MARYLAND WEDDING DJ
DJ Ralph Hunter Productions
At The Wedding Reception
DJ Ralph Hunter Productions bring the live mixing and high-energy dancing experience you would expect from a club but make it wedding appropriate by catering to all ages, tastes, and styles. We’re not just wedding DJs, our experience and versatility makes the experience much better. So, whether you want lots of classics and oldies or an all-out dance party, we’ll be able to provide something unlike anything you’ve ever experienced at a wedding before, not to mention a PACKED dance floor.
We don’t wear tuxedos, we don’t put signs out on our table, and we don’t go into hyper cheesy DJ-voice mode. We provide music and entertainment throughout the event to make sure you and your guests have a blast and make sure you have the wedding you’ve always wanted and a night you’ll never forget.
We DJ weddings but also DJ social events, parties, clubs, corporate events, and more.
With an ever-growing music database at our disposal, we’re serving all couples, from brides, to grooms all over Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia including Annapolis, Baltimore, Frederick, the Eastern Shore and everywhere in between.
Whether you’re looking for a casual evening or an all out party, we’ve got you covered with some of the best DJs in Maryland and beyond.
We provide all of our own high end equipment (including backups) and of course we’re licensed and insured. But as we mentioned, we’re not just wedding DJs, we’re real people who ‘get it.’ We perform at weddings, parties and events as if it were our own.
If you’ve got a wedding or private event coming up in the MD/DC/VA area, please contact us today so we can discuss your event and answer any questions you may have.
Out the box you get (Specific equipment determined by customer):
An amazing DJ from our team. Each of our DJ's has 10 or more years of experience in DJ'ing weddings and private events.
Actual LIVE mixing, not just fading in and out between songs
Announcements, Intros and full emcee responsibilities
Top of the line equipment (including back ups of everything)
Face to face or video chat meetings and phone and email accessibility
Music preparation leading up to the event
Music and timeline planning assistance
Set up and breakdown
All travel included
No additional taxes
We’ve provided DJ services throughout the area and have come to perform at a lot of venues all over the DMV. Here are just a few of our favorites:
AT THE WEDDING RECEPTION
1. Plan like like a crazy person, but on the day of your wedding, let everything go. It is very easy to get caught up in all the details of your wedding reception, but when the big day arrives, there is little to nothing you can do as things unfold. Try not to get upset over little things like losing the cake knife, or a flower falling out of your bouquet. It’s just a waste of time worrying over little details that hardly anyone else will notice.
2. Don’t make your guests wait. Between you, the wedding planner, and the DJ, come up with a timeline of the wedding day starting from the moment you start getting ready through the exit from the reception. I also suggest that you make the starting time for dinner FIRM. You want to avoid running late, because the guests will be left standing around doing nothing. Try your very best to insure your ceremony starts on time and that the photographer doesn’t take longer than the cocktail hour to finish up your photos. Your reception should open up between forty-five minutes and an hour after your cocktail hour begins, If your guests are left waiting much longer than that, they will get restless. This may be your day, but it’s very important to put your reception guests first.
3. Don’t plan too many events during the reception. Most wedding receptions have traditional events such as the entrance, first dance, parent dance, toasts, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss and exit. However, the trend nowadays is to eliminate a good portion of the traditional formalities to have as much uninterrupted dance time as possible. I always recommend: the grand entrance, first dance, parent dance, bouquet toss.
4. Suggest music selections and give that information to your DJ however, don’t try to program the entire event. A good DJ will be able to read the crowd and adjust the music to keep people dancing. To many suggestions ties their hands and of the evening may suffer.
5. Have proper lighting. If you want a great dance party, make sure the lights are dim. Your guests will be more likely to get up and move if the lights are down. Also adding dance floor lighting (ask your DJ) goes a long way in setting a festive mood. If you are having a videographer, make sure to discuss the lighting with them. If it is too dark, the video quality may suffer.
