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Family DJ

Bristow , VA

LOCATION

9511 Mark Twain Court
Bristow, VA US 20136 (map)

PHONE

703-264-5935

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Family DJ specializes in family-friendly music, which is important at most weddings. We try to ensure that everyone from the flower girl to the matron of honor is able to enjoy... Read more
Family DJ specializes in family-friendly music, which is important at most weddings. We try to ensure that everyone from the flower girl to the matron of honor is able to enjoy themselves without having to worry about unwelcome lyrics or themes.

Our rates are very affordable and published on our web site. For example, a standard 4-hour reception is less than $700 (after our 10% new client discount). This includes a fully-insured, professional DJ/emcee using professional-grade equipment, setup, takedown, and use of wireless microphones. Affordable lighting options are also available.

Availability is limited and fills up quickly. Schedule your wedding today! We would love to discuss your plans with you and see how Family DJ can contribute to your big day. We look forward to hearing from you. Read less
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INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Hip Hop, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, R&B, Rock, Strings, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
No. Of course, if there are more requests than can fit into the duration of the event, then some may need to be dropped, but we do our best to fit in as many of your requests as possible.
What is your usual attire?
A tuxedo is assumed unless you tell us otherwise. Your wedding is a special occassion and deserves our very best attire.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
Generally, no. Family DJ is continually expanding our music collection and will acquire music that is needed for specific events. In the highly-unusual circumstance that we have no plans to acquire a particular request or are unable to do so (e.g., it is not available for purchase), we will make that clear as soon as possible and work to find other solutions (such as client providing the music).
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
All events are billed for a minimum of two hours, regardless of performance time. The hourly rate is very reasonable.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Certainly. Contact Family DJ and we can arrange a meeting.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
We have experience with Asian events (including weddings), with particular experience with Laotian and Thai events. Carl Bohman (the owner of Family DJ) can read, write, speak, and sing in Lao and Thai.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Absolutely. The more we know about your likes and dislikes, the better.
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes. Family DJ owns all of the professional-grade equipment that we use.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Family DJ currently has some lighting equipment, including a disco ball, a moon flower, and a few other lights, but we are interested in expanding this over time. If there are specific lighting requirements, let us know.
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?
It usually takes about half an hour to set up, but we plan on one hour. If less than one hour is provided prior to an event for setup, we need to know in advance. We normally expect a table to be provided so that it will blend well with your decorations and color scheme. If a table is not provided, we need to know in advance.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
No.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
This is entirely up to the client. Some clients want non-stop music. Others want more interaction. We tailor our approach to each client's needs.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
We can provide basic dance instruction for some of the more popular dances. We also encourage requests and are not afraid to get out on the dance floor ourselves to help get the ball rolling.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Most events are short enough that we don't take any breaks longer than a minute or two (i.e., while a song is playing). If a longer break is needed, we either plan it around existing breaks in the event or make other arrangements that minimize the impact to the event.
 
 If meals are being served as part of the event, we appreciate it if the client includes the DJ among those being served. If this is not the case, we ask to be informed in advance so that we can plan appropriately.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
If appropriate, yes.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Generally, no. However, if there are two events that have a sufficiently large amount of time between them (e.g., a morning wedding and an evening wedding), we may book two events. If we feel that it will be difficult to provide our best services for both events, we will not book the second event.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Travel is normally charged on a per-mile basis, but is free for events close to our main location. (See our web site for specifics.)
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
We normally expect a deposit of half the contracted amount with the remainder due on the day of the event.

