There's a lot of talk out there about iPod weddings, and I'd like to offer my input.
The short of it is this: just hire a reasonably priced professional wedding DJ.
The longer story is that I love iPods. I own multiples, among my other devices, and have been using them since they came out, when I converted my entire CD collection to digital and quit using those heavy chunks of plastic whenever possible. In fact, I think that it’s silly for a wedding DJ to carry around all that extra weight if there’s no need. However, an iPod is just a tool.
When someone tells you to “just plug your iPod in” for your wedding, the question is “to what”? If you own a $4000 PA system with crystal clear sound then that’s a good start. If not, you can just rent one; an adequate one can be rented for several hundred dollars and a really good one for more. Of course you need someone willing to be a sound tech/roadie, haul it to the venue for you, set it up, and operate it for you. Hopefully you don’t plan on ruining a friendship over free labor, so you should pay them something. Multiple wireless microphones, for an additional cost, would be nice so the guests can hear your ceremony vows and your Best Man and Maid of Honor can make toasts during the reception, perhaps someone would like to do a reading or play an instrument, maybe sing a song during your unity candle. Of course everyone wants to hear the prelude and ceremony music. Oh yeah, that means more money for another PA system for your ceremony, (surely you don’t want your guests to wait around while the same sound system is being set up and sound checked twice?) plus more time and a lot more effort from your friend who is now working really hard for you as an AV tech and roadie.
But wait, what about on-site coordination with your other vendors so that everything runs smoothly? Your tired friend (who by now probably just wishes he were a guest who could relax and have fun like everyone else) needs to change out of his jeans and t-shirt so he can appear presentable to the public. Perhaps a nice suit and tie or even a tux so he can provide some direction for your event and use a microphone appropriately to make announcements and keep your other guests informed. Sort of like an emcee or master of ceremonies. But wait, that means he had to meet with you beforehand to create a schedule or timeline and then insure that the effort put into wedding planning results in successfully executed event coordination.
Speaking of insurance, you’d better have some! Liability insurance for events in Arizona is required, with liability amounts typically in the range of a million dollars. Medical bills and property damage can be expensive! If you think that’s not an issue, think again. The person who creates the trip hazard that breaks Grandma’s hip or starts an electrical fire that burns the reception hall to the ground is liable, and in your iPod wedding, that’s you. But that’s ok, you can purchase a single use insurance policy that covers your event for a few hundred dollars, so you’re not in trouble when something bad happens.
Later, when the house lights are down and folks are dancing, it would be really cool to have some dance lighting- not coffee cans and colored paper; those don’t look good, but intelligent lights that move to the beat of the music and provide dynamic, modern visual effects. There’s another significant investment for a little extra fun.
You know, that’s a lot to worry about on your wedding day. Perhaps it would be better to find a quality Phx AZ wedding DJ who will do all of this for you for a reasonable price. There’s a lot out there but most of them charge too much, which may be why you were thinking of using your iPod in the first place. If only you could find a DJ/MC/Event Planner and Coordinator/AV Tech/Roadie/Insured Professional who was all this in addition to having great rates…
And we’re back to where we began – you could just hire a reasonably priced professional wedding DJ!
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I recently attended a wedding celebration and was rather shocked when the DJ announced himself by climbing on his table and loudly proclaiming with arms outstretched, “The Bride and Groom thought they were just getting a DJ, but little did they know they’re actually getting someone really special, they’re getting MEEEEE!!!” It reminded me of another wedding event not long before when the person most folks would consider to be the DJ took umbrage with the term and demanded he be referred to as a wedding entertainer, and it got me thinking about the differences between the two.
The wedding entertainer seems to think that they are better than a wedding DJ and deserve more money for their services because of the extras they provide. ”A DJ just plays music and makes announcements,” he told me, “I do so much more.” He then proceeded to pass out plastic party hats and glow sticks, yell into the microphone (unintelligibly), and stop the dancing every 10 minutes or so for an “activity” of some ridiculous nature. The exasperated wedding guests just wanted to dance and have a good time, and I thought the poor Groom looked like he wanted to crawl in a hole and hide. He later told me that he was really embarrassed and had wanted a wedding reception, not a teen party. The wedding entertainer was completely out of touch with the group as he proceeded with his agenda including contests and “dance instruction,” meaning that although everyone there knew how to dance the electric slide, he still felt compelled to stop the music and show off his skills to the wedding guests. This is when the now irritated couple asked him to knock it off and just play the song. They’re lucky they didn’t hire the other guy, who went even further in demanding attention with costume changes and skits starring him.
