Tom hardly needs another glowing review, since they are all over this board, but I'll throw my two cents in here regardless! I'm so pleased we went with Tom for our wedding, since dancing was very important to us. Throughout the whole process, Tom was responsive, flexible, helpful, and above all experienced! A friend of ours was our MC and our venue has some weird logistics and sound restrictions -- oh, and we had custom edits of our first dance songs. Nothing fazed Tom. Everything ran smoothly and every cue was perfect! Most importantly, we and our guests were out on the dance floor all night, and even after my husband and I left the dancing continued until the lights turned on! That's my kind of party. Thank you, Tom, for being such a wonderful part of our perfect day!
Tom was the BEST! He was so easy to work with. We told him what we liked and he did a great job weaving it into the music of the evening. He was dressed professionally. He worked with us on our last minute changes. People were on the dance floor the ENTIRE night! I would recommend him to EVERYONE!
The Calamigos Equstrian in Burbank on Friday, July 20th was the place to be. All I can say is nobody wanted to stop dancing. Our guests couldn't get on the dance floor fast enough and never left it. They played such a great variety of music that kept everyone on their feet. It makes for a great wedding/party when no one wants to stop dancing...the dance floor was never empty. We are still getting phone calls and comments on how much fun it was and what great music we had. Thank you guys.
Tom was our DJ, he was super nice and made sure we had a great time.
Tom with California Sounds fulfilled everything we wanted for our wedding DJ. We knew after our first meeting with him that he was going to meet all of our expectations. The cost was economical for our wedding budget and Tom worked with us every step of the way creating the perfect wedding soundtrack to keep the reception moving and the party going. His expertise was evident with the wedding worksheet that made sure we thought about all the music we would want from the bridal party entrance to the cake cutting. Tom helped put me at ease by playing one of my favorite songs while we were waiting for the ceremony to start and never once tried to take attention away from the reception. He also played all the songs we gave to him. We would recommend Tom and California Sounds. It will be money well spent.
I want to say a big Thank you to Tom, for always being a professional who showed they care! I lived in Santa Barbara while planning my wedding in Pomona, CA. Tom made sure to meet me half way and always be in touch within a timely manner. He was great leading up to the wedding and then showed how great of a DJ he is on the day of our wedding. My event coordinator for my venue had quit that day, yes that day!!! And I didn't know about it until before the ceremony. I let Tom know and he stepped right in and made me feel comfortable that everything would run smoothly. Up to the wedding, I had also thought that I had a very dance friendly group of people coming to the wedding, well I was wrong about that. Even though some people were complete duds Tom had a core group dancing all night long! I love music, so most of it was my own playlist, which Tom mixed very well. Thanks Tom, and I will be recommending you!
His prices are reasonable, as I had done my research early on and was lucky enough to book him. Don't...
Tom was the DJ for my friends' wedding a few years back, so when I needed a DJ for my own wedding, there was no other choice for me - I remembered how great he was for their wedding and I was sold. Tom was quick to respond to emails (preferred choice of correspondence for me since I work in an office surrounded by people and it is dicey to make and take personal calls). His prices are reasonable and he was very easy to work with - he even had forms that would help him get a good idea of what music we liked and he stuck to it.
Our wedding went off without a hitch and everyone loved Tom's DJing. He was great at quick thinking - we forgot to mention a slideshow with sound and he was able to put something together to connect it to his speakers with only a short period of time.
I would HIGHLY recommend his DJ services to anyone looking for a great DJ for their...
Tom is one of the my favorite wedding vendors I have worked with... We met with a couple DJs and we felt like we were at a reality TV show when we meet these DJs... It started with the first DJ who is like 20 minutes late to the meeting, turns out not to be available for our wedding day, try to upsell us on things, who referred us to another DJ in his company.. who reminded us of "The Situation" from Jersey Shore... Enough said..
Next up from Jersey Shore.. we met with a soft spoken , teacher during day time and DJ at night time.. and then we meet another DJ who says "like" or was it "and" every three words in a sentence..
