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Who am I hiring?

Wojoimages PhotographyThe right team.

Backthird couples don't hire "just a DJ." The Morton Arboretum wedding DJ packages below include:

  • Account Manager to build your wedding plan and serve as your office contact and confidant
  • Lead DJ and Assistant DJ to build your wedding agenda, run sound, mix music and act as Master of Ceremonies
  • On Call DJ to be on standby on your wedding date, in case of emergency

Want to set your wedding apart? Many Morton Arboretum weddings also include live music.

What's my setup?

TWA PhotographyThe right tools.

Weddings at Morton Arboretum are unique - you might say your vows in a garden, move to a patio for cocktails, then transition to a ballroom to dine and dance the night away.

And depending where you celebrate - in the Ginkgo Room, in the Sycamore Room, or in The Thornhill Center's Arbor Room or Founders Room - you'll have different setup needs and a different flow in store for your celebration.

These are very GOOD things! So many spaces and perspectives makes for a great flow to your Arboretum wedding reception, and ensure that things stay fresh for your guests all night - just as long as your DJ knows how to work at the Arboretum. 

All wedding packages below include:

  • Sound and microphones for your wedding ceremony - whether it's outside or indoors
  • Standalone sound system for your cocktail music
  • The right sound setup for your dinner and dance times - so your WHOLE day has sound coverage that suits the space, no matter how many times your schedule has you moving from room to room.

3 popular Arboretum plans

Pick your plan.

Here are 3 ways to throw an unforgettable party at Morton Arboretum. Find your favorite, or customize anything below to suit your style and budget.

1. Upbeat strings



pop strings trio (violin, cello & piano)
pop strings trio


pop strings quartet (violin, cello, piano & percussion)
pop strings quartet


pop strings quartet (violin, cello, piano & percussion)
pop strings quartet


Your DJ runs your WHOLE reception as MC, then rocks the dance floor when dinner is done.


A modern ceremony, then upbeat cocktails and dinner. Give them something to talk about Monday!

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2. Laid-back jazz



Piano-solosolo piano



jazz trio




Your DJ plays what you want to dance to.


Opt for a larger ensemble in the Ginkgo Room, or keep it more compact for outdoor spots like Thornhill. With True Pricing, changing ensemble size doens't change your cost.

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3. Trust the DJ



ceremony DJ/engineerDJ/engineer


cocktail DJ/MC



dinner DJ-MC


dance DJ


Don't need live music? Let your DJ personalize your whole night, from first look to last dance.

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True Wedding Pricing

One rate; infinite variations.

Backthird practices True Wedding Pricing.

Jill DeVries Photography

What's that mean? You pay one flat cost for ALL wedding day sound and music. 

  • No extra costs
  • No surprises
  • Infinite personalization

We only have three packages. Every package includes everything you need for your entire day. The only difference is whether you include live music for most of your day, for just part of your day or not at all.

You still pick your style of live music and the number of musicians for each part of your celebration. We still match you with a specific DJ and you still work personally with them to customize requests and details. And, unlike with other DJs, there are no extras or upcharges to expect later.

To see our simple, all-inclusive rates, click here. For more on why we price this way, check out this video.

Which plan do you like best?

Any of the 3 plans above will work great for your wedding at Morton Arboretum in Lisle. 

But you can customize, too: Mix and match elements you like from different plans, or ask us how to personalize to fit your style and budget.

So what's your plan? Use this form to tell us what you like - we'll check to make sure it's still possible on your event date. Then we'll contact you personally talk about next steps.

We were very happy with our experience with Stephen from Backthird. We had DJ services for our ceremony and reception at The Morton Arboretum... He was very on top of the timeline we sent him, played music that we enjoyed and followed our play/don't play lists very well. He got everyone up and dancing the whole night! He was familiar with our venue and there were no issues with setup, etc. Overall we were extremely happy with our experience.
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Doug & Laura

We went with Backthird for our wedding at the Morton Arboretum and I could not have been happier. The ceremony music was perfect.  The reception music amazing...  So many people came up to me and told me how much they loved the dinner hour music even. And I have never seen a better and more packed dance floor, with so many people there until the end!
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Lindsay & Derek