(Closed) Do we need a DJ?

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 2
275 posts
Helper bee

I wanted to do it ourselves to say money but that idea was nixed by my mom. My friend did her own play list (wasn’t happy about it leading up to/ during the wedding), but they now listen to the playlist on their anniversary (and did so on their honeymoon), so it’s a great sentimental reminder of their day!

Post # 3
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

brittelle:  I would  say it depends on how many guests you have, musical tastes and if they’re dancers. I’m having a pretty big wedding, most LOVE to dance, but the musical tastes really varies. A good DJ will know how to build it all in and make it sound good. 

Post # 4
17 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

We had a DJ, but I think it depends on the other details for your wedding. Our DJ also served as an emcee for the event and kept everythng running smoothly. He also played requests and kept people on the dance floor for hours. . 

Post # 5
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

It depends on the guests and the music. I love to dance so our playlist was very R&B twerk music which wouldn’t have been so effective if it was on an ipod, the DJ helped make sure the music never stopped (the awkward few seconds in between songs etc.)

Post # 6
2961 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

We thought about using an Ipod, but we heard from multiple sources that DJs really help with the overall “party vibe” of the event. He was our emcee, took requests. I am really glad we ended up booking him.

Post # 7
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

brittelle:  I highly recommend a DJ. They do more than just play music. They emcee, they run the reception (mine did at least), they really make it a party. our Dj did a few games which got people on the dancefloor.

i have been to a few weddings where music provided was on an iPod and it was not the same. a slow song would play at an awkward time, a song went on for too long, the designated iPod overseer disappears, guests start getting on the ipod to find their fav song and all of a sudden you are only hearing snippets of songs because people keep changing it. 

if you want dancing to be a big thing at the wedding I feel a DJ is a great idea. If you just want music in the background then an iPod would be fine.

Post # 8
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We had a DJ, abd he was awesome.   Everyone was dancing.  

We did however create a Playlist on Spotify of approved music,  abd sent it to him.  Plus,  we get to listen to the wedding Playlist whenever we like! 

Post # 9
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

brittelle:  You dont NEED anything other then you, your Fiance, a marriage license and an officiant!  I have been to a wedding where they played their own music.  They played songs off of their computer.   It was awkward having the goom constantly go over to fiddle with it.  I will not say that is the reason no one stayed for than an hour past dinner, but it certainly didn’t make us want to stay 🙂 



Post # 10
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

You NEED a DJ! We went to the most awful wedding last year where they used an iPod and the speakers weren’t set up properly and the whole place cleared out by 8pm. I felt AWFUL for the couple. So good in theory but better safe than sorry, you want people to have fun and dance the night away!

Post # 11
8467 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

brittelle:  my friends did this and it worked out great. they asked a handful of friends to put together an hour-long play list each and then just let it run! one was given ceremony music, another dinner music, and then I think 2 collaborated on the dancing music. 

Post # 12
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

brittelle:  We didn’t have a DJ. We used DH’s google music subscription to download all our songs to arrange into multiple playlists (e. g. intro, reception, dinner, dancing, etc.). We hooked up a tablet to some speakers and let it roll. It was fun handpicking all the songs. I would recommend knowing your playlist well, though, so that you can adjust as needed through the night.

Post # 13
585 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I think you certainly could get away with this. It will certainly require more work. I would consider getting a subscription service like spotify or apple music so you have the option to take requests. Do not, however, give guests unfettered access to the ipod unless you are ok with songs being interrupted in the middle. I wonder if there is an app that allows guests to request songs and puts them in queu instead of interrupting the current song. Kind of like those digital juke box things they have at bars, if you have ever seen those. Maybe you can rent one of those! Hm, I’m giving myself ideas over here. If you have the opportunity, you should have some kind of practice party where you use a playlist like that and see how the vibe is.

Post # 14
9537 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I went to a wedding without a DJ.. The groom got his brother (my date) to be the official iPod master in charge of making the playlist etc… My date spent a decent amount of time beforehand getting rid of the ‘awkward pauses’ (you just need to tell your ipod to fade between songs at X:XX:XX min/sec/milisec).

It was fine–we danced a lot, though considering the amount of people it would’ve been a bit better with a DJ.  (I’d say maybe 15-20% of the reception was dancing, the rest sat at their tables and talked).


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