Post # 1
This may sound idiotic, but I had my heart set on a live guitarist, so my fiancee agreed to let me have my guitarist for two hours of our reception, but he wants a DJ for the last hour. I have been searching, but I doubt I will find a DJ that will be willing to come out for a one hour set. All my inquiries basically stated I would have to pay the DJ for the full 4 hours, but they’d only DJ for one. That’s a rip off. Does anyone know of an affordable DJ (my guitarist is charging $100/hr, so I’m looking for similar rates), amateur or professional, who would be willing to DJ for an hour in Westminster, CA towards the end of July 2014? Well, 15 minutes of that time frame would be cake cutting and bouquet toss, so it’s more like 45 minutes of DJing and maybe a few announcements. LoL
If all else fails, I figure I could just hook up the IPOD and get away with that. We’ll have about 200 guests, but the majority of them are older, more conservative folks. I probably won’t be getting down on the dance floor anyway. hehe 😉
Post # 2
Westminster…what part of CA is that in? I have a great DJ in the bay area. Are you close?
Post # 3
why not use the guitarist for dinner or cocktails (or the ceremony) then have the DJ for the whole “dancing” part of the reception.
at least then you will get your money worth since I think it might be hard to find someone for only 1 hr
Post # 4
I’d just go with the ipod at that point. Or as littlemisshostess said above me, switch your timing and do the guitarist for dinner and cocktails.
Post # 5
I agree with PPs, I think the guitar would be better enjoyed during dinner than for dancing.
Post # 6
I would look into independent DJs who aren’t associated with a company. I’d ask your venues and photographer for recommendations (our photographer recommended our DJ to us). Honestly, no one is going to accept the gig unless they are a student until the week before, because they would rather get hired all night.
I think dinner, and cake cutting, etc would be more approriate for a guitarist. No one is going to dance to a single guitarist (though it could be way romantic for dinner). You might be best off with an Ipod.
Post # 7
Thanks for your input everyone!
@msfreems: Westminster is in southern california, unfortunately. But thank you!
I kind of have a complicated situation–my wedding is Fusion of 3 cultures so with the cultural ceremonies involved, time shifts won’t be a possibility. I think I will probably look into students and independent djs a few weeks before, as one of you mentioned. If all else fails, I’ll have my trusty Ipod loaded and ready. 😉 Thanks again ladies!
Post # 8
Ladies, I just booked an indie DJ for $195 willing to do the hour! Thanks for your help!