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Essence Entertainment - Premier DJ Services

Downers Grove , IL
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5121 Main Street, Suite 3
Downers Grove, IL US 60515 (map)

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630-258-9935

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ABOUT US

Chicagoland's premier disc jockey service. Specializing in Weddings! Servicing the Chicagoland area for over 10 years. Professional DJs, MCs, and entertainers, state of the art digital... Read more
Chicagoland's premier disc jockey service. Specializing in Weddings! Servicing the Chicagoland area for over 10 years. Professional DJs, MCs, and entertainers, state of the art digital sound and lighting equipment, extensive digital music library, uplighting, photobooth, video montage production and services, unlimited in-home event consultations, etc. Meet your actual DJ at your first meeting with us. A lifetime of memories awaits you, call us now. Read less
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What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Halina
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
WOW these guys are top notch! What truly made this DJ service great is their prep work prior to the wedding. The online form you fill out with song selection, schedule etc is great! It was really easy to work with and allowed you to fill out some at a time so it wasn't so daunting. My DJ, Tom Ulrich, was amazing! He kept things moving smoothly. He was so fun, energetic and exactly what we needed. BOOK THIS PLACE and save yourself the hassle of searching for a DJ!
WOW these guys are top notch! What truly made this DJ service great is their prep work prior to the wedding. The online Read more...
WOW these guys are top notch! What truly made this DJ service great is their prep work prior to the wedding. The online form you fill out with song selection, schedule etc is great! It was really easy to work with and allowed you to fill out some at a time so it wasn't so daunting. My DJ, Tom Ulrich, was amazing! He kept things moving smoothly. He was so fun, energetic and exactly what we needed. BOOK THIS PLACE and save yourself the hassle of searching for a DJ! Read less
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Nick and Allyson
Wedding:
7/18/2014
5.0/5.0
We had Rich Dj our wedding and we are so glad that we did. He was very helpful with the planning of the evening and how to segue between different portions of the event, and he was extremely good at keeping the evening moving and the energy up on the dance floor the entire night. We had heard that the Dj can make or break an event, and we could not have asked for a better person to ensure that our night went exactly as planned. He used all of our songs and added in what he thought would work when necessary. We both highly recommend Rich to anyone looking to have a great time at their wedding!
We had Rich Dj our wedding and we are so glad that we did. He was very helpful with the planning of the evening and how to Read more...
We had Rich Dj our wedding and we are so glad that we did. He was very helpful with the planning of the evening and how to segue between different portions of the event, and he was extremely good at keeping the evening moving and the energy up on the dance floor the entire night. We had heard that the Dj can make or break an event, and we could not have asked for a better person to ensure that our night went exactly as planned. He used all of our songs and added in what he thought would work when necessary. We both highly recommend Rich to anyone looking to have a great time at their wedding! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
Rich at Essence Entertainment was so great-- very professional, helpful, experienced and prompt in communications.
Rich at Essence Entertainment was so great-- very professional, helpful, experienced and prompt in communications.
Rich at Essence Entertainment was so great-- very professional, helpful, experienced and prompt in communications. Read less
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Gretchen
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Rich was an amazing DJ for our wedding. He got the crowd going and kept everyone going until the end! Finding a good DJ for our reception was pretty important to us and after meeting with Rich, we knew that he would be able to achieve this. Apart from being a great DJ, Rich did an awesome job with our uplighting. We weren't sure how the uplighting would look in our venue, but Rich was able to light up the room very nicely! We are very happy with everything and are thankful for his professionalism and dedication to his craft!
Rich was an amazing DJ for our wedding. He got the crowd going and kept everyone going until the end! Finding a good DJ Read more...
Rich was an amazing DJ for our wedding. He got the crowd going and kept everyone going until the end! Finding a good DJ for our reception was pretty important to us and after meeting with Rich, we knew that he would be able to achieve this. Apart from being a great DJ, Rich did an awesome job with our uplighting. We weren't sure how the uplighting would look in our venue, but Rich was able to light up the room very nicely! We are very happy with everything and are thankful for his professionalism and dedication to his craft! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We used essence entertainment for our DJ, photo booth, and up-lighting services. This was a last minute decision because we were going to go with a ipod DJ and we decided against it because we realized the importance of having an actual DJ at the wedding.

Rich was our DJ and he did a great job to ask us the correct questions for our reception. I like how he listened to what music we wanted because we've been to so many wedding where the bride and groom thought the music selection was terrible. This was not the case with Rich, not one person sat down at our wedding! :) Everyone danced!

Our favorite part during our meeting with Rich was when he said "When you get to the reception you do not make anymore decisions, that is the time you get to relax and enjoy yourselves". He made that happen; when I was supposed to toss the bouquet, he found me and when my husband was supposed to do the garter he found him. We didn't have to worry about a thing!

The up-lighting made the reception shine! He put the up-lighting exactly where it should be, and it made the venue look beautiful!

The photo booth was a blast! We love seeing everyone go nuts! The amount of props that we had was more than I've ever seen at a wedding photo booth!

If you are leaning toward this company we highly recommend it!
We used essence entertainment for our DJ, photo booth, and up-lighting services. This was a last minute decision because Read more...
We used essence entertainment for our DJ, photo booth, and up-lighting services. This was a last minute decision because we were going to go with a ipod DJ and we decided against it because we realized the importance of having an actual DJ at the wedding.

