Post # 1
Before I explian let me state that the money is not the issue here, it is within budget to hire the DJ. This is more about taste and class.
When looking around a DJ was going to cost about $700 average for our event. The event is being held at a remodeled church. (old church turned into reception hall when new church was built next door) The hall has a speaker system that can have a computer, ipod, etc plugged into it. this is all internal and has volume controls etc. The hall also has a microphone. As part of our rental we have access to this equipment for free. Both Fiance and I have extensive Itunes collections and Itunes credit for downloads. Fiance is a music fan and is even in a band. Our thinking is to create a playlist for the event and not pay for a DJ. We can plug in his computer and run it that way. He has some friends from his other bands and gigs he can talk to so that someone is “manning” the list during the event. These friends can also use the sound system to introduce dances etc.
We have a very chill menu (brats, green beans, fettuccine, salad…) in a buffet style. I would consider it to be a moderatly formal to formal affair; but it’s not Prime Rib at the local golf club over the top wedding. (That is not our style) So with this in mind does the music management of using the sound system and itunes seem to chincy? Should i fork over the cash to a Dj so that there are strobe lights and smoke? Or does this sound like a totally acceptable way to handle the music. Also Fiance and I are both Type As when it comes to music so we would be making a 6 hr playlist for the DJ should we go that route. No surprises in the playlist either way. (basically a DJ would bring their own equipment and play our playlist.)
Thoughts? Hope everyone elses planning is going well!
Post # 3
We are doing this I think it is not chincy at all. Why have all this technology and then pay someone else to do the same thing an ipod could do? Not chincy just smart.
Post # 4
In most circumstances I say that Ipods plugged in are a bad idea. I have been to many weddings that opted out of a DJ and they resulted in chaos and a lot of people standing around without knowing what was going on.
In your case if you feel that the equipment is in working order and the friends are capable of taking control for the WHOLE night and leading the group then you should be okay. I’m not sure your friend will want to be in charge all night though, which he/she needs to be. That is something you will need to discuss.
A DJ doesn’t just play music, they also monitor and somewhat control the flow of the evening to ensure that things are on time and go smoothly.
Post # 5
@LaTortuga: There is a nearly equal divide between ipods and DJs among brides and probably an equal number of horror stories of both. I’d suggest researching ipod weddings to see what’s involved in doing it. I’m going the ipod route, but I did a lot of research before making my decision.
Post # 6
@Treejewel19: True I agree that a Dj had the importance… yet we have 2 friends willing to do this 1 shift prior to dinner and 1 after. Also talking to a friend of mine who is a radio DJ to see if he would help out. With our music/ DJ connections we are mainly worried that the lack of special lighting and smoke etc will seem classless at the venue.
Post # 7
@LaTortuga: Nah don’t worry about lighting and smoke. If you have capable people and an Ipod then I would say opt out of a DJ.
Again, I’m typically pro-DJ but in your situation it seems like everyting is covered so why spend the extra money?
Post # 8
So it seems that my DJ friend will be able to work this for us 🙂 best of both worlds 🙂 Happy planning!
Post # 9
We are doing this, for both budget reasons and the “type A” reasons you mention. I have been working on my playlist for months and have hired someone to emcee (who is not a DJ but has a lot of experience speaking and performing in front of crowds). We will have a playlist, but have other playlists created in various genres of music so he can change it up if it seems like it’s needed. We are using a laptop instead of an ipod for ease of use and blending the music so there is no gap between songs.
We also researched and just ordered the Chauvet Mushroom LED light from ebay for only $68. It gets really good reviews and the LED lights don’t get hot like the old-style lights so you can use them continuously. You can watch demos and review videos of any lights you are considering on youtube and this one seemed like the best bang-for-your-buck. LEDs have thousands of hours of life in them so we’ll probably be selling them to another couple afterward. We figure the lighting can go a long way toward setting the dance party mood and for $68 we couldn’t go wrong!
Post # 10
i think it’s fine as long as the friends you have will remain sober so that they are able to keep things moving on track. have a few people be in charge of the music and the emcing and have scripts written out for them so they know exactly what to say. the dj usually rounds people up, announce your buffet tables, instruct people to stand up and direct attention for the bridal party entrance, announce how centerpieces are distributed…
i think that a wedding dj is more than just someone who plays music. most djs use electronic equipment so the music playlist is the easy part. this part of the wedding is where i let the professional do his thing and try not to control all the details. i picked the main songs for the highlights moments and gave him some suggestions of songs i wanted played through the night but i also allowed guests to make requests.
when i got too busy and drunk to remember the details, he kept me on track by checking in with me when it came time for all the items we discussed before the wedding. i wanted to enjoy myself so this was one less thing i had to worry about. he was familiar with our venue and with weddings. our best man is a wedding dj on the side so he was more than capable of playing our dj but we wanted him to be able to drink and enjoy himself. he did take the microphone and played wedding dj for about two minutes but that was it.
i received really great feedback about our dj. i’m really glad i spent the money.
He did all of our uplighting and dance floor lighting. He used this dance floor light: American DJ Aggressor Tri LED. I was so busy the days leading up to the wedding that I was really glad I did not have to set anything up myself. My photographer stopped by the venue to set-up his lighting about 4-5 hours before the ceremony/reception and he said our florist and dj were already at the venue setting everything up. I was busy having brunch and getting ready with my girls so it was really nice to have someone else do the set-up. I know a lot of my family and friends would help out but I really wanted them to enjoy their weekend in vegas and not have to worry about waking up sober.
a great wedding dj makes all the difference. i went to a wedding where the reception was hosted in a hotel penthouse and he dj was fine but he wasn’t a wedding dj so the flow was a little off. i think a great wedding dj sets the mood for the night. another friend hired a dj for her wedding but had her brother in law do the emcing. her brother in law was awesome but i think it takes a certain kind of personality to be able to do it.
i think you should look at your family and friends and see what will work. my family and friends really get down and party. the venue staff and the dj said that our wedding was one of the better ones that they have seen in a long time. the bride left a trail of puke along the marble floors of the country club clubhouse.
Post # 11
I should mention that by ipod Fiance means Itunes… and our DJ will be a local Radio talent! thank god for connections I am finding that whereever you have em, use em!