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Sound by Design

Shorewood , WI

LOCATION

4042 N Oakland Ave.
Shorewood, WI US 53211 (map)
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ABOUT US

Sound By Design take a modern and elegant approach to entertainment while helping couples throw an amazing celebration. We want you to sit back and enjoy your biggest day. In addition to... Read more
Sound By Design take a modern and elegant approach to entertainment while helping couples throw an amazing celebration. We want you to sit back and enjoy your biggest day. In addition to packing the dance floor, we are going to help guide you through the entire evening. Reading through the reviews on SBD you will see a constant theme: great mix of music, very professional and we had the time of our lives. Contact us today as we'd love to hear more about your bid day! Read less
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INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
We take a modern elegant approach to entertainment. We don't do the gimmicks, games or corny stuff. Instead we play great music all night to get people out there and dancing. In addition we take on a "wedding coordinator" role to help guide you through the entire night.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
Not At All! This is your wedding and we want you to have as much input on the playlist as you would like.
What is your usual attire?
Our staff will dress in business professional attire. We go for a "QG" look to make sure we look appropriate for the wedding.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
As long as we can purchase it via iTunes or other major sites, we have no problem getting the pre requested songs. Otherwise we will work with you to make sure we have everything we need before hand.
How many other DJs do you work with?
All of our staff is our own. We do not sub contract to other companies. This helps us guarantee the quality.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
We just have one package for up to 7 hours. Some couples use us for all 7 and others less.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Our DJs are all fantastic and have been with us for many years. When you book with SBD, you have the peace of mind knowing that you are going to get someone that is going to be a perfect fit for you. We will assign the DJ 30 days before the wedding and you can meet with them to go over all the details. This all helps make sure you feel comfortable and confident before your wedding day.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
Yes- We have DJs that are very experienced with multicultural weddings.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Sometimes the do-not-play list is more important than the play list. Let us know what you hate and we will make sure it is not played.
Do you bring your own equipment?
We will bring everything we need for the night. All you need to supply is a power outlet and we will do the rest.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
We do not have the big light truce set up with disco balls or laser lights. Instead we include uplighting in our DJ package to go around the dance floor. This helps things look like you are at a wedding as opposed to a middle school dance.
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 will arrive 1 hour before the event which is plenty of time for us to set up. We do not need any tables for our set up.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
No
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Never
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
We will make the necessary announcements throughout the night. We will not be on the mic making jokes or trying the steal the show. Instead we will professionally MC to make sure there is a nice flow to the night.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
The best way to get people motivated is to play great music. We rely on our music knowledge and ability to read the crowd. When you read reviews on SBD you will see a constant theme: Dance floor was packed, great mix of music and everyone had a great time.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We never take breaks. There will be two DJs there that night. One is your main point of contact and the other is the assistant. We do ask that you provide a meal as we will be there all night.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
We do not take breaks.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
We plan for every contingency. We will have back up equipment on site. We also have more than enough capable staff to fill in incase of emergencies. You will always be taken care of regardless of what comes up.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
With our fantastic staff, we are able to do multiple weddings per night. However, we are not out there to do every wedding. We want to make sure every wedding is to the same level of quality service. We will cap ourselves depending on the availability of our staff.
What is your overtime rate?
$75/half hour
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Anything over 1.5 hours from our Shorewood office we will add travel depending on the final distance.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
$200-400 depending on the date.

REVIEWS

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dierdre
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
We used Sound By Design for our Photo Booth, it was so much fun and they were very professional, the women who helped was very nice and very helpful, they gave the guests props to use for the pictures and everyone seems to have fun with it! Everyone who took a picture got a picture and then we got a picture as well. Then at the end of the night the attendent took all the pictures and put the in a leather looking book for us, it is beautiful and fun!!!
We used Sound By Design for our Photo Booth, it was so much fun and they were very professional, the women who helped was Read more...
We used Sound By Design for our Photo Booth, it was so much fun and they were very professional, the women who helped was very nice and very helpful, they gave the guests props to use for the pictures and everyone seems to have fun with it! Everyone who took a picture got a picture and then we got a picture as well. Then at the end of the night the attendent took all the pictures and put the in a leather looking book for us, it is beautiful and fun!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sound By Design provided the best DJ and Photobooth services out there! I have been to several weddings they DJ'd for and I had no doubt they would be anything less than exceptional! Their personalized online song selection site for each client is the best! I could go on anytime I thought of a song and add it. They were helpful and the venue event told me that this was one of the best DJ companies they've worked with!

Everyone should have a Photobooth! It is seriously worth the money because guests love it!
Sound By Design provided the best DJ and Photobooth services out there! I have been to several weddings they DJ'd for and Read more...
Sound By Design provided the best DJ and Photobooth services out there! I have been to several weddings they DJ'd for and I had no doubt they would be anything less than exceptional! Their personalized online song selection site for each client is the best! I could go on anytime I thought of a song and add it. They were helpful and the venue event told me that this was one of the best DJ companies they've worked with!

Everyone should have a Photobooth! It is seriously worth the money because guests love it! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are so happy that we chose Sound By Design for our wedding DJ, photo booth, and uplighting. Parker, our head DJ, kept our dance floor packed from the beginning of dancing until the end. The uplighting was beautiful and better than I ever could have imagined, and the photo booth was quite popular and it was great to get a book with all the photos right away. Everyone from Sound By Design that we worked with from our first meeting until after the wedding was helpful, respectful, and knowledgeable, without being pushy. A number of our guests said that our wedding and DJ were the best they've ever seen, and we had the time of our lives. Thanks Parker and Sound By Design for helping to make our wedding truly unforgettable!
Kelly and Matt
My husband and I are so happy that we chose Sound By Design for our wedding DJ, photo booth, and uplighting. Parker, our Read more...
My husband and I are so happy that we chose Sound By Design for our wedding DJ, photo booth, and uplighting. Parker, our head DJ, kept our dance floor packed from the beginning of dancing until the end. The uplighting was beautiful and better than I ever could have imagined, and the photo booth was quite popular and it was great to get a book with all the photos right away. Everyone from Sound By Design that we worked with from our first meeting until after the wedding was helpful, respectful, and knowledgeable, without being pushy. A number of our guests said that our wedding and DJ were the best they've ever seen, and we had the time of our lives. Thanks Parker and Sound By Design for helping to make our wedding truly unforgettable!
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Alyssa
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
My wedding was two days ago, and I will continue raving about Sound by Design for years to come! Scott was the most amazing DJ and really helped pull our wedding together. He kept us on our timeline of activities and also set a great atmosphere. I was getting compliments all night long on how great the music was. Scott was in tune with the age group and mood of our guests and selected his song choices accordingly. Our lighting was also beautiful and the music for our ceremony was flawless. Thank you so much for helping Josh and I celebrate our day, we couldn't have had the same beautiful day without you!
My wedding was two days ago, and I will continue raving about Sound by Design for years to come! Scott was the most Read more...
My wedding was two days ago, and I will continue raving about Sound by Design for years to come! Scott was the most amazing DJ and really helped pull our wedding together. He kept us on our timeline of activities and also set a great atmosphere. I was getting compliments all night long on how great the music was. Scott was in tune with the age group and mood of our guests and selected his song choices accordingly. Our lighting was also beautiful and the music for our ceremony was flawless. Thank you so much for helping Josh and I celebrate our day, we couldn't have had the same beautiful day without you! Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Torie was amazing!!!! He did everything we asked for and more. He knew exactly what to play when and even preempted some of our requests-- it was as though he knew what we wanted before we did! He was courteous, kind, and absolutely a blast to have at our wedding.
Torie was amazing!!!! He did everything we asked for and more. He knew exactly what to play when and even preempted some Read more...
Torie was amazing!!!! He did everything we asked for and more. He knew exactly what to play when and even preempted some of our requests-- it was as though he knew what we wanted before we did! He was courteous, kind, and absolutely a blast to have at our wedding. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
David was our DJ for our Indian/American fusion wedding. We had him for our Friday Indian reception and our Saturday American reception. He kept the dance floor packed both nights. Even though he was there for two nights, he kept the music different between the two nights - although he repeated a few songs he knew were huge hits :) He did a great job of blending the Indian and American music together, and still keeping everyone dancing. Very professional and fun at the same time. He was a great addition to our wedding!
David was our DJ for our Indian/American fusion wedding. We had him for our Friday Indian reception and our Saturday Read more...
David was our DJ for our Indian/American fusion wedding. We had him for our Friday Indian reception and our Saturday American reception. He kept the dance floor packed both nights. Even though he was there for two nights, he kept the music different between the two nights - although he repeated a few songs he knew were huge hits :) He did a great job of blending the Indian and American music together, and still keeping everyone dancing. Very professional and fun at the same time. He was a great addition to our wedding! Read less
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Katy0228
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Just got married at Alpine Valley Resort yesterday. Dylan was our main DJ and Tyler was our 2nd DJ. These two were AMAZING! First off, Dylan communicated with us ALL night to make sure we were all on the same page. He was also able to get our rowdy bridal party in order :) They had to set up in two different rooms...this was not an issue to them at all, which made us extremely relieved. They played everything we wanted and they 100% kept people on the dance floor the ENTIRE night, and they were full of energy as they were playing the music. I have been to 3 weddings where Sound by Design were the DJ's and had a great time at each one, and this company did not disappoint me at my own wedding. All of the guys that work there are fantastic, but Dylan and Tyler took home the gold medal! Thank you again so much for such an amazing night.
Just got married at Alpine Valley Resort yesterday. Dylan was our main DJ and Tyler was our 2nd DJ. These two were Read more...
Just got married at Alpine Valley Resort yesterday. Dylan was our main DJ and Tyler was our 2nd DJ. These two were AMAZING! First off, Dylan communicated with us ALL night to make sure we were all on the same page. He was also able to get our rowdy bridal party in order :) They had to set up in two different rooms...this was not an issue to them at all, which made us extremely relieved. They played everything we wanted and they 100% kept people on the dance floor the ENTIRE night, and they were full of energy as they were playing the music. I have been to 3 weddings where Sound by Design were the DJ's and had a great time at each one, and this company did not disappoint me at my own wedding. All of the guys that work there are fantastic, but Dylan and Tyler took home the gold medal! Thank you again so much for such an amazing night. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Keep the dance floor packed all night long!
Keep the dance floor packed all night long!
Keep the dance floor packed all night long! Read less
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sarah
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Dylan was AMAZING. Just 2 weeks before the wedding he contacted me to meet and finalize plans. In a short 15 minute meeting he took some notes, and we were on our way. How he captured exactly who my husband and I were in that short period of time is beyond me. The music was spot on, exactly what we wanted, and even with a brief technology glitch, he was calm and made a quick save. He was fun, friendly, and easy-going. It was amazing to have him play such a vital role in the wedding and I am more than happy with the service he gave to us.
Dylan was AMAZING. Just 2 weeks before the wedding he contacted me to meet and finalize plans. In a short 15 minute Read more...
Dylan was AMAZING. Just 2 weeks before the wedding he contacted me to meet and finalize plans. In a short 15 minute meeting he took some notes, and we were on our way. How he captured exactly who my husband and I were in that short period of time is beyond me. The music was spot on, exactly what we wanted, and even with a brief technology glitch, he was calm and made a quick save. He was fun, friendly, and easy-going. It was amazing to have him play such a vital role in the wedding and I am more than happy with the service he gave to us. Read less
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Jennie
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Sound by Design is a great vendor. They were quick to respond, nice to work with and a lot of fun at the reception! They also have photobooths and give you an album with copies of the pics. Then the DJs and photobooths attendant took a picture for the back of the album. Super cute!
Sound by Design is a great vendor. They were quick to respond, nice to work with and a lot of fun at the reception! They Read more...
Sound by Design is a great vendor. They were quick to respond, nice to work with and a lot of fun at the reception! They also have photobooths and give you an album with copies of the pics. Then the DJs and photobooths attendant took a picture for the back of the album. Super cute! Read less
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Jon
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
We were very impressed by the professionalism we saw that night. Our specific DJ's were Josh and Matt; they were enthusiastic and accommodating the entire night. The LED lights looked FANTASTIC! The number one compliment we have been receiving about our wedding is “That was the most fun we have ever had at a wedding and I can’t believe how good the music was!! The dance floor was full the ENTIRE time!” Sound by Design is an incredible company and we enjoyed working with the whole team. They have left a lasting impression for us to remember our wedding and we can’t thank them enough. It goes without saying if anybody asks who we would recommend as a DJ for a wedding or any other event our answer would be “SOUND BY DESIGN is the best, hands down!!”
Jon and Sam Schultz married November 2nd, 2013 at Pier Wisconsin
We were very impressed by the professionalism we saw that night. Our specific DJ's were Josh and Matt; they were Read more...
We were very impressed by the professionalism we saw that night. Our specific DJ's were Josh and Matt; they were enthusiastic and accommodating the entire night. The LED lights looked FANTASTIC! The number one compliment we have been receiving about our wedding is “That was the most fun we have ever had at a wedding and I can’t believe how good the music was!! The dance floor was full the ENTIRE time!” Sound by Design is an incredible company and we enjoyed working with the whole team. They have left a lasting impression for us to remember our wedding and we can’t thank them enough. It goes without saying if anybody asks who we would recommend as a DJ for a wedding or any other event our answer would be “SOUND BY DESIGN is the best, hands down!!”
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Andi
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Great people and great lighting! We used SBD for our wedding lighting and they were awesome. First and foremost, they do a great job. The team goes above and beyond to ensure everything is perfect and it was. Our tents looked amazing thanks for their hard work.

