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Dj to hire for wedding in Canberra?

By 3 July 2011 28

We are looking for a dj to hire for our wedding in December.

Requirements… we would like them to turn up on time, be dressed appropriately for a wedding and play music that we request in advance.

Anyone have any dj’s that they recommend for us to hire? Also, does anyone know roughly how much it will cost?

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28 Responses to Dj to hire for wedding in Canberra?
#1
arb12:11 pm, 03 Jul 11

We used Dean from ACT Selectsounds for our wedding in 2010. He met all of the requirements you’ve listed above and cost around $600 from memory.

#2
Swaggie12:16 pm, 03 Jul 11

I can recommend 3D Entertainment and ACT Selectsound, both good and both around $600 from memory depending how long you need them for
http://www.3dentertainment.com.au
and
http://www.actselectsounds.com.au/

#3
burkes0812:33 pm, 03 Jul 11

Stan from 3D entertainment is great!!!

Wouldn’t recommend MobyDisc

#4
flashy4001:43 pm, 03 Jul 11

I have been working as a DJ in Canberra (including many weddings and functions) for a number of years and could meet all of your requirements above. Happy to arrange a competitive quote for you as well.
Check out http://www.creativesoundconcepts.com.au/dj if you want more information.
Good luck with the planning!

#5
Henry823:05 pm, 03 Jul 11

I’ve had good experiences with mobydisc (x2). You can build a playlist on their website (new) or print off the songlist, and highlight the songs you like and bring it in on the day. Even with absolutely no guidance they were able to pick songs that people liked. This wasnt a wedding though, so you might want to read their songs list. You get what you pay for, they’re not going to ‘mix’ the songs per say.

#6
mouldy5:29 pm, 03 Jul 11

It astounds me that in this day and age these sorts of businesses can make money. I was groomsman at a few weddings where the DJ was given a set list of songs to work with, and he played about 10% of them. The rest was whatever it was he wanted to listen to. All you need is a computer with i-tunes and some good speakers and you have yourself your own playlist that you have 100% control of (and for a fraction of the cost!).

#7
laura_27167:32 pm, 03 Jul 11

Henry82 said :

You get what you pay for, they’re not going to ‘mix’ the songs per say.

What did they do instead of ‘mixing’ the songs? Just played one after the other?

We found Dean from Select Sounds and 3D entertertainment to both be a bit pricey (we are spending wayyyy too much money on this wedding already). At this stage we are tossing up between Moby Disc and DJ 4 U, can anyone give us more information about hiring a DJ from these companies?
Also, have emailed creative sound concepts for a quote.

#8
Henry828:04 pm, 03 Jul 11

laura_2716 said :

What did they do instead of ‘mixing’ the songs? Just played one after the other? At this stage we are tossing up between Moby Disc and DJ 4 U, can anyone give us more information about hiring a DJ from these companies?

Yeah, they just queue them up after one another. from memory they rocked up about half an hour before and had it all ready to go in a self contained unit. They come with two speakers on stands, and from memory there was a light bar. The guy was polite, we showed him where the toilet was at the start, and that was it. He played when required, took a break during the meal, and had an external mic for speeches. They also have 2 folders with the song lists, and a note paper/pen for requests.

They charge extra for the karaoke function which kinda turned out not to be as entertaining as planned. Mainly because everyone was trashed by that time (and didnt like anyone elses song choice), and the lyrics were on the one screen (not ‘in front’). But i doubt you’d use that in a wedding.

Its been 2-3 years since i used their services, so you might want to double check what i’ve said.

#9
capn_pugwash8:30 am, 04 Jul 11

another vote for Stan from 3D entertainment – he knows what to play and when to play it & when to get on the mike and when not to. He DJed our wedding and everyone had a great time. Other DJs we’ve seen at weddings make it all about them whereas Stan sets it all up and keeps it going without being too much center of the spotlight.

#10
Mothy9:25 am, 04 Jul 11

I can’t sing the praises of Vinn from Ardanien Entertainment enough.

My Wife and I were very happy with his handling of our wedding back in 2009, with a couple of good meetings beforehand to knock out a playlist (or really, a list of stuff we wanted to say “Don’t play this one, EVER”). He was a pleasure to work with and a great guy to boot.

Can’t remember the price at the moment, sorry.

#11
Kate12:35 pm, 04 Jul 11

If you want a DJ who will play your song selections and stick to the running order of your reception then DO NOT go with Ardanien Entertainment. They turned our reception into a comdey of errors, which I can laugh at now, but it was not very funny on the night. We got sucked in by their offer of a free video of the reception, only to discover after the event that they don’t have the rights to reproduce the music on the video… So we have a 5 hour silent movie of our reception! Don’t waste your money on a DJ who will only disappoint you and ruin your wedding, put your favorite music on an iPod instead!

#12
GraceMaybe9:46 pm, 04 Jul 11
#13
tranvo12:15 pm, 05 Sep 12
#14
Truthiness2:34 pm, 05 Sep 12

Heh, its funny how terms evolve, I tend to think of DJ’s as musical artists in their own right. I guess most people don’t want real musicians, just a nameless schmuck to stand near the laptop and make sure it doesn’t stray from the “hot hits of the eighties”. What you’re looking for sounds like Karaoke.

#15
Golden-Alpine2:38 pm, 05 Sep 12

mouldy said :

It astounds me that in this day and age these sorts of businesses can make money. I was groomsman at a few weddings where the DJ was given a set list of songs to work with, and he played about 10% of them. The rest was whatever it was he wanted to listen to. All you need is a computer with i-tunes and some good speakers and you have yourself your own playlist that you have 100% control of (and for a fraction of the cost!).

Probably because that is illegal as your music you have bought or downloaded don’t have the appropriate licence for playing in public. Venues in Canberra should not allow this to happen.

