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By Julia Leblanc
Weddings are filled with sincere and tender professions of love as well as fun and memorable moments. So, if you want to keep your wedding lively, the best Calgary wedding DJ should be a part of your wedding team.
That’s why we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of the best wedding DJs in Calgary. We also have information on wedding DJ costs and some answers to FAQs to keep you well informed.
How much do wedding DJ services cost?
Calgary wedding DJs cost around $800–$2000, depending on their expertise, length or extent of the DJ set, and venue or guestlist size.
Some wedding DJ services can also cost as low as $250 but these packages are often not personalized with pre-made playlists and less actual DJ involvement.
The Best Wedding DJs in Calgary
Before you go ahead and choose a wedding DJ, you must know that we followed a few standards during our search. Here are the factors and values in mind as we chose our top Calgary DJs:
1. Pez Productions
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 980-2172|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pez Productions is one of the best wedding DJs for out-of-town weddings because they service Calgary, Banff, Canmore, and even as far as Lake Louise.
When it comes to weddings, Pez Productions can handle everything from the ceremony up to the last dance.
They can produce a solid flow of music by seamlessly blending and mixing tracks together with dynamic and lively transitions. Pez Productions even comes with back-up equipment as a precaution.
Although, you should know that Pez Productions has specific venue requests its clients must meet. Luckily, they still bring other necessary equipment should these needs be missing from the venue.
Pez Productions special is that it also has a lighting department. So, this wedding DJ can easily coordinate the lights and sounds to give you your desired setting during your wedding.
As proof of its work, Pez Productions even has an online video gallery where couples can check whether or not it’s a good fit for their wedding.
Pez Productions also allows its customers to personalize their wedding experience. We say this because this DJ company does consultations and distributes pre-event questionnaires to its customers.
That said, you’d need to book Pez Productions very early on, around 12-18 months before, to secure the best wedding DJ services. It also requires a 50% deposit to be paid upon booking.
Friendly, professional, organized, and responsive DJs
“We hired Pez Productions for our small family wedding of about 40 guests. Lindsay and Fayyaz were an absolute pleasure to work with. They were friendly, professional, organized, responsive, and needed very little direction. Given that our wedding was a small family wedding, we were worried that none of our guests would dance. However, every person at our wedding danced and the dance floor was busy until it closed! Fayyaz played great music, read the room, and incorporated song requests very well. Fayyaz also played a part in reorganizing the floor plan of our room, which made it a lot more conducive to dancing and fun. We would highly recommend hiring Pez Productions and we intend to hire Pez Productions when we plan a larger celebration with our friends.”—Joe Connelly
Understands your style of music, goes above and beyond
“We used Pez for lighting and DJ/sound services at our mountain wedding, and we were so blown away by how they made our tented reception come to life! Fayyaz went above and beyond to ensure our wedding was an amazing celebration for us to remember for many years to come! He completely understood our style of music and we danced all night long with our friends and family. In the following days we had friends reaching out asking for his information to book him for their own upcoming weddings. The colours and style of lighting Fayyaz chose made our tent look even more beautiful sitting below the mountains. We highly recommend Fayyaz and the rest of the Pez production team – They are the best in the business! We can’t wait for our professional photos to see what a fun time we were all having in such a beautiful tent.”—Clare McCaffrey
2. Revolution Entertainment Inc
|ADDRESS||2 Ave NE Unit 416, Calgary, AB T2E 0E6|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(780) 452-5211|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Revolution Entertainment offers more than just the best DJ services in Calgary as it also has live bands, photographers, videographers, photobooth experts, and event planners in its team.
It has several DJ service packages that can be lively enough for just about any party size, whether it be a small group of 150 guests or a large gathering of 500.
Revolution’s first DJ package is the digital DJ package where clients can get access to over 50 million songs, a microphone, and some backup support for $295. While this package may come with a set-up team, its function is still pretty limited.
Luckily, it also has the Sound Tech DJ package where clients get an actual onsite DJ as well as a back-up DJ, event coordinator, and on-call manager.
Revolution also offers the Revolution Experience package, perfect for those who want a more personalized service. This package comes with a DJ that will read the crowd, play song requests, and organize games.
We also like that Revolution Entertainment offers all its DJ packages with a free photo booth to be set up and used for up to 8 hours. Its last two packages even come with a lighting service.
However, despite all these features and offers, some previous clients still have some complaints, especially when it comes to rescheduling and refunds. So, check the contract before securing it for your wedding.
