Amanda
Beginner June 2019 Ontario

Afternoon Wedding - dj or no Dj??

Amanda, on 28/November/2018 at 20:42 Posted in Wedding reception

We are getting married this June and having a Sunday afternoon wedding at a golf club near by. Our wedding ceremony is at 11:30am followed by lunch at 1:30pm, then a party to follow (estimated that most guests will be gone by 5:30pm). Currently our biggest decision has been, whether we should get a DJ or not?? Would be nice to save some money but we also don't wanna cheap out and have the party fail because the music didn't work out. What are most Sunday afternoon weddings doing ? If your not using a DJ is there any tips you can recommend? Thanks!

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  • Tune Twisters
    British Columbia
    Tune Twisters ·
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    For me, I only use the packages I offer on my web site as a starting point. I sit down with the couples and ask what they are looking for as per music, what time of day, how long is the wedding. I can move things around, change things, add time, minus time to fit there needs or budget. I am always willing to work with the couple's to make there day as special as possible. If you are looking for music for your wedding feel free to look over my web site. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • Tyanna
    Super June 2019 British Columbia
    Tyanna Online ·
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    It's great that you're so accommodating! Fantastic!
  • Tune Twisters
    British Columbia
    Tune Twisters ·

    I have been a wedding dj for 25 years, I have done some Sunday and afternoon weddings. There is a bit of a difference in doing these types of weddings. First they do not last as long as a Saturday night wedding, 4 hours vs. 7 hours. Second there is a different mood with the music as there is not the typical dance floor. With a Sunday afternoon wedding I tend to play more easy going back ground music, I sometime provide the music for the ceremony and mic's for the speeches. Price wise I charge $700 - $850+ for a Saturday night wedding, but for a 4 hour Sunday wedding $400. I have also just rented a pa amp and two speakers to couples to plug in there Ipad with a play list of song for a DIY wedding, for about $250.

  • Samantha
    Beginner June 2019 Ontario
    Samantha ·
    Definitely get a DJ, I find they are a huge part of ceremony and reception!
  • Allen
    Frequent user May 2019 Ontario
    Allen ·
    Definitely dj but I am a DIY
  • Amanda
    Beginner June 2019 Ontario
    Amanda ·

    Thank you to everyone for helping decide which route to go!

  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
    Stephanie ·

    We had an evening wedding and skipped the DJ. We're not big dancers but the dance floor was pretty full for most of the evening. We had also planned on leaving around 10:00 so didn't need the dance to last much longer than that.

    But, DJs are much better at feeling the crowd, knowing when to pump it up a bit, play more energetic songs. If you want a lively dance, hire a DJ. If you're okay with a more chill dance where people are off and on the dance floor, a playlist will work well.

  • Leah
    Featured April 2019 British Columbia
    Leah Online ·
    Saturday afternoon wedding here.
    Thought we would just do a playlist but like the vibe a DJ brings to the space.
    Maybe you can get a discount bc it’s a daytime gig.
  • Jasmine
    Newbie November 2018 Ontario
    Jasmine ·

    DJs have one giant advantage over DIY planlist, which is that they have a huge selection of music at their fingertips and can adjust to the mood of the crowd immediately. I will recommend to hire a budget DJ. My previous wedding studio offered me a great DJ at $200/hour, which was affordable for us and he did a great job on my big day.

  • Allison
    Featured October 2019 Ontario
    Allison ·

    Again, it would depend on your family/guests. If they are dancers/party-ers, it would probably be worthwhile to get a dj.

  • Brittany
    Featured January 2019 British Columbia
    Brittany ·

    I found a DJ that for 8 hours on a Saturday night is doing both the ceremony, and the reception, and MC-ing for $800... I'm sure you would be able to find a reasonably priced deal for a Sunday afternoon, just so someone else is worrying about all of the music stuff. They deal with interlude music while guests are arriving, all of the 'walking down the aisle' songs (groomsmen, bridesmaids, bride), recessional music, softer music during lunch, getting they party going afterwards...

    I would say look into it... I think you may be surprised with the deals you could find, especially since it's not even 'prime time' (Saturday evenings).

  • Dar
    Frequent user December 2018
    Dar ·
    I’m doing a Saturday afternoon wedding and a DJ comes included in our package - otherwise it would just be a playlist and some speakers as it is a cocktail reception which doesn’t scream dance party to me. 😄
  • Tori
    Featured October 2019 Manitoba
    Tori Online ·
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    Truth. If your family is rowdy, then get one. But if they aren't then you should be able to use a fair amount of speakers or rent some and just use a spotify playlist!

  • Alexandra
    Featured November 2019 British Columbia
    Alexandra ·
    I am using a DJ, but I have a family that is going to be on the dance floor all night! The real deciding factor is your family. The beauty of having a daytime wedding is there will likely be less dancing, and depending on your family it may be worth doing a Spotify playlist! For us it the DJ was worth it, because we know the man and I have family that will be on the dance floor all night- and I will be too. But if you have an early day wedding with a family who isn’t the kind of people who will dance like I have then it’s totally worth using a Spotify playlist! I’ve heard so much good from them and they’re so worth it!

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