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Tom was our dj October 22nd. He was fantastic! We were so fortunate to have him at our wedding! The music selection was phenomenal and he had everyone dancing! Tom made our special day unique to my husband and I! I would hands down recommend tom for any wedding or special occasion!
Caitlin and Paul Burchfield   October 22, 2016   Maneely's Balroom  (5 Stars - The Knot)

Tom is awesome! He was the dj at our wedding in September and he was so organized throughout the whole planning process. While I had to reach out to other vendors to touch base on my own, he proactively reached out to us to check in periodically and made sure to capture every detail to make our day perfect. We got rave reviews about him from our guests, they absolutely loved the music mix as did I and he kept the crowd going and lively without being too pushy. Would definitely recommend him!
Rachel and Kurt Mancini   September 24, 2016   Aria Ballroom  (5 Stars on The Knot)

Tom was great at our wedding two weeks ago! 
He went out of his way to meet with us twice before our wedding and drove to our town to meet. The price was right, and he is so knowledgeable about the timeline of weddings and how to keep the crowd going. He kept us at ease the day of the wedding and let us know when it was time to do certain things (like the bouquet toss, etc). He even had a few games up his sleeve to get the party started that our friends enjoyed, and kept people dancing all night long. Overall, amazing value, great guy, and fun DJ!
Katey and Nick Varanelli  October 8, 2016   Aria Grand Ballroom   (5 Stars on The Knot)

Definitely 5 Stars - Tom from Starry Nite DJs was simply amazing for our wedding at Barberry Hill Farm in MadisonCT! (September 17, 2016) - Everyone had an amazing time, loved the music and Tom provided everything we asked for and more. Our dance floor was full of guests of all ages and Tom was wonderful to work with. So many people let us know that the music and DJ was excellent. If you're looking for a DJ for any event, go with Starry Nite! We would certainly hire him again :) Thank you Tom!
Candi and Chris Pagoni   September 17, 2016   Burberry Hill Farm - Madison   (5 Stars on The KNOT)

Tom was fantastic! 
He worked with us every step of the way and had great suggestions. We got a lot of compliments the night of on the music he was playing, he really read the crowd well. He really understood the vibe and theme we were going for and just made the night wonderful.
Stephanie and Evan Kimberly    September 3, 2016 @ Lighthouse Park (5 Stars on The Knot)

If you're looking for a DJ that's got great personality, is fantastic at what he does and well priced look no further. Tom Salatto was absolutely fantastic, from the planning stages to meetings throughout to the wedding day, he was very helpful, had great suggestions for our multicultural guests and very organized. He was my favorite vendor at my wedding. Despite having a small wedding (70 guests), the dance floor was always full of people and everyone had a great time. If I ever have need of a DJ I'll definitely be calling Starry Nite again. Thank you so much Tom!!
Amanda and Bob Cook   August 20, 2016   La Mirage (5 Stars on The Knot)

Tom was an absolute pleasure to work with. 
We met with a couple other Djs before Tom and just didn't think they were right for us. Tom was accommodating of our busy schedules by meeting us at our home for our pre-wedding meetings which was greatHe made us feel comfortable and made the whole process as smooth as possible. He also gave us some great ideas, like anniversary dance, and giving gift cards to who caught bouquet to get more people involved. Day of he provided our ceremony music and audio but really got the party going once the reception started. He even led the group dances! He kept everyone dancing all through the night, wouldn't have been the same without him.
Ashley and Blake Melling    August 26, 2016 @ Anthony's Ocean Viw  (5 Stars on The Knot)

Tom did a great job at our wedding.
 It was small and there were challenges in the room setup to get people together in one room dancing, but Tom managed it. He had all kinds of fun tricks to get people laughing. He kept track of our timeline, kept events moving, communicated with all of us during the night as needed, and helped make it an awesome night for everyone.

