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DJs and Event Rentals & Photobooths in Charleston,
(843) 779-6224
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4.9 out of 5
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    Lola Johnson

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  • Book. Stephen. It will make your wedding and blow away you guests. I made a Gmail account just to write this review, from my honeymoon cabana I might add. Woohoo! First off, we did MAJOR research for music at our wedding. We read a ton of reviews - and reviews are so tough because you know most are fake. How can all of these companies have ALL 5 star reviews?! Its just impossible and tough to sort through but my feeling toward the review system is the reason I wanted to make sure I wrote a review for Stephen. Music was something that was so important to us. Getting married in Atlanta, GA gave us a ton of options. But nothing clicked. My friends are all getting married and we have seen so many bands and DJs as guests, most of which are Atlanta based. But we just couldn’t find something we were ready to book. 4 weeks into talking with numerous companies and music options and watching promo videos, my maid of honor sent me a video she found on Instagram. It was Darby playing... Read more

    Pam Duvall

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  • Truly unforgettable and Stephen made it happen. The gist of this review: If you are looking for a classy, high-end, insanely talented and memorable entertainer for your wedding - you WILL NOT find anything better than Stephen from Darby Events. We stumbled upon a video of Stephen on Instagram and were instantly hooked to his style. I knew what he did was special so my bride brain instantly emailed, messaged and called him :) In a matter of hours we got a message back and set up a call. After one conversation we both knew he had to be our guy - even if he was located half away across the country. So that is what we did. And it was the best decision we made for our wedding. After hours of watching videos and sound clips, searching for bands, finding his Instagram post made us realize how this would be perfect for our guests. The #1 thing that my husband did not want was "cheesy." As he describes it - the guy on the mic all night acting like a hype man, overdoing it, screaming LETS ... Read more

    Lois Barden

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  • Not a DJ - Stephen Darby is an artist Like I’m sure you did, I had to start googling DJs for my wedding and I will say started out a little a scary with some of the stuff I first saw. I stumbled on a video of Darby (Stephen) on Instagram and was intrigued. I found his website, scheduled a call with him and that was the single best decision we made for our wedding. There has not been one person in attendance that when thanking us afterward, did not mention how good the music was. It was the #1 thing guests took away from our night. The music was just so exceptional. People were getting up during dinner and dancing because they couldn’t stay sat. The dance floor was packed the entire night and watching Stephen perform is just an art. He is so incredible at what he does and the way he puts music together is just not like anything you have ever heard. Older, younger and in between, everyone loved it no matter what age they were. We cant thank him enough for giving us more than we co... Read more

    Joan Fairfield

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  • KILLED IT. KILLED IT. KILLED IT. CANT RECOMMEND ENOUGH My hubby and I got married out West and struggled between Band vs DJ and were having a very large wedding, so it needed to work for the size. We had 400 guests and needed wow factor. I found Darby Events (Stephen) on Instagram looking at stuff for my wedding. I watched maybe 2 of his videos and loved it all. Our planning team and design team gave us referrals to different bands (they only use bands - and all from LA / Vegas) and I just didn't love it and after I found Stephen I just wanted him, even if he was in Charleston, South Carolina. One of the music agents we spoke with ironically was at a wedding Stephen was apart of and said - yeah...hes good :) And that meant alot and sealed the deal. Stephen has played for a lot of "higher profile" weddings and we learned a lot about that from a colleague of his. He's so modest but such a joy to talk to. Trying not to ramble! buuuut.... Our wedding was a massive party a... Read more

    Ryleigh Evers

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  • I cannot say enough good thing about Darby Events, and Stephen! From the ceremony into the reception I would not change a thing, the music was always crowd pleasing and perfect for the moment and he really goes well above and beyond your average DJ experience. His talent is undeniable and I can't recommend him enough. If you are looking for a professional, fun, unique and absolutely amazing DJ look no further.

