Post # 1
I met with a DJ today and learned that it’ll be extra $$ for them to play music during cocktails. Just speakers set up with most likely an iPod hook up. Is it worth it? I don’t remember any music at any of the weddings I’ve been to because everyone was so busy talking. Any live music will onviously cost even more than the iPod setup.
Post # 4
I think you need music whether it’s a band, ipod, or dj.
Post # 5
@theshannondee: thanks. 🙂
I’m glad I added the poll too.. 86% say I need music
Post # 6
Definitely do music during cocktail hour. Is there an ipod hookup somewhere else in the venue so you can just put in on and not have to pay the DJ extra. Seems silly when you can just do the same thing.
Post # 7
As PP mentioned, could you bring in your own ipod set up for cocktail hour?
Post # 8
How much extra is the DJ for cocktail hour? If it’s out of budget, find someone who has some speakers and an iPod who can just run a playlist. It doesn’t take an Einstein to play music.
Post # 10
that’s odd that he’s charging more. i had my dj take care of mics for the cermony (ceremony was at the reception venue on the huge balcony), music for cocktail hour and dinner. i think he had to set up speakers in three locations because ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were in separate areas. does your venue have a sound system that you can plug a computer or ipod in?
Post # 11
Definitely get an estimate from your DJ, and if I were you, I would call any university with a music dept and ask to speak to a piano professor, then ask who they recommend to play piano during dinner. You could probably get a student jazz or classical pianist to come play for an hour for less money than you think, especially given the wealth of musicians in NY. Plus, like you said, most people won’t really be paying much attention to the music, so even if it’s “student quality” and not “pro quality” (which, at the collegiate level, most people can’t tell the difference), people won’t care because they’re eating dinner. That, or hook up your own iPod.