- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I will start off by saying we live in California and out here things are probably a bit more pricey. We get that. We love our state and know the privilege of living within a 2 hour drive to Yosemite, the Napa valley, San Francisco, Muir Woods, the ocean, Lake Tahoe, and countless other things is worth the extra expenses.
Having said that, a DJ company just quoted us $1500 and told us that hiring a DJ for $1000 or less would ruin our wedding. I’m not kidding. She said something like “$1000 is like the bottom barrell standard for DJs. That’s where you get the cheesy lighting and stuff. And if you have a bad DJ, no matter how beautiful everything else is, it will ruin the wedding vibe.”
I have several responses to that.
1. $1500 is ridiculous, even here. I can get a live 3-piece jazz band for 2 hours for $800 and a guitarist for the cocktail hour for $350 (or a guitarist and singer for $600). That’s LIVE MUSIC for less than what you’re charging.
2. I can hire a guy I know for $500. He won’t do cheesy lighting because he won’t do any lighting at all because that’s not a necessary expense. And he won’t ruin the vibe. He’s never ruined a party we’ve hired him for in the past.
3. I have been to plenty of self-DJ’d parties and weddings with Ipods that were just fine. Definitely less than $1000
4. Dancing music is not the most important part of a wedding. How about, I don’t know, the ceremony, you know, the part where we actually get married? What about the 3-course meal? will that not be fun if there’s not good music at the end? will the guests not care about the open bar if it’s not set to club music?
5. I DON’T EVEN LIKE DANCING. I’m going out of my way to have non-dancing and non-drinking activities (games, ways for people to mingle, etc) so people of all ages and lifestyles don’t feel like they have to awkwardly dance or watch awkward dancing for 3 hours. I want to actually visit with my guests and celebrate my lvoe and lifetime committment to my future husband. I don’t need to spend $1500 on a DJ to do that.
this particular company actually hounded me for months after I put in an inquiry. I emailed them asking about price range, they called me back promptly (kudos to them for that) and then when I told them I wasn’t quite ready to decide on a DJ and to call back in 2 months (this was before the offensive conversation) they called me like once a week until I finally told them I was definitely NOT going to hire them.
this is the first annoying vendor experience I’ve had, and the first rant I’ve posted. I hope I’m not turning into a bridezilla and other people agree that this company was pretty out of touch