We had a great time dancing and he made a great announcer throughout during events, toasts, introductions, etc. My fiance was also very into rock and more into music than me. Tom worked with him throughout to get a sense of his music and to include his tastes throughout the night. It was clear from the get-go that Tom knew the venue, knew his business, was professional, had exceptional equipment, and was dedicated to bringing our vision to life. His prices were very competitive, and his quality was top-notch.
Jen and Eric Edgerton   married July 2, 2016  Branford House (Groton)   (5 Stars on the KNOT)

Tom was the best! I found him super last minute and he made sure every detail was planned out to perfection even in my short time frame. My guests had a blast! Im still getting complements on the music. I would highly recommend Tom !!!!
Marissa and Giuseppe Mazzella  May 30, 2016  La Bella Vista (5 Stars on The KNOT)

Tom was a great DJ. He helped us pick out a lot of our music as he was very knowledgable with songs! He had my whole family dancing all night and played a great mix of songs. I would definitely recommend to others!
Ashley and James O'Connor   June 17, 2016  Candlewood Inn (The KNOT)

Tom was the first and only DJ we met while planning our wedding and it was the best choice ever !! Tom was the most professional and honest person we met while planning ! He came prepared with a packet that told us everything we needed . He met with us before the wedding and helped us decide on the perfect songs for the entire day . Day of time came ready and prepared ! He made the entire ceremony and reception nothing but perfect ! I really wish I could give him more than 5 stars because it was better than 5 star service !!
Arianna and Anthony Criscuolo   June 4, 2016  La Mirage (5 Stars on The KNOT)

Music & DJ was on of THE most important things of us & Tom was fantastic! He worked with us beforehand to come up with the tremendously eclectic playlist we had in mind and all of our guests (90 year old grampa, 60 year old aunts & uncles, 20s-30s friends, 8 year old nephews, deadheads, ska kids, club-goers, all of them!) raved about how great he was and how much they loved the music. MC'ed introductions exactly as we wanted, kept the party moving along, took requests but honored our "don't play list", even showed up an hour before our ceremony to help our band set up their sound system pro bono. Great guy, no regrets.
Staci and Tim Curtis   November 14, 2015  Saltwater Farm Vineyards (5 Stars on the KNOT)

Tom is the BEST! He was so easy to work with and got our musical style perfectly! We felt so comfortable with him from the first meeting! Compared to other wedding DJ's I researched he was very reasonable and will definitely not try to sell you on things you don't need. Veryprofessional and kind to all of our guests. We got many compliments about the atmosphere he provided. It was a wonderful reception and ceremony. I can't say enough great things about him. Choose Starry Nite and you will not be disappointed! ❤️   Michele and Kevin Frear   May 28, 2016 @ Woodwinds Branford (5 Stars on the KNOT)

Tom was awsome! He made sure the night ran so smooth and did such an amazing job not only At playing a fantastic mixture of music, but also coordinating with our photographer and venue. Tom made everything so easy and his website has great ideas. No one stopped dancing at our wedding and that was exactly what we wanted, a big party, and Tom made sure that happened! :)))
Becky and Tom Wright   April 1, 2016  @ Farmington Club (5 Stars on The Knot)

When we met Tom the first time, he explained everything to us about the services he offers, what's included in the packages, he told us we could let him know...well we didn't need time, we knew we wanted to go with Starry Nite DJs right then and there! Tom is very professional, has tons of helpful information on the website, including an easy worksheet to walk step by step through the entire wedding. Tom kept in touch along the way and any questions we had were immediately answered. We met again and went through the entire wedding start to finish. We couldn't have asked for better, he did everything exactly has we had planned, played all the songs we asked for, kept the dancing going and even kept some crazy family members at bay! Thanks Tom for a great time!
Erica & Jamie Veronesi  May 14, 2016 @ Holcomb Farm (5 Stars on the Knot)

We had our reception at Woodwinds in Branford and we couldn't be happier relying on Tom Salatto! 
Us having no experience planning a wedding, Tom helped from day one getting us to think about everything we never would have imagined a wedding entails. He's very professional, and our guests spoke very highly of him! We ran a little behind due to the girls' makeup taking a little too long, but Tom was great in mobilizing the event regardless! Most of our guests were hispanic (with Spanish music a must) and Tom knew how to keep people on the dance floor! Five Star!
Kathy & Luis Alfonzo   March 19, 2016 @ Woodwinds  (5 Stars on the KNOT)

