Post # 1
Fiance and I have started looking for DJs, but after getting some outrageous quotes from the first couple of ones we contacted ($2500 for basic DJ services? REALLY?), we’re seriously starting to consider using an iPod instead, even if we can find a more reasonably priced DJ. The big draw for us of a DJ over an iPod is that a DJ can also act as the MC of the evening. That being said, Fiance and I have tons of friends who could also take over that position. I’m a member of an improv theatre group, and so a bunch of my friends are masters of that sort of thing, and that talent would lend itself well to MCing. I’m torn, though, because I don’t want to make my friends work at my wedding. Ladies, talk to me. What do you suggest? Why?
Post # 3
whoa that seems like a really crazy high quote! our wedding was in dc, which is really expensive in general in comparison to a lot of regions, and our dj was from one of the top rated booking agencies around, and still cost like half of that. i’d say keep looking?
Post # 4
If your budget is not allowing a professional DJ, I would suggest asking one of your trained improv theater friends to be the MC for the evening. I am sure the person would be honored to introduce you and your new hubby as you walk into the wedding reception.
Post # 5
I like your ipod idea because you seem to have friends to choose from for a great MC. I hired a DJ and I am still giving him a music selection playlist(humm….maybe I’m just a micromanager LOL) for my reception. Just make sure you have a good sound system to play the ipod music.
Post # 6
Craigslist!!! I posted an ad looking for a DJ and put that I could only pay $500.00. I got about 30 responses, and all of them were willing to be paid 500 or less. I ended up going with a guy that has been FABULOUS thus far.
Post # 7
@finnaroo: It is crazy high. I have seen several DJs in the area who range from $800 to $1200. I think it was just bad luck that the first two I contacted were $2000+.
@Radiant Bride: We have budgeted for a DJ, and we can definitely afford one of the lower end ones. I’m just wondering if the money might be better spent elsewhere.
What benefits do you all see to a professional DJ as opposed to an iPod and a friend?
Post # 8
Any other comments? Please? A few of you voted for a pro DJ. Why?
Post # 9
I am doing an iPod reception with our friend acting as MC/officiant. Fiance and I like a lot of music that is not what is considered ‘popular’ and I had a lot of trouble finding someone who had the music we wanted. Fiance is a DJ himself, so we are putting together an awesome, fun, meaningful playlist and our friend acting silly at the mic. I am really excited about it. All it is costing is $80 for the sound system!
Post # 10
I voted for DJ (but only if you can find a less expensive one) because they’re professionals. You could also hand a friend a camera, but you won’t get the same results as a trained photographer, you know? A dj is better able to read a crowd, keep things moving, and make sure the music flows together properly.
Check into people that play your local nightclubs. We got a professional club dj for $700 for 6 hours (cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing afterwards) vs. $1500 for the same thing from a ‘wedding’ dj. =)
Post # 11
I voted for professional DJ because the party aspect is very important to me at a wedding and I don’t think an IPOD can attain that. As pps mentioned, a DJ can read the crowd and adjust the music. An IPOD though it may have great songs can’t do that.
Post # 12
I’m going with an iPod. My Fiance brother is in the music biz, so he’s been kind enough to help out with music. Not sure how it’s all gonna work but, I’m sure it’ll be fine…
Post # 13
Golly! My DJ is $600. I say go for your improv-friend and rent the right equipment for the music. 🙂
Post # 14
My wedding was last year and we used our ipod and had a friend to MC and all we had him do was to announce our entrance and when dessert and dancing was going to start.
No one noticed that we didn’t have a DJ and the money we saved we had a live band for the dancing for only $600.
Well worth the money…..