Post # 1
I want opinions on a DJ for my reception. It will be at my mom’s house next month May 10th. FI doesn’t want a DJ only for the facrt that he is an extreme introvert and said he hates how DJs draw so much attention to the couple like saying dance, kiss, etc. He hates the attention and so do I even tho it is our day. I told him we can ask the DJ not to do that. He suggested just using Pandora but to me Pandora plays a lot of the same tracks over and over especially if you “like ” certain songs they keep replaying. I even added “wedding dj” and “wedding reception ” lists on Pandora but as I said it plays the same tracks over and over. Has anyone taken the Pandora route? And for those that had simple receptions did you have a DJ? Necessary or unnecessary?
Post # 2
It depends…do you want people to dance? Or are you more interested in just having background music & atmosphere? Are you doing special dances or skipping them all together? I think Pandora or Spotify (if you want no repeats) is fine for just background noise, but it’s not going to get the crowd dancing, and would make for awkward transitions to your first dance (or other special dances if you’re doing them). Also, you can ask your dj to skip all that cheesy stuff drawing attention to you guys, you’re hiring them to work for you, so they’ll accomodate what you want.
Post # 3
Our DJ didn’t draw any attention to us at our wedding. He literally just played music and announced events (cake cutting, starting toasts, first dance) so people knew they were happening. It’s nice to have a DJ who can read a crowd and make adjustments to the music to keep people dancing/having fun.
I think your fiance is being a little silly. Hire a DJ and just make sure he knows you don’t want any cheesy, attention drawing antics.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2017 - Earth
I would never use Pandora for all the reasons you listed. Our reception will be simple, we’re using Beats Pill+ and a playlist with about 300 songs on it. But I don’t anticipate anyone dancing in the park on a Sunday afternoon, (maybe if they get tipsy enough) our guest list is fairly small and we’re not doing any announcements. So in your case a DJ might be best and you can just let him or her know your preferences.
Post # 5
If you’re having a backyard wedding check your local noise bylaws if you have neighbours- otherwise spending the money on a DJ might be a waste, as they might shut you down for the noise earlier than intended.
Post # 6
lula0508 : yes I actually want dancing music which is what I told him. Haven’t decided on a first dance or not. We both hate being in the spotlight so maybe a small segment of the song and ask other couples to join or we just stop. Lol
Post # 7
thesoontobemrsv : we’re good on the noise ordinance.
Post # 8
Also a no to Pandora – we’re using a combination of Spotify and our own music. It takes a bit of pre-planning to organize it all but worth it if you’re as picky about music as my fiance is.