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Andy Anderson/Gotham DJ917-593-9823; gothamdj.com
After making a name for himself on the club circuit, Anderson started spinning at nuptials in 2005, insisting that wedding tunes need not be corny. Evidently, he’s keeping his word—rocker Andrew W.?K. hired him to spin when he got married. Prices upon request.
Antique Phonograph DJ Mac646-228-5780; michaelcumella.com
You won’t find another DJ like Michael Cumella—he’s just about the only one around who plays early 78s on century-old crank-up horned phonographs, though he’s also happy to play contemporary hits. From $500 for the cocktail hour. (good value)
Aria Melody DJ917-412-0536; ariamelody.com
“No lights, no fog, no gimmicks” is the motto of this cheese-free DJ group, which formed after members Paul and Nicole Sinclair couldn’t find an inconspicuous DJ to perform at their own wedding. Along with partner John Sinclair, they take a backseat approach while ensuring the music is perfect and the mic isn’t overused. From $1,500. (good value)
Beat Train Productions NYC617-453-8821; beattrainproductions.com
Past clients rave about this boutique company, which sends out a small but experienced team of DJs to spin everything from big-band jazz to contemporary Top 40. Prices range from $1,250 to $3,500 for five hours. Lighting services also available. (good value)
Classic Events646-285-8631; classiceventsmusic.com
Aside from their library of over 20,000 songs from every genre imaginable, DJs will also work closely with couples to brainstorm a timeline of their evening—and are known to check in with them during the event to ensure everyone’s having a good time.
The Compact Disc Jockeys917-685-1112; cdjmusic.com
With glowing references from wedding-planning heavyweights such as Claudia Hanlin, owner John Hubela can provide music for any kind of affair. His collection contains Ella Fitzgerald, Lady Gaga, and everyone in between. Average price is about $1,150. (good value)
For big-spending couples who take their partying seriously, there’s Cassidy. This in-demand DJ spun at the 2009 Inaugural Ball and has worked gigs for Jay Z, Alicia Keys, and Diddy. While his first love is hip-hop, he plays plenty of ’70s and ’80s soul, funk, and R&B, too. Prices upon request.
DJ Dina Reginedjdinaregine.com
One of Manhattan’s first female club DJs, Regine has kicked off First Fridays at the Guggenheim, spun a benefit for the Dalai Lama at Lincoln Center, and played at parties for celebrities such as Keith Richards, Cher, and Bruce Willis. She’ll create a personalized soundtrack for each phase of the ceremony and reception. Prices upon request.
DJ Foosh646-327-0202; foosh.com
DJ Foosh got his start at house parties and has moved up to international fashion shows. His eclectic taste leans toward world music, as well as funk and soul classics. Matrix co-stars Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres hired him for their wedding. From $1,750.
DJ Johnny Stuart646-554-5148; johnnystuart.com
Johnny Stuart has been sought after for decades and is regularly called on to set the mood at InStyle cover shoots for celebs such as Beyoncé and Rihanna. Destination weddings are no problem—he’s played nuptials as far away as Jamaica, Hawaii, and Ecuador. From $2,800.
DJ Shakey201-679-9736; djshakey.com
A serious vinyl collector, DJ Shakey (a.k.a. Julie Covello) happily entertains diverse requests and plays all styles, from pop hits to underground club music. Not into the whole emceeing thing? Covello will happily stay silent while she spins her variety of crowd- pleasing tunes. From $1,500. (good value)
Expressway Music212-953-9367; www.expresswaymusic.com
Launched in 1992 and led by David Swirsky, this team of seven DJs is great at reading the crowd and knowledgeable about how to make the most of numerous New York venues. These DJs spin everything from world music to pop to swing. From $2,000.
Generation Events212-505-7593; generationevents.com
Jason Fioto, a regular at Manhattan clubs Marquee and 1 Oak, heads this entertainment company, which provides tunes for about 50 nuptials a year. Clients include luxury brands such as David Yurman and Louis Vuitton. From $3,000.
Gotham Events212-695-6990; gothameventsnyc.com
If the goal is just to throw an awesome party, couples say this full-service entertainment company will ensure every guest is on the floor. They can supply a custom package of music (DJs and bands), lighting, décor, props, and games.
Heartbeats Everywhere408-406-8399; heartbeatseverywhere.com
Bicoastal ladies DJ Eko and DeeJay Reborn have spun for crowds at the Sydney Opera House and Coachella. They’ve also performed alongside high-profile acts such as Beyoncé and Miguel. From $2,000.
