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Reviewed On 11/02/2020 by Jonathan H
They were amazing. They were very organized and detail oriented. We were able to meet with them in person before booking and meet with them virtually to organize the details. They helped make our wedding go smoothly
Reviewed On 10/31/2020 by James W
Theses guys are fantastic and their experience showed. Talking with them took away the stress worrying about this vendor during the big day. They helped us created a timeline of events, flexible with us on meeting times, choosing songs, and the...
y made sure we were able to get all the songs we wanted. Could not be happier with their performance.
Reviewed On 10/31/2020 by Alexis S
I am very happy we picked Stage One Events for our wedding. We were married on September 5, 2020 and they made everything run smoothly.
From the beginning, Darrell was able to help us create a timeline of events, was very flexible with us on m...
eeting times and choosing songs, AND he made sure I was able to get all songs I wanted.
Our guests never stopped dancing. There was music for all ages, tastes, and styles. :) It was a great time.
Both Darrell and Tara were great! I would highly recommend them for future events.
Reviewed On 10/30/2020 by Chanel H
The whole family is great to work with and made our wedding the most memorable thanks to Stage One Events! An experienced DJ/ Emcee makes all the difference in the world! Highly recommend Stage One!!!
Reviewed On 10/29/2020 by Kelsey B
My husband and I were so happy we picked Stage One to do our wedding! They were awesome and worked with us during COVID and changing our date. Super easy to work with, you tell them what music you like and they take care of the rest! Best night...
Reviewed On 10/28/2020 by Kinsey R
My husband and I are so happy we chose Darrell and Tara for our wedding. Weddings are stressful enough, and even more so when you’re planning it from across the country like we were. We were very comfortable working with Darrell. We had no idea...
what we were doing but his meetings with us put us at ease. As far as the day of the wedding, everything went perfectly, and he solved things on the fly that we didn’t even know about until after. Our coordinator had not provided him the dossier, but Darrell was very intuitive and was able to do exactly what was needed and what we wanted. He was able to improvise and seamlessly loop the music when needed based on timing not going as planned and still fit how I wanted the processional to go. I gave him a very specific direction of how I wanted the processional song to be done and he delivered. He was able to do the same with our first dance song. Since we were doing a bit of a choreographed (basic) ballroom dance, we needed certain parts cut and he was able to make it sound like the song was made that way. Most special moment was when we asked for a last dance of just my husband and I, he had everyone leave the room. I looked up while dancing expecting him to still be in the DJ booth, but he had stepped outside the door as well to give us that extra private special moment. The other best moment of the night was when a drunk guest that we definitely did not want to give an unplanned drunk speech grabbed the microphone off his booth without asking him, or anyone, and tried to give her drunk speech…he kept the music turned up and the microphone muted. Still appreciative AND laughing about that one. Thank you so much for everything!
Reviewed On 10/28/2020 by Julia G
10/10 would recommend Stage One! Darrell and Tara were so amazing to work with! Coordinating with them was great and they work with you to create everything you want. Darrell has been DJing a long time and knows what he's doing. He immensely he...
lped things move along smoothly. His set up is awesome and so professional and he is fun and lively! Would definitely book them again!
Reviewed On 10/28/2020 by Courtney A
Stage One Events is hands down the best Events DJ we could have ever picked! They are extremely professional and they take all the pressure off the bride and groom. They will be highly recommended by us. Thank you so much Stage one!
Reviewed On 10/28/2020 by Michelle H
We greatly enjoyed working with Darryl and Tara. Darryl is always prepared and had a backup sound system for us when the venue sound system wasn’t working. He helped create a mashup for the father-daughter dance with a scratching sound in the m...
iddle like it was a mistake. We fooled everyone! My only regret was not getting my brothers reaction on camera!
Reviewed On 10/23/2020 by Kari W
Our DJ was amazing! He worked with me on choosing each song for ceremony, grand entrance and rehearsal. Whenever I wasn’t sure what I wanted played during a certain time of the night, he knew exactly what to play based on my personality and pre...
ference of music. I had several people tell me the next day how great our DJ was and how he played good songs all night. He even spent over an hour going over the timeline and details before the wedding so we knew exactly was going expect going into it. He really helped us with keeping on schedule throughout the night And helped guide our guests from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception. Was super impressed with him and highly recommend!
Reviewed On 10/19/2020 by Kelly H
This is the best DJ! He was so organized and in COVID life was still able to give us the photo booth props we so badly wanted! He was absolutely amazing, going so far as to find me a safety pin when my bustle broke! Above and beyond
Reviewed On 10/13/2020 by Jordan B
Darrell was personable, honest, and talented! We really enjoyed working with him and his wife Tara during this (Covid) process. He really personalized the day for us, and took the stress away from having to think about the music!! My dad dance...
d twice, which was a miracle in itself! Thanks Darrell for getting people going-- it was such a wonderful break from the craziness of this time :)
Reviewed On 11/14/2019 by Kristy R
Darrell and Tara were so great to work with! We had a very small wedding and were nervous about things getting boring. Darrell was awesome at keeping the pace and had some games that kept the night going. He and Tara were very easy to get into ...
contact with and so detail oriented. The music selection was awesome as well.
We ended up moving our timeline up a little since we had such a small outdoor wedding in the cold and Darrell was ready for anything! He kept the night running smoothly and did an amazing job!
