our roster are dedicated to supporting the couples in our local community. 

 

The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing high-quality content and inspiration, The Knot makes it easy for couples to connect with and book the right wedding professionals (like Maryland and wedding DJs in Washington DC) to create their perfect wedding day. On The Knot Marketplace, couples can connect with any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot Best of Weddings gives couples the confidence to find and book the best local vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology simplifies wedding planning, inspiring couples to plan a wedding unique to their love story and personalities. 


Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.


For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and this year’s winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.


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About Maryland’s DJ

The team at Maryland’s DJ has been bringing the party to corporate events, fundraisers, and weddings to DMV weddings since 2018. Our Baltimore wedding DJs travel to wherever the celebration is happening to bring professionalism and good times to our clients all over the area. 


We are a team of:

  • Baltimore wedding DJs
  • Annapolis wedding DJs
  • Washington, DC wedding DJs

ready to bring your event to the next level!


About The Knot

The Knot is one of the nation’s leading multiplatform wedding resources offering a seamless, all-in-one planning experience—from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 iOS and Android mobile app The Knot Wedding Planner, the #1 wedding planning website TheKnot.com, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. Since its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. Visit The Knot online at Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

 

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Zephan & Mollye at Historic London Town - Annapolis Wedding DJ

Zephan and Mollye’s Historic London Town wedding was a joy from start to finish, and their Annapolis wedding DJ kept the crowd moving all night long!

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Annapolis Wedding DJ
Jordan Solender


Zephan and Mollye shared a beautiful wedding ceremony in May 2019, and we got to be a part of it! This sweet couple, so full of love and laughter, said their vows at the Historic London Town and Gardens near Annapolis, Maryland. The venue, the day, and every single detail was absolutely perfect for this outdoor summer wedding. We loved getting to work with Mollye and Zephan and be part of their special day. 



The ultra-talented Sarah Price of Sarah Price Photography was on-hand to capture all the magic of the day in her moody signature style. Based out of Baltimore, her photos are always Instagram-perfect!


For the ceremony’s musical choices, the couple went with some lovely pop covers. The bridal party entered to A Thousand Years by The Piano Guys, which is a popular choice. Then the bride’s procession was to Tyler Ward & Boyce Avenue’s acoustic cover of Coldplay’s Fix You, which we loved! 


The ceremony was held on the banks of the South River in Annapolis. With a bit of mist rolling in off the river and fresh eucalyptus hanging from the chuppah, it was a picturesque place to say their vows and break the glass. 


Another lovely cover accompanied the recessional. This time it was Daniel Jang’s piano and violin cover of Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. 


While many couples just ask for a general “vibe” during cocktail hour, Zephan and Mollye had some specific requests that their Annapolis wedding DJ was happy to honor! Among their choices were Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s and When the Sun Goes Down by Kenny Chesney. 


The reception was held in Historic London Town & Garden’s glass pavilion, which is lined on three sides by glass doors and windows to let light stream in. The bridal party intro got everyone fired up to the tune of Bring Em Out by TI, followed by the happy couple’s first introduction to Walk the Moon’s Shut Up and Dance


For the first dance, Mollye and Zephan picked Yours by Russell Dickerson. Then, Mollye and her father danced to Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel, which we’re actually surprised we don’t see more in parent dances at weddings! Then for another delightfully unexpected choice, Zephan and his mom danced to Boyce Avenue’s cover of Green Day’s Good Riddance.


We loved Mollye and Zephan’s use of covers at their wedding. By choosing covers of famous pop songs, they were able to use recognizable tunes in an unexpected way, and keep the guest’s guessing.


After dinner, the couple handed the reins over to their Annapolis wedding DJ to electrify the dance floor! With white and amber uplighting and a thorough list of “must-play” and “do not play” songs, Maryland’s DJ had a solid idea of what the couple would like. While the “official” music choices swung country, their dance floor preferences included more pop and hip hop. 


Some of the highlights: 


The dance floor got so intense, the groom almost had a mishap during the Hora! But Mollye had a good grip on him, and the groomsmen held him aloft.


When it was all over, we had a joyful couple and some worn out (but happy) guests. 


As your Annapolis wedding DJ, we’ll work closely with you to ensure we bring this kind of energy and atmosphere to your event. From music to uplighting and photo booths, we’ll take care of everything so you can focus on getting married! 


Schedule a free consultation to get started working with the best wedding DJs in Annapolis! 




At Maryland’s DJ, we’ll work closely with you to ensure we bring the energy and atmosphere you envisioned for your event. From music to uplighting and photo booths, we’ll take care of everything so you can focus on getting married! 


Schedule a free consultation to get started working with the best DJ’s in Maryland! 

Emily & Toby’s Classy Washington DC Wedding

We were honored to be Emily & Toby’s Washington DC wedding DJ! Great music choices, a stunning venue on the Potomac, and the nicest couple you could hope to meet!

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Washington DC Wedding DJ
Jordan Solender


Lately, we’ve been thinking back to some of our favorite weddings from the days when masks were limited to Halloween and guest lists of 200 or more were standard. One of our favorites from that long-ago time was Emily and Toby’s wedding at The Wharf Intercontinental in Washington, DC in November 2018. 

The photographer for the day was Kir Tuben Photography, who we always love to see at weddings. She was friends with the couple, so it was a personal day for her as well.


If it wasn’t obvious by the fact that they chose Jordan as their Washington DC wedding DJ, this pair has excellent taste. Not only was the wedding day itself absolutely gorgeous, but their song choices were superb.


