Post # 1
Trying to cut costs and wondering if a DJ is truly a must. We originally planned to load our i-pods and create a playlist. Can’t we just have our maid of honor and best man announce our schedule? What does a DJ really add to the show? How much did you pay for yours? I found one around here for $795.
Post # 3
It isn’t important for us to have a DJ so we’re skipping it.
Post # 5
@As_You_Wish: How do you plan to play music? I’m trying to figure out how to keep some flow to the night if we don’t get a DJ.
@random7890: Thanks. I’m guessing that must be near the going rate then…
Post # 6
Answers I have:
1. We also were going to forgo the DJ but when my parents revealed they were paying for our wedding, they won on getting a DJ.
2. I am paying $1200, including uplighting, having him MC and do the ceremony music.
3. Weddings often have someone designated as an MC for the night. If it is not the DJ, it is usually a groomsmen. I suggest finding an outgoing guy in the party to MC for the night (announce your entrance, let people know about the first dance, into speeches, etc).
4. We were originally going to do an i-pod wedding. My Future Brother-In-Law and Future Sister-In-Law had one, as their brother was the ‘DJ’, but being part of the wedding party, he couldn’t actually actively DJ. They did fine with him as an MC and no guy behind a table! The only suggestions I have are: have someone who can operate the ipod when necessary (i.e. to switch from dinner play list to dancing play list, to start first dance songs, etc), figure out how much speakers, mics and set up will cost to rent/hire, talk to your venue about the best places for speakers to be for the ultimate acoustics.
ETA: What a DJ brings– knowledge of acoustics, ability to create great music on the spot to have people actively dancing and socializing, someone to start and stop appropriate music at the right times, someone to take up/down equiptment, an MC so that your bridal party/friends don’t have to worry about pushing buttons.
Post # 7
@TequilaSunrise: I’m not sure where you live, but I live in a fairly large Canadian city and the going rate is between $750-$1200. Unfortunately.
Post # 8
Thanks- I’ll have to look into it more. Today when we went to one of the venues she was really pushing a DJ. No, she wasn’t suggesting anyone or have a vendor, she was just saying that she would highly recommend it from the weddings she has seen with and without.
Post # 9
We brought my laptop and hooked it up to the PA system. It worked great.
Post # 10
We’re having a DJ and it was an absolute must. We’re paying $825 for a mini setup at the ceremony and then the reception and he’s our MC. I thought it was necessary because I wanted someone (not my family or friends) to make announcements and keep the timeline going. I wanted someone there to be able to get the dance floor going rather than figuring out my playlist isn’t good and no one will dance all night. I just figured I’m throwing this big elaborate party for people to eat, drink, and dance with us in celebration and didn’t want to skip one of the things I know is important to setting the tone for the evening. But that was my priority, I know everyone’s priorities are different.
Post # 11
@TequilaSunrise: My friends used an ipod and it was great!
Post # 12
Some weddings with ipods instead of DJs turn out fantastic, others just don’t work out. It depends what you make it. We’re planning on giving a friend a bit of cash to MC for the main parts and just keep an eye on the laptop (since we don’t have an Ipod), and try to keep an eye on crowd mood also. I personally couldn’t ask someone to do that for free, but $20 is better than $700 😉 We’ll be coming up with our own playlist.
I think what makes or breaks it is your music- choose music that a lot of people like to dance to, not just songs you like or songs that are difficult to dance to. We’re putting a lot more upbeat stuff in than slow stuff, and most of our music is old rock and almost no current dance/rap/techno music, we based the music on our crowd.
Post # 13
@takemyhand: Couldn’t have said it better. To me, a DJ is always a non-negotiable to me because iPods crash and don’t set the mood for a wedding…. it’s supposed to be one of the most important days of your life, why leave it up to an iHome and an iPod? A casual party at your house – OK, but a DJ…should be one of those important, non-negotiables for a formal wedding. But you can always cut costs with a DJ and still have a great experience…they often try to upcharge with their lighting packages that seem unnecessary to me