Wedding Overview

Welcome to the wonderful world of wedding planning! I sincerely mean that too.  This should be an fun experience for the both of you exploring all kinds of ideas and thinking of all the different possibilities for the day – it’s exciting!  During the planning process a ton of decisions will be made and selecting the right DJ is going to be a huge one.  We truly have the biggest impact compared to any other vendor.  If you have a bad photographer or videographer only the two of you will know.  The flowers are not quite what they were supposed to be?  Again, only the two of you will know.  Have a bad DJ?  Oh boy – everyone will know and they will be reminded all night long.  Your hard work, time, and money spent can single handedly be overthrown by this one person.  It’s actually kind of crazy the power we have over your wedding (insert evil laugh).

Within this section you will find a brief overview about how we handle your wedding and how seriously they are taken.  For an in-depth description please contact me and I will email you our brochure.  It contains a wealth of detailed information about every element during your big day and will be a life saver when hiring your DJ.  Even if we are completely booked on your date and can not provide entertainment for you I hope to at least educate you on how much responsibility and influence this person will have during your wedding.  Plus if we are completely booked I can still point you in the right direction for other great DJs.

From one vendor to another- Must be the Music and Mike Simmons are one of our favorite DJ’s to work with. Whenever we see clients have booked Must be the Music we already know it is going to be an amazing night. We even had two corporate Holiday Parties fighting over Mike specially, and ended up booking him for the next 3 years to ensure they got him! Not only is Mike AMAZING at his job, but he is someone we consider family! If an upbeat- music filled event is what you are looking for Must be the Music is the right choice!

Jessica Sterling, The Waterfall

“Mike was AMAZING from start to finish when it came to being our wedding DJ. He was in constant communication with us during our entire wedding planning process…And, overall he just has an awesome yet professional personality that made it so fun to work him. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a DJ for their special event!

Amanda, Via Wedding Wire


The ceremony is a different situation than the reception. Instead of a traditional DJ you need more of a sound engineer that will be able to play the right music at the right times. Even if you are having a string quartet they will probably need to be amplified depending on your location and guest count. Regardless who handles the music you will need to use microphones. If not, only the first few rows will be able to hear anything. There is nothing worse than sitting through a ceremony and having no clue what is being said. Your friends and loved ones have come to not only see you get married, but hear it as well. We put a small microphone on the officiant and the groom which will allow all three of you to be heard. Because we use two mics, there will always be a back up in case of equipment failure. If anyone of your guests are giving a reading during the ceremony a microphone on a stand will be provided off to the side.

Another important aspect is the sound system used. There is no point in using microphones if people can’t hear the audio clearly. Two speakers are used to cover the entire ceremony area with sound. Since there two speakers it again serves as a backup plan. We try to be out of the way as possible. Setups are minimal and discrete.

There are a lot of logistics and things to take into consideration during your ceremony. That is why you need more than just a person pressing the play button. You need someone with the knowledge and experience to ensure that everything will go perfectly. Invest in a company that can handle all of technical and musical requirements at this pivotal moment.

I have been in and to many weddings and ours was one of the only ones where the mic was not too quiet or did not cut out during the ceremony, which happened to be outside and on the water (lots of noise factors!).

Julia, Via Wedding Wire

“Mike was AMAZING from start to finish when it came to being our wedding DJ. He was in constant communication with us during our entire wedding planning process…And, overall he just has an awesome yet professional personality that made it so fun to work him. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a DJ for their special event!

Melissa Sapio, Catering Sales Manager, Winterthur


This is it!  All the endless hours of planning, researching, emails, phone calls, meetings, and money spent are going to finally payoff.  However, your DJ is going to be the one variable that will either knock it out of the park or fall short of your expectations leaving you and your guests feeling a slight to severe degree of disappoint.  Even if you are reading this from across the country – I don’t want you to be disappointed.  What I want is for you and everyone in attendance to be blown away and remember this special night forever.  The DJ is going to be responsible for the vast majority of making this happen.

We do so much more than just play music.  Ask any wedding coordinator, photographer, or previous bride.  We are pre-wedding organizers, day of planners, master of ceremonies, technical support, team leaders, and guest relations to name a few.  All of these things need to be accomplished while keeping the right music playing at the right times.  It takes serious experience, multi-tasking abilities, and self-confidence to handle everything at once.  Put yourself at ease throughout this process knowing that you have hired a true professional.  This investment will ensure that you are going to have the best time possible at your own wedding while creating lifetime memories with the people you love.