After a first look on the outdoor balcony looking over the Potomac, Emily and Toby said their vows in the venue’s Waterside Ballroom under a chuppah decorated with cherry blossoms. The bridal party’s entrance was to Peter Gabriel’s lovely version of Book of Love. Then Emily entered to Glaciers by Lights & Motion. If you’re not familiar, Lights & Motion is an instrumental rock band that makes cinematic, sweeping music. It’s perfect for big moments like wedding entrances! Even with no lyrics, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.


The ceremony also featured a personal performance. Toby’s mom played the guitar and sang to the couple as part of the program. As music fanatics, we love when there’s a personal, live music element to a wedding ceremony.


After the vows, we got everyone into a dancing mood with Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder for the recessional.


During the cocktail hour in the hotel’s Potomac Hall, the couple let their DC wedding DJ take the reigns. They asked for Rat Pack-style music to keep the vibe classy, but the specifics were all up to Jordan. 


Emily and Toby added uplighting to their DJ services at their Washington DC wedding. So Jordan washed the reception ballroom in neutral orange and white light. This kept the vibe relaxed during their first dance to Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison — another excellent choice!


When it was time to open up the dance floor, this crowd really let loose. With tunes like 1999 by Prince and You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates on the must-play list, Jordan kept the dance floor moving. He switched up the lighting too, adding vibrant purples and greens to build a party vibe.


At one point, Emily was a little concerned that the crowd was dancing too much, and were going to wear out before the night was over. But Jordan paid close attention. He switched things up with a slow jam right when the guests needed a break, and let them take a breather. 


For the last dance of the night, Emily and Toby chose that most beloved of bar closers, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.


After the event, Emily wrote some incredibly kind words about the DJ at her Washington DC wedding.


“Jordan and the Maryland’s DJ team delivered the dance party of the century! Our friends are still talking about how much fun they had at our wedding a few weeks ago! Not only did Jordan know exactly what we wanted, what to play and when, and how to mix songs, but he did the music for our entire event — from pre-ceremony, ceremony, and cocktail hour, all the way through the reception dance floor that lasted over 3 hours! ...The entire experience with Jordan was amazing from start to finish. He asked a lot of questions, gave us a lot of information, and helped us curate an amazing party for our family and friends. Our only regret was that we can’t do it every weekend — we even jokingly talked about annulling the marriage just so we would have to do it all over again. We decided that was too drastic, but we will definitely figure out an excuse to hire Jordan again… and you should too! You won’t regret it :)”


If you need a Washington DC wedding DJ, we’re here to help. Fill out our online form and let us know when and where to bring the party!


All photos by Kir2ben


Jordan and the Maryland’s DJ team delivered the dance party of the century! Our friends are still talking about how much fun they had at our wedding a few weeks ago! Not only did Jordan know exactly what we wanted, what to play and when, and how to mix songs, but he did the music for our entire event — from pre-ceremony, ceremony, and cocktail hour, all the way through the reception dance floor that lasted over 3 hours! After a few hours of dancing I started getting nervous that people were going to get worn out, but Jordan knew exactly what to do — he threw on a slow jam, which got people up to dance with their date, and then they were refreshed and stayed on the dance floor for the rest of the night! The entire experience with Jordan was amazing from start to finish. He asked a lot of questions, gave us a lot of information, and helped us curate an amazing party for our family and friends. Our only regret was that we can’t do it every weekend — we even jokingly talked about annulling the marriage just so we would have to do it all over again. We decided that was too drastic, but we will definitely figure out an excuse to hire Jordan again… and you should too! You won’t regret it :)

Vendor roll call: Photos: Kir2Ben | Venue: Intercontinental, Washington DC| DJ : Jordan Solender, Maryland’s DJ

Natalie & Shawn’s Annapolis Maritime Museum Wedding

A sunny summer day on the Chesapeake Bay? It doesn’t get any better. Learn about Natalie & Shawn’s Annapolis Maritime Museum wedding with Maryland’s DJ!

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Annapolis Wedding DJ
Steve Hartka



Looking for inspiration in going with the flow and making lemonade out of lemons?


Look no further than couple Natalie and Shawn, whose August 2020 wedding was moved no fewer than THREE times! COVID-19 tried to throw this sweet couple for a loop, but they pivoted and rearranged and ended up with a beautiful Annapolis Maritime Museum wedding this summer.


As one of our favorite Annapolis wedding venues, we always love coming out to the Maritime Museum. The Bay views are unparalleled, and the interior ceremony spaces are a perfect blend of rustic and elegant.


Photographer Joey of Trans4mation Photography snapped the pics at this seaside wedding. Joey has been a photographer for almost 10 years, and he brings skill and professionalism to every event.


With 50 guests in attendance, Natalie and Shawn said their vows on the museum’s waterfront dock, with views of the Chesapeake Bay in the background. Bridesmaids all in navy blue suited the venue’s nautical theme to a T! 


Natalie and Shawn chose to have their event earlier in the day. The ceremony began at 2:00 pm, which left plenty of daylight left for photos, dinner, and dancing! For the bride’s processional, the couple chose Over the Rainbow/Simple Gifts by The Piano Guys. And after it was over, they went with the classic All You Need is Love by The Beatles.


After the ceremony and cocktail hour, the guests moved into the museum’s newly renovated Exhibit Gallery for the reception. This 2,000 square foot space left plenty of room for the 50 guests to spread out.


