Yes! We have partnered with a local company who specializes in providing quality photo booths, name monograms, and architectural uplighting for us.
We charge an all inclusive price for DJ/MC services. No extra fees for local traveling, set-up, planning, meetings, venue visits, dance lighting effects, overtime, or our world class sound systems. We do however have a lighting division that offers extra options should you need uplighting, monograms, or a photo booth.
Absolutely not! Do not hire a company who will not let you meet your DJ, guarantee the DJ of your choice, or who will not list the DJ’s name on the contract. Lastly, it is my personal opinion what you would be better off staying away from out of state booking agencies. There is a lot of blind sub contracting and little screening of the talent that they employ.
We wear classy suits, otherwise a tuxedo for black tie affairs.
Ditch the IPOD, it cannot speak! We act as your master of ceremonies which means we are responsible for announcing your introductions, first dance, dinner, and all other important segments that take place. Our DJs speak clearly, and you will not hear any rambling or corny jokes coming from any of them. Visit our Facebook page to hear & see Jake Ritchie in action! www.facebook.com/dreamdaydjs.
Yes. We have additional sound systems, microphones, and also provide customized planning materials to assist you with every step of the ceremony.
We arrive up 2 to 3 hours early for a few reasons. Traffic, weather, set-up, and to coordinate with vendors. Be weary of DJs who say they will show up less than an hour before your wedding is to begin.
We have extra equipment on site which includes mics, speakers, cables, laptops, mixers, and more. We all have road plan policies as well in case of any car trouble. We will be there, even if we have to show up in a tow truck!
Absolutely. Jake Ritchie networks with the area’s finest DJs and trades schedules with them on a regular basis. We have never missed a performance, but we still take many steps to ensure we have an emergency plan.
Depends. Electronic equipment is expensive and can easily be damaged by rain, hot rays from the sun, tree dander, and even passing birds (yuck). If a tent is not an option – a gazebo, awning, or any other covered space will do just fine! The venue, caterer, or rental company should be able to supply extra shelter. Make sure to ask them about “side panel” options if you are renting a tent for the entire reception.
This section is reserved for clients who have decided to book our services. It grants them access to organized planning materials, song samples, charts, wedding tips, and other important information that will help them plan the perfect wedding. They can actually use these online tools to save their work online and it automatically sends their updates right to the DJ!
Because of our outstanding reputation, we prefer to preserve the integrity of our name by maintaining a controllable small business. There are three total DJs on staff, and if we are all booked on your wedding date, we can refer you to selected reputable entertainment companies in the area we have built a relationship with.
We have a business license and pay taxes within the limits of the law. We also carry liability and equipment insurance coverage which most venues are requiring vendors to have now. Liability is NOT ENOUGH. Ask if they carry an equipment coverage policy as well.
Actually, you can control that! We can be as low key or interactive as you’d like us to be! Although we all have our own unique personalities, we do not force your guests out of their seats to participate, get out and dance, sing, or play an instrument. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with those interactive ideas, it just isn’t our style.
We are a small full time successful entertainment company who takes quality over quantity. DJ Jake Ritchie is the only person in the northern Virginia area to win a DJ/MC recognized DJ competition award. Dream Day DJs has been recognized for being one of the best for over 6 years in a row through the Washingtonian Magazine, Virginia Living magazine, and Weddingwire.com’s Bride Choice Awards. Jake was also awarded a Presidential Award from the American Disc Jockey Association’s D.C. Chapter for his work as a board member. Our other outstanding DJ, Akhil Handa, won three Wedding Wire Bride Choice Awards with his work over the years.
Jake Ritchie has more than 300 hours of training which includes attending seminars, workshops, industry conferences, and working with other professionals. Jake has passed workshop courses through “The Professional Process” by one of America’s top DJs – Peter Merry, “Advanced Microphone Techniques Level 1 & 2” through Randy Bartlet’s 1% Solution, and “The Certified DJ Program” through the Metropolitan Professional Disc Jockey Association.
For professional reasons, We don’t have couples show up uninvited to our scheduled weddings. We can provide excellent reviews from brides, grooms, and vendors who rave about our services. To view our outstanding and number one rated reviews, please visit our WeddingWire.com reviews by scrolling to the bottom of the page.
Even though your wedding may be scheduled from 4-6 hours, we spend sometimes double that amount on each couples wedding. Most of this work comes in the planning and preparing stages like acquiring & editing songs, scripting introduction biographies, visiting your venue, and other important duties that bring your wedding together successfully.
"Jake Ritchie was AMAZING as our wedding DJ!! We had a blast at our reception thanks in large part to his skills!! We received so many compliments on our DJ choice and on how much fun everyone had dancing all night! The floor was always packed. Personally, I never dance at bars or weddings or anywhere, and I literally danced the entire night! It was so much fun! Jake was very professional throughout the entire planning process and our wedding day. He worked with us to make sure he understood our vision for our wedding day/night music. He has forms online to fill out which makes the process easy, and we even sent him lists of specific songs we wanted during certain portions of the day's events - he executed everything seamlessly. I booked him without hesitation because he was also my younger sister's DJ a few years ago at her wedding, and that was the most fun I've had at a wedding (and I've been to tons) - until mine last month 🙂 You will NOT be disappointed if you book him. All around, he is an amazing vendor!!!"
"Choosing a DJ was probably one of the hardest and most important decisions we made for our wedding. We were looking for someone with good intuition to keep the crowd involved, someone who was knowledgeable and experienced, someone who took a genuine interest in not only DJ'ing our wedding, but understanding what was important to myself, my fiancee, our wedding party and our guests. We really hit a grand slam with Jake! He was quick to respond to any query or request. He went above and beyond any expectation we had for a wedding DJ. Any time we mentioned a want or desire, Jake was on it making it happen! His communications were always timely, his flexibility unparalleled, and his performance excellent! Jake made that hard decision of picking our DJ our best vendor decision of the day! Jake certainly was a dream to work with and I would recommend him to anyone looking for an exceptional DJ for any event!"
"Finding and hiring Jake was one of the best decisions I made for the wedding. The music the whole time was amazing and he really understood our personalities and the mood of the evening to keep the energy high. We really trusted Jake to make his own playlist and gave him the ability to do what he does best which was absolutely perfect. Jake was a total professional and has so much experience and knowledge which put me at ease being an out of town bride for him. He really was great and I highly recommend him! He also did a great job MC-ing the night and keeping the natural flow moving. I credit him with a lot of the success of the cocktail hour and reception."
Jake is an experienced professional who has perfected his craft. He also was very professional throughout the process and immediately we knew we could trust Jake to do an amazing job. It was very easy working with Jake because he had templates for us to work from and all we had to do was fill out his templates and we were set. Through his website he offered a variety of new and old fun songs to choose from which made our lives easier. We had a group dance and Jake took two songs and mixed them together for us for a flawless transition in songs. He offered a lot of other creative ideas and technical DJ skills that we did not take advantage of but if time permitted we would have. This is something that not the average DJ would have been able to do. Overall our experience with Jake was top notch and we were very happy that he was able to DJ our wedding.