I will start this by saying that Critical Entertainment did a great job Dj-ing and MC-ing at my wedding. The reason I am only giving them 3 stars instead of 5 is for the hassle I had to go with before and during the wedding and the irritating, ...
borderline harassment, I had to endure after.
My brother found Mike and Critical Entertainment by searching The Knot for local DJs for my and my husband to use for our wedding. We were pretty excited becasue the reviews were very positive. When we sat down with him, all he could talk about at first was how great his business was and all the awards he has gotten, which is great, everyone should be happy with their accomplishments. What irritated me right off the bat was that he used the fact that he had gotten all of those awards as an excuse that he didn't have to go tour our venue before day of. Now, if I was getting married in a typical wedding venue where everything is the same as others like it, that's one thing, but I was getting married at the Zoo. Completely different set up situation. He pretty much told me he didn't have to go before day of to look because he has looked at pictures...That didn't work for me. I asked if he could meet up with my wedding coordinator at the zoo so he could make sure he knew where he would be for our outside ceremony and our reception in the carousel building. He FINALLY went and it was a good thing too, because my wedding coordinator said there would have been an issue with set up otherwise. Also, they would send emails about trying to add-on stuff, like up lighting and things like that, I know that is usual because it is a business, but it just felt impersonal. The day of the wedding arrives, and he is there setting up. I was told by a few family members that he was incredibly rude to them and kept bragging about the places he had been before for weddings. Not the time, nor the place. Before the ceremony he comes and asks me questions, like if it would be ok if he could change after the ceremony, and other stuff he shouldn't have bothered the bride about. So, he was at my wedding ceremony in a t-shirt...
The ceremony went beautifully. Everything was great, except he used the wrong version of the song I walked down the aisle with my dad.
The reception was so much fun! We were all dancing, and everyone was having a good time! When it came time to cut the cake though, I felt rushed through it, he went so fast. The rest of the reception went great and everyone had so much fun! There were a few issues, but nothing too out of the ordinary.
What really irritated me and why I took some stars away is the fact that, starting on the day of my wedding, I was emailed about leaving a review for him. I was emailed twice the day after my wedding about leaving a review, I was emailed twice 5 days after my wedding, when we were on our honeymoon, the day we came back from our honeymoon, he sent me a text about leaving him a review, and then I was emailed again about it. I do not appreciate that, I think it is tacky and very irritating. With all of the stuff I had to do when I came back from our honeymoon, reviewing our DJ was near the bottom. I definitely will be reviewing all of my vendors because our wedding so amazing, but it will take me a little while to get back into the swing of things.
Again, he was great to use as a DJ, everyone will be on the dance floor, just be prepared to deal with his inflated ego.