DJ Steve Hartka queued up the first dance, which was The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley. There was also a dedication played to some older relatives who had passed on, to the tune of The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. 

While the happy couple may have chosen classics for their special dances, they weren’t afraid to bring the dance floor tunes into the 80s, 90s, and today. On their “must play” list: 



In between dances, the guests took fun pictures with a touchless photo booth from Maryland’s DJ. They chose one of our most popular backdrops — a dark wood background with festive string lights. It fit in perfectly with the nautical museum.



We had a great time at Natalie and Shawn’s bay side wedding at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. While the wedding season may be winding down for 2020, we’re looking forward to winter weddings and a big summer spring and season next year! 


If you’re planning a 2021 or 2022 wedding, let us know! We’ll pair you up with one of our dedicated DJs to help you start planning the soundtrack to your perfect day.


All photos by Trans4mation Photography


Mike and Dang’s Swan Harbor Farm Wedding

Mike and Dang’s wedding venue changed not once but twice. Fortunately, this adaptable couple’s Swan Harbor Farm wedding was a smashing success.

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Baltimore Wedding DJ
Steve Hartka


If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s the importance of adaptability. Working from home, distance learning, letting hair grow into something that can only be described as a ‘Rona mullet — these are the changes that we’ve had to accept in our new landscape. 


For couples with 2020 weddings, the need to adapt has been even more pronounced. Happy pair Mike and Dang had originally planned to celebrate their wedding at the Frederick Douglass Maritime Museum. Due to COVID their plans changed not once, but twice

After all the shuffling, the final result was a stunning Swan Harbor Farm wedding in Havre de Grace, MD. This lovely venue sits on 531 acres of waterfront land. The historic home on the property was built in the 1740s, and was later owned by a close friend of Thomas Jefferson. In fact, Jefferson planted cuttings from the Swan Harbor vineyards at Monticello. 


The site has stunning landscaped gardens and an expansive lawn, with views of the Chesapeake Bay. This lawn is one of the primary ceremony sites on the property, and it’s where Mike and Dang said the vows that they wrote themselves. (DJ Steven Hartka confessed that he had to hold back his tears.)


The property also has a 50’ x 70’ vaulted tent where guests can celebrate in the shade. The tent was beautifully styled, because this Swan Harbor Farm wedding was designed by the ultra-talented Drew Vanlandingham of Vanlandingham Design Studio


Drew dolled up the white drapery with blue linens, gold chiavari chairs, and tall, overflowing vases of white roses, hydrangeas, and fresh greenery. One of his tricks of the trade is to bring height to the dining tables at weddings. With tall, thin vases, he’s able to make big dramatic flower arrangements above the guests’ sightlines. That way people can still talk to each other without a huge bouquet in the way. 




Photographer Bradley Zisow of Bradley Images was on hand to document all the love on display at Mike and Dang’s wedding. The grooms were all smiles all day!



DJ Steven introduced the grooms to the reception to Barry Manilow’s version of The Look of Love — a great choice for this classy duo. For their first dance, they chose If Love is Overrated by Gregory Porter.

Mike and Dang invited their parents to enjoy the dance with them. Mike’s parents have been married for 61 years, and Dang’s parents have been married for 56 years! That’s quite a reputation to live up to.


Then the dance floor opened up, and the party began — masks on. We must say, we had no idea masks could be so glamorous! No blue hospital paper here!



Music highlights included some vintage classics like:


Plus, there was a healthy amount of Lady Gaga.


This was such a fun event, and we were so thrilled to be a part of it.

If we can help you plan (or re-plan) your wedding, please let us know! We’re working with couples to make sure they get the wedding of their dreams — COVID or no COVID!


All photos by Bradley Images


Mic & Corie’s Wisp Resort Wedding

Beautiful views and amazing tunes were the order of the day at Mic & Corie’s Wisp Resort wedding. Learn about their special day at this gorgeous venue!

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Ever imagined yourself getting married on a mountaintop? That’s where happy couple Mic and Corie tied the knot in their beautiful September wedding. 


At Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland, couples can say their vows on top of the world, with panoramic views of the resort and Deep Creek Lake below. Fortunately, there’s a ski lift, so DJ Ebi didn’t have to schlep the ceremony equipment up the mountain on his back.



The bridal party walked down the aisle atop the mountain to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow — very fitting, considering the location! When it was time for Corie to make her entrance, the music went live with a friend playing the guitar.


Cocktail hour and the reception were held in the valley down below, in the Mountain Mist Tent. This white draped tent with sparkly chandeliers provided a clean slate for us to upgrade with our uplighting. Bright reds, greens, and blues gave the tent a party vibe once it was time to open the dance floor. 


One of the best parts of this Wisp Resort wedding was the music! Mic and Corie picked some fantastic songs for their special moments. 


The bridal party entered the reception to My Type by Saint Motel, which is one we don’t get to play very often! For the couple’s first dance, they chose Dontchange by Musiq Soulchild. With lyrics like this, we’re actually surprised isn’t chosen more often for first dances:


I was meant for you and you were meant for me, yeah

And I'll make sure that I'll be everything you need, yeah

Girl the way we are is how it’s gonna be

Just as long as your love don't change


Corie and her father then danced to This Dance by Scott Thomas Laughridge, and Mic and his mom danced to A Song for Mama by Boyz 2 Men.



