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Reviews & Testimonials

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Photo by Melissa Cervantes Photography

Ashton Hill Farm in Galena, Illinois

The perfect wedding DJ/MC!!

My husband and I 'interviewed'/spoke to FOUR different potential DJs before finally being connected to John through another rec that was already taken on our wedding day. I swear my husband's eyes glazed over in every other chat we had, but when we met John, it was literally a 180 from the rest and SUCH a relieving feeling! That feeling carried on through the rest of the process after we booked with John (which was honestly a no-brainer after speaking with him for just 5 minutes). He is everything we were looking for - someone who is an expert and can give us advice, but also will be flexible to our needs and wants; someone who can carry through the wedding itinerary smoothly and swiftly, without awkward pauses or struggling to get the guests' attention; someone who didn't have a million ridiculous additional fees for little things we'd need his help on! 
Seriously, John helped with everything. I went to him for advice on food for the wedding. He helped our violinists and singer set up sound for the ceremony, he played transition songs perfectly on cue and he adapted to scenarios which otherwise may have been a bit awkward for us. He's perfectly respectful and kind and professional, but also tons of fun and feels like another friend or family member at your event (same with his wife - she's lovely!) OH and he heeded to ALL of my special requests, including letting my friend guest-DJ LOL - iconic.
I can't recommend John enough. I had a hard time making decisions and did a lot of things last minute, and John was patient and sweet and genuine through the whole thing. He knows how to handle and speak to a couple planning a wedding, and he sure as hell knows how to throw a kick ass ENTIRE wedding day. 
Thank you, John, for the part you played in our special day! You're one in a million!



Celebration Farm, Iowa City

Best Weddings You'll Ever Attend!

We chose to hire DJ Cox after seeing him at a friends wedding. It was one of the best weddings we had ever been to, because of him, so when it came time to hire someone for our wedding we knew who we wanted. We had other friends who also hired DJ Cox before and after our wedding, and it was nice to get to see him. In addition to being great at his job, he is also a great person. We were at four weddings total he was working and had a blast at each one.


Humboldt, IA

Outstanding Job!

Hiring John was one of the best decisions we made planning! He helped with the rehearsal ceremony the night before and helped our live musicians. We had our ceremony on private land and reception in a backyard tent without any venue or planner. John was an absolute godsend for any questions we had throughout the process and went way above and beyond the call of duty. On the night of he kept us completely on schedule too. Aside from the other extras he provided, John’s prior experience DJing showed! The dance floor was so crowded we had to move tables for more room. So many people approached us saying it was the most they had ever danced at a wedding because the music was so good. 
Could not recommend John any more! 

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Carper Winery, Norwalk

Enjoyable and a Pleasure

John was a pleasure to work with! Always explained everything and made it feel like he was truly invested in doing the best he could and what we wanted!


English Valley, Montezuma

A DJ to Remember

John was absolutely incredible, attentive to every detail, personable, and made our night one to remember. We had tons of family and friends buzzing afterwards talking about their experience. I am so thankful he had our date available because I don’t think there’s anyone else that can throw a party like John. He was so much more than a DJ. He felt like a part of our family that night and through the whole process. He was so attentive during our day and made our dances and toast so much more special. He brought my dad, me, and my husband aside before the reception and got our thoughts from the day and used our adjectives and thoughts to create such specials dialogue, we were blown away. Thanks again!!


Bella Sala, Tiffin

It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

John was the best, you could try to find someone better and more professional but I wouldn't waste your time. John was great in all areas and we had many guests come up and tell us how impressed they were with him. He will walk you through each step and give input where needed. Would 150% recommend him to any of our friends - he helped make our day perfect.


Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City

A Truly Personalized Experience - And A Great Party!

If you are looking for a DJ who will get to know you and make your wedding day as unique and amazing as you are as a couple - John is your person! We actually had to postpone our June 2020 wedding to July 2021 due to COVID, and John was not only understanding, but flexible and supportive as well. He set up a few virtual meetings to truly get to know the two of us, what sort of experience we were looking to have on our wedding day, and all the ways he could personalize it to us. He not only handled the music for our ceremony and reception, but was a true master of ceremonies for the entire night - ensuring the flow of events occurred flawlessly. We are also HUGE music fans with a broad spectrum of artists we love - and he made sure to incorporate it all during our wedding day. He got to know the stories behind why we chose the songs we did so he could share with the rest of our guests the meaning of each of our special dances. He also listened to us when we had specific music cues we wanted to hit during parts of the day - and made custom edits just for us! My favorite part of our experience were the surprises. I wanted to surprise my partner with videos of friends and family who couldn't make it for the weekend and John worked with me to pull off such a meaningful moment for us and our loved ones. Finally, John was open, inclusive, and understanding with any and all suggestions we had. I can't recommend him enough!



Brown Deere Country Club, Iowa City

So much more than an awesome wedding DJ!

