Post # 1
we are not having dancing at our wedding, however our venue coordinator has suggested that we get a dj in order to help the event run smoothly (introduction of bride/groom, toasts, cake cutting) and reading the mood of the crowd.
thoughts? did anyone have a dj even if there was no dancing, or is planning on having a dj without dancing? thanks in advance for the input!
Post # 3
just have one of your friends announce
youcan set up an ipod for background music
Post # 4
i’d say an ipod for jazz music or something soft in the background is the way to go. you definitely need some music even if it’s not dancing music
Post # 5
we will definitely have ipod if we don’t get a dj–i guess i got a little nervous when my venue coordinator suggested it, and started to wonder about what benefits a dj could provide for a non-dancing wedding. thanks for the advice!
Post # 6
We’re not having dancing, and we’re just having an ipod. I wouldn’t want to spend all that money on a dj if there’s no dancing. But we’re also not going to have any of the cake cutting, introduction, etc. I agree that you can just have a friend or family member do it.
Post # 7
We are having dinner in the dinning hall and dancing in another hall. It’s complicated. So we will have the DJ do the ceremony music and background music in the dinning hall. Then we have a band in the dancing hall. I was just going to do an IPod for background music and have the DJ do music for dancing. But then we decided to do toasts and cake cutting in the dinning hall while guests are seated and eating. Our room is really big and I’m afraid we’ll need a speaker for the toasts. So it just made sense to have the DJ do background music and microphone setup.
The DJ does help with the flow of the wedding because they make announcements. If you can borrow a speaker system and have a friend that is good at public speaking then you might go with that.
Post # 8
Your DOC would likely be nudging along your DJ anyways. Our had a schedule in hand and would ask us if we were ready for, say, cake cutting, then signal to the DJ and he’d do an announcement when that song ended
Post # 9
If I wasn’t having dancing at my wedding, I wouldn’t spend the money on a dj. If you need someone to announce anything, find someone who is extroverted and likes to speak to crowds and hand them a mic or else rely on them to have a loud voice.
Post # 10
Think about an iPod for a second…
what are you going to plug it into so everyone can here? – You’ll need a sound system
Toasts and intros, if you have anything over 50 people, you will need a mic.
You’ll need someone to set all that, take it all down and return it to where you got it.
you could tear down your stuff at home and bring that, but you will still need a mic.
Do you really want, on your WEDDING day to trust one of your friends to announce you after they have had a few drinks?
You could just get Uncle Bill to take pics, he has a camera, but you will hire a photographer…
why would you want the stress of dealing with an iPod,,,, what if it shuts off, what if you want the style of music or the vibe of the night to change,,, who is going to do that? You? your new Hubby? Drunk Uncle Bill?
I’m just saying.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
You don’t need a DJ, then, you need an MC. You can find a friend with a nice speaking voice who is responsible(!) to do this for you. An ipod should suffice, though.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t worry about a DJ. Most places will have a sound system you can hook your iPod up to, and probably a mic too. And in case your iPod poops out, just have your playlist backed up on someone else’s iPod, and you’ll be fine.
Post # 13
If you know someone with a good speaking voice, then I would ask them to MC for you. I saw a cute idea in MSW where children carried around flags announcing what things were happening, like “Cake Cutting.” Cute and original but I imagine you would still need an announcement. I’m not having dancing either, so I have been mulling this over too. Thanks for posting!