Post # 1
Weddingbees! I need your advice please…
Ok – so my fiancé and I are getting married at Sandals Grande Rivieria, Ocho Rios Jamaica in 40 days. We need to make our final wedding payment; however, we are hesitant to do so until we can research the possibility of DJing our own wedding. Case in point – the resort is charging $600 for 3 hours total. Our entire wedding group consists of only 15 people and we really can’t justify spending that money for 3 hours / 15 people. So we are seriously considering an IPOD reception; however, that scares me to death too. I would hate to have a wonderful cocktail hour, seated dinner and then have faulty music at the reception. We are looking at Best Buy for the equipment and have come across a few Bose sound touch systems that seem promising. I would rather invest the $$$ into owning my own system then to pay $600 for only 3 hours…not to mention they would charge us $150 to rent speakers per hour.
Has anyone DJ’d their own wedding at a resort? If so, please share details such as: the equipment you used (i.e., name of system, type of microphone you used, # of songs you carried with you, length of reception, etc.).
Thanks so much!!!!!
Post # 2
cande2014: Hi Channey! Sorry, I don’t have the details of our speaker system and we did not get married at a resort. We did, however, get married at a restaurant and decided on an iPod instead of spending money on a DJ, and I want to reassure you — it was great! The main thing was that we picked ALL of our music AND the order ahead of time. We also used a wedding music app, which faded all the songs and had a section for every part of the wedding (even a cake cutting section). I think the most important thing we did, though, was to have a friend act as emcee. He had a microphone and knew when to announce certain things. Good luck!
Post # 4
I was in your same situation, resort DJ’s cost an arm and a leg so we looked into DJing our own. At the end of the day we spent the ($(900!!!) on the resort DJ for the following reasons:
Customs: we got married in Mexico and I didn’t want them messing with or confiscating our expensive equipment
Conviencence: who wants to lug around a sound system to and from their wedding/honeymoon
Annoucements/MCing: who is going to announce the new couple, the dances, etc.
Party appeal: there is nothing like a DJ to get hte party started/continuing. I was afraid people would be less likely to dance.
We brought a back up ipod incase something happened or we hated the DJs music (I gave him a strict play vs. don’t play list). It worked out and I don’t regret the money we spent on the DJ. I hope this helped a little GOOD luck and congrats!
Post # 5
Would you consider renting the sound system/speakers, but using your iPod to play the music?
We had a great experience with our destination wedding in Cozumel using an iPod. I second everything aekc said – it would be helpful to have someone in charge of it so you don’t have to worry about it. For us, our Cozumel wedding coordinators took care of it so none of our guests had to. The app we used was WeddingDJ and it worked marvelously.
We rented the sound system and didn’t bring our own – but our rental price was much more reasonable. Like $50 for the whole day. I don’t know of equipment recommendations that would be loud enough but not too bulky to transport. Maybe do some independent research to see rental options for sound equipment from outside your resort?
Post # 6
I used an iPod with an amp that was provided by my coordinator. We did not rent our villa’s sound system or speakers. The block rocker amp was more than adequate. I built individual playlists and made them twice as long as I thought they realistically needed to be.
I had a playlist for pre ceremony with three songs, a playlist for bride entrance which was one song, another playlist for cocktail hour that had 20 songs that began with our exit after being pronounced man and wife. I had a long dinner playlist with probably 40 songs or at least 2 and 1/2 hours. I had a playlist with a single song for first dance. Then I had a playlist for cake cutting and toast with three songs, and an exit playlist with 5 songs for the sparkler exit and cleanup. We did not have a dancing segment or tosses, games or any of that crap so it actually went super smooth and perfect. The coordinator did the playlist changes and announcements, and she did perfect as she is quite experienced at that stuff. None of the playlists got near to the end so there was plenty of music and nothing got repeated. We came with it fully charged with its cord and had a laptop and secondary iPod with identical playlists for backup, just in case.
Eta: we had 18 guests total. And no bridal party.