My fiance and I are in the process of planning our wedding next spring and we're finding ourselves going back and forth on whether or not to spare the expense and hire a DJ. Our wedding is completely DIY and we can't seem to figure out this portion.
We went back and forth on to hire a DJ or not. At first, it seemed like an unnecessary expense, but after really trying to figure out logistics between music and mics for the ceremony, someone to emcee the entrances and events during reception, and just reading the room and playing the right music, we ultimately decided to book a DJ!
We had to have a DJ we both have different taste in music and our guest list is all over the place. We needed somebody who could read the room and switch the music accordingly. Also I’ve been to an event where they had somebody play a playlist and the person messed up half of the important cues.
Do you want dancing or just background music? A good dj will add to the party while a bad dj (including asking friends to run a playlist) will break the party. A good professional dj is worth their weight their weight in gold and can keep the party going by reading the crowd and playing what they respond to. That is not possible with a diy playlist. Plus when your family and friends work, they aren’t not able to enjoy the wedding as other guests are.
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Hey Raven! Big congrats on your engagement! I would definitely recommend getting a good quality DJ. In my experience, the music really shapes the entire event, and it's more complicated than you'd think. Not only do they play music, the DJ usually MC's the reception too which really helps the flow of the entire reception and keep everything on schedule. Aside from just playing songs, a great DJ will read the crowd and play things that keep everyone's energy high and on the dance floor. In our area of North Carolina, a good DJ runs around $1,000 for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.