You may be thinking,  “ What in the world?  Why would I want a DJ at my ceremony?”. More and more people are choosing non-traditional venues for their wedding ceremony…outside, near the water, in a barn or in your own backyard. Traditional venues, such as churches have sound equipment. At the perfect spot for your ceremony, you find yourself with no speakers or microphones. You need music, and it would be nice for your audience to be able to hear the officiant as the vows are recited etc. Long before I could start playing music for people, I had to acquire and learn how to use PA equipment. This puts me in the perfect position to play music for your ceremony and supply microphones as needed for the officiant and singers that you might want to use for your ceremony. Additionally you need someone with experience to help your ceremony flow smoothly. Someone that has seen many things go wrong and and many things go right and that person is Me.

We love wedding receptions. Whether you want elegance or a “throwdown” we can help your dreams become reality. The links below will take you to a  a couple documents I have compiled over the years to get you thinking about the activities at your reception or ceremony. You can do all or none of the activites, but it will give you somewhere to start, and maybe give you some ideas for your event.

Martin Reception at The Jiggett’s House in Canton 

What an amazing job you did for my baby girl at her dream reception. Thank you for going that extra mile to make everything just right and keeping us on the dance floor for 4 entire hours! Keep up the good work!

- Kim Arnold

Brantley-Loper Reception at “Bridges” in Philadelphia

Phillip, Thank you for the amazing job you did being the DJ at our wedding. I cannot say enough about how much fun we had, along with our friends and family. You really got our guests out on the dancefloor and kept them entertained the whole night, which is exactly what we wanted. The uplighting was such a nice addition as well! My father  mentioned how big of a help you were to him loading his truck after everyone disappeared on him. Thank you so much!  Ally & Gibb Brantley

- Ally Brantley

Kirksey-Bell Wedding Ceremony with reception following at The IVY

Phillip, Thank you so much for making our wedding day so memorable. My family and friends are still talking about how our DJ was the highlight of our event. I can truly tell you have a passion for what you do!

- Brittany Bell

Hood Reception at The Warehouse in Crystal Springs

Phillip, You were awesome! I got so many compliments on you and you did a great job making my family feel right at home playing the Persian-Iranian music also. Thank you so much. I will definitely recommend you to anyone I hear needing a DJ.

- Sara Hood

Logue Wedding Ceremony with reception following at The Cotton Market

Phillip did an incredible job with our wedding, from the ceremony to the reception. I could tell after our initial conversation that he is very passionate about his job as a DJ and would do all he could to make our wedding day perfect! When planning my wedding day, I knew I wanted a reception full of smiles and dancing. Phillip far exceeded my expectations! He had everyone from the children to the grandparents out on the dance floor ALL NIGHT. We still have people compliment his services and tell us how much fun our wedding was for them. I would highly recommend Phillip- very professional and passionate. Beyond thankful to have had him as a part of our wedding!

- Brittany Keely-Logue

Davis Wedding Ceremony with reception following at The IVY on Luckney Road

Thank you so much, Phillip! You helped our day run so smoothly and you kept everyone glued to the dance floor that night. We couldn’t have asked for a better DJ! Thank you for everything you did to make our Wedding day so special!

- Brandie Westerfield-Davis

Sanders Wedding Ceremony and Reception at The Cotton Market

Hey Phillip! You are an amazing DJ! You were prepared for everything and the whole wedding went so smoothly because of that. I didn’t have to worry about a thing during our wedding because I knew you had it covered!! You went above and beyond to make sure our day was absolutely perfect!! I recommend you to everyone that is getting married!! Thank you so much for everything!! You made our wedding unforgettable 🙂

- Brandy Sanders

Stringer Wedding Reception at Old Capitol Inn Downtown

Hi Phillip I wanted to let you know that we are still getting compliments on our daughter’s wedding reception especially the DJ !.

Your openness to our selections and your personal music choices and ability to assist groups in having a good time made this a fun night for everyone of all ages.  You have a great sense of timing as the night progressed and it just kept getting better for all in attendance. The environment that you created made this a most memorable event.  Please know that we will always recommend you for any special occasion.  We will be glad to speak on your behalf at any time.  Thanks again.  You were great!

