Jake Ritchie, owner and operator of Dream Day Djs, has one of the best reputations in northern Virginia! He has raised the bar in the entertainment wedding industry making him one of the most sought after disc jockeys the area. With over 20 years of excellence and 20 industry awards (including an industry recognized DJ competition award), he can help you plan everything from the ceremony to the last song of the night.
We also have 2 other great DJs on staff and offer a full range of services:
As a full time professional entertainment service, rest assured we can help you create a memorable wedding with our extensive knowledge, planning, and unique ideas. Couples rave about our all-inclusive approach that will give you extra benefits like no overtime fees, free dance lighting, and unlimited personalized planning.
Jake Ritchie has been a professional DJ & MC for 20 years. He has performed over 2,000 events and averages about 55 or so weddings a year. In 2004, he became the first full time wedding DJ in northern Virginia to win a DJ competition award. Eight years in a row he won the Weddingwire.com Brides Choice Award, and won Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Wedding Vendor Award 6 years in a row. Jake has also been praised in various print articles, wedding planning websites, and vendor blogs. In 2010, he became the president of the D.C. Chapter of the American Disc Jockey Association – helping to create new standards along with the educational tools to help other DJs succeed (raising the bar).
So what makes Jake stand out from the rest? Aside from his solid reputation and northern Virginia’s top reviewed DJ (WeddingWire.com), he has put in over 300 industry hours of training by attending seminars, workshops, and conventions. This keeps him fresh, up to date, and full of new ideas. What’s rare? His incredible music mixing talent & abilities as a Master of Ceremonies (MC) . He’s perfectly mixed everything from Latin to Ghanaian music , so rest assured he can understand any style or culture.
Akhil Handa has been a professional DJ for over 12 years. He has performed hundreds of events over the DC Metropolitan area. Previously with Dynamo Entertainment, he won the Bride’s Choice Award three years in a row. Akhil joined the D.C. chapter of America Disc Jockey Association and served as a member of the board to bring together fellow DJs for education and continuous improvement.
Akhil is always trying to improve either by attending seminars, workshops or simply sharing ideas amongst fellow DJs. His attention to detail and mixing capability gives him the upper hand to understand any style a customer desires. Additionally, he was born and raised in India and has a good grasp on International music. He has an excellent reputation and is always ready to make your event a raging success.
"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.
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