Super Small Wedding Music Budget? Consider the iPod Option

Washington DC wedding DJDo you have a nano-size wedding music budget? Consider using your iPod to crank out the tunes. I recently talked to Patrick, owner of the Washington, DC-area Ipod Mix, which creates custom music mixes for weddings and other events. Patrick has been an event DJ for twenty years, and he now also offers iPod mixes through his internet-based service. The cost savings over live music or a DJ are amazing: as little as $100 gets you music for your cocktail reception and dinner/dance reception.

“For music and songs, we leave it completely up to the client to tell us what their style and tastes are, then we customize their mix to fit this,” Patrick says. “We try to make each mix as different as possible so it has a unique feel for their wedding day.”

But he brings his DJ experience to the custom mixes, adding what Patrick calls “dance floor packers”. “You want people to enjoy themselves and have fun, and these types of songs help people loosen up.” Still, it’s all based on the clients’ tastes. Ipod Mix has done mixes with all country music, rock oriented mixes, and mixes with a more vintage feel.

For amplification, you can connect your iPod or other MP3 player to your venue’s in-house amplification system, which sometimes requires a rental fee, or equipment rented from an entertainment company. Fees vary, but you can expect sound equipment rental to run in the neighborhood of $200. If you are renting your tables, chairs, or a tent, Patrick recommends asking the same vendor about including sound equipment in a package deal.

For couples considering the iPod option, Patrick recommends two points to consider. First, there’s no getting around the fact that the atmosphere will not be the same as at as when you have a live DJ. I would recommend thinking about the crowd you’re inviting and the space you’ll be in and considering whether they’ll help make up the energy that a DJ would otherwise bring to the cocktail hour or dance floor.

Second, and what Patrick says is “the absolute biggest thing to keep in mind”, is that not everyone at your wedding will share your musical tastes. Speaking from his twenty years of DJ experience, Patrick says, “If you limit too much the type of mix we create for you, most likely you will find people are not going to have a good time. The best, most successful and entertaining weddings are ones where all the musical styles are included, so everyone will be dancing and enjoying themselves all night long.”

Ipod Mix’s website and Facebook page.

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7 responses to “Super Small Wedding Music Budget? Consider the iPod Option

  1. Great article! We totally agree that the best weddings are the ones where all musical styles are included! iPod weddings do lack the energy that a DJ brings…ultimately it’s up to the couple to decide what they want for their wedding. Check out our iPod weddings article for extra tips — http://www.weddingmusiccentral.com/blog/2010/05/06/tips-for-your-ipod-wedding/
    🙂

  2. Pingback: Wedding Music Budget Advice: A Little Live Music Makes a Big Impact | Backyard Huppah

  3. Lisa @ B&B Party Rentals New Jersey

    Yeap, mixing the music up a bit really makes a huge difference especially if your guests are of different backgrounds.

  4. Anyone out there getting married? I’ve just thought how to make my wedding extra special without spending a fortune. Keep things simple but have a live String Quartet, they don’t cost much. Even a simple church ceremony will seem special with live music playing.

    • Lilla, is it possible that you are a member of a string quartet? Funny you should post a comment, because the next post will be about adding a live music element to the wedding day. You may want to add some useful tips for readers there. Should be up by Monday, Eastern U.S. time, so check back…

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