Many brides and grooms who are planning a wedding while on a budget ask, while looking for ways to trim expenses, “Can I just DIY the music at my wedding?” The short answer is, well, yes and no. Here is a look at questions you should consider before attempting to DIY the music at your own wedding.
Does the venue offer a convenient DIY music option?
If you’re lucky, your venue may offer a convenient DIY music option, such as a place to hook up a laptop to the overhead speakers. (If your venue doesn’t offer this option, then you should pretty much assume that attempting to DIY the music at your wedding isn’t going to be worth the effort.) If your venue does offer this convenient option, you’re going to want to ask the following question as well:
Is one of my guests willing to monitor the music the whole time?
Even with a convenient DIY music hookup, you will need someone standing by to monitor the music throughout the wedding and reception. Do you know someone who will be willing to do that all night? Sometimes, at the end of it, it really is best to let your guests enjoy the reception rather than ask one of them to be stuck with a job the whole time. If you do know someone who would be willing to help out, ask yourself this question:
Do I have all of the music I’m going to want?
Do you own all of the music that you want to hear at your wedding and reception? It’s best not to rely on internet access for accessing all of the music you will need, so if you don’t, it may be well worth the effort to hire a DJ. DJs keep a wide selection of current tracks and past favorites in their repertoire, and they can cater to just about any couple’s particular tastes.
Consider renting equipment from a DJ.
In case you’re still not sold on the conveniences of hiring a DJ for your wedding, here’s a great compromise to consider. Some DJs (Utah’s own DJ How You Want It included) allow you to rent equipment from them and then let someone else DJ all of the music. Here’s how it works: the DJ comes to your venue and sets up the equipment, shows you how to hook up your own music, and the returns when the event is over to take down all of the equipment. You’ll enjoy the convenience of having a sweet audio setup and some audio expertise on your side, and you can still stay within your wedding budget.