Rich was our DJ and he did a great job to ask us the correct questions for our reception. I like how he listened to what music we wanted because we've been to so many wedding where the bride and groom thought the music selection was terrible. This was not the case with Rich, not one person sat down at our wedding! :) Everyone danced!

Our favorite part during our meeting with Rich was when he said "When you get to the reception you do not make anymore decisions, that is the time you get to relax and enjoy yourselves". He made that happen; when I was supposed to toss the bouquet, he found me and when my husband was supposed to do the garter he found him. We didn't have to worry about a thing!

The up-lighting made the reception shine! He put the up-lighting exactly where it should be, and it made the venue look beautiful!

The photo booth was a blast! We love seeing everyone go nuts! The amount of props that we had was more than I've ever seen at a wedding photo booth!

If you are leaning toward this company we highly recommend it! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rich was extremely accommodating and made us feel comfortable immediately. I never feared that my day would be handled. He also made last minute changes with no hesitation and made the music of my wedding memorable. He had some great advice and helped our day be flawless. I also very much appreciate that he did not play the music we requested not to even though persistent wedding guests asked for it! VERY much appreciated :)
Rich was extremely accommodating and made us feel comfortable immediately. I never feared that my day would be handled. He Read more...
Rich was extremely accommodating and made us feel comfortable immediately. I never feared that my day would be handled. He also made last minute changes with no hesitation and made the music of my wedding memorable. He had some great advice and helped our day be flawless. I also very much appreciate that he did not play the music we requested not to even though persistent wedding guests asked for it! VERY much appreciated :) Read less
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Tracy
Wedding:
4/25/2014
5.0/5.0
We were referred to Essence Entertainment by a co-worker who used them for her wedding and we could not have been happier. Tom met with us and helped us make some selections and on the day of, helped to organize both our ceremony and reception. He was great to work with and played excellent music. He kept the party going until the very last dance! We also used their photobooth and this was a huge hit. The scrapbook they give you with all the photo stripes was great! The booth is large and can fit many people. Find it in your budget to add the photobooth--you and your guests will not be disappointed! Look no further for your DJ....just book Essence!
We were referred to Essence Entertainment by a co-worker who used them for her wedding and we could not have been happier. Read more...
We were referred to Essence Entertainment by a co-worker who used them for her wedding and we could not have been happier. Tom met with us and helped us make some selections and on the day of, helped to organize both our ceremony and reception. He was great to work with and played excellent music. He kept the party going until the very last dance! We also used their photobooth and this was a huge hit. The scrapbook they give you with all the photo stripes was great! The booth is large and can fit many people. Find it in your budget to add the photobooth--you and your guests will not be disappointed! Look no further for your DJ....just book Essence! Read less
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Glen
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Rich and his crew were simply outstanding. In addition to the DJ services, Essence also provided the event lighting and photo booth. I can't tell you how many people that attended our wedding said it was by far and away the best wedding they had ever been to, and Rich and crew had a lot to do with that. Prior to the event, Rich augmented the venue's look with strategically placed lighting that took the room from spectacular to breathtaking. He provided elegant background music for our cocktail hour that greeted our guests upon arrival and then transitioned that into the evening's main event flawlessly. His DJ chops kept everyone dancing and smiling throughout the night and even those that weren't on the dance floor complimented the music choices. Our guests also took advantage of the photo booth that Essence provided and, based on the mountain of photos we have, everyone agreed that it was a smash hit. Rich and his staff were exceptionally professional and accommodating and also took great effort to ensure all of our guests were engaged in the nights festivities. Overall, Essence did a magnificent job and we are so thankful we chose them. I would recommend Essence to anyone looking for DJ services and more. Thanks again, Rich, great job!
Rich and his crew were simply outstanding. In addition to the DJ services, Essence also provided the event lighting and Read more...
Rich and his crew were simply outstanding. In addition to the DJ services, Essence also provided the event lighting and photo booth. I can't tell you how many people that attended our wedding said it was by far and away the best wedding they had ever been to, and Rich and crew had a lot to do with that. Prior to the event, Rich augmented the venue's look with strategically placed lighting that took the room from spectacular to breathtaking. He provided elegant background music for our cocktail hour that greeted our guests upon arrival and then transitioned that into the evening's main event flawlessly. His DJ chops kept everyone dancing and smiling throughout the night and even those that weren't on the dance floor complimented the music choices. Our guests also took advantage of the photo booth that Essence provided and, based on the mountain of photos we have, everyone agreed that it was a smash hit. Rich and his staff were exceptionally professional and accommodating and also took great effort to ensure all of our guests were engaged in the nights festivities. Overall, Essence did a magnificent job and we are so thankful we chose them. I would recommend Essence to anyone looking for DJ services and more. Thanks again, Rich, great job! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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Jon
Wedding:
1/10/2014
5.0/5.0
