(Closed) One month to go with flaky DJ…what to do?

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Honestly I would be worried you are being scammed. He didn’t give you a reciept for the deposit. He won’t communicate. When you finally talked he tried to put you off by not setting a date and when that didn’t work brought up being out of town. I don’t know if this guy is going to show. I’d arrange a back up or even an alternative plan.

Post # 5
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t freak out, but it is worth being cautious. Here’s my advice:

– call around and find someone who is still available.

– propose to the available person that you will pay them $100 retainer to just be available just in case. As in, this new DJ must step in and play if the other guy is a no show.

– if the other guy shows, the new DJ can keep the money just for being available as your back up.

– if the other guy doesn’t show, the new Dj will step in and get fully paid.

Now, if you like the new DJ, you could just eat the deposit. Not a terrible idea.

Post # 6
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Okay go read my post about Bad Wedding Vendor need advice.  This sounds just like what went on and I wish that I would have canceled the vendor and re-booked.

My rental company (tableware and chairs) gave me the complete run-around.  I had to beg for a contract to be sent to me. The week before the wedding they called to ask if I still needed 240 chairs because they only owned 200 and that meant they would have to buy more.  I’m yes, I have 240 guests and need 240 chairs.  Then the week of the wedding called to let me know they delivered the items but realized they were short on the glasses and would I need those.  Umm yes!  Then the week after my wedding they charged us an extra $500 for cleaning/misc fees.  


Also, my DJ was shady like this guy kept telling me he was going to send me a cd of music to listen to for the ceremony music.  Never got the cd.  We called and emailed him several times too to confirm music and such.  When all was said and done we made several cd’s of ceremony music that we downloaded from ITunes.  We mailed him a copy and then brought two copies with us.  Glad we did because the guy didn’t show-up.  The venue had to call and find a replacement.  The replacement guy did fine but partly because we had the music laid out on a cd.


So my point is this… if you are feeling the least bit uneasy about a vendor then change it now.  It is better to have lost the deposit money then to go through the headache we’ve experienced.

Post # 7
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree.  Get a new DJ booked if you can.  Try to get the deposit back from this other DJ, but even if that doesn’t end up happening, at least you will have a fun, dance-filled wedding day and that is much more worth it than the stress of a possible no-show DJ!

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