This was a fun-loving crowd, which became apparent when DJ Ebi opened the dance floor. The guests danced hard — easy to do with so many great music choices by the couple. Their musical tastes ranged from reggaeton to hip hop to R&B to soul to pop. On the must play list: 



We also brought one of our touchless photo booths to Mic and Corie’s reception, so their guests could take plenty of hands-free portraits. The backdrop was custom designed by our own Jordan Solender!



This Wisp Resort wedding was photographed by Glenn Clevenger III of I Live Art. Glenn does both “traditional” wedding photos and unique compositions that play with color and layout. This was our first time working with Glenn, and we love how his pictures capture the movement of the dance floor!



We had a blast with this fun crowd, and DJ Ebi was thrilled to spin such a lively mix of classic dance songs and original choices. 


If we can help you to curate a fantastic musical mix, let us know! We’re currently booking weddings for the rest of 2020 and for the 2021 wedding season. 


All photos by Glenn Clevenger III of I Live Art


Christine & Jordan’s Springfield Manor Wedding

Jordan and Christine’s Springfield Manor Wedding was a beautiful celebration of love — just what we needed in this crazy season!

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Frederick Wedding DJs │Music, Lighting, Photo Booths
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This July, we got the chance to visit one of our favorite Frederick wedding venues to celebrate with Jordan and Christine. This special wedding at Springfield Manor was one of our first forays back into events, and it was delightful — masks and all. 


Springfield Manor is a working winery, distillery, and brewery just outside of Frederick. With its classic stone farmhouse, fields of purple lavender, rustic barn or chic ballroom, and stunning views across the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains, this venue is an idyllic country escape. 


The wedding ceremony took place at the outdoor pergola, with views of the hills in the background. The bridesmaids and groomsmen proceeded to the ceremony site to a piano and cello cover of A Thousand Years by The Piano Guys. Then Christine made her grand entrance to Haley Reinhart’s Can’t Help Falling in Love.


Photo by Lovefusion Photography


After cocktail hour outside on the patio, the party headed into the classic ballroom for the reception. DJ Ebi made the intros, with the bridal party entering to SexyBack by Justin Timberlake. Then it was time to introduce the newly married couple! 


Jordan and Christine’s first dance was to Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You by Lauryn Hill. Then, Christine split her first dance into two halves, first with her mom, and then with her dad. This was a lovely way to make sure the mother of the bride was included. They danced to Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion. 


Photo by Lovefusion Photography


Jordan then danced with his mom to Sparks by Coldplay, which just goes to show there are no rules when it comes to picking wedding music — just go with what you like! 


After speeches and dinner, it was time for the party! The guest list for the wedding was on the smaller side, and many guests wore masks throughout the evening for safety. 


Photo by Lovefusion Photography


DJ Ebi kept things moving with the bride and groom’s “must play” list, which included tunes like: 



Then there was a surprise — a performance of the dabke, which is a traditional Arab dance with variations performed in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and more. The dancers also broke out drums for a live drum circle, giving the dance floor an interactive element. 

Photo by Lovefusion Photography


When the party had ended, Jordan swept Christine into his arms and carried her off under the showers of sparklers. 


We loved visiting Springfield Manor again and celebrating with Jordan and Christine. It was a great way to spend a summer evening, and get back into the swing of weddings. 

Photo by Lovefusion Photography


If you’re scheduling your 2021 wedding, now is the time! We expect it to be a busy wedding season, as 2020 couples have had to reschedule for next year. Reach out today to book your date with Maryland’s DJ!


Our Top Wedding Songs of 2020

Ever wonder what the DJs are digging? We got Maryland’s DJ team to share their favorite songs to play at weddings in this crazy year!

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Baltimore Wedding DJ
DJ Rocko Solender

Photo by Photography By Brea


It’s been a weird year for music (along with everything else!) 


Many major releases have been delayed, because the associated tours are obviously not an option right now. And music festivals like Coachella and SXSW have been cancelled. 


So where does that leave the year’s best new wedding songs? Fortunately, we’re still getting some new tunes, like a surprise album from Taylor Swift and a new visual release form Beyoncé.


The Maryland’s DJ team has each selected their top wedding song for 2020, whether it’s a brand new release or a holdover from 2019. Add these jams to the “must play” list for your wedding!

Bad Boy by Yung Bae

DJ Jesse Baker chose Yung Bae’s 2019 release Bad Boy as his favorite dance song of 2020. He likes to play it just before opening the floor because “...it says ‘get your ass to the dance floor’...and people listen!” 


This tune blends disco, pop, and hip hop into an infectious dance floor hit.


Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa

Owner and DJ Jordan Solender is really feeling Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now this year. As the lead single for her 2020 album Future Nostalgia, this song combines 1980s synth and a funk bassline. 


It has a more mature vibe than some of her previous releases, but it’s still a pop hit

 


Nobody’s Love by Maroon 5

DJ Mebaa says, “Maroon 5 just don't miss. The melody, video and touch of social commentary perfectly match the times while still being a vibrant, funky summer anthem!”

 

The “touch of commentary” he’s referring to is a message at the end of the video is about decriminalizing marijuana — a law which is enforced disproportionately against Black and brown people.

Señorita by Shawn Mendes feat. Camila Cabello

DJ Steven Hartka chose last year’s sultry Señorita, since it still keeps the dance floor moving in 2020.

 

“It’s pretty tough to pick a song from 2020 since most major acts shelved their releases,” Steven said. “That being said, I loved playing Señorita when it first came out in 2019 and still drop it into sets if it fits in with the crowd and atmosphere. I’m a sucker for a good guitar riff, and also love tracks with both a guy and girl doing vocals!”

