Booking a DJ without meeting them?

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@webster:  we booked our DJ without meeting him!  We did talk to him on the phone first – I like to get a feel for people I’ll be working with, and I got a very good sense for him, so we went with it.  He was also recommended to us by our venue.  Can you stalk your DJ on youtube or ask for references?  I totally stalked our guy, and really liked what I saw.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I still haven’t met our dj! I talked to him on the phone briefly, and emailed a few times, checked out yelp and his website, and watched videos. I felt confident enough to book him after that 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@webster:  Were you able to find any online reviews? We’re getting married closer to my family (~7 hours away for us), so we booked our DJ without meeting him in person. He had great reviews, was super responsive via email, and we did do a brief phone call which he also knocked out of the park (and made us feel relaxed about the whole thing, which was great). Good luck!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

We booked our DJ online and they had an online planning form, we even paid online. We never met our DJ and it worked out for us, all of our guests said it was the best DJ they’ve seen. 

Just do your research, read reviews

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@webster:  Is he a private service provider? I’m doing the same by not meeting our DJ beforehand as we’re having a destination wedding and didn’t think it was worth the trouble of forking out $600 just to fly out and try some cake, meet the harpist/DJ etc when they all seem to have very reputable reviews/legit websites and an active Facebook page.

Our DJ is actually from an entertainment company which was recommended by our venue; they’ve done heaps of functions there before, so it looks like they’re quite a reliable and good service. Maybe do a bit of research – is your DJ from a company? If not, does he have a website with reviews or a Facebook page?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We booked our DJ without meeting them, still have never spoken to or met him but he’s an add on to the venue so they take care of it. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I feel the same way!!! DJs can make or break the party. We like to swing dance so ideally we want someone who understands modern music and swing dancing so they can be combined. Have you thought about asking them for ideas for a specific dance? That way you can judge their tastes too. One DJ we looked at sent us a favorite playlist but it was all outdated music. We want a mix of tunes so we knew this person was a bit older and out of touch for our tastes. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

While I didn’t book my DJ/entertainment without face to face communication. I did book my videographer without that face to face communication. Personally the entertainment is too important not to have the face to face convo. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I felt comfortable after having a pretty long chat over the phone with our DJ. I could tell from our conversation that 1) he wasn’t completely nuts/flaky, 2) he understood the vibe of our wedding, the music we like, and 3) he could keep the party going without relying on stupid party games or a cheesy DJ personality. He did mention he was playing at a dance club near our house before the wedding and understood if we wanted to meet in person before signing the contract. But our conversation went so well, we didn’t need to meet face to face until the wedding.

On the day of, he was amazing! Ceremony music was timed perfectly, the mics he set up were at an appropriate volume, his 2 very brief announcements over the course of the reception hit just the right tone and best of all, his playlist was an absolutely epic collection of songs. We gave him some suggestions but he used his creativity to put together the best playlist (which we didn’t hear until the reception!). It was as if he had access to our entire personal music library and he had such damn good taste he played some great stuff that we’d never heard before. Our reception was the sweatiest, most amazing inter-generational dance party I’ve ever been a part of. So glad we trusted that one phonecall!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@webster:  can you skype? That’s what we did

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