+1 3D Entertainment.

#16
Truthiness3:08 pm, 05 Sep 12

Given how most wedding music ends up being chart trash direct from the propaganda industry anyway, you may as well just leave a radio playing “hit songs and dedications”.

#17
Henry823:35 pm, 05 Sep 12

Truthiness said :

Given how most wedding music ends up being chart trash direct from the propaganda industry anyway,

maybe that’s because people request those songs? or they don’t give enough instruction to the DJ?

#18
Truthiness3:38 pm, 05 Sep 12

Golden-Alpine said :

mouldy said :

It astounds me that in this day and age these sorts of businesses can make money. I was groomsman at a few weddings where the DJ was given a set list of songs to work with, and he played about 10% of them. The rest was whatever it was he wanted to listen to. All you need is a computer with i-tunes and some good speakers and you have yourself your own playlist that you have 100% control of (and for a fraction of the cost!).

Probably because that is illegal as your music you have bought or downloaded don’t have the appropriate licence for playing in public. Venues in Canberra should not allow this to happen.

+1 3D Entertainment.

More copyright nonsense from an industry of dinosaurs, if a venue I’d hired told me to turn off my music on licensing grounds, I’d leave on the spot and never come back.

Yet another reason to just have the reception at a nice house, no hire fee, no insurance, no “dj”, no corporate music police.

#19
Truthiness3:53 pm, 05 Sep 12

Henry82 said :

maybe that’s because people request those songs? or they don’t give enough instruction to the DJ?

It is usually a showcase of the bride and groom’s terrible music taste spurred on by the drunken nostalgia of uncoordinated family members. Sure someone requested it, dredged up from the extremely limited set of singles they’ve remembered over a lifetime of exposure to the austereo network’s abominable American tripe.

Get a live jazz band, it’ll save you the misfortune of mainstream music and lend an air of sophistication, hopefully enough to offset the bad lighting and crappy catering.

#20
Overheard3:53 pm, 05 Sep 12

Henry82 said :

Truthiness said :

Given how most wedding music ends up being chart trash direct from the propaganda industry anyway,

maybe that’s because people request those songs? or they don’t give enough instruction to the DJ?

I. Agree. With. Henry82.

Must………. go take a shower.

On topic, exactly. You give proper instructions to a DJ, and they’ll do the right thing.

Two possible outcomes:

1. Give good instructions to a crap DJ = crap.
2. Give bad instructions to a good DJ = she or he will subtly un-crappify your crap requests.

Just because you can belt out Inagoddahowevayaspellit in the shower note and beat perfect doesn’t mean it’s going to fly when Aunt Mabel and Uncle Reg plus your pi$$ed idiot friends from uni/the office/netball team want to get down on it.

#21
Sandman4:27 pm, 05 Sep 12

Geez, $600 for a “DJ” for a night?

My missus and her band used to do live gigs for not much more than that, and it was mostly the same sort of songs you hear at weddings anyway.

#22
passepartout4:59 pm, 26 Nov 12

I’m in the industry and i can tell you most of the DJ companies in Canberra are rubbish! DO YOUR HOMEWORK WHEN BOOKING A DJ.

best in Canberra is ARDANIEN ENTERTAINMENT (www.ardanien.com.au).

always wear a suit, produce the best nights and they can actually mix

#23
gazelle5:20 pm, 26 Nov 12

yep Ardanien Entertainment was amazing. Ask for Emile – he was our DJ and he was outstanding

#24
poetix7:37 pm, 26 Nov 12

Andrew Leigh will act as a DJ if you hire his marquee. They call him Dr Funkenstein. I’m sure he’s really almost quite entertaining:

http://the-riotact.com/andrew-leigh-expanding-his-marquee-hire-business/60215

#25
farnarkler8:03 pm, 26 Nov 12

Whatever you do, avoid the short, fat ginger bloke. I encountered one of his staff one night who was on his first gig on his own. He seemed to be playing 70′s disco and nothing else. When questioned, he said the laptop he’d been supplied with was broken and that he hadn’t been given any backup CDs to use with the house CD player. The short, fat ginger was at a wedding and wasn’t going to turn up for a number of hours. If the short, fat ginger treats his staff like that, I can only imagine how bad his performance would be. Interesting too that the establishment he and his staff work at had the grand total of 18 people there at midnight on Saturday night.

#26
EvanJames11:30 pm, 26 Nov 12

Hugh Ford http://www.joydivisionn.com/ did a function I was at recently, and he did it with evident enjoyment and ease. He specialises in 70s and 80s, he reckons he can play ANY 80s song you request, including all the obscure indie new wave stuff.

He also spends a lot of time up dancing with the ladies, and as an ex-olympic middle-distance runner, he can keep it going all night from what I observed. Top bloke, I’d book him no problem.

#27
Kerryhemsley10:05 am, 27 Nov 12

EvanJames said :

Hugh Ford http://www.joydivisionn.com/ did a function I was at recently, and he did it with evident enjoyment and ease. He specialises in 70s and 80s, he reckons he can play ANY 80s song you request, including all the obscure indie new wave stuff.

He also spends a lot of time up dancing with the ladies, and as an ex-olympic middle-distance runner, he can keep it going all night from what I observed. Top bloke, I’d book him no problem.

Does Hughie finish with “Love will Tear us Apart” to send them off on their honeymoon with heads spinning?

#28
EvanJames11:08 am, 27 Nov 12

Kerryhemsley said :

Does Hughie finish with “Love will Tear us Apart” to send them off on their honeymoon with heads spinning?

From memory, he didn’t want to stop playing, and the function went waaaay over time until the caretaker booted us out of the venue as he wanted to close up and go home! I’m sure he wouldn’t play that joy divison song, unless of course someone asked him to.

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