Finally we met Tom, who was recommended through our friend. I feel like finding a DJ is like finding a reflection of you two as a couple.. The other DJs are great too but my more outgoing love to party friends will pick the DJ whose energy shouts V-E-G-A-S and drinks.... we are more of a casual lounge, laid back type of couple and DJ Tom embodies that. He is responsible, responsive, and at a great value. I had booked too much of his time and when I wanted to scale down on his package, he allowed me to do that despite my signed contract.. I had also my bridezilla moment and ask Tom to come meet us at the venue in Long Beach (him coming from Pasadena area) on a weekday night and we only chatted for 30 minutes..
At our wedding day, Tom was great, there was no issue at all.. The MC role is just the right tone to set our mood and he gets people to the dance floor (and brides: what really get people to the dance floor is you or your groom on the dance floor)...
Bottom line: Tom was one of the top vendors I really enjoyed working with for our wedding day.. I highly recommend Tom
Tom, is amazing. He helped us plan the timing of the wedding, was professional on time, and reliable. He also played great music. Everyone stayed until around 12:30pm so he was doing something right. I highly recommend Tom. He will work with you and make the music arrangement that you want. He will also help you make sure that your guests get what they want too.
Tom Chandler is seriously amazing. No words can express how pleased we were with him. He knows how to read a crowd and will give you exactly what you ask for AND all the things you didn't even know you wanted. Not to mention he was one of the most affordable DJ's we spoke with. He has a great speaking voice - sounds like an experienced MC, knows what to play, and how to get a party started. Can't go wrong with this guy.
Tom C. was awesom -- easy to communicate and very proffessional. He gave us exactly what we wanted!
Tom Chandler was our wedding DJ, and he was fantastic. He incorporated all the songs on our "play list" and then added other songs to it that were similar. One of the songs we wanted him to play did not have a "clean radio edit" (we were not aware of this when we put it on our list), and he was smart and courteous enough to ask if we still wanted the song to be played.
Tom kept everyone on the dance floor, which is exactly what we wanted. He was professional, funny, and not at all cheesy.
Tom was the DJ for our April wedding and we were so glad that we booked him! I couldn't imagine a better DJ! I sent him everything I wanted in terms on songs and entrances and he got it all right the day of the wedding. He was great at keeping to the timeline and keeping things on schedule, which I really appreciated as well. He also played great music and really kept the party going and people out on the dance floor. He did a fantastic job and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great, non-cheesy DJ.
Tom at California Sounds is hardly a cheesy wedding DJ - he has a Bachelor's Degree in music and is up-to-date on both current music and technology. Our dance floor was packed all night - he played the perfect blend of music for both the older guests and the younger guests. He also did a great job helping us figure out our reception timeline and was super responsive to all of our questions. Also, please know that he managed to navigate downtown LA in the middle of a labor protest to ensure that we had A/V for our ceremony and music at our reception. Simply the best!
We hired Tom Chandler of California Sounds for our ceremony and reception. He was excellent! Our venue was indoor/outdoor and he made it work, the speakers, the microphones, everything. The music was all on cue and he kept the entire event running on schedule. I honestly believe it would have been like herding cats if Tom wasn’t there. He was very professional and not at all cheesy. He kept our wedding classy and elegant but also fun! Everyone, including the bride and groom, had such a great time dancing! My husband, who is also a musician, was understandably very particular about the music. Tom really understood what we wanted and was able to accommodate all our requests. I highly recommend California Sounds to anyone who wants an experienced and affordable professional to DJ their wedding or special event.
All 5's for California Sounds. Chris was our DJ (I think he is not their main DJ) and he came through in a big way. Chris met with us promptly (about 3 weeks before the wedding) on our own terms and we quickly got a feel for the kind of DJ he is. Chris did everything we asked for and really ran the night smoothly when it came to grand entrance, dances, speeches etc. He kept the party going for most of the night and was very professional. He was also an excellent value. I would absolutely recommend California Sounds!