Jarrell Entertainment917-449-3435; jarrellentertainment.com
This company’s DJs bring your vision of celebration to the dance floor. They’ve spun for A-list celebrities from Palm Beach to New York to the South of France. Prices upon request.
Jimmy Dee Music Productions914-428-9231; jimmydeeweddings.com
This production company has performed at more than 10,000 events and can provide DJs, emcees, live music, lighting, video, and photography. If you want a live simulcast of the party, ask about the plasma video screen. Prices upon request.
Love Junkies NYC646-504-9640; lovejunkiesnyc.com
Soul-music connoisseur Jon Oliver is one of the founding DJs of all-vinyl-records dance party I Love Vinyl. He’s been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and the New York Times and received Wedding Wire’s Couples’ Choice Award for 2014, 2015, and 2016. Prices start at $1,750.
Mister Saturday Nightmistersaturdaynight.com
DJ Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin’s roving dance party is well-known among those who like to bust a move, and he has spun for clients such as MoMA, Mulberry, and Travel + Leisure. For your wedding, he or one of his cohorts will play everything from reggae and rare soul to Motown and grandmother-pleasing hits. From $3,000, plus sound system.
Play Something Good646-580-0261; playsomethinggood.com
Local husband-and-wife DJs Abby Klein and Tom Shiner have spun at some of the city’s coolest venues (think Santos Party House, Gramercy Park Hotel, the Tribeca Rooftop, and the Ace Hotel) and for the likes of the Beastie Boys and Bloomingdale’s. Prices average $1,600. (good value)
Scratch Weddings866-955-8580; scratchweddings.com
For a stress-free experience, book this no-risk wedding-DJ service, which comes with insurance, a host of backup DJs, and a dedicated music manager. For three years in a row, it was selected for The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” and Wedding Wire’s “Bride’s Choice” awards. The full package includes setup, breakdown, and equipment. Prices upon request.
For 13 years, Gary Hoffmann has owned and operated a company of DJs who spins every genre under the sun. They aim to keep the stress low and the dance floor packed. From $1,650.
$mall ¢hange917-412-1862; djsmallchange.com
James Dier (a.k.a. $mall ¢hange) is a favorite among other DJs, which says a lot about his prowess behind the turntables. He has played for raucous crowds at many of the city’s top clubs, but he also caters to betrothed music heads who appreciate that his eclectic collection includes rare records such as Gloria Jones’s 1964 version of “Tainted Love.” From $1,600.
A regular at Gracie Mansion, Josh Sparber has also played to Stockholm crowds and for the BBC in London. His upbeat and wide-ranging tastes include everything from funk, doo-wop, and northern soul to house and hip-hop. Rates start at $2,000. (good value)
Touch of Class201-997-0077; tocdjs.com
This husband-and-wife team is a great choice for multicultural weddings: They can emcee in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Their four teams of DJs spin nearly 150 weddings a year. Additional services include plasma screens, photo booths, LED uplighting, and videography. From $1,250. (good value)
Ultimate Sound DJ's718-204-1938; ultimatesoundDJs.com
These DJs hand over complete control of music selection and timing, so they’re a favorite among couples with strong opinions about their wedding soundtracks. Event prices start at $1,100 and includes five hours of music. (good value)
- Bud Maltin Music (Live) & Metropolitan Music DJs
New York, NY ; Tel: 212-477-6543 ; www.budmaltin.com
Extraordinary range of styles, non-stop continuous dance music as well as ceremony & cocktail hour music. Get the vocalists and musicians you see. See us live in NYC. Plus DJ services including DJ/Live combinations.
- Classic Events Music Inc.
85 Verbena Avenue Floral Park, NY 11001 ; Tel: 646-285-8631 ; www.classiceventsmusic.com
Experience. Creativity. Professionalism. A 2014 and 2015 “Best of Weddings” selection on The Knot, Classic Events Owners/DJ’s Adam and Bill work closely with every client to create that perfect song list with unique live mixing to produce an ambiance that will keep their guests dancing and make their event truly “classic”. Prices upon request.
- Jarrell Entertainment
59 West 10th Street New York, NY 10011 ; Tel: 917-449-3435 ; jarrellentertainment.com
The preferred vendor for top venues, event planners and celebrity clientele in NY, LA, Hamptons and Miami. Jarrell Entertainment is an innovative global event entertainment company, offering an experienced staff of talented DJs and musicians.
- Scratch Weddings
36 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003 ; Tel: 866-955-8580 ; scratchweddings.com
Scratch Weddings offers the nation's leading wedding DJs with experience, skill, personality and professionalism that is unmatched in the industry. Choose your perfect wedding DJ from our exclusive team of diverse talent to fit your musical style, taste and vision.