DJ, Band or iPod? Part 1…
What kind of bride should consider this option?
A bride who wants to dance to her favorite songs by the original artists and wants someone to keep an eye on the party mood. A DJ can read the crowd and play the right songs at the right times — even create mixes at the last minute. An iPod is a machine, which can’t do that, and no matter how good a band is, they can’t sing every song. I have 20,000 songs in my collection and update it weekly.
The bride who really loves to party and wants that concert atmosphere at her reception, enhanced by the band’s live interaction and communication with the audience.
Music snobs, control freaks and brides throwing a very small wedding. An iPod wedding will ensure you have complete control over the playlist, something all music buffs can appreciate. Plus, an intimate reception might just need a few key songs paired with background music.
What are the disadvantages of going this route?
If any problems come up, a DJ is on his own to fix things, while a band has multiple people to help work out any issues.
There’s always some risk involved with hiring a band you’ve never seen perform before — the band may not be very good, or they may not be capable of playing the type of music you’re looking for.
Without the help of a professional band or DJ to keep the reception events flowing smoothly, there’s the assurance of more stress on the wedding couple.
What are some good ways to find a DJ or band in a new location?
Check magazines and the Web — blogs, forums, social networks. Also ask friends or other brides who married in your destination for recommendations.
Without a doubt, the best way to find a well-regarded band is to seek the opinions of the locals who live in the location, such as taxi drivers, restaurant servers and people who work in the local stores.
What are some important details to check?
Ask the DJ questions: Do you offer a written contract? Will you be the DJ at our wedding, or will it be someone else from your company? What experience do you have on a microphone? What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody’s dancing? Do you take requests from guests? Do you bring backup equipment with you just in case?
Find out the type of music they play, the versatility of their repertoire, the length and frequency of breaks, whether they’re restricted by any local union regulations or practices, the length of performance sets, the number of people in the band and the basic terms and rates of their performance contract. It’s also important to ask if the band has its own sound equipment; if they don’t, you’ll be charged for the rental.
Look into what equipment is available at your venue — is there a microphone, sound system, docking station? Another important thing to consider is the bit rate of the songs; differences in bit rates can mean lower quality and reduced volume. Ideally, each MP3 should be between 256 and 320 kbps. When importing CDs and buying songs on iTunes, check bit rates by clicking the View menu and then View Options.