- 2 years ago
Hi, bees! We are currently trying to decide on a DJ for our September 2015 wedding, and I’d love to get some opinions on what I should do… Let me start with the fact that having good music and an awesome DJ is really important to me. I love music and dancing, and I want all our guests (and me!) to enjoy themselves at our reception, and I feel the music plays a huge part in that. Now I am also trying to keep our wedding as inexpensive as I can, as we don’t have a lot of extra money right now. But since music is important, it’s something I don’t mind putting money towards.
We are having a large wedding in a big hall, so a good sound system will be important. I also want there to be a lot of variety in their music library, for them to have experience with weddings, and also to have a good voice for announcing the bridal party and events.
My FMIL’s boss apparently does some DJ’ing on the side. Her examples were a dance she attended, and a kindergarteners birthday party. She isn’t sure whether he has ever done a wedding, but she says he does have a good announcer voice. She also doesn’t know anything about his sound system or music library, though she knew “what does the fox say” was played at the dance she attended (so hopefully it’s current). This leaves me pretty unsure about whether I trust he would be the best DJ for our wedding… But he said he would do it for free. LOVE the pricetag, nervous about the quality. She seems pretty confident he could do well, and has been pretty adament about getting more information from him, even after I told her about the package I really like…
I researched DJ’s on my own just to see what kind of options there are, and got an offer I absolutely love. It’s a package with a deluxe sound system, which the DJ was confident would be a good fit for our specific venue. It also comes with deluxe dance floor lighting, uplighting for the room, and he is throwing in an extra half hour for free to cover our entire reception. The least experienced DJ at the company has 12 years of wedding experience, and I think we might get the owner with our package. It is $750 for 7.5 hours, which I think is a good deal.
$750 is still a chunk of money though, based on our overall budget. It’s not at all like me at all to turn down something that is free. But music is just so important to me. Then there’s my FMIL. She wants so much to help out with the wedding planning, and I’m sure getting us a free DJ would feel great for her! She seems confident he can do well, so I don’t want to hurt her feelings either…
Half the time I think I should save money and not push things, with saving money being the biggest motivation, because maybe he would do OK?… Half the time I think I should get the music/DJ quality that I want, even if it costs more. HELP! Thanks for any advice!!