Everything You Touch is Gold by Gregory Porter

Social media manager Syd chose Gregory Porter’s Everything You Touch is Butter for her favorite wedding song of 2020. 


“This song is straight butter,” she said. “It’s a perfect first dance song and feels like watching a sunset.” 


Everything you touch is gold

That’s why my soul is shinin’

Feel just like I’m just ten years old

Everything is new and surprisin’

Adore You by Harry Styles

Content writer Kate (who, yes, is writing this about herself in the third person) is loving Harry Styles’ post-One-Direction-direction. 


Clever songwriting? Check.

1970s-inspired pop-rock jams? Check.

Bowie-esque androgyny? Double check.


Adore You is an ode to loving someone so much that you’d do anything for them, but it’s upbeat enough to keep people on the dance floor.


What’s Love Got to Do With It by Kygo and Tina Turner

DJ Brian’s favorite 2020 song so far is the remix of What’s Love Got to do With It by Kygo and Tina Turner. 

 

Brian says, “Just about everyone knows the lyrics to the original song and likes to sing along to it. Plus, Kygo added a nice mid tempo deep house beat to it which compliments the fun retro vibe of the song. I’ve enjoyed playing this for bridal party entrances and on the dance floor.”

 

Dance Monkey by Tones and I

2019’s Dance Monkey by Australian newcomer Tones and I combines a catchy minimalist backing track with Toni Watson’s unique voice. It’s DJ Ebi’s choice as the song that gets the dance floor moving! 


And if you haven’t watched it yet, enjoy the delightfully offbeat video below. 



Planning the playlist for your 2002 wedding? Let us help! 


Rebekka & John’s Idiom Brewing Wedding

Rebekka & John’s Idiom Brewing wedding was a beer-filled bash to remember! Beautiful photos by Frederick photographer Brittany Defrehn!

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Frederick Wedding DJs │Music, Lighting, Photo Booths
Steve Hartka


Why do winery weddings get all the love? If you ask us, it’s high time that brewery weddings get some much needed attention.


Maryland couple Rebekka and John had their July micro wedding at Idiom Brewing Company in Frederick. This beautiful brick brewery in Carroll Creek Linear Park was the perfect spot for a sunny summer wedding — and the brews certainly didn’t hurt. Located right on Carroll Creek, the space has a riverwalk vibe that takes advantage of the historic architecture and waterside views. 


After a church service nearby, the party arrived at the brewery for their celebration, where Frederick photographer Brittany Defrehn caught the magic of Rebekka and John’s day. 


Photo by Brittany Defrehn Photography


Each bridal party “couple” was introduced to their own individual song, which was a fun way to show off their personalities. Intro songs included Sexy and I Know It, Bring ‘Em Out, and Raise Your Glass


Then it was time to introduce the newly married couple! They entered the brewery to Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love, and then slowed things down for their first dance to Dan + Shay’s My Side of the Fence.


Rebekka and John went with a timeline that scheduled the “formal” reception events early. The benefit to this type of schedule is that once the events are complete, the party is free to continue with few interruptions for speeches or dances. 


So after the couple’s first dance, they went right into the parent dances. Rebekka and her father danced to I Loved Her First by Heartland, and John and his mom danced to My Wish by Rascal Flatts. 


After the speeches, it was time to open up the evening to dinner, dancing, photo booth, and beer! The event was lovely but low key, with guests getting food from the on-site food truck, and washing it down with the brewery’s pilsners, IPAs, and sours. 


Photo by Brittany Defrehn Photography


Rebekka and John rented a touchless photo booth from Maryland’s DJ, which lets guests take fun photos without contact. Guests could download their photos right to their phones by scanning the QR code on the photo booth itself. 


Later in the evening, Rebekka and John played The Shoe Game. The couple sits in chairs placed back to back, and each holds their shoe in one hand and their spouse’s shoe in the other. Then they get asked questions like, “Who is the pickier eater?” or “Who has the crazier family?” Each person lifts up the shoe of the person they think best fits the question. It’s a fun way to see if the couple is on the same page!


When the night came to a close, Rebekka and John enjoyed a final dance to This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole, before their send off under sparklers and streamers. 

Photo by Brittany Defrehn Photography


We had a great time being part of Rebekka and John’s Idiom Brewing wedding. It was a much-needed reminder that even during these crazy times, there are celebrations to be had!


If you’re planning a Frederick wedding, we can make your day extra special with music, uplighting, photo booth, and more! Contact us today to start planning!


Thomas & Stephanie’s Bleues on the Water Wedding

This Bleues on the Water wedding was close to our hearts — the groom’s brother was our own Steven Hartka! Check out the color-coordinated masks!

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Baltimore Wedding DJ
Brian Doane


The coronavirus pandemic has affected more than just our ability to DJ weddings. It’s hit pretty close to home, too.

Our own Steven Hartka, DJ extraordinaire and musical pantomath (look it up), had to see his brother and future sister-in-law postpone their original wedding date. But good things come to those who wait! This couple’s September 5th wedding was everything we could have hoped for. 


The big day took place at Bleues on the Water in Glen Burnie. This beautiful waterfront venue has a spectacular ceremony site overlooking Big Burley Cove. There are four shimmering fountains just past the wedding arch that make rainbows in the sun. 


The whole day was saved for posterity by Hamilton Photography, an award-winning photography team based in Annapolis. 


