Guest Post Feature Hot TopicDJ vs. iPod
"Who Needs a DJ? I Have My Own Sound System!"
Guest Post by Sound Wave Music + Lighting Design
When it comes to planning a wedding we know there are MANY options, choices to make, and the possibilities are endless. We also know that your budget is not endless (if only, right?!). We have heard time and again that there are many ways to “DJ” your own wedding and why not, if you can save $800-$1200 in your wedding budget? Now, we aren’t saying this is wrong in every case, as every wedding is different. But, we do know that DJ'ing your own wedding can come at a price - and maybe a price you don’t want to pay. Here are some things to consider as you make this big decision for your special day:
- A DJ is Not an Ipod. If you just need a quiet playlist playing for the duration of your wedding, an ipod playlist may be a great choice. If you are looking for a customized playlist, someone who can read the crowd, interact with your guests, change the tone at a moment’s notice, and make a great celebration for you and your guests, a DJ will be worth looking into…and worth the investment. A professional and talented DJ can set the mood for your whole wedding and give you the type of experience you will cherish for years to come. These are things an ipod can never do for you.
- Your Mom Isn’t An MC…Neither is Your Coordinator. One of the important jobs of your DJ is to make the announcements and MC your wedding. Not a big deal, right? Anyone can do it? Not the case. Our DJs are trained MCs. They have mastered the art of voice, tone, inflection, volume, and more. On the day of your wedding, someone WILL need to make announcements so your guests will feel at ease knowing what to expect throughout the evening. More often than not your mother or coordinator will be the one who ends up on the mic if you don’t have a DJ, and trust me, this is not what they want to be doing on your wedding day!
- A DJ Is More Than a “DJ”. A DJ will never replace a day of coordinator (a discussion for another day), but a professional DJ will make sure the flow of your reception events goes smoothly. He will work closely with your coordinator to ensure that everyone is in the right place at the right time before he makes an announcement of what is coming next. This will go a long way in putting you at ease during your wedding - knowing you can enjoy your wedding and not stress about the little details behind the scenes.
- Renting Equipment Can Be More Headache Than It’s Worth. There are plenty of places in Boise and the surrounding area where you can rent sound equipment. Again, this could be a feasible option if you just intend to have a quiet playlist in the background with no dancing, no announcements. Then again, do you know how to operate the equipment? What if something goes wrong? How do you troubleshoot it? Is there back up? What is an amplifier? A Subwoofer? Mic Input? AHHHHH! These are all questions we would rather you not have to answer as you are in the middle of walking down the aisle and the music cuts out for what seems like an eternity. Can we go for a round 2? Unfortunately there are no retakes for your wedding day. Having a professional DJ means these potential problems are not your problems. The professionals are there who know how to operate, troubleshoot and optimize the equipment. And with Sound Wave, backups are always available.
So, is hiring a professional DJ the right fit for your wedding? We would recommend exploring your options. Feel free to take a look at our website, where you can watch videos about our services and about our fun, experienced DJs and also learn more about how having a professional DJ can make your day the one you are envisioning.
Let us know if we can help by answering questions or brainstorming ideas for your wedding! Happy planning!
Sound Wave Music & Lighting Design, LLC
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