Post # 1
I found a DJ I really like from the list of preferred vendors that my venue provided, and while exchanging emails about what his quote inlcuded, this DJ is now saying he does not require a deposit, just a signed contract, and wants to be paid in cash the night of the reception. Is that odd?
I have no issue with paying him the night of the reception – but am uncomfortable in dealing with cash payments. Any one have epxeriences like this???
Post # 2
It seems a bit odd to me that he wouldn’t want a deposit.
I had vendors be paid in cash the day of but that was after a deposit and it was in a different country so…IDK.
I would check out his references/ website reviews, etc just to be sure. It seems like it would be easy for him to not show or cancel.
Post # 3
Just make sure you get a receipt from him saying the full amount ($xxx) was paid in cash on X date.
Your contract is theoretically there to protect you both. It doesn’t sound weird to me – people love cash. Maybe he has something to do the next day he needs cash for and doesnt want to wait for a cheque to clear? Dunno.
Obviously if you’re too uncomfortable you can go wtih someone else, or you can let him know that you won’t be able to pay in cash and see what he says.
Post # 4
I’d go with it. You have a contract. Our caterer didn’t ask for a deposit, which to me seems totally crazy but whatever. Cash payments could mean he isn’t claiming any or all of the money on his taxes, but that isn’t your problem.
Post # 5
Do NOT do this. Had a friend get $1500 stolen in the same situation.
Post # 6
It is kind of weird, but he’s not asking for cash up front, so I’d say it’s not a big deal. You have a contract and I assume you won’t be paying him until he’s done his job. I wouldn’t worry about it as long as there are some reviews of him somewhere.
Post # 7
If he’s a preferred venor of your venue as well as you having a signed contract I think its fine, although a little odd!
Post # 8
paying cash on night for DJs/bands is really common here in UK at least.
Post # 9
how? did he take off after he got paid part way through the night?!
Post # 10
A lot of my friends are musicians/dj’s and cash in hand is normal. It’s side cash so they don’t always pay tax on it.
Post # 11
No, a guest took the envelope full of cash during the reception.
Post # 12
Telling someone not to pay a DJ in cash because someone stole your friend’s envelope of cash is a bit silly. Giving it to someone who will keep track of it will easily solve that problem. You don’t tell people not to bring cash in their cards, you put the card box in a location where someone can keep an eye on it. It sucks that this happened to your friend but a little advanced planning should prevent this.
Do you trust your venue? If so, I wouldn’t pass over him due to the no deposit and paying in cash, he’s probably on the preferred vendors list for a reason. If you’re concerned about proof of payment, have him write out a receipt when you pay him.
Post # 13
if he wanted cash and also said he doesn’t do contracts, then I’d be worried he’d no-show. But since you have a contract, I don’t think the cash request is weird (he probably doesn’t want to pay processing fees for credit cards, and is concerned about checks bouncing – which happens to wedding vendors more frequently then you’d think). if you give him cash, he knows the money is legit. I would request a receipt from him though so that you have proof of payment.
Post # 14
We paid our DJ in cash. That said he was a good friend as well as a vendor. Even allowing for that we got him to sign a contract. I think if your DJ has a contract, and will provide you with a receipt then cash payment is fine, although slightly annoying on the night – can you pay him in cash earlier so you don’t have to worry about it on your wedding day!!!
Post # 15
that’s how ours worked! He was great!