Wedding Playlists: DIY vs Hiring a Professional

You’re brainstorming ideas for your wedding reception playlist, and you begin to question whether you should take charge of the music yourself or hire a professional. It’s cheaper to take care of the details on your own, but there’s the chance you’ll create more stress. Before rushing into a decision, consider the following pros and cons that come with your options. No matter your choice, the end result should be a great mix of tunes, from dance music to romance, that encourage guests to get on the dance floor and have some fun!



  • You won’t have to spend dollars—only time—on creating various playlists that will keep everyone entertained and dancing all night long.
  • Pandora, Spotifiy, and Songza are just three of many streamed music playlists that are easy and fast, so you can keep the music playing all night without having to worry about pushing the “Next” button.
  • There won’t be a concern of hearing the “Electric Slide” or “Chicken Dance”—unless you’re into it.
  • You can run your music through your laptop, so you know exactly how to manage the source of music if something goes wrong.
  • Throughout the reception, a friend or family member can control the music according to the bride and groom’s wishes.


  • Coming up with the perfect playlist can be tough. Make sure you have plenty of music because you don’t want to have to repeat songs throughout the night!
  • Be mindful your guests when creating playlists because you want people of all ages to be out on the dance floor—not just friends your age.
  • Creating your own playlist is very time-consuming, so don’t wait until the last minute.
  • Even after much preparation, there are still plenty of things that could go wrong, resulting in no music. Perhaps the venue you thought had wifi does not. Maybe you forgot to bring the charger for your laptop, and the battery is almost dead. Professionals are used to being prepared for worst-case scenarios, and it’s not something you want to worry about on the day of.
  • Although you’re able to choose your own songs, you still won’t have someone to announce special events during the evening, such as your entrance with your bridal party, the first dance, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss, unless you ask someone beforehand to take on this task.
  • It may seem like a fun job for a friend or relative to “play DJ” for the evening, but it’s asking a lot for this person to give up having fun at your wedding so that they can ensure that everyone else is having fun. Though the cost won’t be as much as hiring a professional, you should still compensate this person.
Wedding DJ

Hiring A Professional


  • Sometimes even with good music, the crowd isn’t getting out on the dance floor. An energetic DJ can motivate even the most die-hard, non-dancing guests to get on the floor and loosen up!
old man dancing at wedding reception
  • You can be as involved as you want when it comes to your playlist, so if you would rather focus on other responsibilities, you’ll know that your music is in good hands.
  • It’s easy to lose track of time during the reception. A good DJ can help keep the evening focused and alert you of certain tasks (like cutting the cake) so that you will be able to fit everything into your evening.
  • Professional DJs come with plenty of experience, so you won’t have to worry about what song comes next or technical difficulties.
  • DJs have a wide variety of music with access to songs you never even thought of playing.
  • Many DJs in Coastal Virginia offer packages that come with photo booths, which can be expensive to rent on their own.
Photo booth for your wedding


  • Hiring a professional DJ costs money, which can be tough if you are on a budget.
  • The DJ may not be the right fit for your wedding, which can be an unpleasant surprise during the reception. However, with a little communication beforehand and a “Do Not Play” list, you can usually solve this dilemma.


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