(Closed) Hire a DJ or use an iPod?

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@aquaelle:  We did our first dance immediately after dinner.  The toasts began as guests were finishing eating, and then the last person to give a toast also introduced our first dance.  Meanwhile, our day-of coordinator was at the iPod station ready to change the playlist.

I wrote more about having an iPod reception in this thread:

no dj…. gonna use a laptop/ipod?

It was a lot of work, but it turned out great!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hm.  Do DJs in your area do 2 hour gigs? I know the ones I looked at were charging for all evening.  What type of cost are you looking at for the DJ themself other than the location charges?  I was going to go with an ipod and ended up with a DJ but it was certainly a chunk of money which it sounds like may not be worth it to you.  i’m sure you could have someone manning the ipod for the first dance.  Can you cut the song though, or know where you want it stopped? Becasue most people don’t want a full 3-4 minute first dance 🙂 just a thought.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@aquaelle:  Our venue provided a microphone for toasts and announcements.

@loving_life:  Great point.  SO edited our song on iTunes so that it was about a minute and a half long (ended after the first chorus).  I wouldn’t have wanted it any longer! Then it cross-faded into a dance mix.

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