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DJ By Design | Syracuse Weddings

Baldwinsville , NY
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LOCATION

Syracuse Wedding Studios, 7271 State Fair Blvd, Suite 3
Baldwinsville, NY US 13027 (map)

PHONE

315-382-2275

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Experience the peace of mind that only comes from hiring a boutique-style wedding planning and production company! We take on only a limited number of clients each year so we can devote... Read more
Experience the peace of mind that only comes from hiring a boutique-style wedding planning and production company! We take on only a limited number of clients each year so we can devote the needed time to discuss and arrange every aspect of your day, designing yours and each guest's experience from the ground up!

Exceptional, modern weddings are ALL we do!! You'll benefit from having our close knit team on hand, each dedicated to specific essential ceremony and reception services. From hosting, music, and designer lighting, to invitation art, calligraphy, booth photography and candid video production, come see why savvy couples across the country choose Team By Design to handle their Central New York Destination Wedding!

With upfront pricing and hassle-free policies, we make wedding planning fun and easy! Visit our site and review what others have experienced with us, or better yet, call us for a no-obligation Interview and see if we're the right fit for you! Read less

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INFO FOR DJ

Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
We consider ourselves fresh but conservative hosts, dignified and family friendly. We cater to an atmosphere of elegance and know how to set the right energy to ensure that EVERYONE stays connected to the event.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
We strive to fulfill all we can within the realm of our client's wishes.
What is your usual attire?
We dress appropriate for each occasion: a shirt, tie and vest comes standard for our crew. If more or less is required, you may dictate our fashion sense and we'll follow suit :)
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
While we our confident in our library, if for whatever reason we don't already own the song you want, we'll obtain it at no extra cost.
How many other DJs do you work with?
DJ By Design is made up of two hosts who are long-immersed in their field and masters of their craft. We also have two dedicated assistants and a two-person camera crew for events requesting photo or video coverage.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
We are a 'boutique' style business in that we only take on one event per day, and as such you have us at your disposal ALL DAY for ONE price!
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
We insist on it. Whether in person or by online video conference, matching your personality to the right host is essential to the success of your event.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
We've performed for several, including Native American, Irish, Italian, Asian and Indian weddings.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
What you want omitted is often more important that what's played! So, yes, we always encourage a do-not-play list.
Do you bring your own equipment?
We've invested handsomely in the most reliable wireless professional audio system currently available! We can put sound everywhere throughout your venue: upstairs, in multiple rooms, even outside! ...And all at the perfect volume for each individual location.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
We install our lighting the same way we do sound: low-profile. Lighting is there to establish energy (when its called for) and maintain atmosphere throughout. We include dancefloor lighting with every package. Additional enhancements are available for varying needs and budgets.
How much time do you usually need to set up? Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
We arrive well in advance and will coordinate with the venue to ensure availability. We require a minimum of one hour for sound, and up to three hours for advanced lighting, photobooth, staging and video coverage. A single 4 foot table is suitable, whether supplied by the house or ourselves.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
We proudly keep a low-profile and are fully adaptable to any space.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
We refrain from all forms of advertizing at formal events, including signs, banners, or fanned-out business cards. None are appropriate to have displayed at your wedding. If guests wish to engage us about our services, we'll happily offer a card and request to meet them after so that attention is not diverted from the job at hand.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
We believe that while every DJ should be engaging in their speech and delivery, it should never be overdone. Our hosts employ the mic with warm, natural, and relevant dialogue only when called for.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Every crowd is different, and we will have planned extensively enough with you to know what to expect from your families and friends. Dancing and the party that makes it happen is only ever the result of good planning...
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We do not take breaks. We truly appreciate it when we are served a meal as we are often the first people on site at your event and one of the last to leave. It can make for a long day. yet, when we do dine, we do so from our booth (or elsewhere should you prefer) but always out of the view of guests and always at the helm to handle changes in music.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
Again, no breaks! We perform the entire time. We do not employ automatic playlists for any portion of your event, as the mood can shift at any moment and we need to be at the ready to make adjustments when called for.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
While we've never needed to tap them, we know several qualified hosts locally who are pre-arranged-for on standby for every client in case something unforeseeable confronts us.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Never. We book one event per day. You won't ever see us rush through one reception to make another.
What is your overtime rate?
Since we book ALL DAY, we do not employ hourly rates, and therefore no overtime rates! You get us for as long as you need us!
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Even in this terrible economy with fuel costs on the constant rise, we've kept our bridal packages all inclusive with NO additional charge for travel for up to one hour from Syracuse. We offer a low flat rate to anywhere else in the state!
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
One deposit covers all services you require no matter how many or how few. $500 secures your day in full.

INFO FOR RENTALS & PHOTOBOOTHS

What items are available for rental?
Decor, Lights, Photo Booth, Staff
Do you offer delivery, setup, and breakdown services?
Breakdown, Delivery, Setup
Do you have a showroom available for the client to come preview rental items?
We do indeed. Give us a call to set up an appointment.
How far in advance do you suggest reserving rental items?
Rental items are limited and are on a first-come-first-served basis. There's no such thing as too early. Generally, summer engagements have rentals booked 3-4 months in advance.
Can the order be modified close to the event date?
Yes. You can always add to your order right up to the day of, if what you need is still available, however, we do require a restocking fee if you choose to downsize your order within 30 days of your event.
What if I need to cancel my order?
We will happily postpone your rental without penalty for up to 6 months as long as we are notified within 60 days of your event. However, narrow-window postponements incur a penalty charge in the same manner as cancellations: Those made 60 days or more prior to your event incur no charge. 45 days before deducts 30% of your refund, 30 days or less deducts 50%.
What are your hours of delivery?
We deliver as needed - as early as 9 am and until 9 pm, most calendar days.
Do you have a minimum order size for delivery?
There is no minimum order size. Our packages are all inclusive and there are no hidden charges.

INFO FOR INVITATIONS

Do you offer a catalog of products or custom products?
Custom Products
Do you handle design, printing, and assembly?
Assembly, Design, Printing
Describe the types of invitations that you offer:
We create entirely unique invitations for each client! NO TEMPLATES! We can digitally design a completely custom invitation and RSVP card, letter your outer envelopes entirely by hand for a personal touch, and to polish it off, we also create hand-lettered greetings on an easel for your reception hall entry-way, plus programs, seating charts, table & name cards... whatever you require!
What is your average turnaround time, from initial contact to shipment?
Our turnaround times vary with the size of each order and the time of year. Generally in winter, we only need about a week to fill most orders, whereas amidst bridal season from April to October, that time can double or triple.
Are you able to meet clients in person to showcase your product?
Absolutely, in fact we prefer it! Why would we bring samples when we can create custom calligraphy on original-print stationery right in front of you?
Is there a minimum order requirement?
No job is too small!

