Thursday, November 4, 2010
At our destination wedding we used one of the few local DJ's...and he didn't speak much English. Which makes sense, we were in another country after all. I was nervous about having never met him, and not having a list of music, basically not having any control. But I figured, we're on the beach...there is tequila, we'll be fine. I burned a few discs of songs I couldn't live without hearing on my wedding night and a list of songs I forbade the DJ to play. Including "YMCA", "The Macarena", "The Chicken Dance" or any of those songs that the 50 and over crowd go crazy for. Okay, okay...I will admit I missed hearing "Shout" ever since Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson did it justice in Wedding Crashers.
Well my DJ didn't listen. Occasionally one of those prized songs would come on and I'd wonder what our communication issues were. Apparently my Mother was going behind my back, with the blessing of my Husband, and requesting the songs. In the DJ's defense he did tell my Mom "the Bride said NO".
It all worked in the end, but due to the language barrier we didn't have anyone to announce the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance so fortunately my Brother-in-law played MC for the night.
Lots of couples have had success using iPod play lists at their receptions. You can load it with all your favorite songs and set it up to fade in and out just like a real DJ. If you live in the Seattle area you can even rent an iDJ System. The system includes two powered speakers, a dual cd player mixer combo, wired microphone, three RCA Y-cables to connect iPods, laptops, etc. and some other stuff you need to make it all happen. All for only $250. That is cheaper than a Mexican DJ. No really it is.
Now all you need is an outgoing friend to announce when it is time for the toast and you're good to go!
Thanks Danielle for finding this great idea!