Ipod Disco

Is anyone not having a DJ and doing it themselves with an ipod playlist? 

Were not having a DJ because they cost too much, plus Im not too keen!

Im just worried about how it will all work?  The golf club have a docking station which they say goes very loud and can be heard all over the gold course, so thats not a problem.  Im worried about the other things a DJ does, like announcing first dance, cake cutting, the dance disco lights etc etc

Can anyone who has done this themselves or been to a wedding that did this please let me know how it worked.

Thanks xxxx

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  • Also, was there a good party atmosphere??

  • Sam60Sam60 Posts: 249

    Morning!

    Ben (my son) has dj'ed with an iPod for us before and it worked out well - I was so glad to not have forked out for a proper DJ.

    The only thing is, he was purely doing music. Do you have a confident relative or friend who could act as mc? Xx

  • lubeslubes Posts: 1,555

    hey,

    i haven't been to a wedding with just an ipod docking station before, but i have heard of it being done so it's not unusual! my OH works in the light/sound industry and did a lot of wedding DJ-ing in his early years so maybe i can help you a bit!

    firstly, i would ask your golf club to play you some music through their docking station. check that it is as loud as they claim and that it doesn't sound awful when turned up!

    i know you may not want to hear this, but it's difficult to get hold of the 'disco' lights without a DJ for cheap! you can buy them online (and sell them on afterwards), providing you or someone you know is technical enough to set them up. it isn't difficult, but you normally need DMX cables to turn them on rather than a simple plug! your venue should have these DMX sockets installed for a DJ already, but check what a DJ usually does with them so if you do buy your own, you know exactly what to get. there's no harm in looking around for cheap lighting, even on places like ebay. i'm sure you've already asked, but does your venue have some lights? always worth checking!

    another route you could take if you want the 'disco' without a DJ is hiring some lighting and some speakers (if you're not satisfied with the docking station). just contact some local technical events suppliers rather than someone who offers mobile DJ services to see what they can offer. the only thing i would warn you about this is that some companies may be reluctant to hire if you're trying to keep costs down. some may weigh up whether it's worth giving you a few lights if there's the possibility that they may need them for another job that will make them more money. not saying that WILL happen, but just something to bear in mind.

    as for the announcer, have you got a family member or friend who is a confident public speaker? they could do all the official bits for you :) as for the music, you can ask guests to request songs and put a playlist together that just runs on its own!

  • Thanks so much, I feel a little more confident about it now!  

    My brother in law came to mind when you both asked about someone confident to mc so I think i wil ask him! 

    I wil contact the venue and see if we can go back to check out the docking station and also disucc lighting.  

    Thanks again xxxx

  • Moore2Moore2 Posts: 2

    Hi Katherine,

     

    Have you thought about meeting with a few Wedding DJs to see if you like them and to discuss your worries and needs? We would be happy to meet with you and discuss every second of the night with you to make sure it goes to how YOU would like it to go. 

     

    If you would like to have a chat about this, please contact me. 
    www.moore-events.co.uk

     

    Kind regards,
    Moore Events

  • Kitten2014Kitten2014 Posts: 1,489

    I did an iPod and no DJ when I got married before. It worked fine, but I do suggest taking lubes' suggestion and testing it out first. We used the country club's sound system for the ceremony as well, and they couldn't get it to work minutes before the ceremony was to start! As it was, the music couldn't be heard, and we walked up and down the aisle basically to silence. *Awkward* (and a sad/ bad memory I'd like to forget). The system worked fine in the reception room though. I had two separate play lists, one for ceremony, and one for reception. Once the reception started, we just let the reception playlist play. We didn't have anyone MC, because I didn't want something like that. When we wanted to cut the cake, we just went over and did it, and people noticed and watched. We didn't have a first dance or speeches either, so we didn't have to worry about that being "announced" either. As far as a "grand entrance," we came inside after photos were finished, said some hellos, and then sat down to eat. It was a nice, low-key day.

    If you are looking for a light set, you might try renting one. There are party supply rental companies that will rent you just about anything. You will just need to appoint someone responsible for setting them up, taking them down, and returning them -because I'm sure you won't want to be doing that on your wedding day or the day after.

  • I worked at a wedding venue and one couple decided to do an ipod disco. They didn't hire a proper PA, (although we said they should have) and the atmosphere was awful!

    No one was dancing, not even the bridesmaids! Our system was designed for dinner background music only, so with 100+ guests you couldn't hear it at all.  IT WAS TESTED before and seemed like it was loud enough to the groom, but that was without 100+ people there!

