Essen Entertainment is an award-winning wedding entertainment company that offers multiple services such as DJs, live music performances, photo booths, event lighting, original wedding songs, and much more!
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding DJs in Houston Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing J.J., from Essen Entertainment.
Where have you been featured?
WINNER of THE KNOT’s coveted “Best Of Weddings” Award ’16, ’19, ’18, & ’19
WINNER of WEDDINGWIRE’s prestigious “Couple’s Choice” Award ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18, & ’19
We have been featured as one of the top entertainment vendors in Texas on The Knot.com, WeddingWire.com, and Thumbtack.com with hundreds of consistent 5-Star reviews as a result of the quality of service we provide to our clients. We are also on the preferred vendor list at many venues around the state.
Why do couples love working with you?
I believe that couples come to us because we truly care about the success of this huge event in their lives. As a result, we work tirelessly to ensure that this is one of the best days of their life by offering professionalism, experience, quality of service, and true passion for what we do.
What do you love most about being a wedding DJ?
Our team and I know that every time we have the privilege of being a part of someone’s wedding, we are making memories that will last a lifetime. This makes our job extremely rewarding which makes each one of us truly love what we do.
How did you get started?
I personally began performing at weddings over 20 years ago. I have always been a professional musician, singer, and songwriter. When I combined that with being a Wedding D.J., the business began to grow and every year has been more successful than the last! Now we have a full staff and have established a stellar reputation in the industry which we have been very blessed to have.
What 3 words best describe your DJ’ing style?
Whatever Couple Wants! (We mold our performances to fit the taste and vision of our couples.)
What’s your setup like?
Each one of our entertainers uses the most state-of-the-art equipment, event lighting, Photobooths, and more.
What budget range do you cater to?
Our goal is to customize a package that fits a couples exact needs and fits within their allotted entertainment budget.
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you play it?
My personal favorite song is ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green but I’m sure there would be a different answer for each one our Team Members.
Oh, what can I say about working with JJ? Well first, he basically acted as a day-of coordinator for me—which was SO incredibly helpful as I didn’t have a wedding planner. From our first phone call, he walked through every detail with me and gave suggestions for how to help things flow better. At the same time, he played every song we requested, which were more obscure prog-rock ballads personal to us, for the important moments like walking down the aisle. The week before the wedding, he checked in again and had us send him our song lists plus any “do not play” songs and made sure the schedule was on-point. And then the actual day of the wedding, he kept things moving yet was incredibly flexible and gentle checked in with me (which again, was so appreciated since I had no planner) about our timeline.
Now, let’s talk about the music itself. He kept our guests excited and entertained the entire time. Because of how well he read the crowd, some of my relatives who I NEVER thought would consider dancing ended up out on the floor. Also, my now-husband and I are NOT normally big dancers. In fact, at other weddings, we’re mostly sitting at tables talking to guests and too shy for the dance floor. … but not this time! We danced almost the entire night and loved every minute of it! And at the end of the evening, he had all our guests gather around as we had our last dance of the night to one of our favorite songs. It was a super fun, magical, romantic time all evening, and I have J.J.’s DJ skills and direction to think for much of it. We had several guests tell us the same. Lastly, he was available at any time for any questions before the big day and always responded quickly. Bottom line, we couldn’t have done better, and I highly recommend J.J. to anyone for their wedding music needs. You will love him!
Can’t say enough good things about JJ. We were late in the game giving him a call but he went above and beyond for us in a ton of ways. We started off in a bind where none of his associates or network were available for the date we had set. So he offered up his personal services despite having had the weekend designated as one to spend with his daughter. (We were honored to have her join us for the day and help him out as a result!) As we didn’t have a wedding planner he started off by laying out a great game plan for our wedding -a huge relief to see it come together in a concrete way for the first time. He guided us through the process with streamlined, to the point, warm, and relaxed conversation and was great working with our venue to make sure all were on the same page.
A couple of days before the event we through him a wildcard and asked for a photo booth (something we had initially voted against) and despite the late request and making it late in the evening, he was able to make it happen. Day of the wedding he ROCKED IT. Great music, transitions, and guidance to move folks around as needed. The photo booth vendor was also amazing having adjusted schedule to accommodate and resulting in a great guest experience with awesome fun pics for us to enjoy. We heard multiple compliments about him from friends/family and even got feedback from one of the venue managers that it was the best of past 15 parties they had held there. Many thanks and props to JJ for pulling off an awesome wedding – he definitely made the day a special one. Can’t recommend enough!
How could we have gotten through the wedding without JJ Essen?? We learned about JJ through the preferred vendors list at our venue and would recommend him to anyone. During our first phone conversation, he drew up a timeline for the entire event, which was crucial to my photographer when making our day-of timeline. He was so easy to get ahold of, and on top of every detail. We chose to use a quartet from my church for the ceremony itself, but JJ provided the sound system so our guests could hear the music and the pastor loud and clear. He then sang gorgeous acoustic music with his guitar during cocktail hour and was our master of ceremony for the reception. All I had to do was tell him what songs I liked, and he was on it.
For various reasons I decided to go with a shorter reception, so I was a bit worried about being rushed and running late; JJ made sure everything was perfectly on schedule and moved the night along with ease. He worked hand-in-hand with my day-of coordinator to make the whole event so incredibly seamless. We also used Essen Entertainment’s Photo Booth package, and could not have been happier with how smoothly that went! They surprised us with an album of everybody’s photo strips, which was so fun to reminisce with when we got back from our honeymoon. My husband and I are so so thankful that JJ was on top of everything, and we could not be happier with how it all turned out.