More than that, they are the people you want around for your wedding. On the day of our wedding we had serious issues with rain and they were there to help ensure not only that there lights were working but also stepped in to help us with other problems we were having. Our wedding philosophy was only to work with people we liked and we LOVED these guys. Seriously great. Highly recommend without a single hesitation.
Great people and great lighting! We used SBD for our wedding lighting and they were awesome. First and foremost, they do a Read more...
Great people and great lighting! We used SBD for our wedding lighting and they were awesome. First and foremost, they do a great job. The team goes above and beyond to ensure everything is perfect and it was. Our tents looked amazing thanks for their hard work.

More than that, they are the people you want around for your wedding. On the day of our wedding we had serious issues with rain and they were there to help ensure not only that there lights were working but also stepped in to help us with other problems we were having. Our wedding philosophy was only to work with people we liked and we LOVED these guys. Seriously great. Highly recommend without a single hesitation. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Josh and Torie were our DJ's and they were AMAZING. Our guests were dancing all night long! We are still hearing compliments from our guests on their great service! We would highly recommend them!!!
Josh and Torie were our DJ's and they were AMAZING. Our guests were dancing all night long! We are still hearing Read more...
Josh and Torie were our DJ's and they were AMAZING. Our guests were dancing all night long! We are still hearing compliments from our guests on their great service! We would highly recommend them!!! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
I just wanted to take a quick moment and let you know how pleased my new husband and I were with Scott and Jake at our wedding. He did a really wonderful job. Our dance floor was full the entire night and our guests had a blast. My family and friends were blown away. We are so glad that we chose Sound By Design for our wedding and will recommend them to anyone we know.
I just wanted to take a quick moment and let you know how pleased my new husband and I were with Scott and Jake at our Read more...
I just wanted to take a quick moment and let you know how pleased my new husband and I were with Scott and Jake at our wedding. He did a really wonderful job. Our dance floor was full the entire night and our guests had a blast. My family and friends were blown away. We are so glad that we chose Sound By Design for our wedding and will recommend them to anyone we know. Read less
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Hermzy
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
My daughter had Chris and Jake D.J. their wedding. It was fabulous. The dance floor was never empty! We had so much fun, that people from the other wedding at the venue tried to crash our event!
My daughter had Chris and Jake D.J. their wedding. It was fabulous. The dance floor was never empty! We had so much fun, Read more...
My daughter had Chris and Jake D.J. their wedding. It was fabulous. The dance floor was never empty! We had so much fun, that people from the other wedding at the venue tried to crash our event! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
So, I was pretty skeptical to find out that I had a DJ that I could find ZERO reviews on! My question now is WHY NOT?!? DUSTIN was amazing! He kept me posted and helped me with everything, unfortunately we did not have the privilige of meeting with him before the wedding, but instantly, I knew everything would be okay!! When Jeremy and I arrived at the venue Dustin immediately found me and introduced himself, I quickly pulled him aside and informed him that I was totally blowing it and I had yet to choose songs for the bridal party to walk down the aisle to and also for our family sand ceremony...Dustin told me no worries, and I had none, and he played perfect songs, all of his transitions were seamless. Throughout the night he did his best to check in with me before he did each announcement. And as many reviews say...my dance floor was full the entire evening! He did his best to keep up with everyone's requests. My grandma was the only one to complain, saying she wanted to hear more slow songs...in my opinion, I didn't miss them!! Dustin also did a great job with keeping the music going on into dinner, I asked for old love songs, and he did just that, it was perfect, he kept the volume low during speeches and no one said they couldn't hear. It was great. I also need to say something about David and his lighting, WOW and thank you!! David did some spot lighting and up-lighting throughout the entire venue, it was stunning, the colors were changed throughout the evening. Dustin even adjusted the lighting when he brought out the glow wands and glow necklaces! What a perfect evening. THANK YOU SBD!!
So, I was pretty skeptical to find out that I had a DJ that I could find ZERO reviews on! My question now is WHY NOT?!? Read more...
So, I was pretty skeptical to find out that I had a DJ that I could find ZERO reviews on! My question now is WHY NOT?!? DUSTIN was amazing! He kept me posted and helped me with everything, unfortunately we did not have the privilige of meeting with him before the wedding, but instantly, I knew everything would be okay!! When Jeremy and I arrived at the venue Dustin immediately found me and introduced himself, I quickly pulled him aside and informed him that I was totally blowing it and I had yet to choose songs for the bridal party to walk down the aisle to and also for our family sand ceremony...Dustin told me no worries, and I had none, and he played perfect songs, all of his transitions were seamless. Throughout the night he did his best to check in with me before he did each announcement. And as many reviews say...my dance floor was full the entire evening! He did his best to keep up with everyone's requests. My grandma was the only one to complain, saying she wanted to hear more slow songs...in my opinion, I didn't miss them!! Dustin also did a great job with keeping the music going on into dinner, I asked for old love songs, and he did just that, it was perfect, he kept the volume low during speeches and no one said they couldn't hear. It was great. I also need to say something about David and his lighting, WOW and thank you!! David did some spot lighting and up-lighting throughout the entire venue, it was stunning, the colors were changed throughout the evening. Dustin even adjusted the lighting when he brought out the glow wands and glow necklaces! What a perfect evening. THANK YOU SBD!! Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Can't speak highly enough about the service or the 2 DJs we had at the wedding! From the first meeting to sign contract to the end of the night the communication of the company was remarkable!
Can't speak highly enough about the service or the 2 DJs we had at the wedding! From the first meeting to sign contract to Read more...
Can't speak highly enough about the service or the 2 DJs we had at the wedding! From the first meeting to sign contract to the end of the night the communication of the company was remarkable! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
We worked with Josh from Sound by Design. From the beginning after reading reviews online and talking to our venue, we knew they were the best guys in town. They have a cool studio that gave us the right vibe, too, and we didn't go through the hassle of interviewing any other companies. We wanted a classy DJ who could satisfy our relatives and then heat it up for our friends. We live in Washington, DC, and had friends coming in from London, LA, NYC, etc., and knew we had to click with the DJ and really trust him to make our reception a hit. We talked a lot about what we like and don't like, but gave him very little in terms of a playlist so he could just go with the crowd. And, Josh did it! Our friends continue to tell me how they got completely sucked up by the wedding and have been raving about it to others since. They also did a great job with the lighting.

My one comment is to make sure that the DJ's on the same page with the caterer so all of the events happen at the time that's mutually agreeable. I think everyone was having so much fun dancing that we missed the cake cutting timing and they ended up serving it before we officially cut it.
We worked with Josh from Sound by Design. From the beginning after reading reviews online and talking to our venue, we Read more...
We worked with Josh from Sound by Design. From the beginning after reading reviews online and talking to our venue, we knew they were the best guys in town. They have a cool studio that gave us the right vibe, too, and we didn't go through the hassle of interviewing any other companies. We wanted a classy DJ who could satisfy our relatives and then heat it up for our friends. We live in Washington, DC, and had friends coming in from London, LA, NYC, etc., and knew we had to click with the DJ and really trust him to make our reception a hit. We talked a lot about what we like and don't like, but gave him very little in terms of a playlist so he could just go with the crowd. And, Josh did it! Our friends continue to tell me how they got completely sucked up by the wedding and have been raving about it to others since. They also did a great job with the lighting.