- Aubrey and Mary Beth Luke

McGuire Wedding Ceremony with reception following at The South Warehouse Downtown

Dj51-50 hands down made my wedding a hit! He had everyone dancing from 9 years old all the way to my Grandparents. He was so organized, professional, and the wedding went so smoothly. My ceremony was so unique and the lights, the bubbles, and the music made an awesome reception. I highly recommend him to anyone that wants to have a great time on the biggest day of your life. Everyone kept coming up to me telling me how my Dj rocked and he made the party! Thank you so much Phillip for help giving me the wedding and reception of my dreams!

- Brandi McGuire

Lee Ceremony and Reception at The Cotton Market in Richland

If anyone needs a DJ for their upcoming wedding call Phillip E Cothern!! He was so much fun!! My reception wouldn’t have been the same without him!! 🙂 

- Emily Palich Lee

Todd Reception at Marriot Downtown

“WOW is all I can say about my wedding reception at the Marriott in Jackson. From the music, to the lights to the bubbles, I could go on and on about how awesome DJ 51-50 was. He went above and beyond what I had ever expected. He had young and old dancing till the very end. I can’t tell you how many compliments I got from my guests about how much they enjoyed him. It really did turn out to be the best night of our lives. Thanks again Phillip!!!” 🙂 

- Katy Flood Todd

Mitwedde Ceremony and Reception at “The South” Downtown

Thank you so much for contributing to mine and Peter’s special day. The time and effort you made did not go unnoticed. We were so blessed to have found you, and were grateful you were there to help us show our friends and family a great time. Thank you for sharing your talents on our wedding day!!  

- Kimie Mitwedde

Blissett Ceremony and Reception at The Cotton Market

Just wanted to say that DJ 51-50 made my daughter’s wedding the talk of the night. Everyone loved him. He does a great job. He gets right in there and has a good time with you with all the bubbles, lights, sound. He does a great job and he will be the talk of any event or party. He is very organized and professional, but he gets everyone involved with great laughter and fun. I would highly recommend him for any party. You will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE him. Thank you so very much for helping make Courtney’s and Anthony’s wedding they will talk about for a lifetime, and with a lifetime of great memories. Looking forward to using you again real soon. THANK YOU!!!!!!  

- Robbie Rust

Harpole Ceremony and Reception at “The Castle” in Raymond

We’d like to personally express how grateful we were for Phillip. He made sure or ceremony and our reception went great just as we always dreamed it would be. One of our hardest decisions believe it or not was the delima of DJ or Band? After speaking with Phillip on several different occasions we were very comfortable with the decision we made to select him! He did a fantastic job with the lighting,music, and entertainment. Our guest kept asking “Where’d you find him? He’s great!” We were also very impressed by his “text a request” I still hear about how awsome that was! Thanks again Phillip for being apart of our special night! I look forward to seeing you again at all of our friends weddings to come! .  

- Amanda Harpole

Evans/Patton Wedding reception at Old Capitol Inn Downtown

No words could begin to express our admiration for Phillip Cothern. His love for music, paired with his remarkable talent, far out-do any DJ I have ever seen. Choosing to work with him was one of the best decisions we made throughout our entire wedding process. He is incredibly easy to work with and always available for questions and concerns; not to mention, incredibly talented and up-to-date with all the latest dance songs. He made our reception a dream come true. He even takes requests, by flashing his number on a screen for guests to text him songs they’d like to hear! The entire floor was packed with people of all ages, ranging from toddlers to grandparents, from the very beginning until the lights came on at the end of the night. I cannot say enough nice things about this man! I would recommend his services to anyone, not only for his talent but also for his humble and hardworking persona.  

- Virginia Patton Evans

Hunter Ceremony and Reception following at Private Home in Brandon

Thank you so much for making our wedding so special. People are still talking about how much fun they had, and the “cop incident” and the way you handle it was epic! From the moment I first emailed you, you were so incredibly helpful and you went above and beyond my expectations. Thank you for planning electrical need, for the beautiful up-lights, and for spending extra time with me to plan everything perfectly. You were a great wedding planning partner. I am so grateful for your help, and I have already recommended you to others and will continue to do so. I wish you continued success! Best Wishes  Ashley Strange Hunter  

- Ashley Strange Hunter

Bullock Wedding Ceremony and Reception following at “Heart of Pines” at the Reservoir

Phillip!! I cannot tell you enough what a WONDERFUL job you did!! Everything from the ceremony to the late night dancing was just perfect! You were so flexible and willing to work with us on selecting the perfect music for our wedding and reception. We couldn’t have hoped for a better D.J. that fit our style and added to the excitement of the evening! Even after 3 weeks, everyone is still talking about the fun they had!!