6. Room temperature is very important. It shouldn’t be too hot or too cold. Many modern wedding reception venues control room temperature by computers, so if the room is uncomfortable, it may take time to fix the temperature. Make sure to discuss the issue with your catering manager or wedding planner prior to the wedding day.
7. Make sure your entertainment (meaning the DJ) is right on the dance floor, not stashed in a corner. The entertainment may not be the main focus of the day, but your guests will respond better if they can interact with the DJ.
8. Eat, Drink and Enjoy! Your guests will take their cues from you. If you are eating, dancing and enjoying yourselves, your guests will too. When I see a packed dance floor, typically the bride and groom are right in the center of the crowd.
An Important part of wedding reception planning is developing a well-honed timeline for the evening. Most typical wedding reception runs about 4-5 hours—plenty of time for cocktails, dinner, toasts and, of course, dancing!
Reception Time Line: This wedding reception timeline will ensure a smooth, fun-filled evening of celebration for you and your guests. We've put together a wedding reception timeline based on the average 4-hour wedding reception. Take a look and make adjustments to accommodate your style, guests and venue. Happy wedding planning!
0:00 – Cocktail Hour
After the ceremony, guests will head to the reception and get started mingling and enjoying cocktails and appetizers. The bride and groom generally use this time to take formal photos with the bridal party and family. The bride and groom can also set up a greeting line to welcome wedding guests as they arrive at the reception.
01:00 – Seating, Bridal Party
Announcement Before the wedding party and newlyweds are introduced, your wedding coordinator or DJ will ensure everyone is seated. Once everyone has found their place, the bridal party and couple can make their grand entrance. I always recommend that the bride and groom perform their first dance at this point in the evening.
01:15 – Welcome
It's traditional for the bride's Father to welcome the guests, but we are seeing more and more couples who welcome guests and thank them for coming after the couple and bridal party are seated, this is also a great time to bless the meal if you'd like to do so.
01:20 – Dig In!
If you have a buffet dinner planned, your wedding coordinator, band leader or DJ should coordinate dismissing tables in sections to avoid a traffic jam. If you're serving the meal in courses or family style, dinner can be served to all tables at once by the caterer's wait staff. Some newlyweds take this opportunity to walk around and personally thank their guests for coming—especially if they didn’t have a chance to greet guests as they arrived.
01:45 – Toasts (grab the tissues!)
Once everyone has food, the bride and groom may want to address the group and thank their parents and guests for attending. Traditionally, the Father of the Bride, Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor give toasts during dinner as well.
02:30 – Traditional dances
The bride and groom should be the first to hit the dance floor with a romantic first dance. Next, the bride and her father and the groom and his mother should each have their own dance.
03:00 – Time to Party!
The DJ or band should be ready to keep the music rockin' once the formal dances are complete. They should invite all guests onto the dance floor for a good time. Make sure to integrate your bouquet toss, garter toss and any other entertainment you'd like to include in this time space.
04:00 – Cake Cutting
Pause festivities on the dance floor for the cutting of the cake. Keep in mind, some guests will leave after the cake is cut. So, you may not want to cut the cake too early in the evening.
04:15 – Back to the party
Please Don't Stop the Music
After the cake is cut, get back in the groove. Have the DJ or band play upbeat, festive music to draw guests back to the dance floor.
04:45 – Last Dance
Plan the last dance about 15 minutes before you'd like to wrap up your reception. Decide whether you want to slow things down or end with an upbeat, fun tune.
05:00 – Farewell
If you plan to make a grand exit, arrange for your wedding coordinator to usher guests to the area where the sendoff will happen. Consider providing sparklers or bubbles for guests to add a fun element to your exit. These details also make for an incredible photo shoot!
And just like that, the day you've been planning for months and dreaming for years is over. Treasure every moment and trust that all your hard preparations will pay off for a stress-free day. We are sure they will!