My one comment is to make sure that the DJ's on the same page with the caterer so all of the events happen at the time that's mutually agreeable. I think everyone was having so much fun dancing that we missed the cake cutting timing and they ended up serving it before we officially cut it. Read less
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Cara
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about the wonderful service that we received from Sound by Desigh. We had no doubt that everything would be perfect, but once again my friends at Sound by Design have exceeding our expectations again! The lighting added the perfect ambiance to the room and made our decorations at the PAC pop! Honestly, the room wouldn’t have been half as beautiful without the up lighting! John and Bo made sure that everything ran smoothly and helped us to pick up the pace after things ran a little behind schedule. Best of all, I can’t even begin to describe how packed the dance floor was all night and how much fun our guests had dancing! I don’t think there was a single moment in the night where our guests weren’t dancing shoulder-to-shoulder! Our guests seriously had the best time and I know that SBD was a big part of that!
I cannot say enough about the wonderful service that we received from Sound by Desigh. We had no doubt that everything Read more...
I cannot say enough about the wonderful service that we received from Sound by Desigh. We had no doubt that everything would be perfect, but once again my friends at Sound by Design have exceeding our expectations again! The lighting added the perfect ambiance to the room and made our decorations at the PAC pop! Honestly, the room wouldn’t have been half as beautiful without the up lighting! John and Bo made sure that everything ran smoothly and helped us to pick up the pace after things ran a little behind schedule. Best of all, I can’t even begin to describe how packed the dance floor was all night and how much fun our guests had dancing! I don’t think there was a single moment in the night where our guests weren’t dancing shoulder-to-shoulder! Our guests seriously had the best time and I know that SBD was a big part of that! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Sound by Design is awesome! I booked them based on some recommendations from friends, saw a couple of their DJ's at work a couple months before my wedding, and couldn't wait to see how they did! Thomas and Josh were great! They picked just the right music to keep the party hopping--so hopping, in fact, that our dance floor started coming apart and our guests wouldn't get off the floor so the hotel could fix it. They had to work around the guests to fix the thing! So funny to watch and thankfully no one got hurt. They were definitely worth their weight in gold, and really are a great partner in making your party one to remember! Best DJ's I've seen in the Milwaukee/Madison area for sure. We just stuck with their basic lighting package and received a lot of compliments on how nice it looked. Way better than the cheesy and obnoxious lighting with a lot of other DJ's.
Sound by Design is awesome! I booked them based on some recommendations from friends, saw a couple of their DJ's at work a Read more...
Sound by Design is awesome! I booked them based on some recommendations from friends, saw a couple of their DJ's at work a couple months before my wedding, and couldn't wait to see how they did! Thomas and Josh were great! They picked just the right music to keep the party hopping--so hopping, in fact, that our dance floor started coming apart and our guests wouldn't get off the floor so the hotel could fix it. They had to work around the guests to fix the thing! So funny to watch and thankfully no one got hurt. They were definitely worth their weight in gold, and really are a great partner in making your party one to remember! Best DJ's I've seen in the Milwaukee/Madison area for sure. We just stuck with their basic lighting package and received a lot of compliments on how nice it looked. Way better than the cheesy and obnoxious lighting with a lot of other DJ's. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/28/2012
5.0/5.0
best dj, best lighting! i was amazed by it all! one moment stood out that i will never forget. john, the dj, and i had discussed this song by janet devlin. he told me that he knew i wanted the song played and he completely understood why because her voice is hauntingly beautiful making the song send chills down your spine. he asked me if it would be ok if he would pick when it got played...maybe right before my groom and i said goodnight?! i don't know what he did to make this happen, or if it was a God sent coincidence. anyways, every bride knows that from the moment she walks down the aisle on, her groom and her will not get a moment alone. but, all of sudden, john played "the" song and my groom and i were the only 2 anywhere on the dance floor...in fact anywhere near the dance floor. we danced to the song as we held each other tight and i cried because it was the most perfect moment where we were the only 2 in the world and we transformed into husband and wife. what dj can get the dance floor going, and yet create this moment? thank you!
best dj, best lighting! i was amazed by it all! one moment stood out that i will never forget. john, the dj, and i had Read more...
best dj, best lighting! i was amazed by it all! one moment stood out that i will never forget. john, the dj, and i had discussed this song by janet devlin. he told me that he knew i wanted the song played and he completely understood why because her voice is hauntingly beautiful making the song send chills down your spine. he asked me if it would be ok if he would pick when it got played...maybe right before my groom and i said goodnight?! i don't know what he did to make this happen, or if it was a God sent coincidence. anyways, every bride knows that from the moment she walks down the aisle on, her groom and her will not get a moment alone. but, all of sudden, john played "the" song and my groom and i were the only 2 anywhere on the dance floor...in fact anywhere near the dance floor. we danced to the song as we held each other tight and i cried because it was the most perfect moment where we were the only 2 in the world and we transformed into husband and wife. what dj can get the dance floor going, and yet create this moment? thank you! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Jamie
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Paul was great to work with! We had a packed dance floor all night and he was super flexible. He had great suggestions and made the night prefect. He customized our night just the way we wanted. I would highly recommend working with them!
Paul was great to work with! We had a packed dance floor all night and he was super flexible. He had great suggestions and Read more...
Paul was great to work with! We had a packed dance floor all night and he was super flexible. He had great suggestions and made the night prefect. He customized our night just the way we wanted. I would highly recommend working with them! Read less
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ashley
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
WOW sums it up in one word! Having an amazing DJ is such a crucial part of making your reception a success and I am soooo thankful that i went with this crew. From start to finish they listened to my needs and my every request a reality. Their DJs are fun, happy to be there and really engaging with the people- they get them on the dance floor! My reception was a non-stop dance party (after dinner..) thanks to them which was exactly what i wanted! Their professionalism cant be matched and really make your party come to life with the music selection! Trust in these guys ;)
WOW sums it up in one word! Having an amazing DJ is such a crucial part of making your reception a success and I am soooo Read more...
WOW sums it up in one word! Having an amazing DJ is such a crucial part of making your reception a success and I am soooo thankful that i went with this crew. From start to finish they listened to my needs and my every request a reality. Their DJs are fun, happy to be there and really engaging with the people- they get them on the dance floor! My reception was a non-stop dance party (after dinner..) thanks to them which was exactly what i wanted! Their professionalism cant be matched and really make your party come to life with the music selection! Trust in these guys ;) Read less
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Jillian
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I found Sound by Design Chicago at a bridal show in Chicago. They have an extensive following in Wisconsin and are just starting their Chicago branch.

I'm so pleased that we chose Torie and SBD for our DJ. We met with Torie about a month before our wedding to go over the schedule for the day, and music choices and the announcements. Above all, Torie made me feel like I was in capable hands. I was a fairly stressed bride with one month to go and Torie was calming, sincere, and made me feel like he was going to take care of absolutely everything.

We used Sound by Design for both our ceremony music and the reception. The ceremony was a little tricky because it was outside and the closest electrical plug was 250 feet away. But, Torie accommodated everything and our ceremony music was perfect.

Torie was equally excellent at doing our reception music. Our dance floor was packed the entire night and even in the two weeks after the wedding, family and friends have been raving about how excellent Torie was at keeping the flow of music going.

I had an amazing time on my wedding day and much of it was because Torie did an excellent job with the music and with the announcements. I'm very pleased that we chose Sound By Design and would definitely recommend SBD to our friends.
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My husband and I found Sound by Design Chicago at a bridal show in Chicago. They have an extensive following in Wisconsin and are just starting their Chicago branch.

I'm so pleased that we chose Torie and SBD for our DJ. We met with Torie about a month before our wedding to go over the schedule for the day, and music choices and the announcements. Above all, Torie made me feel like I was in capable hands. I was a fairly stressed bride with one month to go and Torie was calming, sincere, and made me feel like he was going to take care of absolutely everything.

We used Sound by Design for both our ceremony music and the reception. The ceremony was a little tricky because it was outside and the closest electrical plug was 250 feet away. But, Torie accommodated everything and our ceremony music was perfect.

Torie was equally excellent at doing our reception music. Our dance floor was packed the entire night and even in the two weeks after the wedding, family and friends have been raving about how excellent Torie was at keeping the flow of music going.

