(Closed) Would you overpay for a DJ?

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yes….i’ve seen some pretty crappy djs at weddings and those weddings are SO not fun. Not to mention, he plays the same stuff over and over (electric slide TWICE…) and nobody danced. Can you go to any weddings the guys are DJing at and see what they play and stuff?

After watching so many DJs take the fun out of weddings i’ve been to, i’m all about them now. I never knew it was such a skill to play music, lol

Post # 4
5498 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve been to some pretty aweful weddings. The DJ’s were just not cool. Have you seen them all perform? If you think he will bring the right enthusiasm to your reception and you can afford it, I think you should!

Post # 5
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Yep!! However we did not have much of a choice. Our reception vendor let us pick all of our own outside vendors except the DJ–who just happened to cost $1300 (which was more than double our budget)!! It was totally worth it in the end though. I’ve been to weddings with not-so-great DJs who completely ruined the mood (played too many/too few slow songs; played inappropriate music; ignored all requests–even those made by bride/groom; told cheesy jokes throughout the night; etc). 

Post # 6
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I don’t know if this is true, but I read on one DJ’s website that, prior to the wedding, brides tend to put the DJ/reception music at a very low priority, but that after the wedding, they overwhelmingly cite the DJ/reception music as a place where they wish they’d spent more time and/or money securing someone who knew how to keep a crowd happy. There’s no one vendor with more control than a DJ over how much fun your reception will be, and he/she has that control for the entirety of the reception. I think it’s probably well worth it to spend the money on a professional who will know things like how to read a crowd, how to flow one song into another with a similar tempo, and other tricks to keep people dancing.

Post # 7
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would if he was the best I found …. To this day most wedding djs are a bit crappy..

Post # 8
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Since I think most wedding DJs are terrible, I would definitely be willing to pay more for a good one. For sure. The last wedding I went to had a terrible DJ, and it wasn’t a lot of fun to dance. I still did it, because I believe it is my solemn duty as a guest to at least pretend to have a good time.

Post # 9
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I might be in the minority here but it’s not something I’d do. I totally hear what all the other PP’s are getting at and I agree. The thing is, I think it depends on your crowd.

The guests at my wedding are a good mix of people from 21-70 but they’re a partying crowd. I think as long as the music reflects the ages of your guests (ie: mix up the songs for everyone: 50’s, 70’s, hip hop, etc) – these people will get out there on their own. Personally, Fiance & I plan on going through the playlist with the DJ & I don’t wanna hear the words “party people” on my wedding day. I think once you have the music that makes people get out there & want to dance, and a crowd that is gonna party evn if there’s no power – it doesn’t matter who’s standing behind the mic. 

If your crowd is going to need a little help getting on the dance floor – then yes, spending more on enhancing that would be on top of my list.

Post # 10
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think we’re overpaying for ours. I chose to go with them though because they are incredibly professional, usually respond to my emails in about 10 minutes and have a large number of DJs, so if something happens to ours on the day of there will be someone else who can step in. They also seem VERY organized and ask you to fill out all kinds of information about exactly how involved you want the DJ to be for each of the “special” parts of the reception (e.g. Bouquet toss). I’m VERY confident in them, and I think that’s huge given that they are going to make or break our party!

Post # 11
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

as with anything wedding-related you just have to set/adjust your budget according to what is important to you and Fiance. if a dj is on top of the list, then make changes to your budget to try and accommodate him. either scale back on the flowers or forget about favors all together, do what it takes to make your budget work for him.

most of us can’t get everything, but if there’s something in particular you really want, there’s no such thing as “overpaying” because really what is a budget, but just an arbitrary number you’ve agreed to spend? 

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