He was awesome!!!! More than what I expected and payed for....he was in my price range and was very satisfied with his work!!
it was 100% what i wanted, it was great like a las vegas club dj, that i wanted and he did great! really moved the dance floor!
After reading all the reviews I definitely wanted to work with Tom from Cal Sounds. When we inquired about meeting with him, he informed us he was already booked the day of our wedding but that Chris Brouelette was available and could meet with us. We decided to go ahead and set up a meeting with him. Chris responded quickly via email and we set up a time and day for him to come to our home and discuss everything.
Unfortunately the day of our meeting Chris was a no-show. This was really disturbing for us because we were worried if he didn’t come to a meeting would he show up to our wedding. So our search was going to continue. But the next morning I received an email from Chris apologizing profusely for missing the meeting. He explained the mix-up and wanted to set up another meeting. I explained to Chris that my fiancé didn’t want to chance working with him because he would be afraid he wouldn’t show up the day of the wedding. But Chris told us he would make it up to us if we met with him and offered us a discount. After hearing discount we figured what could we lose by meeting with him.
Well we are glad we did – Chris was amazing. Chris was easy to talk and we felt that he knew the direction we wanted to go with and could deliver.
The day of wedding Chris was there and ready to go by the time we got to our venue. He also was dressed in a suit and looked great. He had all the speakers and microphones set up at the gazebo for the ceremony and had music playing for our guest prior to the ceremony, during cocktail hour and for the entire reception. Chris collaborated great with our DOC Christina and Melissa from Tina Molina Events and our timeline ran smoothly. From the reception on he took over – he did all the introductions, announced the dances and did the cake cutting. He was great and the music was great as well.
We were very happy with Chris Brouelette from Cal Sounds and would recommend them.
Tom was awesome! Got married in Jan. it was a small wedding. My family is 100% latino. Tom played so many hits in spanish. Everyone had a blast. Non stop dancing, it was awesome. He was a great MC. Really nice guy, did an excelelnt job. Price was very reasonable. He also played the music for our church wedding. Very happy with his services.
I only interviewed one DJ and I did not need to look any further.
Tom was very easy to work with. We gave him a playlist for the cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, etc so he had a general idea of our taste and he added some other music that complemented ours. He is VERY organized. He did a great job as an MC. We were lucky that he was available 2 months before the wedding because he usually books up fast. (He did 80 weddings last year)! Thank goodness for the off season. With Tom, you are definitely in good hands!
Tom did such an amazing job!
I spent a lot of time making my timeline, but not everything went the way I planned it. He gave us great suggestions and ran everything smoothly so that nobody noticed anything.
I highly recommend him!!!!!!
Tom Chandler just DJ'd our wedding this past Sunday and he was amazing! My husband and I have gone to many weddings in the past few years and just were not happy with the DJ's at them or the song lists, so we took it upon ourselves to make an extensive song list for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dancing and Tom was so easy to work with. He respected our choices and even showed enthusiasum for our taste! We basically just told him this is what we like and left it up to him to make a playlist and round out the music with suggestions for the night. We got so many comments about the music from our guests and they loved the variety. In fact our photographer said to me at one point in the evening "the music is uncommonly tasteful".
In addition to good music, Tom was not cheesy, he did not scream into the mic and say anything unessary just to fill dead silence. He was respectful when guests asked that the dinner music be turned down and he understood that the site (which was outdoors) had recently had sound complaints so he positioned the speakers to keep the sound at our party and not reverberating to the neighbors houses.
We were worried about the timing for the entrances and our 1st dance but he listened to how they were going to go and waited for the cues that we had instructed him on and it went off without a hitch!
Tom is clearly a professional and I would recommend him for all brides who do not want your typical cheesy loud DJ.
