- 3 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
Just a vent …
We had met with the DJ a few weeks ago to finalize details (play lists, pronunciation of wedding party names, etc). He was very pushy on uplights for which he charges $100 each. We’re on a budget so we politely and firmly declined. He also asked if he could arrive an hour before the reception to setup, and said that it would be easier for him to get the equipment into the room through the main entrance before the guests arrived for cocktail hour in the lobby outside the room. We said that shouldn’t be a problem.
Then he emails me the other day to let me know he had received final payment for his services, payment in full 60 days before the event as outlined in the contract.
In his email, he noted that we would owe him for an extra hour of play time, since he planned to arrive an hour early. I replied and said no thank you, we did not need music / DJ to begin until 6pm with the introductions – as stated in the signed contract. He came back with an analogy of an employer asking his employee to arrive early but not paying for the extra time … and I responded that the correct analogy is the employee arriving early on his own accord, and expecting payment. I also reminded him that both in the contract and during our emails, he had repeatedly said that he does not charge for setup or breakdown time.
Then he had the nerve to say that introductions would not begin until 6:15pm because he would need time to “coordinate” and once again, asked for the extra hour. No sir, we have a contract that the DJ begins with introductions at 6pm.
He did finally back down … and I’m still simmering about it. I can’t believe that he would try to get 20% more than contracted! There is a back entrance that is usually used for the vendors, so it’s not like he will disturb our guests with equipment.