(Closed) Do you think DJ “giveaways” are tacky?

posted 13 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Do you think DJ giveaways are tacky?

    Tacky! Don't do it!

    It's fun! Older guests will like it.

    ONLYif nobody is dancing!!!

  • Post # 3
    1315 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    Ask yourself this:

    Do I want all of my reception pictures to include the giveaways (imagine glow in the dark neon necklaces, inflatable plastic saxophones/guitars/etc, leis, grass skirts, etc)?

    If the answer is YES!  I want that stuff in my pictures or Yeah, I don’t care if that stuff is in my pictures! Then go ahead.

    If the answer is NO! I don’t want a shot of my Uncle Ralph playing the blow-up saxophone! Then don’t do it.

    I generally think these are unnecessary- as you said,  "a few cocktails, great food, and music this is all the motovation they need to shake it on the dande floor!"

    Post # 4
    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Personally, it’s not a County Fair.  I wouldn’t do it. 

    But that’s just me! 

    Maybe there are some "classy" giveaway games?  I don’t know!

    Post # 5
    371 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’ve never seen a DJ giveaway.  This is a totally new concept to me.  Generally, I am not one for overly involved DJ’s.. in fact, if it weren’t for Fiance I wouldn’t want one at all.  But Fiance is the opposite.  He wants to do anything and everything to make sure that people are having a complete blast at our wedding.  He wants to bring in poker/blakjack/roulette tables for a vegas feel to keep the guys entertained and has been trying to come up with other ideas.  He would jump at the idea of DJ giveaways. To him the reception is a giant party and he wants everyone to come away with great stories of what a good time they had.

    So I think the question is how formal you want to be.  I’m more formal.  I don’t like people asking me annoying questions or trying to entertain me.  Never have. I hate improv commedy even.  Just seems obnoxious.  But I am the minority.  

    If you’re only concern is how "ick" the gifts are I think you could probably compromise and find some cool gifts.  Could be something along the lines of the common favors you seen given out at weddings.. even food. 

    Post # 7
    3340 posts
    Sugar bee

    We don’t like to use the word "tacky"  (SEE POST) but…

    well let’s just say it might be too classy for a county fair…

    I say nix the DJ giveaways…(but I don’t really even like DJs, so take it with a grain of salt…)

    Post # 9
    411 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    The word tacky is totally fine, Ejo. The thread Mighty posted was more about us judging each other (which, incidentally, is what it seems telling others not to use the word at all would be doing, but I digress) than about asking for and receiving honest input.

    You asked if other brides thought that would be a tacky thing to do, and you got the feedback you wanted. No one was hurtfully or unduely labeled, and all is well in the world. 🙂

    Post # 10
    296 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    Oh no…. Not another "T" word post!!! %-)   J/K

    My vote? don’t do it. But I can see how it might have potential.

    Another thought- why don’t you call the DJ’s references and ask their previous clients how it went at their functions… these ‘giveaways’??? See if they got feedback or had strong feelings themself?

    Post # 11
    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    You didn’t have the option – It’s fun, Everyone will have fun! 

    We had our DJ play a game to give away our centerpieces and it was a ton of fun — ALL of our guests loved it.  In fact, I wish I had paid more attention so I could use the game at other events I host!

    Post # 12
    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I’m attaching a pic of some of our guests having fun during our centerpiece giveaway -the game involved a dollar bill…



    Post # 13
    107 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I hate the chicken dance, electride slide, etc., but for some reason, I love the DJ giveaways.  My family lights up when they see a guy handing out leis or glow sticks or whatever it is and they hit the dance en masse.  They are so energetic about it, suddenly other guests who had just been sitting down the whole reception are up dancing too!  I think there are a lot of people who worry they will embarrass themselves by dancing.  When you can get people to embarrass themselves first, it helps everyone relax. 

    But it really depends on the crowd.  If your guests are mostly reserved, or are very happy to dance anyway, then it’s not necessary and can be a little cheesey.   

     If you are still undecided, you can always ask your DJ to hold off on the sombreros until later in the reception. 



    Post # 14
    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2021

    I think its on the cheesy side… I want my wedding to feel elegant, so i think giveaways would make it feel like a raffle or bingo or something. But that is just me! 🙂

    Don’t forget, if you hire a DJ, you can tell them what you want and what you don’t. So you could nix giveaways completely, if you want! 

    Post # 15
    10 posts
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It depends on the theme of the wedding. I know for me.. I went to a wedding and I left with a tambourine, shakers, hat, glasses.. I had a BLASTTTTTTTT AND WAS EXHAUSTED and always said I would do the same thing.


    They had a musical chair game that involved single men on one knee and single women walking around and it was hilarious and the winners won a big glow stick that sparkled.. It was fun and I could tell everyone wanted to win that – yes it was cheesy, but people love winning prizes.

    Post # 16
    201 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Give aways make me think Sweet 16 or Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

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