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DJ HORROR STORIES -- Above, DJ in an outdated tuxedo.

A DJ showing up in an ugly tuxedo could be the least of your problems.

These are true DJ horror stories from Detroit-area newlyweds. *These brides and grooms would probably pay anything to go back and pick a quality, reputable, properly trained DJ. If you think all companies are pretty good... Just Read These............................

This is REAL! It seems unbelievable, but it happens very often with unprofessional DJ's. -- Gig Type: Wedding Reception
Entertainment Needed: Wedding DJ, Event DJ, DJ

Description: My recent DJ had to cancel on me and I have less than a month to find another one for my wedding! Please let me know if you are available for September **. You can contact me through email preferably at **************.

This one is posted on --- it is a LOCAL MICHIGAN DJ SERVICE--- People think this doesn't happen... It does!

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The first two hours of my party was filled with an occasional song mixed in with speaker ear piercing feedback, alien-like noises from the sound system which the DJ couldn't figure out how to stop, NO MUSIC AT ALL while the DJ tried to re-connect wires, songs that started and then restarted again after it had played. UUUGGGHHHH!!! The DJ did not seem to know enough songs to make reasonable playlists. We actually got behind the DJ booth and created our own lists for her. When we asked for top 40 songs by their title, she did not know who the artist was. She was a nice gal, don't get me wrong, but the "DJ talent" was just NOT THERE. The party was a huge success, but not by credit to the DJ. That was a big disappointment.

-Rhonda S, , Birthday Party, Berkley, MI



New Entry:  - The DJ in the room next to ours blew up his amp. He had no backup at all. He came over and asked me for help after trying everything else. I let him use my backup amp. I wish he would have let me know earlier that his amp died. I could have helped him right away. His party sat in dead silence for over 45 minutes. I'm glad I could help... I wonder what he would have done if I wasn't able to help him?

New Entry:  -- The DJ in the room next to ours left his DJ area and couldn't be found. The DJ dissappeared for 25 minutes. He left a Kenny G. song on for dinner music. Unfortunately, the same song kept playing over, and over, and over... He was gone, so nobody could even change the music. Eventually the guests at the party just pulled the plug... literally! The DJ shows back up and gets angry and yells at the guests for turning it off.

NEW ENTRY -- I (Robert Navarre) was working at Burton Manor and I walked past the banquet room next to ours. There was silence. There were about 50 people in the room but no music. I walked by again and about 100 people and still no music. I asked the first table in the room why there was no music, and it was the photographer, and she didn't know why there was no music. The DJ was there the whole time with headphones on, but no music. ---- So I had to go and ask him why? The DJ said, "They're not payin' me to play until 7 O'clock, so no music!" ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------We at Full Effect DJ Service would never do this. The guests were obviously uncomfortable in silence.

1.  Jennifer, a newlywed from Sterling Heights tells her story. "The first thing my DJ said to me when I walked into Barrister Gardens was ?Congratulations Julie!'. THE WRONG NAME! That was just the beginning. He referred to me as Julie twice more, including in our introductions! I was so embarrassed, and so were my guests."

2.Rachel and Matt had their wedding reception at Laurel Manor in Livonia last May. They thought they hired a DJ that would follow their directions. What they got was disappointment. "We specifically told our DJ not to play the Hokey Pokey and the Chicken Dance. Fifteen minutes after dancing began he played both, back to back!

3.Danielle and Mike recall a similar experience at their wedding reception at St. Johns in Plymouth, "We gave our DJ a list of our favorite songs that we wanted played during our party and he didn't play one. We asked him repeatedly to play them and he refused until my bride was practically in tears."

4.At least Danielle and Mike had a DJ with sound equipment that worked. Dave and Jill weren't so lucky during their reception at Mac n Ray's in Harrison Township. "We were dancing like maniacs, when all of sudden, silence. Our DJ lost power to his speakers for some reason and our party was pretty much over. It ruined our entire night."