Tom is the best of the best- 
our wedding was incredible and he made it happen! He was professional from start to finish and we didn't have to worry about a single detail at our wedding. His demeanor kept us calm, and our guests thought he was funny and played a great mix of songs. He went above and beyond to make us feel like our night was important and special. Thanks Tom!!  Kim & Garrett O'Laughlin  December 5, 2015 @ Zandri's (5 Stars on Knot)

Tom was amazing. I can't say enough about him. Very professional he played the music we wanted and made our day perfect. I would never use another Dj.     Emily and Kevin Meise   October 11, 2015  Waterview (5 Stars on the Knot)

Tom Salatto knows his craft very well and knows how to get the party started! 
He is very professional and just takes care of the agenda for our daughters wedding reception. No need to worry about anything. Very accommodating about what the bride and groom wanted and so knowledgeable about what works for the crowd. Would definitely recommend him for any event. He made it a wonderful memorable event. (Janet)...

Just wanted to say thank you for all of your work on Saturday!!! I had a blast (and so did everyone else!) I really appreciate your concern to keep everyone happy!!! Thanks again!  I will certainly recommend your services! (Erika)
Erika (and mom Janet Zwick!) Coffey  Woodacres Farms  November 7, 2015 (from Weddingwire.com - 5 Stars)

Tom Salatto truly has a gift! That gift is being able to read the crowd and know exactly what will keep people dancing and having fun from start to finish! Our wedding was flawless! 
He tailored it to speak to our personality but was more than helpful when we were stumped for the perfect song. I can't thank him enough for making our wedding a huge success!

Take the gamble on this one, trust me! I'm a very, very hard person to please and perfection is standard. I don't give these reviews out lightly. Tom set up in three locations at the venue for music to be heard no matter where people were. He took requests but monitored them to our guidelines, never took a break from playing and made the last song so epic no one will easily forget our day! Awesome! Amazing!
Lauren and Andrew O'Reilly    Mystic Yachting Club   September 6, 2015  (from The KNOT - 5 Stars)

What an amazing team! They kept us all dancing all night, was a genuine pleasure to work with and was very flexible and accommodating. Highly recommended by both myself and my wife. Starry Nite DJs are every bit as good as the reviews say and are definitely in line for more awards and rave reviews!
Stacey Redner    Elizabeth Park Pond House   September 15, 2015 (from The Knot - 5 Stars)

Tom Salatto was the perfect energy and entertainment for our wedding. Very knowledgeable on music suggestions. Mature presentation and attention to our requirements. Nothing so loud that we would need hearing protection! He came prepared to help us party. We had to remind Tom to allow for the meal blessing. But otherwise he played our requests either during the cocktail hour or dance time. We very much recommend Starry Nite Entertainment.
Tayte and Matt Logan   St. Clement's Castle October 17, 2015 (weddingwire.com - 5 Stars)

Why Choose Starry Nite DJs as your Wedding Entertainment?

Why Choose Us? 
Because We Party with You!... 

  1. This is YOUR wedding, and we know it, and we Work Together. You're looking for a special, intimate occasion.There are plenty of DJs out there claiming to be the best, but look closer. You may get someone from a "DJ conglomerate" who boast 25 DJs working for them, and will assign someone you've never spoken to mere days before your wedding. Or you might find the "Wonder Club Kid," who plays a great party - for 22-year-old bar patrons. With him any special attention to detail is kept at a minimum, and your wedding is a little extra cash in his pocket.

FAQ's - Here are answers to your most Frequently Asked Questions...

Why do you say the Entertainment Director (DJ/MC) is the Coordinator?

From the moment the announcements commence, the Entertainment Director - I hate "DJ"! -  runs the show - he must carry out, as Master of Ceremonies, the Reception as planned when the couple sat with him! This means working closely with the venue coordinator and the photographer all night. The MC / DJ coordinates each event in the Reception, and sees that the Bride gets her wedding.