REVIEWS

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Chris
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Karl was great. He was prompt in contacting us when we were looking for quotes, his rates are very reasonable and his music selection was fantastic. Everyone that was there said they had a great time. He knew when to change up the tempo and was very much in the flow of the reception, all without feeling intrusive. When he noticed me and my wife wearing Mickey ears as we made our entrance, he came over immediately afterwards and asked if it was okay if he played Disney songs during the dinner (a big yes from both of us). That little touch impressed me a lot. He was very accommodating to our requests, and made sure to play everything we wanted. I would definitely recommend Family DJ for any ocassion
Karl was great. He was prompt in contacting us when we were looking for quotes, his rates are very reasonable and his Read more...
Karl was great. He was prompt in contacting us when we were looking for quotes, his rates are very reasonable and his music selection was fantastic. Everyone that was there said they had a great time. He knew when to change up the tempo and was very much in the flow of the reception, all without feeling intrusive. When he noticed me and my wife wearing Mickey ears as we made our entrance, he came over immediately afterwards and asked if it was okay if he played Disney songs during the dinner (a big yes from both of us). That little touch impressed me a lot. He was very accommodating to our requests, and made sure to play everything we wanted. I would definitely recommend Family DJ for any ocassion Read less
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Vida
Wedding:
4/20/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are so happy with our choice of Family DJ for our wedding! Carl is so professional and friendly, and was really helpful in answering all of my many questions during the months leading up to the wedding!! While we wanted music that was clean for all family members, my husband and I were worried that Family DJ wouldn't provide regular 'top 40' hits that we love to dance to. We were so wrong! Family DJ had every song we requested and played tons of hits that our friends love, as well as classic wedding and dance reception songs. Our parents (along with us) loved that the music was clean and our dance floor was packed the whole wedding - seriously packed!! Carl also was very helpful in keeping us on schedule for the day, reminding us when we were approaching our scheduled cake cutting time, toast time, etc. Family DJ really is a great value and we loved supporting a local DJ who shares our values. Thanks, Carl!!!
My husband and I are so happy with our choice of Family DJ for our wedding! Carl is so professional and friendly, and was Read more...
My husband and I are so happy with our choice of Family DJ for our wedding! Carl is so professional and friendly, and was really helpful in answering all of my many questions during the months leading up to the wedding!! While we wanted music that was clean for all family members, my husband and I were worried that Family DJ wouldn't provide regular 'top 40' hits that we love to dance to. We were so wrong! Family DJ had every song we requested and played tons of hits that our friends love, as well as classic wedding and dance reception songs. Our parents (along with us) loved that the music was clean and our dance floor was packed the whole wedding - seriously packed!! Carl also was very helpful in keeping us on schedule for the day, reminding us when we were approaching our scheduled cake cutting time, toast time, etc. Family DJ really is a great value and we loved supporting a local DJ who shares our values. Thanks, Carl!!! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I would HIGHLY recommend Family DJ and Carl Bohman for weddings. He was professional, responsive, and played great music all night. He was accommodating with requests and helped emcee our event often times keeping us on track with next steps for the evening. We would very much recommend him for DJ services.
My husband and I would HIGHLY recommend Family DJ and Carl Bohman for weddings. He was professional, responsive, and Read more...
My husband and I would HIGHLY recommend Family DJ and Carl Bohman for weddings. He was professional, responsive, and played great music all night. He was accommodating with requests and helped emcee our event often times keeping us on track with next steps for the evening. We would very much recommend him for DJ services. Read less
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Sam
Wedding:
9/28/2012
5.0/5.0
A fantastic, professional DJ and MC! We 100% recommend Family DJ for your wedding or event. We were very fortunate to have Carl as the DJ for our wedding ceremony and reception at the Lightfoot Restaurant in Leesburg, Va on Sept. 28th,2012. Carl is a GREAT DJ and MC. He was very well prepared and had the instrumental versions of songs we needed to support several soloist singers. His timing was absolutely flawless and queued the music precisely. My sister who has worked as a wedding planner in the past commented on the high quality of Carl’s equipment, how good the sound was, and how professional he was as an MC. He was absolutely perfect. During the reception, Carl was the perfect MC as he worked through the program we gave to him with great timing and delivery. Leading up to the wedding Carl was so easy to work with. He is very personable and will accommodate whatever specific demands you have. For us, we had very specific requests for the ceremony and reception (e.g. soloist singers, microphones, etc). Carl played great music that fit each part of the wedding including mellow background music before the ceremony, good background music during dinner, and fun dance music that put everyone on the floor after dinner. Carl knew exactly what to do and when to do it. My sister is getting married next year and everyone has already requested for her to select Family DJ ! Family DJ is a top of the line DJ and MC talent, his equipment is top of the line, he is a pleasure to work with, and his prices are very reasonable. Outside of the amazing quality and incredible value, I think the best thing I can say is that every single person said they had such a great time at our wedding and there is no doubt that Carl played a very integral part in setting the atmosphere for an amazing wedding.

thanks for everything! :)

--Sam and Grace
A fantastic, professional DJ and MC! We 100% recommend Family DJ for your wedding or event. We were very fortunate to have Read more...
A fantastic, professional DJ and MC! We 100% recommend Family DJ for your wedding or event. We were very fortunate to have Carl as the DJ for our wedding ceremony and reception at the Lightfoot Restaurant in Leesburg, Va on Sept. 28th,2012. Carl is a GREAT DJ and MC. He was very well prepared and had the instrumental versions of songs we needed to support several soloist singers. His timing was absolutely flawless and queued the music precisely. My sister who has worked as a wedding planner in the past commented on the high quality of Carl’s equipment, how good the sound was, and how professional he was as an MC. He was absolutely perfect. During the reception, Carl was the perfect MC as he worked through the program we gave to him with great timing and delivery. Leading up to the wedding Carl was so easy to work with. He is very personable and will accommodate whatever specific demands you have. For us, we had very specific requests for the ceremony and reception (e.g. soloist singers, microphones, etc). Carl played great music that fit each part of the wedding including mellow background music before the ceremony, good background music during dinner, and fun dance music that put everyone on the floor after dinner. Carl knew exactly what to do and when to do it. My sister is getting married next year and everyone has already requested for her to select Family DJ ! Family DJ is a top of the line DJ and MC talent, his equipment is top of the line, he is a pleasure to work with, and his prices are very reasonable. Outside of the amazing quality and incredible value, I think the best thing I can say is that every single person said they had such a great time at our wedding and there is no doubt that Carl played a very integral part in setting the atmosphere for an amazing wedding.