Thank you again for making our special day go so smooth and exciting!

- Laura and Ricky Bullock

Bunch Wedding with Reception following at Lake Catherine

DJ 51-50 absolutely MADE our wedding. Phillip did the ceremony music as well as the reception. He was very patient with me and my thousands of phone calls and emails as I was the typical bride… A very dear friend and coworker, Tricia Price, recommended DJ 51-50. After all of the positive things she said, Phillip was the obvious choice. He more than met all expectations, and showed our guests such a wonderful time. My husband is the typical “Mississippi Country Boy,” and I love all genres of music. Needless to say we had a plethora of music requests, and all were met with professionalism and an eagerness to please. Phillip had (or obtained) every song request we made! It is evident that Phillip genuinely enjoys entertaining, and he reads the guests/crowd very well. DJ51-50 was punctual, and he made my wedding/reception dreams come true. I could not recommend another DJ with more integrity. Do not hire Phillip unless you want to have the time of your life and dance the night away! I am proud to have referred him to many friends. DJ51-50 gets a TEN in our book hands down

- Ashlee Renfrow Bunch

Howell/Heileman Wedding with Reception following upstairs at Northpoine RedBarn

I would highly recommend Phillip (DJ 51-50) for your event music needs. I hired him for my wedding and everything went smoothly. I especially liked his ability to read the crowd. He could read the mood and change the music accordingly.Everyone had a blast. Not only was the music perfect, he was wonderful to work with; a true professional. I would definitely hire him again!

- Dani Heileman

Austin Ceremony and Reception following at Anchuca Mansion in Vicksburg

Thank you so much! You did an wesome job with the music for our ceremony and reception. I had so many people ask me who you were and said they really loved the music. Thank you again for helping make our wedding day such a special one!!  

- Kelli Austin


Richards Wedding Reception at Northpointe RedBarn

Phillip, you did an amazing job at our wedding reception. Everyone had a blast and has raved over your performance. Thank you so much. You went above and beyond our expectations! Thanks again for everything

- Adam and Katy Richards

Yerby Wedding Reception Hilton County Line

Phillip: We wanted to thank you for the great job you did at our wedding reception. Everyone raved about the music and how well prepared and professional you were. The time you spent with the bride and groom prior to the reception to insure that the song selection was perfect, and that the festivities rolled along smoothly, really paid off. We partied for hours and you hung right in there with us, making it one of the most memorable days of our lives. We won’t hesitate to recommend your services in the future.

- Laurie, Mark, Andrea & L.D.

Wooten Wedding Reception Leake County Country Club

Phillip, You made our reception perfect. We didn’t really know what all songs we should pick but you did a great job reading our crowd and knew when to play what kind of music. Everyone had a great time dancing, laughing and celebrating. Thank you very much for all you did for us and we got plenty of compliments on you and your wife. I will be sure to recommend you to anyone who is planning any type of celebration. Thanks and hopefully we can see y’all again

- Alice Rachel Martin Wooten

Chapin-Chhabra Wedding on the “Beach” at Reunion in Madison and Reception at Capitol Club Downtown

Phillip, How awesome was that wedding and reception? Jenny and I were very happy with everything!. We both appreciate all the hard work you put in to make our day so special.

- Rogen and Jenny Chhabra

Riesgo Wedding Reception Colonial Country Club

We had Phillip to DJ our wedding reception this spring (2011) and we could not have been more pleased with his professional approach to the whole night. By the time we arrived at the reception the mood had already been set. Phillip was standing by waiting to announce us as the new bride and groom we were, and the atmosphere he had already created for us was absolutely perfect. From the lights, to the line-up of songs he had selected, the night really could not have gone any better. For a family that I really didn’t see getting out on the dance floor to shake a leg or two, he managed to have the whole room moving to the beat! Whether it was a song to slow dance to or a song to put your sunglasses on for, he knew what to play and when to play it. I can honestly say that the most fun wedding reception I have ever been to would have to be my own, all thanks to Phillip. I could not recommend anyone with a more professional, lively, and fun personality than this man right here. Thanks alot Phillip!

