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This is our DIY wedding DJ, pros and cons. When you start to plan your wedding and reception you may be tempted to do as much yourself as you can. There are many ways to handle the music at your reception. Here are the pros and cons of the DIY wedding DJ.

Having The Right Equipment

You can’t even begin to think about being your own DJ if you don’t have the right equipment. You will need a good sound system and a good MP3 player or IPOD. It probably wouldn’t hurt to have a backup in case something happens to your player. Make sure if you have a DJ or you are your DIY wedding DJ that you test the equipment in your venue or wedding tent to make sure everything is working properly. I attended a wedding not too long ago that had a DJ but because the venue was in a two-story building, you could hardly hear the sound system at all. Remember when you’re planning your wedding that what your music sounds like in an empty venue or wedding tent will sound much softer when 150 people are making noise and talking. If you don’t have access to a good sound system, you may need to rent one.  Dance floor rental is an option too.

Making a Great Song List

When you are the DIY wedding DJ, you have to consider what songs you want to play. This is more than just a list of songs you like. You have to anticipate also what your guests will like too. You can ask them on your wedding invitation. If you have rented a dance floor, you have to be careful how you arrange the songs and that you have good transition between songs. This is where having a live DJ helps because they can gauge what the crowd is doing and when to transition, they also have access to lots of songs and they can see what’s working and what’s not. It’s your wedding and you get to pick the songs, but when it comes time for everyone to have a good time and dance the night away, you don’t want to miss the beat and play songs no one is getting in to.

Special Songs You Must Pick

There are times in your wedding when having a meaningful song is important. Here is a list of some of the times during your wedding and reception when you’ll want to pick a song that is meaningful to you and your partner:

  • Processional
  • Recessional
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Intro of the wedding party
  • Intro of the Newlyweds
  • Dinner Music
  • 1st Dance
  • Toasts
  • Father Daughter Dance
  • Mother Son Dance
  • cake cutting
  • Garter and bouquet toss
  • last song or exit song


DIY Wedding DJ, Pros and Cons

When it comes to being your own DJ, you leave a lot more up to chance. You also have to keep an eye on things or have someone else do that for you. You don’t want someone coming along and messing with your MP3 player or switching IPODS. There are lots of pros and cons to considering a DIY wedding DJ. We hope this has you thinking as you plan your wedding.