We booked a DJ!
(that’s Derek doing his happy dance 😉 )
I know what you’re thinking – took you long enough!
You’d assume I would have learned my lesson after my sister waited until the last minute to book her DJ and ended up calling everyone and their mother looking for recommendations once she discovered everyone was booked solid. But, nope, I didn’t. Since my wedding is technically in wedding “off-season” I got a little cozy knowing DJs wouldn’t be as in demand as they were at the height of wedding season in June. (p.s. that’s just one of the reasons I LOVE getting married in the “off season”. Maybe I should write a post about that?)
Anyway, we contacted our first DJ hopeful back in June. It was the same DJ my friend had at her wedding earlier in the year and I thought he did a fabulous job getting the crowd dancing. We set up a Skype chat for the end of the month where he instantly sold us on his enthusiasm and professionalism as a DJ. We were all set to sign, until we got the final numbers. Ouch. His prices had shot up nearly 50% since my friend had booked him over a year ago. I guess word got out that he was good and since our wedding was all the way in Titusville (and not Orlando) he wasn’t willing to budge due to travel costs. Derek and I talked it over and decided that paying that much for a DJ wasn’t very high on our priority list. We said thanks, but no thanks, and each wished each other luck.
That was the moment I realized that looking for an Orlando based DJ wasn’t going to work. Everything out of Orlando was pricing much higher than everything from the Brevard area, so I started asking around there. I posted a thread on my venue’s Facebook page and got a couple of recommendations.
In July, Derek and I connected with a couple from the area that DJ on the side and had worked events at our venue in the past. We had a great Skype session with them, but something didn’t click. The price was right, but Derek wasn’t impressed with their experience or ability to hype up a crowd. Once again, we were back at square one.
To be honest, I sort of let the DJ search drop after that. Derek said he would get a list of DJ recommendations from a co-worker who used to plan events in the area, but the co-worker never got back to him. We waited and waited, until I finally got a burst of energy and decided we had to book someone right that very minute.
I ended up calling another DJ our venue had recommended, but he was booked. Then I called the DJ from my brother’s wedding, but he was booked too. So much for my cozy window! Oops. I think this when the real panic started to set in.
The DJ who did my brother’s wedding had a couple of recommendations that I followed up on. The first one I called was free and had done a wedding at our venue before. He sent some photos/video from the wedding and answered all of the questions I had on the phone. The price was right, he was energetic, he’d worked at our venue before, and he was available – SOLD!
I paid the deposit last night. The DJ is officially booked. So happy to have that task finally crossed off my list.
How did you pick your DJ?