I had an amazing time on my wedding day and much of it was because Torie did an excellent job with the music and with the announcements. I'm very pleased that we chose Sound By Design and would definitely recommend SBD to our friends. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
5/25/2012
5.0/5.0
We chose Sound By Design as our DJ. By far they were the best value for a DJ. Torie was great to work with, he replied to our questions quickly always. He really made it his job to get to know us and our music tastes which are very different from each other.Torie himself was our DJ. He worked to use all the different kinds of music we liked throughout the day. He was super helpful with setting up microphones for our singers in the ceremony, and was able to have music outdoors for the cocktail hour and then moving it inside for the reception. He also set up lighting and video equipment as a last minute request a few days earlier. Once the dancing started the dancefloor was packed! The music was awesome and people danced all night. We received so many compliments on the music and dancing, and we have a lot of dancers in our family and friends who know what they're talking about :) It was a great experience working with Sound By Design. I highly recommend them for your event or wedding!
We chose Sound By Design as our DJ. By far they were the best value for a DJ. Torie was great to work with, he replied to Read more...
We chose Sound By Design as our DJ. By far they were the best value for a DJ. Torie was great to work with, he replied to our questions quickly always. He really made it his job to get to know us and our music tastes which are very different from each other.Torie himself was our DJ. He worked to use all the different kinds of music we liked throughout the day. He was super helpful with setting up microphones for our singers in the ceremony, and was able to have music outdoors for the cocktail hour and then moving it inside for the reception. He also set up lighting and video equipment as a last minute request a few days earlier. Once the dancing started the dancefloor was packed! The music was awesome and people danced all night. We received so many compliments on the music and dancing, and we have a lot of dancers in our family and friends who know what they're talking about :) It was a great experience working with Sound By Design. I highly recommend them for your event or wedding! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
4/27/2012
5.0/5.0
David was super cool, fun, played all the right music and kept our friends dancing all night long, of all ages!!
Use them!!!
David was super cool, fun, played all the right music and kept our friends dancing all night long, of all ages!!
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David was super cool, fun, played all the right music and kept our friends dancing all night long, of all ages!!
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MaryK
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
David and Paul from Sound by Design were so professional and easy to work with. The lighting really made a difference at the venue and the music was awesome! They played every song that you love but can't remember the names to. David kept the dance floor bumping the whole night and really helped it run smoothly with the first dance, cake cutting and speeches. We received so many compliments on our DJ. I would recommend them to anyone!
David and Paul from Sound by Design were so professional and easy to work with. The lighting really made a difference at Read more...
David and Paul from Sound by Design were so professional and easy to work with. The lighting really made a difference at the venue and the music was awesome! They played every song that you love but can't remember the names to. David kept the dance floor bumping the whole night and really helped it run smoothly with the first dance, cake cutting and speeches. We received so many compliments on our DJ. I would recommend them to anyone! Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
David did an awesome job with our wedding music! All of our guests had a fun night! He handled getting our wedding party all lined up and introduced! WE really enjoyed Sound by Design! Also the lighting was so beautiful!
David did an awesome job with our wedding music! All of our guests had a fun night! He handled getting our wedding party Read more...
David did an awesome job with our wedding music! All of our guests had a fun night! He handled getting our wedding party all lined up and introduced! WE really enjoyed Sound by Design! Also the lighting was so beautiful! Read less
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Ed
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Even our high expectations were exceeded! These guys are as good as they advertise - even better! We were so fortunate to book SBD when our original DJ disappeared. Recommended to us by our photographer, her description was simply, if you want the best, hire Sound By Design. We couldn't agree more.
Even our high expectations were exceeded! These guys are as good as they advertise - even better! We were so fortunate to Read more...
Even our high expectations were exceeded! These guys are as good as they advertise - even better! We were so fortunate to book SBD when our original DJ disappeared. Recommended to us by our photographer, her description was simply, if you want the best, hire Sound By Design. We couldn't agree more. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
They are amazing! Our dancefloor was packed all night long! The music they played appealed to all ages, and everyone had a great time! They listened to what we wanted, but they didn't need much guidance. They know what they are doing and how to keep a party going. They are the best there is!!!
They are amazing! Our dancefloor was packed all night long! The music they played appealed to all ages, and everyone had a Read more...
They are amazing! Our dancefloor was packed all night long! The music they played appealed to all ages, and everyone had a great time! They listened to what we wanted, but they didn't need much guidance. They know what they are doing and how to keep a party going. They are the best there is!!! Read less
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Meg
Wedding:
5/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Holy cow, I am SO pleased with them!!! I will and do recommend them to everyone. They are on the expensive side but truly, with their equipment and professionalism and experience they are worth every penny. I did purchase uplighting and it was phenomenal, having both ceremony and reception in my hotel it set a perfect mood for both portions. I did my own decorations and got off very easily, just because the lighting creates the perfect mood and needs very little to accent it. At the EXTREME last minute I was able to add on DJ services for the ceremony too, which I appreciated so much. I had no solid idea of anything I wanted, but Torie knew his stuff and I had a fantastic reception with everyone of all ages dancing and enjoying the music. I went DIY and budget on everything I could but paid for quality and experience for my DJ and my wedding was fantastic, thank you so much to Torie and everyone at Sound by Design!
Holy cow, I am SO pleased with them!!! I will and do recommend them to everyone. They are on the expensive side but truly, Read more...
Holy cow, I am SO pleased with them!!! I will and do recommend them to everyone. They are on the expensive side but truly, with their equipment and professionalism and experience they are worth every penny. I did purchase uplighting and it was phenomenal, having both ceremony and reception in my hotel it set a perfect mood for both portions. I did my own decorations and got off very easily, just because the lighting creates the perfect mood and needs very little to accent it. At the EXTREME last minute I was able to add on DJ services for the ceremony too, which I appreciated so much. I had no solid idea of anything I wanted, but Torie knew his stuff and I had a fantastic reception with everyone of all ages dancing and enjoying the music. I went DIY and budget on everything I could but paid for quality and experience for my DJ and my wedding was fantastic, thank you so much to Torie and everyone at Sound by Design! Read less
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I am Close too!
Wedding:
1/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Bar none the BEST DJ you can get. If you want a DJ service that listens to what you want, plays what you want and keeps the party going. Sound by Design is the company to go with.
We had some pretty obscure songs we wanted to play during dinner and Ramsey without hesitation found them and played them all! The dance floor was packed all night long and thats exactly what we wanted! We also had the LED package added and man it was worth the little extra money. It made the room transform into a nice soft mood for dinner but once the dance started it turned into a downtown club. It was awesome, many compliments from our guests and we can not say enough great things about them! You want the best, then hire Sound by Design.
Bar none the BEST DJ you can get. If you want a DJ service that listens to what you want, plays what you want and keeps Read more...
Bar none the BEST DJ you can get. If you want a DJ service that listens to what you want, plays what you want and keeps the party going. Sound by Design is the company to go with.
We had some pretty obscure songs we wanted to play during dinner and Ramsey without hesitation found them and played them all! The dance floor was packed all night long and thats exactly what we wanted! We also had the LED package added and man it was worth the little extra money. It made the room transform into a nice soft mood for dinner but once the dance started it turned into a downtown club. It was awesome, many compliments from our guests and we can not say enough great things about them! You want the best, then hire Sound by Design. Read less
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samk
Wedding:
10/15/2010
5.0/5.0
All I have to say is don't look anywhere else for a DJ. They were perfect!!
All I have to say is don't look anywhere else for a DJ. They were perfect!!
All I have to say is don't look anywhere else for a DJ. They were perfect!! Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
9/17/2010
5.0/5.0
sound by design is by far the best dj in milwaukee! i met with paul at a bridal show because choosing a dj was the hardest thing for me in all the planning. after being bombarded by one too many cheesy dj's, paul and his brother david really stood out from the crowd...and there's a reason for it. they are so professional and really know how to read a crowd-they know what works and what kills the mood, so TRUST THEM! our dance floor was packed all night-my mom is still talking about how she's never seen a dance floor so crowded at midnight! plus, all my bridesmaids really enjoyed the cute eye candy :) (thanks again david! you were great!) they were really reasonable for our friday night wedding and also set up the equipment for our slideshow-seamless and professional.
sound by design is by far the best dj in milwaukee! i met with paul at a bridal show because choosing a dj was the hardest Read more...
sound by design is by far the best dj in milwaukee! i met with paul at a bridal show because choosing a dj was the hardest thing for me in all the planning. after being bombarded by one too many cheesy dj's, paul and his brother david really stood out from the crowd...and there's a reason for it. they are so professional and really know how to read a crowd-they know what works and what kills the mood, so TRUST THEM! our dance floor was packed all night-my mom is still talking about how she's never seen a dance floor so crowded at midnight! plus, all my bridesmaids really enjoyed the cute eye candy :) (thanks again david! you were great!) they were really reasonable for our friday night wedding and also set up the equipment for our slideshow-seamless and professional. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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BadgerBride
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
We loved our DJ! We went with Sound By Design because they knew the acoustics of our venue the best. They do so many weddings there we knew we could trust them to do a good job and they did not disappoint. Our DJ was John and he had a great energy, kept the crowd dancing, and kept us informed throughout the night without bugging us. Their up lighting is beautiful and was just the touch we needed to make our venue really stand out. We are so happy we went with Sound by Design, we are still getting compliments on how great our reception was and how much fun people had.
We loved our DJ! We went with Sound By Design because they knew the acoustics of our venue the best. They do so many Read more...
We loved our DJ! We went with Sound By Design because they knew the acoustics of our venue the best. They do so many weddings there we knew we could trust them to do a good job and they did not disappoint. Our DJ was John and he had a great energy, kept the crowd dancing, and kept us informed throughout the night without bugging us. Their up lighting is beautiful and was just the touch we needed to make our venue really stand out. We are so happy we went with Sound by Design, we are still getting compliments on how great our reception was and how much fun people had. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Lindsey
Wedding:
7/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Hands down best DJ in Milwaukee!! We were so pleased with their services. They did their job - played music - without trying to be the entertainer at the wedding. SBD was recommended to us by a friend, and we definitely are passing them along to everyone else we know getting married!
Hands down best DJ in Milwaukee!! We were so pleased with their services. They did their job - played music - without Read more...
Hands down best DJ in Milwaukee!! We were so pleased with their services. They did their job - played music - without trying to be the entertainer at the wedding. SBD was recommended to us by a friend, and we definitely are passing them along to everyone else we know getting married! Read less
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SoontobeMLB
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
This DJ was outstanding! They were an awesome company to work with! We were able to customize everything from all the dances to what we really wanted played and what we did not want played. The DJ played great music the whole night, our dance floor was packed the entire night - something I have not seen at weddings I have been to. People loved the music and we had so many compliments on it! Wonderful job!
This DJ was outstanding! They were an awesome company to work with! We were able to customize everything from all the Read more...
This DJ was outstanding! They were an awesome company to work with! We were able to customize everything from all the dances to what we really wanted played and what we did not want played. The DJ played great music the whole night, our dance floor was packed the entire night - something I have not seen at weddings I have been to. People loved the music and we had so many compliments on it! Wonderful job! Read less
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katieam3
Wedding:
9/6/2009
5.0/5.0
Sound By Design is the most classy, no-nonsense wedding DJ available. They are with the times and play music that is appealing to all age groups. Our dance floor was filled the entire night, from start to finish. Would highly recommend!
Sound By Design is the most classy, no-nonsense wedding DJ available. They are with the times and play music that is Read more...
Sound By Design is the most classy, no-nonsense wedding DJ available. They are with the times and play music that is appealing to all age groups. Our dance floor was filled the entire night, from start to finish. Would highly recommend! Read less
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kelsey62009
Wedding:
6/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Excellent job!! We loved our DJs!! They did a great job with ceremony and reception music. They played great music, and if they ever sensed that a song wasn't going over well with the crowd they faded it and moved to another song. Great job selecting music and always checking with me and my husband about what we wanted to hear and playing our selections immediately. I would love to go to another wedding that they are djing at. We had at least two guest ask for their business card for their upcoming weddings!
Excellent job!! We loved our DJs!! They did a great job with ceremony and reception music. They played great music, and if Read more...
Excellent job!! We loved our DJs!! They did a great job with ceremony and reception music. They played great music, and if they ever sensed that a song wasn't going over well with the crowd they faded it and moved to another song. Great job selecting music and always checking with me and my husband about what we wanted to hear and playing our selections immediately. I would love to go to another wedding that they are djing at. We had at least two guest ask for their business card for their upcoming weddings! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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ACM
Wedding:
7/12/2008
5.0/5.0
Sound by Design did an excellent job. I loved the fact that we had 2 DJ's who were friendly and played songs we suggested. They have an excellent website that the wedding couple can go to before the wedding and enter all of their desired songs as well as the personal songs of the night. All of my guests had a great time, and I wish we could do it all over again.
Sound by Design did an excellent job. I loved the fact that we had 2 DJ's who were friendly and played songs we suggested. Read more...
Sound by Design did an excellent job. I loved the fact that we had 2 DJ's who were friendly and played songs we suggested. They have an excellent website that the wedding couple can go to before the wedding and enter all of their desired songs as well as the personal songs of the night. All of my guests had a great time, and I wish we could do it all over again. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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dodob313
Wedding:
6/8/2008
5.0/5.0
We booked this DJ two weeks before my wedding when my other DJ canceled on me. The DJ was willing to accommodate me on such short notice. He was very professional on the wedding day. He did not do anything corny like DJs are known for. It turned out to be a very elegant event.
We booked this DJ two weeks before my wedding when my other DJ canceled on me. The DJ was willing to accommodate me on Read more...
We booked this DJ two weeks before my wedding when my other DJ canceled on me. The DJ was willing to accommodate me on such short notice. He was very professional on the wedding day. He did not do anything corny like DJs are known for. It turned out to be a very elegant event. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Eliz2007
Wedding:
6/2/2007
5.0/5.0
Did everything we asked for, couldn't be happier with the outcome. Allows input for music online which is very helpful.
Did everything we asked for, couldn't be happier with the outcome. Allows input for music online which is very helpful.
Did everything we asked for, couldn't be happier with the outcome. Allows input for music online which is very helpful. Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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klegler
Wedding:
4/14/2007
5.0/5.0
The DJ ROCKED and we couldnt be happier with these guys!
The DJ ROCKED and we couldnt be happier with these guys!
The DJ ROCKED and we couldnt be happier with these guys! Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
8/22/2014
4.9/5.0
I am a bride who did her research. For all my vendors I compared prices, quality, reviews, etc...I am not a bridezilla but I expect a lot from my vendors. I was also on a tight budget. I am happy to say I could not have been more happy with my decision to have Sound By Design provide music and lighting for my ceremony and reception. They are not just a DJ service- they seriously helped coordinate the entire event! Torie and Zach were amazing DJs and had the dance party going nonstop! They were so much fun the night of and I can't thank them enough for all the little things they did and times they met with me ahead of time. This company is made up for the highest quality DJs and highest quality people. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone!
I am a bride who did her research. For all my vendors I compared prices, quality, reviews, etc...I am not a bridezilla but Read more...
I am a bride who did her research. For all my vendors I compared prices, quality, reviews, etc...I am not a bridezilla but I expect a lot from my vendors. I was also on a tight budget. I am happy to say I could not have been more happy with my decision to have Sound By Design provide music and lighting for my ceremony and reception. They are not just a DJ service- they seriously helped coordinate the entire event! Torie and Zach were amazing DJs and had the dance party going nonstop! They were so much fun the night of and I can't thank them enough for all the little things they did and times they met with me ahead of time. This company is made up for the highest quality DJs and highest quality people. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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skandler
Wedding:
10/26/2013
4.9/5.0
After doing a ton of research on wedding DJs and photo booths we chose Sound by Design. Torie Gamez was a pleasure to work with and went the extra mile to help personalize our wedding reception and meet our needs. The lighting provided by Sound by Design was a stunning addition, everyone loved the photo booth, and our dance floor was rocking all night. Before we ever got engaged, my husband and I always said that our hope for our wedding was a full dance floor all night long and they made that happen for us.

Looking back on our wedding day, we were so happy we chose Sound by Design and were thrilled to have Torie Gamez as our DJ. He was great at keeping things on track during the reception and checking in with us when things deviated from our game plan.Torie did an amazing job and helped us throw a fantastic party. We would highly recommend him and Sound by Design for any wedding.

