Post # 1
I always envisioned my wedding being a fun party atmosphere with an open bar and dancing. I just want everyone to have a good time! This seems to be in direct conflict with my budget (10k). I have been crunching numbers like a fiend and while I have found a couple options that will allow us to have both an open bar and a DJ, they are a bit above budget. We would save at least $700 by cutting out the DJ which would help a lot. Did anyone do their own music at the reception, through an iPod or computer? Did it work out? Do you wish you went with a DJ? How did you handle announcements throughout the reception? Thanks!
Post # 2
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
So this may not help you much, but I’ll shoot anyway.
We did not have a “party” atmosphere. (It’s great fun, but not our style). Instead, we had a realtively short reception with no dance floor. We had DH’s dad emcee, and his computer was our DJ. He did great switching the songs for the father/daughter and first dances, and the playlist managed itself beautifully in the background during dinner.
I’m so glad we went the direction we did, but I also don’t know if it would have worked with a dance floor. A good DJ can seem to make that party atmosphere with the most boring group of guests.
Post # 3
We were planning on using an iPod/iTunes for our reception, but about two weeks before the wedding my mother-in-law’s fiance gifted us a DJ. It was super thougthful of him! We had our wedding party switch off for announcements, because that was always the original plan and we wanted it to be more intimate that way.
Post # 4
I’ve seen an MP3 player used at exactly one wedding. It went fine. A few outgoing bridesmaids took on the role of DJ and when they sensed a different song was needed (to slow, wrong vibe, etc.) they skipped to the next one. There weren’t any songs for the ceremony, however.
Our venue as an indoor/outdoor sound system that goes out to our ceremony site. We’re going to use an MP3 player but I haven’t figured out what to use. I hate to think of bringing my laptop but my iPod is unreliable. Their sound system has a universal adapter that basically looks like a headphone plug, so it could even go in my phone if I had enough space for all that music and felt like giving up my phone for the day.
I’m going to make a playlist for pre-ceremony songs, each of the ceremony songs, and “our song” for first dance to make it easy for whoever controls it to know what to play next (shorter list of playlist options than a song list), then just have a big playlist with the rest of the reception songs.
Post # 5
We rented speakers for 125 and I made a playlist on iTunes from music I already owned. I wish I’d made up the list sooner – don’t procrastinate for sure – I was doing it the day of. But that way I was sure to have only music I liked (we if he’d helped) and no jerk could go up to the DJ to get them to play the big butts song or something else tasteless like that (granted my friend with that personality weren’t able to come anyway). It was commandeered for 15 minutes or so by a cousin of my husband’s to do a little line dancing, but I didn’t really mind. We didn’t do announcements – too small a wedding to care and no special ‘events’ occurring anyway.
You could also use a freebie app like Songza to get your music, but you’ll be less certain something you don’t like will come up.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
We plan on doing this, like you we want a full dinner and open bar and have a budget of around 10k so we are making cuts everywhere we can. Our wedding coordinator said our room is wired for sound and many people just use an iPod or laptop instead of DJ for smaller groups (we will have around 50). I’m thinking we will make playlists through Apple music and have a friend switch them when needed, my only concern is that it may not have the same party vibe and people won’t want to dance but I’m sure the open bar will help with that. 😉
Post # 7
We saved almots $700 by not having a DJ. We rented a small pS system ($50) and had a friend run the ipod set up. Worked perfectly, just enough sound for our 45 person wedding, only pitfall was that between dinner/cake and dancing one of our guests “surprised us” by dragging us off for special photo ops he had organized with photog. I was frustrated it wasted 30 mins of our photog package, but I was more frustrated I didnt ask them to just start the dance music before first dances. the dinner music kept lulling and by the time we came back 1/3 of our guests had left or were waiting to say goodbye. We then started the music and the remaining guests had a great time. Though no one cared I had a special playlist made in order on purpose and just skipped around the playlist as they saw fit haha. It worked out for us as were laid back and had a smaller group. I still wouldnt pay $700. It was a great time because of who was there.
Post # 8
peegee: Ah we’re like twins haha :p we’re looking at around 70 people so on the small side as well. I think what we will probably end up doing is going the iPod route with a different member of the wedding party in charge of a certain half-hour period of time to change music or make announcements. When we listed our priorities, open bar, food and photography came out on top so we’re pretty much planning on doing bare bones on everything else. Thankfully we found a great all-inclusive deal so music is one if the only things I have to worry about haha
Post # 9
We made our own iTunes playlist and it worked just great for us 😊. We didn’t have announcements really, it was a low key reception. There was a dance floor that people could use if they wanted to
Post # 10
I am doing a Spotify playlist on a sonos speaker system we already own. I am separate playlists to make it easy. 1) pre-ceremony 2) processional 3) cocktail hour and dinner 4) updeat and dance
I’ve googled things like “best cocktail hour music” and “best wedding dance music” and if you use an app like spotify, you just need to subscribe and you don’t have to buy any music – and it’s commercial free. Spotify also has TONS of playlists and I scoured through those to find good songs.
Our wedding is small (40) and mostly friends, so we won’t have a typical dance floor, but we will definitely be dancing.
I think having the multiple playlists set up will make sure that “I’m sexy and I know it” doesn’t play during the cocktail hour. 🙂