- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
After a year and a half of idling at the status of “just engaged – not planning a wedding or anything” … I think I’ve finally decided what we are going to do, which is to have an intimate wedding (20-25 people). Fiance and I found a venue — a Bed & Breakfast that specifically caters to small weddings. In fact, if the guest list is under 30 people there is no site fee (!!!); we’d just be paying for the food/alcohol.
The Inn Keeper explained to us that she would act as the coordinator of the whole day, which I think is great! She also indicated that if we decided to not have a band or DJ and simply use an iPod, that the venue is equipped with an excellent sound system and, if necessary, she could make announcements, etc. So this clearly opened up an option for us. After all, we are on a pretty tight budget because we are paying for all this ourselves.
The things that make me think I do not need a DJ are as follows:
1. It’s a really small wedding — 20-25 people. Would a DJ be overkill?
2. I’m going for an low-key and casual feel, and not an all-night dance party of the year.
3. Our venue seems to be well-equipped to do without one.
4. We are skipping several traditional DJ-guided activities, such as the bouquet toss, garter toss, and possibly the grand entrance (there’s no bridal party).
And these are the reasons why I think I do need a DJ:
1. I’m worried that the reception would lack flow and ambiance, and be anticlimactic without one.
2. I’ve heard far more iPod wedding failure stories than success ones.
3. Even though I’m not going for a high-energy dance party, I do still want some dancing. I plan to do the special dances, and I would like to see people having a good time. If I had an iPod, I worry that the reception would be… boring.
4. Making up a playlist of songs sounds like a major PITA to me!!
So what do you ladies think? I’d LOVE to hear stories from anyone who had an iPod reception — how exactly everything worked, what the flow was like, etc.