Reviewed On 10/31/2019 by Michael B
Stage One Events is THE BEST. Book'em ... that's all you need to know!! But seriously, Darrell and Tara are completely on top of planning (even for an ultra- planner like myself), and they execute flawlessly the day of the event. On top of that...
, they are super fun, outgoing, and bring an energy that will keep the fun (and dancing) going all night long. Going above and beyond, they supplied fantastic lighting and even wood-worked initials to incorporate into our decorations. This team is more than just "a wedding-day vendor", they're practically like family, and I can't think of anyone better to have be a part of an incredibly special day!
Reviewed On 10/31/2019 by Kaitlin B
Darrell and Tara were one of the best things we ever planned for our wedding! Darrell’s confidence and high energy is everything you want in a DJ for your wedding day. He knows how to keep the party going and he’s amazing at working the crowd! ...
Stage One was the very first thing we booked for our wedding and we could not have made a better decision! Their planning templates and expert advice made planning a breeze! Darrell played a big part in ensuring our schedule ran smoothly and he was a big part of organizing our entire wedding day. We had over 100 people at our wedding and I know each and every one of them had an amazing time just because of Darrell!! I would highly recommend to anyone planning and event or a wedding!!
Reviewed On 10/30/2019 by Michael O
I truly cannot speak highly enough about Stage One! Tara and Darrell were wonderful to work with. My wife and I had 180 people at our wedding, and a lot of them can be a little wild. We had a vision of what we wanted and they made a point to ca...
ter the entertainment to that. We were well informed, their layout was in-depth, yet easy to follow. They played what we wanted, and made sure that we could have a “do not play” list. Their communication was second to none, they were on the ball with every request. I would recommend Darrell and Tara time and time again. Thank you, two!
Reviewed On 10/30/2019 by Maggie E
Stage One did an amazing job for our wedding! Darrell was super helpful with creating a special song (mash-up) for me to dance to with my mom/father-in-law. This was very important to me since my father has passed away and I was unable to do a...
traditional father-daughter dance. I also used their photo booth at the wedding and it was a HUGE hit! All of my guests loved it and we loved the extra photos they gave to us in a photo album.
Reviewed On 10/29/2019 by Casey B
Darrell and Tara are such a great duo and helped make our day go incredibly smooth. I am the type of bride who stressed over the tiniest of details, but after all was said and done, the day wouldn’t have been complete without Darrell and Tara. ...
This family duo is fun loving and easy to get along with and truly has your best interest in mind as a bride
/groom. He was more than accommodating for my every request (we even requested to play the lava song from Pixar and they found it for us). Darrell kept the party going all night and we never wanted to leave there dance floor. He was also by far one of the most affordable DJs which I so appreciated as I was a bride on a budget. Last minute, we decided to do their photo booth package they offer and I’m so glad we did. The pictures turned out great! It could’ve have been a better night and they were a huge part of that! Thank you guys!!
Reviewed On 10/28/2019 by Leah M
We had a perfect experience with Darrell! He listened to our specific likes/dislikes, asked questions I had never thought to address, and ended up being way more than just the guy who plays the music. Everyone commented afterwards about how smo...
othly everything went, how great the DJ was, and how everyone was amazed at how packed the dance floor was (ALL night)! He helped us keep things moving along in a fun and friendly way so in the end, I didn't have to worry about a thing (which is exactly what you would hope on your wedding day). A huge thank you to Darrell and Stage One Events - it was a dream to have you as our DJ on our big day!
Reviewed On 10/28/2019 by Kylie F
Darrell (and Tara) were awesome to work with! They truly took the time and effort to make sure we felt heard and we felt confident that our wedding day would be exactly as we pictured it! Darrell's ability to read the room made for a long night...
of dancing and fun! We also rented their large light up "LOVE" letters for the dance floor and our guests had a lot of fun taking pictures with that setup.
Reviewed On 10/24/2019 by Lauren R
If you're looking for an amazing wedding DJ, Stage One is it! Darrell and Tara were so incredible to work with as my husband and I were planning our wedding. We had a reception with over 100 people and Darrell took control the whole night to ma...
ke sure we were on schedule, that everything went smoothly, and that our guests had a good time. I received so many compliments about how on top of things he was. He guided us through speeches, cutting our cake, and our first dance seamlessly and took all of the stress away! Once all of that was over, there was not a second of the evening where the dance floor was empty. Darrell's energy and attitude really radiated through the night and we could not have asked for a better person/company to be such a huge part of our big day! Thank you so much Darrell and Tara!
Reviewed On 10/15/2019 by Kelsie C
Darrell was an absolute pleasure to work with. From the very first email exchange to the face to face meetings, I knew we were going to hit it off with him. My husband and I had no idea where to start with finding music, figuring out where all ...
we would need music during the ceremony and reception, and Darrell helped us every step of the way. He would listen to our wants and throw in his suggestions. He really built our music to our lifestyles. He and his wife Tara were very quick to respond anytime we would call or email with a question, and he did an absolute amazing job engaging our guests at the actual wedding. I would highly recommend him!
Reviewed On 5/30/2019 by Emily H
Darrell delivered. I told him right away that I wanted to keep people on the dance floor, and he did just that. Both Darrell & Tara were amazing from day one; they answered all of my questions and made my timeline exactly what I wanted. They ga...
ve me advice on how things normally went, and were professional and fun. I could not recommend Stage One highly enough; they made my wedding. I got constant compliments on the music and smooth transitions of the evening. HIRE STAGE ONE. DO IT. NO REGRETS.
