(Closed) Great Lighting or Great DJ?

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

100% lighting.

An awsome DJ who can do extras would be boring without lighting. Ever been to a night club that had no lighting?

For most people, a good DJ is one who plays good music.  They really could care less about turn tables and all that jazz.  Unless you are really into the music scene, which I assume at a wedding it really would not be the case.

If I went to a wedding with lighting like a night club, I would be blown away!

Post # 4
9671 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d go with the DJ with lighting. 

As long as the DJ can read the crowd and know what music to play to get the party going (and keep it going) then that is all you need

I really dont’ think you need a DJ who do mash-ups, turntables, etc…because no one will care about that (and honestly I find that stuff annoying outside of a serious club). 

Lighting can have a HUGELY posivite impact on the room (depending on your room obviously)!

Post # 5
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Lighting, absolutely.

We had pink uplighting and a GOBO chandelier with our names on the dance floor and extra lighting at the “dance party” portion of the reception. It made a huge difference in the overall atmosphere and looked amazing.


Post # 6
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Personally, I’d got with the excellent DJ over the lighting. The next day, people won’t think “Wow! The lighting at that wedding last night was awesome!” They’ll think “The DJ was amazing! I didn’t stop dancing until midnight!”
Lights are something that no one really notices unless they are really bad or spectacular (and even then, it will be more of a “Those lights are nice, now where’s the food/dancing?”)

People don’t pay nearly as much attention to the decor of a wedding – which is a shame, given the effort many couples put into it, but they’re just looking for a night with good food, good fun, and seeing someone they’re close to get married.

Post # 7
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would absolutely, hands down go with a phenomenal DJ. Most of them bring their own lighting anyway, so hey, it’s a two-fer!

Post # 8
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I vote “lighting”. People don’t always directly notice it, but it can make bland venues beautiful, and beautiful venues AMAZING.

Post # 10
133 posts
Blushing bee

Lighting makes a good first impression but a dj can make/break a party…I vote DJ.

Post # 11
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@runfaster: I absolutely would. I shelled out some crazy money for these awesome uplights at our wedding and our DJ was just so-so. Guess who noticed the lights? Like 4 people. Guess who said, “I wish your DJ would play faster music.”? Like 16 people. More people notice music than they do the DJ, so while lighting might seem important (like I thought it was!) music trumps it!  

Post # 12
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

The DJ makes the event… lighting is totally extra. I’d get the great DJ.

ETA: the only time I’ve ever noticed lighting at an event was when it was bad and most of the uplighting I see in photos on here looks annoying. The nutso party lighting at clubs is pbnoxious in my opinion at a club… so especially obnoxious at a wedding. I don’t want to feel like I’m tripping at a wedding.

Post # 13
2716 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

A  DJ can make or break a wedding – lighting can’t.  I’d go with the better DJ.

Post # 14
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

I agree, go with the phenomenal DJ!! I remember how much fun I had dancing, not how pretty the lights were. Well Im sure I noticed at the time, but I dont reminisce on the lighting haha

Post # 15
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had a similar choice and chose the DJ. Don’t have a single regret. Our dance floor was jam-packed all night with people who don’t usually dance, from my 85 year old grandmoms to my stick in the mud uncle to all our friends and cousins.  He worked in standard hits, the songs we wanted, and Cuban and Polish music for our families without clearing the dance floor.

No one remembers lighting.  My friend spent a ton of cash on lighting at her wedding, and honestly, I don’t remember a lick of it.  I do remember that her DJ was sub-par and we spent all night outside hanging out rather than dancing.

Post # 16
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Yep a DJ makes or breaks it. Nobody will remember the lights but they’ll sure as hell remember shitty music. 

Not that the other guy would be shitty, but you know… Music is more important.

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