Post # 1
I’m having a very small (40 ppl) wedding and am torn between having a DJ and not worrying about it or doing my own music. I don’t want a party atmosphere for my ceremony but I would like a first dance and then if people want to dance, they can. I want a laid back, comfortable reception and not a loud, yell at each other type of reception. Thoughts?
Post # 2
I guess if it’s a wedding of that size it seems like it would more comfortable not to have a DJ. I think it may seem over powering with one. Maybe see about getting a microphone though to have someone announce your first dance and such?
Post # 3
DIY!!! We made a list of love songs on you tube and played that. We had a guest just press the space bar after I walked in to pause it for the ceremony. We had a very small wedding, 11 people total including wedding party so it wasn’t even an issue. I say save your money for something else!
Post # 4
I’m doing DIY for the music. We’re having a small destination wedding and I don’t think it’s worth it to hire a dj when I can just put together a playlist myself and hook it up to the venue’s speakers. My Future Brother-In-Law (who djs weddings as a side job) is helping me come up with a good playlist. It’s been really fun picking out songs I like!
Post # 5
We had 45 guests and hired a three piece band. We had a formal sit down dinner. The band played while guests arrived, throughout dinner, took a short break and played until the end of the reception. We wanted more a more elegant vibe not a party vibe so this was perfect for us. The price was also cheaper than DJ’s in our area. We used Gig Masters to locate our band and I recommend it to everyone. Very positive experience.
The band allowed for us to have a father/daughter dance as well as a first dance. The singer acted as emcee – something I didn’t want any of my guests or family members to take on.
Post # 6
I am having a 50 person wedding and hired a dj. Dj’s do more than just play music they make weddings more enjoyable for all the guests. They are also the ones who makes all the important announcements the bride/groom entrance, first dance, speeches, and the cake cutting. If you do it yourself make sure you have someone who is experienced in being an emcee.
Post # 7
We had 50 and were going to do it ourselves with a laptop/ipod. We had extensive playlists and everything! Then at the last minute we were gifted a DJ, which was very thoughtful. But I know we would’ve been totally fine without one. We had people in our wedding party do different announcements so it wasn’t about the MC for us.
Post # 8
I was going to vote DJ, but for what you described, I think DIY is just fine. For 40 people, and not wanting a dance party, an ipod hookup should do the job just fine!
Post # 9
We are inviting about 140 people and will be doing DYI for music. Fiance is really into music and one of his bandmate will act as he DJ (read – he will set up the quipment in the afternoon, do the sound check and then make sure the playlist runs smoothly.) One of our best friend will be the MC. We expect to spend about $300 for rental than $300 for gifts for the DJ-friend and DJ-MC.
Post # 10
I’m doing DIY music so I can save a little bit of money to put toward something else. I have a notebook of songs 🙂 Coming up with a playlist is so hard when you love them all. I have a good friend who runs the sound machine at our church and he’s pretty good with computers.
Post # 11
We had a similar number of guests and went with DIY. DH downloaded our playlist from Google Music, which we played on his tablet hooked to speakers. We subdivided the playlist so there were sections for dinner, cake cutting, dancing, etc. It was so much cheaper than a DJ, and it was very fun coming up with our song selections together.
Post # 12
I always advise against doing DIY for music at a wedding, though a smaller wedding I guess you could. The only thing is, are you going to want bridal party introductions, someone to announce the father-daughter and mother-son dances? Also, when you do DIY, then someone should be in charge of it, you certainly can’t be running over to your iPod or whatever to change music. Also, you still can have a lot of input as to what music your dj plays, usually they ask you for a playlist and then they take it from there. Also I normally do not recommend a band, unless they are very good, in which case they are usually expensive, though I guess someone else could have a good experience with this.
Post # 13
I contacted a DJ yesterday and his prices seem reasonable. I think I’m going to go that route because I don’t have anyone to be in charge of my music. My mom was very relieved when I told her about the dj 🙂
Post # 14
agreed. I accidentally clicked dj anyway lol. So add one for diy and remove a vote for dj
Post # 15
It could be extraordinarily bad luck, but I’ve never been to a wedding with a remotely good DJ. It’s always someone making it about them, playing songs specifically requested not to, etc. Same with my fiance (many of these we went to together), so we could not bring ourselves to take the risk, since we’re getting married in a place where we don’t know anyone for referrals. DIY all the way. We are also not dance party people, and we have an older crowd, so we’re mostly looking for background music.