To DJ or self-DJ? For us this is not an issue (and not just because we run a DJ business!) We would never want someone to employ us if they aren't sure they need us – we often talk to brides who are quite adamant that they want so much control over their music but they almost feel obligated to employ a DJ – now we believe employing Primo Parties is the perfect mid-ground but let us explain the options. Ipoding your wedding (Self- DJ!) We have attending a couple of weddings where this has happened and sometimes it can work if done properly. This is the more common option for those weddings which are held on a budget.
You can choose all the music in the order you want it
You have complete control
Who does the announcements? (not the cheesey ones but the necessary ones!)
Ipoding your wedding does have a cost involved – if you want to have a sound system that everyone can hear then you may need to hire this. Lighting? Unless you want an empty dancefloor then you may need to hire this too... (Our research in Jan 2018 was that this could cost £200+)
You want people dancing but your own music choices aren't right for the crowd, It is your day and you should hear what you want but at the same time, if you are a fan of Linkin Park but the rest of your friends and family aren't then you will have an empty dancefloor all night.
You need to have access to all the music you want to listen to, this will either be in MP3 format or being able to stream from Spotify Premium (no adverts) However, if your venue has no WiFi or there is a problem with it that day then you are in a bit of a prediciment.
Preparing a playlist is stressful (we do it very regularly!) which song follows which? You will have to sit for hours to put the list together and this is time you may want to be doing other wedding-related organising.
You will need to give someone the responsibility for the music (volume, safety etc.) so make sure there is someone who has a knowledge of this
You will need to make sure whatever app you are using to play the music is going to provide a suitable transition between songs (there may be a cost involved in this)
Choosing a DJ
DJ has access to all the music you could require at the touch of a button (assuming they are not a 1990's DJ still using CD's) Most DJs also have access to a premium streaming service for any songs they aren't carrying.
A good DJ will request a playlist from you, giving you control in the types of songs which are going to be played. A better DJ will also ask the types of songs you DON'T want played as well.
Choose the right DJ and they will undertake your announcements in a professional way making
A good DJ will read the floor and change the genre/mood as they need to. If your playlist is full of 80s but this isn't getting people on the 'floor then they can easily change this until they find the right genre!
No stress about equipment, hiring kit, volume etc. this is all dealt with by your DJ
There is an obvious cost involved in employing a professional DJ to provide your entertainment
Choose the wrong DJ and you could be leaving yourself open to those 'traditional wedding songs' you didn't want, cheesy jokes and announcements and a DJ who thinks it is ok to 'have a drink' whilst working for you.
There are some DJs who aren't you 'stereotypical' wedding DJ, who will avoid playing the same songs regardless of the crowd etc. You need to talk to a potential DJ and ask them about their attitude to playlists, what do they 'normally' play? How do they want to receive you choices (if they are open to this!?) Only then will you get an idea of how they work and if their style will fit with your own requirements
We have, since 2014, provided the perfect soundtrack to weddings by listening to our clients. We have always requested a playlist and discussed this with the happy couple, making sure we know their likes and dislikes. We welcome requests (amazing that we hear that some DJs don't do this!) and we never really know what our next 5 songs are going to be because we don't think that far in advance – we play to the crowd we have and make sure that people are enjoying themselves whether they are dancing or just listening – and NO cheesy announcements, they make us cringe!!! We believe that sometimes, the DIY DJ has a place but for your once in a lifetime wedding reception? We are not so sure...
Could you choose a song to get this on your dancefloor?