Post # 1
We have been interviewing several DJ’s to accompany the band when they are not playing and they have all mentioned "giveaways". This makes me a little nervous. I understand how this can get the crowd up and moving but, is it necessary? I think after a few cocktails, great food, and music this is all the motovation they need to shake it on the dande floor! I could be wrong so PLEASE HELP!! What do you think??? Cheesey?? Or Fun??
Post # 3
Ask yourself this:
Do I want all of my reception pictures to include the giveaways (imagine glow in the dark neon necklaces, inflatable plastic saxophones/guitars/etc, leis, grass skirts, etc)?
If the answer is YES! I want that stuff in my pictures or Yeah, I don’t care if that stuff is in my pictures! Then go ahead.
If the answer is NO! I don’t want a shot of my Uncle Ralph playing the blow-up saxophone! Then don’t do it.
I generally think these are unnecessary- as you said, "a few cocktails, great food, and music this is all the motovation they need to shake it on the dande floor!"
Post # 4
Personally, it’s not a County Fair. I wouldn’t do it.
But that’s just me!
Maybe there are some "classy" giveaway games? I don’t know!
Post # 5
I’ve never seen a DJ giveaway. This is a totally new concept to me. Generally, I am not one for overly involved DJ’s.. in fact, if it weren’t for FI I wouldn’t want one at all. But FI is the opposite. He wants to do anything and everything to make sure that people are having a complete blast at our wedding. He wants to bring in poker/blakjack/roulette tables for a vegas feel to keep the guys entertained and has been trying to come up with other ideas. He would jump at the idea of DJ giveaways. To him the reception is a giant party and he wants everyone to come away with great stories of what a good time they had.
So I think the question is how formal you want to be. I’m more formal. I don’t like people asking me annoying questions or trying to entertain me. Never have. I hate improv commedy even. Just seems obnoxious. But I am the minority.
If you’re only concern is how "ick" the gifts are I think you could probably compromise and find some cool gifts. Could be something along the lines of the common favors you seen given out at weddings.. even food.
Post # 6
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! "IT’S NOT A COUNTY FAIR" Thats hysterical and exactly how I feel! Also, your soooo right about the pics!! They tried to assure us the giveaways were "classy’ but, I think giveaway at a wedding at classy is an oxymoron! Thanks sooooo much for your input! I just needed to know I wasn’t crazy or a stick in the mud for thinking this was tacky!
Post # 7
We don’t like to use the word "tacky" (SEE POST) but…
well let’s just say it might be too classy for a county fair…
I say nix the DJ giveaways…(but I don’t really even like DJs, so take it with a grain of salt…)
Post # 8
I’m sorry if I offended anyone with the word "tacky’ that was not my intention at all!! i appologize! Thanks for your input!!
Post # 9
The word tacky is totally fine, Ejo. The thread Mighty posted was more about us judging each other (which, incidentally, is what it seems telling others not to use the word at all would be doing, but I digress) than about asking for and receiving honest input.
You asked if other brides thought that would be a tacky thing to do, and you got the feedback you wanted. No one was hurtfully or unduely labeled, and all is well in the world. 🙂
Post # 10
Oh no…. Not another "T" word post!!! %-) J/K
My vote? don’t do it. But I can see how it might have potential.
Another thought- why don’t you call the DJ’s references and ask their previous clients how it went at their functions… these ‘giveaways’??? See if they got feedback or had strong feelings themself?
Post # 11
You didn’t have the option – It’s fun, Everyone will have fun!
We had our DJ play a game to give away our centerpieces and it was a ton of fun — ALL of our guests loved it. In fact, I wish I had paid more attention so I could use the game at other events I host!
Post # 12
I’m attaching a pic of some of our guests having fun during our centerpiece giveaway -the game involved a dollar bill…
Post # 13
I hate the chicken dance, electride slide, etc., but for some reason, I love the DJ giveaways. My family lights up when they see a guy handing out leis or glow sticks or whatever it is and they hit the dance en masse. They are so energetic about it, suddenly other guests who had just been sitting down the whole reception are up dancing too! I think there are a lot of people who worry they will embarrass themselves by dancing. When you can get people to embarrass themselves first, it helps everyone relax.
But it really depends on the crowd. If your guests are mostly reserved, or are very happy to dance anyway, then it’s not necessary and can be a little cheesey.
If you are still undecided, you can always ask your DJ to hold off on the sombreros until later in the reception.
Post # 14
I think its on the cheesy side… I want my wedding to feel elegant, so i think giveaways would make it feel like a raffle or bingo or something. But that is just me! 🙂
Don’t forget, if you hire a DJ, you can tell them what you want and what you don’t. So you could nix giveaways completely, if you want!
Post # 15
It depends on the theme of the wedding. I know for me.. I went to a wedding and I left with a tambourine, shakers, hat, glasses.. I had a BLASTTTTTTTT AND WAS EXHAUSTED and always said I would do the same thing.
They had a musical chair game that involved single men on one knee and single women walking around and it was hilarious and the winners won a big glow stick that sparkled.. It was fun and I could tell everyone wanted to win that – yes it was cheesy, but people love winning prizes.
Post # 16
Give aways make me think Sweet 16 or Bar/Bat Mitzvah.