INFO FOR LIGHTING & DECOR

What type of events do you produce?
Corporate Events, Private Parties, Weddings
Which of the following services do you provide?
Audiovisuals, Day-of Coordination, Decorative Draping, Entertainment, Event Concept & Design, Event Décor, Event Lighting, Event Planning, Venue Selection

INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Double Weddings
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Partial Planning
How many planners do you work with?
We coordinate with a number of wedding professionals, both on site the day of, and prior to your event. We can either act in the capacity of banquet oversight or join forces with a privately contracted organizer.
What style of wedding do you specialize in planning?
DJ By Design caters to elegance first. Weddings are dignified occasions and we treat them as such. We give each guest the respect they deserve and acknowledge every wish from our clients, working hard to create a fun and memorable atmosphere for all to enjoy!
Do you support or cater to any specific religions?
We have been asked to perform for a variety of spiritual backgrounds and are sensitive to the musical palettes of each. We have been sought after by Buddhist and conservative Christian organizations, including Jehovah's Witnesses, largely because of our knowledge and committed sensitivity to the appropriateness of selected music, as well as what might be considered unfavorable when making announcements. Our religiously-inclined clients have rested easy in our capable hands. You will too!
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
Our largest formal reception consisted upwards of 600 guests for an outdoor wedding. And at a country wedding in recent years, we played for nearly 1000. We can confidently handle crowds of virtually any size. If the venue can hold 'em, so can we :)
Which venues have you worked at or are familiar with?
There is simply not an establishment in the Syracuse area we are unfamiliar with. Beyond immediate Central NY, we have played as far south as Binghamton, Ithaca and Cortland, at various hotels, Belhurst Castle of Canandaigua, Greystone of Canastota, The Red Mill Inn of Baldwinsville, Justin's Grill & The Genesee Grand. Let's not forget our northern sites as well near the St. Lawrence and Alexandria Bay, plus convention centers as far east as Albany and the outskirts of NYC, and western hotspots in Rochester, Buffalo and Erie. Yep... we've been around :)

REVIEWS

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Lisa
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Thank you to you and your crew.you made my kids day special.and you all did a great job.my son said when he gets married he is going to use you... and thank you so much for helping in dealing with the crazy Ness of our family... and thank you for helping tasha and kenny have a moment for her grand parents ...
Thank you to you and your crew.you made my kids day special.and you all did a great job.my son said when he gets married Read more...
Thank you to you and your crew.you made my kids day special.and you all did a great job.my son said when he gets married he is going to use you... and thank you so much for helping in dealing with the crazy Ness of our family... and thank you for helping tasha and kenny have a moment for her grand parents ... Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Invitations, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Unique Services
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Natasha
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Carl helped so much with most of my wedding. We met 4 times in person, he called to help keep track of things, kept in touch through text message and facebook. He provided all of the lighting for my ceremony, and all of the entertainment. He connected me to my photographer, and helped me with my venue.

He worked with me on payment as my husband and I ran into several rough patches financially. As well as when my grandfather passed he was understanding and allowed me time to contact him back regarding plans.

Some nights he would stay up late just so I could get him my music list, the venue's number to help set a meeting time with the venue owner. He was patient when helping to plan my agenda and left room for last minute changes.

He exceeded my expectations! My Ceremony and Reception were both at Mexico VFW. The ceremony was outside. When I got there for the ceremony I found out there was a graduation party as well in the pavilion. Carl played all the songs and provided the equipment necessary for the ceremony, and he managed not to interrupt the graduation party that was going on.

During the reception the lighting was amazing, he did everything I requested. The music was perfect. Everything was personalized to what we needed.

Thank you so much Carl!
Carl helped so much with most of my wedding. We met 4 times in person, he called to help keep track of things, kept in Read more...
Carl helped so much with most of my wedding. We met 4 times in person, he called to help keep track of things, kept in touch through text message and facebook. He provided all of the lighting for my ceremony, and all of the entertainment. He connected me to my photographer, and helped me with my venue.

He worked with me on payment as my husband and I ran into several rough patches financially. As well as when my grandfather passed he was understanding and allowed me time to contact him back regarding plans.

Some nights he would stay up late just so I could get him my music list, the venue's number to help set a meeting time with the venue owner. He was patient when helping to plan my agenda and left room for last minute changes.

He exceeded my expectations! My Ceremony and Reception were both at Mexico VFW. The ceremony was outside. When I got there for the ceremony I found out there was a graduation party as well in the pavilion. Carl played all the songs and provided the equipment necessary for the ceremony, and he managed not to interrupt the graduation party that was going on.

During the reception the lighting was amazing, he did everything I requested. The music was perfect. Everything was personalized to what we needed.

Thank you so much Carl! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Invitations, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Videography, Unique Services
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Dj by Design has serviced two of my events and has always accommodated all of my requests. Extremely professional and dedicated to providing the best service possible.
Dj by Design has serviced two of my events and has always accommodated all of my requests. Extremely professional and Read more...
Dj by Design has serviced two of my events and has always accommodated all of my requests. Extremely professional and dedicated to providing the best service possible. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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brandon
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Carl was flexible with our needs, offered great suggestions, and was fun to work with. The 'shoe game' in particular was a big hit. Carl's videographer was fantastic, creative and gave us something we'll enjoy for years to come. Every member of Carl's team went above and beyond to make our day special, significant and truly memorable, for us, and for our guests.
Carl was flexible with our needs, offered great suggestions, and was fun to work with. The 'shoe game' in particular was a Read more...
Carl was flexible with our needs, offered great suggestions, and was fun to work with. The 'shoe game' in particular was a big hit. Carl's videographer was fantastic, creative and gave us something we'll enjoy for years to come. Every member of Carl's team went above and beyond to make our day special, significant and truly memorable, for us, and for our guests. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Videography
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Sue Nee
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
As soon as we met Carl, my husband and I knew that we wanted to work with him. He has an ease about him when he talks to you which makes you feel like you've known him forever, and my husband and I felt like he would treat our wedding day with as much personal care as if he were planning his own wedding.

His passion for his work shows through what he says (in person and on his beautiful website) and does. He has a good sense of music; when we came up with a list of artists we liked and wanted to play at our wedding, he could suggest similar artists that would complement our tastes. He draws from his experience in telling us what works and what doesn't, and always has great ideas on how to do things tactfully and naturally. My parents who had sworn they would not dance were pulling others on to the dance floor that night. There never seems to be a forced, awkward moment when he's in charge. Everything just seems to come together naturally.

He also does not shy away from stepping out of his comfort zone. When my husband and I decided to have a Korean ceremony in addition to our traditional Western ceremony, we had no idea what we were getting into, much less Carl, who had not had any experience with it prior to our ceremony. However, we had friends telling us after our ceremony that it seemed like Carl had done it many times before.

The enthusiasm for what he is doing, the ease of his manner, his previous experience, and his willingness to try new things are all reasons why everyone should hire Carl and his crew if they can. In my opinion, they went above and beyond my expectations on the services I received at their price point. I would highly recommend just giving Carl a call and talking to him to see what I mean. I wish Carl and his crew all the best in future endeavors, and am looking for another excuse to hire them again!

P.S. They provided videography services for my wedding as well, which I will review separately.
As soon as we met Carl, my husband and I knew that we wanted to work with him. He has an ease about him when he talks to Read more...
As soon as we met Carl, my husband and I knew that we wanted to work with him. He has an ease about him when he talks to you which makes you feel like you've known him forever, and my husband and I felt like he would treat our wedding day with as much personal care as if he were planning his own wedding.

His passion for his work shows through what he says (in person and on his beautiful website) and does. He has a good sense of music; when we came up with a list of artists we liked and wanted to play at our wedding, he could suggest similar artists that would complement our tastes. He draws from his experience in telling us what works and what doesn't, and always has great ideas on how to do things tactfully and naturally. My parents who had sworn they would not dance were pulling others on to the dance floor that night. There never seems to be a forced, awkward moment when he's in charge. Everything just seems to come together naturally.

He also does not shy away from stepping out of his comfort zone. When my husband and I decided to have a Korean ceremony in addition to our traditional Western ceremony, we had no idea what we were getting into, much less Carl, who had not had any experience with it prior to our ceremony. However, we had friends telling us after our ceremony that it seemed like Carl had done it many times before.

The enthusiasm for what he is doing, the ease of his manner, his previous experience, and his willingness to try new things are all reasons why everyone should hire Carl and his crew if they can. In my opinion, they went above and beyond my expectations on the services I received at their price point. I would highly recommend just giving Carl a call and talking to him to see what I mean. I wish Carl and his crew all the best in future endeavors, and am looking for another excuse to hire them again!