Sara Meno
After doing a ton of research on wedding DJs and photo booths we chose Sound by Design. Torie Gamez was a pleasure to work Read more...
After doing a ton of research on wedding DJs and photo booths we chose Sound by Design. Torie Gamez was a pleasure to work with and went the extra mile to help personalize our wedding reception and meet our needs. The lighting provided by Sound by Design was a stunning addition, everyone loved the photo booth, and our dance floor was rocking all night. Before we ever got engaged, my husband and I always said that our hope for our wedding was a full dance floor all night long and they made that happen for us.

Looking back on our wedding day, we were so happy we chose Sound by Design and were thrilled to have Torie Gamez as our DJ. He was great at keeping things on track during the reception and checking in with us when things deviated from our game plan.Torie did an amazing job and helped us throw a fantastic party. We would highly recommend him and Sound by Design for any wedding.

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Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Excellent work done by David and Dustin. They kept the party going all night long and played a great variety of music that fueled the party. The dance floor was packed all night long and they were able to move the offical parts (toasts, 1st dances etc) along smoothly and with minimal interruption. They took requests and made it a worry free event for us.
Excellent work done by David and Dustin. They kept the party going all night long and played a great variety of music that Read more...
Excellent work done by David and Dustin. They kept the party going all night long and played a great variety of music that fueled the party. The dance floor was packed all night long and they were able to move the offical parts (toasts, 1st dances etc) along smoothly and with minimal interruption. They took requests and made it a worry free event for us. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/16/2012
4.9/5.0
Sound by Design was fantastic to work with. They were incredibly professional and were very accommodating to any music requests that we had. They had an excellent selection of music for cocktail hour and dinner, and kept everyone dancing to the very end of the day. They had a great mix of classics and top 40 songs - which kept everyone happy. They even kept appropriate music going for the impromptu limo that broke out at our reception.

They also have various lighting options for the whole reception room. We chose not to take the lighting package, but they were still willing to come out to our venue and set it up for us just so we could see what it looked like.

They came highly recommended by both our vendors and friends and it was obvious why. They're the best wedding DJs in the Milwaukee area!
Sound by Design was fantastic to work with. They were incredibly professional and were very accommodating to any music Read more...
Sound by Design was fantastic to work with. They were incredibly professional and were very accommodating to any music requests that we had. They had an excellent selection of music for cocktail hour and dinner, and kept everyone dancing to the very end of the day. They had a great mix of classics and top 40 songs - which kept everyone happy. They even kept appropriate music going for the impromptu limo that broke out at our reception.

They also have various lighting options for the whole reception room. We chose not to take the lighting package, but they were still willing to come out to our venue and set it up for us just so we could see what it looked like.

They came highly recommended by both our vendors and friends and it was obvious why. They're the best wedding DJs in the Milwaukee area! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/22/2011
4.9/5.0
The DJ was great. I took a few days to get a reply when emailing or calling our DJ but I have to say the wait was worth it! Torey did an amazing job; he read the crowd great and played music that kept people dancing all night!
The DJ was great. I took a few days to get a reply when emailing or calling our DJ but I have to say the wait was worth Read more...
The DJ was great. I took a few days to get a reply when emailing or calling our DJ but I have to say the wait was worth it! Torey did an amazing job; he read the crowd great and played music that kept people dancing all night! Read less
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Jenna
Wedding:
9/30/2011
4.9/5.0
Sound by Design did such a great job at our wedding. They provided a unique sound and kept everyone entertained throughout the night. They read the crowd and provided music that people were interested in. They were very professional and knowledgeable about the wedding process. I highly recommend!
Sound by Design did such a great job at our wedding. They provided a unique sound and kept everyone entertained throughout Read more...
Sound by Design did such a great job at our wedding. They provided a unique sound and kept everyone entertained throughout the night. They read the crowd and provided music that people were interested in. They were very professional and knowledgeable about the wedding process. I highly recommend! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/10/2011
4.9/5.0
I have to say, Sound by Design kept the dance floor full for the entire night! They played a great mix of songs that really complemented our eclectic style and mix of guests. The personalized site that you use when you sign with them is a great tool and very easy to use. It makes it easy to customize your special day! Our DJ on the day was wonderful - friendly and easy to work with. I marked them down slightly because there were a few songs on our must play list that were not played (and that we asked about during the night and were told would be), and a song or two that were played that fell into the do not play list. However they helped to make our party what it was and did a fantastic job!
I have to say, Sound by Design kept the dance floor full for the entire night! They played a great mix of songs that Read more...
I have to say, Sound by Design kept the dance floor full for the entire night! They played a great mix of songs that really complemented our eclectic style and mix of guests. The personalized site that you use when you sign with them is a great tool and very easy to use. It makes it easy to customize your special day! Our DJ on the day was wonderful - friendly and easy to work with. I marked them down slightly because there were a few songs on our must play list that were not played (and that we asked about during the night and were told would be), and a song or two that were played that fell into the do not play list. However they helped to make our party what it was and did a fantastic job! Read less
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Maria
Wedding:
7/3/2011
4.9/5.0
Torie from SBD ROCKED our wedding! He kept people dancing even though we had an outdoor terrace and the weather was gorgeous!! Keep up the good work guys. My only complaint was the lack of music during the fireworks. A few of our guests went inside and complained that there was no music played when most of the guests were outside. Some nice background music would've been nice. But other than that, good work!
Torie from SBD ROCKED our wedding! He kept people dancing even though we had an outdoor terrace and the weather was Read more...
Torie from SBD ROCKED our wedding! He kept people dancing even though we had an outdoor terrace and the weather was gorgeous!! Keep up the good work guys. My only complaint was the lack of music during the fireworks. A few of our guests went inside and complained that there was no music played when most of the guests were outside. Some nice background music would've been nice. But other than that, good work! Read less
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Adria
Wedding:
4/30/2011
4.9/5.0
Sound by Design provided DJ services as well as uplighting for my wedding. The music was exactly what we wanted - S by D gives each couple the opportunity to pick songs that must and must not be played. The DJ was a lot of fun and everyone had a great time. The uplighting was beautiful. I believe that S by D helped make our wedding unforgettable!
Sound by Design provided DJ services as well as uplighting for my wedding. The music was exactly what we wanted - S by D Read more...
Sound by Design provided DJ services as well as uplighting for my wedding. The music was exactly what we wanted - S by D gives each couple the opportunity to pick songs that must and must not be played. The DJ was a lot of fun and everyone had a great time. The uplighting was beautiful. I believe that S by D helped make our wedding unforgettable! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Kaitlyn
Wedding:
8/14/2010
4.9/5.0
Sound by Design DJ's did an amazing job at our wedding. The dancefloor was full up until midnight! All of our guests had a great time and all we kept hearing was how great the DJ's were. Sound By Design has done many of my friends wedding as well, and I would definately say that Paul Hackbarth and his team are by far the BEST throughout the greater Milwaukee area!
Sound by Design DJ's did an amazing job at our wedding. The dancefloor was full up until midnight! All of our guests had a Read more...
Sound by Design DJ's did an amazing job at our wedding. The dancefloor was full up until midnight! All of our guests had a great time and all we kept hearing was how great the DJ's were. Sound By Design has done many of my friends wedding as well, and I would definately say that Paul Hackbarth and his team are by far the BEST throughout the greater Milwaukee area! Read less
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caryneileen04
Wedding:
2/14/2009
4.9/5.0
Very easy to work with. He let us give him quite a bit of music to play at the reception and did a great job working it in throughout the night. His website made selecting our special songs, must-play and do-not-play lists very easy!
Very easy to work with. He let us give him quite a bit of music to play at the reception and did a great job working it in Read more...
Very easy to work with. He let us give him quite a bit of music to play at the reception and did a great job working it in throughout the night. His website made selecting our special songs, must-play and do-not-play lists very easy! Read less
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Kari
Wedding:
5/17/2008
4.9/5.0
This company only DJs for weddings. They are extremely professional and tailor their work to the couple's style and event. There is even a personalized website where each couple can add enter information about the wedding, and your "must play" and "do not play" lists. We met with our DJ a few weeks prior to our wedding, and we were able to call/email him whenever we needed to ask questions or make changes. Throughout the evening, our DJ checked in with us every hour to ask us how everything was going, to check if we needed to make any changes. Our guests loved the music and danced all night! We were both very happy with the whole experience.
This company only DJs for weddings. They are extremely professional and tailor their work to the couple's style and event. Read more...
This company only DJs for weddings. They are extremely professional and tailor their work to the couple's style and event. There is even a personalized website where each couple can add enter information about the wedding, and your "must play" and "do not play" lists. We met with our DJ a few weeks prior to our wedding, and we were able to call/email him whenever we needed to ask questions or make changes. Throughout the evening, our DJ checked in with us every hour to ask us how everything was going, to check if we needed to make any changes. Our guests loved the music and danced all night! We were both very happy with the whole experience. Read less
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Zari
Wedding:
8/9/2014
4.8/5.0
I can't express how thankful we are for the great job Sound by Design did in DJ services (David is the ultimate!) lighting and the VERY popular photo booth (which has a very cool video element too). It was such a stress reliever to know that we could trust them to manage everything from setup to day of preparations. Everyone loved the energy the team brought to the party - they kept everyone out on the dance floor all night and did a great job of mixing popular hits with the oldies and some Persian music we had provided! My guests are still talking about what an awesome wedding we had - and SBD is a big part of why!
I can't express how thankful we are for the great job Sound by Design did in DJ services (David is the ultimate!) lighting Read more...
I can't express how thankful we are for the great job Sound by Design did in DJ services (David is the ultimate!) lighting and the VERY popular photo booth (which has a very cool video element too). It was such a stress reliever to know that we could trust them to manage everything from setup to day of preparations. Everyone loved the energy the team brought to the party - they kept everyone out on the dance floor all night and did a great job of mixing popular hits with the oldies and some Persian music we had provided! My guests are still talking about what an awesome wedding we had - and SBD is a big part of why! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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Katie
Wedding:
8/2/2014
4.8/5.0
Sound By Design is amazing! After seeing them in action at several weddings, there was no doubt in our mind who we would choose as our own wedding DJ. Our DJ was Parker, and he did a fabulous job emceeing and choosing perfect music for our reception!

We also used the SBD photobooth and lighting services, and they were both awesome additions to our wedding!

You won't regret going with Sound By Design! They are a little pricier than some other DJs but well worth the investment.
Sound By Design is amazing! After seeing them in action at several weddings, there was no doubt in our mind who we would Read more...
Sound By Design is amazing! After seeing them in action at several weddings, there was no doubt in our mind who we would choose as our own wedding DJ. Our DJ was Parker, and he did a fabulous job emceeing and choosing perfect music for our reception!

We also used the SBD photobooth and lighting services, and they were both awesome additions to our wedding!