Reviewed On 11/30/2018 by Melissa B
Highly recommend!!! love these people!!!!
Reviewed On 11/29/2018 by Paige S
Stage One Events is THE BEST! My husband and I listed music/DJ as one of the most important things for our wedding, so picking a DJ was a big decision for us. Our Day of Coordinator (Luxe Event Productions) suggested Stage One Events and is was...
the best recommendation we received! Tara and Darrell were extremely helpful, attentive and patient leading up to the wedding. During the actual wedding, Darrell was not only an amazing DJ but emcee as well! He worked seamlessly with Luxe Event Productions, helped control the schedule of the ceremony and reception and was so great with checking in with me throughout the entire day. And I'll add that I picked unique versions of songs for walking down the aisle and for our first dance and Darrell CAME THROUGH. It made it beyond special.
I can't express how grateful my husband and I are for Stage One Events!
Reviewed On 11/01/2018 by Abby K
Where to begin on how AMAZING Darrel and Tara truly are.... if there are any two people in this crazy time of wedding plannning you should choose to have by your side it’s Stage One Events. When I first emailed them, and Tara immediately respon...
ded same night, I knew they were amazing people, however that was just the start of how wonderful they truly are! We had a longer then most planning time and sometimes months between communication with them, and they never forget a single detail. They created the MOST PERSONAL wedding we could have ever dreamed of. From creating our monogram to meeting us at Starbucks on more then one occasion to making sure we were not to hot at the reception. They are very knowledgeable in all genres of music and how to keep all guests entertained through the entire time. They created a very memorable wedding for us, and our guests have not stopped commenting on how wonderful of job they did for our wedding! I can only give them five stars on this site, however they deserve 500 million stars!
CHOOSE STAGE ONE EVENTS!!!!!
Reviewed On 10/19/2018 by Sharla M
Darrell and Stage One Events were amazing! They went above and beyond any expectations my husband and I had for our wedding! Darrell kept things flowing and very organized. He also was great at judging what kind of music our guests were into to...
keep people out on the dance floor. Darrell and Tara were very easy to work with, and helped create our dream wedding!
Reviewed On 10/19/2018 by Amanda W
We loved working with this company! Our wedding was the 3rd event Darrell has done for our family in the last 2 years. You can definitely count on him and his wife to make you feel important and provide a great sound system for your special day...
Reviewed On 9/22/2018 by Michelle B
Darrell did a fantastic job at creating an environment for a “ let’s get out there and dance!” wedding. He heard and honored our requests as well as gave great suggestions based on his experience. He played music for the guests to get them pump...
ed and laughing while they danced the night away. He did have a couple of technical issues but he handled those so smoothly that our guests were completely unaware. Definitely recommend Stage 1 Events. A shout out to his wife and business partner Tara. She was always a joy to talk to and was so accommodating.
Reviewed On 9/15/2018 by Kaitlyn K
Darrel was absolutely stellar from the beginning! He helped us get organized and envision what we wanted and delivered exactly that on the day! The music choices couldn’t have been more perfect!
Reviewed On 8/30/2018 by Marina B
The only reason I didn't give Darrell and his team 5 stars is because the communication at the beginning could have been better - and there were a few songs on my "please play list" that I'm not sure were played. However, the music for the wedd...
ing was perfect! He put together a special mix for the father/daughter and mother/son dances and we have heard that the mother/son transition was one of the best our guests have ever heard! He listened to what we wanted and delivered! Everyone had a blast and kept dancing!
Reviewed On 5/19/2018 by Tatiana I
Darrell was so awesome! He's high energy and fun, which is so important for a DJ! He helped walk us through everything we needed to know about song cues, what to do as we transition from the first dance into the father-daughter dance, etc. Our ...
wedding was on a Monday night, so a lot of people had to leave early which really scared me that our wedding would end 4 hours early, but Darrell knew just the right songs to play to keep everyone out and dancing until the last song! Even when my husband and I went to sit down for a glass of water we found ourselves standing right back up because there was no way we could sit through the next song!
I am so impressed with how well Darrell understood out taste in music, too. We gave him a short list of "do play" and "don't play" and he perfectly blended my love for the 80's with my husband's taste for hip-hop and pop. We also had some peculiar songs chosen for our ceremony (One from Lord of the Rings and one from The Witcher 3), but Darrell had no problem finding them even though we only let him know we wanted the song from The Witcher 3 three days before the wedding!
Even my father (who's hard to impress) said Darrell was who he was most impressed with out of all our vendors.
Reviewed On 2/12/2018 by Taylor E
AMAZING DJ! I saw Darrel at another wedding and knew that I had to book Stage one for my own! I got married in December, and even through the busyness of the holidays Darrel and Tara went above and beyond to help us plan all fo the music and ti...
ming for our day! We didn't even know what artists we wanted them to play, but after meeting with us and asking us some questions about ourselves they found the perfect playlists that were classy and fun and fit our wedding day perfectly! I could not have handled this on my own! We are SO thankful for how kind, professional and fun this DJ was for us! I recommend them to everyone!
Reviewed On 11/14/2017 by Mackenzie P
Darrel is SO much fun!!! He helped me to make music decisions because I can be super indecisive and knows his job so well! You can tell that it is a passion of his. He is hilarious and did such a great job of coordinating so that I didn't have ...
to worry on my big day! HE ROCKED!