P.S. They provided videography services for my wedding as well, which I will review separately. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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Kevin
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
WIth the passion, detail and care Carl provided us for our DJ needs, we wanted to see what he could provide for videography. He took the time and care, just like as he usally does, to explain what was in the package and the setup of the cameras, the microphones etc. Very detailed and laid out. Not surpisingly, the results were fantastic!

We received both a short video as well as modified version of the entire day which highlighted a good balance of key, personal and candid events. The videos had style and wasn't the typical video of just the entire wedding. Transition scenes were done well, brief interviews were incorporated and different video perspectives as well. The final video was a great product and you can definitely tell that Carl and his crew took the time and the care to produce and capture an important event in our lives that will be with us forever.
WIth the passion, detail and care Carl provided us for our DJ needs, we wanted to see what he could provide for Read more...
WIth the passion, detail and care Carl provided us for our DJ needs, we wanted to see what he could provide for videography. He took the time and care, just like as he usally does, to explain what was in the package and the setup of the cameras, the microphones etc. Very detailed and laid out. Not surpisingly, the results were fantastic!

We received both a short video as well as modified version of the entire day which highlighted a good balance of key, personal and candid events. The videos had style and wasn't the typical video of just the entire wedding. Transition scenes were done well, brief interviews were incorporated and different video perspectives as well. The final video was a great product and you can definitely tell that Carl and his crew took the time and the care to produce and capture an important event in our lives that will be with us forever. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Anna
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Carl and his team were so amazing! They took our personalities into consideration and were incredibly receptive to feedback and last minute changes we wanted. Carl read the crowd well and got everyone involved through creative dance ideas. He wasn't over-involved or pretending to be my best friend, which I appreciated as other DJ's were overwhelming because of those traits. He accommodated all of our requests and really made the party incredibly special for us. Thank you Carl (and team)!!!! ~ Anna & Jon
Carl and his team were so amazing! They took our personalities into consideration and were incredibly receptive to Read more...
Carl and his team were so amazing! They took our personalities into consideration and were incredibly receptive to feedback and last minute changes we wanted. Carl read the crowd well and got everyone involved through creative dance ideas. He wasn't over-involved or pretending to be my best friend, which I appreciated as other DJ's were overwhelming because of those traits. He accommodated all of our requests and really made the party incredibly special for us. Thank you Carl (and team)!!!! ~ Anna & Jon Read less
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Raquel
Wedding:
8/23/2013
5.0/5.0
We hired DJ by design so we could have a different experience with music up here in the North Country (Massena, NY). Carl Naples was always there to answer our questions, work with us on prices, and we feel really got to know us. The DJ services that were provided were great. Carl was professional and funny. He got the guests interested and involved. The photobooth they brought was a huge hit and a ton of fun, we can't wait to see the pictures. They had brought uplighting with them for another event, but used it for our event as well, and it really made the room look the absolute best. I would highly recommend this company to anyone! DJ by design certainly helped make our reception the best night of our lives.
We hired DJ by design so we could have a different experience with music up here in the North Country (Massena, NY). Carl Read more...
We hired DJ by design so we could have a different experience with music up here in the North Country (Massena, NY). Carl Naples was always there to answer our questions, work with us on prices, and we feel really got to know us. The DJ services that were provided were great. Carl was professional and funny. He got the guests interested and involved. The photobooth they brought was a huge hit and a ton of fun, we can't wait to see the pictures. They had brought uplighting with them for another event, but used it for our event as well, and it really made the room look the absolute best. I would highly recommend this company to anyone! DJ by design certainly helped make our reception the best night of our lives. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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Steve
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
we had the privilege of having both hosts at our wedding! Carl and Owen were amazing! We were amazed from the first meeting all the way through the end of the ceremony! The lighting and the music were top notch, as well as the professionalism of all of the dj by design team. I would like to say that we did not only hire a great, experienced and quality team of professionals, we gained a few friends as well. I would recommend this great crew for any event. I plan on asking if they can do more events in the future for us!
we had the privilege of having both hosts at our wedding! Carl and Owen were amazing! We were amazed from the first Read more...
we had the privilege of having both hosts at our wedding! Carl and Owen were amazing! We were amazed from the first meeting all the way through the end of the ceremony! The lighting and the music were top notch, as well as the professionalism of all of the dj by design team. I would like to say that we did not only hire a great, experienced and quality team of professionals, we gained a few friends as well. I would recommend this great crew for any event. I plan on asking if they can do more events in the future for us! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Carl was extremely professional right from the start. We met prior to hiring at the site and his communication throughout the planning process was exceptional and what made this vendor stand out. Entertainment is such a vital part of the success of the party and although I had ideas of what we wanted, Carl really filled in the gaps so I felt confident my requests would be met and the party would flow as planned and it did! We had great sound for the ceremony and cocktail hour and Carls recommendations had our guests dancing throughout the evening right to the end. The photo booth was great fun and I would highly recommend this for any event. We selected a simple lighting package and they created nice ambiance. You can't go wrong hiring this company.
Carl was extremely professional right from the start. We met prior to hiring at the site and his communication throughout Read more...
Carl was extremely professional right from the start. We met prior to hiring at the site and his communication throughout the planning process was exceptional and what made this vendor stand out. Entertainment is such a vital part of the success of the party and although I had ideas of what we wanted, Carl really filled in the gaps so I felt confident my requests would be met and the party would flow as planned and it did! We had great sound for the ceremony and cocktail hour and Carls recommendations had our guests dancing throughout the evening right to the end. The photo booth was great fun and I would highly recommend this for any event. We selected a simple lighting package and they created nice ambiance. You can't go wrong hiring this company. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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Eric
Wedding:
7/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Steve was the DJ for our wedding, and he was absolutely fantastic! He was able to set the mood for the night, and did a wonderful job of being on-time, professional, and was able to roll with some electrical issues that came up throughout the wedding set up. Carl and Steve met with my bride and myself multiple times to discuss and give advice on different aspects of the wedding and reception. Once they found out the atmosphere of the wedding, they knew just how to dress, music styles, and the tempo we wanted for the evening. Even though they just did the music, Steve was at the venue from 12pm to 12am, without as little as a peep of a complaint. I would STRONGLY recommend DJ by Design for anybody that is thinking about getting a DJ for their wedding.
Steve was the DJ for our wedding, and he was absolutely fantastic! He was able to set the mood for the night, and did a Read more...
Steve was the DJ for our wedding, and he was absolutely fantastic! He was able to set the mood for the night, and did a wonderful job of being on-time, professional, and was able to roll with some electrical issues that came up throughout the wedding set up. Carl and Steve met with my bride and myself multiple times to discuss and give advice on different aspects of the wedding and reception. Once they found out the atmosphere of the wedding, they knew just how to dress, music styles, and the tempo we wanted for the evening. Even though they just did the music, Steve was at the venue from 12pm to 12am, without as little as a peep of a complaint. I would STRONGLY recommend DJ by Design for anybody that is thinking about getting a DJ for their wedding. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
DJ by Desgin made our special day absolutely wonderful. Carl and Steve were amazing at meeting our unique request on our wedding day! I would not hesitate to recommend them in the future!