thanks for everything! :)

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We were incredibly well pleased with our DJ, Carl. He was BETTER than we could have ever asked for. We danced for almost five hours straight. There were ALWAYS guests on the dance floor. I broke my toe before the wedding, and danced anyways. He made the atmosphere SO much fun!!!!

Thanks so much Carl,

--Kris and Casey
We were incredibly well pleased with our DJ, Carl. He was BETTER than we could have ever asked for. We danced for almost Read more...
We were incredibly well pleased with our DJ, Carl. He was BETTER than we could have ever asked for. We danced for almost five hours straight. There were ALWAYS guests on the dance floor. I broke my toe before the wedding, and danced anyways. He made the atmosphere SO much fun!!!!

Thanks so much Carl,

--Kris and Casey Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
4/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Carl is amazing! He did an incredible job DJing our wedding this past April 13, 2012. He was extremely professional, and his prices are awesome (GREAT value!). He was the perfect DJ at our wedding - great speaker, played a fabulous selection of music (and he let us submit a playlist, too!), and the dance floor lighting was just awesome! Highly recommend! Thanks, Carl!
Carl is amazing! He did an incredible job DJing our wedding this past April 13, 2012. He was extremely professional, and Read more...
Carl is amazing! He did an incredible job DJing our wedding this past April 13, 2012. He was extremely professional, and his prices are awesome (GREAT value!). He was the perfect DJ at our wedding - great speaker, played a fabulous selection of music (and he let us submit a playlist, too!), and the dance floor lighting was just awesome! Highly recommend! Thanks, Carl! Read less
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Judith
Wedding:
12/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Family DJ is perfect for a multi-generational family wedding! We had ages one-year-old baby to 85-year-old grandparents, with a lot of young adults in-between -- and Carl provided music that kept everyone happy and moving (plus, he's debonair and charming) -- thank you for perfect wedding reception music!
Judith Graham, mom of the bride
Family DJ is perfect for a multi-generational family wedding! We had ages one-year-old baby to 85-year-old grandparents, Read more...
Family DJ is perfect for a multi-generational family wedding! We had ages one-year-old baby to 85-year-old grandparents, with a lot of young adults in-between -- and Carl provided music that kept everyone happy and moving (plus, he's debonair and charming) -- thank you for perfect wedding reception music!
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rachael.lussos
Wedding:
12/30/2011
5.0/5.0
I am so happy I went with Family DJ for my wedding reception. He respected all of my requests (such as the "play" and "do not play" lists), and he accommodated last-minute schedule changes very well. Everyone enjoyed listening to the music he played during dinner, and as soon as he started the dance music, the dance floor was crowded. He did a great job of playing music that appealed to all ages--kids, teenagers, and young and older adults were all dancing at the same time and having a lot of fun. Family DJ is a great value, but most importantly he's a great DJ.
I am so happy I went with Family DJ for my wedding reception. He respected all of my requests (such as the "play" and "do Read more...
I am so happy I went with Family DJ for my wedding reception. He respected all of my requests (such as the "play" and "do not play" lists), and he accommodated last-minute schedule changes very well. Everyone enjoyed listening to the music he played during dinner, and as soon as he started the dance music, the dance floor was crowded. He did a great job of playing music that appealed to all ages--kids, teenagers, and young and older adults were all dancing at the same time and having a lot of fun. Family DJ is a great value, but most importantly he's a great DJ. Read less
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Randal
Wedding:
12/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Excellent DJ. Great sound and light system. Great interaction with bride, groom, and planners. Great music variety from fun fast-paced dance music to romantic and meaningful ballads and love songs. Fun and appropriate music for all ages from toddlers to grandparents. Very professional. Great value.
Excellent DJ. Great sound and light system. Great interaction with bride, groom, and planners. Great music variety from Read more...
Excellent DJ. Great sound and light system. Great interaction with bride, groom, and planners. Great music variety from fun fast-paced dance music to romantic and meaningful ballads and love songs. Fun and appropriate music for all ages from toddlers to grandparents. Very professional. Great value. Read less
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Elementary Pres.
Wedding:
12/9/2011
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have asked for a better DJ for our Elementary School Dance. He knows what the kids like and what the parents want. Everybody had a good time no matter how young or old!

