DJ for Home/Backyard Reception

posted 6 months ago in Reception
  • poll: DJ, No DJ, Pandora?
    DJ : (2 votes)
    67 %
    No DJ : (1 votes)
    33 %
    Pandora : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    622 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    It depends…do you want people to dance? Or are you more interested in just having background music & atmosphere? Are you doing special dances or skipping them all together? I think Pandora or Spotify (if you want no repeats) is fine for just background noise, but it’s not going to get the crowd dancing, and would make for awkward transitions to your first dance (or other special dances if you’re doing them). Also, you can ask your dj to skip all that cheesy stuff drawing attention to you guys, you’re hiring them to work for you, so they’ll accomodate what you want.

    Post # 3
    7089 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Our DJ didn’t draw any attention to us at our wedding. He literally just played music and announced events (cake cutting, starting toasts, first dance) so people knew they were happening. It’s nice to have a DJ who can read a crowd and make adjustments to the music to keep people dancing/having fun. 

    I think your fiance is being a little silly. Hire a DJ and just make sure he knows you don’t want any cheesy, attention drawing antics.

    Post # 4
    3781 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    I would never use Pandora for all the reasons you listed. Our reception will be simple, we’re using Beats Pill+ and a playlist with about 300 songs on it. But I don’t anticipate anyone dancing in the park on a Sunday afternoon, (maybe if they get tipsy enough) our guest list is fairly small and we’re not doing any announcements. So in your case a DJ might be best and you can just let him or her know your preferences. 

    Post # 5
    727 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    If you’re having a backyard wedding check your local noise bylaws if you have neighbours- otherwise spending the money on a DJ might be a waste, as they might shut you down for the noise earlier than intended. 

    Post # 8
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    Also a no to Pandora – we’re using a combination of Spotify and our own music. It takes a bit of pre-planning to organize it all but worth it if you’re as picky about music as my fiance is.

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