Willing to help, adaptable, easy to use song system, punctual and super nice DJ
“We had booked Revolution for our wedding. From the start when I called just for a quote they were so easy to talk to and helpful. As covid pressed on, they were always right there willing to help and so adaptable to all the situations, which ended up changing twice in the last week before our day. Their online song system was super easy to use and had almost all the songs we wanted. All it took was a quick email to get any missing songs we wanted added to our playlist. On the day, the DJ was punctual, and was ready to go with all his equipment. I spoke with him right after our ceremony and he was super nice and said a big congratulations to us. He was super excited for our playlist as he said it was his type of music too. Made it so easy for him to mix the playlist together and our guests (especially us) loved the whole thing! From the first song to the last, never an empty dance floor!
Should we ever need to hire a DJ again, would hit them up in a second.
Would recommend them to everyone!”—Taylor Rink
Perfect from booking to end of the event, professional, attentive, thoughtful, and fun DJ
“We hired Kaleb for our weeding ceremony and reception, everything was perfect! From booking through the end of the night, Kaleb was professional, attentive, thoughtful, and fun! He played what we liked, skipped what we didn’t, and had the floor busy all night. Our ceremony music was well timed and what we envisioned. All around easy, positive, and memorable experience with Revolution!”—Nick Dalupan
3. Hype Entertainment
|ADDRESS||12180 44 St SE #18, Calgary, AB T2Z 4A2|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 207-4973 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM|
Ever since 2003, Hype Entertainment has been making Calgary weddings as lively as possible. This DJ company has over six of the best Calgary wedding DJs livening up the entire occasion, from the ceremony up to the reception and afterparty.
We also like that Hype Entertainment has on-call managers to arrange for back-up DJs and equipment to make your event as seamless as possible, even with unexpected situations.
Hype Entertainment even does early preparation and coordination not only with the couple but also with the other wedding vendors. Best of all, Hype Entertainment has an online wedding planner to improve coordination.
This way, it can tailor its DJ services as well as avoid surprises on the date of your wedding. This level of preparation also allows Hype Entertainment to deliver seamless transitions from song to song, leaving no awkward moments in the ceremony and reception.
Besides, Hype Entertainment also has a very detailed quotation request form to make booking easier. Do know that these online forms require client login, too.
And with all these benefits, Hype Entertainment is one of the few Calgary wedding DJs that has a perfect 5-star rating from its customers.
Should you plan on choosing this wedding DJ, make sure you have time for its consultations as it’s only available on weekdays.
Smooth planning process, responsive, caring, and awesome DJ
“We hired Hype as our DJ for our wedding a month ago and it was great! The planning process went so smooth, they’re very responsive and the online planner helps you figure out things you couldn’t even think of!!Our DJ was Andrew and he did an awesome job keeping everyone on the floor all night. He also kept checking in with me and my husband throughout the night to make sure everything was great and if we were happy with his services, and we really appreciated that.”—Rebecca Waldner
Punctual, professional, fun, and flexible DJ, caters to different age groups
“Hype! Entertainment was outstanding to work with! Our DJ Jeff did an incredible job at our wedding at the Calgary Zoo. He was punctual, professional, flexible and fun throughout the entire evening. Jeff communicated extremely well with the MC, my husband and myself throughout the night regarding timing, preferences, special requests, etc. His music selection was great, and he catered to a number of different age groups. The dance floor was always filled, and many of my guests had a great time dancing. Jeff was also very professional when handling guest requests for songs and group/line dances. During these songs, Jeff actually got on the dance floor to demonstrate for those guests who were not familiar with the dance. He continued to play for a while after the scheduled end time, because guests were still dancing and having a great time. The online music selection platform is very easy to use, and allowed us to really tailor our music choices for the evening. Rob and Chelsie Isley were both very professional and easy to work with during the planning process. Overall, we had an amazing experience with Hype! and I will definitely be recommending them to all my friends and family needing DJ services in the future!”—Teagan Shlapak
4. Barbu Entertainment
|ADDRESS||256 Cranbrook Cir SE, Calgary, AB T3M 2L9|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 479-5588 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Now, if you’re looking for the best Calgary wedding DJ that can cater to multilingual guests at weddings, then Barbu Entertainment may be what you’re looking for. We say this because this DJ company’s music selection spans over 10 languages.
Barbu Entertainment even personalizes its playlists per couple to give weddings a uniquely memorable ambience.
Moreover, Barbu Entertainment’s DJ services already come with full sound and lighting services. It even offers photo booth services that come in three different packages.
To give its prospective clients some peace of mind, Barbu Entertainment also has some of its DJ mixes posted online. All of these features have led Barbu Entertainment to win the International Wedding Awards twice.