Reviewed On 11/14/2017 by Jordan H
Darrell was the DJ at our wedding reception on 11.11.17. We could not have have chosen any one better for it. He was so great by always checking with us how things were going and making sure that we were happy. His set up was so professional a...
nd he had lighting to match our color scheme. I will recommend him to any one that I know that needs a DJ for an event. Thanks so much Darrell! :)
Reviewed On 10/31/2017 by Christine O
We hired Stage One Events to DJ our wedding on July 21st, 2017 at Ellis Ranch in Loveland, CO. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Darrell, he did such an AMAZING JOB!! Both Darrell and Tara were so friendly and easy to work with. Both ...
of them made sure our special day was everything we dreamed it to be and more. Darrell went above and beyond our expectations, fulfilling the duties of both a DJ and a coordinator. He met with us a few weeks before the wedding to go over every detail, he gave helpful suggestions when we were at a loss for songs to pick, and even brought up adding music/songs to areas of the ceremony or reception that we hadn’t thought of before. He was very organized and made everything go so smoothly on the day of our wedding, but at the same time was very fun and kept the party going well into the night! He really did make our day more memorable and special for us.
Reviewed On 10/30/2017 by Tara M
We cannot begin to say enough about how wonderful Darrell is! We had two planning meetings with him before and he was enthusiastic about helping to put our ideas into reality and making great suggestions from all of his experience. His wife, ...
Tara, was also wonderful to work with. She was excellent at communicating and would always respond promptly to any questions. Darrell did an amazing job the day of our wedding. Our family and friends danced the entire evening and we received many compliments about the great variety of music Darrell played. He also did a wonderful job being the MC during our reception ensuring that the evening went smoothly. We cannot recommend Darrell enough!
Reviewed On 10/28/2017 by Will C
If we had to do our wedding over again on a severely reduced budget, our guests would bring a sack dinner and Darrell would still DJ. Stage One Events was irreplaceable for our wedding. They helped us out with song choices, order of ceremony, a...
nd move insurance claims (for all the ones that were busted on the dance floor).
During the ceremony Darrell wheeled his portable PA set up to our outdoor ceremony location. His set up was more than adequate for our 100+ person ceremony. Once our vows were complete he waited for the crowd to disperse and scurried to our reception location several blocks away.
For dinner Darrell played some string versions of modern rocks songs allowing conversation to not be taken over by the music. Once the dancing started, it never stopped. The choice of songs was not a statement in artistic snobbery, but rather an essay in fun. Darrell managed to pull my introverted friends, our club going wedding party, my 70 year old mother-in-law, my punk rock friends, and my boot scooting buddies all out onto the floor all night long. I CANNOT praise his mastery of being DJ enough.
Reviewed On 10/28/2017 by Kaitlyn & Justin
I cant say anything more then amazing. Darrell and Tara are AMAZING and we feel so blessed to have had them apart of our day! So blessed!!
Reviewed On 10/27/2017 by Casey M
Darryl was great, he really did a wonderful job getting to know my husband and I before the big day and was able to keep our guests up and moving through out the night. Everyone had a blast dancing. Darryl also was able to keep the microphone f...
rom people that we didn't want making toasts and certain songs that we asked to keep off the playlist he refused to play so we knew he had our backs as the bride and groom. He's very knowledgeable and up to date with current music so there's no fear of him not having you're fav 90's tune. Highly recommend Stage One for your musical entertainment.
Reviewed On 10/17/2017 by Kelsey G
Darrell did the most amazing job getting everyone up on the dance floor and keeping the party going! He picked music that was perfect for the mood and he really went with the flow. He made great decisions for when to keep the music going, or wh...
en to pause to do the cake cutting, generation dance, etc. The planning process was also a breeze and he made me feel so comfortable that he would do an awesome job. I had high expectations and he managed to exceed them!! You can't go wrong working with him.
Reviewed On 8/30/2017 by Stefanie F
Without Darrell, our wedding would not have been as wonderful as it was. From the planning process to executing everything so seamlessly, made for a very stress-free day. I would recommend Darrell for any event whether it be weddings or even ...
corporate soirées. I am personally in the event planning industry and have worked with my share of DJ’s. Darrell is a class act, professional, who truly cares about your event and making sure everything is perfect! Thank you, Darrell, for helping to make our wedding day so special!
Reviewed On 8/19/2017 by Kristine O
Darrell was absolutely fabulous! We had an outside wedding and needed a sound system so people could actually hear the ceremony. Darrell's equipment worked great and our guests all commented on how easily they could hear what we were saying.
e asked for a custom mix of a song and based just on our description of what we wanted he nailed it. Our guests ranged in age from 15-75 and at one point or another he had everyone on the dance floor. We loved that he let the music play and isn't that DJ that feels like he needs to talk all of the time. He made the few announcements we requested and then let us dance the night away. Throughout the evening he'd check in with us to see if we wanted to adjust the music at all, but we were actually thrilled with what he was playing. Add to his fabulous DJ skills, Darrell is a great guy to be around and works very hard to ensure everything goes off without a hitch!
