(Closed) Those who did NOT have a DJ…

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am also interested to learn what others did. We are on the fence about spending money on a DJ – especially since I fear no one will dance :

Post # 5
2049 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This was an easy choice for us since we didn’t have dancing at our reception. My huband and I put together our individual song wish-lists for the reception, combined them, removed duplicates, and vetoed a few of the other’s choices. We then uploaded it to my ipod and voila! Instant playlist. 

Post # 6
1089 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We are having a band, but I presume the gist of this post is that you want to save money. You shoulld google “wedding playlist 2012 download” or just wedding playlist download and you will come up with a lot of alternatives you could throw those songs on an ipod, hook them up to speakers and be done with it

Post # 7
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I didn’t use a DJ (or a band).  Our wedding was at 11:30 (in the morning!) and our reception wrapped up around 4 or 4:30.  We were outside -under tents – for both the ceremony & reception.

For the ceremony we used a mini Zepplin (like a BOSE wave radio, but with a little more “oomph” for outside) to play the processional and recessional.  My brother used the remote to start and stop the music for us. (He did a nice job & used the volume to fade in & out.)  Of course, we could have rented a speaker set up – and we probably would have if our guest list was much larger.  If we’d had to turn the volume up much louder, there might have been some sound distortion on our mini stereo.

For the cocktail hour we were on a boat, so we didn’t play music.  Everyone used the time to catch up.

We ended up not playing any music during our reception – people were talking, and the music seemed to “interrupt” the conversation.  We were set up to use the same compact stereo to play background music.  We had a playlist set up on an ipod. (I “wiped it” and the only playlists were the processional, recessional, and the reception music.  I like to dance around to Buckcherry & a few Nickelback songs while I’m cleaning the house, but I didn’t NOT want anyone to play “Crazy B!tch” or “Shaking Hands” at the wedding!)

We didn’t do any first dances – Nobody in either family dances much/well – and a lot of my relatives don’t dance at all My dad begged me to not force him to to a father-daughter dance – but the stereo had enough power/volume to be heard over our 65 guests for a first dance – it wouldn’t have cut it if we were trying to play music for everybody to dance to (dancing people are way louder than observing people!!). 

For announcements (like “it’s cake cutting time!”) my uncle just made the announcement in a loud voice.  (And the pastor’s wife whistled quite loudly once, when nobody paid attention to my uncle.  We had a good laugh – she’s quite prim & proper!)

I was happy with our set up, but not everyone would be.  The wedding was relaxed and had a “family reunion” kind of feel to it.  It’s what we wanted, but I know plenty of couples want a more structured or formal wedding.

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