…it was hands down a perfect DJ experience. Working with Mike is also a breeze. He is very laid back and extremely helpful with picking songs out for different parts of the ceremony, cocktail hour, entrance, cake cutting, etc. I would recommend Must be the Music DJs to anyone looking for a wedding DJ. Out of all the weddings I have ever been to and DJs I have heard Mike is simply the best.

Ryan, Via Google Reviews

I absolutely love working with Mike Simmons from Must Be The Music DJs. He is a true professional in every way! Mike really plays the best music, and fills the dance floor at every event.

Michelle Quirk, Day of Coordinator: Greenery Caters - Official Catering for Carriage House


Lighting at your venue will be the best investment in decor you can make. There is nothing else that will have the same impact. It is also very cost effective considering how much money can be spent on things like flowers, upgraded linens, and such. When the house lights are dimmed for dancing all of those other things disappear. That is when the lighting fully takes over and your room comes alive. Here are some options.

Uplighting $400

Uplights are small lighting units that are strategically placed on the floor around the perimeter of your venue. The lights will illuminate the walls from floor to ceiling and match the feel or theme of your wedding. Uplights do not take away from the beauty of a room – they enhance it. Ballrooms feel grand and smaller venues feel warm and cozy. It will take the atmosphere of your room the next level and your guests will be absolutely wowed from beginning to end. The uplighting is also in sync with the mood of the evening. Elegant staying one color in the beginning as everyone enters and then creating excitement with different color programs as dancing starts. We use as many light fixtures as needed to have the room look its best. You don’t want it too much or too little, just perfect. Between our lighting and the seamless mix of music we can turn your wedding venue into another world. It is quite magical really.

This video will show you what a difference uplighting creates in a number of different settings. If your venue is local to the area there is a good chance that we have extended footage of your specific room.

“Initially I didn’t think the uplighting was necessary, but it truly made the reception space look great. I am very glad we decided to do it.

Nicole, Via The Knot

Definitely chip in for the uplighting—shows off the best of the venue and adds ambience.

Amanda, Via Wedding Wire

Your Name in Lights $300

A custom design or monogram is created just for you and will be displayed on the wall or dance floor. This adds a very personal touch to your wedding and the room truly feels like it is yours.

Black Light Option $250

This is very cool. The last hour or so of the evening only UV black lights are used and white gloves are given out. The whole dance floor becomes a sea of dark bodies, illuminated hands, and people just letting loose due to lack of light. Don’t think high school black light dance – no one is going to be wearing neon clothing. However as the bride you will be the only one wearing white (better be anyway) and will literally be glowing. Epic-ness.

Wedding FAQ

How much do you charge?2020-06-04T11:18:59-04:00

That really depends on what you need. Please visit the contact page and lets talk. I will be able to give you options with an accurate quote after I have some details.

Do you price match?2020-06-04T11:19:07-04:00

No. If I started doing that then we would be the same price as the person has no experience, terrible equipment, steals their music, and ultimately ruins weddings. The DJ industry is a completely individualized and custom service opposed to an identically mass produced product. If you are buying a car then yes you absolutely get the cheapest price possible. Not with this though. No two DJs are going to be the same. Just because someone “DJs” does not mean they know how to handle your wedding. I hate to sound so harsh but like most things in life you usually get what you pay for. On the flip side sometimes you don’t actually get what you paid for, which is even worse in my opinion. I would rather have someone under promise me and over deliver than vice versa. It’s a tough choice with a lot of variables. Just remember your wedding is a one shot deal with no retakes.

Come on…Don’t you just play music and say a few things?2020-06-04T11:22:00-04:00

Hopefully at this point you have read all the information above and are just messing with me…you rascal.

I have a friend that DJs and he said he would “hook us up”. We are thinking of just using him…2020-06-04T11:19:14-04:00

If he a true professional who entertains at weddings on a consistent basis that is awesome. Total score. However, if he is not then I would be very cautious. Usually the outcome of these situations end with the friend heavily partaking in eating, drinking, and talking to people they have not seen in a while. It turns into more of a guest at the wedding who is playing music. They will not be dedicated, focused, or know the logistics like someone hired specifically for your wedding and who has their reputation on the line.

Can I make song requests?2020-06-04T11:20:15-04:00

Absolutely. Not only can you make requests but we ask what you do not want to hear as well.

Do you have a list of the most popular wedding songs?2020-06-04T11:20:23-04:00

Nah…I want your wedding unique and memorable, not just blending in with the others. Choosing music for your crowd is something a DJ should feel in the moment and not pre-programmed from a standard list. Every client and crowd is different. It is the DJs job to figure out what to play throughout each part of the night.

