(Closed) URGENT! IPOD Wedding Reception for small July wedding in Jamaica

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

cande2014:  Hi Channey!  Sorry, I don’t have the details of our speaker system and we did not get married at a resort.  We did, however, get married at a restaurant and decided on an iPod instead of spending money on a DJ, and I want to reassure you — it was great!  The main thing was that we picked ALL of our music AND the order ahead of time.  We also used a wedding music app, which faded all the songs and had a section for every part of the wedding (even a cake cutting section).  I think the most important thing we did, though, was to have a friend act as emcee.  He had a microphone and knew when to announce certain things.  Good luck!

Post # 3
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

p.s. Yes, people danced!

Post # 4
2998 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I was in your same situation, resort DJ’s cost an arm and a leg so we looked into DJing our own. At the end of the day we spent the ($(900!!!) on the resort DJ for the following reasons:

Customs: we got married in Mexico and I didn’t want them messing with or confiscating our expensive equipment 

Conviencence: who wants to lug around a sound system to and from their wedding/honeymoon

Annoucements/MCing: who is going to announce the new couple, the dances, etc.

Party appeal: there is nothing like a DJ to get hte party started/continuing. I was afraid people would be less likely to dance.


We brought a back up ipod incase something happened or we hated the DJs music (I gave him a strict play vs. don’t play list).  It worked out and I don’t regret the money we spent on the DJ.  I hope this helped a little GOOD luck and congrats!

Post # 5
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Would you consider renting the sound system/speakers, but using your iPod to play the music?

We had a great experience with our destination wedding in Cozumel using an iPod. I second everything aekc said – it would be helpful to have someone in charge of it so you don’t have to worry about it. For us, our Cozumel wedding coordinators took care of it so none of our guests had to. The app we used was WeddingDJ and it worked marvelously. 

We rented the sound system and didn’t bring our own – but our rental price was much more reasonable. Like $50 for the whole day. I don’t know of equipment recommendations that would be loud enough but not too bulky to transport. Maybe do some independent research to see rental options for sound equipment from outside your resort?

Good luck! 

Post # 6
2350 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I used an iPod with an amp that was provided by my coordinator. We did not rent our villa’s sound system or speakers. The block rocker amp was more than adequate. I built individual playlists and made them twice as long as I thought they realistically needed to be.

I had a playlist for pre ceremony with three songs, a playlist for bride entrance which was one song, another playlist for cocktail hour that had 20 songs that began with our exit after being pronounced man and wife. I had a long dinner playlist with probably 40 songs or at least 2 and 1/2 hours. I had a playlist with a single song for first dance. Then I had a playlist for cake cutting and toast with three songs, and an exit playlist with 5 songs for the sparkler exit and cleanup. We did not have a dancing segment or tosses, games or any of that crap so it actually went super smooth and perfect. The coordinator did the playlist changes and announcements, and she did perfect as she is quite experienced at that stuff. None of the playlists got near to the end so there was plenty of music and nothing got repeated. We came with it fully charged with its cord and had a laptop and secondary iPod with identical playlists for backup, just in case.

Eta: we had 18 guests total. And no bridal party.

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