Post # 1
So I’m having a DJ for my reception…specific DJ to be decided…however if he DJ plays for 5 hours for the recepion, what do people typically do for the ceremony? Do you pay the DJ extra? Do you really want a DJ playing the ceremony music? Do you hire someone else?
For the record, my ceremony and reception wil be in the same room- afterr the ceremony the guests go to another room for the cocktail hour, during that time the room is turned over for the reception.
By the way, is it just me or are wedding DJs some of the sketchy-ist people out there?
Post # 3
I have a DJ as well but I hired ceremony musicians. I hired a steel drummer and guiter player/singer to do our ceremony, which they will be playing the hawain guys version (can’t spell his name) of what a Wonderful World for my bridal party to walk down the aisle and then Somewhere over the rainbow for my entrance and for our recessional (spelling??) they will be playing Oh Happy Day. I also hired them to play at our cocktail hour and wihich they will be playing calypso and reggae music. We are getting married at an estate by the beach so I really wanted the ceremony music to reflect the feel and theme of our wedding.
So I guess the musicians you would hire would really depend on what kind of venue you are having. I think having a DJ do your ceremony music could be perceived as tacky. Sorry don’t want to offend anyone to each his own.
And yes I have to agree DJs could be real sketchy. It took me a while to find a guy that I liked and especially one that wasn’t going to dance and control my wedding and bring props. I just wanted a guy who was guying to play records and make some announcements.
Post # 4
I worked a wedding that was like this…the DJ did both the ceremony and reception and had one speaker in the ceremony room and one in the cocktail hour room.
Post # 5
I don’t think having a DJ do the ceremony is tacky, it depends alot on the style of your wedding. A DJ might not be the best option for a full scale church wedding, but for other venues a DJ would work just fine. My brother is a DJ and has done both ceremonies and receptions.
Post # 6
I think recorded music can be fine for the ceremony – I also think it depends on your venue. In a church you might go with a pianist and/or organist. It sort of depends on what you want for the music at your ceremony. Is it something that a piano or organ alone, or with a soloist, could handle? Or maybe you want a whole symphony – in which case probably recorded is the way to go.
Post # 7
My Dj is pretty good and I know that he would do ceremony music if I wanted him too. I think that it’s just something you’ll have to look into while finding one. Also – if you just want something played on a cd player for the walk down the isle – you could put a relative in charge of pushing play.
If you want more classy, I’d hire a piano and player if no one in your family plays, or a harpist.
Post # 8
Save with out having a DJ and just use an iPOD! That is what most DJ’s do anymore anyways.