Post # 1
The DJ at our wedding only played TWO songs on our “must play” list. Two.
Am I crazy for being frustrated by this? What should my next steps be?
My parents hosted the wedding and did all the contractual paperwork with him (including payment), so I hate to meddle but I think it is kinda crazy that only two songs on our “must play” list were played… For the record, the list wasn’t super long, complicated, or obscure.
Do I contact him even though I’m not the one who worked with him? Do I just leave a blah review and call it a day?
I don’t want my parents to think I’m unhappy/disappointed because they hosted a wonderful day. I just feel like only playing two of the requested songs is unacceptable.
Post # 2
BeachBee1988: What did your guests think of what he played overall? Were people dancing a lot and having a good time? Did you dance and have a good time?
Post # 3
BeachBee1988: How was the music overall? Did people dance, enjoy it?
I personally wouldn’t bother trying to do anything. Better to move on…there is likely nothing in the contract that states they HAVE to play EVERY song on the must play list.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t do anything, especially if everyone was having a great time. If I did say anything, I would keep it simple in an online review and just mention that you were disappointed that more of your song choices weren’t played.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
The event is done, so I don’t think it is worth it to get involved with the DJ personally on this one. I would write a review and be sure to mention that I was disappointed with the song choices, especially as you gave him a list beforehand. The music was of #1 importance at our reception, so I sympathize with you on this.
Post # 6
Music was fine… Not awesome, not painful.
Before the wedding, we agreed that he’d set up outside of the pavilion next to the dance floor, but when Darling Husband and I got into the reception, he was under the pavilion nowhere near the dance floor. This caused the guests to split up – some dancing inside with the DJ, some dancing (as intended) outside on the lighted dance floor.
I wasn’t impressed with his services, specifically changing locations/breaking up the dancing groups and not playing the “must play” songs…
Looks like an honest review is in order. Thanks yall!
Post # 7
BeachBee1988: Where he set up may have been dictated by the venue or their coordinator. I would clarify that before you mention it in your review.
If your guests enjoyed themselves and they were dancing, I wouldn’t hit him too hard in the review about the playlist. It’s worth a mention and if you aren’t happy, other people should know about your experience, but if your guests enjoyed themselves, perhaps he was reading the crowd.
I think he should have played your songs regardless, though. This is where a DJ’s job sometimes gets dicey – they have to find a balance between what the crowd is responding to and what the bride and groom want to hear. If those two things don’t match up, then they need to be good at what they do and make a decision. Ultimately, they should be making sure their clients (you and your husband) are happy.
Post # 8
It may have been the best decision NOT to play much of the ‘must play’ songs. Maybe they didn’t vibe well with the other music. Maybe they weren’t suitable for dancing and a party atmosphere. Maybe the music he was already playing, the crowd was responding well to. I know we told our DJ we mainly only like country music and older rock (60’s-80’s) but that we were cool with some Kesha and Pitbull but no rap. He did throw in a lot of country and some of the oldies but it was mostly Kesha-type music and I am SO happy he went with his professional opinion and not ours because he kept the crowd on the dance floor and everyone had a blast. As long as the important songs (father-daughter, first dance, etc) were correct, I wouldn’t do anything about it. If you give him a bad review trashing his name because he didn’t play songs off your list, you run the risk of giving him a bad review when he may have made the best professional decision (if your ‘must haves’ were not good wedding music).
Post # 9
When I say the “must play list” I’m taking about specific, important songs to us — like my university’s fight song, which is a huge tradition to sing at weddings in our area. We even brought it up at the reception to try to have it played then, but he hadn’t downloaded it and didn’t have good enough service to get it.
I totally get going with the feel of the crowd, etc. – which is why we had so few “must plays.” But not having a specifically-requested university fight song when the college is LITERALLY in the same city as the wedding and has been brought up on multiple occasions seems kinda crazy to me.
Anyway, it’s not worth rehashing, so I’ll just be bummed that I didnt get to sing and chant with the multiple generations of alums in attendance. And then I’ll get over it.