Starry Nite DJ's (slightly older) Part Video - see what u get with us!

It's worth a Good Look!

Mango's Billie Jean Dance - Wright Wedding April 1, 2016

Beware the KNOT local Listings!

I don't pay the Knot. We've won Best of Weddings 2016, 2015 and 2014, against all odds, yet because since I don't pay the Knot a fee they bury my company. If you search for a Connecticut DJ on the Knot you'll never find us, even though we have more 5 Star Reviews there over the past 3 years than Anyone!...
Here are my Knot Reviews... Starry Nite DJs Knot Reviews   Cherish them and share them, please!

8 Indispensable Tips for Hiring a Professional DJ (short Version)

8 Indispensable Tips for Choosing a Professional DJ

1) Find a professional that will personally sit and plan your Reception with you...

*Aside - "MC" means Master of Ceremonies. Make sure he's up to running the show!

2) Choose a vendor that will coordinate your reception - Find someone who cares and will run the show you planned together

Happy to keep the Prices down...

Running your own business is tough. Take your eye off one aspect (consider trad. marketing AND Social media marketing) and you fall behind, and you feel the guilt of not exposing potential clients to your services, which you believe are much better than the standard in the wedding industry.

Best First Dance (Bride / Groom) Songs past few years...

Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
All Of Me - John Legend
My Best Friend" - Tim McGraw
"The Best is Yet to Come" - Frank Sinatra
"If There's Love" - Citizen Cope

"Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" - 4 Seasons
"Inevitable" - Anberlin
"Come Rain or Come Shine" - Eric Clapton/B.B. King
"Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" - Aerosmith

Best Bouquet / Garter Songs!

Best Bouquet / Garter Toss Songs!

1. Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

2. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
3. Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot
4. Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman

Getting into Tom's Mind - Song Selection

Getting Inside a DJ's Head - Song Selection!           You might think it's easy! 

Put yourself in my shoes - An Aretha song is playing (or Pitbull), and the whole room is jumping - a hundred of your wedding guests on the dance floor, shaking it, having the most fun of their lives at your Celebration. Then you gaze into my booth and see me scrambling! My mission - to find the next great song that will keep this particular crowd hopping. Wow, what a responsibility - with one flop I can kill the party!

Here are our most recent Reviews!

Newest Testimonials

*Please Check out ALL our 5 Star Reviews on The KNOT - Winners "Best of Weddings 2014 and 2015, and now 2016!

Tom Salatto knows his craft very well and knows how to get the party started! He is very professional and just takes care of the agenda for our daughters wedding reception. No need to worry about anything. Very accommodating about what the bride and groom wanted and so knowledgeable about what works for the crowd. Would definitely recommend him for any event. He made it a wonderful memorable event. (Janet)
... Just wanted to say thank you for all of your work on Saturday!!! I had a blast (and so did everyone else!) I really appreciate your concern to keep everyone happy!!! Thanks again! I will certainly recommend your services! (Erika)

The great Napkin Game

The Napkin Game -

I use this one at every wedding. It promotes guest interaction, and interjects a lot of Humor into the wedding early on. Also, it gets your guests Involved!

Backstreet's Back!

What an Amazing Wedding. Rachel and Scott at the Boathouse in Hartford.

When we were planning the wedding together they mentioned that some of their friends "might like to hear a Backstreet Boys son or two". I chuckled a bit at the time, but it's a request that's been creeping into weddings recently. I went home and pulled out all my son's (he's 25 now) old BSB and NSync CDs, and made sure I had all loaded on the computer, just in case...

JUST IN CASE happened very quickly last night.

When the Bridal Party just WON'T Dance...

You can only do so much...
Sitting at the table to my extreme left was the entire Bridal Party - about 10 young men and women who had requested a bunch of songs that they swore they'd dance to.

That's important to me, because if the Bridal Party is out on the dance floor the bride and groom will join, then family members, etc. AND the point of me being there is to create a great dance environment.

