Reviews & Testimonials
ERIN & ANDREW KOBBEMAN
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!
RACHEL MADDIX-REA & BRANDON REA
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.
TAYLOR & KEEGAN CHRISTENSEN
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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MAKAYLA & TYLER SWENSON
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!
ERIN & NOAH KEENAN
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!!
CYNDEL & MARC BRADSHAW
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.
KATHERINE KNIGHT & GARRET DUNN
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!
LINDSEY & MICHAEL GOLDBERG
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!
DUSTIN & DYLAN BROOKS-FORSETH
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.