Photo by Hamilton Photography


The bridal party came down the aisle to All of Me by John Legend. Then the bride’s procession followed, accompanied by the classic Canon in D by Pachelbel. After the vows were said and the tears were dried, Beyonce’s Love on Top was the signal to everyone that the party had begun! 


A waterfront cocktail hour gave everyone a chance to enjoy a drink, and then it was time for the reception. 


Having a DJ in the family is nice, but Steven had urgent things to do on his brother’s wedding day. So the DJ booth was manned by Brian Doane and Ebi Amir instead. 


Inside one of Bleues on the Water’s ballrooms, the party got started. The bridal party entered the ballroom to Redbone’s Come and Get Your Love, which always gets people moving. Then Stephanie and Thomas had their first dance. Their song was Real Love Baby by Father John Misty, who we think doesn’t get enough wedding play! 

Photo by Hamilton Photography


After dinner, the Maid of Honor and Best Man did their toasts, and then it was time for parent dances. Stephanie and her dad danced to Dance with My Daughter by Jason Blaine, and Thomas danced with his mom to Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. 


Then it was time to open the dance floor! With a reduced guest list for this Bleues on the Water wedding, the group was able to keep their distance. But when they all got together, they had color-coordinated masks to rely on. 


Photo by Hamilton Photography


There were some fun tunes keeping the dance floor moving! Must play songs included: 



When the night was over, the happy bride and groom were sent off to Bruno Mars’ Marry You.


We were so happy to celebrate with Thomas and Stephanie, and to show Steven our support on his brother’s big day! 


If you’re planning an upcoming wedding, minimony, or microwedding, we want to hear from you! Contact our team and let us know how we can help make your wedding day perfect.


Jake & Stephanie’s Antrim 1844 Wedding

For our first wedding back after COVID-19, we celebrated with Jake & Stephanie at Antrim 1844. See how it went! (Spoiler - it was awesome.)

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Westminster Wedding DJ
Jordan Solender


Jake and Stephanie’s June 26th wedding was our first wedding since the coronavirus pandemic hit the US. And it was so great to get back behind the booth!


The gardens at Antrim 1844 were in full bloom for Jake and Stephanie’s big day. In fact, it was a floral-filled event from start to finish, from Stephanie and the bridal party’s floral “getting ready” robes to the floral garlands that served as a backdrop to the ceremony. 


Rather than choosing the arbor as their ceremony spot, Jake and Stephanie said their vows under the shade of a massive elm tree in the “Secret Garden.” The leaves and grass were so vibrant green, it looked like a filter was over the whole site. Hanging strands of oversized ivory flowers dangled from a bending bough of the elm, to create a backdrop that fit in with the natural setting.



Photo by Pearly Kate Photography


The bridal party entered the site to a piano and violin version of A Thousand Years by Sophie Moser and Katja Huhn. Then Stephanie made her entrance to a touching cover of How Long Will I Love You by Samantha Harvey. But after the ceremony, they let loose and had some fun — the recessional song was Bruno Mars’ Marry You


Before the reception, Frederick, MD photographer Kate Palker with Pearly Kate Photography took advantage of the lush gardens and snapped a stunning series of bride and groom portraits. Antrim is always a gorgeous venue, but this summer it really outdid itself.

Photo by Pearly Kate Photography


Cocktail hour in the garden was next, followed by the reception in the air-conditioned Glass Enclosed Pavilion. 


Then it was time for introductions. The couples’ parents entered to I Choose You by Sara Bareilles. Then for quite the shift in tone, we brought out the bridal party to Bring ‘Em Out by T.I. (See what we did there?)


And finally, we introduced the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. Jake G., accompanied by Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel — always a classic. 


But although the intros covered a variety of genres, the traditional dances were all country. The couple enjoyed their first dance to a Shania Twain medley — From This Moment On/You’re Still the One, by real-life married couple Caleb and Kelsey. Then Stephanie and her father danced to It Won’t Be Like This for Long by Darius Rucker. This is such a great father/daughter dance song, and one we don’t hear as often! 

Photo by Pearly Kate Photography


To wrap up the formal dances, Jake and his mom danced to My Wish by Rascal Flatts. Then we opened up the dance floor! 

Photo by Pearly Kate Photography

Photo by Pearly Kate Photography


Jordan was psyched to be back. Photo by Pearly Kate Photography


Although the guest list was a trim 85, this partying crowd made it feel like a packed house. They danced the night away. And finally, they sent the happy couple off in a shower of sparklers. 


We couldn’t have picked a better wedding or a lovelier couple to celebrate the return to weddings. If you’re planning a wedding, micro wedding, or minimony through 2020 or in 2021, we’re ready to bring the party — whatever the size! 


Contact us to reserve your date.

Brett & Maggie’s Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding

A Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding on a gorgeous September day? Sign us up! Brett and Maggie’s big day was full of sun and smiles, and we loved being part of it.

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Annapolis Wedding DJ
Jordan Solender



Couple Brett and Maggie were all smiles at their Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding in September, and so were we. This classy venue on Maryland’s Kent Island has several chic ballrooms with views of the bay, plus beautiful classic East Coast architecture all through the grounds. It’s one of our favorite waterfront venues


Brett and Maggie’s wedding day on September 12th was picture-perfect — clear skies, a light breeze, and temperatures in the mid-70s. It doesn’t get any better! 


Photographer Dani Leigh was on the scene, to capture the wedding day from start to finish. We love working with Dani! She’s gifted at making everyone look their best all day long. 