Thanks!!!!
We couldn't have asked for a better DJ for our Elementary School Dance. He knows what the kids like and what the parents Read more...
We couldn't have asked for a better DJ for our Elementary School Dance. He knows what the kids like and what the parents want. Everybody had a good time no matter how young or old!

Thanks!!!! Read less
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justinrturner
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Carl is an excellent DJ and very easy to work with. He helped to set a relaxed and fun mood for our wedding reception. At my request, he even came out on to the dance floor and provided some dance instruction on Cotton Eyed Joe. Not many DJs I know would do that. Carl was also able to be flexible through some confusion about timing of specific dances (not caused by Carl). Overall, Carl did a fantastic job and we highly recommend him!
Carl is an excellent DJ and very easy to work with. He helped to set a relaxed and fun mood for our wedding reception. At Read more...
Carl is an excellent DJ and very easy to work with. He helped to set a relaxed and fun mood for our wedding reception. At my request, he even came out on to the dance floor and provided some dance instruction on Cotton Eyed Joe. Not many DJs I know would do that. Carl was also able to be flexible through some confusion about timing of specific dances (not caused by Carl). Overall, Carl did a fantastic job and we highly recommend him! Read less
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Family DJ responded with the following comments:

Thanks, Justin. Your wedding and reception were wonderful. I was glad to be a part of that. Good luck to you and Carrie!
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Tri
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
The DJ for my wedding was great. He had time to meet us beforehand and discuss the types of music we wanted and he even made a lot of suggestions because we didn't really know about what kind of music we should include in our wedding. He definitely showed us a wealth of his musical knowledge. The music that he helped pick out was enjoyed by everyone at the event. Not even one complaint, which is pretty special since most of the family and guests are asian and tend to nick pick on everything and anything.
The DJ for my wedding was great. He had time to meet us beforehand and discuss the types of music we wanted and he even Read more...
The DJ for my wedding was great. He had time to meet us beforehand and discuss the types of music we wanted and he even made a lot of suggestions because we didn't really know about what kind of music we should include in our wedding. He definitely showed us a wealth of his musical knowledge. The music that he helped pick out was enjoyed by everyone at the event. Not even one complaint, which is pretty special since most of the family and guests are asian and tend to nick pick on everything and anything. Read less
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Iris
Wedding:
6/1/2013
4.9/5.0
Carl did a great job DJ'ing our wedding reception. Many of the guests commented on his professionalism, and he kept folks dancing the entire evening. He was flexible and laid-back in helping with the selection of music for a some aspects of the reception when my husband and I did not have specific ideas/requests. He was helpful and friendly during the set-up and worked well with our day-of-coordinator to make sure the evening went smoothly. Thanks, Carl!
Carl did a great job DJ'ing our wedding reception. Many of the guests commented on his professionalism, and he kept folks Read more...
Carl did a great job DJ'ing our wedding reception. Many of the guests commented on his professionalism, and he kept folks dancing the entire evening. He was flexible and laid-back in helping with the selection of music for a some aspects of the reception when my husband and I did not have specific ideas/requests. He was helpful and friendly during the set-up and worked well with our day-of-coordinator to make sure the evening went smoothly. Thanks, Carl! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/29/2012
4.1/5.0
My only complaint is the lack of communication in response to emails leading up to the wedding. This did cause some unnecessary stress. I personally prefer email communication so I can reference back (especially when planning such a big event) and perhaps Family DJ would have been more receptive to phone calls. That aside, the dance floor was PACKED the entire night! Family DJ played all of our requested songs and was a great MC. Everyone loved the music and didn't want to stop dancing! The uplighting and disco ball created a fun atmosphere! A good DJ was important to us and Family DJ really made the wedding a blast!
My only complaint is the lack of communication in response to emails leading up to the wedding. This did cause some Read more...
My only complaint is the lack of communication in response to emails leading up to the wedding. This did cause some unnecessary stress. I personally prefer email communication so I can reference back (especially when planning such a big event) and perhaps Family DJ would have been more receptive to phone calls. That aside, the dance floor was PACKED the entire night! Family DJ played all of our requested songs and was a great MC. Everyone loved the music and didn't want to stop dancing! The uplighting and disco ball created a fun atmosphere! A good DJ was important to us and Family DJ really made the wedding a blast! Read less
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Family DJ responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your honest review. I appreciate all feedback.

It was a pleasure serving as DJ and MC for your wedding and reception and I am glad to hear that everyone had a great time and that the lighting options worked out so well for you. I sincerely apologize for adding any stress to your big day and am actively reviewing my records and procedures to avoid any similar concerns in the future.

Congratulations once again on a beautiful wedding and a wonderful reception!

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