(Closed) DJ your wedding??

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t think its a very good idea. Your going to want to enjoy your wedding, not work it. I think it would be kind of impossible to be the DJ and the bride at the same time. However, I’m not a DJ so I don’t really know what’s involved. 

If you decide to go for it, good luck!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My Fiance wanted to go the iPod/laptop DJ route to save money but I talked him out of it because I don’t want to spend my wedding stressing over something going wrong or having to switch my own playlists. I couldn’t think of anyone I’d trust to be in charge of it for me and I really just want all my guests to enjoy the party, not have a job to do, you know? I just feel like it’s too much trouble.

If money is the main issue, I encourage you to shop around and try negotiating with DJ’s. My DJ originally quoted me at $850 for two DJ’s for about 5 hours (already one of the lowest quotes I got) but I explained my needs and situation (local Sunday wedding, 75 people max, really only need one DJ) and he offered to do my ceremony and reception for $550.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did a laptop iTunes wedding, and I can not recommend it enough.  It takes a fair amount of prep, but if you have a good idea of what you want you can do it and have it turn out great.  Here are my best suggestions:

1) Start picking songs you want early.  I brainstormed a big list by looking through wedding/party song lists online.  Then as I thought up songs I wanted, I would go back and add them.  I organized them on a spreadsheet, and listed them by “fast” or “slow”, and then by genre.  We rated the songs on how badly we wanted them from 1-5, and got rid of any low scoring ones to bring the list size down.  Then I put the songs in order.  I put mostly older songs and crowd faves at the beginning/middle of the list.  A couple weeks before the wedding, we added recent hits to the list, near the end of the night (for the younger crowd that stays late).  Think carefully about “is this song good to dance to?” if your aim is to have people dancing.  Scatter the slow songs throughout.

2) Rent a good sound system!!!!!  I cannot stress this enough.  This helps make it sound professional and cuts through the noise of conversations.  Spread the speakers apart if you can so you have a ‘surround sound’ feel.

3) HAVE A BACK-UP.  We brought 2 iPods, our laptop, and a USB key with all our playlists.

4) Don’t pick many obscure songs.  People won’t dance to them.  Unless they are slow songs, people will always dance to those.  Try to have a mix of genres so everyone has a good time.

5) Set your iTunes so there is a fade between songs.  We did this but actually found the fade was not quite long enough as there were a few songs with an empty sound spot.  It was still alright.  Oh, and equalize the volume so you don’t have a really loud song followed by a too quiet one.

6) PASSWORD PROTECT!  We had 2 people (both in the wedding party) change the song when they didn’t like it.  Despite the fact that people were dancing to it on the dance floor.  I went and changed it back both times.

7) Overprepare.  We had a super long playlist, and ended up scooting over nearer the end of the night to cut out about 7 songs.  It only took about 2 minutes.  Don’t put all your ‘must-plays’ nearer the end.

I think that’s mostly it.  It is a lot of work, but for us it was super cheap (all we had to do was rent the sound system), and we got to pick EVERY song for the entire night.  Also we had tons and tons of compliments, and the dance floor had people on it for every song!  Good luck, feel free to PM me if you want even more details.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

One of the girls at my work did that for her wedding. She basically burned a cd with a bunch of songs they wanted at there wedding and played it through the reception dance. Personally i think it is cheap and if you have a song list with only so many songs not everyone will be happy. A DJ can read tha audience and see which songs get more people dancing and play similar songs. They can also get the audience going. I would pay the DJ plus it’s one less worry for you on the big day.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@mandy24: PM me with your e-mail address and I will send it to you, I just sent it to someone else!  Pre-warning though, we picked some songs that are DEFINITELY on other people’s do not play lists.  😀

@roxy_angell13: It’s definitely crappy if people only pick certain types of songs, or if the songs don’t flow etc.  You have to spend a LONG time on playlists to make it sound DJ worthy!  I think you have to really know your guests (who will dance/not dance) and what types of music they like and will dance to.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Thanks Brianalaura!

We are currenly making our playlist and deciding between running it on a iphone with the weddingdj app or on our computer that does the fade b/w each song. Right now weddingdj only does fading between section of your wedding (dinner to dancing; cakecutting to dancing). We’re having a close friend who has been a apple user for a long time control the operations during the wedding so hopefully it’ll be stress free. We’re putting all the songs in the order we want – and also cutting songs (taking off some of the beginning or end) in itunes so what you’re playing is the part of the song you want. 

I’d love to hear anyone else’s experience with this.

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