6 Reasons Sound By Design is so Popular in Milwaukee

Sound By Design will keep the party rockin’ and the dance floor packed!
Photo by Brad Ryan Photography

Hiring your wedding DJ is an important step to making your wedding reception go off without a hitch. The team at Sound By Design has you covered with their highly trained, super fun, and experienced “family” of wedding DJs.

A big thanks goes out to the Sound By Design crew for sponsoring this article and in general being awesome. In fact, we are launching this article just as they celebrate 20 years in business – that’s a lot of happy couples!!

1. Sound By Design’s History

Before Sound By Design became one of the premiere Milwaukee wedding DJ companies, a group of family and friends were hitching rides from their moms every Saturday night to bring the party to area high school dances.

Fast forward 20 years, and thousands of events and weddings later, and you have one of Milwaukee’s top DJ companies. This experience shows every time Sound By Design does a wedding.

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Sound By Design Team has been together for many years, bringing their expertise to Milwaukee weddings. Photo by Front Room Photography

2. A Family Business

The Sound By Design team is truly a family run business. All of their DJs are brothers, in-laws or close friends of the family. This allows a consistent level of quality and expertise for every wedding with an emphasis on individualization for each event they are part of.

The Sound By Design crew values family and knows your wedding day is a special celebration of love, family and friends. They will work their hardest to make sure everything goes smoothly on your special day.

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Sound By Design is a tight knit “family” of amazing DJs that know how important YOUR wedding day is to YOUR family.¬†Photo by Front Room Photography

3. They Worry, So You Don’t Have To

The Sound By Design team has done thousands of weddings, making them experts in managing the unpredictability that can accompany a wedding reception. Once you book them, you will be given access to an online system to create your customized Play List, and sometimes the more important – Do Not Play List.

A Sound By Design DJ is matched to your wedding based on multiple influencing factors. From your venue, personalities and music taste, the goal is to connect you with a DJ that will be a great fit.

Your DJ will meet with you and your fiance before your wedding, allowing you to discuss all aspects of your day. Our suggestion, as with other good wedding vendors, is be honest.

Let your DJ in on some of your worries about your day so they can plan ahead to avoid them. Leverage their expertise to determine the flow of your reception so things like your first dance, garter toss, or other traditions and transitions go smoothly.

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Sound By Design will manage the many transitions during your wedding such as the first dance. Photo by Front Room Photography

4. They Bring the Party

You know when you hire Sound By Design, you’ll get a consistent level of quality and expertise. But they’ll also provide you with the SBD Experience, which they’ve perfected over the years.

These guys know their music, and they use their knowledge to bring the party to your wedding. As we said above, all the DJs are family and friends, which means they spend a lot of time together. This allows them to talk about and share music with each other to ensure they are always on top of the trends.

The other thing about the Sound By Design crew is that they are all fun guys. Every time we hang out with them they make us laugh – and I see that as one of the best traits a DJ can have.

5. The Other Cool Stuff They Do

You’ll get the SBD Experience if you just use them as a DJ, or decide to add on additional services such as uplighting, video or a photo booth. Here’s a few of the services SBD offers in addition to their DJ service:

Venue Uplighting Design

Uplighting a space is a great way to transform a venue and accent its features. But designing your uplighting so it works with your venue and style of your wedding is where Sound By Design excels.

The Grain Exchange exquisitely uplit by Sound By Design using gobo, uplights and floral pinspotting. Photo by Front Room Photography

The Grain Exchange exquisitely uplit by Sound By Design using gobo, uplights and floral pinspotting.
Photo by Front Room Photography

They know how to design their uplighting so that certain elements stand out – such as a head table – while still fitting in with the overall beauty of the venue. Take a look at some of their uplighting samples here.
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Cuvee with Sound By Design uplighting and chandeliers makes for a romantic first dance. Photo by Front Room Photography.

Event transitions from ceremony, to dinner, to dancing can all be enhanced with uplighting. Uplighting can also transform your wedding’s entrance and impress your guests as soon as they walk through the door.
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The Grain Exchange entrance dramatically transformed by a damask print monogram. Photos by Front Room Photography.

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The Pritzlaff Building transformed with uplights, head table spot lights and string bulbs. Photo by Front Room Photography.

Photo Booth

If you’re looking for a photo booth, Sound By Design offers that too. Their photo booth package comes with some cool extras, such as video recording and a custom photo album. They can do a standard enclosed booth or a modern open concept with a backdrop.

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Sound By Design offers an open concept photo booth with ample props.


Sound by Design recently launched a new service: Sound By Design Films. SBD Films offers one all-inclusive package designed to give brides and grooms everything they would need for a great videography experience.

We’ve been very impressed with some of the videos we’ve seen from SBD Films, but please check them out for yourself below:

6. They Own Camp Bar

That’s right – the owner of Sound By Design also owns the hugely-popular Camp Bars (in Shorewood, Tosa and soon the Third Ward). They do offer rental space at each location, so you might even be able to hold some of your wedding-related events at Camp!

Yes, this DJ company also owns one of Milwaukee hottest bars! Photo of Camp Bar Tosa by Jennifer Janviere Photography

If you are looking for a DJ with a proven track record of successful weddings, be sure to check out Sound By Design. Their extensive experience will ensure your wedding reception is executed flawlessly and traditions maintained so you can sit back and enjoy your wedding day with all those closest to you.

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