The ceremony was held on the enclosed rooftop deck above the Sunset Ballroom. Painted in seaside-appropriate navy and beige, the room’s huge windows bring the views of the bay right into the site. The ceremony music was performed live by a string trio.


After the ceremony, the party moved out to the covered tent on the lawn for cocktail hour, where they could enjoy the early evening weather. Then they headed back inside for dinner in the Sunset Ballroom with expansive views of the bay. The bride and groom requested Rat Pack-style tunes for ambiance, which is always a classy choice. 


The party got started back outside in the tent, in the cool evening air. This is where we did the “formal introductions” of the bridal party to Forever by Chris Brown. Then the newly minted bride and groom were introduced to Jason Derulo’s Want to Want Me, which was a fun and unique choice!




Brett and Maggie’s first dance was to Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett. Then Maggie and her father danced to You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman, which must have made every 90s kid crazy nostalgic. Finally, Brett and his mom took to the dance floor, to Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.


Then the guests were free to dance the night away! We also brought our touchless photo booth — always a big hit, and COVID-safe!


After the party was over, we all wished Brett and Maggie well. Their last song was Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), by Green Day, and then we all said goodbye (but not good riddance.)


Making our couples happy is the only thing we really care about here at Maryland’s DJ. That’s why we were so pleased to read some kind words from Brett after the wedding, letting us know we’d hit the mark. 


“Having Jordan as our wedding DJ was an absolute delight. The first time we ever spoke to Jordan, it was for close to an hour as he laid out his experience as a DJ, particularly with weddings, and answered all of our questions…


“At the wedding itself, Jordan was terrific. He arrived early. He coordinated with our other vendors and the staff at the venue to set up his equipment so that we weren't disturbed. He made introductions, provided announcements, and, of course, kept the dance floor grooving for the entire night. 


“[Jordan] made our lives a little less hectic while planning a wedding in the midst of the ongoing pandemic: no small feat. Maryland's DJ has a strong recommendation from us, and a tremendous thank you, Jordan, for all your hard work!”



Joy has been a bit hard to come by this year, but celebrating with this crew was a truly joyful experience. 


If we can help make your life a “little less hectic while planning a wedding in the midst of an ongoing pandemic…” we’d love to hear from you. Contact us to reserve your date!


All photos by Dani Leigh Photography




Josh & Becky’s Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort Wedding

Josh and Becky’s summer wedding at Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort almost made it feel like life was back to normal. Check out this seaside celebration!

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Baltimore Wedding DJ
Jordan Solender


Josh and Becky’s seaside wedding at the Chesapeake Beach Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort was a summertime dream. Everyone (including Maryland’s DJ) enjoyed blue skies, sea air, and a lot of laughs. 


After postponing their original wedding date by several months, the couple decided to go forward with their Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort wedding — with a reduced guest count.


Rod ‘N’ Reel may sound like a casual fish and chip shack, but this gorgeous resort is no such thing. With two marinas, a full-service spa, and a high-end seafood restaurant, this is a relaxing and luxurious retreat. 


Josh and Becky held their ceremony outside overlooking the marina and sea beyond. The venue has a white columned “wedding dome” that makes a beautiful ceremony site. Becky entered to a violin and piano cover of Ed Sheeran’s Perfect featuring Pachelbel’s Canon in D. 


Photos by Photography by Brea


The whole day was captured by two of our favorite local photographers, Brea and Tommy of Photography by Brea. Unfortunately, Brea learned about the dangers of shooting an outdoor wedding. Sorry Brea.


Photo by Photography by Brea


After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the deck of the Boardwalk Cafe, with its beachy, tropical vibes. Then it was off to the wedding tent for the reception. Josh is a bit of an EDM nut, so the bridal party entered to Bangarang by Skrillex. And of course, the DJ team held the bride and groom’s intro until the beat dropped at 2:45. 


The wedding tent is right on the docks, with beautiful views of the sea all around. Since the guest list was reduced, it was easy to keep the tables at a safe social distance. 


The couple’s first dance was another EDM pick — Dave Audé’s remix of Maren Morris’ The Bones. PS: take a look at what some clever uplighting can do to a simple white tent! 


First dance — during the day when you can’t see the uplighting

Check out that pink glow! Photos by Photography by Brea


After dinner, the guests hit the dance floor. There were more EDM songs to come, like Would You Ever by Skrillex & Poo Bear and Tell Me You Love Me by Galantis & Throttle. They also had some more mainstream tunes, including Higher Love by Kygo and Whitney Houston, and Sugar, We’re Going Down by Fall Out Boy. 


Giant glow sticks helped to create a rave-y vibe, and this close group of friends and family danced all night. When they needed a break, they took pictures at our contactless photo booth


When all was over, Becky and Josh got a send-off under the glow sticks, bringing this perfect day to an end. 


Photos by Photography by Brea


Even with a much smaller guest list, weddings like Josh and Becky’s make us feel like things are (almost) back to normal. We’re looking forward to more weddings in the fall! 


To schedule a DJ for your wedding or minimony, fill out our online info form. We’re available for weddings in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and more.  

Matthew & Allison’s Rosewood Farms Wedding

Matthew and Allison’s July Rosewood Farms wedding took advantage of this venue’s gorgeous views and chic modern barns.

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Baltimore Wedding DJ
Steve Hartka

If it weren’t for the face masks, Matthew and Allison’s sunny July wedding at Rosewood Farms would have felt like a pre-pandemic celebration. 


