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Music Central Entertainment | Photo: HRM Photography

Guaranteeing great dance music for every wedding is the heart of Music Central

Request more pricing, details and info from this vendor!Photo above: HRM Photography | You want your reception dance to be both romantic and fun. To get that balance, you need a disc jockey with experience. Having done over a thousand weddings it’s no mystery that Music Central Entertainment knows how to DJ a wedding with the professionalism and confidence brides look for. Owner, Rob Aitken, personally DJs events for his company fifty out of fifty-two weeks a year, which allows him to keep in tune with what services couples are looking for. Music Central also has an entire of associate DJs – all trained, equipped and ready to provide music that’ll keep your guests dancing all night long!

What to expect…

Prior to booking, Rob is more than happy to sit down with you to discuss your wedding vision, answer any questions, and help you create a customized plan for your wedding reception. In addition to discussing music preferences Rob will also walk you through some of the other options offered by Music Central including lighting, slideshow equipment, ceremony options, photo booths and much more. Closer to the wedding date, Music Central will meet with you for a consultation to discuss the final details of the wedding. Typically a few weeks before the wedding, this a great time to discuss the more in-depth details such as musical likes and dislikes, additional services needed, such as MC services, or to go over any specific song request lists. He says that, “… it’s important for every client to have a chance to meet Music Central and discuss what they want and don’t want at their wedding.” Rob says that the bride and groom’s preferences and tastes are what it’s all about.

“Music Central really listen! They really try and get a sense of your style and preference then design a set that flows well with a good mix that gets people engaged and on the dance floor!” – Paige

Music Central places emphasis on working within whatever guidelines his clients give them, whether it is a themed wedding, a specific list of songs you want played at certain times, or specifics about what you don’t want played at your wedding. There are still many couples that simply leave music choices up to the DJ. Either way, Rob is dedicated to delivering what his clients ask for.

Bride Adrienne explains, “I have used Music Central Entertainment in the past when I was involved with planning other events and have always had a very positive experience. They are very professional, talented and accommodating. I really liked that they have several DJs on staff so they could find someone that would match our personalities and taste in music. Not to mention, they have a very extensive music library and were willing to search out songs to match our cultural background.”

So, what’s the difference?

Rob is a big part of what sets Music Central apart from other DJ companies. With a great personality and a huge love of music, he provides couples with the face-to-face service that is so rare. “Really, I’m a former musician myself. Just about any DJ you meet is likely a frustrated musician and/or a huge music fan!” Rob insists that a DJ needs to love music to work in this field. “I needed a way to justify my record-buying addiction. This was the perfect fit!” And that was how Music Central was born in 1983.

Rob is a big believer in supporting the music industry and continues his love of purchasing music. Music Central buys music on a weekly basis not just to keep up with what’s new but also to bolster their back catalogue. Music Central’s office library now consists of well over 6000 CDs. All their music is legal and appropriately licensed with the A.V.L.A. Rob states, “If you want a song and we don’t have it we’ll go to great lengths to find it for you.”

In addition to constantly updating their music library, Rob believes that it is just as important to constantly update their equipment. When you book with Music Central, you know you are getting top notch music AND equipment.

For example, Rob has a patio speaker that is set up outside. When guests step outside for a breath a fresh air, they can still enjoy the music at your party!

Music Central tries to provide as many personal touches as possible throughout the couple’s wedding day. They work with the couple to determine appropriate and meaningful songs for things such as the first dance of the bride and groom, mother-son dance, father-daughter dance, garter and bouquet toss and special songs chosen for family and friends.

“Rob and his team have been in the industry for a very long time. They have extensive knowledge about what songs get people moving and help to keep the party going. They do a great job of balancing requests with their own song choices. The best part of their style is their versatility – they have adapt to suit any crowd.” – Adrienne

Packages and the nitty gritty of it all

Customized packages at Music Central start at $995 for up to 8 hours. Rob says that there are add-ons to each package to make them completely customizable including ceremony music and lighting packages… anything to suit the couple’s needs, including Stag & Doe packages. Music Central also offers a Stag & Doe discount (a value of almost $100) when you book your wedding with them.

“We had no idea what the prices would be (we ball parked knowing music is a big part of the wedding package). They definitely fell under what we “budgeted” and well worth every penny.” – Paige

Preparation is key

Music Central is prepared for ceremonies and/or receptions in remote locations such as beaches and parks. If you are planning a wedding anywhere where you may be concerned about power outages (or where there is no power source), Rob can make sure that the party won’t stop if you book their portable generator. For a small fee of $100, you can be assured that your remote location reception will run smoothly. The generator is built with new whisper quiet technology so noise is not a factor. On several occasions Music Central has come to the rescue during an emergency power outage. Their back-up staff was called to deliver a generator and the party continued on.

One of our favourite things about Music Central is their Field Manager. The Field Manager makes sure that your event is running seamlessly by driving around to each venue and checking that your DJ has everything they need for a flawless event (how great is that!?!).

Details, details, details

• Music Central requires a $200 deposit to confirm and hold your wedding day for their services.
• Rob recommends booking one year ahead if possible.
• Music Central is a member of the Canadian Disc Jockey Association (CDJA), The London Chamber of Commerce, Tourism London and are CONNECT Licensed.
• During their busy season, Music Central does up to 6 weddings per weekend.
• Music Central now accepts debt and credit card payments.

Photo: HRM Photography
Rob Aitken, Owner & DJ, Music Central Entertainment
Rob Aitken, Owner & DJ, Music Central Entertainment

Want to hear more music?

If you’re interested in talking to Rob Aitken or his staff at Music Central Entertainment, you can contact them by phone at 519-680-0698, or toll-free at 1-888-537-6511. If email is better for you, reach them directly by email using the form below. 🙂 Visit their storefront at 1496 Dundas Street East in London (by appointment) or check out their website at www.musiccentral.ca for more on their services.

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★★★★★
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We very much enjoyed working with Rob to plan the soundtrack to our wedding day. He took our diverse tastes into consideration, and together with DJ Greg delivered a memorable event, that perfectly captured the mood during the entire day. Greg's music was a part of the reason we had smiles on our faces from start to finish, when our feet both hurt 🙂 Many of our guests also provided high praise, wishing that Music Central had done their wedding!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We were so so pleased with the job that Rob and Adrian did at our wedding. We have pretty unusual tastes and we knew we would be a challenge to whichever DJ we chose. Rob and Adrian really rose to the occasion. They satisfied our desire to have unique and off-beat music, and still kept our guests having fun! We would recommend Music Central to anyone who asked.

★★★★★
5 5 1
Rob at Music Central will not disappoint! He knows how to read a crowd to get people up on their feet and dancing all night long! Music Central is professional and fun! Great job every time!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We are constantly meeting London area brides who chose Music Central as their Wedding DJ and have heard nothing but rave reviews. The Musicians and DJs of Music Central are professional, entertaining and experienced. They are skilled at setting a fun atmosphere and keeping guests on the dance floor. We never hesitate to recommend Rob and Sam and the rest of the team!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Today is my 9th wedding anniversary and I am still hearing from my guest from time to time how great the music was. Rob knows how to keep the party hopp'in and a bopp'in. He is professional and keeps people smiling and dancing. I would highly recommend Rob Aitken for all your wedding needs.