Post # 1
So we went to talk to a local DJ and after all the costs were added up there was absolutely no way we were going that route. He was going to charge us about 3000 For a DJ and photo booth and we honestly couldn’t justify that for him to just hit play on a playlist. I understand they read the mood of the crowd and make announcements but I don’t see spending that amount When we could just make a playlist ourselves
anyone else have DIY music?
Whats your opinion on not having a DJ?
Anything we can do to improve the playlist?
Any “must have”s for a playlist?
Post # 2
We were torn at the last minute and were going to hire a DJ due to stress. Very glad we didn’t. We used Spotify and made several playlists and assigned the husband of one of the bridesmaids to look after the playlist.
Post # 3
In My Humble Opinion, DJs are worth their price for reading the crowd, acting as an MC, keeping the crowd on the dancefloor. It’s very hard to make sure a party is great with a pre-set playlist on an IPod the way a DJ can.
My advice is to seek out cheaper DJs and ditch the photobooth to save costs. I live in NYC, and got a DJ and photobooth (basic package) for $1500 for 5 hours (include cocktail hour jazz music), so you can definitely beat $3k. If you can get it somewhere around or under $1k, it’d definitely be worth it to make sure the party is hopping.
Post # 4
Sounds way too pricey, to me. Shop around.
Post # 5
Most people on here will say DJ is the way to go, but we had google music playlists playing through a tablet hooked up to some speakers. For our small wedding, it was well worth it. Darling Husband spent hours curating the music selection and sequence, and we liked having complete control on the music. If you go that route, make sure to consider timing of events and how they coincide with the music.
Post # 6
themoonofhislife: What genre do you and your husband-to-be enjoy listening to? Because that can influence the decision. I am very passionately against using DJs. But that’s because top 40 and pop music aren’t what me, my husband, and our friends listen to. We hired a three piece indie/folk band with their own original music. They even learned our favorite song and did a cover of it for our first dance. However, it wasn’t important to us to make sure everyone was dancing. So if you’d be disappointed that not every grandma or little kid was shaking it on the dance floor, then a DJ might be worth it.
Post # 7
I hate DJs so I’d prefer it.
Post # 8
A photobooth is not needed. Ditch that and see how much money you save. But I would shop around anyways, This dj sounds like a ripoff. I’m in NJ, and I paid less than 2k for a 8 hour sound coverage (ceremony, cocktail hour, party), full room uplighting set up, our name monogram on the dance floor, dj and mc team, club strobe lights, superb surround sound, and completely invisible set up (no wires, hanging mikes, his crap was not strewn around, the dj spot was a clean uplighted table with all his stiff hidden away from sight). I chose not to have a photobooth – it looks like shit in the ballroom, costs a ton and really there is no time for that for the guests.
You need to shop around, this is not the only guy in town, but I recommend having a dj to not worry about pauses in music, to direct people, coordinate activities, keep the party flowing right. You can’t ask a bridesmaid to do all that, she just won’t be able to suddenly stop enjoying herself and starting to man the music, mike, directing people and read the crowd – that’s not her job! Also I’ve been to weddings without a good dj, and honestly they were boring and cheesy, and people left early.
Post # 9
themoonofhislife: I’d shop around for a different DJ and ditch the photobooth, which IMO, is not needed. Weddings happened just fine for years before the photobooth trend popped up. As a wedding photographer, I can tell you that if you envision a wedding with lots of dancing, you’ll probably regret not having a DJ. That being said, if you’re just needing some background music while everyone mingles, by all means make your own playlist and let it roll. It’s my expereience that receptions without a DJ just never really get “started” there tends to be very little, if any, dancing…and when that’s the case people tend to leave early. A DJ isn’t just there for playing music, they ask guests to find their seats for dinner, announce intros, and prompt the key moments like first dance/cake cutting, etc. Can someone else do those things? Sure. But the problem I’ve found over MANY years in the industry is that when you ask a family member or friend to do a job at your wedding….by the time the reception rolls around they’ve usually abandoned their post and really slack on the job.
Post # 10
Probably depends on how big your wedding is. We were small. We did not need someone to emcee. We didn’t have any announcements to make that everyone couldn’t hear in the standard way. We didn’t have special activities. People danced to my playlist for a half hour or so, but for the most part we all sat around and talked. We all had fun anyway.
I think a lot of people find that without someone actively encouraging dancing, not everyone is going to get into it and once people are bored, they’re going to head home. I don’t dance a lot at weddings anyway, so it didn’t matter to me.
How do you feel about people leaving at an earlier hour? How much do you want everyone up and dancing? Do you need to have announcements made or are you fine with someone in the wedding party calling out to the crowd as needed? If you truly want a DJ, shop around. just because one is higher than you expected doesn’t mean they all are.
Post # 11
tjacob2014: If you wouldn’t mind sharing who that was would really appreciate it!
OP- I think it depends on how much dancing you want, I don’t think the playlist will work as well to get people pumped up and going and most weddings I’ve gone to as the night goes on the DJ does really read the crowd and see’s what making them get up.
Post # 12
Thanks for the comments and suggestions everyone!
to those suggesting we ditch the photobooth idea – I didn’t care either way if we had one but my mom is very into the idea. We have talked about it though and we’re probably going to set up a “selfie station” with a selfie stick and maybe a printer but probably not. Just utilizing a hashtag on Facebook and Instagram will probably be better than setting up a photo booth for $700.
This is the most reviewed DJ in our area and he came with a lot of good recommendations, so he is probably a lot more expensive than others.
Our wedding is going to have less than 100 people. We are shooting for 80 but you never know – could be more could be less. We’re sending out around 120 invites.
Personally, I want everyone to dance all night and stick around till about 11 which is when we’ll be cleaning up and leaving. Fiance wants everyone to stay but is more focused on the mingling. I think we have different ideas because I love to dance and he’s terrified of dancing.
We both like a wide variety of music but top 40s hits is not his thing. I like Indie Folk or Ska or Punk or Pop and he kind of sticks to Punk or Metal or Country (Or anything that includes a trumpet or a ukelele lol)
Post # 13
We had a live band rather than a deejay. Is that an option? It was one of the biggest highlights of our wedding. 🙂
Post # 14
Vineyard-bride15: everyone around here plays country music or bad 70’s Rock covers and I hate it lol
Ive never even been to a concert I’ve enjoyed like ever because the only bands who come here are country, metal, or religious. All crap in my opinion. If there was a band who played in a genre I liked that was around the same cost as a DJ, maybe, but I’m really into the arts scene here so unless they aren’t turning up to open mics or aren’t on the internet I already know I dont like what they play lol
Post # 15
We are going the no-DJ route for a few reasons. We still want people to dance their hearts out but we feel picking our own music is the best option.
2) The low likelihood of finding a non-cheesy, German and English speaking DJ in a French-speaking city. We even looked, without success.
3) Our not-so-picky taste in music means we already like dancing to things a DJ would put on (Abba, Michael Jackson, Queen, etc) so we can trust that for the most part people would want to dance to what we choose.
4) The venue has a built in audio system so there’s no need to hire a DJ for that purpose either.
5) We both are computer savvy enough to be able to edit music a bit and shorten tracks that need shortening.
The only thing we can’t really do ourselves is read the crowd in the moment and change the tracks around to suit the particular mood, but I don’t honestly think it’s such a complicated skill as DJs make it out to be. We are hoping to ask someone close to us to just keep an eye on the music sometimes.
Let us know what you decide!