DIY/Budget Brides, give me input on music!

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

We used our own music for a backyard wedding.  DH moved our speakers and amp outside and we connected a phone with Spotify playlists loaded onto it.  We figured that a DJ would not be worth the money in our case.  DH and I are not really dancers, and we knew that most of our guests weren’t either.  Pretty much after the first dance and a few songs, everybody was done with it and mingled for the rest of the night.  That was fine with us because neither us nor our guests cared a lot about dancing in the first place.  However, a lot of people commented that they loved the music because it wasn’t your average DJ party fare.  My parents and friends contributed a lot of their favorite songs, so we had a nice blend of genres and time periods to make everyone happy.

A big downside with doing your own music is that transitions are more awkward.  If you have special songs for cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc., you need someone manning the ipod for those cues. This also means that you need someone handling it for the ceremony, such as a friend or usher who isn’t in the wedding party.  

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I only suggest getting a DJ if you want someone to make announcements. Such as “They have chosen ____ song as their first dance because ____” or “Make sure and fill up at the candy bar over in the corner!” Etc. Otherwise, not worth it.

You can set up a list of songs just fine on your phone. But maybe practice and run through it just to be sure you know what you’re doing. Also, assign someone to help you out with it so if anything goes wrong, you aren’t over there trying to figure it out! Haha

I’m in a wedding band myself and I just don’t get the point of DJs.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

 

MrsRoberts52:  I’m in the same boat…because of budget, FI and I initially decided to DJ our own wedding. We had fun researching/creating playlists and whatnot for about a week, then realized the overwhelming amount of work/stress it would add (getting songs to flow from one to the next without gaps of silence or wierd tempo changes/not having someone to make announcements or having to pick a guest to be an emcee/all the things that could possibly go wrong)…and ultimately chickened out. We started researching DJs in the area and found a lot of guys with great reviews for less than what we originally thought it would cost.

Also, a good friend of ours just got married in St. Louis and used a guy he found on Craigslist. The guy had his own equipment, played all the songs they wanted, provided uplighting for the whole venue, and (in our opinion) did a really great job for the whole 6+ hours…all for less than $500. Unless you’ve already got all the music you want to play (or plan to download it illegally), by the time you’ve bought the songs, rented the speakers and equipment, and spent all the time to put everything together, self-DJing may not save you as much as you think.  

Post # 5
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2679 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I had the same thought when we first sat down to do our budget. I have never encountered a DJ that I like at weddings or other events so I thought it was a waste. My DOC and FI were insistant we should still get a DJ. They claim that he will help keep the flow of the night by making announcements for certain things (entrances, special dances, cake cutting, ect.) and they read the feel of the dance floor the way a play list can’t. I’m still up in the air about it.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

<br />We had an iPod and it worked great for the reception.  Our ceremony was outside; we thought about setting the iPod up there to start but decided to forget it, so we had a music-free ceremony.  Would do it again 🙂

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We downloaded WeddingDJ from the app store and it was pretty easy to use. We used it for our cermony and had a friend stop it after processional and start for recessional but that’s about all that was required to have it flow right into our cocktail hour playlist. 

We were going to use it for our reception too but my Maid of Honor and our Best Man went together and got us a DJ as a wedding present. We were appreciative and touched by the gesture and ended up splitting the night into our own playlist at the beginning and having the DJ come later on. As far as I know it all went fine but putting together the music certainly does take some work. As for introducing our first dance/making announcements earlier in the night that was taken care of by our MC’s.

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by  K-labree.
Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

My So was a dj so he wants one simply because our first dance is going to need one! We are slow dancing to Love by Nat king Cole, transitioning into  salsa, then a traditional Peruvian wedding dance and finally either thriller or the men in black hahaha

Post # 10
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Busy bee

One thing that hasn’t expressly come up…on your wedding day you are busy, your are distracted by your own emotions, by all of your guests, etc. Personally, I think keeping your wedding day to-dos as simple as possible is the way to go. For me, having to manage an iPod or manage someone who is managing an iPod is just too much to think about while trying to enjoy my wedding.

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