The Other Wedding DJ – Chris Ward

 

 

 

Hi, my name is Chris Ward and I love music.

I’ve been a touring drummer for the last decade with Pattern is Movement. I’ve had the pleasure to share the stage with artists like The Roots, St. Vincent, Dirty Projectors, Shabazz Palaces and tour all around the world. I’ve also been booking shows for years at Philly’s own Johnny Brenda’s. My life revolves around music and that is why I love to DJ.

 

You might wonder – what makes me The Other Wedding DJ?

Well, I’m not your traditional wedding DJ. I won’t be playing ‘The Electric Slide’ nor will I be bringing any props (see: inflatable guitars, saxes, etc) with me. The way I see it, I’m just hosting the best dance party you’ve ever been to and it just so happens to be your wedding. What does that look like? I’ll be spinning Motown, Madonna as well as TLC, Prince and Beyoncé just to name a few. All of my years of listening to and performing music has helped me hone the ability to read a crowd and when I’m spinning a wedding – my focus is to get and keep the party going.

 

So, when you hire me, you’ll get a DJ who is emotionally invested in your day. We’ll work together to figure out the songs you’ve got to hear on that special day as well the ones you do not want played. My job is to get everyone dancing from your Grandma to your best friend and I take that responsibility seriously!

Isaac Loftus
02:29 31 Jan 20
My wife and I searched high and low for a wedding DJ that fit the vibe and sensibility we were looking for. Our number one priority was having a great dance party. Rather than an MC we wanted an honest to goodness DJ. We couldn't be happier that we decided to hire Chris. Once dinner ended the dance floor was full all night! People were having so much fun we decided not to stop to cut our cake. We were having too good of a time. He not only exceeded our expectations but was an awesome person as well. I'd give him six stars if I could.
Isaac Loftus
02:28 31 Jan 20
My wife and I searched high and low for a wedding DJ that fit the vibe and sensibility we were looking for. Our number one priority was having a great dance party. Rather than an MC we wanted an honest to goodness DJ. We couldn't be happier that we decided to hire Chris. Once dinner ended the dance floor was full night! People were having so much fun we decided not to stop to cut our cake. We were having too good of a time. He not only exceeded our expectations but was an awesome person as well. I'd give him six stars if I could.
B C.
20:56 28 Jan 20
Our wedding needed good food, tequila, and a great dance party. Those wild dance dreams came true thanks to the brilliant stylings of Chris Ward aka The...
Megan Levi
20:59 27 Jan 20
Our wedding needed good food, tequila, and a great dance party. Those wild dance dreams came true thanks to the brilliant stylings of Chris Ward aka The Other Wedding DJ. On the dance floor Chris brought the funk, the noise, the oldies-but-goodies, the hip hop, the appropriate selection of pop, and he even managed to work in some of our weirder requests. During each part of the night he created the perfect atmosphere with his carefully considered program that appealed to guests of all stripes and ages. Cocktail hour was celebratory and sexy. Dinner was smooth and energetic—but Aunt Betty could still hear her conversation. He was on his equipment game—including a custom DJ booth—and provided mics for speeches. Almost as important as the post-dinner dance blitz was our slightly complex ceremony. We married ourselves—no officiant—so the music cues were really important to keep time and set the tone. We had two phone calls and a few emails leading up to the big day—which, in the midst of wedding planning, was the perfect amount of hands-on time—and Chris nailed everything. It was a magical evening made more so by the thought and care that Chris put into the soundtrack of our night.
Larry Bodhuin
20:06 09 Dec 19
I work for an event venue and we have hundreds every year. Chris is on our preferred vendor's list because he always does an amazing job. He has been hired for various events for our company such as, corporate gatherings, holiday parties, launch parties, birthdays, fundraisers, and weddings. His music selection is customized to fit the celebration and changes with the vibe of the crowd. He overcomes obstacles such as rain and makes it work without hesitation. He has a lovely personality and he's really wonderful to work with. Hire him! You will not be disappointed!
Sarah B.
12:14 09 Dec 19
I work for an event venue and we have hundreds every year. Chris is on our preferred vendor's list because he always does an amazing job. He has been hired...
Sarah Katz
19:55 24 Nov 19
Chris was the perfect DJ. He really took the time to understand the vibe we were going for with our wedding. We weren’t the Cha Cha Slide kind of crew, but we did want people out on the dance floor all night. He created the perfect sound track to get us through all aspects of the night: cocktail hour, dinner, dancing. He was also a great emcee—he kept us on schedule and knew how to keep the party going at the same time. All of our guests commented on how fun the night was. I cannot recommend Chris enough! Thank you, Chris!
