(Closed) Was a DJ worth it?

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We considered an iPod/playlist situation. Until we realzied that we would have to put one of our guests “in charge” of the music and we didn’t want to do that. We also had concerns that people would go up and change the music on their own. In the end, we opted for a DJ, so there is someone dedicated to music and someone who can read the crowd and change music that is not working. I personally think it’s worth it, although I’ve heard some success stories on the Bee about using iPods, but it generally takes a lot of advance planning and multiple playlists.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

Sci-Fi-Chic:  I second PP. It runs a lot smoother with a DJ. Transitions between songs and reading the crowd really help. They also announce things like your introduction, the serving of dinner, your cake cutting, etc. If it’s in the bduget, I would definitely go for it! You don’t have to get the crazy packages with light shows, just a smiple DJ service will do. I would think a 1 man DJ would be just fine and he can do the MC stuff too.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Sci-Fi-Chic:  I’m also getting married on a Sunday afternoon! The ceremony is at 11:30 am and the reception will stat at 12. My fiance and I chose to pay for a DJ because we know our friends will want to dance, no matter what time of day it is (we’re in our early 20’s). Also, our DJ is one of the best in the area, so we are confident he will know how to keep people dancing/entertained, as well as make announcements for the cake cutting, our introductions, first dance, etc.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

ABSOLUTELY get a DJ! It’s so worth not having to hastle with someone changing songs, announcing what’s coming up, renting sound equipment, etc. 

Besides, a DJ will be able to read the croud and play music that everyone will love!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I’d agree that a DJ is a good idea! It’s always nice to have someone emceeing, and it’s better to have planned music. Have you thought about a live band? That may get things going too! And it may be better suited for a daytime event.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

DJs do more than just put a playlist on and sit back the rest of the night. They can help the reception run more smoothly, adjust the music after reading the room’s response, and make any necessary announcements. If it’s in your budget definitely include a DJ!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Sci-Fi-Chic:  We thought about doing this, but I’m really glad we ended up getting a DJ.

I think you can definitely make it work with an iPod, but to do it well, it’s a lot of work. When I started researching, I realized that we probably needed to download an app that would fade songs into each other (as opposed to having a several second pause as songs change like would happen on a normal play list). We’d also need to download all the songs to put into the app and also not rely on an internet-based list just in case we didn’t have steady internet access. If we wanted to download the songs, it could have been potentially really expensive, or really time consuming if we wanted to find free sources because we’d have to listen to all the songs to make sure they were the right version (not one with like 1.5 minutes of car noises from a music video or something) and that they all played at the same volume. 

We also would have had to ask a family member or friend to monitor the device to start certain playlists and make sure people didn’t mess with it (we went to another wedding last labor day that did this and didn’t have a “body guard” for it and it was a mess – people were changing songs halfway through and skipping playlists, etc). Also, what happens if equipment doesn’t work? You’d have to have a friend or family member that’s familiar with sound equipment that could troubleshoot.

We also went to another wedding about a month ago that tried to iPod using a spotify play list, it really didn’t go well with the long pauses between songs and no one to read the room. No one danced and again, there were issues with people changing music in the middle of songs, etc.

We just got married two weeks ago and I realize it would have been insane to try to have done all this done myself with all the other stuff I had going on (I know some people do it successfully, but I would have murdered someone if I had one more thing on my plate). It was so nice to have the DJ do everything because he queued all the music, emcee’d, etc and also made sure that the volumes and everything were right all night. He brought his own equipment so everything worked smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about it at all.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would HIGHLY recommend it.   It was so unimportant to me and I was so set on an ipod wedding.  I ended up adding a DJ last minute on my mom’s recommendation… and I must admit it made the wedding.  He got people dancing and having fun- it definitely would have been a much more dull environment and would have ended earlier if we just had an ipod

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

DJ 100%! He made the night go so smooth, I didn’t have to worry about what song to play next or transitions and he made all of our guests laugh, dance and have a good time. Totally worth the money in my opinion.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Sci-Fi-Chic:  I wasn’t planning on getting a DJ either but it was a GREAT decision, he got people dancing and my husband and I didn’t have to worry about taking care of a playlist or assigning it to someone in the wedding party.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We had no DJ. We used an iTunes playlist. It went great. Someone just had to hit play! We downloaded music from a cheap site…pm me if you want the address. We had tons of people dancing. I think it depends more on what type of friends and family you have. A DJ won’t help get people on the dance floor from what I’ve seen if they aren’t dancers in the first place. Don’t regret my decision! Everyone has their own opinion about this but I think it works both ways. 🙂 Just make sure you have speakers. We had about 6 hours of music. We had folders for our first dance etc.

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Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I think it depends on how much music you want to use. I’ve debated back and forth but I’m leaning against because we *may* have a first dance and a father/daughter and mother/son dance. But that’s it. So I don’t see spending $1000 at minimum for someone to play 3 songs. The speaker system is connected in another room, so unless guests sneak out and into a locked room, no one should change it. 

our venue is very tiny and there’s only enough room for one couple maybe 2 at most, so no open dancing. Also, 95% of guests are in their 60s-80s, so I doubt it’s high on their list anyway. 

I shared all that because, like I said, it depends on how much music you want. 2-3 songs? 3 hours of music? depending on the answer would deeply vary the suggestions. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

My former boss used an ipod for her wedding and the party was rocking till they kicked us out.  I’m getting a DJ because music is one of my non-negotiables, but I’ve seen the ipod wedding done well.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Definitely, definiely get a DJ! I’ve only been to one wedding with an iPod and it was so lame.

DJs don’t just play music from a playlist, they can analyze a crowd and keep the party going accordingly.

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