When you're planning your wedding, make sure you don't underestimate the importance of music. Whether it's for the ceremony or the reception, cocktail hour or your first dance together as a couple, music is one of the biggest elements in setting the mood for the entire evening.
You may like the idea of having a friend serve as your DJ to offset other expenses, such as renting a venue or food, but many couples who have learned the hard way strongly recommend hiring a professional DJ instead. The following are some of the pros and cons of hiring a friend versus hiring a professional.
*The Pros of Having a Friend DJ
--You will save money.
--You and your spouse-to-be may feel as if you have more control over the playlist and can request that your friend keep to the tunes you've selected.
--Your friend gets to feel like a major part of your big day.
--Your friend will most likely know many of your guests and can create a more personalized and intimate experience.
--Additionally, your friend may already be a professional DJ, in which case you've probably heard him or her live many times before, so you'll know exactly what to expect.
*The Cons of Having a Friend DJ
--Your friend could lose interest and want to partake in the wedding celebration, forgetting his or her DJ duties.
--If your friend is actually a professional DJ, he or she could be insulted if you request or expect a lower rate, or your friend could feel that you don't fully value his or her work -- awkward conversations across the board.
--Your friend may not have much experience. If there are any technical difficulties (as there often are), you're in for some trouble if the DJ can't figure out how to fix them.
--There's a chance you could resent your friend for the quality of the performance, therefore putting strain on your friendship.
*The Pros of Hiring a Professional DJ
--A pro most likely has a ton of experience. He or she knows how to read the room, enhance your playlist and create the mood you're looking for, potentially in a more creative way.
--A pro will have all of the equipment and backup gear necessary, so you won't have to worry about worst-case-scenario audio issues that might arise.
--A pro will most likely be super engaging, be lively and really know how to get the room up and moving or will know when to slow things down and get romantic right at the perfect moment.
--A pro will feel comfortable serving as an emcee and speaking into a microphone.
*The Cons of Hiring a Professional DJ
--It's a less personal experience.
--It's quite expensive to hire an excellent professional DJ.
--Because you'll have so much on your to-do list, you might end up trusting him or her too much to pick the music and end up feeling disappointed in the results, not hearing songs you love.
The general consensus seems to be that it's much safer to hire a professional DJ over a friend. The great thing about budgeting enough money for the music ahead of time is that it will allow you to see where else you can try a more cost-effective approach. Perhaps you can craft your own centerpiece or opt for food trucks instead of a fully catered dining experience. Browse Pinterest for inspiration and instructions on crafting DIY wedding touches. With flexibility and an open mind, you can create a unique, personalized wedding without sacrificing quality.