Hiring Sean as our wedding DJ ended up being my most regretful decision throughout the planning process.
At first we were quite impressed, having listened to a two hour sample of his music transitions. His prices were affordable, he told us h...
is wife Jennifer MCs, and I had a great first phone call with them to discuss what my fiancé and I were looking for.
I gave Sean my list of must-play songs on August 3 for our October 22 wedding. We paid for Sean and Jennifer to join us for dinner on Oct 1 at our venue, so they could meet the owner, get a feel for the layout, and solidify the timeline etc. The only red flag was that we were told someone else would be MCing. They acted as though they never told me Jennifer was the MC, although I had an email stating otherwise. It made us question why we were taking them to dinner if the MC wasn’t even there to get to know us. But whatever, we left feeling ok about things.
A week and a half before our wedding, things started going south. We received close to 30 emails from Sean with all kinds of issues: he was concerned he wouldn’t have room at our venue to set up, he didn’t think he’d have enough time to play all our songs (about 30 over a 5 hour period), he told me he only had ONE day to throw our playlist together because of his other job, he repeatedly asked me to go over the timeline his wife wrote down, he kept telling me he had to buy the songs I requested because he didn’t have them in his repertoire, he didn’t understand my Pink Floyd father-daughter request despite me sending multiple links and time stamps (my husband eventually had to listen to it with Sean by phone), he wanted me to micromanage his sets for him by asking me when to play each song etc, he tried to get me to discard the slow songs I asked for in favor of whatever he had on hand, etc etc.
The day of the wedding was no better. After confirming for about the fifth time that my bridal party would enter to a Queen song, my husband and I arrive at the venue ... where Sean played our First Dance. All 4 and a half minutes of it. It was so uncomfortable. I kept trying to make eye contact with Sean, who was singing along over in his booth, as our guests grew bored and started walking away to go get drinks and food. That was mortifying.
Throughout the reception, Sean played multiple songs that were on our DO NOT play list. A guest asked for a slow song at one point and he played the Cotten eyed Joe - a song we had banned - instead. Multiple guests questioned me on that. At one point I asked for a song on my list to be played, and his wife came up to me repeatedly to ask me what song it was because they couldn’t find it. Our Second Dance, which was supposed to happen after the cake cutting, was skipped entirely. Multiple songs we HAD requested were not played.
As we were heading out we got a “sorry for my anxiety” as a goodbye. When I went to pay them at the end of the night I saw (via Venmo) that they had refunded several other people for their service. It’s been two months and I’m just now writing this because I was honestly so appalled that someone who claims to have done this for a decade was so incompetent. I hope this review helps the next bride to make a better decision than the mistake we made in hiring Sean.