Post # 1
My Fiance and I have spent the last month and a half searching for a DJ. Our coordinator gave us a list of recommended vendors. From there we found a DJ that we liked and within our budget. A couple of weeks later, my Fiance and I randomly stubbled upon this stellar DJ (very fun, great personality, he charms a whole room full of people!). So my Fiance and I met with stellar DJ – only problem is he is costs double of what our DJ budget is. We have met with other DJ’s since – none of them compare. Now, it not that we can’t afford stellar DJ, we can – the issue is whether you girls think it is worth it to pay almost double for a DJ at a wedding? We were told that a DJ is important…did you think the DJ played an important part of your reception?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
I would if he was the best I found …. To this day most wedding djs are a bit crappy..
Post # 8
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
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
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
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?
Post # 12
Thanks, bees! My fiance agrees with the rest of you – it sounds like we are gonna hire Stellar DJ! (I just found out about 5 minutes ago) . . . I’m so excited!!! 🙂