Post # 1
…. definitely go with DIY! I know it’s not for everyone, but it worked out great for us! We used our laptop, which was hooked into our venue’s sound system. 2 big speakers were also set up near the dance floor. We had a cousin announce the bridal party, speeches and 1st dance. We had so much fun putting together our playlists, and we loved having control over what was played when…. we got to hear each and every song we wanted!
I just wanted to share my experience because when I was thinking about this, I was worried it woudn’t work out, flow of the night, technical issues, etc…. but it worked out really well. Our dance floor was packed until 1am when the lights came on! I’d be happy to answer any Qs or share playlists 🙂
Post # 3
We have been thinking about doing this for several reasons. 1) cost of dj 2) wedding will prob be rather last minute 3) wedding will be out of town so can’t hear dj’s beforehand 4 and biggest reason) my FH is going in as a military chaplain and his denomination could put him out if we had raunchy music (could happen with wrong DJ). So it is great to hear that this can work and work well. Can you please give us pointers?
Also do you know of any non-offensive music ie: no cursing, no sex, no drinking/drugs in songs? This is really tough and I need all the help I can get. We want people to dance and have a good time but need to be careful:) This is one of most stressful factors for me right now. I want lots of genres but all clean.
Any help would be most welcome:)
Post # 4
I am glad it worked out well for you. We were contemplating doing DIY for our music but, for us, I am so glad we didn’t. We had the perfect DJs. They were awesome and kept everything flowing and on track. I don’t think, for us, DIY would have worked out as well. I had all of our guests send song requests and we picked a few must haves and let them know the must nots and when we wanted everything played. When I write my reveiws, they are getting top marks for professionalism and fluidity. I just can’t say enough nice things about them.
Good luck to other brides going the DIY route. I know it works well for some, but not for all.
Post # 5
@secondchances: I would first check with your venue to see if they already have a sound system you can hook into. Our venue provided us with a mixer (which we hooked our laptop into), and 2 additional speakers that surrounded the dance floor. Most DJs bring the same size/ type of speakers. We visited the venue ahead of time to plug it all in and test it out. For that day, I asked the Best Man to meet the sound guy and make sure everything was working right. If your venue does not have a sound system or provide that equipment, you can rent it. Google ‘sound equipment rental’ in your area. Lots of places will come and set up/ take down. Sounds like a lot, but still way less $$ than a DJ.
Re: music…. I tried my best to keep it all clean. If a song had language/ drinking/ etc, I searched for the ‘clean’ version in iTunes. Usually most popular songs have a radio edit, and that should be appropriate for a reception. Then again, it sounds like you may need to be extra careful in that area, so I don’t want to suggest something that might get you in trouble. Maybe stick to some classic oldies and clean versions of newer/ popular songs? Hope that helps 🙂
Post # 6
I definitely want to DIY! I am not a fan of DJ’s really. No reason other than some of them can be kind of cheesy. I have seen cool DJs though too but it just isn’t for me. I am probably going the DIY route more because of money issues rather than anything else though. I won’t allow crazy curse words or offensive lyrics, but I won’t go nuts over trying to find the perfect ‘clean’ songs either. Typically my taste is all over the board so I doubt I will have a hard time finding songs….
Post # 7
Who did you have MC then? We planned to DIY, but then figured we’d need someone to start/stop ceremony music, intro, etc.