Sarah K.
11:54 24 Nov 19
Chris was the perfect DJ. He really took the time to understand the vibe we were going for with our wedding. We weren't the Cha Cha Slide kind of crew, but...
Liz Incollingo
23:00 09 Nov 19
Chris and I had been in contact for an entire year before my wedding, and the communication was always great. My now husband and I loved Chris right away and knew he would be the perfect fit for our special day. So many of our guests came up to us throughout the wedding, and commented on the music and how it was some of the best of any wedding they've been to. Chris really is a kind, genuine soul. I couldn't stop hugging him at the end of the night, because he really did such an awesome job at bringing our wedding to life. Thank you so much, Chris, from the bottom of our hearts!
Amanda Bryden
01:07 25 Oct 19
Words don't do justice to how grateful we were to have Chris curate and DJ our wedding. He is professional, receptive, and responsive, all while maintaining an easygoing attitude. Months later, my wedding guests are still complimenting the music and atmosphere of the night, which is 100% thanks to Chris. Music was a priority for us when wedding planning, and Chris was able to integrate our individual taste in music into a format that was accessible (and dance-able) for all of our guests. Even folks who I thought would never be caught dancing in public stayed on the floor all night! Only good things to say about Chris as a DJ and human!
Amanda B.
18:06 24 Oct 19
Words don't do justice to how grateful we were to have Chris curate and DJ our wedding. He is professional, receptive, and responsive, all while maintaining...
Clay Bedwell
13:18 24 Oct 19
Chris is the best - true professional and a great DJ. Have this man at your wedding, you will not regret it.
Sande Friedman
22:01 23 Oct 19
Chris was amazing to work with! Organized, reliable and communicative. Everyone has commented to us since our wedding about how the music was the best that they've ever heard at a wedding. We heard all of the important songs that we had requested and felt that Chris completely delivered on everything that we had discussed in our planning meetings. 10/10 would hire again.
Jesse Petas
21:51 23 Oct 19
Chris made my wedding. We wanted to go for something different than that typical wedding DJ playlist and he delivered. We had some requests that he worked in beautifully but mostly left it up to him. He set the tone perfectly and everything moved seamlessly from the first dance, through dinner, and til the end of the night. Everyone was on the dance floor the entire evening and I cannot tell you how many people said "this is the best music at a wedding I've ever heard" or "this is the best vibe at any wedding I've ever been to." He put so much care and thought into being a part of it and that meant so much because he was a large part of the best day of my life. Considering how much most DJs charge for minimal effort, Chris was very reasonably priced and well worth every penny. The attention to detail and the professionalism were unmatched. Don't go anywhere else. You'll regret it!
Jesse P.
14:46 23 Oct 19
Chris made my wedding. We wanted to go for something different than that typical wedding DJ playlist and he delivered. We had some requests that he worked...
Anand & Cara
21:04 06 Aug 19
We found Chris online and immediately knew it was going to be a good fit. His site telegraphs his good taste, so we always knew that the music would be on point. And it was, able to get several generations on the dance floor and keep them there. But Chris was also incredibly organized and surprisingly detail oriented. The flow of the night was super well thought-out, and even the best angle for the speakers was considered. Chatting with Chris and meeting with him reinforced that we were in for a pro-grade experience. We can't recommend him strongly enough: Chris was a huge part of making it the best night of our lives!
mary feighan
23:04 24 Jul 19
Chris was the perfect choice for our wedding this past May! I felt that the music/ DJ was one of the biggest decisions of wedding planning and did a ton of research before coming across Chris and his website. My husband and I were excited and impressed immediately. He was very responsive, very easy to work with and made the whole process run so smoothly. We felt that we could personalize the wedding with our favorite songs and Chris allowed us to show our personality through music, while giving us the right direction. He is a great guy and easily one of the best decisions we made. The dance floor was full and our guests were up dancing all evening. I got so many compliments from guests throughout the night and for weeks afterwards about how great the music was! 5 stars is not enough!
michael miller
17:21 23 Jul 19