We interviewed these guys for DJ services because they worked a friend's wedding. They showed us their portfolio that included lighting, so we had them include lighting in their proposal. Their proposal was very competitive so we hired them. I'm so glad we did. Tom did an incredible job. The lighting he provided made our venue incredible and he did a fantastic job keeping the party rolling with the music. Both portions were difficult. I had casino tables at our wedding so the lighting needed to work well with that. The bride is originally from Colombia so Tom had to play salsa tunes for her family that most of my family wasn't familiar with and he had to mix them with some American favorites. If he didn't play them together so flawlessly, the dance floor could have lost all momentum, but that didn't happen. Somehow, he managed to pull it off. It was a great party and it looked beautiful. Job well done Tom. My wife really was comfortable with him and I appreciate that a lot. I liked him too. HIre these guys!!
We interviewed these guys for DJ services because they worked a friend's wedding. They showed us their portfolio that Read more...
We interviewed these guys for DJ services because they worked a friend's wedding. They showed us their portfolio that included lighting, so we had them include lighting in their proposal. Their proposal was very competitive so we hired them. I'm so glad we did. Tom did an incredible job. The lighting he provided made our venue incredible and he did a fantastic job keeping the party rolling with the music. Both portions were difficult. I had casino tables at our wedding so the lighting needed to work well with that. The bride is originally from Colombia so Tom had to play salsa tunes for her family that most of my family wasn't familiar with and he had to mix them with some American favorites. If he didn't play them together so flawlessly, the dance floor could have lost all momentum, but that didn't happen. Somehow, he managed to pull it off. It was a great party and it looked beautiful. Job well done Tom. My wife really was comfortable with him and I appreciate that a lot. I liked him too. HIre these guys!! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Abby
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We are so happy with our decision to have had Rich Bednara as our DJ for our wedding reception. He did such a wonderful job. We met with Rich about a week before the wedding to talk about final details and everything we expressed to him was done just as we had hoped for. He played a great variety of music at the reception and the dance floor was full the whole night! My favorite thing about Rich is that when we first came in to the reception I started to try and organize the bridal party for the grand march...Rich stopped me right there and he said, "you are done planning, you just relax and have an amazing time." He completely took over and I did not worry about another thing the rest of the night. I highly recommend Rich for his professionalism, quality of service, and flexibility.
We are so happy with our decision to have had Rich Bednara as our DJ for our wedding reception. He did such a wonderful Read more...
We are so happy with our decision to have had Rich Bednara as our DJ for our wedding reception. He did such a wonderful job. We met with Rich about a week before the wedding to talk about final details and everything we expressed to him was done just as we had hoped for. He played a great variety of music at the reception and the dance floor was full the whole night! My favorite thing about Rich is that when we first came in to the reception I started to try and organize the bridal party for the grand march...Rich stopped me right there and he said, "you are done planning, you just relax and have an amazing time." He completely took over and I did not worry about another thing the rest of the night. I highly recommend Rich for his professionalism, quality of service, and flexibility. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was November 9th, 2013 and everything was perfect! I cannot say enough good things about Essence Entertainment. From the moment we met with our DJ, Rich, he put our minds at ease. He was on the same page with all of our music choices and accommodated us in any way he could. The night of our wedding, he was not just our DJ but he coordinated the entire night and as I said before, put our minds at ease. He made the night fun and kept the dance floor full! I would recommend Essence Entertainment to anyone! We definitely made the right choice!
Our wedding was November 9th, 2013 and everything was perfect! I cannot say enough good things about Essence Read more...
Our wedding was November 9th, 2013 and everything was perfect! I cannot say enough good things about Essence Entertainment. From the moment we met with our DJ, Rich, he put our minds at ease. He was on the same page with all of our music choices and accommodated us in any way he could. The night of our wedding, he was not just our DJ but he coordinated the entire night and as I said before, put our minds at ease. He made the night fun and kept the dance floor full! I would recommend Essence Entertainment to anyone! We definitely made the right choice! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We worked with Rich for our wedding on 10/13/13. He was one of the best vendors that I dealt with during this entire process. He was always available to talk and was very responsive whether it be email or text. I basically spoke with him only twice about what we wanted our wedding music to be like and he nailed it. We had a huge bridal party (31 people including us) and I felt that he completely took control and the entrances were done without any issues. His recommendations for music and how the night should unfold was very helpful. I would recommend Rich to any bride out there looking for a dj to take control and play music that has everyone on the dance floor all night long. Thank you for making our night one to remember!
We worked with Rich for our wedding on 10/13/13. He was one of the best vendors that I dealt with during this entire Read more...
We worked with Rich for our wedding on 10/13/13. He was one of the best vendors that I dealt with during this entire process. He was always available to talk and was very responsive whether it be email or text. I basically spoke with him only twice about what we wanted our wedding music to be like and he nailed it. We had a huge bridal party (31 people including us) and I felt that he completely took control and the entrances were done without any issues. His recommendations for music and how the night should unfold was very helpful. I would recommend Rich to any bride out there looking for a dj to take control and play music that has everyone on the dance floor all night long. Thank you for making our night one to remember! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
From the first meeting we had with Rich, I knew he was going to be our DJ. He's charismatic and hilarious, sets you right at ease about the whole wedding planning process, offers suggestions on what to add to your wedding package and how each additional item would effect our evening. He was realistic and never pushy.

