(Closed) But who cues the music?

posted 4 years ago in Music
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We only had a DJ for our reception. For the ceremony we had a “sound guy” and he took care of all that music. Basically he just had to hit play a couple times and fade out a song. No big deal 🙂

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Try to set up the ceremony music without a DJ and have him or her come only for the reception. I just had a friend press play on a CD player, but you might want something more elaborate. It will still probably cost less than hiring a DJ for that long.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We had a string quartet for our ceremony, so the DJ was only there for the reception. 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Our DJ charges an extra $150 for the ceremony. 

So he’s going to cover from 5pm to 11pm for $1600. That’s 6 hours and it will be plenty. He’s playing through the cocktail hour, announcing the entrance, speeches, and first dance. Then playing the music for the rest of the evening. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

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victoriad :  Is your DJ supplying the sound system?  If so you may have to pay him for all day, with the extra hours upcharge.  Maybe he will give you a break if there are a few hours he won’t be working?  We didn’t have any break between ceremony and reception and it was at the same place.  Our DJ worked from like 4 pm setting up until midnight when he was cleaned up and leaving.  In addition to hours I think  there was about a $150 fee to set up equipment outside for the ceremony.  

If he is not supplying the sound system for the ceremony then I think you could just have your ceremony music all set and train someone else to turn it on. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Our DJ is doing both our ceremony and reception, but we got it on a promo. Usually they charge extra. Our reception/ceremony are at the same venue so its relatively easy for them, we have them booked 3p-12a, with the ceremony starting at 4.

If your DJ isn’t doing it, pretty much anyone who can work an iPhone can do it lol. Bluetooth speakers, a set item (ipad/ipod/whatever) and your playlist – boom you’re good.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Our DJ is doing both ceremony & reception.  With no additional cost. Some other DJ’s quoted me an additional charge for doing both plus another charge for having an outdoor ceremony – since they will need to bring additional equipment or moving it from outside to inside. Our ceremony isn’t until 3PM and reception to last until the evening 12-1AM.

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