Reviewed On 7/07/2017 by Kelly P
Darrell was the best DJ I could have asked for. He drove from where he lives to use twice to meet and discuss the wedding and get to know our personalities so he could choose music based on that, he was so helpful with suggestions when I had tr...
ouble making decisions. He is great at coordinating with other vendors so that the day goes smoothly. I am so so happy we chose to work with Darrell, I think he really made the wedding fit our personalities well!
Reviewed On 6/27/2017 by Rebecca L
My Husband and I got married at Ellis Ranch in Loveland, CO and Darrell with Stage One Events was our DJ. Darrell was absolutely wonderful and we can't say enough great things about Stage One Events. I got to meet with Darrell twice in person a...
nd always had great communication with either Darrell or Tara over email. Darrell helped provide a detailed timeline in regards to music for the ceremony and reception that was extremely helpful! Darrell choice of music was great and always had the dance floor full. Darrell would also check in with you to make sure everything was going well! I would highly recommend Darrell and Stage One Events!
Reviewed On 1/15/2017 by Valerie M
I hope I will be able to articulate how truly amazing Darrell was for our wedding reception. I met him at a bridal show and I knew he was the one when he and my mother-in-law connected over songs. He added some flair to his playlist while we we...
re there, so I knew he'd have all the songs we'd want. I felt a connection and my husband felt it too at our first meeting. From the start he kept us on track and helped plan the soundtrack for the evening. His music collection spans generations and genres. I believe everyone at our reception found music to dance. He worked so well with the venue staff, if a problem occurred that night...I didn't know. I actually looked to him to find out where I was supposed to be a few times. I had a special request for a song during the "father-daughter" dance and he had the information ahead of time so he was able to accommodated the request and I am so grateful. It was perfect. He also went above and beyond to help me surprise my groom with a song especially for him. I cannot thank Darrell or Tara enough for the amazing work they did for our reception and absolutely made it a night to remember.
Reviewed On 11/01/2016 by Hannah D
My husband and I got married at Ellis Ranch in Loveland, CO and Darrell was a huge part of our wedding night being so much fun and a great success! Leading up to the wedding, we were able to meet with Darrell twice and communication with him an...
d his wife throughout the planning process was seamless and prompt.
He did an amazing job of both honoring our requests for the evening, and "reading the crowd" to create a fun and organized atmosphere. The dance floor during our reception was full throughout the entire evening, and we had many guests give great compliments for the DJ's performance. I would 100% recommend Stage One for future weddings and other events!
Reviewed On 10/28/2016 by Lauren H
Darrell was an indispensable part of our wedding in early October in Estes Park. He made the entire ceremony and reception run smoothly and gave us the best dance party ever! Darrell had the difficult task of incorporating both Latin and Ameri...
can music throughout the wedding and he did it perfectly. Darrell kept both the ceremony and reception running on time and with appropriate musical cues. The planning process was also excellent. Tara, his wife, answers emails and calls quickly and thoroughly. I was a bit apprehensive that One Stage doesn't offer the personalized website that others do but I actually found their approach to be more personable and it was easier for me because I wasn't having to upload material. I've received nothing but high compliments from the guests that attended about DJ Darrell. Thank you for making our wedding everything we'd hoped it would be!
Reviewed On 10/21/2016 by Abby L
We had our wedding 2 weeks ago and we were so happy we hired Darrell (Stage One Events) as our DJ. He helped us keep things moving and on track for toasts and entrances for the reception. More importantly, he helped make the reception a blast!!...
He kept everyone on the dance floor and having fun!! Thank you Darrell!!
Reviewed On 10/06/2016 by Tareena S
I recently got married In Colorado. We are from Arizona so planning was difficult from afar. Derrel and Tara was so awesome! When we were first looking into booking with them, they wanted to do a video chat to kinda get to know Dylan and I and ...
really what we were looking for the day of our wedding. During that First chat we really connected with what he had to offer and how professional he was. Derrel was always willing to accommodate any request we did have. I got married at a friends house and we had the reception in another location. He was willing to travel to both of those locations to dj for us. The day of the wedding He showed up on time and did all music I requested perfect. He packed up super fast and got to the reception. During the reception before he made any sudden moves with what we would do next he ran it by us and even asked if we wanted to change anything last min. I thought that was really awesome! He stayed all night with us and played the perfect music for our crowd. Overall Stage One Events was so awesome! Affordable as well! Highly recommend
Reviewed On 9/30/2016 by Cammey K
My husband and I got married on June 24th this year. We cannot say enough amazing things about Darrell and Tara! Not only were the willing to meet with us around our crazy schedules, they helped us incorporate all of the special things we wante...
d to do that made our wedding day perfect! They were incredibly organized and responsive during the whole process! Even with a surprise rain storm Darrell had everything moved and ready to go inside before we knew it! Darrell and Tara are just wonderful people to work with! We highly recommend Stage One Events!
Reviewed On 9/23/2016 by Jaime C
Darrell was absolutely amazing! He helped us
every step of the way. He listened to our
requests and really went out of his way to make us happy. Darrell was very personal and professional and really made our wedding shine! All my guests were ...
very impressed and thought the music was "fun, entertaining and unforgettable". I would highly recommend Darrell for any wedding or special occasion. He is very creative and has many great ideas.
