Professional DJ vs Friend With a Playlist


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Party planners and partygoers alike know music is a pivotal element of any event. But when you want a DJ as your music entertainment, how do you choose between a professional and a friend with a playlist?

Professional or Playlist?

With today’s technology and easy access to abundant playlists, anyone can call themselves a DJ, but there’s a huge difference between a professional and a friend.

While having a friend with a playlist provide the music entertainment for your next event might be the economical choice, it also comes with more headache, work, and effort on your part.

And no one has time for that! Especially when you’re planning a big unforgettable event like a wedding, bar mitzvah, or anniversary party.

So what can a DJ offer that your friend with a playlist can’t?

More Than Music

When you pick a professional DJ for your wedding or big event, you get so much more than just music. A good DJ will also be an MC, and keep your party flowing smoothly from start to finish. A professional DJ will help make announcements, keep the party on schedule, read the crowd, and keep your guests engaged.

With a DJ covering the announcements and keeping everything flowing, you can let go of some stress and actually enjoy the party.

Endless Music

When you have a friend with a playlist providing the musical talent for your event, you’re pretty limited. Even if your friend makes multiple playlists for your event (and if that’s the route you take, they should), you still have way more options with a DJ.

A DJ knows exactly how to change up the music and isn’t limited to just one or a few playlists. That means if the event goes on longer, the music won’t run out. And if your guests need a change, a DJ will catch on and make the transition smoothly. And, they’ll keep the music versatile, so all your guests are happy. Plus, DJs can take requests too.

Quality Equipment

A good DJ won’t just provide quality performance, but they’ll have the equipment to match, making everything sound even better.

We’re going to go out on a limb here and say your friend with a playlist probably doesn’t have a speaker system that matches a professional DJ’s. This is important because you don’t want to end up with poor sound quality or a night full of dreaded technical difficulties.

A DJ Will Take Care of the Set-Up

The last thing you want to be doing as your guests arrive is to be stuck setting up equipment for your friend’s playlist. When you hire experienced musical talent, they’ll set everything up before the event begins and put it away after.

They’ll Be Event Ready

A professional DJ will know how to look the part for your event, and they’ll be dressed to impress. They’ll also know how to welcome your guests just right, and keep them happy all night.

They’ll Go Above and Beyond

We’re sure you have amazing friends who want your event to be unforgettable, but they probably don’t want it as bad as a professional DJ. A professional will have a reputation to uphold, not only are they expressing their passion, but an event is an opportunity for them to put their name out. This means they’ll always bring their A-game.

Well Worth the Cost

While a friend with a playlist is a more cost-effective option, you get what you pay for. And with a professional DJ, it’s worth it. If you look at the big picture, hiring a DJ is a small part of your event cost, especially for big events, but it can make all the difference.

While your guests might not remember your centerpieces or flower choices, they will definitely remember dancing until their feet hurt at an incredible party.

For Big Events, Go With a Pro

Do you want to spend your big event worrying about technical issues, managing announcements, and making sure all your guests are loving the music, or would you rather enjoy yourself?

We hope it’s the latter because you deserve it. For your next big event, keep your music entertainment professional, so you have one less thing to worry about. When you’re ready to hire the perfect DJ, contact SPN Events, and we’ll make it happen.


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