Post # 1
I have to decide… QUICKLY which one of these DJ’s I’m going to stick with and I am pretty lost.
I ‘booked’ a DJ a few months ago but my Fiance wasn’t digging what the guy said to us when we met with him in person.
- he said he doesn’t do contracts, he trusts us to pay him and we trust him to show up
- he said he’s usually a school dance type DJ
- he said we CANNOT have a do not play list
but he was very friendly and he did have a few things to offer that we liked
- he said he would bring a massive light set up (top of the line with a fogger and bubbles and pretty amazing concert style stuff) which is great because we have no special lighting for the venue and we couldn’t afford to get the ceiling decorated.
- he would change the music for us from older music for the older guests to electro for our younger guests and us.
- he said he would do the reception for $500 (after dinner through 11pm)
Now it seems it’s getting hard to keep in touch with him and he hasn’t emailed me back about our song lists or anything so I’m starting to get nervous! He said he was going to see the venue to see if all his DJ stufff would fit (which is another fear of mine!) but I haven’t heard back from him.
I was talking to an old friend today and found out he OWNS a DJ company!
- he’d price match that $500 and also play through cocktail hour, dinner and announce the bridal party
- he’d also bring lights
- he’d take our play/ do not play lists
- he’d keep in contact and reply within 24 hours of any email, call or question
- he’d set up the music to our taste
- he sent me the contract to look over and see if we like
plus he’s a really old friend.
Do I just hold out for the DJ we have booked since we DID already book him and since he has an amazing light set up with a 2nd person just to operate the lights. Plus he gave us a fair price and he has 30 years experience…
Or do we go for our friend who has done a lot more weddings but doesn’t have as much overall experience with less lighting?
Post # 3
Personally? Run far far away from the guy who doesn’t have a contract and won’t reply. Less people are going to remember the epic lighting if the DJ starts playing middle school dance music.
Post # 4
The not returning calls thing + no contract would scare me to death….
Post # 5
A wedding vendor who doesn’t do contracts? RUN! Wedding planning is stressful enough as is. Imagine the unneccessary stress this guy’s flakiness is going to add if you go with him. If he’s this hard to get ahold of before you pay him, what do you think he will do after he has your money? You’re getting a more reliable resource for a matching price with a vendor/friend that doesn’t have your gut churning. Definitely go with the second DJ.
Post # 6
I would 100% go with the friend. There’s no contract so nothing to lose with the first guy, and the fact that he doesn’t have a contract AND is hard to get a hold of would make me very wary of him!
Post # 7
Yes I agree with all of you and thank you. I feel bad I have a verbal contract with the other DJ and I’m not sure he knows how wedding things usually go because he’s only done 2 or 3 of them but it still seems off. He doesn’t want paid until after the wedding but that ALSO bothers me for some reason. He wouldn’t even take a deposit.
Post # 8
@HappilyEverAfter54: To me? That kind of sounds like, if he decides not to show up he is totally off the hook, a verbal contract with no money? There would be nothing you could do but not have music at your reception.
Post # 9
run. Don’t walk. RUN! You have no money invested in him and the other guy sounds LEAGUES better. 100% switch.
Just be sure to get a contract with the friend – it protects you both!
Post # 10
I would go with the friend and he seems to offer the things you are looking for.
Post # 11
@hisgoosiegirl: he sent me the contract and would like to meet with us on Sunday to fill it out and go over every detail. He even sent me the list to fill out so we can get it out of the way and have more time to lock down the schedule for the entire night. That was really thoughtful! He sent me his website what do you think? http://www.harrisburgpadj.com/
Post # 12
How do I let the other DJ know he’s off the hook?
Post # 13
@HappilyEverAfter54: Email? Tell him you have decided to go with someone else. Again, he didn’t get a contract, by his own choice so I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
Post # 14
Although hiring friends also isn’t ideal, the flaky no-contract guy is definitely a NO GO!!
Post # 15
I agree with PPs, go with the friend! I’d be so nervous that the other guy would just flake. Anyone can promise the world if they don’t have to follow through.
As for getting rid of the other guy, I’d contact him in the way that he’d previously contacted you. Writing is best, so I’d shoot an email out or a letter, and keep a copy for yourself. There is no contract to be breaking, but who knows if he’ll get angry about this. If you have to call, send a follow up letter or email that summarizes your discussion and the date that you had it. Keep a copy for yourself.
Post # 16
Oh, a Do-Not-Play-List is a MUST! Glee has ruined Journey for us, so Don’t Stop Believing will NOT be played. WILL NOT! Sorry, We’re a little passionate about our music…