After looking online at some wedding DJ options, I typed into google..." ​wedding DJ that do not suck". There was Chris, The Other Wedding DJ. I looked at his site and reached out to him. He​ responded quickly and was very kind and funny in our emails back and forth. The rest was easy. We talked on the phone, met in person, my wife liked him a lot... The rest is history. The dancing, the advice, and the music were​ great. He has his own approach. What you get is great music, good sound, and a good guy. He did not come with the lights, loud announcements, air horns​, his announcements​ were right for our party. He let the party happen and guided the moods on the dance floor. Hire him, you will have a good time.
Angelo Spagnolo
20:27 22 Jul 19
Adding Chris to our wedding “team” was one of the best decisions we made leading up to our wedding. He was so on top of every detail relating to audio and order of events. He’s had a ton of experience both as a performer and DJ and you can really feel that there is no extraneous bologna working with him. Chris worked with us to make sure the flow of the evening was just how we wanted it and pointed out some pitfalls what we were potentially walking into. It was a wonderful feeling on our wedding day to trust the man behind all that will make the hips shake. Highly suggested!
Irwin Roman
23:01 21 Jul 19
1 month after the wedding and our families are still raving about 2 things. The food, and the music. As a fellow DJ I know how difficult it can be to make everyone happy, Chris was able to do that and then some all why being unique and not just a boring top 40 DJ. I would recommend Chris 1,000 times over. He is polite, makes the prep work before your big day easy and is also very accommodating. If you want to dance and have a good time you want to hire The Other Wedding DJ!
Andrew Garcia
23:10 13 May 19
Chris is a consummate professional and gentleman. Attentive to detail, passionate about music of all genres, and lastly, mindful of how to appeal to groups of all ages, creeds, and colors. This was extremely important to my wife and me because of our highly diverse attendance at our wedding. If you're looking for a tasteful and exciting alternative to the Macarena and the Cha-Cha slide, Chris is your DJ. Chris provided a space and an ambience for me, my new wife, and our families to create lifelong memories.
Lena Parsell
13:09 07 Mar 19
I met Chris years ago when he was DJ-ing at Johnny Brenda’s, and quickly found myself going there regularly on Tuesday nights when he would DJ. When me and my now husband got engaged I told him Chris needed to DJ our wedding, as he was hands down my favorite DJ in Philly. At that time I don’t think Chris had done too many weedings, but he was a total pro and created the funnest most magical wedding dance party for us, with a mix of mostly his selections, and yet he somehow managed to throw in our incredibly random song requests into the mix seamlessly. I’d recommend him to anyone!
Kelly Kurteson
02:35 12 Dec 18
Holy cow. Chris brought our wedding to life. From the music welcoming guests to the venue, to cocktail hour, to the reception, it was perfect. We got married weeks ago and we still have guests messaging us about how much fun they had and how amazing our DJ was. We had an epic dance party for the second half of the night (my husband even did a "split" - and he doesn't just pull that move out for anyone, he really needs to feel the groove). Chris was so helpful leading up to the wedding meeting with our coordinator to go over what equipment needed to be set up and the flow of the day, he met with us to talk about what kind of music we would like to hear and what our hopes were, he took all of that and just really knocked it out of the park. For our future friends that get engaged I will 100,000% recommend The Other Wedding DJ.
Kyle Scott Wilson
20:33 11 Dec 18
My wife and I chose Mr. DJ Chris Ward to provide the soundtrack to our wedding reception. I am a musician and my wife is a filmmaker so the crowd at our wedding was mostly young artists and musicians. DJ Chris Ward absolutely slayed it. Years later, our friends continue to talk about how fun the dance party at our wedding was. In fact, I recently attended the wedding of a friend who hired DJ Chris Ward based on his experience at our wedding and I don't think I've ever danced more at a friend's wedding. Every time I decided to sit a tune out, I found it simply impossible... If your wedding (or party of any kind) is going to include a lot of your friends ( and not too many crotchety aunties and uncles) and you want a dance party that everyone will actually remember, look no further.
Matthew Kreiner
00:28 11 Dec 18
Chris recently DJed our wedding in NYC, and we were thrilled with his work. He took our requests into account, even as they involved songs in other languages and from other cultures, and crafted a wonderful evening of songs for cocktail hour, and for dancing the night away. Both our friends and our families were excited to dance--there was something for everyone, and not one song out of place. On a more administrative side, Chris communicated well and promptly, and delivered his services on time and in a friendly manner. We couldn't recommend him highly enough!!!
Tom Fleischer
16:38 10 Dec 18