You won't regret going with Sound By Design! They are a little pricier than some other DJs but well worth the investment. Read less
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AshleyK
Wedding:
7/20/2014
4.8/5.0
Sound by Design was great to work with! They kept the dance floor going the whole entire night and even got Grandma up to dance the polka! We also used their photo booth service which was fantastic! The attendant was very friendly and all the guests loved the it! David was an excellent DJ. You cannot go wrong with Sound by Design! Thanks guys!
Sound by Design was great to work with! They kept the dance floor going the whole entire night and even got Grandma up to Read more...
Sound by Design was great to work with! They kept the dance floor going the whole entire night and even got Grandma up to dance the polka! We also used their photo booth service which was fantastic! The attendant was very friendly and all the guests loved the it! David was an excellent DJ. You cannot go wrong with Sound by Design! Thanks guys! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Rentals & Photobooths
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Private User
Wedding:
7/21/2013
4.8/5.0
Excellent DJ. During our wedding we were so busy spending time with our guests and didn't have time to talk to the DJ and make sure they were entertaining everyone. We didn't have one worry about the DJ's, they did their job well and made it stress free for us. We highly recommend Sound by Design.
Excellent DJ. During our wedding we were so busy spending time with our guests and didn't have time to talk to the DJ and Read more...
Excellent DJ. During our wedding we were so busy spending time with our guests and didn't have time to talk to the DJ and make sure they were entertaining everyone. We didn't have one worry about the DJ's, they did their job well and made it stress free for us. We highly recommend Sound by Design. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
9/15/2012
4.8/5.0
I used Sound by Design for DJ, uplighting, and a Gobo (a light that projects your names on the floor). I found they were a bit pricey compared to others around the area, but they were awesome to work with and were totally upfront with you. I did have an issue a week before the wedding with the Gobo, but they reordered it and made sure it was at my venue on time. I would recommend.
I used Sound by Design for DJ, uplighting, and a Gobo (a light that projects your names on the floor). I found they were a Read more...
I used Sound by Design for DJ, uplighting, and a Gobo (a light that projects your names on the floor). I found they were a bit pricey compared to others around the area, but they were awesome to work with and were totally upfront with you. I did have an issue a week before the wedding with the Gobo, but they reordered it and made sure it was at my venue on time. I would recommend. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
I was very worried about music for our wedding as we had been to so many where the dance floor was so empty and the music just wasn't right for the crowd. From our first meeting with Paul, we were convinced the dance portion of our wedding would be perfect, and it really was. Seeing the dance floor packed with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends of all ages was the highlight of our night. They paid clear attention to how the crowd responded to music and adjusted the playlist to fit. We could not have been more thrilled!
I was very worried about music for our wedding as we had been to so many where the dance floor was so empty and the music Read more...
I was very worried about music for our wedding as we had been to so many where the dance floor was so empty and the music just wasn't right for the crowd. From our first meeting with Paul, we were convinced the dance portion of our wedding would be perfect, and it really was. Seeing the dance floor packed with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends of all ages was the highlight of our night. They paid clear attention to how the crowd responded to music and adjusted the playlist to fit. We could not have been more thrilled! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
5/26/2012
4.8/5.0
Our DJ, Ben, was great to work with. He understood the type of music we wanted – indie rock/pop during cocktail hour and dinner. Throughout the dancing part of the night, he made sure the party continued, and played music that we and our guests loved. There wasn’t a single moment when the dance floor was empty – everyone was having a great time. He stayed away from what we said “no” to, and played all of our “musts.” The entire planning process with Sound by Design went smoothly, too.
Our DJ, Ben, was great to work with. He understood the type of music we wanted – indie rock/pop during cocktail hour and Read more...
Our DJ, Ben, was great to work with. He understood the type of music we wanted – indie rock/pop during cocktail hour and dinner. Throughout the dancing part of the night, he made sure the party continued, and played music that we and our guests loved. There wasn’t a single moment when the dance floor was empty – everyone was having a great time. He stayed away from what we said “no” to, and played all of our “musts.” The entire planning process with Sound by Design went smoothly, too. Read less
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kelly
Wedding:
3/31/2012
4.8/5.0
Great DJs, kept people on the dance floor all night! A bit strong sales attempts on the "extras"-photo booth, travel agent, lighting, etc.
Great DJs, kept people on the dance floor all night! A bit strong sales attempts on the "extras"-photo booth, travel Read more...
Great DJs, kept people on the dance floor all night! A bit strong sales attempts on the "extras"-photo booth, travel agent, lighting, etc. Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
9/24/2011
4.8/5.0
Sound by Design, We had our wedding at the Milwaukee Athletic Club on 09.24.11. Josh was our DJ and he was amazing!! We could not have asked for a better DJ. He made sure everything was on schedule and met all of our requests. And his shirt even matched our colors (not sure if you did that on purpose) :) :) Everyone told me how impressed they were with the DJ. AND the lights! The lights were worth every penny. It helped set the mood and looked amazing in the ballroom. Everyone danced, all night and when midnight came around no one wanted to leave, but we had to :) Thank you Zak for mixing our surprise first dance!! I can't thank you enough for being part of our special day! Thank you again! I would recommend you to anyone!
Sound by Design, We had our wedding at the Milwaukee Athletic Club on 09.24.11. Josh was our DJ and he was amazing!! We Read more...
Sound by Design, We had our wedding at the Milwaukee Athletic Club on 09.24.11. Josh was our DJ and he was amazing!! We could not have asked for a better DJ. He made sure everything was on schedule and met all of our requests. And his shirt even matched our colors (not sure if you did that on purpose) :) :) Everyone told me how impressed they were with the DJ. AND the lights! The lights were worth every penny. It helped set the mood and looked amazing in the ballroom. Everyone danced, all night and when midnight came around no one wanted to leave, but we had to :) Thank you Zak for mixing our surprise first dance!! I can't thank you enough for being part of our special day! Thank you again! I would recommend you to anyone! Read less
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SarahZ
Wedding:
9/11/2010
4.8/5.0
Overall great DJ service! We were very happy we went with Sound by Design for our wedding-the dancefloor was packed all night-literally! It was so fun to look over and see everyone having a great time. Slightly disappointed we didn't get to hear all the songs on our "must play" list but I think we just ran out of time. They also provided our lighting for an additional cost which we were also very happy with-the lighting looks really cool in the background of all of our pictures! Overall a great choice.
Overall great DJ service! We were very happy we went with Sound by Design for our wedding-the dancefloor was packed all Read more...
Overall great DJ service! We were very happy we went with Sound by Design for our wedding-the dancefloor was packed all night-literally! It was so fun to look over and see everyone having a great time. Slightly disappointed we didn't get to hear all the songs on our "must play" list but I think we just ran out of time. They also provided our lighting for an additional cost which we were also very happy with-the lighting looks really cool in the background of all of our pictures! Overall a great choice. Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
5/22/2010
4.8/5.0
Sound by Design did a great job at the wedding. I definitely thought they should have contacted us sooner before the wedding to get everything situated, but the day of, everything was smooth & we got what we asked for. Their website is great to add songs and specific dances that you want or do not want, however I am not sure how much they went off the list. All in all, everything was good though, no one else knew but me that certain songs were not played. The music was great, the DJ did a WONDERFUL job in keeping things "grown up" and not CRAZY. Everything the day of was great.
Sound by Design did a great job at the wedding. I definitely thought they should have contacted us sooner before the Read more...
Sound by Design did a great job at the wedding. I definitely thought they should have contacted us sooner before the wedding to get everything situated, but the day of, everything was smooth & we got what we asked for. Their website is great to add songs and specific dances that you want or do not want, however I am not sure how much they went off the list. All in all, everything was good though, no one else knew but me that certain songs were not played. The music was great, the DJ did a WONDERFUL job in keeping things "grown up" and not CRAZY. Everything the day of was great. Read less
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Danni
Wedding:
5/1/2010
4.8/5.0
When we first met with Paul, we couldn't help but feel at ease knowing that Sound By Design would help us have a great reception. We really liked the online feature where you could put do not play and certain songs you wanted to hear. However, we really ended up not putting much on our list, and our DJ Ramsey always chose the right songs at the right time. Our dance floor was always packed, right up to the last dance & everyone had a blast! It was also really great how Ramsey just took control of the reception, we really didn't have any idea of the order of things or when we needed to do what, so he did a great job of directing us and making things progress smoothly. The only negative thing I can even think of is just a delay in e-mailing/calling back on occasion, and the price was a little higher than we were planning on paying-however it was totally worth it!!!! Thanks Sound By Design!!!
When we first met with Paul, we couldn't help but feel at ease knowing that Sound By Design would help us have a great Read more...
When we first met with Paul, we couldn't help but feel at ease knowing that Sound By Design would help us have a great reception. We really liked the online feature where you could put do not play and certain songs you wanted to hear. However, we really ended up not putting much on our list, and our DJ Ramsey always chose the right songs at the right time. Our dance floor was always packed, right up to the last dance & everyone had a blast! It was also really great how Ramsey just took control of the reception, we really didn't have any idea of the order of things or when we needed to do what, so he did a great job of directing us and making things progress smoothly. The only negative thing I can even think of is just a delay in e-mailing/calling back on occasion, and the price was a little higher than we were planning on paying-however it was totally worth it!!!! Thanks Sound By Design!!! Read less
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slpetr
Wedding:
9/12/2009
4.8/5.0
Sound by Design was AWESOME. They provide classy but fun entertainment and our dance floor was packed the ENTIRE night. They have a great online system where they set you up with an account so you can add songs you want played and ones you DON'T want played. You can also add your first dance song, father-daughter song, etc. They are one of the few companies we spoke with who actually let you meet your DJ ahead of time. They are a little hard to get ahold of sometimes, which was the only draw back. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great time who doesn't want something cheesy.
Sound by Design was AWESOME. They provide classy but fun entertainment and our dance floor was packed the ENTIRE night. Read more...
Sound by Design was AWESOME. They provide classy but fun entertainment and our dance floor was packed the ENTIRE night. They have a great online system where they set you up with an account so you can add songs you want played and ones you DON'T want played. You can also add your first dance song, father-daughter song, etc. They are one of the few companies we spoke with who actually let you meet your DJ ahead of time. They are a little hard to get ahold of sometimes, which was the only draw back. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great time who doesn't want something cheesy. Read less
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Michele
Wedding:
6/20/2008
4.8/5.0
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Carrie
Wedding:
8/5/2007
4.8/5.0
We were very happy with our DJ. It was important to us that we got the music we wanted and NONE of the music we didn't, and they were very accommodating. We were able to meet with the owner before booking and then again with our personal DJ before the wedding. We got a huge amount of complements on our music and the DJ was responsive to us and to the mood of the crowd. One of the most fun features was an online site that we were given to input music we did and didn't want as we planned.
We were very happy with our DJ. It was important to us that we got the music we wanted and NONE of the music we didn't, Read more...
We were very happy with our DJ. It was important to us that we got the music we wanted and NONE of the music we didn't, and they were very accommodating. We were able to meet with the owner before booking and then again with our personal DJ before the wedding. We got a huge amount of complements on our music and the DJ was responsive to us and to the mood of the crowd. One of the most fun features was an online site that we were given to input music we did and didn't want as we planned. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
The dj team was good at keeping people dancing
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Kari
Wedding:
7/22/2011
4.7/5.0
My Last Minute Larry...

My husband had the task of choosing and coordinating our wedding DJ (Yes, he only had 1 task). Despite only have one vendor to work with during our wedding planning, he left all the reception related music details until the last minute. It was literally 2 days before our wedding, and I was sobbing (partially due to all the stress) how he still hadn't told our DJ all the important music details for the big day (1st dance, mother/son dance, father/daughter dance, what not to play, dinner music genre, etc)! Needless to say, I made sure he met with our DJ that following day to get it all straightened out. Thankfully with the capability of the internet, the short amount of time until the reception (at that point less than 36 hours) to procure the music selections needed was not a huge deal. The guys from SBD got all the important stuff just right; and we let them run with the rest. They had our guests dancing all night-- even the ones I'd never think would be cutting a rug out there! I have to send a big thanks to SBD for the great time everyone had and for putting up with my last-minute Larry!
My Last Minute Larry...