    The groom spent almost 2 hours during the evening reception with me fiddling with the system to try and turn it up but when we did it kept cutting out and stopping the music altogether. He and the bride were so stressed and it was heart breaking honestly!!! We tried to phone around to get a PA for them but Sunday night at 10pm, no luck!  I left almost in tears and I was just working at the venue. 

    After this the wedding co-ordinator vowed never again to allow an ipod disco. We felt so guilty. Even though we strongly recommended a proper PA system - we should have insisted! It ruined their evening reception.  Ipod receptions are now banned from that venue.

    I also think once you have hired the equipment you need, you may as well hire a cheap DJ. Plus you have someone to make announcements for you and stop friends putting on cr*p music.

    Sorry to be so negative but it really was awful!

  • There's a joke amongst DJs. " How do you get cheap equipment hire" ? 

    Hire a DJ! Often the cost of hiring the necessary equipment is greater than that of hiring a DJ. And very often, the cost of the DJ is less than the drink you give your guests as they enter the reception. Which one will they remember at the end of the night? There is a suitable DJ for every function, the trick is finding them. 

     

    Yes I'm biased, yes I'm a DJ, have been for four decades. 

  • Landscaperuk wrote (see post):

    There's a joke amongst DJs. " How do you get cheap equipment hire" ? 

    Hire a DJ! Often the cost of hiring the necessary equipment is greater than that of hiring a DJ. And very often, the cost of the DJ is less than the drink you give your guests as they enter the reception. Which one will they remember at the end of the night? There is a suitable DJ for every function, the trick is finding them. 

     

    Yes I'm biased, yes I'm a DJ, have been for four decades. 

    If you can be cheaper than the drink we give our guests on arrival, then your hired!  We wont be offering a drink as are on an extremely low budget of £1000 for the entire day.  So free then???!!! 

  • I was at a wedding recently and they just had an I pod playlist, and it worked wonderfully. They asked guests in advance for a couple of songs each so everyone had something they loved and the night was a blast, everyone was up dancing all night. 

    they didn't use lighting as the room had enough lights through it with twinkly fairy lights and mood lighting in the room....plus disco lights aren't to everyone's liking. 

    i agree you need to check the sound system though, can't imagine anything worse than not being able to hear it  during the night. 

     

     

  • lola3lola3 Posts: 350 New bride

     

    we aren't having a dj as I can't stand them and personally think they are very tacky! (Sorry just my opinion)So we are having a live band, our venue has mood lighting and professional lights so we don't need to worry about lighting. Maybe you could consider a live band not sure how much the price difference is from a dj to a live band but might be worth looking at. 

  • I think live bands are generally much more than a DJ.  Mostly because you are paying 3-6 peoples wages instead of 1.

  • Well Katherinesara, as the only way to be cheaper than a zero cost is to pay you for the priveledge of performing, I'll have to concede defeat on that one. Sorry, but as they say in Dragon's Den " I'm out ". 

     

    Miss Marvel, glad to hear the function you attended went well, but what if the venue's own lighting wasn't sufficient? Disco lighting not to everyone's taste? Define disco lighting please. Like many other professional discos, I carry a wide range of lights, from the aforementioned mood lighting ( uplighters ) tasteful moonflowers,and  colour wash lights at the subtle end of the scale. Many brides are requesting exactly that, and I feel it works very well. No blinding lights spinning wildly round the room, which I suspect is what you're referring to. And if the clients want a more clubby feel, then I bring out the lasers, and barrel scanners. What the customer wants, the customer gets. Simples. Or it should be. Some discos operate on a " one size fits all " basis, and that's not a good idea. 

     

    Lola, yes, tacky discos exist, and I'm sorry you've had bad experiences . There are also tasteful, smart, customer focussed professional ones. As a rule, the main attraction of the former is the ( usually ) very low price. The attraction of the latter is their service.

     

    And as to the price differential between bands and discos, well between some of the  top class bands I've worked with and myself that can be greater than the £1,000 that Katherinesara has to spend on the whole event. 

     

    Spending vast sums of money isn't necessarily the way to ensure a memorable day. Prioritising where it's spent can pay dividends. 

  • Landscaperuk wrote (see post):

    Well Katherinesara, as the only way to be cheaper than a zero cost is to pay you for the priveledge of performing, I'll have to concede defeat on that one. Sorry, but as they say in Dragon's Den " I'm out ". 

