iPods vs. DJs

ipods vs djs at a wedding reception

Lately, I’ve been seeing so many different articles and comments on wedding forums online about the benefits of using an iPod vs. hiring a real DJ for your wedding reception. Been seeing this a lot. Some say using an iPod is cheaper than having a DJ. Here’s what you need to know about iPods vs DJs.

ipods vs djs at a wedding reception

This is true, but beware of the “hidden” costs associated with using an iPod for your party.

For example, one important thing to consider – Music that you usually listen to by yourself, or maybe with a few other people around (like how most folks listen to their iPods) will be hard to hear in a room full of a hundred or so wedding guests.

So you may have to rent speakers, cables and other equipment necessary to get the sound you want.

This is probably still cheaper than a DJ, but it’s definitely more expense involved than originally thought.

The other benefits of an iPod vs a DJ is . . . Well, I really can’t think of any.

Choosing Wedding Songs That Tell Your Love Story

Some will say having an iPod lets you choose the songs you want to hear – you get to create your own playlist. Well, guess what? A professional DJ will play the songs YOU want to hear (and not play what you don’t want to hear).

And, while hearing the songs you’ve chosen, a professional DJ will:

    • play specified songs at key moments – like your grand entrance or your first dance. An iPod can only play what has been programmed in, regardless of what is happening. Sure, you can have a friend watching over the iPod for those special songs, but there will be an obvious stop and start to the festivities. It won’t have a smooth flow as there will be with a DJ.
    • make announcements at appropriate times. Oops, iPods can’t talk.
    • keep the music playing, so there is no “dead air.” You certainly don’t want to have silence when there should be music playing. True, iPods generally don’t have “dead air” either, but if a pause is accidently programmed in, or it comes to the end of a group of songs, an iPod won’t know to keep going.
    • change up the music as needed. Let’s say your party’s in full swing, and everyone is having a great time on the dance floor. To give folks a breather, your DJ plays a slow song (from your chosen list of songs). Most guests will welcome the slower pace, & those who prefer slow songs will get on the floor. However, if everyone clears out and there’s just an empty floor, your DJ will skip past the next slow song on the list and get back to the up-tempo fun your guests enjoy. Again, an iPod can only play what has been programmed in. So if you’ve got two or three slow songs cued up, and your dance floor is empty, the floor will remain empty as those songs are played, unless you get someone to stop what they’re doing, come over to the iPod unit, and fiddle around, pressing buttons until the faster songs are back on.

So, when is an iPod an ideal choice for music? If you want background music only, say for the cocktail hour or for a reception that won’t have any dancing – an iPod will work nicely.

Anything else will be better off with the human element who is not just a “button pusher” but has the experience to play certain songs at their designated times, keep a variety of music going so guests are happy and enjoying the party, and keep the flow and transitions between the different portions of the evening seamless and smooth.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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2 thoughts on “iPods vs. DJs

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  2. Jean, you continue to nail your topics. As an officiant, I notice the iPod does not fade out to the bridal processional from the bridal party entrance tunes, thus we wait and some times wait… Then 'here comes the bride' to her chosen music. Then we continue to wait for the music to end so that I have access to the PA system.

    While I do not mind pushing buttons to start, stop, or begin it again for the recessional… it clearly is not in my job descriptive, nor does it allow for a pleasant flow of pace.

    Has anyone thought of how it looks to have your officiant operating as your DeeJay while doing the service? I'm not sure how it looks from the guest seats, but it feels awkward from my position.

    Just saying and agreeing – there is a place for the iPod and a choice for the wedding ceremony might not be it. Though, I know me and I'll continue to push buttons for the couples that ask me too.

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