It was our first time at this modern barn venue in Elkton, MD, but we’re already looking forward to going back. And it’s a good thing — we have 10 more weddings booked there over the next 10 months! 


Rosewood was a winery and chicken farm when the Biddle family snapped it up in 2017. Now, it has a modern pastoral vibe, with chic barn spaces in cool, soothing colors and updated farmhouse decor. Complete with a pond and plenty of greenery, Rosewood Farms is equally suited to an elegant black-tie wedding or an indie bohemian fete.


Although most summer weddings opt for outdoor ceremonies, Matthew and Allison held theirs inside the stunning (and climate controlled!) Rustic Barn. A cool grey on the outside, the barn opens up to reveal a huge, bright space with whitewashed walls and vaulted ceilings. Tons of windows and two rows of matching chandeliers keep the room feeling light and airy. 


Photo by Right Start Photography

Photo by Right Start Photography


Allison entered the ceremony to the classic Canon in D by Pachelbel, captured by the team at Right Start Photography. After the couple exchanged their vows, the party enjoyed happy hour on the patio outside, taking in the views. Then, everyone moved to the other barn on the property — The Rose Barn — for dinner and reception. 


Photo by Right Start Photography


The Rose Barn is over 6,000 square feet of reception space. Painted a lovely blue-grey on the outside, the ballroom inside boasts an 8 foot chandelier and grand stone fireplace. Painted a crisp white with rustic beams on the 20 foot ceilings, this air-conditioned space let Allison and Matthew’s guests enjoy the night in comfort and style. 


Photo by Right Start Photography


The bride and groom made their entrance to Can’t Stop the Feeling! by Justin Timberlake — a wedding favorite. For their first dance, Allison and Matthew chose From the Ground Up by Dan + Shay. It’s one of our top country wedding songs! Then, Allison and her father danced to Daddy’s Angel by T Carter, a wedding focused songwriter and producer.


After dinner, the dance floor opened up with tunes like: 



While the party continued, the Right Start team snuck the couple away for some stunning photos in front of a fiery sunset. 


Photo by Right Start Photography


After the last song — Closing Time by Semisonic — the happy couple said their goodbyes under a sparkler send-off. 


Photo by Right Start Photography


We were so thrilled to be part of Matthew and Allison’s big day, and to visit Rosewood Farms for the first time. We’re looking forward to many events there in the future! 


Maryland’s DJ is working with wedding parties of all sizes to help them create the perfect event during these unusual times. Whether you’re holding a minimony, micro wedding, or larger event, we’d love to talk about how to make your day special. 


Fill out our online form to get in touch with one of our DJs!


Header photo by Right Start Photography

Glenview Mansion

A Glenview Mansion wedding let's couples take advantage of one of the loveliest historic sites in Rockville. After a formal ceremony, get ready to party!

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A visit to Rockville, Maryland’s Glenview Mansion is like stepping back in time. This unique 1926 building sits on 28 acres of mature grounds, hidden away inside the 153-acre Rockville Civic Center Park.


Its Neo-Classical Revival architecture features a white, columned portico flanked by two symmetrical stone wings. The combination of the crisp white central facade with the rugged brown stone is both stately and unexpected. 


Photo by Dani Leigh Photography

History of Glenview Mansion

This property was originally the home of Richard Johns Bowie, local judge and farmer. It was purchased in 1917 by wealthy couple Irene and William Smith, who hired high-end architects from Washington, DC to turn it into a country estate. Bowie's original farmhouse was actually incorporated into the center of the new mansion!


Photo by Dani Leigh Photography


In 1936, the owners had a “small” playhouse built for their daughter, Betsy. It’s since been converted to The Cottage, complete with sunroom and stone fireplace. Some playhouse!  


The venue is now the property of the City of Rockville, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. 

Glenview Mansion Weddings 

Glenview Mansion is one of our favorite venues in Rockville. Both the indoor and outdoor spaces are simply stunning, from the formal gardens to the marble-floored conservatory. 


Ceremonies can be held in the Front Mall, Bowling Green, or level 2 of the Formal Gardens. The Mall and Bowling Green can each seat up to 200 guests, while the Formal Gardens can seat 150. The Formal Gardens is our favorite space, shaded by mature trees and ringed by lovely stone walls. 


Photo by Dani Leigh Photography


Photo by Photography By Brea


Couples can also have smaller wedding ceremonies inside the mansion’s Conservatory. The Conservatory features a blue/green marble floor and huge windows, and can seat up to 75 guests. 


For receptions, the Front Mall can be tented to fit up to 200 guests for dinner. Some couples have also split up their reception, holding dinner in the tent and dancing inside the Conservatory where it’s cooler. 


Photo by Photography By Brea


The mansion’s dining room is another dining option for more intimate weddings. The room has floor-to-ceiling arched windows and handsome paneled walls for a reception of up to 50 people. 


During the reception, the 2nd floor Glenview Mansion Art Gallery will be open to your guests. They can wander about and enjoy the exhibits when they need a few minutes to cool down from the dance party below. 


Although this historic venue seems like it would be buttoned up, it’s actually pretty welcoming to the party crowd — event contracts can go all the way until 1:00 AM! So make sure to hire a long-haul DJ for your wedding at Glenview Mansion. You don’t want the music to flag before you’re ready! 


Contact us today to talk about our availability for your Glenview Mansion wedding!


Header photo by Photography By Brea

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