We had heard rave reviews of Jeff’s wedding services, which made our decision to hire him an easy one! The rumors were true. Jeff was more than a DJ and MC – his suggestions and guidance demonstrated his wealth of insight and experience in creating a seamless, engaging, unique experience for all of our guests (beyond just the music). Jeff nailed it with his creative interactive activities, off-the-cuff jokes (that never crossed the line), and he knows how to read a crowd to keep the dance floor packed. I can’t recommend hiring an MC enough (as opposed to asking inexperienced and unpredictable Uncle Bob to do it).
We were amazed at how quickly Jeff put faces to names for those in our wedding party, and with how he knew everyone’s relationships with each other. Jeff is a pro, and a great person who genuinely cares about you and your wedding. Don’t waste your time hiring anyone else.
It’s no lie when people say that the DJ makes or breaks the party – and all we can say is that our guests remained on the dance floor until the lights came on and they were kicked out of the venue.
We should started by mentioning we had a very long & very Indian Wedding for which we couldn’t have picked a better DJ/MC combo.
Jeff went above and beyond the scope of a DJ both in our year-long the planning process and on the day of our wedding– he was on site creating the perfect atmosphere with his extensive knowledge of music for every traditional aspect of our big day from first thing in the morning well into the wee hours of the night.
As an MC he was incredibly interactive keeping all of our family and friends engaged and as a DJ, he was able to read the vibes of everyone and played a multitude of songs to keep the party alive. His ability to fuse Indian and Western music throughout the night with a solid balance of non-stop requests was the key to our happy guests!
We thank DJ Haymaker for allowing us and our family to have one of the best days we’ve experienced, one which our families will talk about for years to come!
We just wanted to thank you for everything you did for us! We felt like you were family. Throughout a crazy wedding planning process, not only did you help and guide us along the way, you made sure we were calm and excited.
Our guests all kept raving about how it was the funnest wedding they have ever been too. And to be honest, it was so much fun for us too! We weren’t stressed out about anything!
You were just as much a part of the wedding as everyone else, and everyone felt like they were your best friend. Our bridal party thoroughly enjoyed how you got to know each and every one of them. You went above and beyond our expectations and we are soooooo glad we went with you.
Our wedding would have not been the same party. For everyone else out there, my husband’s family is Portuguese and I am Indian. Not only was there a difference of cultures but our guests were from all over Canada and the world. We had no idea what kind of music would get our guests on the dancefloor. I figured top 40 since everyone could understand it, but boy was I wrong. The entire dance floor was packed with a mix of top 40, old school wedding, country, and Bhangra!! Jeff knew all the Bhangra songs that would make everyone go to the dance floor, I cannot say enough words about the research he did to make sure our party was a success.
Especially since we hadn’t discussed a single Indian song beforehand. The amount of attention to detail and enthusiasm he had was unparalleled. He is a true definition of a professional in every aspect. Not just your typical DJ. He is the ultimate party man.
Thank you so much Jeff! If we had to do it all over again we would pick you to be our DJ/MC a thousand times!
My wife and I weren’t even planning on a DJ for our home wedding for about 35 people, but we went to one of DJ Haymaker’s events and we couldn’t call to book him fast enough!
He is extremely personable, outgoing and easy going, but more than anything has an innate understanding of people and an incredible ability to read a crowd. Jeff took a lot of time ahead of the event getting to know my wife and I and our exact needs. He customized all of the little details we needed for our particular event and especially with it being at our home, he gave us a lot of advice so we could have the best flow possible through the day.
Everything in life has a perception of value and having Jeff be such an integral part of our wedding was worth every penny and quite frankly was priceless. Deciding on Jeff’s services was the single best decision we made for our wedding.
He also acted in an MC type capacity for us and did an amazing job with creating a great flow from the ceremony all the way through to the end of the reception. He worked with our minister and vendors for us to have a seamless day that left us with with the most amazing memories.
We truly appreciate everything Jeff did for us and I can’t recommend his skills and services enough.
DJ Haymaker is always a hit at the YMCA of Okanagan’s annual holiday party. He has been our DJ of choice every year (going on 5 years) because he ensures our staff are active participants in the fun activities, fostering teamwork and above all, laughs! Every year, Jeff comes with new and fresh ideas to make the night one to remember. As the head of our party’s planning committee, I had a lot of game ideas for 2017. Jeff has the ability to balance our wants and needs, as well as provide his expertise to make our game ideas successful. In addition, we always like to throw him curve balls, like this year when we wanted to have a staff support as an MC. Jeff was more than accommodating, providing them with specific direction and tasks, all while making them feel valued and comfortable. His charisma and creativity on the fly make memorable moments that our staff and volunteers talk about for months after the party. With an attendance of over 200 staff and volunteers, we could not pull off this party without him. From all the staff and volunteers at the Y, thank you Jeff!
