Post # 1
So, I have practically 4 months left til the big day and so far I have only booked my ceremony site(church), reception venue and photographer. I know crazy, right? It is , if the magazine timelines are to be folllowed. Really have to get our caterer booked by the next couple of weeks.
If there’s only room left to choose between a DJ or a wedding coordinator, which would you rather pick?? Our guest count is on the small side (approx. 60-75 people). For those that had the same dilemma, which one did you end up picking? Do you have any regrets? Most of our guests are out of town and all my bridesmaids/friends are not gonna get here til the week of the wedding so the extra help from a planner would come in handy. But a DJ would help liven up the place. What do you all think???
Post # 3
If I could only afford one, I’d pay for a dj since the entertainment will make or break the party. Ask a trusted friend or relative if they are willing to act as coordinator to make everything run smoothly.
Post # 4
@kisses2lei: i have to vote dj. the music really sets the whole atmosphere for your guests and you. during dinner it can be u know classical or something and at night really liven things up. plus they provide the music for the ceremony and often the pastor will use their pa system and save u costs of renting one. also during the dinner the dj will call up tables if you are doing the buffet and also it is always fun to announce the bride and groom.
i have the same amount of ppl comming and i chose dj. the coordinator would be nice, but i think in the long run the dj will be best.
hope this helps
good luck 🙂
Post # 5
I’d have to say, who do u hv a better chance of getting a great volunteer for? Someone to man the iPod AV stuff and be an announcer?Or someone to be a great coordinator? If u hire a coordinator maybe they’d be willing to man the iPod?
Post # 6
DJ. even if you choose coordinator and go for an iPod wedding, you’d still have to pay money to rent sound equipment, so you might as well go with the DJ. You can’t always get friends and family to help with the coordinating.
Post # 7
as someone stated before…definitely a DJ since it will make or break your reception.
Post # 8
Looks like almost everyone votes for the DJ.
@angelz love:good point. The prob is all my family and all but one of my friends are in Chicago (we relocated to OC half a year ago). So not a lot of help til the week of the wedding.
@ember: my FI’s sister and cousin live here but he is way too considerate of everyone that he would rather hire someone than ask for favors.. argh!
@danymarie: we’re having a Catholic church ceremony so the DJ’s services (if we choose to go that route) would only be utilized for reception- maximum of 5 hours.
To be honest, I’m not even sure I wanna do the couple’s 1st dance as FI and I might feel a bit awkward slow dancing in front of family. And I don’t have a dad to have the 1st dance with, so a DJ didnt really cross my mind til I started reading wedding boards.
Anybody here who did the ipod wedding thing, did the party get started eventually with people dancing? On the one hand I’d be horrified to have guests leaving thinking it was pretty lame!! Oh, is there a compromise? Like maybe find an affordable enough but thorough coordinator and a DJ who can get the party going yet doesnt charge an arm and a leg???
Post # 9
Check out projectwedding.com in the vendor reviews section to call around in your area for pricing info. If you don’t need alot of extras, they should be willing to cut you a deal.
I have been to receptions with ipods and they didn’t work as well as people claim and so no one danced at all. Not even the bride and groom.
Post # 10
I don’t really understand the point of a wedding coordinator… :-/ but I’m also a control freak.
Post # 11
I think if you have the money you should get the DJ, it will probably be worth it to have someone in charge of the music instead of having a friend continually stepping away from the action all night to make sure the iPod is set to the right music or worse having drunk people trying to mess with the iPod when they hate a stretch of songs you have chosen.
Post # 12
Thanks for the advice. Just out of curiosity, how much do you consider to be decent pricing for a DJ, w/o all the bells and whistles? We would only need 5 hours of his service max. Now, I’m on the fence on this, I have 2 appointments with 2 coordinators lined up, might be time to start looking into DJ’s too :p
@loving life: we have the same date, only mine is this year (a mere 4 months away!). Are you also from SoCal?
Post # 13
You could also post on your local board to see if any Bees want to do a DOC swap with you; then you could get the extra help the day of but not have to fork out the cash. Depending on craftiness level and timing, you could even help each other out more than just day of. Plus, you could meet a new friend in the process!
Post # 14
DJ definitely! so much easier than having to get someone to look after an iPod! But then again I am a control freak and wouldn’t want to hire a coordinator, even if I could afford it.
Post # 15
I would definitely with a DJ. I think you could do without a wedding coordinator, but a DJ would definitely make your reception more entertaining and enjoyable.