So I know there has already been a thread on the whole 'DJ vs. iPod' thing, but from what I can see, it looks like the last reply was 4 years ago so I wanted to make a new one. Hope that's okay! So here is my dilemma:
I am getting married at Dreams PV next May. After doing some research I heard some not so great things about the DJ that is provided by Dreams for the extra cost, and I didn't really want to risk that. At first I elected to fly one of my friends out to do it who is a DJ in San Francisco (wouldn't pay her but would cover her travel arrangements), but then some unexpected expenses came about and I felt like I couldn't really spring the extra money to get her out. So I nixed that idea and now am at the conclusion of using my own iPod/sound system and just wingin' it. I guess this scares me because of the 'winging it' part. I have heard of plenty of brides doing this and saying it works fine, but my main worry is that the flow of the night may be kind of weird. Someone won't be a 'dedicated' person making sure songs are played and stopped and I just wonder how this is going to go! Now we did ask my fiance's aunt if she would make some minimal announcements just to direct people's attention to whatever is going on, and she was more than happy to do it (she is very outgoing and fun), but I just worry about things not going right! My other worry is that it won't be as high energy. My fiance and I are not really into the gimmicky DJ stuff in the first place, but we don't want it to be totally dead because no one is kind of 'controlling the energy.' Know what I mean? Ugh this is really my main concern about the wedding, is how this piece is going to work.
My other question along with the reception music, is the ceremony music. Any Dreams brides that can attest to how it went to get the correct processional/recessional songs played? Like, who makes sure this is happening?
Anyway I am just hoping that there are some brides out there that have used their own sound system and can address my questions specifically. If you had your wedding at Dreams PV and did this, even better! The more info I can gather on the right way to approach it, the better I'll feel. Basically though there is no going back on hiring a DJ for us cos we just can't afford it at this point. So words of encouragement are always appreciated!