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A Feminist Wedding

So I'm pretty lucky That I get to play music for so many fun and amazingly different couples that i'd hang with irl. They're all quite unique but one thing they all have in common is that they want to dance and have fun- to music they actually want to hear. My couples have new rules they create for their wedding to represent who they are. When the New York Times interviewed me for this wedding, I wasn't really sure what the slant or the story line was.. but makes sense now being I'm a female DJ.  And my couple identifies as being feminist :) Anyway, this wedding was pretty effin magical- the setting, the vibe, the people and of course, the music to match.

Check out the article from the NY Times below on my beautiful couple and some of my snaps of their wedding! A day I won't soon forget.

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Who should you hire with so many vendors out there?

Oh wedding planning, it can be super stressful. Wedding planning is complicated and confusing, and prices are all over the map for every vendor it seems. Many of my couples still have no idea how much a DJ costs. But like anything else you buy, you probably don't want to choose a vendor just based on price alone. Remember the old adage "you get what you pay for". The cheaper guys usually charge less for a reason and the more expensive DJs charge more for a reason.

Let's use a little comparison here as an example. Say you go to the store to buy some cheese for a cheese plate you are sharing for a cocktail party.. and it's kinda the main food there besides a few other hors d'oeuvres. This isn't any old party though, it's your mom's 60th you're hosting and you've got some serious foodies in attendance. Are you gonna go with the cheapest non aged cheddar you can find? Or are you going to look for a more original or extensively aged specialty cheddar, even though it's a little more expensive? I mean, it might be even 30%-50% more expensive but I betcha it's amazing and your mom's friends will love it (if they are into cheese, of course). 

The same sort of thing typically goes for DJs (and other wedding vendors). The less expensive may not have the same expertise, experience, or the finesse to pull off the kind of party/event you want. The more expensive are usually in higher demand and have more expertise in a certain area. Are you looking for something a little more hip and stylish but all photos of the vendor's event lighting looks like it's straight out of Miami Vice (don't get me wrong, maybe you have a retro theme but hopefully you get my point, lol). So look at their photos, pay attention to their website and social messaging, and most of all ask questions! It's good to know which ones to ask, so here's a great place to start and a few things to consider.

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Andrew and Michael's Wedding, Equality for All

Andrew(groom), Barry, Michael(groom)

Andrew(groom), Barry, Michael(groom)

I had the pleasure of DJing Andrew and Michael's "Windy City Italian vs. Georgia Mountain Heritage" wedding celebration over the weekend.

Fittingly enough it was gay Pride weekend in Atlanta, in the wake of gay marriage quickly becoming a reality in the majority of states. If you didn't already know, gay marriage is now recognized in North Carolina, and many other states have pending appeals/lawsuits against the same-sex marriage ban. Read article here. It's pretty exciting to be a part of the change as more and more states recognize same-sex marriage.

While gay weddings aren't really a new thing, what seemed a little uncommon was that this marriage took place at a church (my couple went to DC weeks earlier to make it legal). What struck me most was the community these two classy gentlemen have become a part of, and how accepting and supportive everyone in their parish is. It was the first gay wedding to ever take place at the church.

Barry the singer

Barry the singer



I think I'm sometimes surprised at how far we've come in certain communities, perhaps it's because Georgia isn't exactly known for it's liberal ways. Once you step a few miles outside Atlanta's city limits it's a bit of a different story- racism, sexism, homophobia and other ignorant attitudes are still quite prevalent

Anyway, I was very grateful to be asked to be a part of this lovely event and to be invited into their lives and community for such an important day. While I'm not a religious person, my spiritual practice is an integral part of my life. It's refreshing to see a church so inclusive; whether gay, straight, black, white, young, old, male, female, and maybe even rich, poor are all are treated equally. Being marginalized is the same for everyone, and it never feels good. 

It finally feels like we are making our way out of casual acceptance of human differences into something deeper and it's called humanity. 

I know there will always be opposition and hate where there is love and acceptance, but it's communities such as this that remind you no matter where you come from or your affiliations, there's a kind and loving respect all humans deserve and are fully capable of sharing.

