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Attention recent Negril brides: I need the best DJ in Negril!!!


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#1 leharris5

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    Posted 27 February 2008 - 11:59 AM

    Hi ladies!

    For my wedding, I figured it is a no brainer to hire a DJ and a reggae band. I recently got in contact with a DJ recommended by my WC. The DJ sent me a 'music list', and my stomach turned when i saw the selection. Though he stated that he is always updating the music list, it still made me feel very unsure about how good he really is and 'how to keep the party going and keep all my guests on the dance floor'.

    I don't want a DJ that just play the songs, I want a DJ that can mix the music up, transistion songs smoothly, know when to play the full song or just play a snipit of one, etc...

    My fiance and I are New Yorkers and we are very particular about not only the type of music that we listen too, but also picky about the DJs in the clubs we go to.

    I somewhat don't like the idea of bringing an IPOD of my music, because I figured it would seem weird (not sure if that is word i am looking for).

    I am tempted to either skip the reggae band and just hire a DJ from NYC to come down and do my wedding... but I have no clue to how he would be able to bring his equipment (Ugh!!).

    Oh, I am getting an ulcer!

    Can any recent Negril brides recommend the DJ they used? Any other suggestions?
    Latoya & Joseph
    Rockhouse Hotel
    September 20, 2008MY WEDDING SLIDESHOW: http://www.sungoldph.../Latoya-Joseph/

    #2 nenawedsjohn

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      Posted 27 February 2008 - 12:07 PM

      Who is the DJ that your WC recommend? I am looking for one too, and just the other day, I was referred to a DJ named John Wheatley who will also provide a steel drum band for our ceremony. He has not sent the music list yet though...

      #3 nenawedsjohn

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        Posted 27 February 2008 - 12:10 PM

        Oh...I forgot to mention that his name is John Wheatley aka "Fox" with Foxtrot entertainment. I asked him about the iPOD thing too...no answer yet.

        #4 leharris5

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          Posted 27 February 2008 - 12:35 PM

          My WC recommended a DJ company called "Sound Illusion" and the DJ's name is Paul.
          Latoya & Joseph
          Rockhouse Hotel
          September 20, 2008MY WEDDING SLIDESHOW: http://www.sungoldph.../Latoya-Joseph/

          #5 luv2love

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            Posted 27 February 2008 - 01:11 PM

            Good question!

            #6 Jodyann08

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              Posted 03 January 2009 - 01:32 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by nenawedsjohn
              Who is the DJ that your WC recommend? I am looking for one too, and just the other day, I was referred to a DJ named John Wheatley who will also provide a steel drum band for our ceremony. He has not sent the music list yet though...
              how much did it cost for a steel drum band and the DJ?

              #7 nenawedsjohn

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                Posted 07 January 2009 - 12:23 AM

                Hey! I did end up using John Wheatley as my DJ and steel drum band for my wedding in Jamaica last April. I would recommend using him for the steel drum band but not as a DJ. The steel drum band was great - they sounded wonderful. I had them play for about 30 minutes before I walked out, they played "here comes the bride" as I walked down the aisle and then for about 30 minutes afterwards. An hour and a half was about $400. The guests loved it!

                After that, the band left and John Wheatley was the "DJ." I had emailed him and talked to him on the phone several times before the wedding to make sure he had the music that I wanted and that I could hook up my iPOD to his equipment just in case. He assured me that he had tons of music and all the songs I specifically requested. Unfortunately, all he had was about 10 CD's that I had never heard of. He didn't even have any Bob Marley. I then asked him if I could hook up my iPOD and he said his equipment could not accomodate that because he didnt have the right cable (the one that hooks to the speakers). I was definitely not happy! Fortuantely, one of my guests had the iPOD cable in his room at the hotel and took a cab back to get it for me. If it weren't for my guest, there would have been several hours of horrible music!

                That is the one and only thing that went wrong at my wedding. The ceremony on the beach was beautiful and all my other wedding plans, arrangements, vendors, etc. turned out wonderful. Hope that helps!

                #8 Jodyann08

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                  Posted 07 January 2009 - 10:32 AM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by nenawedsjohn
                  Hey! I did end up using John Wheatley as my DJ and steel drum band for my wedding in Jamaica last April. I would recommend using him for the steel drum band but not as a DJ. The steel drum band was great - they sounded wonderful. I had them play for about 30 minutes before I walked out, they played "here comes the bride" as I walked down the aisle and then for about 30 minutes afterwards. An hour and a half was about $400. The guests loved it!

                  After that, the band left and John Wheatley was the "DJ." I had emailed him and talked to him on the phone several times before the wedding to make sure he had the music that I wanted and that I could hook up my iPOD to his equipment just in case. He assured me that he had tons of music and all the songs I specifically requested. Unfortunately, all he had was about 10 CD's that I had never heard of. He didn't even have any Bob Marley. I then asked him if I could hook up my iPOD and he said his equipment could not accomodate that because he didnt have the right cable (the one that hooks to the speakers). I was definitely not happy! Fortuantely, one of my guests had the iPOD cable in his room at the hotel and took a cab back to get it for me. If it weren't for my guest, there would have been several hours of horrible music!

                  That is the one and only thing that went wrong at my wedding. The ceremony on the beach was beautiful and all my other wedding plans, arrangements, vendors, etc. turned out wonderful. Hope that helps!
                  Thanks so much for that info, it sucks when someone gives you false hopes, at least you saved the rest of us from using him!

                  #9 leharris5

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                    Posted 07 January 2009 - 11:29 AM

                    I ended up using Paul from Sound Illusions. Here is his contact:

                    Sound Illusion
                    DISC JOCKEY ENTERTAINMENT- MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS
                    P.O.BOX 25, NEGRIL, WESTMORELAND, JAMAICA.
                    (876) 957-5267 (876) 382-9167
                    EMAIL: soundillusionent@hotmail.com

                    He was wonderful! My guests stayed on the dance floor the entire night! I gave him a master list of over 300 songs, I also broken down the specific song i wanted played at certain times at the reception (ie, during the cake cutting; food serving, etc).

                    I would highly recommend Paul. I was charged $160/hr.

                    Hope this helps! -
                    Latoya & Joseph
                    Rockhouse Hotel
                    September 20, 2008MY WEDDING SLIDESHOW: http://www.sungoldph.../Latoya-Joseph/

                    #10 Jodyann08

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                      Posted 09 January 2009 - 09:20 AM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by leharris5
                      I ended up using Paul from Sound Illusions. Here is his contact:

                      Sound Illusion
                      DISC JOCKEY ENTERTAINMENT- MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS
                      P.O.BOX 25, NEGRIL, WESTMORELAND, JAMAICA.
                      (876) 957-5267 (876) 382-9167
                      EMAIL: soundillusionent@hotmail.com

                      He was wonderful! My guests stayed on the dance floor the entire night! I gave him a master list of over 300 songs, I also broken down the specific song i wanted played at certain times at the reception (ie, during the cake cutting; food serving, etc).

                      I would highly recommend Paul. I was charged $160/hr.

                      Hope this helps! -

                      Thanks so much for your recommendation, I contacted Sound Illusion and it looks like they're available for our wedding!! Thanks so much for your post!! I have a family that will dance no matter what musics played but its definitely one of the most important parts of a reception!




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