I will just say that a benefit to a DJ is that they announce and move events along (announcing grand entrance, dances, speeches, cake cutting, etc.). They also read the crowd and change music if dance floor looks "dull".
I had a microwedding (only 20 people) with only a small amount of dancing, so I created my own playlists and did my own music. But if I had had a bigger wedding with more dancing and more of a party vibe, I most definitely would have gotten a DJ for the reasons JM mentioned above.
I have been a guest at weddings where the music was DIY and it bombed badly. Speakers from home didn’t work that well, the music chosen was not danceable. There was no way to switch over to music the crowd would respond to.
I did DIY music for an 80 person wedding it and it worked perfectly. We had people on the dance floor all night. I will say I had access to high quality equipment from my dad’s job, and I spent a lot of time on the playlist. I picked music I knew would get people dancing, and I worked hard to trim the songs, fade them out, etc. I also had someone acting as an MC which is important to have. A lot of people on here will act like it’s impossible to have DIY music where people do dance and party, but it is possible with some effort. I wouldn’t just throw a playlist together and hit shuffle.
I’ve personally been to weddings in years past where the DJ bombs, so I think it can go either way. I only didn’t do a DJ because I had a backyard wedding and didn’t feel a DJ was appropriate. If I had a larger indoor wedding I would’ve had one.
I think it depends on what your looking for. As others have said a DJ does more than just play music. They make announcements and keep the night moving but more importantly change things up when people aren’t dancing. It’s a lot of work to create a playlist that will keep people up and dancing and the sound system is key. If you plan on just using home speakers I think it won’t go well. I think a DJ is sooooo worth it.
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We’re having a smaller wedding, maybe 50-75 max. So that’s why I’m wondering if it’s an expensive that’s worth it or not. My family isn’t much for dancing and neither is my fiancé’s lol
Sorry my message got cut off. But my sis in law didn’t want to spend money on a DJ & it was mostly family, so it was fine. It was a more laid back wedding so it fit them. I would just make sure you have a dedicated person to manage it if there are technical issues & to announce/ MC for you