Veronica
Just Said Yes April 2021

Having a dj at the wedding worth it?

Veronica, on November 1, 2019 at 4:21 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 48
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Hey everyone!
So, I am in the planning process right now. I am having mixed feelings about hiring a Dj. Is it worth spending 1,000$ Or more on a DJ to play music at my wedding. Let me know your thoughts?

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  • LB
    Champion November 2016
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    If you want people to dance, I'd have a DJ. If you just want background music than it isn't absolutely neccessary, although DJs don't just play music, they're MCs too.

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  • Blair
    Devoted October 2020
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    I think this is totally up to you and how you want the flow of your reception to be. To save money we hired a DJ that does it as side job just to make extra cash on the weekends. He's charging us $300. He's not a well known DJ in our area but he does a really good job getting a party going.

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  • Veronica
    Just Said Yes April 2021
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    Yes i definitely want people to dance! But I figured we could just play some fun music in the background and that would get people moving to the dance floor.
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  • Veronica
    Just Said Yes April 2021
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    You know that seems like a great idea! I actually know someone who does that on the side. Maybe they would be willing to lower the costs! Thank you so much for your honest input.
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  • LB
    Champion November 2016
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    That rarely happens. A DJ senses the mood in the room and plays music the get people up and moving. If you want people to dance. I'd 100% pay for a DJ, a professional one.

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  • Veronica
    Just Said Yes April 2021
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    Very true! I want everyone to have a good time so I think a DJ at the reception will be the best idea. Thank you so much LB for you honest input.
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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
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    I think they're worth it but at same time I think $1k is hefty. I'm sure you can find a much cheaper one.
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  • Veronica
    Just Said Yes April 2021
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    Agreed! I’m looking for something much cheaper as we speak!
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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    Any wedding I’ve been to where they just did a playlist and speakers most people didn’t dance. So if you want people to dance and a party type atmosphere I’d 100% recommend a DJ.
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  • Veronica
    Just Said Yes April 2021
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    Thank you Kelly!
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  • Cyndy
    Master May 2019
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    I personally think it’s worth it. We wanted people to get up and have a good time and our DJ really helped with that.
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  • Natalie
    Devoted January 2021
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    To me it's the most important part of the reception right after the food and drinks

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  • Caitlin
    Dedicated August 2020
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    If you want a party and want people to stay on the dance floor, definitely hire a DJ!
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  • F
    October 2020
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    Yes totally worth it!!
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  • Cristy
    Rockstar May 2020
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    I made a post about this very subject a few days ago--part of my Rockstar mission! Here's what I had to say then. It hasn't changed. Smiley smile

    I know that hiring a DJ for your wedding can be expensive. It depends a lot on your area, but I've seen both lower priced, and higher priced DJs in a lot of different areas. So, maybe it depends on their experience level. I know here in CA, DJs are a big thing, so there are a lot of companies to choose from (some big, some small), and a wide range of pricing options. Having said that, I truly believe the old saying that "you get what you pay for."

    I've been to weddings with and without DJs. I've seen live bands, string quartets, and even a harpist. Then there are the weddings where they decide (for whatever reason) not to hire a DJ or any sort of band, and use a playlist instead. What I have found (mostly) is that the weddings without a DJ are not as fun as the ones with a DJ.

    The last DJ-less wedding I attended was just last year. They were using a playlist and some borrowed speakers. They had someone to oversee it, in case anything went wrong, the music would be tended to. Unfortunately, the person the couple "hired" to oversee the music didn't really know what he was doing. There were large gaps of time where there was no music at all. The poor kid would get the music going, only to have it shut off after only one song. There was nobody to make announcements, and it left the reception feeling very unorganized. A lot of guests were milling around the banquet room not sure where to go, where to find drinks, food, and should we dance? Went to the bar to be told they weren't serving drinks. It turns out that all the food was BBQ being served outside--they had tables inside and outside to sit and eat. Drinks out there too. But nobody announced the food was outside, so when you enter the space, you had to go all the way to the back, around the corner past the bar, and exit a door to the outside patio.

    My point is that much of the confusion could have been avoided if there had been a DJ. One of the perks I like best about an experienced DJ is the fact that he/she can also act as MC for your event. Ours will make all of the announcements, from the start of cocktail hour, all the way to the end of the night where he will announce the last dance of the evening. He will keep us on track for the special dances, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc. It's not always about the music, even though that is what the DJ is for. They can also help keep an event with a lot of moving parts (wedding) on track, and give all of your guests a great evening!!

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  • Christine
    Expert September 2020
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    Going DJless can lead to a lot of problems, as people mentioned above. The last wedding I went to without a DJ had major problems with the speakers and playlist - the songs kept cutting in and out, and sometimes they'd try to play songs that didn't work at all. People danced when the music was on but a lot of people left early! Try to find a DJ that's a little cheaper but I'd really caution against going with no DJ at all. Do you want to risk having the music not work for your first dance?

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  • Yomarie
    Savvy November 2019
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    I have a DJ but it didn't cost me that much. I think you should keep looking ...
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  • Veronica
    Just Said Yes April 2021
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    Thank you so much everyone! You have changed my thoughts. I will definitely be hiring a DJ! 😊
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  • Katie
    Devoted November 2020
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    Yes dis are so much more than music!
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Champion March 2017
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    This. Totally.
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