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Your iPod is Not a Professional DJ

Posted by aadams40 on July 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM


One cringe-inducing  phrase that I have been hearing more and more over the last two years from people planning their weddings is "We are just going to make playlists and plug in our iPods."  For some reason, people are confusing the concept of having lots of music with the concept of knowing what music to play and when.  Even I, someone who has been successfully DJing weddings and special events for several years, would never presume to be able to pick all of the music for a night of dancing beforehand.  Playing music for a room full of prospective dancers, especially at a wedding where the dancers range from 5 to 80+, is a specialized skill that is carefully crafted over years of playing music for dancers and that skill cannot be replaced by any technology, no matter how expensive or cutting-edge that technology happens to be.

An iPod is not able to shift seamlessly from one genre to another, making sure that all attendees get a chance to dance.  A computer cannot take requests from your guests, while using years of experience to judge whether the request is appropriate for the moment.  A computer is not able to download songs on the fly when you realize that your grandparents want to dance to their wedding song.   A DJ is there not only to bring music and equipment, but also to lead the night musically, using a vast knowledge of music and experience in getting people up on the dance floor.

The music of any wedding or party is a HUGE aspect of the event.  Having great music as well as knowing in what order to play the music are both imperative in making sure that you and your guests enjoy themselves and have the best time possible.   You may save a few hundred dollars by renting sound equipment and having your cousin run some playlists that you came up with, but, chances are, you will end up regretting that decision when you realize that you could have had a professional doing this important job of keeping the dance floor full.

iPods are great when you are going for a walk or working out or having a romantic dinner but for one of the most important nights of your life, I would recommend keeping your iPod at home and hiring a DJ.  You won't regret it.

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