iPod Weddings

Big Mistake, or Bad Idea?

I am amazed each time I hear a wedding “professional” recommend the iPod wedding idea.

It reminds me of a stand-up comic joking about his friend the electrical engineer, who told him he could save money by building his own refrigerator, and making his own light bulbs.

Since this was first recommended, two changes have occurred: 1) Dozens of YouTube videos have appeared about iPod wedding disasters, and 2) The Party Machine has started to offer a Do-It-Yourself rental sound system, sans music, that allows rental customers to plug in their iPod or laptop. It’s great for low-budget meetings that require a microphone and background music, but we do not recommend it for weddings.

Why not?

Because it’s about more than just the music!

The American DJ Association has published “The Truth About iPod Weddings,” and we present it here for our Blog readers, with permission of ADJA. Be sure to watch the video.

The Truth About iPod Weddings

What you need to know BEFORE you choose an ipod for your event.

As is often the case in society, some things or ideas become trendy with little thought to practical implementation. A few years ago, it was the idea of a “sponsored wedding” that somehow everyone would want to donate their services to you in the hopes of getting business from others. Sounds like a good idea, but never really took off because all the vendors realized that a sponsored wedding only generated more requests for sponsored weddings, not more business for them. So people that overspent on some items counting on the reception being paid for by others soon were in trouble as their budget was gone and they were still missing major parts of their event program.

Today, the trendy topic is DIY receptions by using an ipod and a rented sound system instead of a professional wedding entertainer, the DJ. This idea is fraught with peril, because a great event is more than simply gear and music. It is the talent that a qualified professional brings to the event that matters most. It is what allows for a smooth flow to the event, with no embarrassing surprises. A Professional DJ from the ADJA provides you with confidence that your event will flow smoothly and will be an event that you, your family and guests will never forget, instead of one they would like to.

In order to show you, the consumer the effects of using an ipod, we decided to let video tell the story. What you are about to see is real. It is video from an actual wedding where they chose to use an ipod. The video is untouched other than to insert some dialogue slides from time to time. We hope that by it you will clearly see what happens when you gamble your event success on an ipod. Thanks to DFWADJA and Chad Wandel for this video, and ADJA National for permission to use it. And coincidentally, the ceremony in the video takes place in my home church, Arborlawn UMC in Fort Worth, where I teach Confirmation and have served as Lay Leader and on numerous committees.

NOTE: Experienced professional Wedding DJs will always work within a bride’s planned budget. At the Party Machine, we believe every bride deserves to have the wedding of her dreams!

If you liked this, you will also like “I Wanna Be a Wedding DJ.” Enjoy!

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