Post # 1
So after a lot of searching we found a DJ who met all of our needs and fit our budget. We met with him and he sounded really nice, so we signed the contract and have him a Cheque for the deposit. I told him I wanted a copy of the contract for my files, and he said fine that he would scan it and e-mail it to me that night. So we thought fine that sounds reasonable.
Three weeks pass and still no contract has been sent to me, but our cheque was cashed the day after our meeting. So I sent him an e-mail asking for the contract, after several days he got back to me stating that he was busy and would send it to me by the end of the week.
Two more weeks pass and still no contract, so I e-mail him again and ask about the contract, Five days pass and still no response so I called him last night and asked him about it, he said "Oh yeah my scanner broke so I can’t send it to you, but I sent you an e-mail about that", I responded by saying "No you didn’t I’ve been checking my mail several times a day and have even been checking my junk mail folder so no you didn’t send me an e-mail". He then started to go on about how busy he was and they he’s been tied up with other things. He told me he would try and go someplace else to try and scan it and if not then he would mail it to me by the end of the week.
Now I’m getting worried about him because I’m scared that he won’t send the contract therefore I have nothing formal in writing about what was agreed upon. I’m also worried that if he can’t follow through on his word about sending a contract then how can I trust him with our wedding? He says he’s busy, but ovbiously not too busy since he cashed our cheque right away. My FI is pretty pissed with this guy and said that we should give him 2 weeks to get us a contract and if not then he’s going to call and ask for our money back and we’ll have to go and find someone else.
Has anone else been in situations like this or have suggestions as to how to deal with this guy?
Post # 3
How did you find your DJ? Did you have any personal references or anything?
If it were me, I’d call him and let him know that you’re giving him a certain amount of time (one week or something) to send the contract. If you do not receive it by that time, then you will need your deposit back and will be using another DJ. Additionally, I’d do this in writing, sending him an email or a formal letter, so you have a paper trail of your communication. If he does not comply, I’d report him to the Better Business Bureau and/or check into legal options to get your money back (if there are any? I’m not a legal expert…)
Post # 4
I found this guy on the internet. I had posted an ad on a website (something like craigslist I guess) looking for a dj and had listed what we wanted and were looking for. I did this because when I was looking around for people I couldn’t find what I was looking for. So I got a response from a person who had him hired for their wedding and they were saying how great he was, so thats when I contacted him. I asked him for references and he have me two e-mail addresses of people and I e-mailed then but didn’t recieve a response. I asked him about that during our meeting and also how he knew the person who referred me. He told me that the references that he gave me travel alot so it might be awhile before I hear a resonse. It’s been over a mnth and a half and haven’t heard a response. I might try to contact the references again…..
Post # 5
I would tell him that if he doesn’t send you a copy of the contract by X then you will take your business else where. Tell him that you feel he is not living up to his end and doesn’t seem reliable. You will probably lose your deposit, but who’s to say he will even show up to your wedding at this point… you would be better off losing the deposit then having no music at your wedding.
I felt a little weird about my Dj as well, but luckily he has been replying to all my emails in a timely manner and I have looked up reviews and they seem pretty good.
Maybe try to look your dj up for reviews or something to see what other people say about him.
Post # 6
I haven’t found anything about him online and he doesn’t have a website. I tried to do some research about him before meeting him with no luck. I just sent the person who reccommended him an e-mail asking for more detailed information about her experience with him, so hopefully I’ll hear something from her. My FI thinks we should just forfit our deposit and get someelse, but I’d rather try to get it back because I can use that money towards something else. That money means alot since I’ve been laid off from my job. My biggest fear is that he won’t show up at the wedding……I did send him an e-mail last night about wanting to see his gear and him work, he replied this morning to that and said we could come check him out tomorrow but didn’t mention the contract.
Post # 7
So here’s an update. I e-amiled him on Sunday looking for the contract (I was supposed to have it by this day) and no response. I called his house and left a message on Monday, no response, I called his cell tonight and a few hours later he called back stating that he "lost" our contract, and then went on to appologize over and over again and said he would take an extra $50 off the contract and come to my house (an hour away from his) and hand deliver the new contract with me with the updated price on Friday between 1-2pm. I told him that loosing the contract was no excuse and that I gve him more than enough time, and he didn’t hesitate to deposit my cheque! I told him that if he didn’t show up on time on Friday during the stated hour then I was going to ask for my money back and if he didn’t give it to me then I was going to take him to small claims court.
My FI and my mother both think I should just get rid of him and find someone else. My BM (who’s my cousin) is friends with a DJ but I’m really torn about hiring him or not because my BM is very pushy and woudl boss him around and tell him what to do and what to play because it’s her friend despite the fact that he would be working for us that night (if we decided to ditch the loser and hire this guy). I really don’t know what to do??
I did call loser DJ’s references and they both said that they only ever had a verbal contract with him and even the DJ stated tonight that I was the only person who ever asked for a copy of the contract…..I’m just trying to cover my butt…..
The loser DJ is better for us budget wise and has all the lights and special effects that we want, but with his track record he makes me nervous despite him swearing on everything that he WILL be there on our wedding day. On the other hand, I know the other DJ (even if there could potentially be issues with my cousin), he is more expensive but doesn’t have the same lights and effects as the other guy.
Any suggestions?? I’m really torn. My FI is working backshift tonight so we’ll have to talk about it at length tomorrow morning when he gets home. So all I have right now is my fellow bees.