should I use a playlist for my wedding reception?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
3853 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We made a dance playlist and it was fab. I don’t think a DJ could have done better. It was literally the best I’ve ever been to and other people commented on how good the dancing was. 

The best man started the playlist, which began with our first dance song and went into party music. Beyond pressing go we didn’t need anyone to touch it as we had carefully arranged the order of songs already and there was no need to stop the dancing once it was started. 

There wasn’t really a master of ceremonies but again the best man announced our entrance, and we just told him when it was time for speeches. 

Post # 3
764 posts
Busy bee

Hire a DJ. Some songs are too long or take too long you start, it can make for an choppy transition .

Post # 5
6932 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

radgardner :  Should you hire a DJ? Well that depends on the kind of reception you want to have. If you envision a typical reception full or people dancing then yes, you should hire a DJ. If you just want background music then you’ll be fine with your own playlist. I can tell you as a wedding photographer that in my experience the receptions without a DJ never really take off in the dancing/party department. I know a previous poster had a good experience, but she’s the exception not the rule. I’m at more weddings in a single year than most people attend in their lifetime and without fail the DIY music just ends up not working out.

Post # 6
1354 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

At first, we were considering not having a DJ, but I’m so glad we did. We picked our songs, but our DJ did a fantastic job playing everything at exactly at the right times, fading/blending songs, introducing what was coming up, and working with our photographer to make sure everything flowed without Darling Husband and I having to worry about anything. He also mixed the reception songs better than we could have, and a couple of my friends who wanted to request songs were able to do so. (I hadn’t even considered that as an option!)

We were able to get our DJ for $1,500, and we got married in a pretty price-y area. I don’t know what your budget is, but you might be able to find a DJ that fits. You would have to rent a lot of equipment if you don’t get a DJ, and it might actually cost the same amount anyway.

Post # 7
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

A good friend of mine used a playlist at her wedding instead of a DJ and I felt like it negatively impacted the vibe of the wedding.  I think a DJ is a must, particularly if you want people to dance.  

Post # 8
1708 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I think, if you want a party, you need a DJ. They can read the crowd and adjust the music. A playlist won’t bring a real party and won’t be as fun. 

Post # 9
591 posts
Busy bee

I understand budgets aren’t unlimited so if you can’t afford it then there isn’t really a question of “should I use” if that’s the only option. I personally would cut money from somewhere else to have a DJ. They read the crowd and play songs that all generations would like. They have access to all songs you could ever imagine and it’s nice if people can make requests. We had a DJ at our elopement party and he was worth every single cent. Will I think your wedding will suck with a playlist? No of course not. 

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