(Closed) DJ or run an Ipod?

posted 6 years ago in Music
  • poll: DJ or Ipod
    DJ : (21 votes)
    78 %
    Ipod : (4 votes)
    15 %
    Other - In comments : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    1161 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @rowdygirl99:  I’ve never been to a wedding with an Ipod but I’ve been to plenty of parties and events that used one. I think it works fine! People definitely danced at the gatherings I went to and there was even some makeshift karaoke once. As long as you have someone to occasionaly man it if you want specific songs designated for certain parts of the party, you should be good. But if you’re looking for someone to kind of guide the party and be posted at the music stand the whole time, you might want to just hire a DJ.

    Post # 4
    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I went to an iPod wedding once, it was semi disastrous and people kept going up and choosing their own songs and somehow everything ended up being 70s disco all night which was pretty horendous in my book personally.

    I personally believe entertainment is worth the extra expense, if your main activity of the night will be dancing, you want a pro running the music, you’d be amazed how much having someone to announce things and create a flow who can read that people aren’t enjoying a song and segway seamlessly into another can change an entire event…

    Post # 6
    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    dj! the dj helps things run smoothly during the reception. your dj will have a schedule of events for the evening such as speeches or garter toss, bouquet toss, cake cutting etc. the dj will really help keep the flow of things going!

    Post # 7
    927 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Our DJ helped us run the reception smoothly so I’d really recommend having one…that being said, prices vary greatly! At bridal shows etc. I couldn’t find anyone under $1200-1500 (northeast us), but with a little more research found a great one for under $500. Shop around, and see if you can hire someone who only charges for the hours they’re working rather than the entire day. DJ will do your introductions, help order the speeches, announce dances, and any other announcments you want. If your wedding is really small and really casual then you can totally use an ipod (and I’ve been to weddings that used one and were fine), but honestly if it’s over 40-50 people I’d prob stick with a DJ. Good luck!

    Post # 9
    2556 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    please, please get the DJ!!

    Post # 10
    453 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think it really depends on what the mood of your event is. Is it a small, low-key wedding? If so, then an iPod reception wouldn’t be too out of place. Whereas, with a large, traditional wedding, people might wonder where the DJ is. I’m having a small afternoon wedding, and I’m not having a DJ. Most prices I see are around $1k, and it just isn’t that much of a priority for me. I’m going to do it myself.

    While this does mean that there won’t be a spokesperson announcing the first dance (and I still don’t know what we’re doing for that, if we’ll announce it, or if we’ll have one at all) or things like that, I don’t think it’ll be missed much. And if you’re looking to DJ your own wedding, I’d take a good look at this article. It seems to have plenty of great advice.

    Post # 11
    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013


    I think even a small wedding should have one if you plan background music and dancing. I’m only having 40 guests and will a DJ. I just don’t want to stress over it, assinging one of the guests to be in charge of the iPod. I want everyone to just enjoy themselves.  I think music is a very important part of the reception so just leave it for the pros 🙂

    Post # 13
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I have to give a vote to ipod. We had an ipod reception and it was amazing. It takes more prep work but it was free and it was so much fun, the songs were PERFECT (obviously because we chose them) and no cheesy dj lol. 

    IPOD wedding— Our awesome playlist

    Post # 14
    15 posts
    • Wedding: March 2013

    So it really depends.

    I just had my wedding, and we decided on a casual, lounge-like venue. We also didn’t have dancing (seriously, it’s just not us). Because we only used the music for background and mood, the iPod was PERFECT. We used the MyWeddingDJ app on the iphone and loved it! It saved us thousands! I got to program everything, and the venue coordinator knew how to use the app. She pressed “start,” and then the app runs itself. 

    Because we weren’t having dancing and it was only used for background, it worked very well – honestly, I don’t think anyone paid attention to where the music was coming from or how it was programmed. ALSO- the ipod was in a secret room where none of the guests could find it. Out of sight, out of mind, and no one changed the songs.

    BUT- If you’re having an outdoor wedding with dancing, you’ll probably need speakers. Like big ones, that you rent. And if people can see the ipod, you’ll need to have it locked so no one can mess with it. It might be easier (even though a lot of more expensive) to have an experienced DJ who you give some instructions to so that the music doesn’t get out of control…..

    Post # 15
    5 posts
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We had an ipod wedding, but the music was just for background and we had no dancing. We also got a relative for act as our MC, which was the best choice we made. If we were going to have dancing, I’d hire a DJ.

    Post # 16
    669 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I was SURE I wanted an Ipod and my Fiance was dead set against a DJ…. and then I started pricing out all the logistics for the IPOD.  Speakers, power, microphone for ceremony, microphone for reception toasts, patching into sound system… and suddenly I realized that I would be spending as much on the IPOD as a DJ!  Not to mention purchasing additional songs and the value of my time trying to put together the play lists.  I was also really beginning to stress about who to put in charge of the ceremony music- I didn’t want to place that responsibility on any of my guests.  And who was going to move the Ipod from the ceremony to reception?

    Soooo needless to say I hired a DJ.  I am still not super thrilled with the DJ idea- because I’ll admit it- I’m a bit of a control freak.  🙂  BUT- at least I can relax over the logistics of it. 🙂

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