(Closed) iPod vs DJ

posted 10 years ago in Chicago
Post # 17
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think Ipod DJing can go really well or really badly. And it really depends on how you do it.

My sister did the ipod DJ thing. She got input from a lot of family and compiled a list from it. Overall it was really successful. People danced the whole night.

However, my brother also did Ipod DJing and it went really poorly. But there were reasons for it. The biggest was that they only played what they wanted to hear. His wife didn’t like country music but my family loves country. Also, they played a bunch of indie songs that no one knew. THey also chose some songs that they KNEW were undanceable, but just wanted to hear.

I think my point is that Ipod DJing can be successful. The key to having an awesome dance is catoring to the preferences of guests. You may hate the chicken dance, but its a good choice for a wedding with children. You may only listen to top 40 music, but your parents and grandparents will want to hear music from their generation. 

Post # 18
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re not going to have a dance floor set up for our wedding, but providing music more as background. There will be space to dance if people so choose, but we don’t care if people get up and dance.

What is the advantage of using a laptop over an ipod?

Post # 19
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Hi I actually signed a contract with just press play productions.  I know it will be some work creating all the play lists, but in the end they do it all.  Manage the IPOD, they are your MC through out the whole thing.  And since I’m getting married outside, they’ll set up a mic and sound system for the ceremony as well.  I think it sounded great for my budget. 

Post # 20
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We used Just Press Play and I can’t recommend him enough.  Jeff was awesome and super-friendly, gave great advice, made changes on the fly when needed and made all of our needed announcements without the cheese of the standard wedding DJ.  How well the playlists are put together, the music flow, mood, etc. all depend on the work you put into it.  Hubs and I spend a good month and a half putting together just the right playlists (we’re total music snobs) and are still getting compliments about the music two months later.  It was seriously way better than any wedding DJ I’ve ever heard.  

If you don’t want to put the work in of perfecting a playlist and just want someone else to put together a perfectly fine mix, hire a good DJ. If you’re very particular about music, the ipod DJ (and Jeff in particular) is by far the way to go.  I would never trust my wedding music to some random dude’s taste!

Post # 21
761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We did the ipod thing and we did almost everything perfectly. We edited the pauses, and fading. One mistake was there was a song with a revving motor in the beginning and we didn’t edit it out and should have. I think our guests thought a motorcycle was about to come through the venue!

The bad part was I asked to test it out at our rehearsal but they lost the cable. They assured me they would have one the day of and they did. Our dinner music played wonderfully but when the dance music came on, something was off. The vocals were all quieter than the instrumental and we had to convince the staff memeber running it that it needed to be fixed before he got it all balanced out.

Post # 22
11 posts

@AnnLizDee: So you are getting married on New Year’s eve 2015? on thursday??

I have been to weddings with an IPOD and  was not weird since there was so  many people there.  It just depends on how important to you it is to have a DJ/band.

What is your budget for music?


Post # 23
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are planning on doing an ipod set up as well, but I have to admit I am a little nervous that things wont run smooth…It’s nice to read all your tips and how to fade the songs tho!

A DJ just wasn’t important to us and we decided to spend the money elsewhere. So far FH has made a playlist of music we both like and we asked people to write a music request on their response cards. Now we just have to edit them to the way we want and apoint someone MC for the night (most likely Future Brother-In-Law since he’s bestman).

Post # 24
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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@laloulee: thank you thank you thank you!! I didn’t know about the fade thing and that just clinched my decision on ipod (laptop actually). 


Fiance and I immediately thought about doing an ipod reception for two reasons. First to save money. But also because we don’t like djs. Fiance is huge into music and he offered to do all of our playlists. We aren’t just going to plug in an ipod and hit shuffle, there will be a lot of thought that goes into it. He has researched the most popular wedding songs, and has even made a spreadsheet of all of our music broken down by band/song/genre/length plus a special code he made up. He has them listed as fast dance songs, slow dance songs, group dance songs, and bride/groom favorites (those songs we love but aren’t very dance-able will be played during dinner). 

We have a friend who will be MC’ing for us and will be in charge of switching playlists. The only thing I was worried about was that gap! Now that i found the crossfade, that is fixed. Yay for ipods (and saving money!)

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