DJ by Desgin made our special day absolutely wonderful. Carl and Steve were amazing at meeting our unique request on our Read more...
DJ by Desgin made our special day absolutely wonderful. Carl and Steve were amazing at meeting our unique request on our wedding day! I would not hesitate to recommend them in the future! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Unique Services
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Jeri
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I had an amazing time planning my wedding with Carl. His personality made me feel confident that my wedding was going to be a successful, which was confirmed on my wedding day. Everything was perfect. He did not push me into doing anything that I did not want and completely focused on what I wanted and how I wanted things to be. At the event itself, Carl and his staff were amazing. They were completely professional, played music that met the mood at the moment, and were interactive rather than just playing music. I even got Carl on the dance floor and ran things for him for a brief moment. They certainly have a lot to offer and make things creative, such as the longevity dance and the shoe swap (which was hiliarious). I cannot say enough about the services they provided. They went above and beyond what I expected. Thank you guys!!!
I had an amazing time planning my wedding with Carl. His personality made me feel confident that my wedding was going to Read more...
I had an amazing time planning my wedding with Carl. His personality made me feel confident that my wedding was going to be a successful, which was confirmed on my wedding day. Everything was perfect. He did not push me into doing anything that I did not want and completely focused on what I wanted and how I wanted things to be. At the event itself, Carl and his staff were amazing. They were completely professional, played music that met the mood at the moment, and were interactive rather than just playing music. I even got Carl on the dance floor and ran things for him for a brief moment. They certainly have a lot to offer and make things creative, such as the longevity dance and the shoe swap (which was hiliarious). I cannot say enough about the services they provided. They went above and beyond what I expected. Thank you guys!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Unique Services
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Private User
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
James from DJ by Design is absolutely fantastic. He worked with some difficult acoustics in a two floor venue, coordinated independently with my Jazz Band, and played a mix of songs that had our mixed-age group dancing all night. I could not be more pleased.
James from DJ by Design is absolutely fantastic. He worked with some difficult acoustics in a two floor venue, coordinated Read more...
James from DJ by Design is absolutely fantastic. He worked with some difficult acoustics in a two floor venue, coordinated independently with my Jazz Band, and played a mix of songs that had our mixed-age group dancing all night. I could not be more pleased. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Casey
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Carl was fantastic. I felt like we got along great and that after all of our emails and meetings that I had a friend working my wedding instead of some stranger. I enjoyed having the balance of working with someone who was very professional but was happy to share a laugh over the crazier wedding concerns.
On the actual wedding day I felt like we were able to stay on the schedule that we had come up with without feeling like it was restricting for anyone. It was great to have someone who could act as an interactive MC with aplomb and not just be some omipotent voice from the corner of the room. When Carl and his team experienced a mild sound mishap in the second half of the reception they worked quickly to fix it and as an apology for the mishap they surprised my husband and I by lighting the trees along the walkway from the reception out to the parking area in these brilliant shades of purple.
The rest of the lighting used in the reception was great as well, they really transformed the space into a chic atmosphere.
Carl and his team also did the lighting and music for our ceremony and I was so blown away by how the ceremony room looked that I actually had to remind myself to look at my groom instead of craning my head around to take everything in.
Overall I would be incredibly happy to recommend Carl, Owen, and the rest of their professional team to anyone looking to have a fun and fabulous wedding.
Working with Carl was fantastic. I felt like we got along great and that after all of our emails and meetings that I had a Read more...
Working with Carl was fantastic. I felt like we got along great and that after all of our emails and meetings that I had a friend working my wedding instead of some stranger. I enjoyed having the balance of working with someone who was very professional but was happy to share a laugh over the crazier wedding concerns.
On the actual wedding day I felt like we were able to stay on the schedule that we had come up with without feeling like it was restricting for anyone. It was great to have someone who could act as an interactive MC with aplomb and not just be some omipotent voice from the corner of the room. When Carl and his team experienced a mild sound mishap in the second half of the reception they worked quickly to fix it and as an apology for the mishap they surprised my husband and I by lighting the trees along the walkway from the reception out to the parking area in these brilliant shades of purple.
The rest of the lighting used in the reception was great as well, they really transformed the space into a chic atmosphere.
Carl and his team also did the lighting and music for our ceremony and I was so blown away by how the ceremony room looked that I actually had to remind myself to look at my groom instead of craning my head around to take everything in.
Overall I would be incredibly happy to recommend Carl, Owen, and the rest of their professional team to anyone looking to have a fun and fabulous wedding. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Andrea and Dustin
Wedding:
12/15/2012
5.0/5.0
DJ by Design was great. We enjoyed all aspects of their services. They were very flexible and respectful to our wishes as we had very unique and challenging circumstances leading up to our wedding. They went above and beyond what was expected of them. I would absolutely recommend them to others.
DJ by Design was great. We enjoyed all aspects of their services. They were very flexible and respectful to our wishes as Read more...
DJ by Design was great. We enjoyed all aspects of their services. They were very flexible and respectful to our wishes as we had very unique and challenging circumstances leading up to our wedding. They went above and beyond what was expected of them. I would absolutely recommend them to others. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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Colleen and Greg
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Carl did our engagement dinner invitations, and I cannot express how happy we were with them! We had pretty specific ideas of how we wanted them to look; color, theme, and even a line art image to represent our line of work. He designed them to fit our vision to a T! They came out so beautiful, and we couldn't have been happier! Thank you, Carl, for your hard work, professionalism, and attention to detail!
Carl did our engagement dinner invitations, and I cannot express how happy we were with them! We had pretty specific ideas Read more...
Carl did our engagement dinner invitations, and I cannot express how happy we were with them! We had pretty specific ideas of how we wanted them to look; color, theme, and even a line art image to represent our line of work. He designed them to fit our vision to a T! They came out so beautiful, and we couldn't have been happier! Thank you, Carl, for your hard work, professionalism, and attention to detail! Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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Krysta319
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
I just want to say DJ by Design was OUT OF THIS WORLD last night at our wedding! From day one, Carl walked us through the entire process step by step. Every time I talked to him he made me more and more excited about our wedding day! I am a person who cannot make decisions and wanted our wedding to be a little different. Carl gave us so many awesome ideas. They did our invatations and were gorgeous! The caligraphy is a beautiful personal touch. When I walked into the venue last night and saw all the awesome pink and white lighting and accent lighting, I cried. It was the most beautiful sight. I was blown away. It was even more amazing than I pictured. All three of you guys were incredible and professional. You made our day perfect. Thanks again you guys!!!!!!
I just want to say DJ by Design was OUT OF THIS WORLD last night at our wedding! From day one, Carl walked us through the Read more...
I just want to say DJ by Design was OUT OF THIS WORLD last night at our wedding! From day one, Carl walked us through the entire process step by step. Every time I talked to him he made me more and more excited about our wedding day! I am a person who cannot make decisions and wanted our wedding to be a little different. Carl gave us so many awesome ideas. They did our invatations and were gorgeous! The caligraphy is a beautiful personal touch. When I walked into the venue last night and saw all the awesome pink and white lighting and accent lighting, I cried. It was the most beautiful sight. I was blown away. It was even more amazing than I pictured. All three of you guys were incredible and professional. You made our day perfect. Thanks again you guys!!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Invitations, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Unique Services
DJ By Design | Syracuse Weddings responded with the following comments:

From the moment we first sat down with Krysta, Bryan and their Best Man and Matron of Honor, it was as if we were all friends catching up, not meeting for business for the first time. I wish we could clone the experience and the chemistry we felt working with this couple and their families. Their trust in us was implicit and well-placed and we didn't take it for granted for one second. Working WITH the two of you planning, and FOR you and and all your guests the night of is THE reason we do what we do for a living as a small, close knit company. We enjoyed ourselves as much as you and will treasure the thanks, the hugs and the endless praises as we relay YOUR wedding day to every future client we meet... Yours truly was a day to remember! Thank you both for such a wonderful experience and this gracious review. We truly love you guys and wish you every good thing! - Carl, Ryan and Owen
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Kevin
Wedding:
9/21/2012
5.0/5.0
I have nothing but praise for Carl and his staff. They are very professional and so easy to work with. Carl did all of the invitations by hand in calligraphy and they were perfect. The lighting was also beautiful. Being the father of the bride, this was a happy but very difficult time for me but Carl made it much easier. We highly recommend him for any event.
I have nothing but praise for Carl and his staff. They are very professional and so easy to work with. Carl did all of the Read more...
I have nothing but praise for Carl and his staff. They are very professional and so easy to work with. Carl did all of the invitations by hand in calligraphy and they were perfect. The lighting was also beautiful. Being the father of the bride, this was a happy but very difficult time for me but Carl made it much easier. We highly recommend him for any event. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Invitations, Lighting & Decor, Unique Services
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Brittney
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
DJ By Design is a wonderful entertainment company. Owen Draughn was an exceptional DJ! He was always there whenever we had a question and was always understanding when we changed the date (by a year) and the vender a few different times! Oh and my Husband and I changed all of the songs (our first dance, mother-son, mother-daughter and introductions) a few days before our wedding. Everyone had a blast at our wedding! The lighting looked amazing. He always let us know ahead of time what the next event was. I would recommend Owen a million times over! He was also dressed very professional! He also helped my sister out last year when the DJ cancelled two weeks before her wedding. He jumped in and helped her out and made her day so much better! Thank you Owen for your great service!
DJ By Design is a wonderful entertainment company. Owen Draughn was an exceptional DJ! He was always there whenever we had Read more...
DJ By Design is a wonderful entertainment company. Owen Draughn was an exceptional DJ! He was always there whenever we had a question and was always understanding when we changed the date (by a year) and the vender a few different times! Oh and my Husband and I changed all of the songs (our first dance, mother-son, mother-daughter and introductions) a few days before our wedding. Everyone had a blast at our wedding! The lighting looked amazing. He always let us know ahead of time what the next event was. I would recommend Owen a million times over! He was also dressed very professional! He also helped my sister out last year when the DJ cancelled two weeks before her wedding. He jumped in and helped her out and made her day so much better! Thank you Owen for your great service! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Morgan
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Owen was FANTASTIC!!! We couldn't have asked for a better DJ. He went above and beyond all of our expectations. He also genuinely cared for the wedding party, he took everyone aside and told them what all was going to happen next so none of us would be surprised. We bounced ideas off of him and he was more than happy to accommodate our needs! He is for sure a 5 out of 5 DJ!!!
Owen was FANTASTIC!!! We couldn't have asked for a better DJ. He went above and beyond all of our expectations. He also Read more...
Owen was FANTASTIC!!! We couldn't have asked for a better DJ. He went above and beyond all of our expectations. He also genuinely cared for the wedding party, he took everyone aside and told them what all was going to happen next so none of us would be surprised. We bounced ideas off of him and he was more than happy to accommodate our needs! He is for sure a 5 out of 5 DJ!!! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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meg
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Carl provided creative calligraphy for my daughter's wedding invitations. Many people called and e-mailed to say how mcuh they loved the envelopes and kept them! He listened to our ideas and then provided samples to choose from. He made the whole experience fun and an adventure!
Carl provided creative calligraphy for my daughter's wedding invitations. Many people called and e-mailed to say how mcuh Read more...
Carl provided creative calligraphy for my daughter's wedding invitations. Many people called and e-mailed to say how mcuh they loved the envelopes and kept them! He listened to our ideas and then provided samples to choose from. He made the whole experience fun and an adventure! Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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Labs
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
DJ by Design could not have been a better choice for us. Being long distance, they provided easy communication that was prompt and professional. The day of the wedding went just as we planned together. They really listened to want we wanted and delivered it to us. They went above and beyond to make our day something that we will never forget. Our guests told us over and over again how they really enjoyed themselves, especially on the dance floor. Thank you DJ by Design!
DJ by Design could not have been a better choice for us. Being long distance, they provided easy communication that was Read more...
DJ by Design could not have been a better choice for us. Being long distance, they provided easy communication that was prompt and professional. The day of the wedding went just as we planned together. They really listened to want we wanted and delivered it to us. They went above and beyond to make our day something that we will never forget. Our guests told us over and over again how they really enjoyed themselves, especially on the dance floor. Thank you DJ by Design! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Jeff
Wedding:
3/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Carl with DJ By Deign was very cordial and very responsive. The DJ/photo booth package that we discussed seems very reasonable, especially since their timeframe was limited to the full day not 4 hrs like all other service providers I spoke with. Even though my fiancé and I did not choose DJ By Design for our wedding (a more local DJ and preferred DJ of our reception hall opened up; pricing simply could not be beat) I would highly recommend Carl and his crew for any event based on their professionalism and customer service.
Carl with DJ By Deign was very cordial and very responsive. The DJ/photo booth package that we discussed seems very Read more...
Carl with DJ By Deign was very cordial and very responsive. The DJ/photo booth package that we discussed seems very reasonable, especially since their timeframe was limited to the full day not 4 hrs like all other service providers I spoke with. Even though my fiancé and I did not choose DJ By Design for our wedding (a more local DJ and preferred DJ of our reception hall opened up; pricing simply could not be beat) I would highly recommend Carl and his crew for any event based on their professionalism and customer service. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Rentals & Photobooths
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Chelsy
Wedding:
12/27/2011
5.0/5.0
DJ By Design was absolutely amazing!!! Carl was our DJ and he is incredibly talented at reading the crowd and picking the perfect songs to keep people on the dance floor. My husband and I gave Carl 100% control for the night and we are so happy we did! Everyone at our wedding was dancing and throughout the whole night! I myself tried to get off the dance floor to have a drink and couldn't because Carl played another song I could not stay off the dance floor from. Carl was great at meeting with us when we needed too and so flexible considering our wedding was in Syracuse NY and we were living in Canada until just before the wedding! Carl also provided us with amateur video which came out great! The sound was perfect and the picture quality was good! Additionally Carl provided us with up lighting for the reception and the shade of purple I wanted was very difficult to get due to it needing to be a dark purple but not black and with no pink but Carl again pulled through and the place looked perfect! Thank you Carl for making our wedding day such a amazing party and making my dreams come true!
DJ By Design was absolutely amazing!!! Carl was our DJ and he is incredibly talented at reading the crowd and picking the Read more...
DJ By Design was absolutely amazing!!! Carl was our DJ and he is incredibly talented at reading the crowd and picking the perfect songs to keep people on the dance floor. My husband and I gave Carl 100% control for the night and we are so happy we did! Everyone at our wedding was dancing and throughout the whole night! I myself tried to get off the dance floor to have a drink and couldn't because Carl played another song I could not stay off the dance floor from. Carl was great at meeting with us when we needed too and so flexible considering our wedding was in Syracuse NY and we were living in Canada until just before the wedding! Carl also provided us with amateur video which came out great! The sound was perfect and the picture quality was good! Additionally Carl provided us with up lighting for the reception and the shade of purple I wanted was very difficult to get due to it needing to be a dark purple but not black and with no pink but Carl again pulled through and the place looked perfect! Thank you Carl for making our wedding day such a amazing party and making my dreams come true! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Crystal
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
It was a great having carl Dj for us he was great !!! he did everything i asked and more . if i needed to reschedule he was willing to do so. Overall i would use them for another party.
It was a great having carl Dj for us he was great !!! he did everything i asked and more . if i needed to reschedule he Read more...
It was a great having carl Dj for us he was great !!! he did everything i asked and more . if i needed to reschedule he was willing to do so. Overall i would use them for another party. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Invitations
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MJohnson2011
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Owen Draugn was the DJ for our wedding. I have never been more impressed with a DJ in my life. He was always available when I called to answer any questions. He met with me several times until we had all the details figured out. He played all requests that my guests and I made and was very friendly. I was also impressed with the fact that he wore a tuxedo on my special day. I had never seen a DJ dress up for any occasion, although it wasn't required, I was very impressed. Thank You Owen
