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article imageIPods Are a Cheap Idea For Your Reception

By KJ Mullins     Jun 16, 2007 in Technology
With the rising cost of weddings everyone could use a price break. Use your IPod and some speakers for reception music and you have save a bundle. Wedding singers and DJs have new competition for those pricey reception gigs.
Some couples have turned away from the big band theme choosing instead to offer softly played music while mingling with guests.
Adam and Jennifer Love are one such couple. They found using a five hour play list for their reception kept it close and intimate instead of a dance party.
"We had a lot of folks from out of town and there were those I went to college with, so it was more about getting together to talk and get reacquainted rather than highlighting a band or DJ," said Adam Love, who now lives in Berkeley, Calif. "If the music isn't something you expect to be the centerpiece of the wedding, it's just an easy, less expensive way to handle (your event)."
The average cost of using an IPod and speakers rounds out to $100. Even the cheapest DJs are going to be several hundred dollars more. When you look into a band it's over a thousand dollars, a huge dip into your wedding expenses.
The one thing that an IPod can't do though is to give the reception that human flair. A DJ sets the tone of the party, gauging the crowd and by using their music can heat it up a notch.
"An iPod is music, and what brides really want is an eloquent spokesperson that can represent them at their event in front of family and friends to create a once-in-a-lifetime, memorable experience," DJ Dr. Drax said.
"We work in harmony (with photographers) to craft deeply powerful, poignant memories for friends and family where they feel that they've experienced something that was unique," Drax said. "The Kodak catches the moment -- it's the DJs job to create it."
Erin Bristow and Marcus Roll decided to go the IPod route for their wedding. They set up a site prior to the wedding where their guests could help pick the play list.
"In the end, we decided that it would be fine to do it ourselves," said Bristow, 23. "It's been a fun project to make this play list for us anyway, to think of songs we love and some songs that we haven't listened to in years, and we had fun doing this together. We've had a really good time doing all the planning and I think that comes from not having to worry about so many things at one time. Getting married is stressful, but planning a wedding should be fun."
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