(Closed) Did anyone not have a DJ?

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
23 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am thinking of not having a DJ, so I want to know how it turned out for other bees! 

Post # 4
2998 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

also thinking of this, having a Destination Wedding in Cabo and considered doing Bose sound system with a killer play list

Post # 5
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@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
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
9695 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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
18 posts

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
2437 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@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
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@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
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
3400 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
1534 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@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
970 posts
Busy bee
  • 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. 

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