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  • Writer's pictureDan Obermann

The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Professional Wedding DJ


Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Every detail has been carefully planned and you want everything to be perfect. When it comes to music, do you go with a professional DJ or someone you know who loves music and knows how to play the songs you and your guests will enjoy? Below we will outline the pros and cons of each option to help you make the best decision for your big day!




The Pros of Hiring a Professional Wedding DJ

When you hire a professional wedding DJ, you are hiring someone who has experience in reading a crowd, taking requests, and keeping the party going all night long. A good DJ will have an extensive music library at their disposal and they will be able to mix songs together seamlessly. They will also have top-of-the-line equipment which means your music will sound great no matter where your reception is being held.



The Cons of Hiring a Professional Wedding DJ

The biggest con of hiring a professional wedding DJ is the cost. DJs can charge anywhere from $1,000-$5,000 depending on their experience level and what is included in their package. If you are working with a tight budget, make sure you do not skimp here. Additionally, some couples worry that their guests won’t be able to request songs if they don’t know the DJ. However, most professional DJs are more than happy to take requests from guests throughout the night.


The Pros of Hiring an Amateur Wedding DJ

If you have a friend or family member who loves music and knows how to work a room, this could be a great option for you! The biggest pro here is obviously the cost savings. Most amateur DJs are willing to do it for free or for minimal cost just to help out. Additionally, since this person knows you well, they may already have an idea of what kind of music you and your guests will enjoy. Just make sure they have insurance and backup equipment to make sure they are prepared for your big day.



The Cons of Hiring an Amateur Wedding DJ

There are several potential cons when it comes to hiring an amateur DJ for your wedding reception. First, as we mentioned above, they may not have an extensive music library so they might not be able to play all of the songs you or your guests request. Second, they likely don’t have high-end equipment which means the sound quality might not be as good as it would be with a professional DJ. Finally, since they are not used to reading crowds, they may not be able to keep the party going like a pro would.



As you can see, there are pros and cons to both hiring a professional wedding DJ or someone you know who loves music and can play the songs you want. It really comes down to what is most important to you and your fiance on your big day! If saving money is at the top of your list, then go with an amateur DJ. However, if you want peace of mind knowing that everything will run smoothly on your big day, then hire a professional!


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