(Closed) Guest List of 40….to have a dj or no dj??

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 2
1340 posts
Bumble bee

I’d pass on the dj. I had a 75 person wedding and we made playlists in advance and used an mp3 player. It worked great!

Post # 3
600 posts
Busy bee

My wedding was around 40 people and I skipped a DJ, we didn’t do any of the first dance, etc. things though. I also used my iPod and had no issues 🙂 It ended up being too hot for anyone to dance anyway so I was glad I skipped it!

Post # 4
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We had about 40 people and like the posters above, I made playlists in advance and used iPod with speakers.  I think a DJ would have been awkward in such a small group.

Post # 5
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I don’t think you need a DJ but do make sure you have someone appointed to control the music, and make sure they practice and understand their role! We didn’t bother with a DJ either, and I’m glad we saved that money, but finding someone who was willing to have the responsibility of controlling the music was hard. We also didn’t test out my iPad with the sound system at the venue in advance either and I wish we had because it didn’t work quite like we expected it to. We ended up hooking the iPad up to a portable speaker we had and that worked just fine, but I wish we had organized the whole music situation better in advance. So basically, don’t bother with a DJ, but do make sure you have someone who is willing to control the music and make sure you test everything ahead of time 🙂 

Post # 6
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Im in similar boat. Im having 60ish people wedding and can’t decide if I wanna spend extra money. My only worry is that I would have to have someone do announcements and such and i do need good speakers so we can hear the music.

Post # 7
893 posts
Busy bee

I had around that many (40-ish adults, about 12 kids) and we had a live band. It was one of the highlights of the wedding for us. We had a great time dancing.

Post # 8
48 posts
  • Wedding: November 2016

I almost didn’t go with a DJ due to a smaller guest list as well. However, my Fiance insisted on having one, so DJ it is, for about 60 people. But, we are having just acoustic guItar for the ceremony and cocktail hour. Also, we are skipping the garter, boquiet toss, etc. I think a band is ideal for the situation, but the venue is too small for a band – it has to be a DJ. At least a lot people dance though! 

ao if I ahd the choice – band, or iPod 

Post # 9
1546 posts
Bumble bee

Weve got 55 coming and were having a DJ. Our dance floor space is quite small though and our DJ has worked in our venue alot so I dont think it will look awful if people arent dancing. I wanted our DJ more for background music and didnt want to have to worry about playlists or the CD player skipping or anything like that on the night. 

Post # 10
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

Pandora has something now called Thumbprint. It only plays the songs you’ve given a thumbs up. We made a new account and have been going  through choosing songs we would like at our reception. This might be a good option for you.

Post # 11
1931 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m so anti DJ big wedding or small. 

(They’re so obnoxious and if I wanted to feel like I was at a club I’d go to a club, I want to feel like I’m at a fancy dinner party in which people eat and mingle.)

Unless you’re guest list is mostly (as in 75%) under 30 I haven’t seen a full dance floor since 2001.

(This could be a local, thing though.)

We’re just downloading full music sets to an iPod and streaming them through the venue.



Post # 12
3882 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

We’re having about 30-35 people and we aren’t having a dj. Aside from the fact that our venue doesn’t allow one without renting the entire venue, about half our guests wouldn’t dance anyway. We’re going to use an ipod for background music, then we’re going to a pub afterwards for people who want to do the music/dancing thing.

Post # 13
2316 posts
Buzzing bee

You need a good wedding DJ that is also an emcee.  They help with the flow and and make or break your wedding.  They will keep you on your timeline and can redirect guest and keep them entertained if there is any hold-up.  They can play music for you cremony and provide microphones for ceremony and reception.  I have been to small weddings with and without DJs and The DJ definetly is worth it.  

Post # 14
707 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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moto5522:  40 guests including us, beach wedding… at first I was thinking let’s save $900, but we caved in and hired one. Half of our guests are older and idk  they will dance but a dj will feel the guests out to make sure everyone has fun. I didn’t want to have to fuss with making sure someone qued the music for the ceremony etc..

Post # 15
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

We will likely wind up with about 60 guests in attendance, and we did hire a DJ.  TBH even if it was just myself and my bridesmaids out there dancing all night, I would still think it was worth it.  That being said, I think it depends on the type of party you are looking for.  We want it to feel like a real party atmosphere after dinner, so it made sense for us.  However I helped to plan a professional function where we were going for a more dinner-and-mingle feel, and we just created a playlist and played it through the venue’s sound system, and it worked out well

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