Reviewed On 9/13/2016 by Kim S
My husband and I got married 8/27/16 in Loveland, CO. We got married in my parent’s living room with immediate family and grandparents. Our reception was outside at a park pavilion in Loveland. Our original plan was not to hire a DJ, load song...
s on an iPad, hook it up to a speaker and play it from there. I am so very glad that we changed our minds and our plans. I met Darrel and his family at a bridal show in January 2016. My bridesmaids were so impressed with the binder they had with the planning tools and time lines. His son was a sales man and had my matron of honor sold. After some discussion with the girls I decided I would go with Darrel, which was the best decision I made.
My mom talked to Darrel about both our Ceremony and Reception (we were just going to do an iPad for the ceremony as well). At first my Dad said no to having a DJ at the ceremony because it’s in their living room. Once I explained my visions and what the DJ would do my dad loosened up a bit and was more open to the idea. Darrel came to the house months in advance to see the set up, and reassure me that it would all work out.
I am so glad Darrel was at the ceremony. He played a couple songs at the beginning, one in the middle and then one as we walked out husband and wife. He was able to put a microphone on the officiant who has a very soft voice. Our grandparents, all hard of hearing, didn’t miss a word. When we presented the grandparents with gifts Darrel played a nice song for back ground music. Darrel made the ceremony run flawlessly!!
At the reception Darrel was phenomenal. Every time I would think of something to ask or tell him he was right there asking me. With our reception being nontraditional Darrel did an outstanding job to accommodate our vision. He made sure music was played softly while people ate so they could visit. He got the party started right on time! He made sure the cups were full when it came time for toasts. We had one person give a toast that wasn’t on the list and Darrel went with it. After the cookie smashing Darrel kindly brought me both wet and dry napkins and helped me clean my face. We had multiple last minute song requests that got played. Many people commented how fun the DJ was!
Darrel did everything we asked for and more. Looking back this day would have been a disaster without Darrel! My favorite memory – thanks to Darrell – was the special dance my husband and I shared with my 92 year old grandma. Darrel was able to make changes to our original plans and make a better plan!
I would highly recommend working with Stage One for your big day. Darrel met with us the week before to run through everything one last time. Darrel took my stress away and made the day one I will never forget! Thank you so much Darrel!
Reviewed On 8/22/2016 by Knottie1471878107
I am not one to usually do reviews, but with Darrell and Tara at Stage One I had to. My husband and I originally weren’t going to have a DJ at our wedding, but our event planner suggested Darrell and Tara at Stage One because she had worked wi...
th them before and really liked them. One of the hesitations we had in hiring a DJ was because we don’t like a lot of attention on us. We didn’t want someone making us feel like we were in the spotlight 24/7. We also didn’t want a loud and obnoxious DJ. We explained all of this to Darrell and by the end of our meeting we knew we wanted him to DJ our wedding. We didn’t have a second or third pick, he was it. He made us feel relaxed and confident that if nothing else the music would be awesome and it WAS!! Darrell made our day very special and I think part of that was because he treated us like family, he did everything we asked and more. He even made sure things ran smoothly from the beginning of our reception to the end. I truly can’t express how happy we were with Darrell.
One thing that I will always remember is when Darrell and I were going back and forth to finalize the timeline and songs for the wedding when he told me he had an idea for our introduction song; we were having a hard time coming up with one. He told me “I have an idea for the intro song that I think you will absolutely love, and after meeting with you last time, I think you will love it even more if it is a surprise to you as well.” We only met with Darrell twice because we were on a short time line, but in those 2 meetings I knew Darrell knew what he was doing. I felt he really enjoyed what he did and would go out of his way to make sure the couples he was working with feel special on their day; he truly did that for my husband and me. In the end the song he picked was a song I would have never thought of but was the PERFECT song for us and he was right I loved it! Thank you Darrell for making our special day even more special!!
Reviewed On 8/19/2016 by Andrea B
Darrell is just AMAZING! It is going to be tough to articulate just how much my husband and I love Darrell! From day one he was upbeat and super friendly. While we only met a couple of times in person, Darrell and his wife, Tara, always replied...
to our many emails and kept in constant contact with us. Darrell was very professional and organized! He is basically a GOD at his job! You can tell he truly loves what he does and he does great work!! He helped us create our wedding day timeline and then followed through on the day!! I had guests comment about never attending a wedding that actually started on time; ours did because of Darrell! He was basically our “day of” wedding coordinator! Our reception was truly the best and it is because of him! He read the crowd and played music everyone enjoyed. He made our whole day just absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have chosen a better DJ!! We’ve considered throwing another party, just so we can hire Darrell again!! We highly recommend him to anyone and everyone looking for a DJ; if we could rate him 10 stars out of 5 it would happen!! If you don't hire Darrell, you're truly missing out!!
Luke & Andrea
Reviewed On 7/31/2016 by Megan D
My husband and I got married on June 18, 2016 in Grand Lake, CO. We used Darrell and Stage One for our DJ services and could not have been happier! From the beginning of the planning process Darrell and Tara made everything so simple. I did n...
ot use a wedding planner and their approach to everything was as stress free as possible. Because we live several hours away, I was unable to meet with them prior to the wedding, despite their many efforts. We talked on he phone several times to get a plan in place and everything worked out beautifully on the wedding day. They were easy to get in contact with, very personable, and an excellent resource! Darrell did a great job of keeping everyone dancing all night long. He used the bare bones list I gave him and somehow read my mind with every song he played. I would highly recommend Stage One Events!
Reviewed On 7/25/2016 by Julie R
I can not say enough good things about Darrell and Stage One Events! We hired Darrell for our wedding and was impressed since day 1.
