I specialize in making wedding receptions fun and affordable. I'm an independent wedding DJ who works with you to make your night a hit. I play songs that your guests like without spinning the same-old standard dance tunes. I take pride in moving everyone to the dance floor and sticking to your schedule. My rate is $575 for most weddings in Washington, DC, Baltimore & Northern Virginia.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
I make every wedding different. I invest the time to understand your musical tastes, and I'll even give you the opportunity to select as much of the music that you want to hear. My style is to work the crowd with music and song selection.
My entire job is helping you to have fun. When you and you're guests are dancing and having fun, then I'm having fun.
I’m a wedding DJ who really enjoys moving people to the dance floor and making your reception a fun time for everyone. My style is to find the right music that makes your guests want to get up and dance. I’m not a party motivator who picks up the microphone and pulls people onto the dance floor. I help make the party happen, and I do it with music.
I’m really easy to work with. You may choose all of your music or send me a small selection so I can see your tastes. If you don’t know what to select for the open dancing, I can send you a list of recommendations that aren’t the same-old clich songs that DJs have been playing for years.
Having worked with hundreds of wedding planners and catering managers, I’m accustomed to working professionally as a team to make your reception the perfect party for you. I will stick to your schedule and keep the evening running smoothly. You won’t have to worry about me. You’ll have the most time possible to enjoy yourself.
I’ll emcee the reception and introduce the bridal party, toasts and special dances, but I won’t engage in any unnecessary microphone banter. I will also notify your photographer before any scheduled events so he or she is ready.
My online planning system will help you select the songs that you must have at your reception. You may select as much of your music as you’d like. Or, you may leave most of it up to me. Once I understand your musical tastes, then I’ll know how to select the rest of your music.
We’ll discuss your schedule for the evening and determine my arrival time. I typically start at the cocktail hour and DJ the entire reception. One month before your wedding date, I will contact you to review your final wedding schedule and any changes to your song list.
Cultural & World Music
I’ve had clients from many cultures and religions. My song list has grown to include a wide range of world and cultural music that is traditional at many weddings, including Jewish, Greek, Kurdish and many others. Like any wedding, I can mix traditional cultural music with modern songs. You can tell me the type of balance that you want to hear.
DJs should be skilled in turning an event into a party, but they should also have professional equipment. I use Pioneer mixers, high-end JBL & Electro Voice (EV) speakers, Shure microphones and MacBook Pro laptops. My main setup can handle the largest reception sites in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore regions, such as the Reagan Building Atrium, Westfields Marriott and any outdoor setting.
My second setup is designed to provide background music for cocktail hours. At many venues, it’s not practical to have a long stretch of speaker cable from the cocktail hour to the ballroom. I prefer using my second setup to cover additional areas of the venue.
My rates are simple. I charge based on the amount time and equipment you need at your wedding. I offer fully inclusive rates from $575. Contact me with more information about your wedding, and I will be able to create a custom quote for you. Google Richard Ray Weddings to find out me.
I have a simple contract that lists my rate and says that I will be there. I work alone, so I will not send an associate or replacement to your wedding.
The retainer is 50% with the the balance due by the wedding date. I accept cash, debit cards and credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express & Discover).
Even More About Me
I’m a wedding DJ and musician. I have more than 20 years of experience entertaining people and playing music for them.
My wedding career has been set entirely in the Mid-Atlantic region. I’ve worked at every major wedding venue in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, Baltimore and Annapolis. I’ve traveled to the Eastern Shore, Richmond, Virginia Beach and Williamsbug, and I’ve entertained wedding guests at several military bases, including Quantico, Fort Myer, Fort McNair & Fort Belvoir (Yes, I offer military discounts!).
I specialize in weddings on weekends, and I DJ for corporate events and private parties during the week. I play guitar for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions. When I’m not at a wedding, I play guitar in a working band, and I perform with a band that plays kid’s music at local schools. I play guitar and drums as a session musician for songwriters, and I perform in regional and musical theater orchestras.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional Booking Notes
In addition to my DJ equipment, I have live sound equipment available for ceremonies. I also offer lighting.
You may select as much - or as little - of the music as you'd like. If you leave it up to me, then I will get to know your musical tastes and promise to impress you.
Influences & Inspiration
I have a vast library of music for you. It includes pop, rock, hip-hop and more from every decade. Plus, I have a world music to fit any type of cultural wedding.
One standard table 3x5 or larger. Nearly every venue has one for the DJ.
One electrical outlet reserved for me. I have a 100' extension cord.
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