Post # 1
Hi Bees! I need some help choosing a DJ; I know that this is a fairly insignificant decision but I’m struggling! Here is my situation; FI and I are paying for our entire wedding ourselves and of course on a strict budget so that we can pay cash for everything. I have talked to several DJ’s in our area and been given 3 different prices all for the 6 hours they will be needed. The first DJ is a high school friend that does this on the weekends and he would charge $200. My concerns with him are that I’m not 100% that he will be professional about it or do a decent job. The second DJ is $350 whom is a professional I found on Craigslist that has been doing his job for 20 years. Third option is a professional company for $600 that I know would do a wonderful job. I know these options are not far from each other in price but at this point every dollar makes a difference. What would you do in this situation? Thanks in advance for your input!
Post # 3
What makes you think the $600 would do wat better than the $340 one?
I would scrap the friend for the reasons you state.
Post # 4
. The only reason I have for saying that the $600 DJ would do wonderful is the fact that they have reviews and a reputation. The $350 guy I am having to go off of his word but I feel like he is pretty up front. Or either I’m just naive lol
Post # 5
I booked a Dj that works for a company but I contacted him individually. They usually charge a little less this way as the company doesn’t get a cut. If you go for the craigslist guy make sure he has decent equipment and has a backup plan if he gets sick. See if you can watch him work (maybe a school dance or something semi-public) so you can see if he is decent.
Post # 6
Can you ask the Craigslist guy for some references? My DJ sent me a list of ten recent clients and invited me to email them and ask them about their experience with him. (Note: he offered this, I didn’t even ask for it.) While obviously it’s not foolproof, I think it might be a good way to ask some folks for reviews so you know more about him.
Post # 7
I would only go with the guy from craigslist if you can get some referrals from previous clients.
Post # 8
DJ was the one thing at my wedding that went wrong. He showed up late so he was late setting up the equipment we needed during dinner (2 wireless mics for the MCs and speeches) and his CD player was broken (he didn’t test it ahead of time) so he couldn’t play out first dance song, even though he knew ahead of time we needed to play this CD (luckily the band had a CD player we could use). Otherwise, he was fine afterwards playing music for dancing. He cost us $300. My mom recommended him.
If I did it over, I either would rent two wireless mics and set them up myself, then just use an iPod for music, or I would hire a more dependable and maybe more expensive DJ. I would advise against using an amateaur.
Post # 9
hmm toughy! we are paying 250$ for a friend of my FI who DJs with some noteable artists, and is giving us an amazing price! but if we hadn’t been able to book him, i wouldve definately looked on this site under the vendor reviews and track down references.
Post # 10
Agree with PP that I would decide between Craig’s List and the professional. I would require Craig’s List guy to give at least five solid and recent references (is he listed on review sites like Yelp?).
I also want to point out that at most weddings, DJ’s play a HUGE role. They don’t just play music all night and sit back, they typically set up the sound system for the wedding ceremony itself, they make the wedding party announcements when you all line up to come in for the reception/dinner, they are also in charge of keeping people on time (they signal for dinner to start, for speeches to start, for cake cutting to start, for dancing to start…). So I personally think that this is one area I would want a professional.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the input. My gut is telling me to go with the professional company it’s just the added stress of making sure we come up with all of the money by the wedding date. Which I’m sure it won’t be a problem with our saving plan but I hate not having all of the money in hand when I sign a contract. I’m sure all of you can relate!