Post # 1
Every dj we talk to insists on incluidng an advertising banner in the contract. It really bothers me! I think it’s tacky and looks terrible. I’ve heard ‘well they cover up the tangle of cords’ but so would a plain ivory tablecloth. They’ve said they ‘need to get something’ out of the evening- but I’m paying them to play! No other vendor insists on a fee and on displaying a huge advertising banner. How did this become the standard? I’m willing to say their name a few times at the mic, I’ve offered to have a pile of their cards somewhere….
Has anyone else had this problem? Am I making too big a deal out of it? Has anyone got around this problem before?
Post # 3
Do not cave on this one. The kind of DJ who will insist on a banner is also the kind of DJ who will constantly plug his business during the reception. Do you really want to hear "Please turn your attention to the dance floor where ChampagneBride and ChampagneGroom will be having their first dance… which is being provided by XYZ DJ productions, the rockin-est DJ’s in town! Call us at 555-1234 for all your DJ-ing needs!"
Post # 4
This is very unprofessional of them! Not one of the DJ’s we met with had this kind of requirement. Keep looking!
Post # 5
That is completely unprofessional. You are paying them already to DJ at your wedding. It’s like the baker insisting they write their logo on your wedding cake.
None of the DJs I have contacted in the NYC/NJ area had insisted on a banner and I spoke with about 4 of separate companies.
You should stand your ground or find a new DJ.
Post # 6
No, you are definitely not over reacting. I recently attended a wedding where the DJ had a gobo (the lighted shape/design) of his DJ Company’s name in the middle of the dance floor the entire night – it even moved around so you could not miss it!!! I thought this was so tacky – everyone expected the names of the bride and groom to be the main attraction of the dance floor, not the DJ’s name. Watch out for that as well. And do not back down. I agree that it is unprofessional – it should be enough to have their cards available.
Post # 7
Nope, I’ve never even heard of a DJ insisting on this. Where are you located? Maybe some members of the beehive might have some DJ suggestions for your area where the DJ won’t do this.