(Closed) DIY Music vs DJ vs Live MOH in need of help!

posted 4 years ago in Music
Post # 2
3068 posts
Sugar bee

I would try my very best to steer her away from that idea.  Let the professionals (in this case a DJ) do what they know how to do best.  That’s why they are professionals, right?

Post # 3
7642 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

claroquesi:  That’s a bit like saying, “Don’t plan the wedding, you need a professional wedding planner”. Some tasks are not really that hard and don’t require you to pay a professional.

I’ve been to a wedding where the bride and groom chose every single song, so all they needed was someone to put in the CD and press “play”.

In the end, it depends what the bride and groom want for their music, and how big a part of the night the music is. 

Post # 4
3068 posts
Sugar bee


I see brides as “managers”, if you will, of their weddings. They develop the “strategy”, and delegate its implementation to those who have the expertise to implement it (caterers, photographers, etc).

Post # 5
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

We went for the DIY option and due to DH’s love for the unpredictable, used Pandora.  We did spend quite a lot of time setting up stations and “teaching” it what we liked and didn’t like.  We just ran it off my laptop through a sound system and it worked really well for us.

Post # 7
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

MrsBobcat:  I’ve spent a lot of time agonizing over this same decision. In my city, DJs start at around 800-1000 for a 4 hour reception, so I don’t want to pay for it if it’s not necessary. Here’s a few points we’ve come across in our research and discussions with others – not all of these may apply to her, but they are the questions we’ve been asking ourselves and others:

– for DIY, does her venue have a sound system? If so, is it strong/loud enough to project “dance music” (if that’s what she wants)? If they do have a system, is it named in her contract that she has access to it? (if not, then they may not be obligated to fix it if it breaks the week before, etc)

– if they don’t have a system, how much is it to rent one and what’s the cost of DJs in the area (i.e. Is there a big difference in the cost between the two if she has to rent anyway). Who would set up the equipment? Would you be able to test it in advance to make sure your device is compatible? What happens if it doesn’t work? Will the rental company have a back up available?

– for either venue provided or rented sound system – is it compatible for the device you want to play? What happens if there are technical difficulties? Do you have someone there competent to troubleshoot? Does the venue? Do you need someone to “watch” the music player to make sure people dont start choosing songs and messing with the playlist?

– I’ve ultimately been told if a dance party is important to you then you should go with a DJ. If you DIY you may get a lot of people dancing, certainly not impossible by any means, but the pre-made list may not hit the right cord with the crowd and people may not get really into it. A DJ presumably has experience reading a crowd and can change music according to the mood and make announcements to encourage people to get on the floor. Is that important or are you happy with people just having an enjoyable time with good music but maybe not dancing?

– If the DIY list isn’t well received, who will be in charge of tweaking it during the event or are you  ok with just letting it play out?

– Where are you going to get the songs? Do you need wifi/internet for the list? What if the internet goes out? Are you ok with it skipping or pausing if the connection gets weak?

– If you use a pandora station, will it stress you out if people are dancing and in the party mood and it all of a sudden plays a slow song? Are you ok with letting however it plays play?

– DJs can be super cheesy 🙂

These are just some of the back and forths I’m having. I’ve done tons of research and have found many instances where DIY blew it out of the water and everyone had a fantastic time – I’ve also found about as many for which it kind of bombed. I’ve also found DJ horror stories as well as success stories. 

Im still undecided if you can’t tell 😉

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