Would you DJ your own wedding? | The Tylt
Wedding receptions can easily become legendary through the right combination of booze, celebration and music. For some couples, a reception isn't truly a party without some sort of live band or DJ—live performers can assess the mood of the room and keep the party going. Others argue that playlists can be just as fun and effective as live music. Plus, when you are your own DJ, you can save thousands of dollars. What do you think?
Would you DJ your own wedding?
The Knot advises taking special care when it comes to selecting the musical guest for your wedding reception. Simone Hill writes:
Love live music and have a bigger budget? A band might be your preferred pick. Have a tighter budget or dozens of songs you'd like played perfectly (in other words, exactly how they sound on Spotify)? A DJ could be your perfect choice.
If the experts at The Knot admit that having a DJ is akin to playing your music straight from Spotify, why go to the trouble to hire one? You, your fiancé and maybe even a few of your guests can curate the perfect playlist for your reception, saving you thousands of dollars in the process.
But live music has a life of its own, unlike a playlist. When you hire a band or a DJ, what you really get is a team of musical experts and entertainers. If you want to be sure that your guests will leave your reception entertained, you'd be much better off opting for live music. A Practical Wedding explains:
DJs have one giant advantage over iPods, which is that they have a huge selection of music at their fingertips and can adjust to the mood of the crowd immediately. A good DJ’s job is to read the crowd and keep them dancing—they have experience doing exactly this, and are able to switch gears seamlessly when it turns out your crowd is more Katy Perry than Rolling Stones (or vice versa).
But when you opt for a playlist, you eliminate any stress of the do- and don't-play lists that you hand over to your band or DJ. When you curate the music, you are in control. One blog highlighted different couples' experiences with music at their wedding, and all had positive things to say about organizing the music themselves:
My husband and I used Spotify and it was amazing. I am so glad we didn’t spend money on a DJ because it was 100% not required for our wedding. We spent weeks and weeks crafting the perfect playlist to suit our guests whose ages ranged from 15-75. We were careful to pick songs from each genre/time period that were well known that the majority of people would know.
But DJs and live bands add to the formality of the event itself. If you want your guests to feel like they are getting a one-of-a-kind experience, don't stick them with your Spotify "Best of 2018" playlist on speakers. Whether you give them an eight-piece band or the DJ from the club down the street, give them something. According to wedding planner Rebecca Kristine Ferrick, a playlist is just too risky for a wedding reception:
...when it comes to your wedding day, there are certain aspects you don’t want to go wrong – like your music because music can make or break your wedding celebration!
A DJ or band will be prepared to handle any technical difficulties before and during the reception. A playlist simply does not match up:
Just imagine – you made the perfect Spotify playlist but now at your wedding you press play and the song cuts in and out because of a weak wifi signal, or your speaker system isn’t actually loud enough to allow a good dance party! You could have these simple technical difficulties that a hired DJ or Musician would be prepared for, ultimately what it comes down to is experience.