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Are DJ services really necessary?

Natalie, on October 25, 2016 at 12:14 PM

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Our venue has a sound and lighting system with a hookups for mp3 players or laptops, they also provide a wireless mic. With that being said, would you hire a DJ? Most of them charge at least $100/hour, and I am what you call a budget bride. I was thinking to ask one of my outgoing friends to give...

Our venue has a sound and lighting system with a hookups for mp3 players or laptops, they also provide a wireless mic. With that being said, would you hire a DJ? Most of them charge at least $100/hour, and I am what you call a budget bride. I was thinking to ask one of my outgoing friends to give certain announcements like welcoming us in as a couple, first dance, bouquet/garter toss, and toasts, then making our own playlists or Pandora (ad free) for the music. What are your thoughts on this?

43 Comments

  • TAP
    Master September 2018
    TAP ·
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    Hire a dj!

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  • A
    Dedicated February 2017
    Abigail ·
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    I think it totally depends. We're having a daytime wedding, and our reception is going to be shorter, not the all night dance party common today, because it will be mostly families, not many young adults at all. We're not having a DJ, instead we're going to make sure we have playlists downloaded on to CDs or an iPod that won't fail us if the internet connection is bad. For our guests and our reception, it just makes sense. I think it depends on how you're envisioning the reception. If we were having a "dance party" for 2-3 hours, I would have felt more comfortable with a DJ.

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  • Paquita
    VIP July 2017
    Paquita ·
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    Ive never been to a wedding without a DJ!

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  • kbb
    VIP October 2016
    kbb ·
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    Our DJ created our timeline and kept everything flowing. I was able to email the timeline to the photographer and caterers. Without him our wedding would have been a hot mess. Totally worth the money.

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  • Blair Waldorf
    Master October 2017
    Blair Waldorf ·
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    This is why you create a budget, you list everything you need and allocate money appropriately, this list should include a DJ

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  • FutureMrsIzzo
    Expert September 2017
    FutureMrsIzzo ·
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    Hire a DJ

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  • EM
    Master April 2017
    EM ·
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    $100/hour for a DJ is actually pretty cheap, in my area at least.

    Don't ask someone to work your wedding just to save money...

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  • Heather Renee
    Expert July 2017
    Heather Renee ·
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    Definitely recommend hiring a DJ, they can read the crowd and play music suitable for all parts of the night, like when you really need background music versus dance floor time. A good DJ also knows how to mix things up and play music you like but also a few selections sprinkled in that are generally accepted by everyone including older generations. Get some recommendations from vendors that you've already booked and WW vendor tab. Our photographer recommended our DJ who she has also used for her own events and events that she worked for clients.

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  • JoRocka
    Master September 2016
    JoRocka ·
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    Spotify bride here!!!

    I hired live musicians for the ceremony and used a Samsung tablet 4 with spotify premium for cocktail, dinner and "after dinner" music. i made each play list as a separate play list and had my bestie swap them between each aspect of the night. Was that ideal? nope. But it was okay.

    So- I absolutely would not recommend this to everyone- or many. But it was absolutely suitable for MY venue- and MY event.

    I had less than 30 guests.

    I DID have live music for the ceremony- so no "on/off" while people were talking. It was NOT cheap. But I prefer live music- and I really felt it was worth the investment over having a DJ.

    We had no dances.

    No speeches.

    No toasts.

    My wedding was an upgraded "officiant take your family to dinner" event. (which was the original intent)

    But instead of going to a restaurant- we had a venue and a catering company. The location had sound system already in place for the whole venue and aux hook ups.

    This worked- because we were 100% a "none dancing" event. And no speeches- no "flow" really to keep track of through the night that couldn't have been handled by the Matre D'.

    And I had live musicians for the ceremony so no one need to be fussing through the ceremony with "on off" issues.

    Not ideal.

    But It CAN work. But it is 100% not for everyone.

    Putting together a play list is time consuming- easily a 3-5 hour process (I had 3 playlists) so keep that in mind as well.

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  • AAK
    VIP September 2017
    AAK ·
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    Hire a DJ. I feel like DJ's are always overlooked as an "important" part of the wedding but they really really are important. Trust me. They do more than press play on a computer. They do announcements, feel the energy of the crowd, work with you on play/do not play lists, make sure the correct songs are played at the correct times and ensure that the guests are all on the dance floor. That's why a lot of them are $100/an hour. We have our DJ for 8 hours which includes a mini DJ station set up by our ceremony site to play our ceremony music while the main DJ station is set up 300 ft away where our reception is located playing music while guests arrive. Basically music is playing everywhere. We are paying $830. That is a steal of a deal in our eyes for what we are getting.

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  • FutureMrsSchafer
    Super March 2017
    FutureMrsSchafer ·
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    Hire one forsure. They are in charge of so much more than you realize

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  • Salisbride
    Super July 2016
    Salisbride ·
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    If you want speeches and announcements, you should hire one.

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  • F
    Expert July 2017
    FutureMrs.Ruffalo ·
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    Your DJ and photographer can make or break your wedding. A DJ is not that expensive if you shop around.

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  • Z
    Master May 2012
    Zoe ·
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    Same thoughts-- let your guests be guests, pay a professional to set the done-- a good DJ is worth every penny!

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  • Leah
    VIP July 2017
    Leah ·
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    I guarantee you if you DIY your own music, it will feel less like a wedding and more like a house party.

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  • Melissa
    Master March 2018
    Melissa ·
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    Spend the money.

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  • #FutureMrs.Kort
    Super April 2017
    #FutureMrs.Kort ·
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    No not necessary

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  • JoRocka
    Master September 2016
    JoRocka ·
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    Leah- mine did not feel like a house party at all.

    It felt like an elegant dinner with family.

    The music was important but not pivotal. We had a great time at dinner picking out the sound track music from the different shows I played and different instrumental music I added.

    It was actually a really fun talking point around each table as it generated conversation.

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  • A
    Dedicated June 2017
    Ashley ·
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    I'll be the odd one out. A DJ is not necessary. You can easily hook up an iPod to your venue's sound system with your chosen playlist if you don't have the $$$ for a DJ. It's just as nice, and if your guests aren't huge party-goers (like mine. My cousins like to dance but the rest of my family does not. The cousins are young and will be just as happy dancing to some iPod music). Plus DJs can be loud and overwhelming if you or your guests don't like "noisy" atmospheres.

    Also to those worried about a "pause" between music- it takes 2 seconds to adjust that setting in iTunes so you don't get that pause Smiley smile

    Spend your money on what YOU think matters most! Personally, I would rather have photos than a dance hall, but that's just me and the fact that my guests (99% family) don't dance or party Smiley smile

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  • TAP
    Master September 2018
    TAP ·
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    Hire a DJ. Don't ask friends to work your wedding. They should enjoy the day just as much as you are. Professional djs help keep the flow of your wedding rather than awkward moments

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