Colonial DJs

Our Story

I was recently asked, “What is Your story?”

It made me stop and think back over our 30+ years in the music and entertainment industry. Our story consists of literally thousands of events with the best clients…PERIOD! We have the pleasure of working with the best group of dedicated vendors who all have the common goal of creating the best experience for our clients and their guests.

Although we are based in Yorktown, Virginia, and service all of Hampton Roads, from Richmond or Williamsburg to Virginia Beach and all cities in the Tidewater region of Coastal Virginia and beyond, we have traveled to over 20 states providing professional, interactive DJs.

Along the way we have been honored to win a few awards including:

Perhaps the greatest part of our story is the fact that it changes every day with new clients and bigger, more exciting events.

So, if you are looking for a DJ for your upcoming event — whether you need a wedding DJ, music for an outdoor function, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or a complete themed corporate event — we hope you will consider Colonial DJs.

Our focus is making sure your event is well-planned, well-executed, stress-free, and of course, fun!

View our wedding packages, lighting & special effects, and resources pages to help you plan your event. Now offering the Vanity & Entourage Photobooths!

Call Today for a FREE Consultation (757) 865-0020. C’mon, be a part of OUR Story!

Hiring A DJ?

Most people have never hired a Wedding DJ and have no idea of what questions they may/should ask prior to signing anything.  Based on our experience and the recommendation of the American Disc Jockey Association, here are 10 questions for you to consider (our answers are provided so you can get a feel for our level of professionalism).

1.  Are you insured?  Can you supply me with proof of liability insurance?

Yes!  Many responsible business owners carry liability insurance to protect their businesses and the consumer.  Many locations are beginning to require proof of liability insurance, ask for proof to protect yourself.  All Colonial Disc Jockey’s receive a Certificate of Liability Insurance which can be used as proof.  Colonial DJs carry $1 Million commercial general liability with $2 million aggregate coverage.

2.  Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?

Yes!  A versatile Disc Jockey is willing to listen to your suggestions, give you feedback and play from your desired song list.  A professional Disc Jockey will also accept the fact you may not want certain songs played.  A professional Disc Jockey cannot know everything about your musical preferences and entertainment needs without communication.  Colonial DJ’s gives you the option of creating your music preference list on our interactive website prior to the event or your guests can make “on the spot” requests as long as it does not conflict with your musical preferences.

3.  Do you use Professional Equipment?

Yes!  Ask whether your prospective Disc Jockey works with professional audio equipment.  If you are not sure, ask for their equipment list and check with a local music dealer or the A.D.J.A. to verify they are using professional-grade sound gear.  Remember that professional gear does not guarantee an entertainer’s talent or service level, but is simply a tool for building an exceptional event.  Colonial DJs only use professional grade equipment!

4.  Do you provide backup equipment at my event?  What if something happens to my DJ?

Yes!  Colonial DJs are required to provide backup equipment in the event of failure.  Although equipment failure is rare, do you really want your special occasion ruined because your Disc Jockey did not come prepared?  It is also important to know if your Disc Jockey has a back-up plan in case of illness or an accident.  Selecting a Disc Jockey who is an active member of the American Disc Jockey Association will provide you with the confidence that you have selected a trained professional.  A.D.J.A. members are more likely to be involved with other Disc Jockey’s who can help them out with an unexpected situation.  In the event something happens to your DJ, we will provide an equivalent or better DJ based on the package you picked.

5.  Does the Disc Jockey know the proper etiquette for your type of party?

Yes!  A professional Disc Jockey will assist you with the planning of your special day.  Most professional entertainers will coordinate, emcee and provide the music that you desire.  Ask if they have experience with your type of event.  Colonial DJs are assigned to events for which they have been trained.  We never place a DJ in a situation that he or she would not be able to perform!

6.  How much time do you allow for set-up?

Punctuality is a necessity.  Colonial DJs are expected to arrive at least one hour prior to the start time you’ve given them and should ideally be setup and in-place before your first guest walks through the door.  Set-up depends on the type of function and equipment required.  Larger parties usually require more equipment, load-in and set-up time.

7.  Do you provide a written contract?

Yes!  It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing.  Ask for a written agreement, especially if you are paying an initial retainer.  Colonial DJs always provides a written agreement for each function.  We require a signed agreement and retainer fee to secure your date.  If you are expecting a specific entertainer, make sure you get it in writing as well.  The DJ is assigned based on package, name request and availability.  The DJ name normally appears on the agreement under “Assigned Entertainer.”

