About Our Company
You may be thinking:
"1st Choice Entertainment Company.. that name sounds like one of those big agencies that just sends any DJ or Coordinator that happens to be with them at the time...”
We operate with the professionalism of a big company but are, in fact, still a small & trusted local business.
Who Are We?
1st Choice Entertainment Company is a full-time, professional DJ and Event Coordination business. We are experienced, organized and trust-worthy.
Oh, and we sure know how to keep the dancefloor full!
1st Choice Entertainment Company provides entertainment to the the State of Oregon and Washington and beyond!
For more than 35 years, the Owner, Derrick Coston, been providing the best Wedding DJ Service and Event Planning in California, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC and now Oregon and Washington. 1st Choice Entertainment DJ's have been ranking tops in Salem/Portland/Eugene for a decade.
Customers keep coming back because we make the experience so easy.
Due to the issues that our DJ's experienced with Event Coordinators, 1st Choice DJ Entertainment, formed a new Company, 1st Choice Entertainment, where Event Coordination, as well as other key event services including Photo Booths have been added to the offerings. 1st Choice DJ Entertainment is still going to offer its great services as it has, but functioning as a wholly owned subsidiary of 1st Choice Entertainment.
Schedule a Meeting with our 1st Choice DJs and Coordinators!
By phone, email, or in person!
P.O. Box 5341, Salem, OR 97304, us
PHONE: (503) 583-1926
Monday: Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: By appointment
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I secure my date?
Please check our date availability tool or leave a message by email or phone to check date availability. The next step is to sign a contract and provide a security deposit. This will secure your date. We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards.
Why do I have to sign a contract?
A contract is nothing scary; in fact, it protects you. Without a contract, a DJ or Coordinator could take your money and just not show up! A contract protects both sides and just makes sure that you're getting exactly what you're paying for. Even if you do not book with 1st Choice Entertainment; please only book a DJ or Coordinator that makes you sign a contract! Every professional will have one.
Can we sign the contract through the mail?
Sure! We will email or mail you the contract to fill out, and hold your date for a short time, so you have time to sign it and send it back with your security deposit. Or if you have a scanner, we can do everything through email, and payment through credit card.
Can we meet with our DJ and Coordinator in person?
Of course! If you prefer to meet in person, that is certainly understandable! Our schedule coordinator will coordinate a meeting time and place and go over everything in person. The DJ or Coordinator you meet with will be YOUR DJ or Coordinator... no surprises!
How Do We Finalize the Details?
We have an online planning portal that you will use to put in specific details about your event, your timeline and your music request. This event planning page and music request section of the portal will tell us your special songs and requests, your "do not play" list and your announcement details. Also, your DJ and/or Coordinator will contact you at least two months before your wedding to begin finalizing the details. We want to make sure your guests have a great time and we want your event to be done in an organized manner, so we don't leave anything up to chance...
See, if something goes wrong- well, that makes you AND us look bad... and no one wants that! In fact; we want your celebration to go as well as you do!
Do you charge extra for MC services during my event?
NO! It's true that some DJs charge per announcement, but that's crazy! Let's keep things easy... All announcements, introductions, table directing, etc. etc. are included in your package and handled professionally.
Where will you play?
We have high-end sound systems and are always prepared for any setup at the banquet halls, meeting centers and ballrooms in the Salem, Portland, Eugene, and surrounding region. We do outdoor events too! We just need a roof or cover of some kind and access to electricity.
What kind of experience do you have?
Every one of our DJ's and Coordinators have been Professionals for at least 10 years, and the owner has over 35 years of DJ and Coordination Experience. Our DJs and Coordinators basically have the same story; it started out as a hobby, playing at friend's parties and such... over the years, gaining professional experience with everything from bars and nightclubs to raves, and of course, weddings! Although the focus of the business is weddings, we still love playing all types of events; and we regularly are booked for charity events, corporate events and any event that needs good music!
Will your DJ's or Coordinators drink alcohol at my event?
Always professional in performance and appearance; we don't smoke or drink on the job. We are there to provide the party for you, not to party ourselves! But we can assure you, it will be fun!
How do your DJs and Coordinators dress?
At weddings and high-end events, our DJs and Coordinators will dress like one of your guests would.. in a suit/dress coat or vest & tie; or however you specify. (within reason LOL)
Do your DJ's and Coordinators display banners, signs or pamphlets on a table at my wedding?
No! We understand the importance of keeping your event on the classier side, so we don't come packing like it's a chance to advertise for our company! We do plenty of advertising at Bridal Shows, charity events and web & print ads... we don't need to do it at your wedding.
What kind of equipment do you use? How does it look?
We use only professional-grade DJ equipment with trusted names such as JBL, Bose, Pioneer, Technics, & Serato. Our equipment is displayed as neatly as possible, we go out of our way to avoid visible wires and to keep a clean look.
Do you offer a Military Discount?
Yes! We appreciate the service of any member of our U.S. Military. We will give a 10% discount off of your total wedding bill (max is $200) with us, any day of the year! All we need is an active military ID from the bride or groom!
What kind of music do you play? Do you take requests?
Oh, music...? We got you covered!
Of course, we play the right music at the right time... But that's because our DJs actually LOVE music! We know NEW songs- we know OLD songs- and we know everything in between!
And yes, requests are encouraged! Some DJs just don't know who you're talking about when you name new artists or old favorites... if it's not in their "DJ standard playbook", forget it! But that's just not the way we operate. We like to play a good mix that gets everyone up out of their seats and dancing!
By the way, don't worry about huge bass during dinner... we're knowledgeable AND considerate!
In addition, you your guest can send text directly to our DJ's system and request songs or make dedications.