the essence experience

Specializing in all life's significant events:  Thank you for your interest in Essence Entertainment. We are a full service entertainment company specializing in any of life's significant events. The combination of our experience, professionalism and embracing the vision of your perfect event is what sets us apart from other companies. It truly will be your day, done your way.

We use our detailed planning sessions with you, our event consultants, DJs, and MCs to create an extraordinary event your family, friends and guests will be talking about for years to come. We can provide you limitless creative ideas to make your event fun, unique, amazing, and memorable for everyone.

Not only do we offer professional, experienced DJs and MCs but we offer vibrant event lighting to compliment and create ambiance and additional elegance at your event. We also offer video montage production and presentation.

We are genuinely honored and excited about being part of your special day. We provide the highest level of personalized service and we make sure to go above and beyond to exceed your expectations.


Rich Bednara - President/DJ/MC

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Why Essence Entertainment?

Our committment is to making your experience from start to finish everything you've dreamed of. Your experience includes:
  • DJ/Lighting/Photo Booth Services For Any Size Event
  • All Inclusive and Custom Collections
  • Online Event Planner and Account
  • Professional, Experienced, and Award Winning Entertainers and Staff
  • Digital Sound and Lighting Equipment
  • 25,000 plus digital song database
  • On Site Backup Equipment
  • Fully Insured
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Essence Entertainment provides a wide variety of services and options, and we're happy to help build the right experience for you, to help make your special day memorable. VIEW COLLECTIONS AND SERVICES


“Overall we couldn’t have asked for a better DJ at our wedding and Rich really helped make our night an AMAZING party! We have always believed that the DJ at a wedding can make or break the mood of the reception. Rich absolutely exceeded our expectations and was willing to improvise when necessary, his overall services were exemplary. We loved the mix of music he played (all generations of guests were dancing) and the dance floor was packed all night! Literally he had people dancing until 2am! Rich, thank you for helping make our wedding a true night to remember! Your services were great and you truly made it an amazing party!”
Allison & Erik married August 21, 2010



Here's a short list of some of our Preferred Vendors & Affiliations.
Studio I Do Dina Bach - Pianist/Singer/Songwriter Event Details Tamara Gruner Photography A Dynasty Classic Cars & Limousines Salina's Catering Chicago Cinematic Weddings Greenstar Paperie ADJA - American Disc Jockey Association MLP Events