    Erica Foster

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  • When we started out searching for a band or DJ one of the criteria I had was NOTHING CHEESY. We have all been to those weddings with the band or DJ that is on a microphone all night yelling at the crowd like it’s a club at 1:30 AM and we just didn’t want that. We also didn’t want the same wedding music you hear over and over. We searched and searched and my husband, now my husband, :) found Darby Events. After setting up a call we knew he was our guy. Fast forward to our wedding and he was absolutely amazing. So classy and professional as an MC and his music is unlike anything we or our guests had experienced. We were just so blown away. Everyone is still talking about the DJ that played the piano and the music overall could not have been more perfect. When your guests see how he DJs and then plays the piano live, the jaws just hit the floor. He’s like a band and a DJ in one without the breaks and extra crap that comes with a band. Stephen you made our wedding the g... Read more

    Haley

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  • We are so happy we chose Stephen as the DJ for our wedding! After checking out his website and videos we knew we trusted him to do an amazing job. We gave him very little guidance other than a few "do not play" and "must play" songs and he knocked it out of the park! Our guests told us all night long and after the wedding that he was the best wedding DJ they have ever seen. Not only does he play great music and read the crowd well, but he is also fun to watch! Highly recommend Stephen!!

    King Street Hospitality Group

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  • Stephen Darby is a one-of-a-kind entertainer, providing DJ services while simultaneously playing the piano! Talk about uber talented! In addition to being an incredible musician, Stephen is familiar with our venues’ team + sound policies which ensure seamless planning + execution. We highly recommend Stephen Darby! His entertainment is second to none.

    Danny Sherbun

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  • Having Stephen DJ AND play at our wedding was truly an experience we'll remember forever. He threw the kind of party we never imagined we could have at our wedding and helped fill the night with some of the coolest memories we'll ever have. The subtle piano over the music is incredibly unique and adds just enough to get you even more excited to hear your favorite songs. Right off the bat, it seemed Stephen was on the same page as my wife and I. We talked about what type of music he usually plays and the stuff we're into hearing at our wedding... and mutually agreed that mashups aren't the way to go. He assured us that wasn't his style and we were excited to hear that. He provided great insight on what songs go well and not so well with piano and let us know we could have as much or as little piano as we wanted. He also provided some demos of how he'd play the piano over our first dance song, so we could hear it ahead of time and practice. About a month prior, we sent him a playl... Read more

    Kali Simms

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  • You will not find a more talented DJ in the Southeast. Stephen from Darby Events created a party atmosphere unlike anything we have ever seen. Our guests talk about the DJ more than ANYTHING else from our wedding. The way he plays and mixes music is on another level. We did a lot of research and are so happy we did. Stephen will absolutely smoke a band when it comes to energy and dancing at your wedding. We absolutely love this guy and can't thank him enough for giving us the wedding of our dreams!!!

    Bri

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  • Stephen Darby hands down was the life of the party during our reception. We hired him to play at our wedding at Dunes West on 31 Aug and enjoyed working with him so much! We were planning the wedding from out of town but he made it so easy to communicate and provide advice. He was already set up and ready to go by the time, letting us not worry about a thing. His combination of DJ and piano was so unique and had everyone on their feet. We are so thankful he was at our wedding and will enjoy the memories he helped up create forever!

    Amy Kellinger

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  • Stephen with Darby events MADE our wedding!!! We wanted a party, everyone on the dance floor, awesome music and we got that plus more! We were recommended Stephen by our wedding planner as the "TOP party" DJ for weddings in CHS, and that feedback was spot on. We can't tell you how many people came up to us after the wedding, complimenting the DJ and raving about how they had never danced that much at a wedding before. We hired Stephen for the reception with an add on violinist for the last 1.5 hours and that was the icing on the cake! We highly recommend Darby Events for any wedding or party searching for a good time.

