Post # 1
- Wedding: November 2014 - Serafino Wines
Am I crazy for thinking it’s crazy to book a DJ/emcee without meeting them first? Ideally I would like to meet him beforehand but I’m not sure if setting up a meeting is a waste of both ours and his time. He’s already e-mailed the terms and conditions and other various things so we don’t really have any other questions. The only real reason I want to meet with him is to confirm that he’s not a creep/really weird lol. From our communication so far and from what I’ve seen of other DJs, they don’t tend to expect a meeting before a contract is signed. We just don’t want to have an awful DJ/emcee because it can really make or break the party! Is the stereotypical wedding DJ just that – a stereotype? – or am I justified in my thinking? AAAHHHH I can feel the stress of this wedding starting to take hold!
Post # 3
@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
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
@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
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
@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
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 # 9
- Wedding: November 2014 - Serafino Wines
Thanks all for your advice. He has two short testimonials up on the website and I managed to find one more review. It’s all good stuff, I guess I just want more haha. I don’t know about the rest of Australia but the wedding industry in Adelaide leaves a lot to be desired. Sometimes I wish I was somewhere like the US because it just seems like there is a wealth of knowledge and reviews at your fingertips. Here, it’s pretty tough to find stuff including reviews even for seemingly very popular vendors. And I would say I am a pretty excellent internet sleuth! Oh well! He doesn’t seem to have much of a presence elsewhere online as far as Facebook or Youtube goes. I’d really love to see a video if I could. But from everything so far he’s been very professional and responsive. I think I’m just over thinking this! Thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂
Post # 10
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
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
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
@webster: can you skype? That’s what we did