Post # 1
So I got a name for a DJ from my Future Sister-In-Law. He’s a guy who works out of his house and is ALOT less expensive than the other DJ’s I had talked to. Like, less than half the price. However, I have no way of knowing how good he is. I tried looking up reviews by Googling his name, but nothing has come up. And my Future Sister-In-Law has not seen him work, she just knows him from his day job. So, my question is (sorry it took so long to get to it!) do you think it seems out of line to ask if we can go see him work one night? My Fiance thinks it is, he says it would be weird to crash someone’s wedding. I agree, but if it’s at a hall where multiple weddings are going on (of which there are many around here) no one will even know we’re crashing. And anyway, all we would be doing is standing in the back watching the DJ for a few minutes, not joing in mambo line. Plus, we could probably go see him at an event that’s not a wedding. The bigger DJ companies have videos on their websites for this reason, but since he’s just a dude out of his house he doesn’t have that type of set up. What do you bees think? Am I out of line for requesting this?
Post # 3
Not out of line. I’d highly recommend checking him out at work. Remember the phrase “you get what you pay for?” its worth checking it out to make sure you aren’t totally embarrassed/disappointed on your wedding day, don’t you think?
Post # 4
@peach924: I think it is perfectly reasonable to request to see his work either in person or via video (if he has one). It is also appropriate to ask to talk to people he’s DJ’d for before to see what they thought.
Post # 5
Maybe he works somewhere else too? A lot of DJs work at clubs or bars – weddings are only part of what they do. I would ask him and see what he says.
For what it’s worth, I’ve seen it done on wedding shows, but I’m like your Fiance – I would feel weird about it.
Post # 6
I find it incredible he doesn’t at least have a CD you can hear.
Post # 8
Agree with the PP’s, this is totally ok and I would suggest it. Maybe not a wedding, though. I would see what other kinds of gigs he has coming up. I heard my DJ at a friend’s wedding, but if I hadn’t, I know he works at some bars in the area so I could have checked him out that way.
Post # 9
@Oneeleven: He has a huge song library we can choose from, but I was more interested in seeing his MC abilities and making sure he’s not cheesy or boring.
We are having a band too, so he won’t be on all night, but he will be responsible for our intro/first dances and our ceremony too. Thanks for reassuring me that I’m not being too controlling or a bridezilla, ladies!
Post # 10
For sure! and his mixing abilities too. It’s not like he is throwing down a pre mixed CD.
he has to ‘feel’ the crowd and play off them, as well, you don’t want stuff to sound like boots in a dryer (where two song mix into one and sound like crap! lol)
You’re not in Vancouver are you? A friend of mine DJ’s, does weddings,and she is amazing!
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
@iheartnerds: I agree. I don’t think it’s a weird request at all, but maybe not crashing someone’s wedding. If he can get a video/audio of his next wedding, invite you to a public event he’s working, and/or give you contact info for past couples he’s worked with so that you can at least have a reference, I think that’s completely appropriate. He should at least have a website with clips of himself if he’s starting a business or doing a side-business, otherwise you could just hire your little brother who bought himself some DJing gear, if you get what I mean.