(Closed) Do we really need a DJ?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Do we really need a DJ?

    No

    YES!!

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  • Post # 17
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I voted yes. Not having a DJ never even crossed my mind. I genuinely feel that entertainment can make or break an event and I didn’t want to gamble with the possibilities that something would malfunction. I know that DJ’s can have issues as well but atleast you’re dealing with a professional who should have some kind of backup in place.

    I know someone who had an iPod reception and it didn’t go as planned. The sound system malfunctioned during the cocktail hour so they got about 20 minutes of music in before it crapped out. It took the FOB & multiple Groomsmen over 2 hours to fix it and this was after they had to make a Radioshack run to get a replacement part. After the sound system was fixed the music played flawlessly for about an hour or so until it was time for the specialty dances. Apparently the songs weren’t in the correct order so the couple danced their first dance to the song that they chose for their cake cutting. The person who was designated to MC for the evening got hammered and screwed up pretty much everything that he was supposed to do. He even pronounced their last name wrong. The bride was none too pleased.

    I didn’t post this to scare you out of having an iPod wedding, I just think you should hear some stories from the other side. I’m sure an iPod wedding can be awesome but when you’re relying on a playlist and non professionals, it is a gamble. 

    Post # 19
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Not having one! I’m having an iPod. Provided I get my act together in the next 5 days and make a playlist, that is.

    Post # 20
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I agree we looked into a DJ and there were some nice ‘perks’ if you were willing or wanting to pay for it, lighting , etc being one of them. So if you’re into that and want a nice easy all in one sort of deal, try to find a DJ who does all that, it’s worth the price esp if you are doing lighting on your own. 

    I also agree with another bee that I’ve never regretted the music at a non-DJ wedding. 

    http://grooveshark.com/#/playlist/Wedding+1/63865740

    here is our playlist! grooveshark is totally free and unlike pandora there are no commercials that pop on. We had it up and running for close to 3 hours with no issues or glitches. 

    Post # 21
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @UpstateCait: agreed. We had backup CD’s that we didnt’ have to use but def. checked out the sound system earlier in the day. Luckily our venue provided a tech person on hand the night of just in case anything went wrong. 

    Post # 22
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’ve been to both – a wedding without a DJ and many that have had a DJ.  Honestly, I wouldn’t consider not having one – they really do make or break the party.  The one we went to without a DJ was just kind of boring – nobody really felt like getting up to dance.  DJs are able to mix music, keep the party going, they can read the crowd to see what people are doing and the appropriate music to play. 

    I’ve in love with the DJ we chose for our wedding – I’ve been to 3 other weddings that have used him and he is fantastic!  He’s also serving as sort of our wedding coordinator – he got married at the same venue as me which is a HUGE plus – he’s handling all our music for the ceremony, the cocktail hour, and for the reception – he’s bringing special lighting and doing all the announcements to keep the party rolling – introductions, cake cutting, etc.  He will help coordinate with the videographer (also from his company) and our photographer (different vendor) to make sure everyone knows what’s happening when it’s happening which is really important to me as I want to make sure all the important parts get captured.

    I can’t imagine having the stress of all of that to deal with and it’s so nice to not have to worry about it on the day of.  If you can spare the extra money, I’d really recommend having a DJ/MC that knows what they’re doing – they usually bring all their own equipment as well as microphones for the ceremony, toasts, etc. 

    Post # 23
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2007

    We did not have a DJ for our wedding and it went really well.  

    Here are some things that I think made things go so smoothly for us:

    • We used a laptop instead of an ipod to make it easier to switch between playlists.
    • We had a great sound system.
    • We made each segment (cocktails, dinner, cake cutting, first dance, dancing etc) its own playlist and had a backup computer.  We also chose additional slow and fast songs that we could speed things up or slow things down anytime we wanted. 
    • Having a great MC is crucial.  We had a groomsman who was perfect for this. (If we didn’t have him as MC the night would not have gone as well) 
    • We also had someone to keep an eye on the laptop to make sure things ran smoothly and to switch between playlists.  
    • We made a detailed timeline for our friends who MC’d and ran the sound system so that they knew when things were happening, what we wanted said and what songs/list should be played.

    That being said, I have seen an ipod wedidng that did not work well, mainly due to a bad sound system (we could barely hear the music) and no MC.  Both ipod and DJ have ther advantages and disadvantages.  If you go with a Dj be sure to find a good one, not just the cheapest.

    Post # 24
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think it totally depends on the size of / ambiance at your wedding. If it’s fairly small and not massively formal then you could get away with an ipod reception!

    Post # 26
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’m having the same internal debate!  I’d love to see playlists too, if you wouldn’t mind sharing! 

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    @SimplyChic11:  I loved your playlist!!

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I have never been to a wedding without a DJ but I did hear a horror story about one. My cousin attended an iPod wedding and said that the sound system kept malfunctioning, there was too much of a gap between songs, and the playlist just didn’t flow right. She said that her and her husband along with many other guests ended up leaving way early because they were bored. Personally, I would want a DJ there as one less thing I had to worry about on a day that I will have a ton of crap to worry about.

    DJ’s can flop too though, and so can bands so it really just depends. Every wedding is different. I believe it can be pulled off though. The last wedding I went to I kind of wished it was an iPod wedding. The DJ sucked!!

    Post # 28
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @girlwiththeredhair:  I think depending on how many guests you plan to have and the vibe you’re trying to go for, it’s fine to have one or not.

    Post # 29
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I have mixed feelings about iPod weddings. We are not having a dance, so you bet all our background music will be on iPod – why would I hire someone to put together background music? But often it is useful to have someone coordinate the dance – I can’t imagine trying to pick the popular songs and sort that out. 

    Post # 30
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @ticatica:

    It sounds very similar to my wedding and we have got a DJ just for acoustics really. Of all the things that cost alot in weddings, I think DJ’s aren’t one of the bigger expenses so if you think you may look back and regret it, maybe find one that’s in your budget 🙂

    Post # 31
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    girl you have to get a DJ! its entertainment for your guests i would say yes only because im the type of girl who loves music and the dj can have your schedule and take some worries off your back and it’s nice to let a proffesional take care of things. If you are in really tight budget yes you can do ipod wedding or pandora just make sure its well organized!

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