5."We gave our DJ a $250.00 deposit over a year before our wedding," says Robin who after a long engagement to Dan had their wedding reception at the Pine Knob Mansion. "About a month before our wedding we called the number on the contract and it was disconnected! It was so stressful trying to find a DJ a month before our wedding. We still don't know what happened to him, or our deposit."

6.Sherri and Jim had a DJ that showed up to their wedding reception at Vladimir's in Farmington Hills, in jeans! "I couldn't believe this guy thought that black jeans and tie were appropriate," exclaimed Sherri's mother. "We paid him almost a thousand dollars and he shows up like that? Unbelievable!"

7.Amy and Andrew's DJ was dressed appropriately for their reception at the Holiday Inn Southgate Heritage Center. However, they had a different problem. Andrew tells it best, "Our DJ was late. He was carrying his speakers and lights and stuff right past our receiving line! He looked completely disorganized and flustered. We didn't even have any music until just before dinner"

8.Denise and Randy also had a disorganized DJ at their reception at Baker's of Milford. "Our DJ was a nice guy, but I don't think he had any idea what he was doing," explains Denise. "He didn't introduce our bridal party correctly, he forgot to announce the cake being cut, and it took us forever to start dancing after dinner. When we finally did our bridal dance, the DJ did it so abruptly that our photographer was still in the lobby taking pictures of our parents. Not only did the photographer miss the dance, so did our parents! It was a total disaster."

9.Kathleen and Brian tried to save money by hiring a less-expensive DJ. They got what they paid for during their reception at Sycamore Hills in Macomb. Kathleen remembers, "Our DJ didn't even come prepared with any of the songs we discussed, not even the song Brian and I were going to dance to for our bridal dance! We ended up dancing to some song we never even heard of."

10.Recently, at a reception at the Sterling Inn, a similar thing happened during Jackie and Don's wedding. "Our DJ played rap all night, which we can't stand. I looked through his CDs to try to find something else and all he had was rap. Most of my guests left before 10pm."

This is the most amazing story of all. Remember, these are all true stories!

11."I think our DJ started to drink during dinner," recall Martin and Holly, who had their reception at Penna's by Lakeside Mall. "By the time he was supposed to introduce the bridal dances he was slurring his words. Around 10:30pm he began to get belligerent with some of the guests. Then, near the end of the night, he passed out in the bathroom after peeing in his pants! It was a total nightmare."


NO SHOW -- Many companies have no-shows... Believe it! They just don't care, and they let you try to sue them. You will be extremely lucky to get any money or any damages from them. They are good at scamming people.


1. The DJ company will have you sign a contract for $395 for 4 hours.

You think everything is fine. You think you saved money and found the one incredible "too good to be true" deal.

   One week prior to the wedding they inform you that ...

A) If you want to add the other 2 hours (Almost all weddings are 6 hours) that you must pay $295 per hour for those hours... which they already knew you would need.

B) If you want a wireless microphone it is $175 extra. They also knew you would need this from the beginning.

C) Your DJ that they showed you is not available -- (He broke his arm, He left the country, whatever reason they can make up). The DJ was actually never available. They knew that from the beginning too. They send a completely untrained DJ, you got ripped off.

D) They shut down for business... good luck ever finding them or your money. Their phone number is disconnected.

2. Your DJ shows up and his equipment breaks. This is the most common one that we hear from every hall. DJ's don't understand electronics, ohms, resistance, impedance, or know how to match equipment. They have mismatched gear and it BLOWS UP, quite literally at your wedding.

3. Your DJ shows up and makes an idiot out of himself. He thinks he is a "STAR" and everyone is at the wedding to see him.


4. Car Salesman -- Many DJ companies are nothing more than a great salesman. The DJ talent they have is horrible, but the salesman sells you so smoothly.... OUCH!

    Solution -- Ask them "Where did your DJ's learn music and electronics?"

5. More coming soon... There are a million ways for DJ's to rip you off... please be careful.
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