Owen Draugn was the DJ for our wedding. I have never been more impressed with a DJ in my life. He was always available Read more...
Owen Draugn was the DJ for our wedding. I have never been more impressed with a DJ in my life. He was always available when I called to answer any questions. He met with me several times until we had all the details figured out. He played all requests that my guests and I made and was very friendly. I was also impressed with the fact that he wore a tuxedo on my special day. I had never seen a DJ dress up for any occasion, although it wasn't required, I was very impressed. Thank You Owen Read less
Services Used: DJ
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cailey
Wedding:
3/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Carl was absolutely wonderful. He made our day so special.There was a lot of sticker shock initially.But after walking in and seeing our reception venue; we wouldn't have changed a thing. We got way more than we expected.SO SO SO SO Happy! Our reception was everything we hoped for and more! :)
Carl was absolutely wonderful. He made our day so special.There was a lot of sticker shock initially.But after walking in Read more...
Carl was absolutely wonderful. He made our day so special.There was a lot of sticker shock initially.But after walking in and seeing our reception venue; we wouldn't have changed a thing. We got way more than we expected.SO SO SO SO Happy! Our reception was everything we hoped for and more! :) Read less
Services Used: DJ
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charles
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
He provided lights for the reception. They turned out fabulous!!!
He provided lights for the reception. They turned out fabulous!!!
He provided lights for the reception. They turned out fabulous!!! Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
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James
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Carl of DJ By Design was very professional and friendly. He made our wedding more special.
Carl of DJ By Design was very professional and friendly. He made our wedding more special.
Carl of DJ By Design was very professional and friendly. He made our wedding more special. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Meganhall2
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
DJ By Design was amazing. I got married almost 2 years ago now and my husband and I still talk about how amazing our invitations were and how the music MADE our wedding! People stayed for hours dancing! Anything we asked for was provided! I would recommend them to anyone!!
DJ By Design was amazing. I got married almost 2 years ago now and my husband and I still talk about how amazing our Read more...
DJ By Design was amazing. I got married almost 2 years ago now and my husband and I still talk about how amazing our invitations were and how the music MADE our wedding! People stayed for hours dancing! Anything we asked for was provided! I would recommend them to anyone!! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Invitations
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john
Wedding:
8/29/2009
5.0/5.0
A DJ is someone I see as a music provider for an event. The service provided by DJ BY Design is over and beyond my expectations of a typical DJ. This is truely the most PROFESSIONAL DJ service I have ever experienced. From the first contact I was treated with respect, wasn't rushed or felt overwhelmed with decision making. This service provided counsel that made me feel comfortably at ease with my big day. My reception is still talked about almost two years later on how everything went so smoothly. It was DJ By Design that made this a stress free event. The music selection was carefully set to harmonize with my guests of all ages, requests were on hand, and the sound carried out through out our banquet room with clear, crisp and well managed volume to please all my guests ears! A perfect score for a perfect reception! Thanks to DJ By Design!
A DJ is someone I see as a music provider for an event. The service provided by DJ BY Design is over and beyond my Read more...
A DJ is someone I see as a music provider for an event. The service provided by DJ BY Design is over and beyond my expectations of a typical DJ. This is truely the most PROFESSIONAL DJ service I have ever experienced. From the first contact I was treated with respect, wasn't rushed or felt overwhelmed with decision making. This service provided counsel that made me feel comfortably at ease with my big day. My reception is still talked about almost two years later on how everything went so smoothly. It was DJ By Design that made this a stress free event. The music selection was carefully set to harmonize with my guests of all ages, requests were on hand, and the sound carried out through out our banquet room with clear, crisp and well managed volume to please all my guests ears! A perfect score for a perfect reception! Thanks to DJ By Design! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Diana
Wedding:
4/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Professional, personable and flexability is a must in dealing with the public. DJ by Design met and at times exceeded my expectations. Clearly the most reasonable and logical choice to make any event memorable.
Professional, personable and flexability is a must in dealing with the public. DJ by Design met and at times exceeded my Read more...
Professional, personable and flexability is a must in dealing with the public. DJ by Design met and at times exceeded my expectations. Clearly the most reasonable and logical choice to make any event memorable. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Kera
Wedding:
9/28/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were very pleased with DJ by Design. He had every song we wanted, plus really cool ones we didn't even think of. The day went by flawlessly and our DJ was no exception.
My husband and I were very pleased with DJ by Design. He had every song we wanted, plus really cool ones we didn't even Read more...
My husband and I were very pleased with DJ by Design. He had every song we wanted, plus really cool ones we didn't even think of. The day went by flawlessly and our DJ was no exception. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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gmann505
Wedding:
11/12/2006
5.0/5.0
Carl was amazing! Our original DJ fell thru and Carl pick up all the slack. The day of our wedding! We ran out of food and thru Carl's connections he had reinforcements brought in and saved the day. He made all of our announcements and took requests from the guests. If I was going to do it over again I wouldn't change a thing!
Carl was amazing! Our original DJ fell thru and Carl pick up all the slack. The day of our wedding! We ran out of food and Read more...
Carl was amazing! Our original DJ fell thru and Carl pick up all the slack. The day of our wedding! We ran out of food and thru Carl's connections he had reinforcements brought in and saved the day. He made all of our announcements and took requests from the guests. If I was going to do it over again I wouldn't change a thing! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Mrs. G.
Wedding:
8/13/2006
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married on August 13th, 2006. This was a second marriage for both of us. From the time we knew we wanted to get married to the actual date of our marriage was 2 1/2 months! So one can imagine how hectic it was to have everything in place for our special day!
We could not believe how everything DID fall in place for our special day, from the date being available for the one marrying us and the Kingdom Hall where we were getting married, to being able to reserve a wonderful reception hall, to booking a great caterer, to our family and friends who RSVP'd! Well....the morning of our wedding we find out that we were not going to have music at our reception! There had been a problem! I have always known that music can make or break a wedding reception! This is where Carl Naples of DJ By Design comes in!! He just happened to ask me that morning about an hour before I'm to walk down the aisle (as if knowing something) if we had music for our reception. I said "No! There was a problem!", almost in tears! Without hesitation, Carl Naples of DJ By Design said to me, "Not to worry, I will set up my system and play music for the two of you for your reception!" Without even rehearsing, he introduced the wedding party for us and played wonderful music the rest of the night, especially getting ones up and dancing!
When I said that I feel music makes or breaks a wedding reception? Well, Carl Naples of DJ By Design made our wedding reception! And probably everyone who attended our reception, attested to that!
I recommend to ANYONE and EVERYONE to have Carl Naples of DJ By Design take care of your wedding reception music entertainment needs!
Linda Giarrosso,
A very satisfied client!
My husband and I got married on August 13th, 2006. This was a second marriage for both of us. From the time we knew we Read more...
My husband and I got married on August 13th, 2006. This was a second marriage for both of us. From the time we knew we wanted to get married to the actual date of our marriage was 2 1/2 months! So one can imagine how hectic it was to have everything in place for our special day!
We could not believe how everything DID fall in place for our special day, from the date being available for the one marrying us and the Kingdom Hall where we were getting married, to being able to reserve a wonderful reception hall, to booking a great caterer, to our family and friends who RSVP'd! Well....the morning of our wedding we find out that we were not going to have music at our reception! There had been a problem! I have always known that music can make or break a wedding reception! This is where Carl Naples of DJ By Design comes in!! He just happened to ask me that morning about an hour before I'm to walk down the aisle (as if knowing something) if we had music for our reception. I said "No! There was a problem!", almost in tears! Without hesitation, Carl Naples of DJ By Design said to me, "Not to worry, I will set up my system and play music for the two of you for your reception!" Without even rehearsing, he introduced the wedding party for us and played wonderful music the rest of the night, especially getting ones up and dancing!
When I said that I feel music makes or breaks a wedding reception? Well, Carl Naples of DJ By Design made our wedding reception! And probably everyone who attended our reception, attested to that!
I recommend to ANYONE and EVERYONE to have Carl Naples of DJ By Design take care of your wedding reception music entertainment needs!
Linda Giarrosso,
A very satisfied client! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Unique Services
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sharon
Wedding:
7/3/2006
5.0/5.0
my husband and i were verry pleased with the music and how everything was handled , im sure uf you choose carol you will be pleased to
my husband and i were verry pleased with the music and how everything was handled , im sure uf you choose carol you will Read more...
my husband and i were verry pleased with the music and how everything was handled , im sure uf you choose carol you will be pleased to Read less
Services Used: DJ, Invitations, Wedding Planning, Unique Services
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Chris & Kristin
Wedding:
9/25/2005
5.0/5.0
We Hired DJ By Design to DJ our wedding and reception. It was the best experience from start to finish we have ever had.
We Hired DJ By Design to DJ our wedding and reception. It was the best experience from start to finish we have ever had.