Tom totally rocked our wedding!! He did a fantastic job. We hired him to do all the music for the wedding (ceremony, cocktail hour, reception). Everything flowed smoothly and he managed to keep my crazy friends and relatives away from the mic :-) Honestly, we had a very short 'do not play' list, and he totally stuck to it. In fact, one of our guests actually tried to pay him money to play a song on our 'do not play' list, but Tom didn't budge. Plus, he did it in a cool way so everyone still loved him :-)
Tom kept the dance floor hopping the entire night. Seriously, some people didn't even leave the dance floor long enough to eat cake. One of my bridesmaids came up to me at the end of the night and said, 'What happened to the cake? Didn't they serve it?" Yeah....she only left the dance floor a couple of times to take a quick breather and totally missed the cake. Plus, I bought a large basket of flip flops for the guests. One of my friends told me that every time she tried to leave the dance floor to change her shoes Tom would play another great song and she would just run back out on the dance floor. So, she never actually changed into flip flops because she didn't sit down long enough to change her shoes :-)
Our friends and relatives (even grandparents) had a blast dancing the night away. Tom really knows how to read the crowd, and there is '0' cheeseball factor. I highly recommend him!
We booked Tom Chandler to deejay our wedding next year. He seemed very professional and prepared when he met with us. He drove out to meet us, which was really nice too. He has very reasonable prices and seems very laid back, not cheesy at all. I'll update this after my wedding.
Update (7/4/09) - Tom did a great job DJ'ing our wedding! Everything was exactly as we'd requested - he got all the songs we wanted, and it was clear that he'd really paid attention to all of our requests prior to the wedding. We had a morning wedding, so I told Tom we didn't expect a lot of dancing - no problem, he just gauged the vibe of the wedding and went with it. All of his music selections were great and the our reception went seamlessly - he even nailed all of the pronunciations of the last names :D
Tom was a great addition to our wedding.He was always easy to contact when we had questions.We had a list of songs we wanted him to play and he was able to incorporate all of them into his play list.Highly recommend him to anyone looking for professional DJ!
I planned my L.A. wedding from San Diego, and Tom drove all the way to Irvine to meet with us to go over everything. I booked him solely off of his reviews on PW and the Knot, and I am so happy I booked him on the spot! He books fast for a reason - he knows what he is doing, will run the reception if you don't have a DOC (I didn't), and is extremely affordable. He played everything to perfection and was very low maintenance & non-cheesy. I highly recommend California Sounds!!!!
USE THIS DJ. Tom did a great job keeping the party moving without being "in your face" He played every single song we asked him to play and left off the ones we put ont he "do not play list". I live in the Conjeo Valley, he drove from Monrovia to come out here, without charging a travel fee! He also had the best price compared to the DJs in my area.
My fiance and I met with Tom about 2 months ago. I found his through this website, and chose to meet with him based on positive reviews. In the height of soaring gas prices, Tom offered to drive to meet with us. He was very professional and answered all of our questions. He seems very down to earth and seems to be a hard worker. He is very responsive via email. The price is affordable but can get pricier if you add on all the extras (lighting, special effects, etc). Also, when asked about vendor meals, he told us frankly that he and his assistant do not eat vendor meals because they are there "to work and its too expensive". I appreciated that.
Tom was very good about calling me a week before the wedding to touch base, which made me feel better. He did a great job at our wedding (Dj for cocktails and reception). Our dance floor was full the minute dinner. He was very professional and worked well with my coordinator. I highly recommend him to others. He's also very inexpensive compared to others.
Tom was very professional and responsive to our requests. He did awesome at our wedding and kept people out on the dance floor all night long! He was not over the edge and kept things classy. My guests loved him.
Tom, a Knottie favorite, was simply fantastic. I refused to hire a day-of coordinator because I didn't think it was worth the money after putting together so many of my details on my own, so my husband and I created our own detailed day-of timeline. Tom took that document and ran the entire reception right on schedule for us. He came up to us often to let us know that we should be moving on to the next item on the agenda, and he kept the dance floor hopping all night. He also could tell that the Greek dance music my mother and my aunt insisted on fell flat after the first song, and right as my husband said "We should tell him to cut that off..." he faded it out and played something fun to get everyone out on the floor. Tom organized our grand entrance, instructing everyone on the best pathway through the room, and he choreographed our cake cutting and locked-arm toast. He did a great job with all of it. I recommend him 100%.
