On Tuesday, we looked at live music options for your wedding day. So, today we are discovering what the music world has to offer in the opposite direction. Ultimately, there are two options to choose from: DJ or iPod. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, so let’s take a look at the full spectrum of each.
DJ. If you don’t want the responsibility of changing music or directing guests, a DJ is an excellent choice. Compile a list of music highlighting specific songs that you want played at certain times throughout the night and give them to your DJ. If you don’t have a preference toward specific songs, just give him or her a genre and general guideline for the flow of your big day. The great thing about a DJ is they double as an MC that can direct your guests throughout the night as the festivities shift from one to another. For example, he can rally everyone to gather near the cake table for the cake cutting, the dancefloor to watch the couple’s first dance, etc. Choosing a DJ can be tricky though. If you hire a DJ that you don’t click with and his or her personality doesn’t mesh with you and your fiancé, it can most definitely create frustration throughout the celebration. You need to be on the same page as far as the music you like and your expectations of his or her tasks throughout the night. Part of the reason you’re hiring a DJ in the first place is to reduce the amount of worry and work on your part. It’s important to make sure it’s the right fit when you make your final decision. A DJ will be more expensive than using a playlist on your iPod, but it is worth it if you want to reduce worry and responsibility on your part.
iPod. Creating wedding playlists on your iPod is an easy and inexpensive way to keep the party going on your wedding day. Not only is it much less expensive than a DJ, but you also have complete control of the songs you want to play and when you want to play them. One downfall to this, however, is that you need to keep up on the music throughout the entirety of the event. If you create a couple different playlists ahead of time, this won’t be an issue; you will just need to make sure the songs are continuously playing throughout the celebration. Aside from keeping track of the music yourself, which works great for some couples, you also need to either designate someone to MC the event or help to maneuver your guests throughout the celebration to the correct locations for the bouquet toss, and other events of the like throughout the event yourself. This can be the most taxing and worrisome disadvantage for the couple choosing an iPod, as most are caught between chatting with guests, trying to eat, and taking photos. Adding another responsibility onto the plate can be exhausting and stressful, and may take away from enjoying the moment for most couples. Therefore, an iPod works great for smaller gatherings where there are less people attending to visit with and round up for cutting of the cake as well as other elements of the like. It is also much easier and quick to fix any musical errors when you aren’t running around trying to connect with over one hundred people in only a few hours! An iPod is perfect for a smaller and intimate setting.
Music is an important element of your big day because it sets the mood and atmosphere of the event. Mull these positives and negatives over with your significant other before making any big decisions, and consider the live music options we proposed on Tuesday as well. Choose what is best for you as a couple and you can’t go wrong!