Essence Entertainment ROCKED. Our introductions were perfect - the music was exactly as I envisioned it and the entrances were perfectly timed. Our speeches were well paced due to Rich's organizational brilliance, and the photo montage Essence put together for us was FLAWLESS. I'd seen the photos all a million times and seeing it all together, even *I* cried. My mother was obsessed with the whole thing, and the crowd LOVED it. I wish I could have that moment of the whole room enjoying that photo montage forever.

No one wanted to sit down the ENTIRE night. From conservative coworkers to college friends to aunts and uncles, every single person was enjoying themselves and dancing it OUT. The best part about Essence Entertainment was how well they read the room - I couldn't believe in 6.5 hours he never once flopped onto a "whoops, everyone sat down" song.

We've been married for two weeks now and I still have people calling, texting, and coming up to me to ask WHO that amazing DJ was. Rich and his team created the atmosphere I dreamed of for my wedding and made it look effortless - all at a price that was thousands of dollars cheaper than I expected to have to pay. They MADE our wedding the unforgettable, amazing, partyriffic evening I dreamed of, and I can't imagine it getting any better than that.
From the first meeting we had with Rich, I knew he was going to be our DJ. He's charismatic and hilarious, sets you right Read more...
From the first meeting we had with Rich, I knew he was going to be our DJ. He's charismatic and hilarious, sets you right at ease about the whole wedding planning process, offers suggestions on what to add to your wedding package and how each additional item would effect our evening. He was realistic and never pushy.

Essence Entertainment ROCKED. Our introductions were perfect - the music was exactly as I envisioned it and the entrances were perfectly timed. Our speeches were well paced due to Rich's organizational brilliance, and the photo montage Essence put together for us was FLAWLESS. I'd seen the photos all a million times and seeing it all together, even *I* cried. My mother was obsessed with the whole thing, and the crowd LOVED it. I wish I could have that moment of the whole room enjoying that photo montage forever.

No one wanted to sit down the ENTIRE night. From conservative coworkers to college friends to aunts and uncles, every single person was enjoying themselves and dancing it OUT. The best part about Essence Entertainment was how well they read the room - I couldn't believe in 6.5 hours he never once flopped onto a "whoops, everyone sat down" song.

