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DJ Demands!

Kres, on June 12, 2021 at 1:58 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 10
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We postponed our wedding twice! August 2020 to March 2021 to September 2021. After many months of planning and disappointment after disappointment, we decided to CANCEL. Planning wasn't fun anymore. Second postponement was due to the venue because it had not re-opened. We switched venues and although we downsized our guest list, we were going over budget. I'm from Hawai'i, so if anyone knows..it's expensive out here and there aren't a lot of options to accommodate our budget.

We got married in court on our original date in August and we decided to put our energy and money into buying a home instead. We cut our losses and those vendors we paid a deposit to kept the money (understandable). However, the DJ is still demanding we pay him the remainder of what is owed on our contract. He is expecting full payment by September. I'm at a lost for words. Where is the compassion? And where is the reasoning? Keep the deposit. Fine. But why pay you in full for a service that will NOT be provided? Has anyone run into this? It's very frustrating.

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Latest activity by Ashlee, on June 14, 2021 at 3:55 PM
  • AJ
    Super October 2022
    AJ ·
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    What does it say in your contract about canceled services?

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  • Sarah
    Master September 2019
    Sarah ·
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    I’m not sure when you cancelled, but all our contracts required full payment if the event was cancelled within x amount of days of the event. The DJ has now had three dates held for you and isn’t getting paid. It’s normally written in the contract because the closer to your date it is, the less likely they’ll be able to book another event.
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
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    Check your contract for what it says about cancelled events. Often times, if you cancel within a specified number of days before the wedding, you may still owe the full amount. This is because as time gets closer, the vendor is less likely to find someone to book that date. If your contract says that you only lose your deposit if you cancel, then I would point that out to the DJ and insist on not paying the full amount beyond the deposit. However, if your contract says that you owe the full amount even if you cancel, then unfortunately there isn't much you can do. You can try to negotiate with the DJ to see if they'll agree to something like 75% of total cost instead of 100%, though no guarantees that they'll accept.
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  • Ava
    VIP May 2022
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    I would carefully read your contract and what it stipulates for cancelled events. Both you and the DJ entered into that contract willingly and both sides are obligated to honor it. If there is nothing in the contract that states you will be responsible for the full balance in the case of cancellation, then he cannot require you to pay it.
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  • L
    Lisa ·
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    What does your contract say regarding cancellation and payment in full? Especially given the fact that he held 2 dates with you that you chose to move, regardless of reason, he booked those for you. You now chose to forgo working with him because if additional choices you made. My response is where is your compassion for him? Where is sense if understanding you are interfering with his livelihood/business/income. Based on what you wrote above, the dj has every right to demand payment if that is what you agreed to in the contract.
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    Lisa ·
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    By the way, the dj isn’t demanding anything if you agreed to his terms. He’s expecting you to uphold your legal contractual obligation.
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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    What does your contract say about cancelling?
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  • Vicky
    VIP January 2020
    Vicky ·
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    Where is your compassion for him? He held multiple days for you, and now you're canceling within 3 months of the date so he's most likely not going to get another job for that day. I'm guessing that your contract with him specifies that you owe him the rest of the money, and if so you should absolutely pay up.

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    Sammy ·
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    Why do people sign contracts then get surprised... there's a contract?


    However, if I'm paying in full, I would make him work the day. Free music at a park, in my backyard with friends, something.
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  • Ashlee
    Expert September 2022
    Ashlee ·
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    Check the contract. One of my vendors has a clause for cancellations that if you're canceling AFTER postponing, the cancellation is based upon the first date we booked with them and not the postponed date.

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