Tom Chandler is AWESOME! I could not believe how easy he made the whole process of choosing songs. I did not have to worry about one thing. He ever did the sound for our ceremony and was there almost 3 hours prior to the start of the event. The first time we met with Tom we knew he was the guy to do our DJing. What an awesome choice! He kept everything moving all night long, there was virtually no empty space on the dance floor. He isn't cheesy at all, my guests loved him. I can't wait for my sisters wedding next year, he is a must! I HIGHLY recommend him! If you talk to any other knotties they all say the same.
Tom was great! Kept people dancing ALL night long. Made the necessary announcements without being cheesy. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an awesome DJ!
Tom is great. He showed up with an assistant very early to set up (at approximately 3pm) and stayed all night (until 11pm). He's very professional and responsive. He provided both ceremony, cocktail, and reception music at an extremely reasonable rate and even agreed to hold our initial meeting in Marina del Rey, even though he lives all the way in Pasadena. We were both very happy with him and would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a fun, easy-going, professional DJ/MC.
I interviewed Tom and really liked his personality. He even drove out to meet with me. He seemed very put together and I was excited for him to DJ our wedding. We booked him (with the deposit) on the spot. The next day, he calls me telling me that he did not check his email before coming to meet with me. Someone a few hours before our interview, booked him on my wedding day! He obviously had to DJ the other client's wedding, but I think that he should have checked to make sure that he wasn't booked on my wedding day before driving 45 minutes to meet with me! He wasted his time and mine. In all fairness, he was very apologetic and refunded the deposit very quickly.
I originally only corresponded with Tom by email and phone because I was planning from out-of-state. When I unexpectedly got to make a short trip home, he was very willing to work around my hectic schedule in order to meet me at my venue and scope everything out in order to give me a firm quote. He also agreed to hold my date and inform me if anyone else inquired while I made my decision.
Tom was always very prompt and friendly when answering all of my questions and returning my many emails. I also appreciate that he charged by the event, not by the hour, and was willing to give me very straightforward pricing.
For the reception, he showed up early and got right to work setting up. I pretty much gave him free reign to come up with the playlist with only a few guidelines and he played great music and worked wonderfully with our DOC to keep things on schedule, all while being very non-intrusive. I'm sure that if I didn't have a DOC, he would have managed our entire reception for us. Tom was just all around great to work with. Honest, patient, not cheesy in the least, and obviously loves what he does. He even remembered a comment that my mom made about wanting some swing music played (6 months prior during our initial meeting). You won’t regret hiring him!!
Tom DJ'd our wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. He rocked! I gave him a long list of songs and gave him the freedom to fill in what he thought matched the mood. The ceremony ran flawlessly. We used non-traditional ceremony music like The Beatles, John Lennon and Elvis.
He was AWESOME during the reception for the grand entrance and announcements. He was very laid back, fun and not cheesy at all. He took some requests from my guests and my brother & sister. They requested New Kids on the Block "The Right Stuff" and dedicated it to me to embarass me. I didn't care! It was a ton of fun and I did the whole kick leg thing in my 4" heels and gown. A ton of fun!!
Tom worked so well with my coordinator, Paola. They've done a few weddings together now so it all went together very smoothly. I'd book him! He's relatively inexpensive compared to the rest!
Tom Chandler is the best. We booked Tom as our DJ for our wedding reception in Marina Del Rey, and not only was he flawless, he was even more than we expected. Not only is a really a supercool, friendly, professional, easy-to-work-with guy, but he is incredibly responsive (he answered phone calls and emails essentially immediately), helpful (he went far out of his way to try to get every one of the songs we requested, even when we had told him it wasn't a big deal), and just flat-out great at his job (he was on location & set up super-early, hit all the songs we wanted and more, nailed every single one of his cues, had the schedule down cold, spoke just the right amount and in the right way (not a bit of cheese - thoroughly professional and fun), played awesome music, and just totally took care of us). Seriously, I hear horror stories about dj's missing cues, dropping songs, showing up late, equipment not working, etc - and that's big stuff that can really have an impact on someone's wedding day - so that makes me appreciate Tom all that much more. If there was an Academy Award for DJing, I would totally nominate Tom, and if I were ever going to put on another big event, he would be the first guy I'd call. Tom rocks. He's a superb dj of the highest caliber and I'm really grateful that he does what he does.
