Post # 17
@allyfally: for a smaller wedding like yours I would go the iPod route rather than hiring an unknown from Craigslist. You should be able to rent speakers from an AV company. I’d really work hard on the playlists well in advance & enlist a friend or family member to assist with running the music smoothly throughout the night in case you are busy when the tunes need a reboot/change up.
Post # 18
I will thank you now! I’m planning on using one (reluctantly to save $) and will lock that baby up! 🙂
Post # 19
I had a five piece swing band for $800. The fifth guy was a bonus because the band leader really liked our theme, and wanted a bigger sound, so it would normally have been $200/musician. They played from 7 until 11 (when they had to stop, due to noise bylaws) and then we just switched to a jazz sattelite radio station.
And I got to rehearse with them, and perform a solo for my bride!
Post # 20
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
We’re not having DJ. Need to work on the play lists and make sure it LOCKS.
Post # 22
Not in our budget, so I’ve been working on a playlist on rhapsody. They have a trial membership where you can download the music to your mp3, so about a week before the wedding I’m signing up for that. All the free music we need. Now all we need is some sound equipment.
Post # 23
We have booked a DJ and while I don’t believe they are an absolute necessity for a great night/party there is one thing I have noticed consistently at weddings and parties that go with an ipod playlist.
As the night progresses and people start getting more into the party mode everyone starts getting involved in song choices and playlists. As this happens the music ADD sort of kicks in and often songs are stopped and started before they are even finished. It doesn’t necessarily create the same flow that a DJ does.
Just my observations from a few weddings I have attended over the years with no DJ’s.
Post # 24
I’m likely to skip the DJ. I know it is often frowned on, but honestly, I really enjoy assembling playlists, and at parties among my circle of friends, we usually just work off an ipod and have no trouble dancing the night away. Are some songs more popular than others? Sure. But I’m not going to be emotionally hurt if people leave and reenter the dance floor.
Post # 25
We’re not having a dj, we’ve hired a live band and they play a cd inbetween sets.
Post # 26
I’m not sure yet but after going to a few weddings with djs we are leaning toward not having one cause they are all awkward and terrible.
Post # 27
We had an iPod and halfway decent speakers. No one messed with the set up, we had different music for different parts of the night. We had a few people dance, but not many (one guy did his ‘famous’ ‘no arms dance’ – don’t ask) and it worked out for us.
Post # 28
yep, we didn’t! we had a fairly DIY wedding, so we just made a itunes playlist and had a friend basically manage it for us 🙂
Post # 29
We didn’t have a DJ and it worked fabulously! I was apprehensive at first but DH is a musician so there was no way he was about to hire somebody, and he spent forever (seriously, *months*) on a bunch of playlists to cover every part of the reception–cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, dancing after everybody’s drunk, etc. He had a bunch of different lists of dance music depending on which trajectory the party was taking, so I really needn’t have worried. Everyone raved about how great the music was and how glad they were to not have to listen to some cheesy DJ yapping into a microphone all night (and a bunch of people even asked DH if he would make playlists for their next event). If you’re willing to put the time and effort into it, I’d say go for it. I think the horror stories you hear about horrible iPod weddings are from when people just sort of ‘wing it’ and don’t put a lot of time or thought into the music.