(Closed) Help!!! Opinions… DJ or laptop+rent speakers?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you suggest a DJ or an ipod/laptop?
    DJ - I had one and it was very worth it : (11 votes)
    37 %
    Laptop/mp3 player - I used this and it worked great and was a great savings : (3 votes)
    10 %
    DJ - I've been to weddings, and it's much better with a DJ vs. the ones who used laptop/mp3 player : (12 votes)
    40 %
    Laptop/mp3 player - I've been to weddings and it doesn't make much difference so you should save $$$ : (3 votes)
    10 %
    DJ - I used a laptop/mp3 player and regretted it =( : (0 votes)
    Laptop/speakers - I used a DJ and wish I didn't because I don't think it would have mattered much : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 4
    2587 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    I’m hoping to NOT have either a DJ or a Band, because I think a band would be frustrating – they’re playing the song I love! But… not… quite… – and DJs… the only advantage I could see of them would be the lighting. My FH has been really enjoying compiling a playlist, and I’ve been enjoying it too, and we’d be so tight for time to play all the songs we’d love anyway, I’d be worried that a DJ would start freestyling and I’ll lose some of my favourites (As has happened at other, non-wedding events that we’ve been at).

    What I have heard though is that you can get a programme for your iPod which you can programme ahead of time to play certain songs when you want them – eg. during the ceremony – and set the timings. Not owning an iPod at present personally, I can’t give many more details than that, but I hope that helps a bit!

    Post # 5
    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    We were hoping to skip a DJ, but it was really just too complicated for us to stress about and we really didn’t want to force any of our guests to “work” for us on our wedding day setting up the equipment, breaking it down, or MCing. Now that I’ve been through the wedding, I cannot imagine having tried to coordinate all that. Our reception went so smoothly thanks to our DJ. He was awesome, and I’m glad we went ahead and shifted the budget around to amke it happen.

    Post # 6
    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We were going to do the laptop song thing but decided to spend money on the DJ and it was well worth the money! He was definitely the entertainment. 

    Post # 7
    2385 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think a DJ’s main advantage is the convinence. If the cost is worth the convienence for you, go ahead and do it. If not, no worries.

    Post # 8
    4659 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We’re going the ipod route.

    Post # 9
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I think it depends on your guests.  The problem with not having a DJ or band, is that no one is really in charge of the music.  Sometimes that results in a whole bunch of people figuring they can just go up and change the song if they don’t like it.

    It also puts the pressure on you to choose songs that are going to keep the majority happy and (I assume) your dance floor full.

    I wouldn’t want the stress of worrying about it.  But for some people doing the laptop thing goes great.  For some people, it’s a bit of a disaster.

    Post # 10
    361 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m totally bumping this post!! Because I’m in the same boat, asking the same questions!

    Post # 11
    1770 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I would recommend a DJ. I’ve been to one wedding that used a laptop and speakers and it went horribly wrong.

    Post # 13
    32 posts
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I voted to go with the dj, figure it’s just one less thing to have to worry about. You could always  have a friend/family member be in charge of the iPod, but not everyone would want to be responsible for that. I would just be apprehensive about technical issues and would prefer to have a dj take care of everything including introductions and MC-ing etc.

    Post # 14
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We had a DJ but did consider going the ipod/speaker route due to keeping costs down. We weighed both options and in the end went with a DJ who was very reasonable ($600). When we met him we loved his personality right from the start and knew he’d keep the reception upbeat.

    Some of the negatives we considered with the ipod was:

    1) Did we want to take the time to load the playlist?

    2) When you play an ipod you have a few seconds between songs, with a DJ all the songs flow together

    3) Our guests couldn’t dedicate a song. I remember my new step-son dedicating a mexican song to us and I could see tears well up in my husbands eyes. Theres NO way an ipod could have done that!! To see that was worth the $600 alone, made my heart smile

    4) Who will be in charge if something goes wrong? Is someone going to be right there for 6 hours?  We didn’t know anyone we could ask to do that. Do we pay them? If so, why not do the DJ route.


    I will say that we were very happy we went with the DJ. Yes, we did get an awesome deal but even if he was $1000 we would still choose a DJ. I know a lot of couples let the DJ know what types of music/songs they don’t want played. When my husbands cousin got married she told their DJ sepcifically they didn’t want any rap music. He told her “I won’t bring any so if a guest asks I’ll tell them I don’t have any with me, problem solved”.

    Post # 15
    986 posts
    Busy bee

    DJ. After working at a wedding venue and seeing so much stress happen with situations like these, I just have to recommend a DJ. Plus the DJ will read the crowd and change songs as appropriate, and iPod/laptop can’t do that!

    Post # 16
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m doing an MP3 player.

    Scr3w other people’s opinions. I’m saving $1400 and I’m DONE dealing with DJs. By far the hardest vendors I’ve dealt with.


    Mine’s an AM wedding with a mostly older crowd. We’re all entering to 1 song. I’m sure we’ll survive and life will go on. I’m going to ask my uncle to announce us ‘cus he’s hilarious and has a great voice. 


    I’d rather save $1400 and spend it on our honeymoon. 

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