Choosing Jeff to be the DJ for our wedding was the best choice we possibly could have made for our day. Throughout the planning, he was a calming, reassuring presence for us, and he gave us lots of great advice. Jeff is an excellent listener-we feel like he completely understood our vision for our wedding and was able to run with it. Having him to rely on not only in the day before and day of the wedding, but in the months and weeks leading up to it was a huge stress reliever. Honestly he is no ordinary DJ- he is an expert all things weddings and some of his ideas that he contributed were some of the greatest highlights of our wedding! On rehearsal day, Jeff got involved with our marriage commissioner and venue coordinator to ensure everything went smoothly on the day of and was able to completely take any of the stress off of us. On the day of, Jeff was beyond amazing. Not only did he completely deliver as an MC (being hilarious, with great timing and contributing some awesome games to surprise our guests), but he was our go to person for support with any issues or concerns we had throughout the night. He was a great support for us in dealing with the little stresses of the day, and also delivered the best party we ever could have asked for! The two of us, and our 100 guests were literally on the dance floor for the entire night until the venue was shutting down. Jeff was able to keep the party going and give us the night we were dreaming of. So many of our guests have let us know how amazing and fun he made the evening, and some of our friends are already looking to book him for their own wedding. Looking back, we are both so grateful that we chose to get Jeff involved in our wedding as both our MC and DJ and would highly recommend him to any couple looking for a once in a lifetime party at their wedding.
He is the ultimate wedding host. He is part wedding planner, superb emcee, host, comedian, creative inspiration, marriage counselor (kidding, but true!) He has so much experience doing weddings and incredible events, he knows what works, what doesn’t and is truly a perfect ‘master of ceremony’.
Jeff got to know our guests, (we had pre-meetings, he gave us homework to be completed) – he used this detailed information on guests to make guests feel welcome, get them to know each other, helped us with wedding vows, use of humor, suggestions on making our day unique (individualized) and not feeling part of a wedding factory. He created fun by telling interesting stories about guests or playing ‘the newlywed game’ or other ‘surprises’ in order to get the guests having fun quickly, and engaged early – truly awesome. Of course he is a musical wizard as well – helping us with tough decisions on music selection for key moments (aisle, signing, first dance), to suggestions on how to make our day special.
He truly hosted & emceed the evening – and you might think that duty should go to a family member. It shouldn’t. Let the family members do their speeches (Jeff will review and coach them if asked to make sure they are appropriate and in the spirit of the occasion) and let a professional handle everything else. Jeff worked with our Justice of the Peace, Hotel Wedding Planner and Photographer to ensure everything, everyone did was seamless and not siloes – each part of our day transitioned perfectly. Jeff was ‘looking out for us’ from pre-ceremony though to ‘Last Dance’.
We had such a great day. Sherri said it was the ‘best day of her life’. I’d like to say it was the groom! But Jeff gets some credit as well.
We got married on September 23rd 2017 at ShyLynn Ranch near Salmon Arm. We found Jeff through a list of vendors posted by our venue on their website. We planned our wedding from Edmonton, AB. Jeff played a huge part in making our wedding day perfect from the start. Jeff was always available to help and was so much more than just a DJ / MC.
Despite our wedding being the first event that Jeff had at our venue, he worked with us and our venue manager to organize a flawless day. He made sure he arrived with plenty of time to be set up and to help us with anything we needed. Jeff gave us a sense of calm. When he says “don’t worry about anything, leave it to me”… he means it and you can trust that things will be perfect.
Our guests were a little slow to start with the party but Jeff read the crowd perfectly and by the end of the night everyone at the wedding had been on the dance floor throughout the night. Jeff also had some great suggestions for some very memorable moments to make the day as personal and special as it was fun. Everybody had something positive to say the next day… and we heard more than once that he was the best entertainer that people had seen. One of our groomsmen even tried to book Jeff for his wedding in the future… he’s not even engaged! WHAT A PARTY!!!
I am always leery about online ratings and testimonials… especially when they’re all positive, but after working with Jeff, I believe all of them and feel very privileged to have had him as our entertainer / MC.
Thank you Jeff and we hope to see you at future events.
Now that everything is all settled down, we wanted to take the time to thank you both for helping us out with our wedding at Summerhill on Sept 17.
From the beginning planning process (all the forms you provided for us to fill out, slideshow tips, initial meeting to give us ideas for planning) to putting it all together the day of our wedding, it was honestly a real pleasure working with you two.
We truly appreciate all the extra things that you (Jeff) did for us that day including, but not limited to, being there for us during the rehearsal, the fantastic lighting, helping us coordinate the group photos after the ceremony, contacting the shuttle driver, and being so patient with us for the slideshow.
On top of that, so many people were telling us after the wedding how much fun they had and appreciated the ice breakers in the beginning and the music selection (BSB and Fresh Prince!).
Thanks Jennifer for helping us throughout the whole planning process and for all the prompt responses.
We wish you two all the best and will be sure to recommend you to other couples because what you do is truly magical!