Tom of Cal Sounds is your no frills, non-cheeseball, and cool wedding DJ. He is not the obnoxious wedding DJ/MC that is always mumbling and yelling something in the mic just to hear himself speak. He's down to earth and really easy to work with. He knows what to play even if you don't have a song list. He makes the announcements when necessary or as requested by my DOC. He helped make the cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss fun. He won't play the chicken dance and the line dancing music (unless you want him to). I come from a Filipino family who LOVES to dance and he caught on quick. He changed up the music and made sure people were on the floor. Best part, he's affordable for the budget-conscious bride. It is only this one time when the term "you get what you pay for" is NOT true. He is inexpensive and his services are the same as any other wedding DJ!! Highly recommended.
Tom was the only vendor that we hired without actually meeting him in person beforehand. He came so highly recommended, and was able to do everything that we had requested of him, so we hired him right away. In the preparation, Tom was excellent—he attended the walk through at the venue to check out the set up, was extremely responsive to phone calls and emails, and had a great attitude, especially a few days before when we made changes to the set up. On the night of, Tom was exceptional. We used his equipment for the ceremony and it was excellent. At the reception, he was the perfect combination to make sure that everyone was dancing but that there was no annoying or cheesy banter. He handled all of our requests and even when our timeline got delayed, he coordinated well with the other vendors and kept everything moving. It was a pleasure to have him.
Tom was truly one of the best vendors I had. My guests are still raving about what a great DJ he was and how the music he played was perfect. We gave him a small playlist, but he did a fantastic job of choosing music that fit perfectly with our style. He is a true professional in all aspects. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend for a second.
Tom was awesome to work with. He found all of the obscure songs we wanted and even provided sound on the beach. I would highly recommend him.
My wedding was on 11/10/07 at L.A. Farm in Santa Monica (I do not recommend this reception site). I DO recommend Tom from California Sounds as my DJ. I had concerns about my venue and the management there, which I conveyed to Tom and he did a great job of putting me at ease before the event and also of handling everything the day of. Before the event, I gave him my "play" list of about 5 songs and all five of them were played. My guests made requests throughout the evening and he honored them. Once, a request cleared the dance floor and he simply faded it out and started another song. Other than this song, Tom kept my reception dancing!!! Everyone had a great time and I spend the last 2 hours of my reception on the dance floor! The only slow songs he played were the first and last dances (I recommend this). He didn't have my first choice for my last dance song, but immediately had an alternate that was also one of my favorites and it worked out just fine. All around a great vendor to work with, fees were reasonable (I think we paid about $900 for a full 6 hour event), he was pleasant, NOT CHEESY, professional, and easy-going.
Tom, from California Sounds, was probably the best decision I made for all of my vendors. He arrived early with his assistant even before our venue's representative showed up. I did not have a coordinator so he and his assistant did an amazing job keeping things on track and making announcements throughout the night. Tom even made it possible for us to have a small band play at the beginning of our reception. He kept everyone dancing all night. He was amazing and all at a spectacular price!
Easy going and fantastic to work with. Professional, on time, not cheesy, and has a diverse selection of music. We had a few surprises throughout the wedding, and Tom went with the flow and never complained. He was a great MC (when we wanted him to make announcements) and helped move the party along. He has there every step of the way, reminding us about the cake cutting, speeches, bouquet toss, etc. My DH and I are music snobs and provided Tom with an eclectic list of songs. We were surprised that he had them all and then some! I highly recommend Tom. He is an affordable and wonderful DJ.
wonderful, affordable, easy to work with. Kept the party going, helped us stick to our schedule. wasn't overbearing and cheesy. played all requested songs. Super friendly, super down to earth. one of our favorite vendors!