8.  Will you be suitably dressed for our occasion?

Yes!  Specify the type of apparel that your Disc Jockey is expected to wear for your occasion on your event planning form.  Formal attire or coat & tie are the most popular forms of attire.  If you are having a “themed” event, make sure your entertainer is informed.  Colonial DJs will dress based on the type of function and the requirements of the customer.  The DJ will ask you what is appropriate for your function.

9.  Do you have a current business license and do you own your own music?

Yes!  Colonial DJs own and operate fully licensed companies and are required to purchase their own music.  This is important because any legitimate person operating a business should have a current business license and own their own music library that they purchased, not one that was copied or obtained illegally.  Many DJs are starting to rely on “live music streaming” which is totally dependent on the Wi-Fi signal strength.  If the signal is lost, reduced or degraded, your event may be dramatically impacted.  If your DJ is live streaming music, ask him/her what their backup plan is in the event of lost Wi-Fi signal.

10. Do you belong to a professional organization or trade group?

Yes!  Although belonging to an organization or trade group does not guarantee the talent or professionalism of a disc jockey, it may indicate the companies willingness to network, learn and grow.  Disc jockeys can learn through local chapter meetings, national DJ conventions and seminars geared toward the entertainment professional.

Other Items to Note

Disc Jockey rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability and personality.

Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to over $5,000.00 with an average of $1,200.00 for a 4 hour booking.  The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding.  As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight.

A full-service disc jockey company will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to your special event but it may appear that you are only paying for “4 hours”.  Consultations, music purchasing & editing, preparation, set-up and tear-down, education and other business related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special occasion.




2018 Bridal Shows

Congratulations to all of the newly engaged couples.  You are about to embark on a very exciting journey to find the best vendors that will make your wedding your best day ever.  We hope you will consider Colonial DJs as your choice for entertainment, photobooth, and decor lighting.  Here’s a list of upcoming shows where you can come out and meet the CDJ staff:

  • January 5th-9th, Virginia Wedding Week.  We take over Downtown Norfolk with a host of events including a Cocktail party on Friday night at The Waterside District, Exhibitors on Saturday and Sunday at The Norfolk Waterside Marriott, and the “I Do Soiree” on Saturday Night and the Hilton Norfolk The Main.  Colonial DJs is a proud Presenting Partner of the incredible event.  Visit for tickets and more information.
  • January 14th, Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase.  The 10th Anniversary show takes place from 11am to 5pm at the Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall.  Visit www.UniquelyYoursBridalShowcase for more information.  Stop by the CDJ booth, we are proud Silver Sponsors of this years show.
  • January 21st, Peninsula Winter Wedding Showcase.  Presented by ShowBride, this bridal show takes place on the Peninsula at The Crown Plaza Hampton Marina Inn in Downtown Hampton from 2pm-5pm.  Visit for more information.
  • January 28th, VOW Bridal Event.  Colonial DJs are the featured entertainment at this event.  Join us at The Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton from 11am-4pm for losts of helpful information and of course…prizes!  Visit for information.
  • February 4th, COVA Bridal Show.  A long running show presented by COVA Magazine will take place from 12pm-4pm at the Founders Inn & Spa in Virginia Beach.  CDJ will again be providing music and entertainment on stage.  Visit for complete information.
  • February 18th, for our Central Virginia Brides, join us at The Greater Virginia Bridal Show presented by Virginia Bride Magazine.  1pm-5pm at The Dewey Gottwald Center at The Science Museum in Richmond.  Visit for details.
  • February 25th, VOW Bridal Event Virginia Beach.  11am-4pm at The Virginia Beach Convention Center.  Go to for complete details.

We hope you will stop by our booth at any of these amazing shows.  Many of the CDJ entertainers will be present and ready to answer any of your entertainment related questions.  Thanks again for reading, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

McKenzie & Jeffrey Phelps

We ventured out to the beautiful Cousian Manor in Lanexa for McKenzie and Jeffrey’s celebration on Saturday, November 4th.  We had a great time getting to know these two for their Signature Love Story wedding that we shared with friends and family.  The day started with the wedding ceremomy out by the water and the reception followed both in and around the barn.  After cocktails, McKenzie and Jeffrey shared their first dance to “When I Said I Do” by Clint Black.  Throughout the reception we told McKenzie and Jeffrey’s Love Story, which shared a little about each of them, how they met and most important how they fell in LOVE.  The night concluded with a special Voice Over mix of Tim McGraw’s “My Best Friend”.  Yes…there were lots of tears!  If we can make your wedding extra special like McKenzie and Jeffrey’s, give us a call.  All the best to McKenzie and Jeffrey.

