DJ Gary Manheim
I was surprised to read the comments left in the previous review because my husband and I had a completely different experience. We met Gary at a tasting held at our reception hall- Round Hill, in Washingtonville, New York. Gary was very personable and seemed willing to work with us to ensure the experience was what we wanted.
Prior to the wedding we were in contact with Gary a number of times because we wanted to do a couple of non-traditional things during the ceremony and reception. He was very easy to contact and very receptive to our ideas. When the day came everything went great. He arrived early and set up a system outside because we wanted specific songs played (which we provided to him ahead of time) at different times before and during the ceremony which was held in the garden. Inside during the reception he played both songs we had selected plus incorporated some of his own choosing and our guests had a blast! I guess he did chose a few that we didn't ask for specifically but we were totally okay with that figuring he knows how to read the mood of the party and keep the guests dancing (which he did). In the middle of the reception we had one of our close friends play the piano and then one of our other friends then got up and sang karaoke style which was hysterical. Gary made sure that the transitions and unexpected twists all went smoothly. All in all we thought that Gary did a great job and would definitely recommend his services. Our family and friends have commented so many times that ours was one of the most 'feel good' weddings they had ever been to and we believe the 'soundtrack' to our day contributed significantly to that.
I would not recommend this DJ. My husband and I spent many hours coming up with songs that we put on a playlist. We even broke the music down into categories of when to play them during the wedding. We gave the list to Gary a couple of weeks prior to our wedding and were assured that they would be played. Most of the songs were not played at our reception or were unable to be played because the DJ did not have them available. The wrong song was played when we cut our cake as well. Despite many attempts to "step it up a bit", Gary continued to make his own song selections during the reception. Needless to say, we were not pleased with our DJ.
During the planning process, Gary was easy to get in touch with, returned phone calls, and was cooperative.
Please let me tell you a little more about myself. I am a Master of Ceremonies and Disc Jockey that specializes in weddings. I have been helping happy couples make their special day SPECIAL since 1981. My experience in working together with banquet staffs, photographers and event coordinators has been extensive. Making their jobs as easy as possible as we work together as a team, creating the wedding of your dreams.