     

    Miss Marvel, glad to hear the function you attended went well, but what if the venue's own lighting wasn't sufficient? Disco lighting not to everyone's taste? Define disco lighting please. Like many other professional discos, I carry a wide range of lights, from the aforementioned mood lighting ( uplighters ) tasteful moonflowers,and  colour wash lights at the subtle end of the scale. Many brides are requesting exactly that, and I feel it works very well. No blinding lights spinning wildly round the room, which I suspect is what you're referring to. And if the clients want a more clubby feel, then I bring out the lasers, and barrel scanners. What the customer wants, the customer gets. Simples. Or it should be. Some discos operate on a " one size fits all " basis, and that's not a good idea. 

     

    Lola, yes, tacky discos exist, and I'm sorry you've had bad experiences . There are also tasteful, smart, customer focussed professional ones. As a rule, the main attraction of the former is the ( usually ) very low price. The attraction of the latter is their service.

     

    And as to the price differential between bands and discos, well between some of the  top class bands I've worked with and myself that can be greater than the £1,000 that Katherinesara has to spend on the whole event. 

     

    Spending vast sums of money isn't necessarily the way to ensure a memorable day. Prioritising where it's spent can pay dividends. 

    Hi, my comment wasn't meant to offend, just stating that I had been to a wedding where it worked well, which I thought was the point of the thread. 

    Apologies to any Dj's who took my comments to be more than that.

     

     

  • Jenni8Jenni8 Posts: 3,201

    I would also be keen to hear from any more people that have done this sucessfully. I have a quote for a PA system, including mics, for the whole day to cover music for ceremony, dinner and party, and all lighting that I want and is very reasonable. They come and set it up and dismantle afterwards. 

    I think my only concern is like people have said, the announcements but I am sort of hoping that someone at the venue can do this for me.....

    My other concern is that there will be a small gap inbetween songs. TBH I haven't been to many weddings as we are the first in our families and friendship circles to get married, but I imagine DJs kind of link the music up. Does anyone else have experience on this or think it will be a problem? 

    My final concern is the equipment suddenly stopping working! They have tried to reassure me by saying that they set it up properly and make sure it works when they leave and haven't had problems before (they seem a well-reviewed and award-winning company). 

    Any advice is much appreciated! 

    xxx

  • lubeslubes Posts: 1,555
    Jenni8 wrote (see post):

    I would also be keen to hear from any more people that have done this sucessfully. I have a quote for a PA system, including mics, for the whole day to cover music for ceremony, dinner and party, and all lighting that I want and is very reasonable. They come and set it up and dismantle afterwards. 

    I think my only concern is like people have said, the announcements but I am sort of hoping that someone at the venue can do this for me.....

    My other concern is that there will be a small gap inbetween songs. TBH I haven't been to many weddings as we are the first in our families and friendship circles to get married, but I imagine DJs kind of link the music up. Does anyone else have experience on this or think it will be a problem? 

    My final concern is the equipment suddenly stopping working! They have tried to reassure me by saying that they set it up properly and make sure it works when they leave and haven't had problems before (they seem a well-reviewed and award-winning company). 

    Any advice is much appreciated! 

    xxx

    hi jenni,

    i haven't been to an 'ipod' disco wedding before, but i noticed this thread pop up again and i commented previously :) 

    a) some digital music players links songs together (my spotify does) so it might be worth trying and testing that at home. even if there is a small gap, i'm sure people won't notice (especially if they have had a few!). i guess you need to make sure the songs you play don't have introductions that slowly fade in! 

    b) i have to be honest (and i don't mean to be brutal - i am slightly biased), but if you're worrying about the equipment stopping suddenly, then the only way you can get peace of mind for that is by getting a DJ. i doubt anything will go wrong with some speakers and cables though, but (in the nicest way), that is the risk you are taking by choosing to hire in a PA system without a person who comes with it!

    hope that helps x

  • Jenni8Jenni8 Posts: 3,201

    Thanks so much. That is really interesting about spotify - what type of account do you have to get that? Definitely worth looking into as we were planning on doing a spotify premium playlist. 

    I agree about the risk. The company are offering me and engineer to come with the set and literally sit there all day in case the worst happens. If I dont go for that option, they are on the end of the phone if there are any problems and can come down but they will be like 45 mins away. 

    x

  • Spotify is a great option, especially for background music if the venue PA is good. You need to pay for the premium version of Spotify, otherwise there will be an advert every 3 songs.

    However, you can have the free version, build up your playlist, and purchase premium for 99p for the first month (to cover your wedding) and then cancel. It's £9.99pm after that.

    Within the settings of Spotify go to

    edit - preferences- show advanced and change crossfade to 12 sec and set the same volume for all tracks to on, this will mean no gaps between your tracks.