    Charles Davidson

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  • WOW. Booking Stephen and Darby Events was THE best decision we made for our wedding. What he does is absolutely on another level. I've been to so many weddings with bands and DJs and I can unbiasedly say that he was the best entertainer we have ever seen. Our guests have been saying the same thing for weeks and I know they really mean it. Watching him in action and the way he puts together music is really something to watch. Even our older guests we so blown away by it and they really appreciate how he Brough all ages together to party. We just couldn't be happier and cant thank him enough. If you are looking for an entertainer for your wedding or event. This is THE GUY. These reviews you are reading are all spot on because he is just that good. Thank you so much Stephen!!!

    Meryl Ashley

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  • Stephen is an incredible DJ and very kind!! He definitely made the party and our guests were very impressed with him and loved the DJ / piano combination. The music selections and mixes were ON FIRE and he was able to play most of the songs on our extensive 'must-play' list. We definitely made the best selection when we chose Stephen.

    Jess Blair

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  • We hired Stephen for our destination wedding in Charleston and were really excited about him because he stood out from other DJs (i.e. he plays the piano while he plays music). Upon hiring him my husband specifically asked Stephen if he MC's during the reception as this was an important aspect for us. Knowing our group of guests, we knew we would need help getting people onto the dance floor and keeping them engaged. Stephen said yes, this wouldn't be a problem at all. A few weeks prior to our wedding we were asked to fill out a flowsheet which went through song requests, what songs were to be played during each event, would we allow requests, etc. I indicated that I wanted Frank Sinatra played during dinner service. On the day of, dinner started with a non-Frank song, then a Frank song was played, and then a completely different song. My husband had to get up during our dinner to go ask Stephen to play the music we had requested to be played. Stephen did not MC during the party. One ... Read more

