Post # 1
I initially thought I would have an iPod reception but now I’m starting to think a dj might be the better idea. After I visited my venue they showed me the built in sound system in the both the ceremony and reception rooms and told me that they have alot of weddings that just plug in their iPod and have it play throughout. I thought great we can save that money for a dj and do that. Now I’m thinking that the reception might be a little quiet if there’s no dj to do certain announcements like announcing the bride and groom, cake cutting, etc..
How many of you bees are opting for the iPod over a DJ??
Post # 3
can you have a trusted friend (and one that won’t get too trashed to make announcements) do the talking?
Post # 4
We are opting for a DJ, but we are not going to be using our DJ for announcements and such. We will have a friend of ours as the designated MC who will get to make all the announcements.
I think the biggest difference between an iPod and a DJ is that the DJ can change up the music based on what the crowd is like, so s/he can get the people up and dancing. It is much harder to switch up the music order when playing off an iPod. Plus, to get the iPod all up and ready to go, you will need to put in a lot of time in getting the songs and ordering them correctly. However, there are many people who do an iPod dance and it ends up awesome! It really is up to you with what is going to work better!
Post # 5
We just had an iPod wedding, and it turned out amazingly well. Like, people clapped after each song, they loved it so much. We had a friend MC, and that also worked really well. I don’t regret not hiring a DJ for one minute. We wanted a lot of indie music and very specific songs….we would have paid a ton of money to make the playlist for them, anyways!
Post # 6
We’re doing an Ipod but we’re really putting a lot of thought into it. We’ll have separate play lists for: cocktail music, dinner music, cake cutting, first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, anniversary dance, and reception dance music. We also have a friend who is acting as our MC to do all the announcing of things, and I’ll have a script for him.
Post # 7
I hadn’t even thought about just having a microphone there for announcements. That just might work! Fiance has an extensive playlist on his iPod so we knew we would have all the music we wanted to hear. The only dilemma had been about announcements.
Post # 8
@CorgiTales: Excellent idea. I’m so copying all this down. I guess I need to find a reliable, sober MC to do our anouncements 🙂
Post # 9
We’re doing what @CorgiTales: is doing purely because we can’t afford a DJ. I am not too worried about it. Our families, especially mine, are a little indifferent to dancing, and our friends will dance, but they don’t need anything fancy. We’re going to have a good friend be our MC, and we’re not doing any of the first dances, so it’s going to be pretty easy for him.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2011 - The Viceroy
We’re having a DJ, an ipod would be really difficult in our venue since there isn’t a speaker system or anything and we’ll be moving through different spaces. I have been to a bunch of ipod weddings, some have been amazing, some not so much. I think it’s key to put a lot of thought into the playlists and have someone who knows what they’re doing manning the ipod/laptop.
Post # 11
we’re doing an ipod. my sister who is in band is going to be dj-ing the ipod. she’ll make the announcements and moniter the ipod to make sure things go smoothly. we’re also dividing up the night’s music into different playlists to help with this.
my friend did this for her wedding and my sister to the ipod monitoring thing also. it was one of the best weddings i ever went to.
Post # 12
It just depends on what kind of wedding you want. I went to a wedding yesterday where they used the ipod and then a friend played DJ. It didn’t work so well because the venue didn’t have a microphone, so the DJ had to holler to get everyone’s attention. And then the bride kept going over and changing the song to what she wanted. So if you’re going for the casual feel, it will be great. But perhaps you should lay down the rules on what your DJ should do. Everytime I looked up, the DJ was sitting down with his wife, not doing the job he offered to do!!! I know that it can be a great cost saver though!
Don’t forget to find out if your venue has a mic!!