    Also set your playlist in Spotify to be available offline and then you don't need wifi and you wont get any streaming/caching problems when it's playing.

    I would suggest you make 2-3 playlists rather than trying to make it all flow from one. 

    The first should be background/easy listening music (its subjective, but you may get some inspiration from https://open.spotify.com/user/1172971720/playlist/1RxiEKcztgOaDl8ktO4UeC), and then another upbeat, and/or cheese (if you're gong for that).

    The skill in a DJ is in reading your crowd and knowing when they are ready to move from socialising to dancing, and playing the right tracks to keep everyone happy and dancing, but if you want/need to DIY that's the way to go.

    There are also no licensing issues with playing Spotify, although some DJs may tell you otherwise.

    “as long as the party is not public and/or commercial, you are allowed to use Spotify…Anytime you would need a licence to play music, you are not allowed to use Spotify” 

    PRS for Music’ website when you don’t need a licence to play music:

    “PRS for Music does not make a charge for functions of a purely domestic or family nature, such as wedding receptions, christening parties or domestic birthday parties, when:

    • Attendance of guests is by personal invitation only (except for staff, performers, etc.)
    • The function is held in a privately-booked room, not at that time open to the general public
    • There is no form of charge made for admission
    • There is no financial gain to the function’s organiser or host (e.g. the person hiring the venue)”

  • As a DJ, who has done and is doing very well thank you, I find there is a range of needs re music, just as in all aspects of weddings, and life for that matter.  

    If a client wants a great party, is really into their music, is busy working, has guests travelling from all over the country/world for their big day, has a large attendance etc then I would strongly recommend they choose several DJs they like the look of and arrange a consultation.  They need a professional DJ.  There is a lot to organise, lots going on and a high level of skillful execution required to bring about a brilliant celebration.

    If a client is not really into music in a big way, or alternatively, wants 100% control over the playlist, has a not so large attendance etc etc then a DIY approach may work.  MAY.

    Consider that the cost of an excellent DJ and the value of what they deliver is likely to be a fairly small part of the overall wedding budget whilst it delivers a lasting memory of a brilliant day.

    One aspect to consider is that most people will only ever hire a DJ once or twice in a lifetime, and many never.  Most clients I meet with are pleasantly surprised and delighted as to how much I can enhance a celebration.  Pro DJs have a lot to offer.  Most pros will be very happy to meet and discuss options at no cost or obligation to the client.

    What's to lose from having a meeting?  You likely go see alternative venues, gown suppliers, florist, jewelers etc so why not the DJ?

    Jules www.djjules.co.uk

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  • I've recently been to a wedding where the couple used an ipod instead of a DJ. They requested us to send songs that we would dance to in their wedding invite.

    Verdict? It was a major flop! Hardly anyone was dancing, many were just sitting at the table drinking. And because they invited quite a few 'mature' guests, some of the song requests were so outdated! I didn't even know how to dance to some of it. Having said that, maybe this wedding was an exception and not the norm.

  • missmarvel wrote (see post):
     

    Hi, my comment wasn't meant to offend, just stating that I had been to a wedding where it worked well, which I thought was the point of the thread. 

    Apologies to any Dj's who took my comments to be more than that.

     

     

    Hello Miss Marvel. 

    No offence taken, your post is valid, and I can't argue with it. For some functions and venues an ipod disco will work brilliantly. 

    It may not be the cheapest or best option. As discussed above, equipment failure ( Professional DJs carry backup ) or the equipment not being suitable for the job in hand could spoil the evening. As could a crap DJ who's just doing it for beer tokens. 

    Could I recommend to all of you, check out Professional DJs. You can have exactly the type of function you want.  I can't promise it will be cheap, but the one thing I'd recommend above all else is have a face to face meeting with your prospective DJ. Discuss what you want, and what they can offer. If they don't match up, then try someone else. 

  • Hey all, I know this is an old thread but im hoping its still active. I've read everything and didn't seem like anyone mentioned licencing. If you just want to do your own list, do you need to a get license? Or did no one bother?

    thanks 

  • I went to a wedding that did DIY music on an Ipod and honestly, I am sorry to say this about anyone's wedding, but it was terrible. 

    They had tried the system out, and all seemed ok. But s0ds law, on the night there were issues. It was really quite low too once everyone was in the room and chatting etc. 

    Hardly anyone got up dancing because it sounded so low in the large room. 

    To me, music is very important, so fitting a DJ in my budget was a no brainer. I wanted the dancefloor full all the time, and it was 

    x

  • We are playing music off an iPod to fill in the time before the band play and we using the band's PA system so hopefully it should be loud enough! 

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