We Hired DJ By Design to DJ our wedding and reception. It was the best experience from start to finish we have ever had. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Mark Polly
Wedding:
10/9/2004
5.0/5.0
Carl was great! We were not looking for you average DJ or an MC for our Wedding. Timing was great to. We had background music when needed and dance music as requested with no Chicken Dance of Margarnia.
We would highly recommend Carl to anyone looking for any type of DJ services.
Carl was great! We were not looking for you average DJ or an MC for our Wedding. Timing was great to. We had background Read more...
Carl was great! We were not looking for you average DJ or an MC for our Wedding. Timing was great to. We had background music when needed and dance music as requested with no Chicken Dance of Margarnia.
We would highly recommend Carl to anyone looking for any type of DJ services. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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beaner81
Wedding:
5/1/2004
5.0/5.0
Carl did an absolutely wonderful job with my ceremony and reception music. He knew exactly what to do and when. He was very professional and made it a point to know exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it done it terms of my music selections. I couldn't have asked for a better DJ!
Carl did an absolutely wonderful job with my ceremony and reception music. He knew exactly what to do and when. He was Read more...
Carl did an absolutely wonderful job with my ceremony and reception music. He knew exactly what to do and when. He was very professional and made it a point to know exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it done it terms of my music selections. I couldn't have asked for a better DJ! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Melanie
Wedding:
11/25/2000
5.0/5.0
Carl from DJ By Design helped make our wedding great. The mix of music, the sound level (often TOO loud at events, but just right at ours), the personalization of selections, the crowd interaction... you name it and DJ By Design delivered. The consultation was a breeze, and it was such a pleasure to know that we would not have to worry about that aspect of our wedding... and they delivered. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Use Carl/DJ By Design for any event, and you will be so happy you did.
Carl from DJ By Design helped make our wedding great. The mix of music, the sound level (often TOO loud at events, but Read more...
Carl from DJ By Design helped make our wedding great. The mix of music, the sound level (often TOO loud at events, but just right at ours), the personalization of selections, the crowd interaction... you name it and DJ By Design delivered. The consultation was a breeze, and it was such a pleasure to know that we would not have to worry about that aspect of our wedding... and they delivered. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Use Carl/DJ By Design for any event, and you will be so happy you did. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Kris
Wedding:
9/3/1999
5.0/5.0
Very Professional and was very courteous in as aspects of the job. Excellent job on the music and had more music than ya could shake a stick at for request. Changed up the music on the fly as my wife and I felt we needed to change our original choices to get more people on the dance floor. IT WORKED!! Imagine how much more music he has now as our wedding and reception was September 3rd 1999. Highly recommended!!
Very Professional and was very courteous in as aspects of the job. Excellent job on the music and had more music than ya Read more...
Very Professional and was very courteous in as aspects of the job. Excellent job on the music and had more music than ya could shake a stick at for request. Changed up the music on the fly as my wife and I felt we needed to change our original choices to get more people on the dance floor. IT WORKED!! Imagine how much more music he has now as our wedding and reception was September 3rd 1999. Highly recommended!! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Deborah Rezak
Wedding:
12/31/1998
5.0/5.0
Carl has been a DJ for us at major events for our family and I have seen him perform several times at other venues over the past 13 years. His ability of Professionalism shines through in every event. Carl has a amazing capability of reading a room and adapting to its needs to ensure everyone has a wonderful time. We were very pleased that he listens to your needs and can make them happen, not force you to follow his way of doing things. From Carl's Event Planning leading up to the event; to his appearance and personality at his shows, it would be hard spent to find a better DJ service in Central New York. I have been to many DJ events over the years and they just aren't even close to the Performance and Ability that DJ by Design and Carl Naples offers.
Carl has been a DJ for us at major events for our family and I have seen him perform several times at other venues over Read more...
Carl has been a DJ for us at major events for our family and I have seen him perform several times at other venues over the past 13 years. His ability of Professionalism shines through in every event. Carl has a amazing capability of reading a room and adapting to its needs to ensure everyone has a wonderful time. We were very pleased that he listens to your needs and can make them happen, not force you to follow his way of doing things. From Carl's Event Planning leading up to the event; to his appearance and personality at his shows, it would be hard spent to find a better DJ service in Central New York. I have been to many DJ events over the years and they just aren't even close to the Performance and Ability that DJ by Design and Carl Naples offers. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Sara
Wedding:
6/27/1998
5.0/5.0
I was so pleased and happy with Carl at DJ by Design. He has an extensive collection of music..all kinds. He is also very knowledgeable about the music. He is very professional and really listens to what you would like and is able to offer suggestions and wonderful insight on what may or may not make your day perfect. And lets be honest..we have all been to weddings where the DJ was less then good. As a guest its one of the most enjoyable parts of a wedding..good music. :) That being said..I highly recommend DJ by Design!
I was so pleased and happy with Carl at DJ by Design. He has an extensive collection of music..all kinds. He is also very Read more...
I was so pleased and happy with Carl at DJ by Design. He has an extensive collection of music..all kinds. He is also very knowledgeable about the music. He is very professional and really listens to what you would like and is able to offer suggestions and wonderful insight on what may or may not make your day perfect. And lets be honest..we have all been to weddings where the DJ was less then good. As a guest its one of the most enjoyable parts of a wedding..good music. :) That being said..I highly recommend DJ by Design! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Z Productionz
Wedding:
6/27/1998
5.0/5.0
Carl Naples DJ by Design service was perfect for our wedding. His professionalism and quick wit humor kept people smiling. Carl got many request for different songs and had them all. I tested Carl on his knowledge of music and answered my questions without delay. He was right on point with everything and made guest feel at like they needed to have fun. Carl Naples is a gentleman with excellent service. What DJ by Design is now truly shows how far ahead Carl has taken his business. I would recommend Carl Naples DJ by Design to anyone in the Syracuse NY area. He was excellent.
Carl Naples DJ by Design service was perfect for our wedding. His professionalism and quick wit humor kept people smiling. Read more...
Carl Naples DJ by Design service was perfect for our wedding. His professionalism and quick wit humor kept people smiling. Carl got many request for different songs and had them all. I tested Carl on his knowledge of music and answered my questions without delay. He was right on point with everything and made guest feel at like they needed to have fun. Carl Naples is a gentleman with excellent service. What DJ by Design is now truly shows how far ahead Carl has taken his business. I would recommend Carl Naples DJ by Design to anyone in the Syracuse NY area. He was excellent. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Invitations
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Jjim2049
Wedding:
6/21/2009
4.9/5.0
Excellent service and abilities. Our wedding could not have gone much better. Thanks to Dj By Design we had the wedding of the decade. No matter how many small imperfections your wedding may have, this will make up the rest. He was able to come to us when we needed, and was there with good advice the whole step of the way. With the lighing effects you'll completely transform your wedding day into a fantasy, and the sound was clear even with our huge reception hall. (We seated 250 and had room to spare) I cant say anything bad about them but I feel cheesy rating perfect on everything. Thanks so much!
Excellent service and abilities. Our wedding could not have gone much better. Thanks to Dj By Design we had the wedding of Read more...
Excellent service and abilities. Our wedding could not have gone much better. Thanks to Dj By Design we had the wedding of the decade. No matter how many small imperfections your wedding may have, this will make up the rest. He was able to come to us when we needed, and was there with good advice the whole step of the way. With the lighing effects you'll completely transform your wedding day into a fantasy, and the sound was clear even with our huge reception hall. (We seated 250 and had room to spare) I cant say anything bad about them but I feel cheesy rating perfect on everything. Thanks so much! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Ben
Wedding:
5/14/2011
4.8/5.0
He was very helpful in helping us select our music for the entire evening, and very professional. He set up well ahead of time and stuck to our standard of music.
He was very helpful in helping us select our music for the entire evening, and very professional. He set up well ahead of Read more...
He was very helpful in helping us select our music for the entire evening, and very professional. He set up well ahead of time and stuck to our standard of music. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
10/26/2013
4.7/5.0
I am very glad we chose Carl to work with on our wedding. From beginning to end, he was patient and fun, gave great advice, was very responsive, and helped us with so many of the details, so that we could really focus on what was important to us. His calligraphy is gorgeous, and his event planning and hosting terrific. Great DJ-ing, beautiful lighting, and lots of fun to work with!
I am very glad we chose Carl to work with on our wedding. From beginning to end, he was patient and fun, gave great Read more...
I am very glad we chose Carl to work with on our wedding. From beginning to end, he was patient and fun, gave great advice, was very responsive, and helped us with so many of the details, so that we could really focus on what was important to us. His calligraphy is gorgeous, and his event planning and hosting terrific. Great DJ-ing, beautiful lighting, and lots of fun to work with! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Invitations, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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Lina
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.7/5.0
Carl was very organized, reachable, and detail oriented in preparing for our wedding reception. He was very open to our suggestions to play Latin music at our reception, and we ended up with a great music variety.

