If you’re like most couples planning a wedding, you’ve probably considered DIY (do it yourself) options in a category or two in order to save money.
Recently, we’ve heard Brides and Grooms talk about foregoing the professional DJ and Emcee for their wedding reception, and opting to play their favorite tunes from an iPod instead. After all, an iPod will do the same thing as a DJ, right? Wrong!
Read on for five reasons you’ll be glad you chose to book a professional DJ instead of using your iPod!
1. The Gear:
All sound systems are not made equal. There is a vast difference in quality between a speaker you would use for a small gathering at home, and the type of sound system that a pro DJ will be providing for your event.
You’ll need a professional quality sound system for your guests to be able to hear properly, along with a microphone for toasts. Beyond that, a reputable DJ will be skilled in trouble shooting any gear issues if necessary, and should have a backup plan for equipment failure.
The savings of skipping the DJ is not worth the hassle of dealing with sound issues and a botched Father of the Bride toast on your wedding day. Trust us.
2. Introductions and Formalities:
Another reason to hire a professional wedding DJ is that he will also serve as your emcee for the evening (this is also a reason to hire a DJ specializing in weddings, and not a club DJ with no emcee training).
A high energy wedding party introduction sets the tone for your reception, and your DJ’s announcements of your first dance, parent dances, cake cutting and toasts will keep the momentum going and prevent your guests from missing an important moment.
Be a great hostess by ensuring that your guests know what’s coming up next, so they don’t miss an important moment on your special day.
Experienced, pro DJs add value by engaging in the planning process with you and providing feedback on the timing and details of the evening.
You should have a phone call or in-person meeting with your DJ prior to the wedding to go over the music you’ve selected for special dances and formalities, name pronunciations for your wedding party, and all of the important details for your reception.
Your DJ can provide suggestions if you’re stumped on a song choice for the Mother-Son dance, or help coordinate your epic intro to the Chicago Bulls theme music. Can your iPod do that? Absolutely not!
If you used your iPod in place of a DJ for your wedding reception, you would be taking a big risk by guessing at which songs would get your guests on the dance floor. Chances are, you would be totally wrong!
Ask a group of pro DJs, and you’ll likely find that even they don’t know in advance what they’ll play to pack the dance floor. That’s because entertaining well requires reading the crowd, and playing more of what’s moving your guests to the dance floor.
Will your guests go for current radio hits? Will they groove to Motown? There’s no way to predict this, so why chance it with a limited pre-selected playlist on your iPod?
Pro DJs have thousands of songs at their fingertips, the proper software to que the next song to prevent an awkward pause, and the experience to fade songs and match BPMs to keep your guests dancing.
Don’t stress yourself out playing amateur DJ the week of your wedding, and then feel disappointed when your iPod is playing slow dance songs while your guests are wanting to hear a high energy group dance. Paying for a pro is totally worth it to avoid that anxiety!
5. Wow Factor:
There’s something magic about a great DJ with his headphones on, grooving to the music as he chooses the next song to play. Having a pro in place makes your reception feel more like a party, creating an atmosphere that encourages your guests to dance and enjoy themselves.
Without an entertainer, your dance floor is going to lack that dance party vibe and feel lackluster in comparison.
The Bottom Line:
The quality of your wedding reception entertainment will make the difference between an unforgettable celebration full of Instagram-worthy moments and a lukewarm evening with an empty dance floor. Invest in a quality DJ to be sure your formalities flow well, your guests enjoy themselves, and you enjoy the party instead of stressing over the music!