My husband had the task of choosing and coordinating our wedding DJ (Yes, he only had 1 Read more...
My Last Minute Larry...

My husband had the task of choosing and coordinating our wedding DJ (Yes, he only had 1 task). Despite only have one vendor to work with during our wedding planning, he left all the reception related music details until the last minute. It was literally 2 days before our wedding, and I was sobbing (partially due to all the stress) how he still hadn't told our DJ all the important music details for the big day (1st dance, mother/son dance, father/daughter dance, what not to play, dinner music genre, etc)! Needless to say, I made sure he met with our DJ that following day to get it all straightened out. Thankfully with the capability of the internet, the short amount of time until the reception (at that point less than 36 hours) to procure the music selections needed was not a huge deal. The guys from SBD got all the important stuff just right; and we let them run with the rest. They had our guests dancing all night-- even the ones I'd never think would be cutting a rug out there! I have to send a big thanks to SBD for the great time everyone had and for putting up with my last-minute Larry! Read less
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LoriFromWI
Wedding:
11/20/2010
4.7/5.0
Paul and his team were great!! John was our DJ the day of and he was great at keeping the flow of the reception going and taking charge of things. Everyone had a great time at the reception and the dance floor was usually full, which is what we were looking for. Sometimes in the planning process communication was a litle tough, but we got it all figured out. We also used Sound by Design for their lighting services and it really transformed the room from a beautiful room, to totally stunning venue!
Paul and his team were great!! John was our DJ the day of and he was great at keeping the flow of the reception going and Read more...
Paul and his team were great!! John was our DJ the day of and he was great at keeping the flow of the reception going and taking charge of things. Everyone had a great time at the reception and the dance floor was usually full, which is what we were looking for. Sometimes in the planning process communication was a litle tough, but we got it all figured out. We also used Sound by Design for their lighting services and it really transformed the room from a beautiful room, to totally stunning venue! Read less
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lauraltaff
Wedding:
10/23/2010
4.7/5.0
The guys at sound by design were wonderful! they were very professional and tailored the whole night to our requests!
The guys at sound by design were wonderful! they were very professional and tailored the whole night to our requests!
The guys at sound by design were wonderful! they were very professional and tailored the whole night to our requests! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
8/18/2007
4.7/5.0
Ben was awesome. We did not want a cheesey DJ and Ben was definitely not that. He didn't spend a lot of time on the mic, he just played songs to keep people dancing all night. He played requests and kept the dance floor full and everyone happy. That's exactly what we wanted out of our DJ and that's what he gave us.
Ben was awesome. We did not want a cheesey DJ and Ben was definitely not that. He didn't spend a lot of time on the mic, Read more...
Ben was awesome. We did not want a cheesey DJ and Ben was definitely not that. He didn't spend a lot of time on the mic, he just played songs to keep people dancing all night. He played requests and kept the dance floor full and everyone happy. That's exactly what we wanted out of our DJ and that's what he gave us. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
We had a phenomenal time with Sound by Design! Our main concern (obviously) was that everyone have a great time, and they sure did! The only reason we didn't give full marks is because there were a couple of songs we put on the "must play" list that never got played. And the cost was more than we had budget for. But the dance floor was full the whole time, and we had an amazing night!
We had a phenomenal time with Sound by Design! Our main concern (obviously) was that everyone have a great time, and they Read more...
We had a phenomenal time with Sound by Design! Our main concern (obviously) was that everyone have a great time, and they sure did! The only reason we didn't give full marks is because there were a couple of songs we put on the "must play" list that never got played. And the cost was more than we had budget for. But the dance floor was full the whole time, and we had an amazing night! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
The DJ was great! He really got people dancing from start to finish. My now-husband and I joke we almost wish we were just guests because everyone was having so much fun on the dance floor, but we did get to join them eventually. He missed a couple of our must-play songs but he did his job well; everyone was dancing and having a great time!
The DJ was great! He really got people dancing from start to finish. My now-husband and I joke we almost wish we were just Read more...
The DJ was great! He really got people dancing from start to finish. My now-husband and I joke we almost wish we were just guests because everyone was having so much fun on the dance floor, but we did get to join them eventually. He missed a couple of our must-play songs but he did his job well; everyone was dancing and having a great time! Read less
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Kathy
Wedding:
7/17/2010
4.6/5.0
This is a great DJ. They did a fantastic job of adapting the music to the feel of the dance floor. However, I asked they do not play certain songs and they ended up playing one of them.
This is a great DJ. They did a fantastic job of adapting the music to the feel of the dance floor. However, I asked they Read more...
This is a great DJ. They did a fantastic job of adapting the music to the feel of the dance floor. However, I asked they do not play certain songs and they ended up playing one of them. Read less
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Brad
Wedding:
9/26/2009
4.5/5.0
Our DJ's did a great job! Our dance floor was never empty and they catered to all ages and were very responsive to what everybody wanted to hear. The music is the one part of the reception we wanted to make sure was good and they came through. Also, having hundreds of things to do that evening, it was refreshing to have them run the show and kept things on time. We also put a together a photo montage and they brought all the equipment for us and it looked great.
Highly recommended!
Our DJ's did a great job! Our dance floor was never empty and they catered to all ages and were very responsive to what Read more...
Our DJ's did a great job! Our dance floor was never empty and they catered to all ages and were very responsive to what everybody wanted to hear. The music is the one part of the reception we wanted to make sure was good and they came through. Also, having hundreds of things to do that evening, it was refreshing to have them run the show and kept things on time. We also put a together a photo montage and they brought all the equipment for us and it looked great.
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ydontusteponit
Wedding:
5/16/2009
4.4/5.0
Great DJ service. My family loves to dance and they kept them dancing all night! The guys were really fun to work with and our DJ even met us before the wedding to go over some questions we had. They let you choose which songs you don't want to hear and which songs you do want to hear with a convenient website tool. I would totally recommend them. (Tip: Try haggling the price for a better deal ;-) ) They were generally quick responding to emails but one time I had to email twice. Not a big deal though because they took care of the concern in no time.
Great DJ service. My family loves to dance and they kept them dancing all night! The guys were really fun to work with and Read more...
Great DJ service. My family loves to dance and they kept them dancing all night! The guys were really fun to work with and our DJ even met us before the wedding to go over some questions we had. They let you choose which songs you don't want to hear and which songs you do want to hear with a convenient website tool. I would totally recommend them. (Tip: Try haggling the price for a better deal ;-) ) They were generally quick responding to emails but one time I had to email twice. Not a big deal though because they took care of the concern in no time. Read less
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deanna
Wedding:
8/18/2007
4.4/5.0
Very willing to accomodate and also very nice to work with. Got the job done.
Very willing to accomodate and also very nice to work with. Got the job done.
Very willing to accomodate and also very nice to work with. Got the job done. Read less
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MindySL
Wedding:
11/12/2011
4.3/5.0
Great choice for DJ
Overall I was very happy with Sound by Design as our DJ. The dance floor was packed all night long- and I was happy with the mix of music that he played. The reason I am giving a 4 out of 5 is because there were a few flukes. Our DJ somehow missed one of the couples for the Grand March entrance, so when he announced us as the Newlyweds, our last couple from the bridal party was still walking in. That was a bummer, but in the scheme of things not that big of a deal. Also- a few of the songs I had requested on the online website, I had indicated a specific version of the song but they did not play that version. That also could be my own fault for not sending them an mp3 of the song... What I really appreciated from them is they stick to how they market themselves- they really do read the crowd and play music that keeps people on the floor. Also, I appreciated that the most important thing to the DJ was keeping the bride and groom happy. When guests wanted songs that the DJ didn't think we would want, he handled it well and did not play them. That was great. Overall- I was super happy with this DJ- our guests said they loved Sound by Design and that it was one of the best wedding DJs they'd experienced. I agree- they were wonderful!
Great choice for DJ
Overall I was very happy with Sound by Design as our DJ. The dance floor was packed all night Read more...
Great choice for DJ
Overall I was very happy with Sound by Design as our DJ. The dance floor was packed all night long- and I was happy with the mix of music that he played. The reason I am giving a 4 out of 5 is because there were a few flukes. Our DJ somehow missed one of the couples for the Grand March entrance, so when he announced us as the Newlyweds, our last couple from the bridal party was still walking in. That was a bummer, but in the scheme of things not that big of a deal. Also- a few of the songs I had requested on the online website, I had indicated a specific version of the song but they did not play that version. That also could be my own fault for not sending them an mp3 of the song... What I really appreciated from them is they stick to how they market themselves- they really do read the crowd and play music that keeps people on the floor. Also, I appreciated that the most important thing to the DJ was keeping the bride and groom happy. When guests wanted songs that the DJ didn't think we would want, he handled it well and did not play them. That was great. Overall- I was super happy with this DJ- our guests said they loved Sound by Design and that it was one of the best wedding DJs they'd experienced. I agree- they were wonderful! Read less
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zenparadox
Wedding:
9/28/2008
4.3/5.0
He really tuned in to the vibe of the crowd and the dance floor was full all night long. I have never been to any event where people danced to every single song. He was very professional, not cheesy or intrusive. He was a little slow in responding to phone calls and emails before the event, but we were able to sort everything out to our satisfaction.
He really tuned in to the vibe of the crowd and the dance floor was full all night long. I have never been to any event Read more...
He really tuned in to the vibe of the crowd and the dance floor was full all night long. I have never been to any event where people danced to every single song. He was very professional, not cheesy or intrusive. He was a little slow in responding to phone calls and emails before the event, but we were able to sort everything out to our satisfaction. Read less
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Happy Bride
Wedding:
6/6/2009
4.2/5.0
Great DJ - did a good job. Listened to Bride & Groom's wants and also catered to the crowd.
Great DJ - did a good job. Listened to Bride & Groom's wants and also catered to the crowd.
Great DJ - did a good job. Listened to Bride & Groom's wants and also catered to the crowd. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.1/5.0
Our communication with them through the wedding process wasn't the best but they really proved themselves at the wedding. They were great DJs but we got the impression that we were just another client.
Our communication with them through the wedding process wasn't the best but they really proved themselves at the wedding. Read more...
Our communication with them through the wedding process wasn't the best but they really proved themselves at the wedding. They were great DJs but we got the impression that we were just another client. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
I had Sound by Design for my September wedding. I ended up being kind of disappointed with the services we got considering how much they were talked up.

1. Our up-lighting was wrong. We had asked for silver up-lighting and it ended up being red.
2. The song the bride walks in to was not the song we requested to be played.
3. We had requested a couple songs that we'd like played during the night, and when we weren't hearing them and went to ask they be played the DJ's seemed to have completely forgotten and didn't have the song list we submitted. This was kind of frustrating because we filled out our list on our website, I e-mailed our DJ, we met with our DJ, and my husband e-mail them. I'm not sure what else we could have done.
4. There were a lot of older songs played. My husband and I and our friends (who were the only people still really dancing at the end of the night) are still in our 20's. It would have been nice if they DJ's could have adjusted the music (like they said they would) and accepted the requests for the songs we like dancing to.
5. They did our photobooth for us. The guy running the booth was great. We were told we would get a disc of all the pictures within a month of the wedding. It's over a month now and we are still waiting. Also, not all of the people who were in the booth got their pictures in the album that was put together for us.