The couple should have hired a professional Arizona wedding DJ who is capable of directing an event without putting the spotlight on himself, and has the skill, knowledge and judgement to conduct an event with a level of class and sophistication, while still retaining a fun and pleasant atmosphere. There are plenty of items associated with a modern wedding celebration such as cake cutting, bouquet toss, formal dances and the like. The insistence that folks will be bored if they’re not frequently accosted is a silly notion. Many people like to relax and enjoy, and visit with friends and relatives who they may not have seen in a while. They may not want to dance every second, and they may not want to be involved in a hairy legs contest at all.
A quality wedding DJ/MC also knows that making an announcement on it’s own is simply not enough. Proper execution of a previously prepared schedule means cueing up a song, setting the microphone down and walking out from behind the DJ table to prepare the people involved. Perhaps the photographer isn’t ready, of the Father of the Bride is unaware that his dance with his daughter is coming up next. He needs to be informed and ready to go when the announcement is made. This applies to the entire evening, plus the obvious coordination required with event staff and vendors. This type of DJ will go even further in his service to the couple by helping to prepare the agenda with them, providing equipment such as wireless microphones , dance lighting, and ceremony sound system free of additional charge. He is willing to help a ceremony musician or reader with their needs, and generally be a source of support fir the married couple on their big day, not an extra headache.
This is not to say that a wedding entertainer does not have his place. If you are looking for a crazy and chaotic reception starring Elvis in a jumpsuit, that may be your cup of tea. Be prepared to overspend and accommodate their ego and desire for attention at your event.
If however you prefer to spend a reasonable amount of money for a wedding professional who will listen to you and your needs, and believes that a wedding is all about the Bride and Groom, perhaps you should hire a wedding DJ/MC who is comfortable with the term and his place, and is honored to be a part of your wedding, knowing that it is your special day and not his.
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A quality D.J. who deserves to work for you at your wedding ceremony, reception, party or special event should know how to provide enjoyable service with anything from elegant sophistication to lighthearted fun and understand the time and need for the difference. He should know when to offer energy and excitement, and when to relax and allow the momentum to take over; how to read a crowd and respond accordingly. He needs to understand that his client’s ideas and dreams are more important than his own and realize that their guests are there to celebrate them, and his job is simply to help make it happen.
I know that you have many options when considering a Phoenix AZ Wedding DJ. Please allow me to explain why you should choose me.
Your DJ should understand the importance of your wedding as well as you do. I appreciate the significance of your commitment and would love to help you achieve your vision of your wonderful day with the power of music. 3 Oceans Entertainment is a tremendous wedding value, offering kind and thoughtful service with reasonable rates. It is a complete AZ wedding DJ service with no additional charges for wireless microphones, dance lighting (even basic accent lighting is included,) and additional sound equipment needed for ceremony and/or cocktail hour needs.
Since your wedding day should be the one of the most wonderful and memorable days of your life, it should be treated with the respect that it deserves. This means careful planning and execution to insure that everything happens smoothly, and a good DJ can be a valuable asset. A surprising amount of preparation can be necessary for a party, corporate, or special event as well, and again your DJ can provide you with valuable assistance.
I also believe that it is essential to find a disc jockey that is willing and able to adapt to your needs, and it is vital to be dealing with the DJ who will actually be performing at your event. That means personal consideration to you before, and undivided attention when your special day comes...when I bring the experience of over 1,000 weddings to you. Yes, I said over ONE THOUSAND weddings. Very few Wedding DJs in Arizona can honestly say that.
Seemingly trivial but actually quite important, it is critical to employ a professional DJ service in AZ that is properly insured in the case of accident or injury, so that you may be confident of the lingering success of your event. I maintain commercial general liability insurance. As my client, an insurance certificate for your venue is available on demand.
I promise that if you choose me to DJ your wedding or event, I will personally attend to your every sound and musical need to the best of my ability, perform for you personally, and conduct myself professionally at all times by setting my ego aside and focus on making your day about you, as wonderful and memorable as it can be.
Something else worth mentioning: If you are looking for a manic and hyperactive DJ to jump around and play games, break out the plastic party props, and put your wedding guests on the spot with contests and silly non-wedding related activities, then I am most certainly not the right choice for you. If this sounds more like what you are after, you are seeking what is becoming known in the industry as a "wedding entertainer," which I am not.
This sort of wedding service provider is often looking to charge you a lot more money, demand the spotlight at your wedding, and generally leave your guests remembering them and not you. Please see my article below called Wedding DJ and MC vs. Wedding Entertainer for further reading that illustrates the distinction between the two.
If however you are after a calm and professional presence providing exceptional, quality Arizona DJ and MC services as I've described on this website, who will care about you above all and respect your wedding, and knows how to be fun without being obnoxious, please give me a call. Thanks!
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