The Pros and Cons of iPods at Receptions

posted 3 years ago in Music
  • poll: Would you recommend using an iPod over a DJ?
    Yes : (39 votes)
    28 %
    No : (71 votes)
    52 %
    It depends on the situation (explain below) : (27 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I think it *can* work, but you need to do it right.  The only time I’ve seen it go well is when there was someone in charge of the ipod.  Basically a friend or family member that plays DJ for the night.  You just don’t want any random guest able to walk up to it and switch the song. 

    Post # 4
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Guests like to hear specific songs, and request them. It’s also nice to have the DJ announce things, like the cake cutting, first dances & things.

    I wouldn’t have an ipod over a DJ any day.

    Post # 5
    473 posts
    Helper bee

    Posting to follow! We plan on iPoding it unless we can find a super duper cheapo DJ. 

    Post # 6
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @JackiBean:  You are having a small wedding, so I think an iPod would be fine as long as you have someone to “man it” and it is not a free for all.

    Post # 7
    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @JackiBean:  I will be using an iPod for my ceremony and reception as well (my wedding is also small with 50-60 guests, free wine & beer but no open bar), but I planned it out with anticipation of no one really dancing.  My guests are mostly family & relatives, so an older crowd with perhaps 20 younger people.

    We are, however, having a karaoke instead. 🙂

    Post # 8
    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I was debating an Ipod wedding but when I emailed my venue coordinator about it she very strongly recommended a DJ. I ended up booking a DJ and photo booth service together so I think it’ll be good. 

    I think in kit also depends on how long your reception will be, and how many hours you need music to fill. 

    Post # 9
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think as long as there is some type of free alcohol and GOOD music, people will dance!

    Post # 11
    975 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    I am using an ipod as our venue doesn’t allow dj’s. It is a small room, 70 guests. Someone will be operating the ipod to make sure the first dance songs and stuff play at the right time and will announce our entrance, cake cutting, etc, on a mic. 

    Post # 12
    473 posts
    Helper bee

    Who’d do y’all/would you have be the faux DJ? Who would man the iPod? 

    Post # 13
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @JackiBean:  It totally depends on your group of people. Are they go for it types of people? Are they extroverts and the life of the party? If so than any excuse to dance is enough I suppose and an Ipod just might do the trick.

    I did attend one wedding that used an Ipod and it was a disaster. It was a small wedding of 50ish people. Without the DJ no one advise the guests what was going on, no one was running the show to speak and the music was eh okay. There wasn’t a fun party vibe nor was there someone out there getting people to dance. No one danced.

    Post # 16
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @JackiBean:  It depends on the mix of music and the crowd, as well as the “designated DJ’s” willingness to change up the playlist if certain songs or genres are getting mroe people on the floor.  Oh, and make sure to put a password on it for just in case it gets left alone, you don’t want someone with awful taste taking it over for the night.

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