They requested Top 40 and 90's Hip Hop. I started the dancing with some 60's and 80's; lots of the aunts, uncles, cousins and even grandmothers hit the dance floor. The Bridal Party sat, waiting for their time.

The Importance of Meeting the Vendor Actually Playing Your Wedding

Why it is Very Important to Interview the Vendor Playing your Wedding!

You’ve done everything properly… Checked the references, brought your lists of questions to the first meeting. The man behind the table charmed you, gave you a discount “If you book today”. As the wedding day approached he might even contact you. He requests that you fax a sheet to him, to help Organize the Reception (I sit face-to-face to plan!).

More Great Reviews

Dear Tom, Keven and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful job you did at our wedding . You came to us recommended by and a friend, and you turned out to be everything she said you would be and then some. From the very first meeting we had with you, you helped put our minds at ease and we were certain you were the right guy for the job. You really seemed to understand what was important to Keven and I and what our vision was.

We were impressed by how organized you were and how easy you made it for us to plan our day exactly the way we wanted it. The wedding ran smoothly from start to finish. You were good about communicating with us through-out the day, as well as with the venue staff and the photographer. You did a great job of getting people who normally will not dance, out onto the dance floor. We will happily recommend you to anyone looking for a fantastic DJ! Thank you so much Tom!
Sincerely,    Keven and Rachel DeMott 
  Lily Lake Inn

Best Cake Cutting Songs

Cake Cutting Songs 
When I'm 64 - Beatles
All you need is love - Beatles
Sweetest thing - U2
That's amore - Dean Martin
Dexter Theme from AMC Channel
You're my best friend - Queen
All My Life - KC and Jojo
1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's
Buid me up Buttercup
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
How Sweet it is to be loved by you - James Taylor, Buble', Marvin Gaye

Best Mother - Groom Dances

Mother - Son Dances 

Could I have this dance - Anne Murray

Song for my son - Vierick

Unforgettable - Cole

Best Father - Bride Dances

Father-Daughter Dances

Queen of Hearts - Gregg Allman

Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison

Wildflowers - Tom Petty

What a Wonderful World - Armstrong

Father and Daughter - Paul Simon

Wish You were here - Pink Floyd

3 Parts to a Wedding Reception... Part 3 - The Party!

Part 3... The Party!!!

Finally, after we finish all the Formal Announcements and all the Activities we've planned together, after the guests have chowed down, after the cake-cutting, we can PARTY!!!

3 Crucial Parts to the Reception... Part 2 - The Dinner

Part 2 ... The Dinner...

In my last email we examined the importance of Formalities, and why we need to sit together to Plan everything that happens during your reception.

Why a Club DJ Cannot Run Your Wedding...

Why a Club DJ Cannot play your Wedding

In my 26 years of spinning music in both Clubs and Wedding Venues I've learned one Grand Lesson, and if I can impart any bit of wisdom to you it's this... They are not the same! Time and again I've heard disappointed brides mumbling that the DJ from the bar down the street ruined their wedding. Here's why...

3 Crucial Parts to a Wedding Reception! - Part One... The Formailities

Every Wedding Reception is divided into 3 Phases...
1) The Formalities - The Formalities begin to set the stage at a Reception, creating the environment for the evening. These include:

Centerpieces - Fantastic Unique Ideas...

Brides struggleto find the perfect centerpieces for the table...
Over the years I've seen Towering Vases overflowing with water and lillies and stones, vicariously hovering above the guests, I've seen very simple candles floating in elegant bowls.
Here are some of my favorites that might help you...
1) Being Italian, I love the tall vases stuffed with all types of Breadsticks and Munchies of various colors. Breadbaskets moved from the Buffet table also work here.
2) Instead of Cut flowers try using Potted flowering plants that will last forever
3) My Favorite - Potted Herbs (some flowering) gardens that provide flavor to the dinner, and make a wonderful addition tothe guests' kitchen.
4) Instead of flowers try interestingly shaped Pitchers at center, all filled with colorful drinks for the guests (Sangria, Wine, Punches)
5) Another Italian Favorite - Baskets stacked high with colorful and delicious fruits like lemons, apples, oranges, kiwi, etc.
6) I've done weddings for world travellers...each table represented a certain country, and the centerpiece was an icon forthat country (Eiffel Tower for France, Tower of Pisa for Italy, etc)

Remember the Familes in your Reception Menu!

