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Sound by Design

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

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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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Chrissy
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Torie was our main dj at our wedding and since the day we initially met for our first meeting, up until midnight of our wedding he was so fun and professional! Everyone had a blast, the music and lighting was perfect!
Torie was our main dj at our wedding and since the day we initially met for our first meeting, up until midnight of our Read more...
Torie was our main dj at our wedding and since the day we initially met for our first meeting, up until midnight of our wedding he was so fun and professional! Everyone had a blast, the music and lighting was perfect! Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Great service all around. Very professional. Sound by Design and our DJ for the night really listened to what we wanted the tone to be for our wedding and made the night so much fun for our guests. They really went with the flow of the night and created a memorable event for everyone. Would recommend to anyone!
Great service all around. Very professional. Sound by Design and our DJ for the night really listened to what we wanted Read more...
Great service all around. Very professional. Sound by Design and our DJ for the night really listened to what we wanted the tone to be for our wedding and made the night so much fun for our guests. They really went with the flow of the night and created a memorable event for everyone. Would recommend to anyone! Read less
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Justin
Wedding:
10/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Sound By Design is not just your ordinary DJ. They really become much more on your wedding day. They assist with spectacular lighting that really sets the mood. They treat you with such respect and responsiveness it is amazing! Having Sound By Design handle our lighting and DJ services it allowed us to be worry free...which when planning a wedding is so important!
Sound By Design is not just your ordinary DJ. They really become much more on your wedding day. They assist with Read more...
Sound By Design is not just your ordinary DJ. They really become much more on your wedding day. They assist with spectacular lighting that really sets the mood. They treat you with such respect and responsiveness it is amazing! Having Sound By Design handle our lighting and DJ services it allowed us to be worry free...which when planning a wedding is so important! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Lara
Wedding:
10/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Choosing a wedding DJ was originally one of the parts of planning a wedding that we were least excited about. We just had no idea how to tell if a certain DJ/company would be the right fit. After our first meeting with Torie and SBD though, we were confident they would do a great job. And they absolutely did! During the whole process I felt like they really tried to get to know us and our personalities and the kind of wedding/music we wanted. Our reception went until midnight, and Torie and Ray had the dance floor packed the whole night. I missed getting a snack from our late night food truck because even I could not tear myself off the dance floor. So many of my guests raved about the music and just how much fun they had. For lighting, even though we wanted simple lighting, they went out of their way to make sure it was perfect and that we had everything we needed. We also ended up hiring SBD for our wedding videography, and both Tony and Bo were fantastic that day—they were everywhere all day capturing the moments but not intrusive. We have not seen the final video yet but I have no doubt it will be awesome. I felt like everyone we worked with at SBD wanted the day to be as perfect for us as we did, and that was a great feeling to have when hiring someone for such key components of the wedding celebration. We LOVED them and only wish we had more reasons to throw a big party!
Choosing a wedding DJ was originally one of the parts of planning a wedding that we were least excited about. We just had Read more...
Choosing a wedding DJ was originally one of the parts of planning a wedding that we were least excited about. We just had no idea how to tell if a certain DJ/company would be the right fit. After our first meeting with Torie and SBD though, we were confident they would do a great job. And they absolutely did! During the whole process I felt like they really tried to get to know us and our personalities and the kind of wedding/music we wanted. Our reception went until midnight, and Torie and Ray had the dance floor packed the whole night. I missed getting a snack from our late night food truck because even I could not tear myself off the dance floor. So many of my guests raved about the music and just how much fun they had. For lighting, even though we wanted simple lighting, they went out of their way to make sure it was perfect and that we had everything we needed. We also ended up hiring SBD for our wedding videography, and both Tony and Bo were fantastic that day—they were everywhere all day capturing the moments but not intrusive. We have not seen the final video yet but I have no doubt it will be awesome. I felt like everyone we worked with at SBD wanted the day to be as perfect for us as we did, and that was a great feeling to have when hiring someone for such key components of the wedding celebration. We LOVED them and only wish we had more reasons to throw a big party! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Videography
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Erika
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Sound by Design did a great job for our wedding! They handled the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception music. We got lots of compliments from the guests on the music selection and that the DJ was not overpowering throughout the reception. Scott was a great DJ for us and he really went above and beyond to play the music we wanted to hear. Very professional!
Sound by Design did a great job for our wedding! They handled the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception music. We got lots Read more...
Sound by Design did a great job for our wedding! They handled the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception music. We got lots of compliments from the guests on the music selection and that the DJ was not overpowering throughout the reception. Scott was a great DJ for us and he really went above and beyond to play the music we wanted to hear. Very professional! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sound by Design was great from start to finish. Torie Gamez made our wedding an absolute party! We had so many guests comment on how awesome the music selection was for ALL ages. People, including myself, didn't leave the dance floor all night! They were an absolute pleasure to work with and very professional, yet easy going.