We've been married for two weeks now and I still have people calling, texting, and coming up to me to ask WHO that amazing DJ was. Rich and his team created the atmosphere I dreamed of for my wedding and made it look effortless - all at a price that was thousands of dollars cheaper than I expected to have to pay. They MADE our wedding the unforgettable, amazing, partyriffic evening I dreamed of, and I can't imagine it getting any better than that. Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
10/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Tom DJ'd our wedding and surpassed all expectations. He is great to work with and he knows how to do his job very well. He read the crowd and kept the dance floor packed. He also made sure the entire night flowed perfectly. Everyone had a great time. I would highly recommend this company!!
Tom DJ'd our wedding and surpassed all expectations. He is great to work with and he knows how to do his job very well. He Read more...
Tom DJ'd our wedding and surpassed all expectations. He is great to work with and he knows how to do his job very well. He read the crowd and kept the dance floor packed. He also made sure the entire night flowed perfectly. Everyone had a great time. I would highly recommend this company!! Read less
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Morgan
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about the services we recieved from Essence! The DJ/MC, Rich, was so willing to play all of our goofy song choices and was on the same page with all of our requests! Rich was also very helpful in making suggestions for uplighting that was in our budget. He was also so nice to all of our guests in trying to accomodate their requests. We could not be happier with the choice we made!
I cannot say enough good things about the services we recieved from Essence! The DJ/MC, Rich, was so willing to play all Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about the services we recieved from Essence! The DJ/MC, Rich, was so willing to play all of our goofy song choices and was on the same page with all of our requests! Rich was also very helpful in making suggestions for uplighting that was in our budget. He was also so nice to all of our guests in trying to accomodate their requests. We could not be happier with the choice we made! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Clay
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Tom did a great job of making our wedding reception a memorable time for all. Even though we were tough to track down at times due to chasing our toddler around! Meeting with Rich and Tom set the stage at the beginning and they delivered. Even my 7 year old niece sang karaoke! I would totally recommend these guys to anyone planning an event.
Tom did a great job of making our wedding reception a memorable time for all. Even though we were tough to track down at Read more...
Tom did a great job of making our wedding reception a memorable time for all. Even though we were tough to track down at times due to chasing our toddler around! Meeting with Rich and Tom set the stage at the beginning and they delivered. Even my 7 year old niece sang karaoke! I would totally recommend these guys to anyone planning an event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Tom was excellent at our wedding, the dance floor was constantly crowded and everyone had a blast. Highly recommended DJ.
Tom was excellent at our wedding, the dance floor was constantly crowded and everyone had a blast. Highly recommended DJ.
Tom was excellent at our wedding, the dance floor was constantly crowded and everyone had a blast. Highly recommended DJ. Read less
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Genae
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
We had the most amazing wedding thanks to Essence Entertainment!!! Rich Bednara's attention to every detail is unmatched along with his ability to coach you through the whole wedding process. The uplighting and draping created the perfect ambiance for our venue. Rich and Tom, our dj's, kept the flow of the of the night from, introductions, to cake cutting, to special dances, and most importantly they kept the crowd rocking from hit after hit. I couldn't have dreamed up a better wedding, thank you so much Essence Entertainment!!!
We had the most amazing wedding thanks to Essence Entertainment!!! Rich Bednara's attention to every detail is unmatched Read more...
We had the most amazing wedding thanks to Essence Entertainment!!! Rich Bednara's attention to every detail is unmatched along with his ability to coach you through the whole wedding process. The uplighting and draping created the perfect ambiance for our venue. Rich and Tom, our dj's, kept the flow of the of the night from, introductions, to cake cutting, to special dances, and most importantly they kept the crowd rocking from hit after hit. I couldn't have dreamed up a better wedding, thank you so much Essence Entertainment!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Mary
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
The best DJ ever! He called before the event to go over everything before the day. He traveled to Iowa for this event and we're so fortunate. I couldn't have imagined a different dj. He was responsive to our requests, offered great suggestions & ideas, made sure the dances & speeches went smoothly, confirmed pronunciations of the bridal parties names before introducing to ensure he said it right. Had incredible organization keeping us on track with our schedule. Had a variety of music! Amazing online forum to enter specific songs you do/don't want played etc. Again, best DJ I've witnessed! Definitely highly recommend!!
The best DJ ever! He called before the event to go over everything before the day. He traveled to Iowa for this event and Read more...
The best DJ ever! He called before the event to go over everything before the day. He traveled to Iowa for this event and we're so fortunate. I couldn't have imagined a different dj. He was responsive to our requests, offered great suggestions & ideas, made sure the dances & speeches went smoothly, confirmed pronunciations of the bridal parties names before introducing to ensure he said it right. Had incredible organization keeping us on track with our schedule. Had a variety of music! Amazing online forum to enter specific songs you do/don't want played etc. Again, best DJ I've witnessed! Definitely highly recommend!! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rich was our DJ. He worked with our busy schedules to make sure everything was perfect! Rich was very personable and read our guests to keep everyone dancing and having an amazing time! His thoughtfulness about some of the little things we didn't think of really made our wedding day even better!!!!!
Rich was our DJ. He worked with our busy schedules to make sure everything was perfect! Rich was very personable and read Read more...
Rich was our DJ. He worked with our busy schedules to make sure everything was perfect! Rich was very personable and read our guests to keep everyone dancing and having an amazing time! His thoughtfulness about some of the little things we didn't think of really made our wedding day even better!!!!! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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brandon
Wedding:
7/6/2013
4.9/5.0
The group and people from Essence that were involved in the planning and execution of our wedding were simply phenomenal. We had a high end wedding, at a high end venue and Essence was the star of the show. They listened to what we wanted, understood our vision and delivered 100%. If I ever have an event that I need DJ services for they will be my first call. People at the end of the night and days after the wedding told us they had been to one of the most fun weddings ever, Essence was a major part of that by making sure that the dance floor was always full. Our music throughout the day ranged from Mozart to GnR to Will.I.Am and of course the Saftey Dance. I cannot stress enough how amazing they were from start to finish. They were recommended to me and I will recommend them to everyone I know that needs a DJ, especially for a wedding because when they tell you they understand what you are looking for, they do.
The group and people from Essence that were involved in the planning and execution of our wedding were simply phenomenal. Read more...
