Post # 1
I have been offered a free DJ, but I can’t stand them. Every wedding with a DJ I have attended has been annoying as F to me. I hate the music they play, they play what they want, they’re obnoxious and unnecessarily loud. I hate step dances like the electric slide, and every wedding seems to play every step dance that has been popular in the past twenty years. They aren’t fun to me. I would rather make my own playlist, it’s only for an hour or so anyway…
Am I alone in this?
Post # 3
I completely agree! The music is never great and its almost always so loud that it’s difficult to hold a conversation with anyone
Post # 4
I agree to an extent. I’m taking full control over our DJ for our wedding. FI and I made specific playlists for every part, the ceremony, dinner, cake cutting, first dances, and dancing. Our DJ is not allowed to take requests, and we’ve asked that he keep the volume to a normal level, not louder for the sake of it being a party. Our DJ is actually flexible and is a-ok with us doing this. If anything goes awry, I’m sure my dad will handle them! HA
Post # 5
I’m giving my DJ a list of songs to NOT play (the macarena, the electric slide, gangnam style, the chicken dance, etc…) and letting him know flat out that if he does play them, he’s not getting paid. I have a very specific list of songs I want the DJ to play, and songs I need him to avoid. Any DJ who cant perform this simple task wont be hired, period.
Post # 6
@cindeeeh: I don’t like being at an event with one either…I much prefer the understated elegance a solo pianist can bring to an event, or even a string quartet…there’s something about eating dinner in a lovely room, the tinkling of a piano in the background, dancing while the musicians look on….its so much more personal.
Post # 7
I loved my DJ, but then again I pretty much chose all the songs. The company I hired had a great system on their website where I chose must plays, play, and don’t play. My don’t play was long and so was my play. My DJ did admit he was scared of DJing for me lol. But he did great and people loved it.
Post # 8
YEP. I had a friend who works in radio do our MC duties for this specific reason (plus the cost factor).
Post # 9
I only hate cheesy DJs. This is why I searched and searched for a good one and I’m paying a few thousand dollars for him. He plays at popular clubs in my area and doesnt play any type of organized dance music. He also doesnt talk a lot. I hate a band bc I just want to hear the song by the artist and not someone trying to sing like Rihanna.
Most weddings I have gone to have had horrible DJs so I was really nervous.
Post # 10
By one in particular in our area, good GOD yes.
There is this one DJ that, I kid you not, has been at the last 4 weddings we have attended. He lugs all of his CDs around with him (nothing digital), so there are numerous breaks of silence…and he brings all of these awful props.
And, the most annoying part to me, is at all 4 weddings he played Black Eyed Peas “Good Night” as the last song, herded everyone out onto the dance floor for it, then proceeded to yell “COME ON GUYS, EVERYONE JUMP UP AND DOWN!” on the mic over and over and over for the entire goddamn song.
4 weddings of this.
Post # 11
@badabing88: I would have killed myself.
Post # 12
@cindeeeh: It was infuriating. I’m not going to lie: moving forward, when we’re invited to weddings in the area, I’ve been casually asking who the DJ is in the event I need to come down with a migraine halfway through the night.
Post # 13
@cindeeeh: just be sure to lay down the law, give them playlists and do not play list. If they play the music too loud or something of the sort ask your personal attendant to take control so it doesn’t bug you. I would still take the free DJ if you are comfortable with it.
Post # 14
Finding a DJ took the longest of all our vendor searches and we ended up hiring one from Chicago because we weren’t excited about any of the local DJs. We wanted no group dances, no games, no MC-ing and we wanted the dance play list to include 60s/70s rock/soul and indie rock/punk from 80s/90s/today. Fortunately, we found there are a few DJ companies out there who cater to people like us. We hired a DJ from this company: http://www.toastandjamdjs.com/ and we also looked into: http://www.toastandjamdjs.com/
I had the best time ever dancing my face off at the wedding. Our friends went absolutely insane to the music. Duke the DJ was awesome, incredibly professional and every single song he played, I LOVED and he actually DJ’d as in, mixed songs live -which was amazing and something I hadn’t seen before at any other wedding. We gave him suggestions of bands we like and a do not play list and he just went from there. So impressive and so worth the money.
Post # 15
I hate cheesy DJs. Which is why I specifically picked my DJ. He prides himself on not being “that” DJ. He hates line dances (electric slide, etc) so unless you specifically put those on you “Must Play” list, he won’t even play them. He gives every client their own website where you can creat “must” playlists and “do not” playlists. He also thinks that DJs are there to enhance the event, not take away from it. Therefore, he doesn’t yell into the mics, he doesn’t drag people onto the dance floor, etc.
Post # 16
@cindeeeh: A free wedding vendor? I’d take it! My dj was perfect. We told him exactly the type of music to play and we told him we didn’t want any personality from him. Other than announcing us walk in etc, we didn’t want to hear a peep. He was perfect!