Chris DJed at a close friend's wedding and I knew immediately I wanted him at ours. He takes great care in sitting with you (the couple) and making sure you get to hear all of what you want to hear, and none of what you don't (very very important). He also isn't shy about telling you when the songs you choose just don't work for dancing, but could work during dinner. And his #1 goal is to make sure everyone goes home remembering that they went to a killer party that happened to also be a wedding. I would highly recommend Chris 'til the end of time, a shame we can't have him DJ a party for us every weekend 🙂
Tommy Manson
14:20 10 Dec 18
Chris was the perfect DJ for my wife and I's wedding. He was able to mix in all of the special songs my wife and I handpicked while keeping true to his own style and flow. Besides the handful of songs my wife and I selected, we let Chris have all creative control and do his thing. It was so amazing to have music that got everyone up and dancing, including all of our older relatives. Wedding planning can be extremely stressful, so being able to trust Chris with the keys to the soundtrack was such a relief. A true professional at what he does!
Eric Dell Schwortz
23:32 09 Dec 18
After attending a friend's reception DJed by Chris, he was at the top of the list for our own wedding. He was very professional and personable, got to know us and what we wanted in terms of the music, and did a fantastic job. He promised an epic dance party, and that's what we got. Definitely the most fun I've ever had at a wedding, which is exactly what you want at your own, and the music was a big part of that. Highly recommended. Thanks, Chris!UPDATE: Three years later, and I still get friends telling me how awesome our wedding was (thanks in no small part to Chris's DJing)
Alison Brill
21:53 09 Dec 18
Chris was the perfect DJ for our wedding in every way. Our first face-to-face meeting with him helped us envision and lay out the night -- which we needed because we did not have a wedding planner. Our wedding moved through three different spaces and had five different musical moments (pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktails, dinner/music/toasts, and reception). Chris got a sense of our tastes and recommended and played the perfect complements at each stage. Chris also went to the venue to figure out the sound system and took care of renting any extra equipment that we needed. The night went flawlessly. Chris's DJing is an art that he takes seriously and executes masterfully. We recommend him for any event without hesitation.
Katherine Gano
15:43 06 Dec 18
We could not have imagined a better DJ for our wedding than Chris. He met with us prior to the wedding to discuss every aspect of the day, including ceremony cues, dinner playlist, and style of music for the dance portion of the evening. He is super professional, and also just a really nice guy. He took all of our requests for songs / overall musical tone, and then added his own expert choices in to deliver what was (in my obviously biased opinion), the best wedding dance party I've ever attended. We are still receiving compliments on the music and overall vibe of our wedding - we are so grateful for all his hard work, and we would highly recommend him to anyone.
Rebekah Mueller
15:27 05 Dec 18
Chris was absolutely awesome! He can get any group dancing during the night, and does a perfect build-up. I highly recommend him to anyone getting married, or for any event. He has great taste in music, so you should feel totally comfortable guiding him with songs you like and styles, and he can add in a way that makes it all better!
Carly Ianuzzi
14:29 30 Nov 18
Chris was amazing to work with, book him for your wedding! Chris' vision for a wedding aligned with ours - the best dance party like you're at your friend's house party. Chris was thoughtful, asked us questions about us as a couple, music we love, listen to together and separately. He was open to exploring playlists we created and incorporated our dinner playlist we listen to while cooking/having dinner during cocktail hour and dinner. It was so sweet and like a slice of home at our wedding. For real, we could not have asked for better. Our guests also complimented how great the music was.
Lauren Stenberg
17:20 07 Nov 18
Working with Chris was incredible from start to finish. We of course had our own vision and specific songs we wanted to hear on our day and it was clear that he had a skill set to include our various interests.We didn't want the "typical" electric slide/YMCA" vibe you get at many weddings-- and it was clear that this was not what we were going to get. But his interpretation, expansion and elaboration on those themes and songs was just perfect. He reads the crowd, and effortlessly added his talents to the magic of our day. The music was so good, we extended the evening to account for those who needed to get down.---just a little more. Hire this man. You will not be disappointed.
Daniel Wade McClain
18:26 30 Nov 17
Jeff Zeigler
22:44 11 Nov 17
chris is one of the smoothest DJs i know. highly recommended!
Jason Bachman
22:42 11 Nov 17
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