The lighting provided by Sound by Design was a magnificent addition to our venue.

And the photo booth! I think this is a must do for all weddings. They are SO much fun and a great way to capture some fun moments with guests. Sound by Design does an excellent job, creating a really cool guest book with a copy of all the pictures from the night that you get to take home THAT NIGHT with you. Everyone loved looking through the photos the next day.

I HIGHLY recommend Sound by Design. You will not be disappointed!
Sound by Design was great from start to finish. Torie Gamez made our wedding an absolute party! We had so many guests Read more...
Sound by Design was great from start to finish. Torie Gamez made our wedding an absolute party! We had so many guests comment on how awesome the music selection was for ALL ages. People, including myself, didn't leave the dance floor all night! They were an absolute pleasure to work with and very professional, yet easy going.

The lighting provided by Sound by Design was a magnificent addition to our venue.

And the photo booth! I think this is a must do for all weddings. They are SO much fun and a great way to capture some fun moments with guests. Sound by Design does an excellent job, creating a really cool guest book with a copy of all the pictures from the night that you get to take home THAT NIGHT with you. Everyone loved looking through the photos the next day.

I HIGHLY recommend Sound by Design. You will not be disappointed! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We used Sound By Design for both our DJ and uplighting our reception site and got rave reviews about both from all our guests. Our reception site looked beautiful with all the lighting and it really enhanced the room. Our DJ, Josh, was amazing! He knew exactly what to play to keep the party going all night long.
We used Sound By Design for both our DJ and uplighting our reception site and got rave reviews about both from all our Read more...
We used Sound By Design for both our DJ and uplighting our reception site and got rave reviews about both from all our guests. Our reception site looked beautiful with all the lighting and it really enhanced the room. Our DJ, Josh, was amazing! He knew exactly what to play to keep the party going all night long. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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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
Services Used: Rentals & Photobooths
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Ashley
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
We LOVED having Josh from Sound by Design as our DJ I would definitely recommend him and their services to anyone. Josh was so accommodating wit my family's requests to keep the Daddy/Daughter dance and Mother of the Groom/Groom dance songs surprises for my husband and I. Josh even worked with my Dad to create a special combination of songs for that my Dad wanted to use for our song. I had no idea about this until after the wedding. Definitely use Josh and Sound by Design. The one thing I have to mention is to be very clear on what songs MUST be played. There were quite a few songs on our "wanted" list that did not get played that we really wanted and they used some songs we could've done without (looking back on it) but of course at the time we all had a blast.
We LOVED having Josh from Sound by Design as our DJ I would definitely recommend him and their services to anyone. Josh Read more...
We LOVED having Josh from Sound by Design as our DJ I would definitely recommend him and their services to anyone. Josh was so accommodating wit my family's requests to keep the Daddy/Daughter dance and Mother of the Groom/Groom dance songs surprises for my husband and I. Josh even worked with my Dad to create a special combination of songs for that my Dad wanted to use for our song. I had no idea about this until after the wedding. Definitely use Josh and Sound by Design. The one thing I have to mention is to be very clear on what songs MUST be played. There were quite a few songs on our "wanted" list that did not get played that we really wanted and they used some songs we could've done without (looking back on it) but of course at the time we all had a blast. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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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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