To see if Barbu Entertainment is available for your wedding, you can simply contact it or even answer its detailed online booking forms. Its website even has the song request form, so customers can easily submit their requested songs.
We also like that Barbu Entertainment makes itself available to its potential customers almost all the time. This company is available from Mondays to Sundays, sometimes even as late as 10 PM.
Do know that its relatively small team also caters to bars, nightclubs, corporate events, and birthdays. So, you may have to compete with more Calgarians planning their own events.
Caters to specific requests, runs things smoothly, energetic
“I heard about Barbu Entertainment after a friends wedding, she could not stop talking about how amazing their evening was and how everyone was on the dance floor all night long! That doesn’t usually happen at weddings, so I was interested in booking him for my own wedding right away! With covid, everything about our day changed, and group sizes changed just in time so we could still have an intimate ceremony and reception, with Barbu Entertainment there with us as well! We had a few specific requests, and he made sure he could make it all happen for us. On the day, Anatoli even ran up to our waiting room before the ceremony to give us a heads up that we should get down there to make sure we get the cue we wanted! Anatoli’s energy is infectious, and he will make sure things run smooth, and that there will be a dance party no one can resist joining in on! I can’t wait to dance the night away at friends future weddings!”—Kaity Body
Reads the crowd, keeps dance floors full, reasonably priced
“DJ Barbu was great!! He read the crowd and kept our dance floor full all night. He was very reasonably priced for an out of town wedding, and felt like we were working with an old friend – he was happy to take our requests and had a great selection of music. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to dance all night at their next event!”—Courtney R
5. Outright Entertainment Inc.
|CONTACT DETAILS||(587) 333-4803 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Saturday: 24 hours|
Outright Entertainment is also another company offering all forms of event entertainment services, including DJ services, lighting and special effects, and photobooth set-up.
For its wedding DJ services, Outright Entertainment makes sure to provide a wholly personalized experience. Do know that its packages are mostly only for 200 guests.
To make sure that each wedding gets the ambience and feels it deserves, Outright Entertainment does in-person consultations with each wedding couple. They then advise and plan as well as receive suggestions during this consultation.
What’s more, Outright Entertainment samples the personalized playlist to its customers before the event. This way, the wedding couple can share their thoughts before the event.
Customers even claim that Outright Entertainment willingly works with their other wedding vendors and service providers for a fully smooth wedding flow.
But what truly sets Outright Entertainment apart from its competitors is that it offers sound-to-light effects, where the dance floor itself can match the dancing guests’ energy. This company also has DJs to mix the right songs to ensure dynamic flow during the reception.
We also find it worth mentioning that Outright Entertainment provides instant quotations online and is even available for questions 24 hours a day from Monday to Saturday.
Coordinates timeline, cares about preferences, good music selection
“We booked Outright Entertainment for our September wedding and they were such a pleasure to work with. Austin worked directly with us and helped us coordinate timeline and even helped us book “strings” for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Adam the DJ was AMAZING – he worked directly with us leading up to the wedding to ask our preferences on songs and sets. The night of the wedding I can honestly say I don’t think there was one song played that didn’t have us all out on the dancefloor – friends could not stop commenting on how good the music selection was. We were dancing the night away for sure!! Highly recommend Outright for your entertainment needs!”—Shelby Fortune
Takes your recommendations seriously, helps wedding planning and works with other planning members
“Outright came highly recommend to us by our venue, the zoo, and we were thrilled by their service. They took our recommendations for song choices/genres seriously, while also helping our wedding planning by putting together a great playlist for the evening. Our DJ, Adam, even worked with a dance instructor we had hired to get the party started. Overall a great experience and would recommend to others!”—David Nelson
What Does A Wedding DJ Do?
Wedding DJs are not just there to play the right music for important wedding moments. They’re also essential as they help organize the program and give timely announcements.
Generally, a wedding DJ can set and improve the mood of these significant parts of the wedding reception:
- Wedding party introduction
- Cocktail hour music
- Toast and speech announcements and introductions
- Cake cutting announcements
- Dinner time background music
- First dance and other special dances
- Celebratory dances (kid and family-friendly)
- Bouquet and garter games
- Last song dance
To make these program parts as natural and unrehearsed as possible, you’ll have to share your program details and song requests with your DJ early on. Feel free to share mood boards for each part of the program so they can work freely, too.
FAQs about Wedding DJs
And that concludes our list of the best Calgary wedding DJs. Our considered factors can also help you choose, but in the end, your own preferences should guide you to making a decision.
Do you know any other wedding DJs who deserve to be on this list? If you do, then please tell us so we can review and hopefully add them to the list.
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