Do you have a video testimonial at the end of a wedding from the bride & groom?2020-06-04T11:20:25-04:00

No. Even though it would look great online I would never ever ever ever bother a couple at the end of their wedding for a testimonial. Selfish and tacky. This isn’t a game show. Let them leave flying high all hopped up on wedding bliss. That’s just me though…

Do you bring lighting for the dance floor?2020-06-04T11:22:14-04:00

Not unless requested. You don’t want your DJs wedding setup to look like a high school dance. Not only from an aesthetics perspective you also don’t want a bunch of colored dots all over your guests in pictures. That is where uplighting creates an elegant and fun atmosphere while being unobtrusive in your pictures.

My Venue / Photo Booth / Florist offers uplighting. Who should I use?2020-06-04T11:20:27-04:00

This is really the DJs department. Our uplights are going to be higher quality units which means it will look better and have advanced features like changing colors and synchronize with the music. Other than DJs, most other people use older style lights with lamps. They are cheap, stay one color, not very vivid, big, get really hot, and are just basically ugly. We are meticulous about the placement and spacing of the lights – others are not. We can control the feeling of the lights with the music during dancing – others can not. Music and lights – that’s us.

When should I book my wedding DJ?2020-06-04T11:22:27-04:00

As soon as you find someone you love. That goes for any vendor that can only be in one place at one time. Dates can go at anytime.

What type of equipment do you use?2020-06-04T11:20:29-04:00

I could rattle off brands but that would probably do you no good. We are very much into the tech side of this so we only use the highest quality equipment. It is the most reliable and sounds the best. Every DJ company says they use “top of the line equipment” and I always laugh when I see what they are actually using. Lots of cheap setups, bad sound, and unreliable. There is only a handful of us truly using the best of the best.

Do you have back up equipment?2020-06-04T11:22:36-04:00

Heck yes! For every single piece used. Like everything electronic you just never know. Fail to plan – plan to fail.

What are you wearing?2020-06-04T11:20:33-04:00

You so naaaasty…Oh – for the wedding…right. Normally a suit unless that does not match your theme. Our goal is to be one step below the groom and one step above your guests.

What time do you arrive?2020-06-04T11:22:45-04:00

Normally around three hours prior. Maybe a little more or a little less depending on what is needed that day. Setting up won’t take nearly that long but we like a lot of extra time to go over notes or plan or the unplanned like a flat tire. Music will always be playing before the actual start time.

Do you require a vendor meal?2020-06-04T11:20:36-04:00

No. Walk away from any DJ who requires a meal. They will either eat in front of your guests or leave the room unattended for a long period of time. They should be excited for your wedding – not the free food.

What if you get sick and can not make it the wedding?2020-06-04T11:20:57-04:00

I have DJ’d in pretty bad shape before and the show must go on. A true entertainer will have that mentality. Missing a wedding would not even enter into their minds. If there was a real emergency that was truly out of our hands we do have a network of friends within the industry. It would have to be major though. So major you would feel extremely concerned for our well being. To date this has never happened. Please knock on something for us.

Do you have liability insurance?2020-06-04T11:21:02-04:00

Yes. Not only is this a requirement of most venues it is a way to weed out who is doing this seriously and who is not.

Can we attend a wedding and check you out?2020-06-04T11:21:11-04:00

I am really really sorry, but no. That would not be fair or right to the client. Run from anyone who allows this. Our focus is on the current event, not booking the next one. Please do check out online reviews though.

Everything sounds great. Very informative. What is the next step?2020-06-04T11:30:55-04:00

Please use the contact page to email or call. I love talking weddings.

We were 100 percent pleased!! All music played was awesome.. exactly what we were looking for. Everyone had such an amazing time and you kept that dance floor packed the whole time!! Job well done! Thanks for making our wedding such an memorable experience!!!

Tracey, Via Email Followup

Wedding Pricing

Weddings start at $1250 but to give you an exact price I will need some information from you. Please email or call and we talk about exactly what is required for your wedding. After that I can give you an accurate quote. I am by no mean a “salesman” so there are no high pressure commitments or pushy tactics. Just honest information. Let’s talk.


We were very pleased with Mike. He created flow, chose great songs, and kept the volume at a reasonable level, per our request. He is truly a nice guy and does a great job at a fair price. We absolutely recommend him.


Cynthia & Vinnie, Via Wedding Wire

“…The services far exceed the expense”

Dan & Justin , Via Wedding Wire

“…Many other DJs I interviewed had a base “package” and then expensive upgrades but Must Be The Music DJs gave us a very fair price with everything included. I highly recommended this vendor and will gladly rehire them for any future DJ needs.”


Elle & Daniel, Via The Knot