Post # 1
My venue charges a $100 docking fee for an iPod or $100-$150 per hour for a DJ (would only want maybe 2 hours of a DJ, and would play their Sirius/XM house music prior to that for dinner etc.).
My main concern for having a DJ is that we want to do the traditional first dance. How are the ladies using only iPod’s handling the first dance scene?
I’m on a super tight budget, and Fiance doesn’t even want to pay the extra $100 for the docking fee so I’m sure he wouldn’t be keen on $200-$300 for a DJ.
Thanks for your input!
Post # 3
@aquaelle: We did our first dance immediately after dinner. The toasts began as guests were finishing eating, and then the last person to give a toast also introduced our first dance. Meanwhile, our day-of coordinator was at the iPod station ready to change the playlist.
I wrote more about having an iPod reception in this thread:
no dj…. gonna use a laptop/ipod?
It was a lot of work, but it turned out great!
Post # 4
Did they intruoduce without a microphone?
Post # 5
Hm. Do DJs in your area do 2 hour gigs? I know the ones I looked at were charging for all evening. What type of cost are you looking at for the DJ themself other than the location charges? I was going to go with an ipod and ended up with a DJ but it was certainly a chunk of money which it sounds like may not be worth it to you. i’m sure you could have someone manning the ipod for the first dance. Can you cut the song though, or know where you want it stopped? Becasue most people don’t want a full 3-4 minute first dance 🙂 just a thought.
Post # 6
@aquaelle: Our venue provided a microphone for toasts and announcements.
@loving_life: Great point. SO edited our song on iTunes so that it was about a minute and a half long (ended after the first chorus). I wouldn’t have wanted it any longer! Then it cross-faded into a dance mix.
Post # 7
I have editing software so i can cut the song down, no big deal.
Our venue is a giant building with 7 restaurants in it and 3 of which are clubs so they have DJ’s on staff, so yeah, they charge per the hour.