March 12th, 2015

Berkley Square Hotel Bristol-1-23

Wedding products and services are a bit like modern art – everybody thinks they can do a better job themselves. But when it comes to it, the reality is often a little different and not as easy as you first thought. Music is one of those things where people think they can save a few quid and maybe they’re right. The bride and groom know what music they like so surely they should be able to scratch together a playlist rather than shelling out on a DJ. Apart from saving some cash they’ll also be saving themselves from the cheese that often accompanies the wedding DJ.

Well if you do plan to create your own playlist then be prepared. I’ve shared a few thoughts about being your own wedding disc jockey, and about how to reduce the amount of cheese if you do employ a professional.

DIY or professional?

Yes of course you could plan the music at your own wedding. It’s never been easier to build a playlist that lasts for hours and hours and hours. iTunes or Spotify played through your phone into the venue’s pa system will do the trick. On the upside, this is a low cost option that allows you to have control over your music. The downside is that you don’t have control over the crowd. A good DJ will react to the crowd to make sure he or she keeps playing the sounds that are going down well on the dance floor, ensure the party doesn’t burnout or peak too early. The other downside is that by plugging your phone into the pa system you might end up with messaging and social media alerts sounding through the speakers.

The moral of this story is, if you’re going to play your own music then make sure you’ve turned off any unwanted sounds that might interrupt the party. If you are choosing a DJ, you get a little control but here are a few tips to make sure that you get what you want from your DJ.


Politely ask your DJ to leave the mic at home. One thing that will be more distracting than interrupting your favourite record with the sound of a retweet or WhatsApp message is one of those talky DJs rabbiting on as he cross fades from one record to another.


You don’t have to micromanage the playlist to the point where the DJ isn’t allowed to play anything other than tracks that you have previously approved. You want the DJ to read the room and play tracks that will keep the party feeling alive. On the other hand, make sure that your DJ understands the type of music that you want to have played at the wedding, so, by sharing a playlist, he or she will get an idea of the sort of things you want to hear if adding to the playlist. Oh and to be on the safe side, make a do not play list!