(Closed) DJ wants to be paid in cash night of reception – no deposit

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 16
6331 posts
Bee Keeper

I also suspected he might want cash payment to avoid taxes or to keep payment simple. If he’s on the preferred vendor list, he should have a good track record. 

Post # 17
6532 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Sounds like he doesn’t want to pay his taxes. I wouldn’t hire him, because I hate assholes who don’t pay their taxes.

Post # 18
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I second

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I don’t like people who claim to be professionals doing their job tax-free. If he wants to avoid taxes, this might not be a main source of income for him and it makes you wonder if he’ll be around forever.

Post # 19
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

This is what my DJ is doing too. His reasoning was, “you don’t pay for anything else a year in advance, like a meal or a haircut, so why do the same for me?”. Whatever he wants is good for me!

Post # 20
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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mrsdsmith:  My DJ is the same. Where I come from in Scotland this is normal for DJs. 

Post # 21
1295 posts
Bumble bee

Totally normal.  I have a friend who DJs and he said that folks are more likely to tip on great service if they pay in cash vs. a check they’ve filled out pre-event.  Makes sense to me – everybody wants to make more money for sure.  My mom paid several vendors the day of in cash from her purse, $100 bills.

Post # 22
1189 posts
Bumble bee

It doesn’t strike me as odd, but I can understand why you don’t want to add “keeping track of an envelope full of cash” to your wedding day agenda. Do you have a very close friend or family member you can deputize to handle it? And I agree that you need a receipt. I’d ask him to bring one, but just in case he forgets you can draft something that says “per the terms of the contract, xxx was paid on xxxx.” Print it out and stick two copies in with the cash, and make sure the friend/relative holds on to one copy.

Post # 23
10 posts
  • Wedding: July 2016

That’s not odd at all. A little different that they don’t require a deposit, but at least you have the contract to protect you. As for the cash, that’s totally normal. Most vendors prefer to be paid in cash the day of the wedding. They know weddings are expensive– checks can bounce, credit cards can get declined by the time they get back to their business and are able to actually run them. Cash ensures they are paid for their services.

Post # 25
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2020

I’m a DJ – I’ve had lots of people pay me in cash… But the change of heart is a bit strange.

Is he going to abscond? Don’t know.

Like others said, usually the contract is there to protect you and the DJ from double booking – ie picking whatever other arrangements you’d like simultaneously – and then skipping one arrangement that is less agreeable.

If you have a signed contract then, that should work – technically. But, check your contract carefully.

Post # 26
924 posts
Busy bee

I’d think it was ok since he’s not asking upfront. And some of those other ways to pay charge a fee for using them, so basically instead of him paying it it would be him getting that from you. Maybe he doesn’t have a checking account. Witg many family members in banking, I can see that. My best friend and her husband didn’t have one for years and her husband owned his own business. Many banks charge to cash checks if you don’t have an account there and that would also eliminate being able to take debit/credit payments even from like square or something, that also charge a percentage. He could also be someone who is buying say a car and needs the cash to pay the person and told them “hey I’m working this day and can have it to you by this day”. 

Post # 27
226 posts
Helper bee

As long as there is a contract I think it’s fine. We’re paying cash.

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