I debated on whether to write this or not. I know that in our industry, it's common to "not rock the boat" and just keep your mouth shut when things aren't right. Call me un-diplomatic but a recent event just got to me and I wanted to share in regards. I know you brides get bombarded with vendors who tell you "don't go cheap". I'm sure that many of you think we're just trying to pad our pockets but I'm here to tell you, that's not the case. Most of us genuinely want the very best for you and your event. I had a recent event at The Factory at Franklin. My event was in the commons area with about 150 guests. Very tasteful, elegant and the Bride & Groom and their guests all had a wonderful time.
In the next room over, the Jamison Hall, there was a much larger event going on. I stuck my head in a few times to check it out. They had gorgeous drapery work (which I estimated at about $3k), full Uplighting (about $2.5k), huge cakes (about $2k), 3 videographers (about $3k) and then there was the DJ:
Now I have no idea who this DJ is, how much they were paid, or what their contract called for. Hey, at least he did change out of his jeans into a pair of Docker pants (same shirt) for this very formal event. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not taking shots at the DJ or the bride. I'm sharing this to show what a poor choice can mean to and otherwise stellar event. The sound system appeared to be a Fender Passport. Not bad........for a Ceremony with 50 guests........but it's absolutely ridiculous to think about using this for a 10,000 square foot facility. It's like trying to use a boombox at a basketball game. My best guess is either the bride went with a cheap $300-$500 guy or some DJ ripped off a client (shame on you, Mr. DJ).
During the event, they had a gorgeous Grand Entrance, for which you couldn't hear any music much less the announcement. Forget about dancing, you did well to even hear the music, much less feel it. Massive fail. To give a bit of perspective, here's a wider-angle shot of the room:
Their event started after ours and finished up long before we did. I watched the entire group of guests walk past our area and I saw a number of them who would point over at our dance floor and you could see them mouth "I wish we had had dancing." By the way, here was my event. It was a great night with lots of wonderful memories made:
The point is obvious. Brides, PLEASE don't go with the cheapest option you can find. Not only on DJ, but for EVERY vendor you hire for your event. This is, most often, the largest party you will ever give for your family and friends and will likely set the tone for how they perceive (and treat) you in years to come. Do you want their respect? Then show them you are a quality individual and always go with quality that gives good value. Thanks for letting me rant.