Have you talked about using an iPod for wedding music? While this may sound like a great idea, that can save you lots of money, don't be so quick go with an iPod for your wedding. If you do, be sure you know what you're getting into.
Music is an important part of your wedding and there are quite a few things you need so consider before you make your choice. A good DJ can make a world of difference, and it's not just because of the music chosen.
Most wedding DJs offer more than just a warm body back there playing music. They also help your wedding reception flow. They'll cue the wedding party for events like the first dance, cake cutting and bouquet toss. This is worth its weight in gold, just ask any best man who had to take that burden on himself.
Then there's the music. You should ask yourself if you want to spend the time working out, and then maintaining, a playlist for your reception. It's harder than it sounds. If you go that route, be prepared for some work.
But it doesn't stop there. You'll need to either rent speakers and lights, as well as get them set up and take them down, or somehow work with the venue to make sure you're music sounds good. Again, it's harder than you might think. You'll also want to make sure you've got someone to control the playlists, someone who knows what they're doing. Trust me, you won't want to do that yourself.
As someone who has been recently married, and has been a best man, I can assure you that you need to really think about these things. I personally went with a DJ because I saw how much of a pain the iPod was at my friend's wedding.
The key is getting the right person for the job. A good wedding DJ will let you choose your own songs and will work with you to get the right mix. They also have some experience you might benefit from. For example, they'll remind you that if you want to go all current hip-hop, your parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts might not be down with that. You need to think about your guests.
A good DJ offers much more than simple music selection. And they're cheap, especially in relation to everything else. Make sure you're ready for the added work if you don't get one. Oh, and get your wedding party some good gifts. Chances are they'll be dealing with the aftermath of that decision.