DJ vs. Ipod Reception
The pros and cons of your wedding entertainment
By Sara Doerrier
August 16, 2011
After you have decided on a venue, then comes everything that needs to be smoothed out. And your entertainment is an important aspect to your wedding. So, when it comes time to choose between hiring a DJ or setting up your Ipod, you might be at a standstill for a decision. There are many pros and cons of both so lets dive right into them.
DJ: Why You Want To Have One
- He can play to the crowd. Nothing clears a dance floor faster than the chicken dance or a song that your guests have an extreme aversion to. If he sees your guests having a ball on the dance floor, he will try to keep the fun going.
- Piece of mind. He can put together a playlist that will please almost all your guests.
- He can emcee the event; introduce you as a couple, the cake cutting, father/daughter dance and everything else. He can provide special songs for each moment.
- He can take requests from your friends and family.
- You can have a talk with him before your event and discuss where you want the reception to go. He will have an idea of what you want and how you envision your reception entertainment.
DJ: Why You Dont Want One
- Hes expensive. It will be an additional cost added and if you are going for a well-known DJ, he costs will most certainly reflect this.
- He may not listen to you and go in his own direction. Meaning, he will play what he wants to play.
Ipod: Why You Want To Use One
- The price is nice. When your venue has installed a $25k sound system you may want to take advantage of it. They will have all the equipment that you will need to set up shop. The money you save can go towards that glam wedding dress!
- You know your guests, so you will know what they like. Are they the crowd to get down and dirty on the dance floor? Do they groove to 80s classics? You can fix playlists that will get your crowd going.
- You can create a playlist for the ceremony, pre-dinner, dinner and dancing.
- In you invitations you can ask for requests regarding music selection from you guests. They can have a part in the planning as well.
Ipod: Why You Dont Want To Use One
- If your venue does not have a working sound system. Which is an expense that could cost you around as much as a DJ for one night, and a lot of times a DJ will bring his own sound system with him.
- It can be stressful planning playlists. You need to be meticulous. If you are planning to have no one watch over it, when something goes wrong or a miss then you will have to stop what you are doing and correct the situation. You most certainly want to relax and let you hair down at the reception.