Post # 1
I have booked with a company that has about 30 dj’s on staff~ They are the leading dj compnay on our area. How do I make sure that the one I get isnt cheesy! How can you audition a dj? This is a vital part of the wedding and I want to know who i am getting. Should i have a meeting wiht the owner and ask quesstions? Wonder if they dont have some of the music that I want??
Post # 3
Oh no! I would have definitely asked those questions BEFORE booking. Most DJs will respect please play and do not play lists though, so you should be fine. Just make sure you’re as specific as possible on those lists. I’d be really surprised if they didn’t give you the opportunity to talk to your dj before the wedding though!
Post # 4
Our DJ company did not allow us to meet our actual DJ. They kept telling us they weren’t sure who would be on that night. We did our meeting with the owner who was not the actual DJ. Our DJ was a great MC, no advertisements, and he followed our do not play list, BUT… we did not know about the cheesy lighting. He had a disco ball and these roller skate rink like colored flashing lights. WTH? We did not sign up for that! I was embarrassed about the lights but it was one of those things that guests had no idea – just me. I guess just try to ask your company for the actual DJ and have a phone conference at least.
Post # 5
we have a compnay like that here in charlotte that puts on DJ expos – they invite brides to come to them and you can see all the DJ’s at work and then talk to them each a little afterwards – they even gave us a headshot sheet of the DJ’s that were available for our wedding day… im surprised such a big company didnt do something like that.
we ended up booking with another company – thoug the big company was great! they had some cheesy dj’s but some of them we really like but the price just wasnt right for us- they quoted us 1195 for 4 hours.
we ended up looking around some more and came across todd! he and his wife own a company and she does ceremonys and he does receptions – we ended up just booking him but we met him in person and talked a little about packages and he just blew my mind. his personality won me over. he was very outgoing and fun but not cheesy and he said “i talk as much as i need to do get people involved but it really bugs me when a DJ plays the emcee roll and talks the whole reception” that did it for me…he was exactly what we were looking for – not to mention he had great ideas for song choices and the price was more than right $600 for 4 hours plus $200 for uplights.
he was the one vendor i was most excited about having to write the review. i did it almost immediately.
Post # 6
I’m meeting with my DJ tomorrow morning. He is willing to adapt to what we want. One thing my Fiance hates is when it becomes about the DJ and not about the wedding… aka, the DJ is always announcing random things, or making jokes throughout the night as if it were his show. We’re basically going to tell him that that’s not what we want. We want him to be a good emcee of course, but we’re asking him to stay more quiet throughout the night. He can announce when we’re cutting the cake, etc… but please, nix the jokes. It may mean that you’re bored (as a DJ) but it means that we’re happy (as a couple). Haha 🙂