(Closed) DJ advice…what would you do?

posted 7 years ago in Money
  • poll: Which would you choose
    $200 Amateur : (3 votes)
    9 %
    $350 Craigslist : (15 votes)
    43 %
    $600 Professional Company : (17 votes)
    49 %
  • Post # 3
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    What makes you think the $600 would do wat better than the $340 one?

    I would scrap the friend for the reasons you state.

    Post # 5
    10588 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I booked a Dj that works for a company but I contacted him individually.  They usually charge a little less this way as the company doesn’t get a cut.  If you go for the craigslist guy make sure he has decent equipment and has a backup plan if he gets sick.  See if you can watch him work (maybe a school dance or something semi-public) so you can see if he is decent.

    Post # 6
    2905 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Can you ask the Craigslist guy for some references? My DJ sent me a list of ten recent clients and invited me to email them and ask them about their experience with him. (Note: he offered this, I didn’t even ask for it.) While obviously it’s not foolproof, I think it might be a good way to ask some folks for reviews so you know more about him.

    Post # 7
    1866 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would only go with the guy from craigslist if you can get some referrals from previous clients.  

    Post # 8
    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    DJ was the one thing at my wedding that went wrong. He showed up late so he was late setting up the equipment we needed during dinner (2 wireless mics for the MCs and speeches) and his CD player was broken (he didn’t test it ahead of time) so he couldn’t play out first dance song, even though he knew ahead of time we needed to play this CD (luckily the band had a CD player we could use). Otherwise, he was fine afterwards playing music for dancing. He cost us $300. My mom recommended him.

    If I did it over, I either would rent two wireless mics and set them up myself, then just use an iPod for music, or I would hire a more dependable and maybe more expensive DJ. I would advise against using an amateaur.

    Post # 9
    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    hmm toughy! we are paying 250$ for a friend of my Fiance who DJs with some noteable artists, and is giving us an amazing price! but if we hadn’t been able to book him, i wouldve definately looked on this site under the vendor reviews and track down references.

    Post # 10
    1043 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Agree with PP that I would decide between Craig’s List and the professional.  I would require Craig’s List guy to give at least five solid and recent references (is he listed on review sites like Yelp?). 

    I also want to point out that at most weddings, DJ’s play a HUGE role.  They don’t just play music all night and sit back, they typically set up the sound system for the wedding ceremony itself, they make the wedding party announcements when you all line up to come in for the reception/dinner, they are also in charge of keeping people on time (they signal for dinner to start, for speeches to start, for cake cutting to start, for dancing to start…).  So I personally think that this is one area I would want a professional.

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