One of the most budget-savvy ways my husband-to-be and I are saving is by going the iPod Wedding DJ route. We decided this pretty early on in the planning process, primarily to cut out a major day-of cost. While DJs are common wedding staples all over the country, only about half of the nuptials I’ve been to in the greater New York City area have had them, and have preferred a band instead. Either option, though, can cost thousands of dollars… If you know someone in the industry, great; but even if you’re the happy recipient of a steep discount for your tunes, it’s still a pricey addition to the big day.
Another reason Matt and I bucked the norm in the music department is that we’ve been to plenty of affairs where the bride and groom request one thing – no fog machine, please, Mr. DJ or absolutely no Macarena, Electric Slide, Chicken Dance… – and that was promptly ignored on the dance floor. Sure, a DJ or band can take the pulse of the crowd, but, especially for a relatively small wedding, so can the close friend I’ve asked to take control of my iPod.
This is, of course, not to say that there’s no value in the X amount a couple spends on a third party performer. It just wasn’t for us.
Since we’ve been eager to incorporate music that really reflects us as a couple, we’ve talked for months about songs to be played (or avoided). Matt, in fact, is extremely excited about his pick for the last song of the evening, and the awesome movie reference it will plant in our guests’ minds as a farewell.
We’ve loaded up my iPhone with some classic tunes and some fantastic surprises using the WeddingDJ app ($7.99 on iTunes). It came well recommended with reviews from other couples online, and, for less than $8, it totally works. The app allows you to choose the order of your music (enter first dance, followed by my dance with my dad, etc.) with the order of your ceremony and reception activities. Then once your epic playlist is complete, anyone should be able to press play on cue.
To make the musical experience and the general flow of the day run as smoothly as possible, my groom and I have asked my good friend and budding entertainer Chelsea to act as our emcee. Chelsea knows exactly the feel of the party we’re trying to throw, and with her own wit and natural knack for entertaining, will make us feel at ease and our guests feel comfortable. She even claims she has some costume changes planned – it’s clearly a practice run for her first Oscars-hosting gig!
After we borrow a friend’s outdoor iPod dock for the ceremony (for the low cost of free!), Chelsea’s help, and the cost of the app and some fresh tracks on iTunes, we’re doing all of our wedding music for under a 10 spot! Major budget-savvy win!
Anyone have any other tips for saving money on a major wedding expense like music?