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West Michigan couple says wedding DJ won’t face the music

Posted at 11:19 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 23:19:51-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A West Michigan couple says they're getting the run around from a DJ they hired for their wedding.

Travis Quitquit and Katie Meade say they hired Eric Lee Deridder for their October wedding, but decided they wanted to cancel his services after he ditched their friends' wedding.

"After our friend was stood up at her wedding by this DJ she was devastated," Travis said.  "She texted us immediately and let us know what happened.  We got sick to our stomachs."

The couple says Derrider charges $500 a wedding, but knocks $100 off the price if people pay up front.  When they tried to contact him about a refund, they said not only was his Facebook nowhere to be found, but his number was no longer working.

When they did finally get a hold of him, he agreed to meet them and give them their money back. However, they say he's bailed on them twice.

"It's not even the money as much as the principle," Katie said.  "Just knowing he is not being honest and he is giving us the run around and false promises, saying he will meet us then doesn't show."

FOX 17 reached out to Eric Deridder.  He responded with an email claiming that he paid back Katie and Travis.  The couple says they haven't seen a dime.

"The money would help because there is insane amounts of money and costs that go into a wedding, so I just feel like we could use this money towards something else," Katie says.