The group and people from Essence that were involved in the planning and execution of our wedding were simply phenomenal. We had a high end wedding, at a high end venue and Essence was the star of the show. They listened to what we wanted, understood our vision and delivered 100%. If I ever have an event that I need DJ services for they will be my first call. People at the end of the night and days after the wedding told us they had been to one of the most fun weddings ever, Essence was a major part of that by making sure that the dance floor was always full. Our music throughout the day ranged from Mozart to GnR to Will.I.Am and of course the Saftey Dance. I cannot stress enough how amazing they were from start to finish. They were recommended to me and I will recommend them to everyone I know that needs a DJ, especially for a wedding because when they tell you they understand what you are looking for, they do. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Kathryn
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We could not have asked for a better DJ. He was attentative to our needs. He was easy to get ahold of. He made sure we were on track with our music selections. Our wedding reception ran smoothly! And our dance floor was non-stop jam packed!! All of our guests had a great time and loved the music!
We could not have asked for a better DJ. He was attentative to our needs. He was easy to get ahold of. He made sure we Read more...
We could not have asked for a better DJ. He was attentative to our needs. He was easy to get ahold of. He made sure we were on track with our music selections. Our wedding reception ran smoothly! And our dance floor was non-stop jam packed!! All of our guests had a great time and loved the music! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Kimberly
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
We used Essence Entertainment for our ceremony music, reception music, up lighting, and photo booth! All of their services were amazing and everything that we wanted. It was so nice and easy to use one vendor for all these services!
The photo booth was full all night and everyone had a great time! The photo booth came with props which all the guests loved. Picture quality and photo strips were great. The photo book was ready to go at the end of the night and Monica did a great job putting it together. We got all the pictures online very quickly after the wedding and sent out an email link to the guests.
Rich kept the energy up all night and the dance floor full. He checked in with us throughout the night to make sure we were happy and that everything was going well. Rich did an excellent job selecting a wide variety of music for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. The ceremony music and up lighting were also perfect and just what we wanted. We loved working with Rich, Monica, and Essence Entertainment. We would highly recommend them to anyone!
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We used Essence Entertainment for our ceremony music, reception music, up lighting, and photo booth! All of their services were amazing and everything that we wanted. It was so nice and easy to use one vendor for all these services!
The photo booth was full all night and everyone had a great time! The photo booth came with props which all the guests loved. Picture quality and photo strips were great. The photo book was ready to go at the end of the night and Monica did a great job putting it together. We got all the pictures online very quickly after the wedding and sent out an email link to the guests.
Rich kept the energy up all night and the dance floor full. He checked in with us throughout the night to make sure we were happy and that everything was going well. Rich did an excellent job selecting a wide variety of music for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. The ceremony music and up lighting were also perfect and just what we wanted. We loved working with Rich, Monica, and Essence Entertainment. We would highly recommend them to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Vicky
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Essence entertainment did a phenomenal job for our wedding. Tom was such a pleasure to work with and played all the music we wanted. They are really easy to work with and reasonably priced. Will definitely use them again for any future events we have. Thank you so much!!
Essence entertainment did a phenomenal job for our wedding. Tom was such a pleasure to work with and played all the music Read more...
Essence entertainment did a phenomenal job for our wedding. Tom was such a pleasure to work with and played all the music we wanted. They are really easy to work with and reasonably priced. Will definitely use them again for any future events we have. Thank you so much!! Read less
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Toni
Wedding:
5/18/2013
4.6/5.0
Our DJ Tom was amazing! Played music that kept our dance floor packed all night!
Our DJ Tom was amazing! Played music that kept our dance floor packed all night!
Our DJ Tom was amazing! Played music that kept our dance floor packed all night! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Rentals & Photobooths
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Cait
Wedding:
5/17/2013
5.0/5.0
My new husband Joe and I could not be more pleased that we chose Rich and Essence Entertainment for our wedding. We were originally referred by some of our best friends, and have been pleased with all communication, meetings, and services ever since. Rich was wonderful, especially when dealing with some of the smaller issues that may have seemed bigger to myself as the bride. He was extremely friendly and made me comfortable that everything would run smoothly at our initial meeting, as well as any further communication. Rich and Tom created the perfect mix for our wedding. People were on the dance floor all night. It was a well-rounded selection that got everyone out on the floor at some point. My husband’s 86 year old Grandmother was on the dance floor all night long, and danced through the entire reception. Rich & Tom made sure that everything was running on schedule throughout the evening. The up lighting and backdrop that were provided by Essence Entertainment were a perfect fit, and just added to the vision we had for our wedding. We have been receiving nothing but compliments in the days since our wedding about everything, and I would absolutely recommend (and already have) Rich, Tom and everything Essence Entertainment to future couples.
My new husband Joe and I could not be more pleased that we chose Rich and Essence Entertainment for our wedding. We were Read more...
My new husband Joe and I could not be more pleased that we chose Rich and Essence Entertainment for our wedding. We were originally referred by some of our best friends, and have been pleased with all communication, meetings, and services ever since. Rich was wonderful, especially when dealing with some of the smaller issues that may have seemed bigger to myself as the bride. He was extremely friendly and made me comfortable that everything would run smoothly at our initial meeting, as well as any further communication. Rich and Tom created the perfect mix for our wedding. People were on the dance floor all night. It was a well-rounded selection that got everyone out on the floor at some point. My husband’s 86 year old Grandmother was on the dance floor all night long, and danced through the entire reception. Rich & Tom made sure that everything was running on schedule throughout the evening. The up lighting and backdrop that were provided by Essence Entertainment were a perfect fit, and just added to the vision we had for our wedding. We have been receiving nothing but compliments in the days since our wedding about everything, and I would absolutely recommend (and already have) Rich, Tom and everything Essence Entertainment to future couples. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Chris
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
We were referred to Essence Entertainment through a close friend. We met with Rich and was very impressed with his professionalism and how detail orientated he was. We booked them and could not have been happier how our evening went. All of their equipment all modern, we upgrade to the 10 ft Trussing with the intelligent/computerized lighting. It looked awesome! We also got the uplighting with made the room look unbelievable. We went with the premier package so we had two DJs (Rich and Vinnie). Both have great personalities and were very fun to work with. Rich made our night unforgettable and we did not have to worry about anything! He was like a wedding planner for us! lol During of first meetings, he helped us pick what we wanted and then handled it all that day so we did not have to worry about anything once we showed up to the reception. We just listened to Rich, what a relief that was after all the planning! We did not have a particular set of music. We wanted an X amount of songs played after that we figured Rich is a professional wedding DJ, he will know what to do. The dance floor was filled all night! We had nothing but compliments about how the whole room looked and our DJs. You always hear, a DJ/Band will make or break a wedding! I can tell you without a doubt, Essence Entertainment will make your wedding!!!!! Thank you very much Rich and Vinnie!
