Spotify instead of a DJ

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  • Post # 2
    1374 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    We didn’t do it, but SIL did for her wedding.

    Didn’t go as planned though, as there was no MC and the playlist was set to Shuffle. Cue to us enjoying our appetisers while rocking to Chop Suey.

    Not ideal for her – she was quite embarassed. I freaking loved it though. “WAKE UP nouiwbfwoengrgretwionre A LITTLE MAKEUP” went so well with my overcooked pork.

    But all jokes aside, so long as she’s happy to be taken from the festivities for it, it’s an ok idea. But it so often ends up being a hassle for them.

    And side note, some venues don’t let you use a personal Spotify account to broadcast in a public setting as it violates Spotify’s T&Cs. Would check with them first.

    Post # 4
    316 posts
    Helper bee

    We considered this to save money too but for me it’s just too much hassle. I don’t want to be worrying about playlists and if the right thing is playing on my wedding day, nor do I want to ask a guest to take over and spend their evening making sure the music is correct.


    Post # 5
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2020

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    sbl99 :  I mean…. Did she not even pre select songs for a playlist?! That’s just asking for trouble 😂

    Post # 6
    1151 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey

    I did this for the henna night, it was in a relatively smaller places and there were approximately 100 women. My uncle arranged the sound system, I created the Playlist.

    But the downside was after all the women came in, and started talking, sound was good for only those who danced close to the sound system. I thought during our test run with no people, music would be banging. It didn’t, so definitely consider that.

    Second one was that although I had made many list some people whom I didn’t know, they were MIL’s guests, kept requesting songs. Make sure there is a person who is willing to change playlists, find new songs etc, and you got internet too. 

    Post # 7
    2227 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    We did with our dj mixing machine. We had a friend responsible for it and it went really well.

    We play spotify in our office all day long. Not sure what’s the problem with using it at a wedding. 

    Post # 8
    109 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2020

    I am going to use Spotify so that our music can be completely customized. Here’s what I’m doing to make it work:

    1. Guests are asked for a song request in their RSVP.

    2. My fiancee is picking the other songs. 

    3. The Day of Coordinator is switching the playlists and stopping as needed.

    4. We are using the sound system from the venue which they set up. 

    Post # 9
    1388 posts
    Bumble bee

    It wasn’t a wedding but a large party where was Spotify. It was fine. I do think band or dj does create more dance atmosphere if there are usually non dancers. Just make sure that the soundsystem is good and the songs are preselected. While its good to take reccomendatioan from the people, givign free range to put on songs might not work.

    Post # 10
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2020

    I went to a wedding where the couple hired a budget DJ, and they would have been better off just putting on a Spotify playlist. The music was skipping (he was using a laptop and it was glitching out) and he couldn’t mix two songs together to save his life. I agree that as long as you have multiple playlists for different points in the night (cocktail hour, dinner, dancing), you should be fine. I also agree that without the live DJ however, you might not have quite as many dancers… but it will be better than a cheap DJ, trust me.

    Post # 11
    266 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2020 - City, State

    We’re doing Spotify. My FH is into music and excited about doing it all. And our music tastes are such that we’d basically just be providing any DJ a list to play anyway.

    Our playlists:

    1. my own playlist for the morning getting ready! 😉
    2. pre-ceremony (background music as people are arriving)
    3. ceremony
    4. first part of reception (cocktail hour and meal)
    5. second part of reception (dance-ey)

    We have a friend who is dying to be our DOC, and she will emcee where needed.

    I’ve been to two weddings that used Spotify. At one of them, hardly anyone danced. The other was the wildest dance party outside of a club I’ve seen. I feel it is really crowd dependent how much requests, mixing, emcee are necessary!

    Post # 12
    371 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    We used Spotify. It worked great for us. I created three different playlists for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. I spent hours with one of my friends crafting them out. Everyone complimented the music and more importantly, everyone danced.

    Post # 13
    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    I think it would be a much better option to do Spotify and have a trusted friend handle it while also giving another person the wedding playlist timeline as a backup. We had a julebox and put a friend in charge but the day of he didn’t really help out. I gave my photographer the song playlist timeline as backup and she kept track of when we were doing first dances and the banquet toss (bless her soul). We saved a lot of money with the jukbox but I don’t think a lot of our guests understood it, but it was nice because we got to choose what songs we wanted on it and cut out there dj (I’ve been to some weddings where there were horrible DJs that wouldn’t shut up)

    Post # 14
    211 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    If you are going to go this route, you need to either have someone supervising at all times or put the phone/whatever in an inaccessible place. I’ve been to a few weddings where they have done this, and drinking seems to embolden some people to take it upon themselves to change the song/playlist.

    Post # 15
    631 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2020

    We’re using a Spotify playlist.  Our venue actually doesn’t allow DJs.  We’re doing separate playlists and carefully thinking o Hut the song order, not just putting a random playlist on shuffle.

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