Post # 1
Angry tangent first: Ok, having some major wedding panic attacks this week. It’s weird, something about the 5 month mark has made me super anxious! Anyway, so I am trying to pick a DJ. The first one, I met at a wedding show and liked, so we called a couple of times, emailed a couple of times and never heard anything back. Fine, they obviously don’t need our business, we’ll take our money elsewhere. Last week, one of my colleagues gave me a recommendation which I called that same day. The guy was really nice and said he would email me some info the next day. A couple of days later when I don’t hear from him, I send him a reminder email and still heard nothing back. Finally, today, I got an email from the marketing person at the company basically asking me what information I am looking for. Uh, all of it? And mini-vent…done!
So I have been speaking with this other DJ who seems super professional, and (gasp!) has actually replied to me! And, (bigger gasp!) when I didn’t reply to him right away he actually followed up with me!! He had originally sent us this really nice proposal and even bothered to do some research on our venue, so he does seem really on the ball. I did read a lot of good reviews, but they were on weddingwire, and I heard that vendors can actually delete the bad reviews, so I don’t really trust it.
Seeing as how the DJ can really make an awesome wedding or a horrible one, and you can’t really “see” their work, how do you tell if you are picking a good DJ? Has anyone worked with Dan Hawkins at Music Masters in Baltimore?
Thanks Bees! Sorry for the long rant.
Post # 3
We first heard about our DJ from the venue. then my FMIL asked if we got a dj yet she said one of her co-workers just got married and had an AMAZING DJ…… Same guy the venue told us about. He got great reviews on here & the knot.
His org price was WAY more then i was willing to pay and when i told him i heard he was AMAZING but out of our budget he droped his price $300!
I would NOT go with anyone who doesnt reply/ get back to you!
Post # 4
I found my DJ through a wedding expo and when I went in for my consultation, they served us alcohol and snacks. then they showed us (among a few other couples) what their website looked like, a recent gig, and took us into a warehouse room set up to look like a party and played some songs we selected on their systems (so we could hear the sound quality). we booked with them right away and have been pretty happy with them so far. We get to meet and pick our own DJ and communicate with him on a regular basis. It was a pretty cool process.
Post # 5
You might post on your local board and ask for DJ recommendations or feedback on the Dj you are communicating with.
As far as vendors deleting reviews on Wedding Wire, only reviews that were not legitimate (ie: posted by someone who did not do business with the vendor) can be removed. The reason vendors have a lot of positive reviews is not from them having negative ones deleted but vendors tend to ask clients who were happy to post a review. You can also do a google search to see where else the DJ is reviewed and if there are negative reviews for him on other sites.
Post # 6
Our DJ encouraged us to come and see him at an upcoming wedding he would be doing (with permission of the bride and groom, of course) but we had already seen in him in action at another wedding, so we didn’t need to do that. Do you think your DJ might let you pop in at a wedding he has coming up?