Post # 1
My wedding is only about four months away and the one thing I’ve been putting off (on purpose) has been the music as it is the one thing I have no idea what to do about. My wedding is going to be small with about 45 guests and the ceremony and reception being at the same venue. I’m also having a more causal Sunday brunch wedding with no dancing. That’s why I feel conflicted. I thought maybe having a live band would be cheaper for some reason over a DJ and to provide nice background music. But it turns out that it is way more expensive than a DJ.
But then I was thinking should I even spend the money on the DJ considering the kind of wedding I’m having and try and DIY it myself using my laptop and speakers? Which then presents how would I coordinate that and where to begin with in selecting the music and setting that up.
Im also on the low end for a wedding budget so I don’t want to spend that much on music any way considering everything. I just wanted to hear what your thoughts were on this and what you think I should do? But also if anyone else went with the DIY music route and how that went for you?
Thank you in advance!!
Post # 2
With 45 people, I can definitely see having a laptop with speakers set up. Just ensure whatever streaming service you have is ad-free, and that the songs crossfade into one another. Make sure you have specific playlists set up for each hour. Also, ensure you’ll have a friend/family member who doesn’t mind ensuring the songs are going in the right order. Don’t foget about who would transport/set up the speakers from ceremony to reception area.
I had mine ready to go but couldn’t find anyone willing to man the laptop. Also, our guest list is at about 100 people. So we’re hiring a DJ now.
Post # 3
“I thought maybe having a live band would be cheaper for some reason over a DJ.”
Unless you’re considering a very small band, I highly doubt it. We previewed 10 different bands, for my daughter’s wedding, and the least expensive was $6500; 2 musicians for the cocktail hour and 9 for a 4 hour reception.
Post # 4
Those are all really good points to consider! Thank you for your input!
Yeah I don’t know why I had thought that! When I started to really research it, alot rang up to be around what you had wrote. But now I know!
Post # 5
We went the DIY route with the music for our small wedding, and we saved so much money! DH created a playlist with his google music subscription. We downloaded it to an old smartphone that we hooked up to some speakers. It went pretty well! It was fun cultivating the list. He spent a lot of time making sure the flow of the songs fit our event. Timing is everything!
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
I voted laptop and speakers. We’re also having a small wedding (20 people including us and the vendors) and we just couldn’t justify a dj or band with that party size. A laptop will be fine especially since it’s for background music and not dance music (although a laptop for dance music is fine as well)
Post # 7
We had 40 guests and a live band. Next to our photographer – it was the best money spent. It really sete the tone for the reception. It provided background music as guests mingled, ate, dranks – plus is alllowed for a first dance and a fathe daughter dance. The band leader also acted as MC – so she annouced various things which took the pressure off of us since I only had a DOC for the ceremony.
We only paid $550 for our 3-piece band. They were all students at one of the highly ranked jazz programs in the country so that’s why the price was amazing. The lead is an accomplished singer and did this on the side.
Post # 8
We had a small wedding of 36 people and went the DIY route. We had an evening wedding with dancing, but DH thought it would be odd to hire a DJ for such an intimate party.
We used spotify to create our play list, and plugged our laptop into the venue’s sound system. We had separate playlists for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and then dancing. Spotify allowed us to upload the full playlist onto our computer, so we didn’t have to stream any music or worry about an internet connection. Creating the playlist and putting everything in order took quite a bit of time, but other than that it worked very well for us.
Post # 9
That’s a great idea! Didn’t think of that! Thanks for your thoughts!
That is how I feel too. It’s difficult for me to want to splurge on music considering the guest size. Thanks for writing!
Yeah that is why I originally wanted to go with a live band. I really would like the kind of atomspehere live music would create. It’s hard to not want to spend the extra cash on it!
Post # 10
I’d do a DJ if you can swing it. They can usually read the room and keep it interesting.
Post # 11
That is a good point! Definitelty something to consider.