We were referred to Essence Entertainment through a close friend. We met with Rich and was very impressed with his Read more...
We were referred to Essence Entertainment through a close friend. We met with Rich and was very impressed with his professionalism and how detail orientated he was. We booked them and could not have been happier how our evening went. All of their equipment all modern, we upgrade to the 10 ft Trussing with the intelligent/computerized lighting. It looked awesome! We also got the uplighting with made the room look unbelievable. We went with the premier package so we had two DJs (Rich and Vinnie). Both have great personalities and were very fun to work with. Rich made our night unforgettable and we did not have to worry about anything! He was like a wedding planner for us! lol During of first meetings, he helped us pick what we wanted and then handled it all that day so we did not have to worry about anything once we showed up to the reception. We just listened to Rich, what a relief that was after all the planning! We did not have a particular set of music. We wanted an X amount of songs played after that we figured Rich is a professional wedding DJ, he will know what to do. The dance floor was filled all night! We had nothing but compliments about how the whole room looked and our DJs. You always hear, a DJ/Band will make or break a wedding! I can tell you without a doubt, Essence Entertainment will make your wedding!!!!! Thank you very much Rich and Vinnie! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We want to Thank Essence Entertainment for the Wonderful job they did at our wedding.
Essence Entertainment went above and beyond to make my wedding amazing! My friends and family are still talking about my wedding and wish I could throw another party like my wedding because they had so much fun. Essence Entertainment started by sending me an at home consultant, which answered every question I had and even gave me great suggestions for different ideas. My at home consultant then helped me set up an online account which allowed me to organize my entire wedding schedule and music. Essence Entertainment provided the great MC and Dj, amazing lighting though out the entire room, and the photo Montage. Rich did a great job as the MC, Tom did an amazing job with the music and Sara did an awesome job with the photo Montage. I will continue to recommend Essence Entertainment for all your party needs! Thanks guys!!
We want to Thank Essence Entertainment for the Wonderful job they did at our wedding.
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We want to Thank Essence Entertainment for the Wonderful job they did at our wedding.
Essence Entertainment went above and beyond to make my wedding amazing! My friends and family are still talking about my wedding and wish I could throw another party like my wedding because they had so much fun. Essence Entertainment started by sending me an at home consultant, which answered every question I had and even gave me great suggestions for different ideas. My at home consultant then helped me set up an online account which allowed me to organize my entire wedding schedule and music. Essence Entertainment provided the great MC and Dj, amazing lighting though out the entire room, and the photo Montage. Rich did a great job as the MC, Tom did an amazing job with the music and Sara did an awesome job with the photo Montage. I will continue to recommend Essence Entertainment for all your party needs! Thanks guys!! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Nick
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Essence Entertainment saved our marriage! As we were going through the wedding process and stress was starting to build, nothing made us feel more comfortable going into our wedding day then our detail meeting with Rich. He took us step by step through the entire day and told us "he would take care of everything," and he did! From the moment we got to our reception we didn't have to think of about one logistical detail and enjoyed our entire wedding. The ambiance he created with the uplighting was whimsical, and transformed the entire venue. His song selection and ability to keep the dance floor overflowing the entire night, can not be duplicated. We wish all of our vendors were as a pleasure to work with as Essence Entertainment!!!
Essence Entertainment saved our marriage! As we were going through the wedding process and stress was starting to build, Read more...
Essence Entertainment saved our marriage! As we were going through the wedding process and stress was starting to build, nothing made us feel more comfortable going into our wedding day then our detail meeting with Rich. He took us step by step through the entire day and told us "he would take care of everything," and he did! From the moment we got to our reception we didn't have to think of about one logistical detail and enjoyed our entire wedding. The ambiance he created with the uplighting was whimsical, and transformed the entire venue. His song selection and ability to keep the dance floor overflowing the entire night, can not be duplicated. We wish all of our vendors were as a pleasure to work with as Essence Entertainment!!! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The DJs at Essence Entertainment created the atmosphere we had hoped for on our wedding day. Their attention to detail and our specific requests helped make the preparation for our big day so much easier. If you have a specific vision of the music and entertainment at your event, the DJs at Essence Entertainment will make it happen.
The DJs at Essence Entertainment created the atmosphere we had hoped for on our wedding day. Their attention to detail and Read more...
The DJs at Essence Entertainment created the atmosphere we had hoped for on our wedding day. Their attention to detail and our specific requests helped make the preparation for our big day so much easier. If you have a specific vision of the music and entertainment at your event, the DJs at Essence Entertainment will make it happen. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Samantha
Wedding:
9/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Rich and Tom are AMAZING! They really know how to start a party and you never want it to end... especially for our wedding! The uplights were beautiful, as well as our name in lights!! One of the best nights of our life and we're happy we were able to share it with Rich and Tom!
Rich and Tom are AMAZING! They really know how to start a party and you never want it to end... especially for our Read more...
Rich and Tom are AMAZING! They really know how to start a party and you never want it to end... especially for our wedding! The uplights were beautiful, as well as our name in lights!! One of the best nights of our life and we're happy we were able to share it with Rich and Tom! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Courtney
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Essence Entertainment did a fantastic job for us! Rich was our DJ, and he really made the whole process effortless for us. He met with us twice, and both times he came to our home. I work longer hours so he made himself available to us in the evening which saved me a lot of time and stress. We hired Rich to do our uplighting and our photo montage. He went to our reception site beforehand to get a feel of the space so he knew ahead of time exactly how he would set up and the best spots for the uplights. His website for selecting music is really user friendly and the suggestions are very helpful. The reception went off without a hitch thanks to Rich's detailed planning. We had exactly enough time for everything. Rich brought so much energy and managed to keep the dance floor packed from the first dance all the way until the very last. The uplights were beautiful and really brightened our space! The montage Rich and his wife put together brought tears to a lot of our guests. Essence Entertainment is great at what they do. So great, that I recommended them to one of my best friends, and I am happy to say that I will see Rich again at her wedding in October! Thank you Essence Entertainment. You helped my husband and I realize our dream wedding. Words cannot adequately express how very thankful we are. Keep up the fantastic work!
