Midwest Sound is a great company to work with. I liked how easy it was to select songs and maintain our song list on the Midwest Sound website. With such an efficient system, the planning for reception music was quick! After planning our music and reception online, we were assigned a DJ who arranged a phone conversation a few days before the wedding to double check all the songs we wanted played and to discuss the announcements that needed to be made throughout the night. I could tell from the phone conversation alone that we were in very capable and knowledgeable hands. Pete was our DJ for the night and he did a fantastic job!!! Several people mentioned (and complimented) how Pete would fade out a song quickly if people seemed to be disinterested or left the dance floor. He read the crowd to play songs throughout the night that everybody loved! He even rocked out in his booth, dancing along, having a good time! At one point during the dance, the music stopped, and everyone paused to turn and look at Pete in his DJ booth. Headphones on, jammin’ to the song, he was dancing like a fool and hadn’t noticed we weren’t hearing the song anymore. Suddenly, he stopped, glanced our way, and began to find and solve the problem. This all happened in a matter of 15 seconds, and gave us a good laugh.
Midwest Sound did an amazing job of providing lighting, slideshow setup, and music. Our DJ, Dave, was great. He checked in with myself (the bride) or my mother throughout the night to see how things were going or if there was/wasn't anything we wanted to hear. Be sure to select items for your playlist from their extensive music selection and talk with your DJ before the event.
I was a little wary about their system of choosing a DJ for you instead of meeting them ahead of time. Be careful how you fill out their survey because they will take you very literally. I didn't want a super-cheesy, over-involved DJ and I ended up getting someone who didn't announce any of the events - the best man ended up doing it. The music was good and they're a large company so they have lots of different types of DJs, so just be careful.
Loved talking to the guy I booked with on the phone. They have a great list that makes it easy to pick songs. They really listen to what you tell them and won't do things/play songs you ask them not to. Loved our original DJ, but due to an accident, had to leave and take his mom to the hospital! He stayed until the back-up came, which was great. Just did not care for the back-up DJ at all, though. She was not "our style". We had been matched extremely well originally, though. Accidents happen.
The salesperson was wonderful he reassured me that they had experience with multicultural weddings. And as long as we provided the non-American music in advance they would format the dance to our request. However, the DJ didn't receive any of our information until just before the wedding. And therefore was unprepared for our events. He was inconsiderate to the guests at the wedding, and did not fullfill our song requests. If you are having an American reception, this company would probably be fine. However, if you get assigned with Mike - I would request another DJ.
I think the DJ we had was just bad or something... he kept leaving to go have a cigarette outside, the songs all skipped, and he didn't listen to some very specific instructions I had regarding a song dedicated to my mother. He also did not announce things very well and people did not go what was going on.
If it weren't for this DJ, I probably would have cried at my reception! (Read reception review below)
Midwest Light & Sound really knew how to bring a party and get our guests dancing. They used all of our requests and played music that was just plain perfect...The DJ was interactive, but not pushy...and was just fantastic!
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