Sloan lee, event DJ and music curator 

Sloan lee, event DJ and music curator 

I wish Andrew and Michael all the peace, love, happiness, joy and acceptance in their life together. They deserve it, because all humans do.


Sloan lee is an Atlanta based DJ and Music Curator. Sloan lee Music specializes in music for edgy, stylish and creative affairs. 

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This is the first post in a series of blogs I will be posting on what to expect or look for when hiring a DJ for a Wedding. These continue to be murky topics in the wedding and event industry. The first part will cover the price ranges of a Wedding DJ.

I fairly regularly get couples who have no idea what they should expect, or will pay to hire a wedding DJ. Many have little idea what they are actually paying for, what a DJ actually does (or should do) at their wedding, and pre-wedding to prepare for the event. This is not anyone's fault, there's not a ton of information on the subject, and costs and experience vary WILDLY. There's really no 'standard' price due to many variables.

In the age of DIY brides, grooms, and couples, I hear more tales of people attempting to handle music and the coordination of their event themselves, or, they have a friend, friend of a friend, cousin, uncle, dog sitter etc. who says they are a 'DJ' and will do it for them for next to nothing/the cost of the equipment rental. It's true in this day and age anyone can buy some cheap DJ software and call themselves a 'DJ'. But do they have the experience to pull off a 4-6 hour event, manage the crowd/time line/flow of the day/evening?

We all hear horror stories of brides in tears because their event was ruined or nearly ruined because their DJ was terrible and didn't play what was appropriate or requested pre-event, DJ's that were more like frustrated sportscasters, wannabe David Guettas, a DJ that totally screwed up the timing of toasts, tosses etc. the list goes on. Most often this occurs when the DJ was chose based on cost only, hired on blind recommendation without interviewing the DJ (i.e. when DJ's 'come' with the venue), or because they didn't really research their options enough to find the right fit.. overwhelmed with all the other details of their wedding. 

Once you've been to one of these weddings gone bad and witness it yourself, you probably vowed that you would never let this happen to you.

So the million dollar question is how can I avoid this from happening to me and what is it going to cost me to hire the right person? I'll address the costs below.. and more on how to avoid hiring the wrong person and how to choose the right DJ/entertainment later. 

I pulled this from, because I couldn't have broken it down better myself.

It's an extremely accurate price range of what you will for a wedding DJ and what you can expect based on that price range. This is based on the Southern California market, but it's also pretty dead on for the Atlanta market, and I'd imagine mostly true for other large markets, give or take a little.

This list is based on the average cost for a 4 hour wedding from :

$200 – $600 Typically a beginning DJ, most likely a part-time hobbyist (or your uncle)

$650 – $1,000 More experience than the beginners, but most likely a part-time DJ

$1,050 – $5,000  Most experienced, professionally trained, full-time DJ

Now you should base your budget on what kind of experience you want at your wedding reception.  Candidly, if your budget is really limited to the first group, you are probably better off saving the money by having a friend DJ your wedding with an iPod.  This way, you won’t risk having someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, plays inappropriate music, or making inappropriate announcements.

The $650 -$1,000 range DJs are more prone to making mistakes because they don’t have time to prepare for your wedding.  After all, most probably have another full-time job, so they can focus less on the success of your wedding!  If this is your budget, you might find a gem in this group, but you run the risk of having a DJ who is not well-prepared or just “shoots from the hip”.

The $1,050 – $5,000 DJs are making this kind of money for a reason.  It is typically because they are well trained, experienced professionals that do it for a living and commit all of their time to making sure the weddings they do are as close to perfect as they can be.  They do not have another job getting in the way of them making sure everything is perfect.  They also typically spend anywhere from 20-40 hours of time making sure your 4-6 hour wedding reception is perfect.  This kind of preparation shows through in their accessibility to help you with questions, coordination, and suggestions to help drive the success of your wedding.

In part 2 I will talk about what to look for in a DJ and how to hire one that's the best fit for your event. 

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