(Closed) DJ Disappointment – Justified? Next steps?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
570 posts
Busy bee

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
3064 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
4943 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
2961 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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 # 7
618 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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
2733 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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).

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