Essence Entertainment did a fantastic job for us! Rich was our DJ, and he really made the whole process effortless for us. Read more...
Essence Entertainment did a fantastic job for us! Rich was our DJ, and he really made the whole process effortless for us. He met with us twice, and both times he came to our home. I work longer hours so he made himself available to us in the evening which saved me a lot of time and stress. We hired Rich to do our uplighting and our photo montage. He went to our reception site beforehand to get a feel of the space so he knew ahead of time exactly how he would set up and the best spots for the uplights. His website for selecting music is really user friendly and the suggestions are very helpful. The reception went off without a hitch thanks to Rich's detailed planning. We had exactly enough time for everything. Rich brought so much energy and managed to keep the dance floor packed from the first dance all the way until the very last. The uplights were beautiful and really brightened our space! The montage Rich and his wife put together brought tears to a lot of our guests. Essence Entertainment is great at what they do. So great, that I recommended them to one of my best friends, and I am happy to say that I will see Rich again at her wedding in October! Thank you Essence Entertainment. You helped my husband and I realize our dream wedding. Words cannot adequately express how very thankful we are. Keep up the fantastic work! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Taylor
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
We were recommended to Essence by a co worker and are very happy with our decision. We initially were referred to Rich but he was unavailable on our special day and worked with Scott instead. Scott was great. He was involved in the wedding without being too involved. Spoke but not too much and you could tell he had an outgoing personality. Rich was the go to person and was very responsive and even met with us at our venue to confirm the color and placement of our uplighting. Scott made an effort to pronounce all of the names correctly and he did a great job. He dressed professionally too. We have no complaints! Thanks guys!
We were recommended to Essence by a co worker and are very happy with our decision. We initially were referred to Rich but Read more...
We were recommended to Essence by a co worker and are very happy with our decision. We initially were referred to Rich but he was unavailable on our special day and worked with Scott instead. Scott was great. He was involved in the wedding without being too involved. Spoke but not too much and you could tell he had an outgoing personality. Rich was the go to person and was very responsive and even met with us at our venue to confirm the color and placement of our uplighting. Scott made an effort to pronounce all of the names correctly and he did a great job. He dressed professionally too. We have no complaints! Thanks guys! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rich went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect. My husband felt very strongly about the music for our reception, so he had the task of finding a dj. He hit the nail on the head with Rich. We were both blown away by Rich's hard work not only leading up to the wedding, but also while at our reception. He answered texts and emails from us, sat down with us to work out a reception timeline and truly understand our interesting music preferences. On the day of the wedding, we didn't have to think about anything. Rich followed the timeline and kept us on track; he made sure that he had my toss bouquet so that I wouldn't have to worry about it when it came time for the bouquet toss; he cracked all 200 glow sticks that my husband had purchased so that when he turned the lights down, we could immediately get the glow sticks into our guests hands. He really kept the party alive and kept the dance floor hopping. More than that, though, when the power went out for 30 minutes during dinner, Rich was the one that was talking to the owner of the hall and reconfiguring his setup so that we could still do speeches and the blessing. I can't thank Rich enough for being so incredible to work with and for keeping our wedding flowing smoothly despite the bumps!
Rich went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect. My husband felt very strongly about the music for our reception, Read more...
Rich went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect. My husband felt very strongly about the music for our reception, so he had the task of finding a dj. He hit the nail on the head with Rich. We were both blown away by Rich's hard work not only leading up to the wedding, but also while at our reception. He answered texts and emails from us, sat down with us to work out a reception timeline and truly understand our interesting music preferences. On the day of the wedding, we didn't have to think about anything. Rich followed the timeline and kept us on track; he made sure that he had my toss bouquet so that I wouldn't have to worry about it when it came time for the bouquet toss; he cracked all 200 glow sticks that my husband had purchased so that when he turned the lights down, we could immediately get the glow sticks into our guests hands. He really kept the party alive and kept the dance floor hopping. More than that, though, when the power went out for 30 minutes during dinner, Rich was the one that was talking to the owner of the hall and reconfiguring his setup so that we could still do speeches and the blessing. I can't thank Rich enough for being so incredible to work with and for keeping our wedding flowing smoothly despite the bumps! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We would highly recommend Essence Entertainment to all future brides! They are professional, knowledgeable, and are quick to respond to any questions. They take time to ensure your reception exceeds the expectations of your wedding vision through online planning tools and thorough meetings. Our dance floor was packed the whole night and the video montage was a big hit with all our guests!
We would highly recommend Essence Entertainment to all future brides! They are professional, knowledgeable, and are quick Read more...
We would highly recommend Essence Entertainment to all future brides! They are professional, knowledgeable, and are quick to respond to any questions. They take time to ensure your reception exceeds the expectations of your wedding vision through online planning tools and thorough meetings. Our dance floor was packed the whole night and the video montage was a big hit with all our guests! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Katie
Wedding:
10/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Rich is the BEST DJ ever!!!! He played great music that had everybody dancing, helped make the room look beautiful with lighting, and kept us on schedule. Overall was great entertainment and our guests loved every minute of the night! Thank you Rich!!
Rich is the BEST DJ ever!!!! He played great music that had everybody dancing, helped make the room look beautiful with Read more...
Rich is the BEST DJ ever!!!! He played great music that had everybody dancing, helped make the room look beautiful with lighting, and kept us on schedule. Overall was great entertainment and our guests loved every minute of the night! Thank you Rich!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Joe and Amy
Wedding:
11/11/2006
5.0/5.0
It went above and beyond anything we could have asked for. The dance floor was never empty!

Thanks for a grat night and the memories!!
It went above and beyond anything we could have asked for. The dance floor was never empty!

Thanks for a grat Read more...
It went above and beyond anything we could have asked for. The dance floor was never empty!

Thanks for a grat night and the memories!! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Karen Storrie
Wedding:
9/25/2004
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Essence Entertainment to Dj any wedding. Our Dj had everyone at reception dancing, including my husband's 84 year old grandmother. They truly created a fun and exciting environment for our special day!!
I highly recommend Essence Entertainment to Dj any wedding. Our Dj had everyone at reception dancing, including my Read more...
I highly recommend Essence Entertainment to Dj any wedding. Our Dj had everyone at reception dancing, including my husband's 84 year old grandmother. They truly created a fun and exciting environment for our special day!! Read less
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