Post # 1
We are having an intimate (35pp) backyard wedding in August. We were going to get one of our friends to DJ but it is proving to be more complicated than necessary. Has anyone here foregon hiring a DJ and just made their own playlists? How did that work?
It is going to be more of a dinner party jazz vibe without late night dancing, as there are 3 days of wedding events following (we also have a large Indian wedding). I have no problem making playlists that last for hours, but I am wondering how we would have someone coordinate the processional/recessional/first dance music. We also aren’t going to have huge speakers or a microphone because it is a backyard and a fairly small group. Would regular outdoor speakers be okay? I believe there are some already hooked up in the yard.
Bees who have done this – what did you do? And even if you haven’t done it, what would be your advice?
Post # 2
Ask a friend/relative to coordinate the music for the processional/recessional/first dance. If you can connect to the speakers through bluetooth, then they can do it from their seat in the audience (just make sure you take off the lock screen or make it a really easy code on the phone you are using). Then just put on the playlist for the reception!
Post # 3
We rented speakers and a mic for less than $100. I curated the entire playlist myself and set it to play in a particular order so there would be nuances in the dancing/mood etc… I would personally recommend renting some speakers, even in a backyard setting I don’t think a bluetooth speaker would cut it. For the first dances we had someone ready to hit play at our cue. It all worked really well! It was fun later in the evening too as some people had song requests and we were able to just hook up the AUX cable into guests phone to let them play whatever we didn’t have.
I also used my laptop for the playlist- it’s much more reliable than a phone and easier to manage first dance cues etc.
Post # 4
Sunshine024 : spilledmilk : thanks for your suggestions!
Post # 5
I’d recommend spotify, either use a pre-set playlist or make a few different ones for different parts of the night and set up some speakers.
Definitely ask somebody to keep an eye on it though and you’d like to chill out instead of worrying!
Post # 6
Make sure the music source is not easily accessible to guests. My friend did this and we ended up with people switching songs in the middle, playing random obscure songs that no one knew/danced to, and eventually people unplugging her phone and plugging in their own phone to use spotify.
Post # 7
If you don’t anticipate or want dancing or a party vibe I’d say rent a speaker, get a aux cord, and use a spotify playlist. If you want there to be dancing and a party I’d find a way to hire a DJ.
Post # 8
blushingbee2019 : A few of our friends did this, and sometimes it works, sometimes it’s a disaster. Make sure the music is not accessible to guests, as they will constantly go up and change the song. Also do not start your dancing portion with an end of night song (closing time, don’t stop believing) this has killed the mood at many weddings we went to.
Post # 9
mrswannabemomma : starfish0116 : Thanks. We are having a first dance, but not anticipating dancing. It is a dinner party, not a late night event. We have another 3 days of events with dancing.