- Brandon and Tracie Grace Riesgo

Daniel Guaqueta & Megan Storm Old Capitol INN Downtown

DJ 51-50 was an amazing experience for my reception. Everyone has been complimenting on his show….the comments came from musicians, filmmakers, producers, dancers…and of course, family and friends. He was a professional, always ready to make the event a stellar quality experience. He worked very naturally with many genres of music (jazz, electronic, latin, rock, hip-hop, alternative, pop), and had great sense of when to play what. His light show is second to none in Jackson. He brings it! He brings it bright, bumpin’, and with class! Thanks DJ 51-50. I’ll be calling you soon!

- Daniel & Megan Guaqueta

Rohrer Wedding Reception at Capitol Club Downtown

For my wedding reception, one of my biggest concerns was music.. The best decision I made was getting Phillip to DJ at my reception.What we got out of Phillip wasn’t just music, it was truly amazing entertainment. With his friendly and lively personality, he helped bring everything together. He had amazing music and was very welcoming to new requests. The lights that he used throughout the night made the place change completely and feel like you were in a major dance area; it was awesome!! Also, I got soo many compliments on the light figure “GOBO” he had on the wall of our name (bride and groom) and wedding date as well as the music itself and how nice Phillip was.

I would love to use Phillip again in the future and hope that he continues to make other couples’ receptions just as great as he did mine.

- Vivi Sampayo

Peters’ Wedding Reception In Highland Village

When Eric and I started looking for a DJ we weren’t sure who to ask. We knew that we wanted fun, new age and old music for our guests of all ages to enjoy. Phillip gave us an awesome wedding reception experience!!! My friends and family are still talking about how great the music was. My bridesmaids especially loved how they could request songs. The lights and bubbles made an awesome addition to our music. I have been to weddings where the DJ played only slow boring music and no one danced. At our wedding, this was not the case!!! There was not a person sitting down. Even my 89 year old grandmother danced!!! Thank you so much to Phillip for making our wedding reception a blast!!!

- Eric and Caroline Peters

Falconi Wedding Reception at St. Richards

Hey Phillip, I’m so glad Karen told me about dj51-50… I can honestly say our wedding day was the BEST day of my life! We had an absolute blast with you as our DJ… Everyone had a great time!!! I don’t know what I was really expecting but the service you provided was way more than my expectations!!! The lighting, fog, and bubbles added just what our reception needed… Thank you so much and I’m glad I chose to use you 🙂 You were AWESOME…!!!

- David and Nikki Falconi

Trest Outdoor Wedding with Reception following at Private Home

Awesome DJ!!! Great personality, dependable, affordable and made our event an unforgettable night.

- Danay Trest

Robles Wedding Reception in Yazoo City

Dj 51-50 was the disc jockey at my wedding in 2006 and He did a wonderful job.He was super nice! Anything we wanted he played and has a really great set up. Everyone had a great time! I would recommend him any day!

- Crystal Robles

Hess Wedding Reception at Capitol Club

My wife and I booked DJ 5150 (Phillip) for our wedding reception and he exceeded our expectations. From the start, Phillip was in contact with us making playlists, plans for the lights, etc. He even gave up some of his own Saturday to come to the reception hall the week before to get the layout of the room. There was nothing that we requested that he did not do. Our guests were so pleased because he would even take requests from them. Phillip definitely made the reception the hit that it was. As for “would we use him again?” You better believe we would. Fantastic services provided! Thanks again to Phillip!

- Matthew Hess


Stubbs Wedding Reception Northpointe Red Barn

Dj 51-50 did an absolutely fabulous job at our wedding reception. Everyone has gone on and on about how much fun Phillip helped make the night and what a wonderful job he did. Even before the wedding, Phillip was very helpful with all of the planning for the music. We could not have asked for a better DJ or a better reception! I would recommend him to anyone for any special occasion. Thanks again for a wonderful job!

- Kristen and Daniel Stubbs