Post # 1
in order to conserve funds and to prevent the old-man-in-an-80’s-tux look at our wedding, fiance and i are thinking about making a playlist, hooking up on of our ipods, and just letting it loose for the night. i think it’s a good idea on the money front, but i’m worried people won’t dance if someone’s not out there encouraging them. i know the dj sort of acts like the emcee for the evening, so i’m worried that things won’t go as smoothly without the dj either. so, my question is: if someone has gone the ipod route, how did it work for you? did people dance? do you have any tips?
Post # 3
omg, I’d be so interested too in hearing from people who went this route! My fiance keeps saying "let’s save $500 and just use our ipods"… but that makes me super nervous!! I have the same reservations as JanieLeigh… who will keep the party flowing and make announcements and whatnot???
Post # 4
I am planning on going this route, though haven’t tried it yet. We found a DJ equipment rental place that has an iPod package that includes a microphone for about $200. We’ve asked my brother to MC.
From what I hear, it’s just important to bring back up equipment. In other words, make sure both your ipods have the playlist, just in case something goes wrong.
The equipment rental place (No. California based only, sorry) has a link with a demo:
Post # 5
I think it’d be great. I HATE when DJ’s talk too much anyways. It’s such a mood killer, he’s not an MC at a pro basketball game! Our DJ was $500, so it may not be a huge cost savings for you, depending on where you live. I don’t trust myself or anyone else to hook it up correctly. None of us are that savvy =]
Post # 6
This is what we’re planning to do.
I’ve been to two iPod weddings. One people danced, the other they didn’t. But I honestly think that had more to do with the crowd at each wedding than the use of the iPod.
It’s not really that important for us to have someone emceeing the event. And we hope people will dance, but don’t really want to force anyone into it. I mean if people find other ways to have fun instead of dancing, that’s OK too.
Make sure that your venue has the proper hookups to play an iPod or laptop through the speaker system though.
Post # 7
We are saving a LOAD of money by having a good friend DJ for us. No, he is not a professional DJ, but he loves music and is great with an iPod. He graciously offered to bring his dual iPod dock and we sat with him to put together a great dinner/dancing playlist and that’s it (wipes hands in air). Done!
We intend to surprise our friend by paying for his hotel room for the weekend, but otherwise, we think the music will speak for itself. The playlist is great and our friend knows that there are a few cues in which he will need to speak for introductions and such, but for the most part, this was ideal. We had 100% control over the music we will play (and not play…electric slide be damned!)
No cheesy DJ, no chatty DJ, no overthinking. That’s how me and Mr. Vino roll.
Post # 8
I went to a wedding with an Ipod instead of a DJ. It seemed to work great. There was some issues with it later in the evening and the groom had to step in and fix it… but other then that it was great.
We looked into doing this for our wedding, This is what we came to find out in our situation:
1. We had to rent sound equipment because the sound system at the venue wouldn’t work with an ipod. Rental cost $200 without any lights or extras and $350 with lights and a mic.
2. We were also worried that if something went wrong – who would take care of it?
3. If we wanted to announce anything – who would do that?
I began to feel stressed out about this situation and I was able to find a DJ for around $450 which is only $100 more then the rental package with lights and a mic.
I say if you can find a friend or family member to be "in charge" of the Ipod and to make announcements I think the ipod rout might be great for you!
Post # 9
- Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's GrandparentsÃ¢Â€Â™ Ranch
I wanted to hear about this form long a go!!
Post # 10
i’ll let you know how it goes for me after my wedding in August. we’re going with the iTunes playlist–most likely on one of our laptops. my mom offered to pay a dj for us, but one of the things i don’t like about weddings is the dj. i want something very personalized and don’t want a dj to act as an emcee at the wedding. FI agrees, plus he always puts together playlists for all our parties and we’ve invited our friends and family to give us two song choices when they rsvp. we also have a coupl e of musician friends who are bringing the equipment and we’re having friends and family members serve as "emcee" for certain parts of the evening, such as introducing us as a couple for the first time. i can’t wait!