I'm so surprised to be the first one to write a review - these guys are very popular on the knot! Tom from California Sounds was professional, funny, and very nice from the first time we met him. They are pretty inexpensive compared to alot of the DJ's we looked at, and had the same services offered. He did an amazing job at our wedding - stuck to our play list but was flexible with some of the different stuff we did - had a choreographed dance, had people singing, etc. He has a great presence and made the night go smoothly!
I just booked Tom Chandler to DJ my wedding reception next August. His prices seem reasonable and he was very nice. He's willing to play (or not play) anything you want and has offered to check out my reception site for no extra charge. He does not charge by the hour, but by the event. He isn't a typical "MC," cracking jokes, etc. but he will announce whatever you want him to announce, which is the kind of DJ we were looking for. I will make an update after the wedding.
Tom DJ'd for our wedding a couple of weeks ago and we thought he did a great job. He was very professional and made me and my husband feel very confident in his abilities. The best part about Tom is that, although he is very professional, he is not cheesy or high strung.
I totally recommend him.
I focused on the dinner time music (our quartet played during our cocktail hour) and only gave him a few must-plays for the dancing, along with DO NOT PLAYS, which he really stuck to. My brother (he and I aren't close) really wanted Tom to play some country song for us, but country was on our do-not-play list. (Brent and I loathe country, as do most of our guests.) Tom had promised he would only play anything on our do-not list if I personally told him it was ok. So Tom wouldn't play the song and I told my brother that we did not want to hear any country. I really appreciated Tom sticking to his guns!
He was exactly what we wanted - there for the announcements and not cheesey at all! Even my very proper FMIL said he was great! (And she's hard to impress.) One of my BMs, who is a country FANATIC, said that for a non-country songs wedding, she really enjoyed all his dance music.
The only thing I'd do differently is I would have paid him ahead of time instead of putting my FFIL in charge of it. He hadn't given him the check yet and it was almost the end of the night (I had promised Tom he'd be paid before the night was over), so he had to ask me who was paying him. I think FFIL was waiting to see how big of a tip he'd deserve. So, if I could change it, I would have paid him ahead of time and then had my FFIL give him another check for a tip at the end of the night. I don't blame Tom at all for asking - I can only imagine how burned he's been by not knowing who was supposed to pay him but didn't.
TIP: I collected all the songs I wanted to hear during dinner (from my iTunes collection) into one playlist and did a screenshot of that for Tom. I listened to that playlist again and again on our honeymoon (while lounging by the pool), which was like a mini-time machine back to our big day.
Tom was great. I gave him a couple of songs I want him to play and gave him the idea of the entire music we are looking for, and I led everything up to him pretty much. But I did not have to worry about the music a bit, he did a great job making our wedding fun and got the dance floor going. Great&very organized guy.
Marlin A. Munoz Photography
I have worked with Tom on several weddings, and it is always a pleasure to work with him. He is a total professional and really goes out of his way to accommodate the bride and groom.
My Wedding Blooms
We always enjoy working with California Sounds, they are professional, on time and flexible.
Tom is a great guy and a great DJ. We have worked with him at a few different weddings and I would highly recommend him. He gets the party going, and is also a great MC!!
Tom is so great to work with! He is fun and upbeat and will always deliver a great party! He always makes my brides and grooms happy:)
Enchanted Events and Design
I'd definitely recommend Tom for any wedding I'm coordinating. He does a great job entertaining and is very easy to work with.
Tealight Weddings & Events
I've worked with Tom a few times and my clients are always thrilled with him. I will recommend Tom Chandler with Cal Sounds to all of my clients looking for a laid-back, non-cheesy DJ for their wedding! Tom knows how to keep the dance floor packed all night! He's friendly, easy to work with and a true pro!