Post # 1
I’m getting really frustrated trying to find a DJ. They’re either way too expensive (the simplest plan for 4 hours and no uplighting almost $1000?! NOPE) or hard to communicate with. I found one DJ and they’ve got good reviews, but I’ve contacted them 3 times and am still no closer to hiring them. They wont give me straight up answers, are back and forth (they’ve changed the price quote twice on me,) and are generally just unhelpful.
So my options right now (assuming we dont magically come across money to double our DJ budget) is to either buy an Ipod or something similar and some speakers, or trust some no-name DJ from craigslist. And I’m way too paranoid if we go the craigslist DJ route that we’ll end up extremely disappointed, so we’re looking into the Ipod route.
Has anyone done that? We’re not having a huge wedding, just about 70 guests, and I only expect maybe half of them to be interested in dancing.
Post # 3
I am thinking of not having a DJ, so I want to know how it turned out for other bees!
Post # 4
also thinking of this, having a Destination Wedding in Cabo and considered doing Bose sound system with a killer play list
Post # 5
@allyfally: We aren’t having one. Most of the people I know charge an arm and a leg and aren’t that good anyway. I lucked out with the music part though, my brother and his friend have a band. They both can play the guitar so I’ve asked them to play some for the ceremony and we’re using an iPod at the reception.
Post # 6
I went to a wedding where they rented speakers and used an i-pod. The couple made the playlist and it was fantastic 🙂 I hope to do the same!
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
@allyfally: I’ve contemplated this myself. It depends on what kind of reception I throw. I recently went to a really nice wedding that had a big reception afterwards, with a dance floor. The couple played songs off of their iphone instead of getting a dj. It was actually pretty awkward and didn’t set a party mood at all. Most everyone left early. So… my thoughts are, if I decide to go all out on my reception and have it at a location with a dance floor and alcohol being served, YES I will absolutely get a dj. If I decide to do a low key restaurant meal then, no, but I would invite my friends out for drinks and dancing somewhere else most likely. That’s not the most traditional thing, but hey, we aren’t tradiational 🙂
Post # 8
We aren’t having a DJ either. FIs brother is in charge of putting together a play list for the ipod, and he’s done it before so I know he’ll do a great job. Our wedding reception will be at a private room at a restaurant so I don’t expect a lot of dancing. We’re having around 85 people.
Post # 9
Also planning on going the ipod route. We’re just going to create playlists for the different parts of the evening (ceremony processional, cocktail hour, dining, etc) and hope for the best!
There are also a ton of websites that have entire lists of songs for different parts of the event, in case you are running out of ideas of which songs to use!
Post # 10
@allyfally: My sister got a DJ off craigslist. She spent like $250. Although, he wasnt the best in the business. He def served his purpose. She made out a play list. He was helpful to introduce certain parts of the reception (introductions, speeches, & cutting of the cake).
Post # 11
@allyfally: we didn’t have a DJ, but we did have a friend manning a laptop over airplay from his phone (so he could change music from the reception without having to go downstairs to the office where the computer was hooked up to the sound system.) We are lucky because he is actually a music writer for billboard and a frequent guest in NPR pop-music segments, so he has excellent taste and most of the music we wanted. We basically worked together to make a list on a shared googledoc for about 2 weeks, then he checked to see what he was missing. We downloaded it and send it all to him in a .zip, then he arranged it based on tempo and the schedule of the reception. It was stellar, and was his wedding gift to us. If you have a musically inclined friend, I would highly recommend it!!
Post # 12
We almost didn’t get a dj but then we were highly recommended one that was really reasonable. I think the big thing is speakers. If you don’t have high quality speakers no one will dance (not sure if that’s important to you). I know there are weddings where it works, and I know I would not spend that much for a dj either.
Post # 13
We’re no because our venue will let us hook into their system and play music from a computer for $200 whereas there fee for a band starts at $2000. We just can’t justify the expense, plus this way we’ll have a complete song list to burn CDs of if we want at the end of the night.
Post # 14
I didn’t have one & it turned out to be one word: distaster.
I would never recommend it to anybody, but I will advise that if you can’t afford one, then go with an ipod/ipad with a lock on it and make an announcement that requests will not be taken. You can thank me later for that little tip!
Post # 15
@allyfally: We will be having a lunch time wedding, so no dancing… therefore no DJ. But we will be playing an ipod with background music so its not so quiet!
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
@allyfally: Sunday afternoon wedding. No dancing, no dj. Also our venue doesn’t allow dj’s. Friend operating an ipod. Even if we did have an evening wedding we would just have a friend operate an ipod.