Madeline & Josh Ayers Wedding

A little about today’s wedding. A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of entertaining Amanda (Panholzer) & Stephen Hammocks wedding. So today was just as special to play at Amanda’s sister, Madeline and her new husband Josh Ayers’ wedding.

Rain didn’t stop the celebration at The Yorktown Freight Shed on Sunday, October 29, 2017.  We provided Ceremony Coverage under the tent, then moved inside The Freight Shed for Dinner and Dancing.  After their introduction Madeline and Josh had their first dance to “From The Ground Up” by Dan & Shay.  Madeline and her dad danced to “Cinderella” from Steven Curtis Chapman and Josh’s Mother/Son Dance was to “Humble And Kind” from Tim McGraw.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Congrats to Josh and Madeline and best wishes from #CDJNation. And congrats to Amanda and Stephen who have a beautiful baby girl (she was sleeping). #LoveMyJob

Ceremony Music:
Catering:  The Cooking Lady
Photography:  House of Amsel

Upcoming Bridal Shows for 2017

Here’s a quick list of upcoming Bridal Show where you can meet some of the staff at Colonial DJs.  We hope to see you there!

January 3rd-8th is Virginia Wedding Week, go to their website and get info and scheduled events.

January 8th, Coastal Virginia Magazine Bridal Show at The Founders Inn, Noon -4pm

January 15th  Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase at the Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall 11a- 4p.

January 22nd VOW Bridal Event at the Hampton Convention Center.  We are the featured DJs so definitely be there.  11a-4p

January 29th  ShowBride at the Newport News Marriott 2p-5p

February 19th  Inspired Bride Bridal Show at the DoubleTree in Williamsburg  1p-5p

February 26th  VOW Bridal Event at the VB Convention Center  11a-4p

New Preferred Vendors

We have added new vendors to our Preferred Vendor page.  If you are in need of event services, we recommend you call any of these vendors.  We feel you will receive the best professional service.  Make sure you tell them you were referred by Colonial DJs.

2015 Events

Part of my New Years Resolution (again) is to blog more about what’s going on a Colonial DJs.  So, to start things off I wanted to post a list of Events where you can visit and meet the Colonial DJs Staff.

Saturday/Sunday, January 17th & 18th Coastal Virginia Magazine Wine Festival Noon-7pm at the Virginia Beach Convention Center

Sunday, January 18th William & Mary Alumni House Bridal Show 1:00pm-3:30pm, William & Mary Alumni House

Saturday, January 24th, MyTime Womens Show presented by the Daily Press 10a-4:30p at the Hampton Roads Convention Center

Sunday, January 25th ShowBride Bridal Show, 2pm-5pm at the Newport News Marriott at City Center

Saturday, January 31st, National Fashion Designers Competition presented by Achi Magazine 6p-10p at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Sunday, February 8th, Modern Bridal Showcase, Noon-4pm at the Chesapeake Conference Center. We have tickets if you want to attend (while they last)

Sunday, February 15th, Be Inspired Bridal Show, Doubletree in Williamsburg

Sunday, February 22nd, Vow Bridal Show, Noon-4p at the Virginia Beach Convention Center

Sunday March 8th, Vow Bridal Show, Noon-4p at the Hampton Roads Convention Center


Cedar Point Country Club Open House

Come out to Cedar Point Country Club tomorrow from 1p-4p for their Open House.  Stop in and sample some of the great food, take a tour of the club and stop by the Colonial DJs booth!  Here’s the flyer with more information.


VOW Bridal Event Recap

Colonial DJs was the featured entertainment at the 2014 VOW Bridal Event.  Special Thanks to Barbara Anderson of Style Events and Katherine Byrd of VOW Magazine for allowing us to be a part of the show.  The double booth space allowed us ample room for the dual monitor setup, uplights and music.  We had Howard’s Colonial DJs van parked out front with music to greet the guests as they arrived at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  Colonial DJs Owner, Jeff Bristow was Co-Emcee with Luke Barton and handled announcements and prize giveaways as well as handled music throughout the entire show.  We had a great flow of traffic to the booth (pictured below) and we look forward to meeting new clients in the coming weeks.  We also want to thanks Kim Wadsworth, Vow Bride Magazine; Chris Lawson, Aviva Media Presentation; Dave Bell, Stage Right Lighting.

Vow Booth