At the event Carl did an excellent job. He nailed the timing with each song, our guests were very excited about the music, and we danced the entire reception.

John Hart & Lina Echeverry-Hart
Carl was very organized, reachable, and detail oriented in preparing for our wedding reception. He was very open to our Read more...
Carl was very organized, reachable, and detail oriented in preparing for our wedding reception. He was very open to our suggestions to play Latin music at our reception, and we ended up with a great music variety.

At the event Carl did an excellent job. He nailed the timing with each song, our guests were very excited about the music, and we danced the entire reception.

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Services Used: DJ
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Denise
Wedding:
8/10/2013
4.6/5.0
Very easy to communicate with. Engaged in conversations when discussing event. Responded to all calls pre wedding. Great job with the Photobooth they sub contracted with. Everyone said it one one of the best. Lighting was great and music specifically chosen was great. Super announcing voices and very professional.
Very easy to communicate with. Engaged in conversations when discussing event. Responded to all calls pre wedding. Great Read more...
Very easy to communicate with. Engaged in conversations when discussing event. Responded to all calls pre wedding. Great job with the Photobooth they sub contracted with. Everyone said it one one of the best. Lighting was great and music specifically chosen was great. Super announcing voices and very professional. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Videography
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MJH
Wedding:
1/14/2006
4.6/5.0
Our DJ was named Owen and he was both friendly and helpful. He made our day even more special. His wide variety of music, as well as experienced input, made our reception classy and fun. He found a song for the Mother/Groom dance that was not easy to find and introduced the moment with class. Owen was a hard working DJ who sincerely cared about us as a couple, and it showed in the amount of effort and time he put into our wedding. He also was willing to help take charge of pertinent announcements and did a great job helping to relay direction to the guests. We were married in January and despite the weather, he was reliable and punctual. We will always be grateful for the fine job he did and have no hesitations in recommending him to other couples!
Our DJ was named Owen and he was both friendly and helpful. He made our day even more special. His wide variety of music, Read more...
Our DJ was named Owen and he was both friendly and helpful. He made our day even more special. His wide variety of music, as well as experienced input, made our reception classy and fun. He found a song for the Mother/Groom dance that was not easy to find and introduced the moment with class. Owen was a hard working DJ who sincerely cared about us as a couple, and it showed in the amount of effort and time he put into our wedding. He also was willing to help take charge of pertinent announcements and did a great job helping to relay direction to the guests. We were married in January and despite the weather, he was reliable and punctual. We will always be grateful for the fine job he did and have no hesitations in recommending him to other couples! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Unique Services
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Julia
Wedding:
8/14/2014
4.2/5.0
Hi Carl!
Thank you for your time tonight. I have enjoyed this planning tonight so much. You made everything go so smoothly! It makes me excited when we do this planning of the reception I know it's going to be great!

Peace&love
Julia
Hi Carl!
Thank you for your time tonight. I have enjoyed this planning tonight so much. You made everything go so Read more...
Hi Carl!
Thank you for your time tonight. I have enjoyed this planning tonight so much. You made everything go so smoothly! It makes me excited when we do this planning of the reception I know it's going to be great!

Peace&love
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Services Used: DJ, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Unique Services
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John
Wedding:
10/27/2012
4.2/5.0
Carl and his staff did excellent job with the music and lighting and they did a fantastic job getting our guests on the dance floor and keeping them there. I recommend in the future Carl keep all the people in charge of the wedding (Ie wedding planner) in the loop of his plans.
Carl and his staff did excellent job with the music and lighting and they did a fantastic job getting our guests on the Read more...
Carl and his staff did excellent job with the music and lighting and they did a fantastic job getting our guests on the dance floor and keeping them there. I recommend in the future Carl keep all the people in charge of the wedding (Ie wedding planner) in the loop of his plans. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Econojoe
Wedding:
9/18/2010
3.3/5.0
He wasn't excellent. But he wasnt totally bad either Spent considerable time with us creating a list but then wasn't responsive to crowd when folks weren't dancing. People were leaving our reception because there wasn't same music being played, eventually after a few requests he stepped it up. Wondered what happened to all the time we spent preparing and the songs we picked. Did a great job with calligraphy even caught some errors we made but then made errors by assuming people were Mrs. Instead of Ms, or that others were couples when they were not. Definatly used our surplus invites with mistakes. Said he'd do them on angles but then did most straight across as he ran out of time and even ink (we had to get on him abt his turn around time so we could mail them).
He wasn't excellent. But he wasnt totally bad either Spent considerable time with us creating a list but then wasn't Read more...
He wasn't excellent. But he wasnt totally bad either Spent considerable time with us creating a list but then wasn't responsive to crowd when folks weren't dancing. People were leaving our reception because there wasn't same music being played, eventually after a few requests he stepped it up. Wondered what happened to all the time we spent preparing and the songs we picked. Did a great job with calligraphy even caught some errors we made but then made errors by assuming people were Mrs. Instead of Ms, or that others were couples when they were not. Definatly used our surplus invites with mistakes. Said he'd do them on angles but then did most straight across as he ran out of time and even ink (we had to get on him abt his turn around time so we could mail them). Read less
Services Used: DJ, Invitations
DJ By Design | Syracuse Weddings responded with the following comments:

We planned exhaustively with this client and followed through based solely on those plans, so I'm not sure why they feel we did not come through and would love to have known sooner than now. Any songs omitted were due to time constraints and not out of ignorance of the client's wishes.

Yes, invitation turnaround time was affected, having to be reworked based on unforeseen mailing limitations, not because of negligence on my part or the client's. Specific inks were in short supply, that is true, though no complaint regarding this ever surfaced until this moment.

Overall, believing this event to be successful, I would have loved the opportunity to delight this client better when their feelings on our services were fresh -- not now, no doubt having festered for over a year... You nonetheless have our sincerest apologies for any errors or omissions you believe we committed. It certainly was not our desire or intention for you to feel as you do.

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