No DJ – Words of Advice?

posted 10 months ago in Music
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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 # 5
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Worker bee

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Helper bee

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. 

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