(Closed) DJ ok if it’s only 30 people?

posted 11 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
Bee
11808 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

What if you did an Ipod instead, and had someone in charge of it? 

It might seem a bit awkward with only 30 people having a DJ, but it really depends on what type of people they are.  If they’re all about dancing and having a good time to whatever the DJ plays, then it would probably be fine.  If it’s more of a quieter, reserved crowd, I don’t know if I’d do it.

Post # 4
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1900 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are expecting about 30-40 guests and we’re doing an iPod reception. If you can find a good, classy dj, then go for it. But I would want to know ahead of time that they have done events of this small size before and won’t be overbearing. Also, I would take into account he cost of iPod & equipment vs. the dj and is it worth it. ???

Post # 6
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1900 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am en encore bride but still wearing an ivory wedding gown, sheath-style. I’ve posted it a few times. It’s WToo Clarissa. It’s simple and elegant with a little, ethereal or whimsical quality to the back.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think an iPod is a great alternative for a more intimate wedding.  I was at a party (not a wedding) that hired a DJ and there were about 30 people there.  It was the most awkward thing having a DJ since no one really wanted to dance a lot so at times the dance floor was completely empty, and most of the time the DJ kinda just stood there.  I felt bad for the guy.

Post # 8
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246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m having a little over 30 people and I’m having a salsa band. I went back and forth with this one a lot, but I knew I wanted music for the reception and because it’s a destination wedding, I didn’t want to have to worry about dealing with the ipod set up or asking someone to do it. I am a little worried that it might be a bit awkward if no one dances, but hey, at least i’ll have music.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I plan on having a dj and am having an intimate wedding! 

Post # 10
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5282 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We were going to have an Ipod wedding for our 60 person wedding, but decided in the end that we didn’t want to have one of our friends having to mess with an ipod instead of enjoying the wedding, so we went with a DJ. Everything ran very smoothly with the DJ and I’m glad we did it.

Also, as a side note, even though we had 60 guests, only about 25 of us actually danced, but I LOVE dancing and so do my girlfriends so the wedding wouldn’t of been the same without music.

Post # 11
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95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I think an ipod would be fine, but so would a DJ!  For our 40 person wedding we had an 8 piece band!  As long as you love the music and you’ve got people who love to dance, it wouldn’t be weird at all.  All 40 of us danced all night long!

Post # 12
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818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We have 35 people (including us) and are having a DJ. He’ll play lighter music during the meal time and we’ll have a shorter reception, but for us, it was never a question!

Post # 13
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32 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had about 25 guests and we had a DJ.  It was perfect to me.  If you want a DJ, then go for it.  It’s your wedding. 🙂

Post # 14
Bee
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

Glad you posted this as we are having the same debate with such a small group.  The difference in cost is what is making me lean towards a MP3 reception.  By renting the sound system with MP3 hookup we are saving about $400 over hiring a DJ.

Post # 15
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388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’d go the IPod route too, just to save money, it’s definitely not weird to have a dance after dinner. Heck, not that it was a wedding reception, but there’s plenty of times when only me and 4 or 5 other girlfirends will turn somthing into a dance party.

Post # 16
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158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2020

We are planning on partying at the resort.. I know several other Destination Wedding Bee’s did this, and used the restaurant/lounge/bar/disco on premise.  They have live bands or DJ’s and could possibly make the announcements you need… Just a thought!

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