DIY DJ for wedding reception?

by DIY wedding planner on December 9, 2011

Hi, I am having some problems finding a DJ in Apalachicola, Fl for my wedding reception on Sept. 24th. Has anyone done a DIY idea. If we could get the equipment and maybe hire a friend/student to act as the DJ for the night. We have ipods with almost all the music we need but just need the person. Thanks. :D

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Miss C December 10, 2011 at 12:20 am

Make a Wedding Play list and let it play all through the night!! Ask a good friend who loves music or a cousin who would enjoy the honor to be the “dj” – if you have a playlist already made, your make shift dj could just find some requests if that is the case, you dont want everyone up and touching the ipod, so yes, designate one person to take care of it!

I love this DIY idea, saves SO MUCH money!

*** I was at two weddings (different towns even….) this weekend with the SAME REDICULOUS DJ who thought he was a comedian…yuck. Plus you’ll save a couple hundred dollars! woo hoo!


phi3d December 10, 2011 at 12:28 am

When I got married, my bride made up a playlist and recorded all the music on tape. We just let it roll. What do you need a DJ for?


Nox December 10, 2011 at 1:12 am

Throw all the music you and your partner want on an iPod or other mp3 player in a “wedding playlist” and get some good speakers for it. And ta-da, electronic DJ. It’ll save you a lot of money.


Jilly December 10, 2011 at 1:41 am

I agree with everyone else. We brought my laptop to the venue and hooked it up to some speakers we rented for about $100. We made a playlist, but also asked a friend of ours to sort of keep an eye on the music and change things up if they weren’t working. It worked out splendidly! A DJ is a waste of money, in my opinion. You don’t need someone to ‘get the crowd going’ you just need someone to play music. A computer will do that without all the annoying chatter you get with a DJ.


soon tobe mrs thomas December 10, 2011 at 1:53 am

I am getting married in ten days and I plan to do the same thing as the other posters said. We are creating a playlist and letting it play for the night for the guests. That is going to save us a ton of money!! Im excited about it and also it allows us to control what we want to hear for the night!!


Tspic December 10, 2011 at 2:50 am

Yikes!!! I’m a DJ partly because I have seen so many events go badly because no one was there to guide things. A good DJ does not just play music and certainly doesn’t have to be annoying and overly interactive. The DJ is the person that guides the reception along making sure everything goes smoothly, keeps people on the dance floor by playing the right songs at the right time (changing things up when no one is dancing and coming up with the songs that make the party great that no one else would have thought of) and helps create the ambiance so that everyone has a good time. Cousin Bill with his Ipod doesn’t do that. Watch this short video:
Remember, this is your WEDDING! Not a barbecue or frat party. can help a lot with DIY stuff, especially flowers and many of the nickel and dime items that really add up. But don’t skimp on entertainment – it’s the ONLY thing that EVERYONE will remember.
I might be able to help you with finding a DJ in that area – check out the website and send me an email.


Because I Said So December 10, 2011 at 3:44 am

Try That’s how I found my DJ but it wasn’t in FL. You can also search on You want someone to bring their own equipment, even though it costs 4 figures, because that’s your insurance that it won’t break down. I considered renting PA for my wedding but if we couldn’t figure out how to hook it up, we were SOL. So I hired a DJ for $800 and he did a great job and we didn’t have to worry about anything. He didn’t need our ipods, I just printed playlists for him and he had 100% of our music in his database already.


swbarnes2 December 10, 2011 at 4:07 am

Sure you can. I had a real DJ at mine, but he also was the MC of the evening, and that helped everything happen kind of on schedule.


Dirtay Me December 10, 2011 at 4:18 am

hire someone you work with to come in an run it- and to pay them give them a small wage per hour and some dinner.

djs always want to play the chicken dance and macarena and cotton eye jo! if they would play good music, they would be more tolerable!


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