(Closed) Bees, did you use DJs or Ipods??

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am using a DJ since I have a college friend who has his own DJ business and will do it for a very inexpensive price. However, if you are on a budget and can’t afford a DJ, there is nothing wrong with using an iPod. You still get to hear all the songs you want, you just don’t have a “pro” to play them in a consistent order or to MC.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Kempinski San Lawrenz, Gozo

Yes, I’m using an ipod. Venue agreed to play our music if we provide an ipod, free of charge. So that’s one expense we don’t have to worry about; plus, we have total control over what music we get, and when it’s played! 

 

Congrats on finding a venue!! πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@sunnywoods:

 

I’m making an iPod playlist. I am doing so because the bulk of complaints I’ve seen from people- even those who loved their day -say that the DJs added some stress due to not sticking closely to the playlist, announcing the names of the bridal party wrong, being MIA during important moments, having open-bar guzzling entourages etc.

I’m sure that most of them are not like that, but I don’t want to run the risk. Besides, I am famous in my family for my holiday and 4th of July mixes. It will probably be the only DIY thing I do for the entire wedding. 

 

Still and all, part of me worries if I will miss the “hit the dance floor” impulse that DJs and their sound systems can bring.

 

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

We used our laptop as our ‘dj’ and I would definitely reccommend it!  It involves a lot of planning and effort, but I think it was well worth it in the end.  Our venue had the setup for a dj (all the sound equipment and speakers available), so the sound setup was the same as a dj would’ve had.  I made all of our playlists, which took the most time.  We had separate playlists for dinner, 1st dance, early/ middle/ late evening.. etc.  We also had DH’s cousin, who works for a record company, announce the wedding party and speeches.  I’d be happy to share any other tips and my playlists, just let me know πŸ™‚  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are using an ipod and 2 other couples in our group have friends have done the same. In order for it to be successful though – there are a few musts:

– a good PA system. If your venue doesn’t have one, you’d have to rent one or borrow from a musician/DJ friend.  Then you have to make sure the PA system has an adapter for the ipod and a wireless microphone for speeches/announcements

– a chance to trial run the entire playlist on a speaker system.  A problem with MP3s is that they are programmed at different volumes (one song may be soft, another really loud). It may not be noticable at the volume you keep your earphones at, but on a larger scale, it can be a big deal.

– a friend or someone to MC.  You need someone to be in charge of announcing things, making sure the mic is handed out and turned on, and someone to be nearby the PA/ipod in case anything goes wrong

– Bring at least two ipods with the playlist on them, or your laptop as a backup. Batteries die, things freeze – don’t chance it.

Not a must but highly recommended – having a few of your friends/guests go through your playlist and add a bit of their tastes so there’s a really good variety.  Also have seperate playlists (ceremony/cocktail hour/reception) so someone doesn’t have to run over to stop the music in time.  Put an extra hours worth of songs on the reception playlist too.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are using a DJ because we are in a ballroom and don’t have the equipment (sound equipment, speakers etc) to set up for an iPOD. Then again I never really inquired to the hall if they would be able to help us out with that.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We used my iPhone – just put it in Airplane mode!  We did all of the reception music from my phone!  We setup numbered playlists for our entrance music, dinner, cake cutting and dancing and it went great!  Also cost us nothing except for a few songs we didn’t have that we bought on iTunes!  I highly reccomend it over a DJ anyday!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Kempinski San Lawrenz, Gozo

I have no idea, lol good question. I’ll have to ask them. 

 

Suggestion: Make sure you ask them whether they can play your music free of charge. And see if they already have a playlist with soft background music for dinner, if you were thinking about having that.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

@mandypop: I second all of these tips, and it’s funny you mentioned friends adding their tastes…. by the end of our reception, our best man and my cousin were downloading and adding songs… We liked their choices, and we were having so much fun dancing, so it didn’t bother me.  But a friend who also had a laptop wedding got sooo mad when others tried to touch their playlist!

Adding extra songs/ time is a must!  Our bar closed at 11:30, and I thought people would leave after that… but we kept dancing til they turned the lights on at 1!  Make sure you’re prepared with extra music!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Kempinski San Lawrenz, Gozo

@MCC919: I totally agree. We’re also taking requests on the RSVP cards by asking them what song they want to hear at the wedding. We’re adding all their requests to the playlist so that way everyone will dance! πŸ˜€

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MCC919:

Haha my friends had a “Song Draft” for theirs – the 6 of us got together with some beer and made the playlists together.  We’re going to do the same thing, it was actually a lot of fun!

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