We walked into initial meeting nervous and not knowing what to expect, and left knowing immediately that we...
HAD to have Darrell as our DJ. He was so outgoing and friendly. He put us at ease immediately and it didn't take longer than walking to the car to know that we had to hire him. We could not have been happier with our decision.
My now husband and I have different tastes in music and Darrell was able to find a happy medium between incorporating those as well as music that the guests like. We were dancing all night and everyone was so happy!
Darrell worked with us on a song for our (surprise!) choreographed dance, as well as worked with my sister on a secret rap she made for her toast! He was there whenever we needed anything and guided us through the whole process in an almost seamless way. He also did up lighting for us in the room that looked FANTASTIC! He was able to match our colors perfectly and it completely transformed the room.
We absolutely 100% recommend Darrell for your DJ needs. He absolutely made the party!
Reviewed On 7/06/2016 by Kate R
DARRELL WAS AN INDISPENSABLE PART OF OUR WEDDING!! To start let me say my huge Italian family is generally not easy to wrangle or keep organized. He was able to both keep the wedding on track and play amazing music!
My groom and I are both ve...
ry particular about music styles so we weren't planning on getting a DJ but Darrell and Stage One are so much more than just that. The structure he offers a wedding allows you to focus on the important things like enjoying your day, while also actualizing the ideal wedding you have in your head. He took hours of his own time making sure he explained everything and even helped remind us of things we wouldn't want to miss.
on our actual day it rained (which I was freaking out about) and the whole timeline had to be changed last minute, including our ceremony which was moved indoors. He made sure to talk to the groomsmen and groom to coordinate a full overhaul and didn't have to stress me out about any details.
He was there to help guide people trough the whole day ceremony and reception and keep 100 people on track. A consummate professional, he worked seamlessly with our other vendors (caterers, photographer, venue) to make sure everything ran smoothly. He could also read the mood so well that he kept everyone (even the most rowdy guests) involved!
Because he and his wife run the business personally, you get real attention and so many personal touches to your interactions with them. They both took the time to really understand us and our wedding and it WOULD NOT have been the same without him !
We cannot overly emphasis how worthwhile his services are! He was without a doubt our best wedding investment, and we were so thankful to have him.
Reviewed On 3/02/2016 by Knottie1456953096
Darrell was a perfect fit for our DJ needs! He is so organized and meets with you twice to ensure you both know what is going to happen the day of your wedding!! He is so nice and friendly and give great suggestions if you are willing to listen...
! My entire bridal party was very impressed by him! I would recommend him to anyone in the Northern Colorado area for a DJ!
Reviewed On 2/12/2016 by Lyndsey S
I cannot express how fantastic Darrell was for our wedding on February 6, 2016. My husband and I wouldn't have made it through the day if it weren't for him helping us stay calm:-) We would recommend Stage One Events to anyone who is looking ...
for a DJ who is fun and energetic. Darrell really made it our day and we are confident all of our guests truly enjoyed his work. Thank You, The Abeita's
Reviewed On 1/11/2016 by Knottie1452546966
My husband and I got married at the Fountains of Loveland on July 3, 2015. The Fountains recommended Stage One events. I am so thankful they did!! Darell, the DJ for stage one, and his wife Tara are wonderful!! Tara set everything up and got ba...
ck to us so quickly with the contract and with anything we had questions about. Darrel went above and beyond my expectations of what a DJ should do. He met with us a few times before the wedding to get our song selection and to help us organize the wedding day. We had no idea what kind of music we wanted and he helped us out tremendously. He was so flexible with any changes we needed to make (even the changes I made the night before the wedding!!). Our ceremony and reception went so smoothly and I know it was because of him. He made sure we were on track for the ceremony, dinner, formal dances, cake cutting, etc. Darrel kept everyone dancing all evening long and my husband and I and our guests had a blast! We are so thankful for all the work he and his wife did!!
Pam and Ashton
Reviewed On 12/21/2015 by Knottie1450738994
Not only have I worked professionally with Darrell and Tara, but I worked with them as a customer during the planning process of my wedding. I've been nothing but impressed with them and would recommend them to anyone wanting a fun, reliable, a...
nd trustworthy DJ. They provided recommendations and advice during the planning process, responded to any questions in a timely manner, and made our big day stress free. Darrell kept everything on time and on track, played anything the guests wanted to hear, and kept the party going. I got married 7 months ago and I still have guests saying that my wedding was the best they've ever been to due to the entertainment and dancing. I work closely with wedding professionals and I highly recommend Darrell and Tara for any occasion!
Reviewed On 10/11/2015 by a member
My husband and I got married September 19th at the Fort Collins Country Club. We were very happy with our DJ! Darrell and Tara were both great to work with. They were very friendly and personable, which made us much more comfortable. Darrell wa...
s extremely patient with us and very helpful, considering we had no idea what we wanted. Highly recommended :)
Reviewed On 8/30/2015 by a member
My Husband and I got married August 15, 2015 at Brush Canyon Ranch in Rye, CO and Darrell from Stage One Events was our DJ. Let me just start by saying WOW. We could not be happier with the DJ we chose!
