Post # 1
Well not really! I haven’t had my wedding yet and I hope and pray this doesn’t happen to me. But I’ve heard that the DJ can make or break your wedding. Let me hear your stories about what made your DJ the best or the worst at your wedding (your friend’s wedding, etc.). Have you seen something unique, horrid, or just plain dumb?
Post # 3
So the first thing I thought of when I saw this was that viral video of the DJ slapping some poor woman’s boobs. But back to the point, totally true. Our DJ was A-MAZING thank god. We were having a hard time finding someone who A) Didn’t want to play drinking games to make us kiss, and B) Didn’t sound like a strip club/monster truck announcer. We found our DJ and I talked to her on the phone, but didn’t really have any recommendations about her, I was just going on the feeling/vibe I got from her and she was incredible!!!! It was a huge gamble that paid off. So definitely look for a DJ that gels well with your personalities and the vibe you want for the night. She was really thorough and asked us a million questions about what kind of music we listen to, what we like to dance to, a top 10 must play list, etc etc. It gave her a really good sense of what we wanted for the night. We also filled out a questionairre (which I’m going to assume is pretty standard) about _____ for wedding party entrance, ____ for our first dance, _____ style of music for dinner….. blah blah blah.
Also make sure they have the proper equipment and know how to set it up for the space. At a friends wedding the DJ set the speakers so some of the tables were outside of where they were placed and we couldn’t hear ANY of the speeches, plus I didn’t really like the music. It made for a bit of a boring night 🙁 I don’t think their DJ was good at reading the crowd and just played what he liked…
Post # 4
We DJed our own wedding with an iPod- it worked out great and saved us a ton of money. Although, our venue was a mingling atmosphere and the guest list was small so that helped a lot.
Post # 5
ooo this worries me too (kindof) – my dj seems pretty cool and made it a point to tell us that he does not like being on the mic more than he needs to. just enough to get people involved – but i’ve been to some weddings where the DJs just love to talk and talk on that micraphone. as long as the music is good and people are dancing i’ll be happy.
Post # 6
I totally agree that the DJ can make or break your reception. That’s why we spent $1600 on our DJ. He is a personal friend and we’d seen him DJ more times than I can count, including at two other friend’s weddings. We knew we would be getting our money’s worth and that he’d do a fabulous job so it was worth spending a bit more to go with the “known” versus saving money with an “unknown” and hoping for the best.
Our reception was a blast, the dance floor was packed all night (our photographers got seom AWESOME dancing shots), and people still compliment us on how much fun our reception was compared to other weddings they’ve attended!
Post # 7
@tseay: My DJ WAS AMAZING!!!!! totally made our wedding. He acted as the MC as well which was great beause he knew what was going on the whole time!! he would announce stuff and play music…there was never any “down town”at the wedding. He was tons of fun and at one point the threw out some hats so everyone dance to the YMCA and air guitars came out of NO WHERE and everyone had a blast…I honestly thinkg he was a HUGE factor in how successful our wedding was…we still get rave reviews about him!
Post # 8
OMG your DJ sounds like he was super cool! Hats and guitars always start a party =)
Post # 9
You definitely dont want to hear my DJ story – it will make you spend double on your DJ in an instant! 🙂 Let me just SHOW you instead….basically the moral of this story is dont go with The Pros!! It did not ruin my wedding by any means but this is a small glimpse of how weird/crappy our DJ was even though I had a blast at my wedding, danced up a storm and it was the best day of my life!
Post # 10
@PitBulLover: I totally giggled at the expression on your face in the first pic. Hopefully you will be able to look back and laugh.
We are doing an ipod. I am having visions of equiptment malfunctioning and standing around without any music but it is what FI wants (and we will have other things to entertain us should that occur)
Post # 11
lol, my reaction when i saw this was: the only thing that could ruin my wedding is if the groom decides he doesn’t want to get married anymore! i am pretty easy to please though 🙂
Post # 12
@MissTatas: We already laugh at this! Honestly in the moment we were just having such a great night it really didnt matter. It wasnt until we looked back on it that we were like HUH! But its funny because its our own wedding and it makes ours unique! It was still an awesome night!
Post # 13
we were at a wedding last week and during the meals the music was so damned loud we were screaming at each other and my voice/throat was very sore by the time we left the party
Post # 14
I posted how a DJ at my friend’s wedding was horrible. The bride and groom seemed to have a ton of fun, and I am so happy for them, but as a guest, I wanted nothing to do with the dancing.
The guy did not know how to shut up. Every 30 seconds he had to say something – “If you want air guitars, I’ll give them to you.” or “We’re still having fun.” or “Do the lawnmower”. We did not go through ONE song that night without him saying something. But the worst thing her said was “Keep it hetero.” Yeah. Two girls were dancing together and that’s what he said. Awesome.
Post # 15
I dont really want to get into the story… it is posted around here somewhere if you care that much but my DJ and the quality of her sound .. she showed up with 1 speaker and a laptop the sound was so bad I cant even watch my wedding video without crying. Not to mention the person who did our wedding was the owner and she said we were the only person who ever was unhappy and pertty much blamed everything that went wrong on me. I felt so bad about our wedding.. everything went right but the music and that was really important to me and I just wanted to cry it put me in a funk for a while. THANK GOD we spent more and splurged on our photographers because the beautiful pictures made me feel alot better. I wish i had not wasted that money on her i think I could have done a better job with my own laptop some speakers and a pre arranged playlist. I read reviews and did some research I attended a party her company had worked before and I thought I had gotten a really good deal. WRONG I SHOULD HAVE SPENT THE EXTRA MONEY AND GOTTEN SOMEONE BETTER! Just to touch on a few things… she said innapropraite things…. Stuff wasnt cued when it was suppose to be I had to asked it to be done … our start time ran late and she only prepped 3 songs before hand so she played the same song 3 times in a row b4 Everything was so distorted half of the music was distorted or was too loud …. and you cant even hear our pastor or our vows over the feedback the mic was causing … even our camera man who was just a few feet away.
Post # 16
@PitBulLover: That makes me laugh so much!! Thanks for sharing.
My advice is to definitely talk to the DJ and request a full list of what they intend on playing. I’ve been to a lot of great wedding with terrible, old, out-dated music that spolit the ambience. Get to know the DJ and see if he/she seems like a good fit for you. Don’t be shy about telling them what you want and don’t want. We had a list of songs we definitely wanted played, and songs we didn’t want played. The DJ also threw in some great surprises.