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    I also was very DISAPPOINTED - and that was NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. I’ve waited for this day after almost 9 years and roughly 800 weddings and knew there would come a time that I encountered a bride or couple that was just impossible. I’ve been so blessed all these years but unfortunately that day arrived and you were that couple. For the first time in my career I wanted to refund every penny and more just to get out of the situation, but I would never do that - no matter how bad it was or how unpleasant and unreasonable a client was. If this was an honest, somewhat accurate review I would really take it to heart because I put my heart and soul into my business and my couples. However, what you are writing here is just as unbelievable and bizarre as what occurred the evening of your wedding. I’m very resilient and incredibly accommodating but there is always a point when behavior and actions have just gone too far. We reached that point. Let me begin by saying that I took this booking because I absolutely love the planner you chose. I had never met either of you until the day of your wedding and if I had, I’m almost certain I wouldn’t be having to respond to this right now. That being said, I feel it is so important to provide a very detailed response to you and anyone else reading this after what myself and the other vendors experienced. Every vendor you hired made a point to express how terrible you both had treated them and that you were extremely confrontational and difficult to deal with. Regardless of what you write here, you complained about everything and anything all evening long. I also feel it is very important to include the details you chose to omit from your review given how strange and unusual everything was that occurred. I’ve seen a lot in my 9 year career but this was truly surreal. -COTTON EYE JOE- Your comment about me playing the song “Cotton Eye Joe” needs to be addressed first. Having to play that song make my ears bleed and completely devalues all of the hard work I have put in to provide a high-end experience. I am a classical pianist and seasoned DJ and what I do is the absolute opposite of songs like that and every vendor and couple I have worked with over the years can attest to that. I would never in 100 years play that horrible song at any of my weddings unless I did not have a choice and was told to do so. At your wedding, I was quickly approached by an immediate family member who was intoxicated, aggressive and insisting I stop all the music to play that song. She waived her finger in my face and wouldn’t stop until I played this song. This was also backed by her telling me you wanted it to be played. Your wedding had 25 people at it. If a direct family member approaches me in that fashion, also telling me the bride wants to hear a song, I’m going play it. Especially with 2 dozen guests in attendance. -YOU BROUGHT A KARAOKE DJ- The other HUGE part you left out is that you brought a friend of yours who was a karaoke DJ to be involved in your wedding. You sent me a message asking if your friend could bring his equipment, laptop and microphone to play and sing ONE song. I agreed to accommodate this and even arrived early to help him sound check his stuff. This “one song” couldn’t have been further from the truth as half way through the reception, your karaoke friend hi-jacked the wedding and decided to take over as the DJ. He walked up to me said he was going to “play a little something” and proceeded to sing karaoke through my sound system, off his laptop, with the microphone he brought. He walked up to my table, turned on his equipment and just started playing music over mine. Just picture this scenario from my perspective. What would your reaction be? As you said, he certainly “MC’d” - if that is what you want to call. However, if screaming “HEY,” “LETS GO,” “LETS GET IT,” over and over is your idea of great MCing at a wedding, then we have polar opposite ideas of what is considered “great.” I even took videos of it all simply because it was so unbelievable and I had some concern that something would come of it. Everything he did was what I stay a million miles away from. Just as I did at your wedding and the hundreds before that, when MCing I make all introductions and announcements and direct the procession of the evening. Elegantly. To suggest I did not MC your wedding, or at least attempt to before this guy forced his way in, is just untrue. Yelling into a mic like a cheesy hype man and getting on the dance floor leading dances is not my style as an MC. Regardless, you granted your friend the opportunity to sing a song and then went on to tell him he could do as he pleased. -MUSIC SELECTION / PLAYING THE PIANO This review says you were excited to have something different because I played the piano. Just to recap, my business is listed as “DJ/Piano” combo. My entire website has pictures of me playing a piano and hours of video content I have created all utilizing a piano and the ways I am not an average DJ. The point being - as you can see, I play the piano while I DJ. You gave me no direction other than to play “Sinatra-like” music for dinner. Normally this is great because I have awesome music selections I play on piano during dinner that guests love. At your wedding, I played ONE song on the piano that was the same genre, but NOT by Frank Sinatra. The groom came running up frantically asking me to change the song and not to play any other songs on the piano. He said I could ONLY play Frank Sinatra songs because that was your “vision.” So as he asked, I proceeded to play 19 Frank Sinatra songs in a row, back to back. Why on earth would you hire me if I CAN’T do what I advertise and play the piano? How would you be excited for something “different” if I wasn’t able to use my skill set and was required to play 19 songs in a row from the same artist? Needless to say, myself and every other vendor there was completely dumbfounded. It’s further disappointing that I spent hours making you custom edits of music for your wedding , gave you a discounted rate through your planner and allowed your DJ friend to utilize my equipment - all free of charge. I attempted to DJ your wedding like every other I have done for almost a decade. The same thing people hire me for and the same reason I have hundreds of great reviews from amazing, appreciative couples. In 9 years: - I’ve never been told to stop playing the piano in the middle of a song - I’ve never been asked to play 19 songs in a row all by the same artist - I’ve never been bashed on the internet for playing a song that a family member requested on the brides behalf - I have NEVER EVER had a couple bring their own DJ to take over my job and equipment You put me in an impossible situation and then went further by bashing me online. After all that had happened, I simply could not believe that you sat down to write a review like this. But honestly after meeting you both and having experienced what we did, it shouldn’t be surprising. The way you both embrace and enjoy confrontation just made this review the final jab after your wedding. When you asked me to go above and beyond to accommodate someone bringing equipment to sing one song through my sound system, then deliberately allow and even encourage this individual to take over and do as he pleased, is unlike anything I have ever dealt with in my career. To further write a review suggesting I did a poor job and your friend had to “step up to the plate”…. well frankly, it is pretty sickening. Thankfully I have never dealt with anything close to how bizarre and miserable this was but as I stated, I knew this day would come. All in all, I look forward to providing more kick-ass music and dance parties for all of my wonderful couples and hope I get another 9 years under my belt before I have another wedding like this.
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