We booked Stage One Events far in advanc...
e because we heard such great things about them from several of our other vendors and I sure am glad we did! My husband and I live in Nevada, so planning a wedding in Colorado was definitely a little bit tricky! Darrell and his wife Tara at Stage One made this part almost seamless! From the beginning there were professional, easy to get a hold of, and helpful in any way they could be. Signing the contract was a simple process and they immediately sent sheets of music ideas and inspiration/ planning tools for us to check out. As time got closer, we were in touch via e-mail, and then a few weeks before the big day Darrell actually Skype’d with us (we were from out of town so we couldn’t actually meet!), got to know us, and discussed wedding music and events in detail so he really knew what we were looking for. It was such a relief and put our minds at ease!
The day of the wedding seamed to go off without a hitch and we have Darrell to thank for much of this. He kept the music going during the ceremony and was able to adapt and make adjustments on the fly as needed. All of our guests were able to hear the music and commented on how wonderful it was. During the ceremony, my husband and I had chosen to recite our own vows and Darrell hooked him up to a small microphone (so we didn’t have to hold one…so awesome!) from which all of our guests could hear; and hear clearly! They were also able to hear my vows through this same mic, as Darrell reviewed this with us prior and encouraged me to direct my words that way!
Darrell was just as outstanding at the reception. He kept the flow going and helped everyone stay on schedule. The wedding party entered, the music played, and he pronounced every single name correctly (a big deal if you’ve ever been at a wedding where they were pronounced incorrectly!). He provided microphones for all of the speeches and there were zero technical difficulties. During the entire reception, he was so fun, personable, and energetic! If he ever got worries or stressed, we never knew it! The guests loved him and his music choices were spot on to keep the dance floor the place to be! He provided suggestions along the way and was so easy to work with and accommodating- he took so many requests and did we he could to make them happen. By the end of the night, he was leading a Congo line and got EVERYONE on the dance floor for the last song. It was SO awesome.
I felt at ease the entire time knowing Darrell was our DJ. He is fantastic at what he does and is an overall great guy to get to know and work with. Thank you so much Darrell and Tara at Stage One Events!
Reviewed On 8/21/2015 by Jordyn R
We had Darrell DJ our wedding this past June at Ellis Ranch and oh my goodness it was AMAZING! Not only did he listen to any ideas that we had but he had tons of ideas of his own that matched our wedding perfectly. He brings such a great energy...
to the table and that alone made the experience a great one. Thank you Darrell!
Reviewed On 8/14/2015 by Mikayla S
We enjoyed Darrell being part of our big day! Everyone was on the dance floor the entire night; he played music everyone loved and read the crowd well. Tara was always lovely to speak with on the phone and set everything up to make things easy ...
for us! We would recommend them to anyone!
Reviewed On 8/06/2015 by Sara T
Darrell was amazing! He went above and beyond our expectations to make sure everything went smoothly and we had a great time! We were surprised by how much he was willing to help with, from planning everything out to emceeing the whole day. His...
suggestions and knowledge were incredibly helpful and he helped to make sure everything worked perfectly and exactly as we wanted it. He was glad to accommodate all of our requests and was really a joy to interact with. And, as promised, he is masterful at getting people on the dance floor and making a great party! I can't recommend his services enough!
Reviewed On 3/22/2014 by neildotcom3
We found Darrell at a Denver area wedding expo and wow are we glad we did!! He is so personable, genuine, and professional. He was a perfect match!! He explained that the DJ needs to match not only the guests but the couple getting married. He ...
prides himself on being able to read the crowd and adjust the music accordingly.
Tara (his wife) responded quickly to any emails, calls, or questions and walked us through the whole booking process.
At our wedding Darrell did an amazing job!! He thinks of all the small details most DJs don't. He runs a second laptop computer simultaneously to prevent any unexpected issues just as a backup.
He also offered uplighting for a fraction of the price I saw elsewhere and it seemed to look much better then those we have seen at other events.
Darrell was our favorite vendor to work with! I cannot say enough good things about our DJ experience with him at our wedding!
Reviewed On 1/17/2014 by Kasie K
We loved working with Darrell! He was extremely easy to work with. He provided music for our ceremony and kept people dancing all night long. Darrell helped us pick out songs for our ceremony and his suggestions were PERFECT! Darrell kept the r...
eception organized. He gathered everyone for important dances, the toasts, and cake cutting. He even had my husband and my drinks waiting for the toasts!
He offered uplighting for a fraction of the price I saw elsewhere.
He was our favorite vendor to work with! I cannot say enough good things!
Reviewed On 12/03/2013 by Brittany C
We hired Darrell for our wedding and he was fantastic!! I cannot say enough about how amazing Darrell and Tara were to work with. We were so comfortable with them every step of planning for our wedding. We were so impressed at how fast of a ...
response we got from them from the very start. Any questions we had at any time they were always there and very helpful. Our wedding was this past weekend and Darrell did amazing job throughout the entire day. He went above and beyond what any other dj would do. He helped plan out each step of the ceremony and reception. He was so great and checked on us throughout the whole night and made sure we were having a good time. He played fanastic music and all of our guests loved him and had a great time as well. He interacted with everyone and we felt like he was part of the family. We loved having Stage One Colorado as our dj, the very best decision we made for our wedding day!!! Darrell even helped fix lighting issues that the venues security guards couldnt figure out, and swept up debris after the flower toss he really went way above and beyond our expectations. We are actually sad our wedding is over and we dont get to talk with Darrell and Tara, they were absolutely wonderful!!!
Contact Info for Stage One Events
Loveland, Estes Park, Denver, Front Range and Mountains