How did you pick a DJ???

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 3
3806 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

we paid about $550. we picked our DJ through a recommendation. i liked the DJ at my matron of honors wedding and so we went with him. everything worked out perfectly.

Post # 4
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yeah I’m struggling a little with this vendor too. Based on what you listed above it sounds like #1 is the best choice hands down haha

Post # 5
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Our DJ is $795 for 7 hours. The way we chose him was basically I knew that whoever our DJ was, they had to have experience beatmixing and playing at an actual nightclub. I knew I didn’t want someone who just talked and pressed buttons on a laptop. I could hire anyone to do that for $100 for a few hours. I wanted someone who was talented. Who knew what turntables were and how to use them. I found our DJ and he sent me some samples of mixes he had made. He understood how crucial it was to be able to read a crowd and how important proper mixing was to making or breaking a great party atmosphere. He didn’t pressure us to sign with him right away, even though I was ready to after our first brief chat on the phone.


Out of your choices, I’d go with #1 since you seem to be the most comfortable with hiring them out of the three choices you listed. You already know they will deliver on what they promise to do, so I’d go with them.


Post # 7
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Our DJ is normally $1600 but she has a dead-of-winter rate for January and February brides so it drops to $1000.

I was having a hard time finding DJs that weren’t cheesy and lame.  So I actually found a Weddingbee Blogger that shared my same venue and I got a TON of recommendations from her.  We’re using the same DJ she did and we’re so happy about it.


Post # 8
1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

good question!  our DJ came recommended by our venue.  we looked at I think about 5 DJs total.  had a phone interview with each.  the DJ we went with really impressed us on the phone bit – he said that they don’t advertise themselves at the wedding, don’t drink and don’t take breaks.  its kind of silly, but that’s really what sold me!  I felt like he went about everything the right way.  they’ve also been in the business for a while and have some amazing reviews.  

Post # 9
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Definitely the first one! Especially since you’ve seen them work and know they’re decent.

Post # 11
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Based on what you said, #1 seems to fit your bill pretty well.


We were going to do do a laptop reception, but last minute decided against it. So like, 1 month before the wedding I’m trolling Wedding Wire looking for a DJ.  I wanted a NON CHEESEY DJ who would just play the music I wanted and be low key.  I emailed about 6 DJs, and basically choose the one with the best reviews and who fit my budget.  I think it was $600 for about 5+ hours.  I was super pleased with him, he did a good job, played the stuff we requested, and people were dancing.  Anyone who offered me lighting packages (especially under table lighting) or other add on crap got immediately ousted from my list.  

Post # 12
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Country Club

We chose our Dj based on the fact that we particularly want to have a biligual Dj; They are one of the preffered vendors at my venue, and we selected them after seeing how they worked during a Wedding Expo and comparing them to other 3 Dj companies we interviewed.


Post # 13
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We picked our DJ after going through long talks with another DJ, making several meetings with him, him cancelling three times on us, then in a very appologetic text said that he would meet up with us, travel to us instead of meeting 1/2 way, and give us a great deal to appologize for everything. I seriously contacted this guy 10 months before my wedding and we finally met in person 3 months before my wedding. 

Anyway, we talked with him, things sounded really good, and he went to scope out the venue to give us a quote (we wanted uplighting too, and he swore to give us a great deal). We were expecting somewhere around $1800, as their first email listed the package we wanted for $1800 plus any travel charges/set-up fees beyond the norm. We didn’t ask for anything above the package. So, it took this DJ a MONTH to go to the venue and give us a quote, now we’re 2 months out from the wedding, and I get a text back from him quoting $3200! Uh what? Where was all the extra $$ coming from? So I texted him and asked, and he said that their rates had gone up and last minute bookings cost more… even though it was due to HIS delay in getting back to us that we were last minute AND missed the $1800 we were originally quoted! I reminded him that he said he would give us a good deal and he said that he was giving us a great deal and that  he’d knocked off $1,000! $4200 for uplights (no drop curtains, only the lights) and dance floor lighting, and a DJ for 5 hours? Really?

My mom and I talked and I was very upset. We felt that this guy was taking advantage of us because he’d forced us into a corner by post poning all of these meetings (mind you we had already put some money down to hold the date, which is why we continued to pursue this DJ. So I called other places, frantically looking for another DJ that provided uplighting and was available. I got in to touch with one that I had contacted early on, but was out of my price range (for the same thing I had been originally quoted $2,500) but it was still a much better deal than what this scammer DJ was trying to pull. Sadly he was all booked up, but in those 8 months since I contacted him, he had taken a few other DJ’s under his wing (non-full time DJs, but that had done over a hundred weddings/events each), and that they had full access to their uplighting equipment, but that their DJing fees were much much lower, and we were quoted $1900 TOTAL. No site visit or anything. I put a downpayment before even TALKING with the DJ because I didn’t care. As long as he was better than an iPod (which I would have preferred over the original DJ) I was good.

I met up with him a few weeks later and loved him. He was exactly what we wanted. He was super professional, and had full video and audio recordings of events he DJ’d, and all sorts of extra stuff. My dancefloor stayed packed ALL night, and the uplighting was (and still is) a popular conversation topic amongst guests! About three weeks before the wedding the other DJ called me and asked me to finish paying the rest of the balance (which was now the full $4,200 price as we’d passed the deadline for the discount) or else he wouldn’t show up.

Long story short, we politely put that DJ in his place AND got our deposit back! 

As for your DJ – #1 would be my selection for you. He seems to fit your needs well. DJs can be so hard to pick, and if you get a dillhole like the one I originally was in talks with you’re gonna have a bad time. 🙂 

Post # 14
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MeghanFly: EDIT:  Oh and the DJ made us DRIVE TO A LOCATION CONVIENENT FOR HIM after he’d said he would come to us. Ugh what a jerk.

EDIT: Gosh darnit! Why do I always reply to my own posts instead of hitting edit. Garrrr!

Post # 16
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kansas_nurse:  Seesh, seems to be a trend in the DJ world. The DJ at my sister’s wedding was trying to hit on all of her bridesmaids, even though 2 were already married, 1 was engaged (me) and the other was a minor (16). He was a real creeper. I remember my sister being excited that she got a “hot” DJ, and at the time I thought she meant like a “hot new DJ”, not like a good looking guy. But he was like 32 or something, and he didn’t care that 2 of the groomsmen were married to 2 of the bridesmaids, that my DH (FI at the time) could have kicked his ass, or that the other bridesmaid was 1/2 his age and not legal!

I seriously do NOT know why being a good-looking person is even a mentionable perk for being a DJ. I’ve never ONCE been to an event and thought “Oh look, that DJ is hot. Let me go jump his bones.” Granted, if it were a club’s DJ they might want a good looking guy or gay, simply to attract people (sex sells), but no, not for a wedding. 

And yeah, that first guy… never felt so glad to have something fall through last minute. I don’t think anyone in my area would EVER pay $4200 for a DJ and uplighting. 

Have you got an email back yet with DJ recommendation? Seriously though, any professional you hire to work your wedding should NOT being drinking at your wedding. They are not a guest. They are working, and they do not get to partake in the party atmosphere! (Missed that it was a concern of yours, else I would have mentioned it in my first post!)

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