Post # 1
I am currently looking for a DJ for my wedding. I have talked to quite a few on the phone but it is hard to tell a good DJ over an average DJ. I have found most of the DJ’s are around the same cost for 5 hours. I am planning to have a DJ for 6-7 hours and am also interested in accent/up lighting at the wedding. Any suggestions? Reviews welcome on the following DJ’s and new DJ suggestions welcome!
Easy DJ productions (I saw earlier post on this DJ), DL Entertainment, DJ Bill Bara, and Party Time Productions, Entertainment Tonite, and Scheimer Entertainment.
Post # 3
Andy Booth. I cannot possibly recommend him highly enough. If he’s available on your date, sign the contract. When we first met with him, I was a little concerned, as he’s a tad older and I wasn’t certain he could keep a younger crowd going. But he absolutely knocked it out of the park. In fact, a friend who was at our wedding signed a contract with him for her own wedding this fall! Seriously – he went above and beyond the call of duty, going so far as to help my bridesmaids with the final touches on decorations prior to the ceremony.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
We used Andy Hutelmyer and I am telling you right now, he MADE our wedding reception. He was OUTSTANDING. He hit everything on our must-play list, nothing on our do-not-play list, did an amazing job at reading the room and picking what to play next, took requests from me, Mr. Octo, and my family almost immediately, and did no weird DJ commentary whatsoever. He was probably the best wedding vendor we hired. My dad spontaneously tipped him $50 at the end of the night for doing such a great job and keeping our dance floor so packed. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Post # 5
I am using Party Time Productions (specifically DJ Steve Lebo). My wedding isn’t until May but he has been incredible easy to work with and very accomidating. We book their platinum package which has pretty much everything you could need: uplighting, a gobo monogram, unlimited hours, 2 setups (one for ceremony one for reception), a video montage, etc and it his prices are really reasonable.
He’s one of those people you just get a great vibe from. I’ve had several vendors ask me who my DJ is and when I tell them they all say the same thing: “oh he’s fabulous- exactly what you want from a DJ. Your dance floor will be packed all night”.
I can’t wait to the wedding!
Post # 6
@ Miss Cuppycake: Thanks for the recommendation! I’m planning to meet with Steve this week and I’ll keep your recommendation in mind!
Post # 7
@redherring: I also have heard nothing but good things about andy and when it came time to booking he was my first vendor who I booked! We met with him and he was wonderful!
I too wanted accent lighting and uplighting, however the DJ is most important to me so I wanted to book a great dj. I plan to hire someone to do the lighting separately.
Post # 8
I am using Second 2 None DJ company, I really was impressed by the owner (he will be 1 of the 2 dj’s at the wedding) and I really liked how they also have Photography. We are using them for both Photography and Dj’ing. We are also including an ‘eye in the sky’ from them during the reception that is a video camera that is just streaming live feed from the room onto a 10 ft screen somewhere in the ballroom, that will be able to zoom in on first dance, cake cutting…etc. I liked that idea a lot because I’ve been to weddings and struggled to view everything going on.
They also offer uplighting and photobooths.
Post # 9
We are using Jeremy Ganss. He has come highly recommended even by other vendors I am using. When we met with him, he said he won’t play any cheesy songs like the Chicken Dance, Macarena, etc unless you ask him to. That pretty much sealed the deal for me. He also is very professional and does not try to make himself the star of the party.
PS – he has a great blog with pics from all sort of different venues if you are still looking.
Post # 10
@Rachel7491 Ohhh I love Jeremy Ganss. When i first got engaged I contacted him after he played my friends wedding. I talked to him for like an hour over the phone and was sooo in love with everything he was saying… then i found out his price and almost died. I tried to make it work out financially but there was just no way. He’s a FANTASTIC DJ! You will have such a great reception!
Post # 11
I am just beginning to research DJs in the Pittsburgh area, but am not sure of pricing/rates for DJs. This was one area of my budget I had no clue about. Can anyone help me out to get a ballpark figure?
Post # 12
It totally depends on how many hours you ate looking for: I’d say the average for 5 hours is probably around $900.
Stay away from any Dj who charges less as you get what you pay for! There’s nothing worse than an awful DJ!
Post # 13
@Demarca11: We are using Jeremy Ganss. Haven’t heard/seen one bad thing about him. He might be more expensive than many others, but we found out that spending the extra money far outweighs the experience of having a bad “dance” portion of your wedding! Is a complete gentleman, is a younger guy, so he’s not out of touch!!!!, emcees the whole affair, contacts other vendors to set schedules, is sensitive to your playlist do’s and don’ts, speaks to you throughout the whole lenghth of time before your wedding, talks to the grooms, has a special planning site just for you…what more could you ask for! You get what you pay for..don’t regret your choices later!
Post # 14
DJ Zombo!! flat rate of $500. He is well known in the area for not only weddings but spinning records at different venues.