(Closed) Ipod vs DJ reception

posted 8 years ago in Music
  • poll: Ipod reception or live DJ??
    Definitely need a DJ. : (11 votes)
    42 %
    The iPod will work just fine. : (15 votes)
    58 %
  • Post # 3
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    can you have a trusted friend (and one that won’t get too trashed to make announcements) do the talking?

    Post # 4
    1418 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    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 # 9
    2496 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    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
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • 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
    273 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    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
    287 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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!!

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