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Hi girls,


I just spotted this product in the London Drugs flyer (for only $199.99 - wow!) and thought I would share. Although I am hiring a DJ for my wedding, if I was having less people and a smaller reception I would definitely consider just bringing an iPod, and considering how much some resorts charge just to rent speakers you might want to consider bringing your own instead: UrbanOutfitters.com > Ion Tailgater iPod Portable Speaker


Hope this helps someone out :)

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Good find! You should also check out the Bose iPod dock. It's been used and discussed by several couples on this site and all have said it's powerful enough to be heard over the waves (if you're having a beach reception). Not all docks can do that. However, you'll pay a little more (around $300), but since that's cheaper than most DJs, I think it's a relative bargain because you get to bring it home with you!

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I don't know if this will help anyone in this forum or not but I was just hoping to prevent you from possibly making a mistake in using your Ipod as your DJ at your reception.


Sorry, I know this is long, but I think everyone here will find a lot of value in this! :)


My friend is a wedding DJ and has been for well over 10 years, not sure exactly how long though. From everything that I have seen him do, it sounds like a lot of people on this forum have not hired a DJ before & really don't know what kind of value they are getting when they hire a DJ... or at least if they hire a good DJ. So hopefully this will truly give you a new perspective when & if you make a choice to choose a DJ.


Thankfully, I have seen some of the DJ work he has done and I think you will agree that if you can find a DJ like this in your area, I would recommend hiring them immediately, before they are no longer available for your party.


Here are some things that I have heard him talk about that I believe will help everyone here when choosing their DJ:

  1. Donâ€t hire a DJ on price alone. SERIOUSLY!!! I personally have been to several of my friends weddings and I am here to tell you (which you probably already know from your own experiences) the  DJ can either make or break your party. Here is a valuable tip for you. When you are buying a product, such as a television or CD, it is okay to buy these things based on price alone because they are all the same exact thing, regardless of where you purchase it from. But when you are investing in ANY KIND of service, there are generally no 2 services that are exactly the same. So when comparing price, you arenâ€t comparing apples to apples. From what he has told me, the same is true in the DJ world. That is why you may find a DJ as cheap as $300 or as expensive as $3,000. The cheap DJ will most likely be in-experienced, possibly un-professional, and use un-professional equipment and the top-of-the-line company will hold your hand through the whole planning process giving you tips & suggestions along the way, and possibly incorporating theatrical aspects to the party (like low-flow fog for the first dance and light it up so it looks like we are floating on clouds(which our DJ is doing… this is going to be sooo cool. I hope our pictures turn out as good as some of the pics he showed us)).
  2. I guess the most common misconception that I have notice everyone here speaking of is that a DJ ONLY handles the music. Well, maybe if you are looking at the low-end DJ's, this may be true. But this certainly is not true for my friends company. He teams up with the caterers, photographers, videographers, and anyone else that he feels he needs to and makes sure everything goes smoothly. He is also in charge of keeping our timeline, so things donâ€t drag out too long (I have seen this happen way too many times before, especially when I have been to an “Ipod Wedding†LOL). He is also handles the introductions, toasts, and various other announcements. Also, he is going to personally control all of the lighting for our wedding (I canâ€t wait for thisJ). Just to give you an idea of what I am talking about, he is going to project our wedding colors all throughout our hall. Also, he is going to have a projector that will light up our initials on the wall. I think he called this a monogram. And to top of this off, he is going to be in charge of projecting & maintaining our photo-montage. So, as you can see, there are a lot of other things some DJâ€s do.


I could probably go on and on about some of the cool stuff I have seen him do but I am sure this post is long enough. If anyone has any questions though, he is a really nice guy and I am sure I can ask him if you just post what you would like to know about.


I hope this helps anyone in their decision to go with a DJ or not.

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