(Closed) DJ vs Ipod

posted 11 years ago in Music
Post # 17
641 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We were (Well, I wanted to) doing an ipod reception because it’d be 10x cheaper, but Fiance was worried it wouldn’t run smoothly and I agree after doing some research on it. 

I wanted to have someone outside the wedding being able to run the reception! 

Post # 19
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I know that it’s a lot cheaper to have an IPOD but a DJ really does make or break your reception. My friend used her IPHONE at her wedding about a month ago. The entire reception was unorganized. She recorded on her phone when it was time to dance and no one heard it because it wasn’t expected. When they cut the cake it wasn’t announced. We’re having one of my friends who has DJ equipment DJ our wedding. He said he would be there anyways and wanted to help us out. This saved about $700. But try at a local college for a student and rent DJ equipment if he/she doesn’t have it. You might be able to hire them for a few hundred bucks!!

Post # 20
6610 posts
Bee Keeper

iPods can play music but they can’t emcee a reception the way a DJ can. Just a thought. But if your trying to save $$, an iPod can do the trick.

Though I think it should be said that there are definitely professional DJs out there who aren’t cheesy, don’t get drunk and REALLY contribute to the success and atmosphere of a reception.

Post # 21
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We debated this too, but decided on a DJ to have peace of mind knowing that a professional was doing his thing and that anything that happened would be dealt with. We didn’t have any friends we could rely on to remain in charge of the iPod and we didn’t want to be worried about it.

Be sure to take your comfort-level into account when making your decision. You don’t want to have to worry about anything on your wedding day.

Post # 23
6610 posts
Bee Keeper

@autumnwilson: Ouch, that stinks. Do you have any super outgoing friends who might do the honors as your MC, while you use an iPod for music?

Post # 25
7038 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@autumnwilson: I think that if you spend time making playlists (we really did spend quite a bit of time!), and you have a trustworthy, fun friend who is willing to take the MC job seriously, it won’t be a problem. We didn’t have ANY of the problems listed above. The music loudness was perfect, there were no technical issues with the iPod, and our friend actually say at the head table with us, and we were able to tweak the timeline as needed with him on the fly. It was seamless. One thing to remember – make the playlists longer than you need them. We had a processional song, cocktail hour playlist, dinner, first dance, hora, dancing music. We let everything but the single song playlists be about 45 minutes longer than we thought we needed to give us flexibility in the schedule in case people weren’t done eating, or for some reason, the reception area wasn’t ready when cocktail hour was supposed to end, etc etc. If you put the forethought into it, it really is doable. I loved that I got to play all my favorite music, a lot of which a normal DJ wouldn’t have (indie stuff). It was amazing.

Post # 27
3579 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was the Maid/Matron of Honor at an ipod wedding and it was a disaster. An ipod can’t read the crowd. There was a pause between each song (which just happens with an ipod) where everyone cleared the floor. And because they had it on shuffle the songs didn’t mesh well, 80s to hip hop etc. I ended up being the DJ for the night picking and choosing the songs to keep people on the dance floor.

If you do do an ipod reception please put A lot of work into your playlist. Don’t use shuffle! Put the songs together so that they mesh well together and group types of music together. And make sure you have someone manning the station or else people WILL just go up and change the music.

Good Luck!

Post # 29
44 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re actually going with an IPOD Dj…justpressplaypro.com  They do the emceeing for the evening and will bring all the equipment, minus the laptop/ipod.  It’s cheaper than a DJ, but you still have to create all the lists your self.  You can look and see if they have something like this in your area.

Post # 30
25 posts

We are going with an ipod. Why? We are having an afternoon ceremony/reception that will be over by 6pm. We need music for the ceremony and afternoon reception. We are going to be playing Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, ect. during the reception. We def don’t need to pay $600 for someone to pull that off.

Post # 31
1373 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re almost certainly going with an iPod.  My fiance is really into music, very hipper-than-thou (ugh!) about it, and hates pretty much every DJ he’s come across.  I think he’s been dreaming about what he wants to put on our wedding playlist since our fourth date or something!

We’re going to make sure we have someone in charge of the music and someone in charge of the microphone, but other than that, this one’s all him.  As much as there are advantages to DJ’s, way too many insist on playing the wedding classics.

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