I'm reviewing that I wouldn't recommend this vendor just because there were a lot of little things that were wrong that added up to be big things. The major thing I was upset about, was the song I was suppose to walk in to was wrong and that our "songs to be played" list went missing or wasn't followed. I guess maybe we shouldn't have had them do 3 different services for us. If you do decide to go with them for anything pick one and go somewhere else for the rest of your list.
I had Sound by Design for my September wedding. I ended up being kind of disappointed with the services we got considering Read more...
I had Sound by Design for my September wedding. I ended up being kind of disappointed with the services we got considering how much they were talked up.

1. Our up-lighting was wrong. We had asked for silver up-lighting and it ended up being red.
2. The song the bride walks in to was not the song we requested to be played.
3. We had requested a couple songs that we'd like played during the night, and when we weren't hearing them and went to ask they be played the DJ's seemed to have completely forgotten and didn't have the song list we submitted. This was kind of frustrating because we filled out our list on our website, I e-mailed our DJ, we met with our DJ, and my husband e-mail them. I'm not sure what else we could have done.
4. There were a lot of older songs played. My husband and I and our friends (who were the only people still really dancing at the end of the night) are still in our 20's. It would have been nice if they DJ's could have adjusted the music (like they said they would) and accepted the requests for the songs we like dancing to.
5. They did our photobooth for us. The guy running the booth was great. We were told we would get a disc of all the pictures within a month of the wedding. It's over a month now and we are still waiting. Also, not all of the people who were in the booth got their pictures in the album that was put together for us.

I'm reviewing that I wouldn't recommend this vendor just because there were a lot of little things that were wrong that added up to be big things. The major thing I was upset about, was the song I was suppose to walk in to was wrong and that our "songs to be played" list went missing or wasn't followed. I guess maybe we shouldn't have had them do 3 different services for us. If you do decide to go with them for anything pick one and go somewhere else for the rest of your list. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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sgrinsgteiner
Wedding:
9/19/2008
4.0/5.0
Overall they were great, but we were a little disappointed that he did not completely stick to our "must play" list. But they are definitely not the cheesy, annoying kind of DJ.
Overall they were great, but we were a little disappointed that he did not completely stick to our "must play" list. But Read more...
Overall they were great, but we were a little disappointed that he did not completely stick to our "must play" list. But they are definitely not the cheesy, annoying kind of DJ. Read less
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whitney
Wedding:
10/26/2013
3.6/5.0
Sound by Design DJ's almost all of the weddings at The Grain Exchange, so naturally we went with them even though their prices are much higher. Everyone we worked with was very nice and also very responsive. Prior to the wedding, we talked with our DJ Josh about what we wanted/didn't want. In general, we are a very laid back couple and only gave Josh a few requests and let him do what he does best. We gave Josh the names of our parents wedding songs and requested that at some point during the night he play them and dedicate them to our parents. Not only did he fail to do that, but he was annoyed when people started requesting they play my in-laws wedding song! This was something special I wanted to do for our parents and I am disappointed it never happened. Overall, Josh did a great job of keeping our younger friends dancing all night! However, we requested that he play some older songs and a variety of songs earlier in the night and then transition to more pop songs later in the night as the older guests left. Instead, he pretty much started out the night with pop and brought in some oldies at the end of the night. Also, he played maybe 3-5 slow songs throughout the entire evening, which was a shame. Again, he did an alright job but I was expecting a much larger variety of music. Sound by Design, at first, seems like they want to accommodate what you want but really they just do what they want...
Sound by Design DJ's almost all of the weddings at The Grain Exchange, so naturally we went with them even though their Read more...
Sound by Design DJ's almost all of the weddings at The Grain Exchange, so naturally we went with them even though their prices are much higher. Everyone we worked with was very nice and also very responsive. Prior to the wedding, we talked with our DJ Josh about what we wanted/didn't want. In general, we are a very laid back couple and only gave Josh a few requests and let him do what he does best. We gave Josh the names of our parents wedding songs and requested that at some point during the night he play them and dedicate them to our parents. Not only did he fail to do that, but he was annoyed when people started requesting they play my in-laws wedding song! This was something special I wanted to do for our parents and I am disappointed it never happened. Overall, Josh did a great job of keeping our younger friends dancing all night! However, we requested that he play some older songs and a variety of songs earlier in the night and then transition to more pop songs later in the night as the older guests left. Instead, he pretty much started out the night with pop and brought in some oldies at the end of the night. Also, he played maybe 3-5 slow songs throughout the entire evening, which was a shame. Again, he did an alright job but I was expecting a much larger variety of music. Sound by Design, at first, seems like they want to accommodate what you want but really they just do what they want... Read less
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Stefanie
Wedding:
5/29/2005
3.4/5.0
This company has DJd at many weddings I have attended, and they always do an outstanding job. I, however, did have some difficulty reaching them to finalize things for my wedding. They did eventually get back to me, after a week or two of leaving several voicemails. They did a great job at my wedding, and we had a wide variety of people on the dance floor. They are also in tune with your preferences and do a good job at playing the genre of music you enjoy. The only other complaint I would have is that they were late in setting up at the reception site, which was a bit disconcerting, but they set up quickly once they had arrived and did a very good job.
This company has DJd at many weddings I have attended, and they always do an outstanding job. I, however, did have some Read more...
This company has DJd at many weddings I have attended, and they always do an outstanding job. I, however, did have some difficulty reaching them to finalize things for my wedding. They did eventually get back to me, after a week or two of leaving several voicemails. They did a great job at my wedding, and we had a wide variety of people on the dance floor. They are also in tune with your preferences and do a good job at playing the genre of music you enjoy. The only other complaint I would have is that they were late in setting up at the reception site, which was a bit disconcerting, but they set up quickly once they had arrived and did a very good job. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/5/2012
2.4/5.0
Our DJ was very confident in our meeting right before the wedding, however, he did not really deliver on the day of the wedding. He was incredibly nice and very friendly, but he didn't play the songs we wanted. We requested specific songs for cocktails and he didn't play any of them. I walked up and asked him to play a special song for my grandpa, so that I could dance with him and he didn't play it right away. He said he wanted to play it later. So, my grandpa and I had to wait until 11:30 for the DJ to play our special song. By that time, people were trying to leave and we kept getting interrupted. Dancing with him to that song was something that I had really looked forward to and I was frustrated that he wouldn't play it when I asked.
Our DJ was very confident in our meeting right before the wedding, however, he did not really deliver on the day of the Read more...
Our DJ was very confident in our meeting right before the wedding, however, he did not really deliver on the day of the wedding. He was incredibly nice and very friendly, but he didn't play the songs we wanted. We requested specific songs for cocktails and he didn't play any of them. I walked up and asked him to play a special song for my grandpa, so that I could dance with him and he didn't play it right away. He said he wanted to play it later. So, my grandpa and I had to wait until 11:30 for the DJ to play our special song. By that time, people were trying to leave and we kept getting interrupted. Dancing with him to that song was something that I had really looked forward to and I was frustrated that he wouldn't play it when I asked. Read less
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Eric
Wedding:
9/21/2012
2.0/5.0
We used Sound By Design for DJ, extra lighting and a projector for our video. We were less than impressed.

DJ: They sold a lot a delivered very little. I would rate them average against every DJ we have seen at receptions which was extremely disappointing. That is not what they told us we would get if we signed up with them. We even let them 'read the crowd' and play what they wanted to get people out on the dance floor. We got the typical playlist that took forever for people to get out to dance, occasionally cleared the floor with bad choices and heard very few songs from the last decade. Also, the music was loud for the venue and the sound for the announcements was terrible. We were at the back of the room when they announced the video and could barely understand what was said. We were very disappointed since the DJ was recommended by our wedding planner.

Lighting: We added to the lighting package Sound By design included. Not only was that a waste of money, they might as well have left the other lights at home also. SBD never worked with the venue to maximize the impact of the lighting so the house lights were too bright and just drowned out the additional lighting. The only way I knew the lights were there is because I kept tripping over the boxes on the floor every time I walked by. We ended up with a bright white room with tripping hazards, not the great pictures on the site. I would recommend you meet with them at night in your venue. We didn’t.

Video equipment: This was your run of the mill equipment. We had a long narrow venue with the screen on one end. There are high definition projectors out there that would WOW the people watching up close and at least not be blurry for the people in the back. We did not get high def. The screen was big enough, but the quality was just ok.

We were disappointed with SBD. They oversold their service. Our guests said it was fine, but we wanted awesome. We didn't get awesome.
We used Sound By Design for DJ, extra lighting and a projector for our video. We were less than impressed.

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We used Sound By Design for DJ, extra lighting and a projector for our video. We were less than impressed.

DJ: They sold a lot a delivered very little. I would rate them average against every DJ we have seen at receptions which was extremely disappointing. That is not what they told us we would get if we signed up with them. We even let them 'read the crowd' and play what they wanted to get people out on the dance floor. We got the typical playlist that took forever for people to get out to dance, occasionally cleared the floor with bad choices and heard very few songs from the last decade. Also, the music was loud for the venue and the sound for the announcements was terrible. We were at the back of the room when they announced the video and could barely understand what was said. We were very disappointed since the DJ was recommended by our wedding planner.

Lighting: We added to the lighting package Sound By design included. Not only was that a waste of money, they might as well have left the other lights at home also. SBD never worked with the venue to maximize the impact of the lighting so the house lights were too bright and just drowned out the additional lighting. The only way I knew the lights were there is because I kept tripping over the boxes on the floor every time I walked by. We ended up with a bright white room with tripping hazards, not the great pictures on the site. I would recommend you meet with them at night in your venue. We didn’t.

Video equipment: This was your run of the mill equipment. We had a long narrow venue with the screen on one end. There are high definition projectors out there that would WOW the people watching up close and at least not be blurry for the people in the back. We did not get high def. The screen was big enough, but the quality was just ok.

We were disappointed with SBD. They oversold their service. Our guests said it was fine, but we wanted awesome. We didn't get awesome. Read less
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Dave
Wedding:
6/7/2013
1.2/5.0
Contract called for projector and screen for a slide show to be shown at the reception. I had forgotten that we had originally requested these things until 3 days before the wedding and requested that a screen be added. Which they did immediately sending me a bill for an additional $100. We discovered the error and sent an email 2 days before which they confirmed saying that yes the projector and screen would be included. Showed up without the projector so in the middle of the reception I had to go to my car and get the backup that I had borrowed from work. After the IT Director at the venue not the DJ, hooked up another laptop to get things working I was told by the DJ that they could not provide the sound with the slideshow because they didn't have the right cable. I had spent untold hours building the show and timing it the accompanying music. The once in a lifetime opportunity was lost to share the show with our guests was lost.

In addition, not one of the special dedications and songs that my daughter and I had provided in the pre meeting with them weeks before was played.

Very disappointed
Contract called for projector and screen for a slide show to be shown at the reception. I had forgotten that we had Read more...
Contract called for projector and screen for a slide show to be shown at the reception. I had forgotten that we had originally requested these things until 3 days before the wedding and requested that a screen be added. Which they did immediately sending me a bill for an additional $100. We discovered the error and sent an email 2 days before which they confirmed saying that yes the projector and screen would be included. Showed up without the projector so in the middle of the reception I had to go to my car and get the backup that I had borrowed from work. After the IT Director at the venue not the DJ, hooked up another laptop to get things working I was told by the DJ that they could not provide the sound with the slideshow because they didn't have the right cable. I had spent untold hours building the show and timing it the accompanying music. The once in a lifetime opportunity was lost to share the show with our guests was lost.

In addition, not one of the special dedications and songs that my daughter and I had provided in the pre meeting with them weeks before was played.

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