Why should your Reception Menu include the same old boring Prime Rib, Chicken and Stuffed Shrimp? 

Although some venues plate these very well, think about your guests for a moment. We’re planning a wedding for my son. I’m of Italian descent, my wife is from fine German stock. Plus, it turns out the boy’s bride shares the same mix.  So half the people at the wedding will be Italian, half German, and in both cultures food is a high priority. 

When planning your Menu with your caterer or Banquet Coordinator make sure to include food from these countries. The Appetizer table will flourish with Bruscetta, cheeses, small sausages, and fresh breads representing both cuisines. The main dishes might include a choice of Lasagna, Schnitzels – anything that will certainly put the boring Chicken Breast to shame, and will entice the families to enjoy the fare. This certainly works well Buffet or Family-style, and both groups enjoy reaching across the table for their food (I do!).  Food IS Celebration in these cultures, so you’re guaranteed to have a successful reception (if some lame DJ doesn’t blow is by playing Hip-Hop all night when you wanted oldies!)

Using Props at the Reception

Should you use Props at the Reception?...

I go either way on Props at a Reception. Being a Ham, it's fun to get out there and join the crowd with Blow-up Guitars,

The Anniversary Dance ... Great Memories shared

The Anniversary Dance…

A Special Moment I share at weddings is The Anniversary Dance (or you may know it as The Couples Dance). I ask ALL couples to come to the dance floor, but the Married Couples to dance closest to the center of the floor. Then I play an Old love song (Unforgettable, Summer Wind, Unchained Melody) and ask them to start dancing. 

The New Bride and Groom dance the entire dance. About a minute in I say, “The couples married Less than 10 years please dance your way to the outside of the floor.” After a moment I knock out those couples married less than 20 years, then 25, and so on, until I reach the last two couples that have been married the longest. I ask both couples to share their experience with the Bride and Groom, and offer some words of advice, and everyone loves it. 

This Special Dance works for 3 reasons…

Don't Stress over the Parent Dances...

Don't Stress over Parent Dances...

I Sit with many couples who are concerned about the Parent Dances because their parents are divorced, remarried, or in an odd space.

Remember always that it is YOUR Wedding; YOU choose the events of your wedding, and you can discuss any personal concerns with me when we plan your wedding. Then we can plan properly.

The best policy is to discuss your concerns with your parent. Maybe you have "2 fathers" who want to dance with you. If they both are a part of your life, have 2 separate dances - one with the biological father, another with the Step-dad later in the evening.

Another successful answer would be to hold each parent dance at various times during dinner. Dinner starts at 7pm. Eat a bit, then announce the first Father dance and ask guests to join, if you want. Eat another course, then announce the step-dad dance. That way you're not "On Stage", as you would be in the beginning of the reception, and both fathers will be pleased.

But what if you don't have a dad to dance with? It's perfectly fine for the bride to dance with her mother (or some other person who played a significant role in her life - maybe a brother). It's all a Celebration of Love...a special time for Love to be shared.

Finally, you can Combine your Parent Dance with your Husband's Parent Dance, both couples dancing simultaneously to one song. And when you get tired or bored, nod to yourMC (me) and he'll motion for the DJ to fade the song, and ask for applause!
www.Starrynitedjs.com - Complete reception $900!

Top 10 Oldies that are Killing at This Year's Weddings!

Top 10 Oldies that were AWESOME at All Weddings this year...10. Build me Up Buttercup
9. Twist and Shout (Beatles)
8. Long Tall Sally (Beatles Version)
7. Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
6. Lucille (Little Richard)
5. Jailhouse Rock (Elvis)
4. Respect (Aretha)
3. ABC (Jackson 5)
2. Tutti Frutti (Little Richard)
1. Shout (Animal House)