John made our whole wedding day easier, better, and more fun. He's a genuinely kind and caring professional who also throws a great party. In the process of planning our day, John shared his experiences and offered recommendations that helped the event flow smoothly. He offered us lots of great advice while also reminding us that our wedding day is about us, our love story, and how we want to celebrate it. He was a great source of support through the concerns and chaos of wedding planning during the Covid-19 pandemic. When a lot of things were uncertain about our big day, we were always confident in John because he not only never added to the stress we felt, but he reassured us that no matter what our wedding day ended up looking like, it would be a blast with him in charge (and it was!). During our wedding, he was the true master of ceremonies, helping move everyone from ceremony to cocktail hour and through every magical moment - even troubleshooting through an unexpected fire alarm at our venue. His song choices were perfect - I never left the dance floor, and my husband danced more at our wedding than I had ever seen him dance before. The entire evening felt like OUR party, rather than a generic party. We had several people ask us if the DJ was a close friend because he seemed to know us so well. John offers a truly personalized experience to the couples he works with, and that extra care and effort truly shows on the big day. He will help you prepare for your wedding, and you can fully put your trust in him to create the atmosphere you want for you and your guests. In terms of value, John is so much more than an awesome wedding DJ, and he earned every penny our family paid to hire him. We couldn't have asked for a better master of ceremonies for our wedding, and we highly recommend his business!


Shores Event, Cedar Rapids

Where do we begin. From the start to the finish DJ Cox (John) was fantastic. The planning process was so thorough and detailed which helped us so much in making sure even the smallest details weren't missed.
The entertainment John provided, as well as the music was TOP NOTCH. I don't think there is a better DJ. Our guests kept coming up to tell us that it was the best wedding they had ever been to, and the music was amazing. I am so so glad we went with John. I will never recommend anyone else. If you want to throw an amazing party with the best entertainment and music - make sure you choose John D. Cox!! No regrets.


Veterans Memorial, Cedar Rapids

Choosing John was one of the easiest and, looking back, best decisions we made while planning our wedding. There was no stress or anxiety throughout the planning process or the day-of. We both would like to thank John for all the time and effort he put into helping make the night a blast! We talked to different vendors in the area and as soon as we left our prospective meeting with John, we knew we wanted him to be our Master of Ceremonies - and are so glad we did. He's professional, fun and dedicated to making your special day stress free. He is personable, well organized and easy to contact. We appreciated his experience and knowledge with the planning leading up to the wedding day. During the reception, John did a fantastic job reading the room and keeping the fun going throughout the night. Guests did not want to leave the dance floor. Over the days and weeks afterwards, we've had a lot of friends and family tell us how much fun they had throughout the night, which would not have been possible without him. A DJ/MC is not something to skimp on and can make or break the night. John is well worth it.


Terry Trueblood Center, Iowa City

John is absolutely worth the investment. He is a complete customer service professional and an adept entertainer. We researched a lot of DJ's and it was a priority that we knew and trusted him to be our spokesperson and custodian of "fun" at our wedding & reception. From our first meeting, John gave a lot of great feedback about our plans. He didn't sell himself to us with a pitch, but instead built our trust and confidence with his passion for his craft.



Marriot, Coralville

John was definitely the best choice we could have gone with for our wedding. We did some shopping around before we asked John, and while he wasn't cheap, you get what you pay for. He was by far the most genuine and professional DJ we talked to. Between multiple meetings with my wife and I, he also met with our parents so he could really cater the experience to us and our families. When the day of the wedding rolled around, John was there and ready for anything. He made the event run smoothly by communicating with our venue so we didn't need to worry about what was happening behind the scenes. The experience was personalized to our exact wishes and his flexibility of how things happened throughout the night made it a fun and carefree experience. 10/10 would party again!


Bella Sala, Tiffin

John was the absolute best we could’ve ever asked for. He went above and beyond what we could have ever imagined! He made our day run so smooth and never batted an eye whenever we needed to change something. If you’re looking for a DJ or MC, DJ Cox is your man! He was absolutely worth it and we would choose him a million times again. He was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding!


The Hotel at Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids

On behalf on my wife and I, we would like to genuinely thank John Cox with DJ Cox Entertainment for providing us with the best day of our lives! Christa and I both work very busy lives so when we were looking for a DJ/MC to run our night we knew we had to choose very carefully. We knew we needed an MC who could single handedly run our night and integrate every aspect of the ceremony to the reception with our other vendors. John is that MC. He’s professional, he sets his own bar above the rest and by the end of the night he still manages to surpass his own standards. Christa and I not only loved him but all of our family and friends kept coming up to us asking where we found him! Planning sessions were like talking to a friend and every time he was more prepared than us. John provided not only professional tips/ tricks, but was also willing to aid in other areas where we required advice & planning assistance! If you want the ultimate experience for your wedding, John is your man!

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