Snobby DJs

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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4812 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

That sounds weird.  I would contact them and ask if they would play your venue.  Do they think playing at a cheaper venue will make them seem “lesser” or something?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

From what I gather, vendors who have good working relationships will often cross-recommend each other. It may be that the venues have added those particular DJs to their insurance riders and the DJs have the sound equipment and set-up for those particular spaces. As such, the DJs may be pricing themselves in accordance with the venue’s pricing; if the venue is trying to bill itself as a high-end event space, the other vendors should fit that image.

Ultimataly, though, it’s all a business, so it’s probably worth an email. I wouldn’t go about apologizing for the venue that you’ve chosen–just a simple, “We’re getting married on X date at Y place with Z budget, and are wondering if you are available.” 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

@BeeRod527:  Someone like that should not have a good reputation. They sound like total douchebags.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Hmm. I’ve noticed this same attitude from a few of the vendors that I’ve looked into, but I try to remind myself that both “bride brain” and “bridezilla” are probably equally hellacious to work with/for. There was a photographer I was thisclose to booking, but she had multiple blogs dedicated to why her pricing (which is in the middle range for the area–hardly unreasonable) is justified. It just comes off as very defensive, and certainly off-putting. If the photog was hoping to scare away clients, it worked! I booked someone else. The one we ultimately chose also made it clear that she only takes on a select number of weddings, but billed it to me as a way to ensure she could devote time and energy into getting to know the couples she was working for so that she could capture the day in the way the best met the couple’s desires.

From what you’ve shared, it sounds like a strong vision for the day and good communication are important to this DJ. If that doesn’t sound like a problem and you truly love their work, please don’t feel bad about giving them money for a service. BUT, if you already feel wary and you haven’t even signed a contract, I’d advise you to find another DJ! 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Whoa, that quote is crazy. We’re getting married in Lancaster and I never got a snobby vibe from any of the people we checked out, but all of our reception site’s recommended DJ’s were way out of our price range. That said, I did get the feeling that a lot of them had a gimmick to make them memorable, though this seems like they’re taking it too far.

Anyways, let me know if you need a recommendation. The DJ we went with is based in Reading, PA (not sure how far Eastern you’re talking)? They’re a bit zany, but really down to earth when it comes to business/planning and have been a pleasure to work with so far. Plus, they’re willing to work with our slightly eclectic music list (lots of recordings no longer available on iTunes, so we can bring our own burned copies if we need to, etc).

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