Post # 17
Up until recently I never thought it was a big deal… and then I went to a wedding where they had an ipod dance. And it was so awkwardly terrible.
A DJ can read the crowd, and play music that keeps people on the dance floor… even if you pre-make an awesome play list, you can’t tell how the party is going to flow, and having an actual person there who’s sole duty is to keep the party flowing is definitely worth that pretty small price.
I say, go for it, with gusto.
Post # 18
We just booked our dj this week and were having the same debate. I was just in a wedding a few weeks ago that had a live band, but in between sets they used an ipod. Based on that experience, a few tips. If you decide to go the ipod route I’d make sure you are willing to put in the work beforehand (e.g. download all the songs, and listen to them all the way through to make sure you have good versions), and find someone who is willing to somewhat be in charge of it for the evening. Don’t just assume someone will step in during the night and take over.
The dance/ party portion is really important to me, so I figure I’d leave it up to a professional. One less thing to worry about the day of! I feel your pain though… it’s proving difficult to find areas to cut costs and DIY
Let us know what you end up doing!
Post # 19
I had a computer set up with playlists, actually there wasn’t even an emcee just a friend who would switch playlists once in awhile. Worked great and everyone danced up a storm.
I’d actually say it was better than if we’d had a DJ. I think if you do your homework a DJ is not needed.
Post # 20
We played around with the idea of either one! We are having a very budget conscious wedding as well. We are going with the DJ!!!! Im sure it will be so worth it. It will get the mood started, get the party going, and be so much less stress for us. We are so happy with our choice of DJ because we have seen him at other weddings and events and he is amazing!
Post # 21
@Skittles131: To me:
Fiance and his dad have all the professional DJ equipment and we have a specific song list we want to use. A friend of mine is in a band and very outgoing…he offered to emcee, is very reliable, will be great at it
IMO-This isn’t the difference between an iPOD wedding or a DJ.
You have an awesome opportunity that many other people don’t…they either are literally using an ipod and just randomly playing songs through some make shift speakers (yes, I’ve SEEN horror stories)…and you have professional DJ equipment and a friend who is willing to play your specific song list. With an iPOD there’s too much room for human error, (I’m thinking emo/sad songs, inappropriate for family/weddings songs).
I think you should go with your friend…not many people have the option to cut corners for a budget wedding with the music and your opportunity sounds failsafe….I’m thinking that you can have your list, a do not play list, and then (if you are willing), have a sign up sheet of sorts. If you have a friend who is in a band and understands music, I’m sure he is familiar about upbeat love songs to play at a wedding and which requests to nix.
Post # 22
Thanks everyone for your input, I really appreciate your comments!
I also should have mentioned I already spent time putting together wedding playlists (with over 5 hours of music) for FUN because I love music and enjoyed it 🙂 If we were to hire a DJ, I would hand them this exact list to play, song for song (though maybe the order will be tweaked). If I commit to the iPod route for sure, I would go through song by song to put them in the specific order I would want knowing though that it could possibly change based on.
Some other factors….while my friend offered to emcee I don’t want him to be bound to the DJ table all night. I would definitely intend to pay him, but don’t want to have him not enjoy himself at all…however, I think he would really enjoy this because of his outgoing personality (he also does a podcast on our local radio weekly that he thoroughly enjoys and is good at). I also would provide him with a script. While this route would be cheaper, I definitely would not just ‘figure it out’, but would intend to plan it carefully and specifically to avoid any potential problems with iPod weddings. If we did iPod, I would want to do a complete dry run/rehearsal way in advance to see how easily sound system set up, how it sounded, etc.
On the other hand, I really don’t want this to be another stressor for my wedding. If I handed it off to a DJ, it certainly would take my worry over it down considerably. I don’t think I’m super worried about it now, but just the fact it would be my responsibilty on wedding day (even though planned carefully and low maintenance if I am very organized like I intend to be) will be just another thing.
Fiance really wants to do iPod wedding, but he is hesitant to do a dry run (the equipment is heavy, and a pain — well sugar if you want me to do this, we are going to do it the right way and the way I feel comfortable!) and I don’t think he’ll intend to be as systematic as I will be about it…though that’s mostly OK because I got this.
Ahh decisions, decisions. You all brought up good points and the hard part is that I don’t think there is one right answer. I’ve heard from people who had both DJ and iPod wedding who both loved and hated each.
One of the biggest things I’m worried about now is the statement I hear a lot: iPod weddings don’t get people to dance. People who have had iPod weddings say that’s a crock and those who have DJ say that helped a lot.
Post # 22
Did any of you planning an iPod wedding already go through with it? How was it?
We have a pro DJ equipment at the venue that we could use. We are music lovers and I’ll have fun searching for songs. We’d split the music up into different playlists for the different parts (dinner / dancing / ….). We don’t like DJs that are also “entertainers” and we’ll have a designated person to pause the music for speeches And such. No one else will be allowed to touch the laptop.
Id if love to save quite a significant bit this way, but I’m also worried people won’t dance. with the RSVPs, we’ll ask everyone though to name three songs that they just cannot NOT dance to.
Post # 23
This thread reminds me of how much inane crap I ended up with on my iPod to supply my brother with all his favourite music for his wedding reception. i’m really lazy with my iPod too so it stayed on there for months afterwards, haha!
I can’t fault the method though, because everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and it worked a treat. I really don’t like the whole DJ scenario because you always get some drunken auntie requesting Shania Twain. Heh!
Post # 24
I went the DIY music route. We used an iPad app instead of an iPod, but we still put a lot of effort into finalizing our song choices. I would totally recommend it, especially if you have DJ equipment available!
Post # 25
I am really anti DJ, so I am going with the iPOD and our best man is our emcee.
Post # 26
Great to hear it worked out well. Was there also dancing at these weddings? This really encourages me 🙂
Let’s rock those DJ ipod weddings! 😉
Post # 27
Yes! Our dancefloor was full until our wedding ended at 2:00 am! We placed our iPad right next to the dancefloor so people were constantly using it to vote/take pictures (the app we used http://www.tenkettles.com/limitlist/
had these extra features) and then running back to the dancefloor to dance.
Post # 28
I would say save your self the stress and get the DJ. There are so many things that could go wrong that ultimatly you and your DH would have to deal with – problems with the equipment/your friend bails/gets sick/gets drunk/Emcees half the night and doesnt feel like finishing
With a DJ ( any decent ones) they have backup equip, will know back up people to take over in the event of an emergency, will set up everything, do a good job..IDK I would cut the budget for the flowers or decor for a DJ- the peace of mind would be so worth it to me
And $700 dollars for a Dj is a good deal. We went “cheap” for the DJ and ours is $1500!
Post # 29
I’m only having26 people at my wedding too. I’m curious if people actually danced at your wedding or was the DJ just for your first dance, MOG/FI dance, etc?
Post # 30
Well personally I don’t dance, but yes, I do recall much dancing.