Become a Top Wedding Planner – Tell Your Bride the Hidden Costs of Having an iPod Wedding


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A headline on the cover of the April 2010 issue of Brides magazine reads “Save $1000 on your wedding (it’s easy and fun).” The article teaches brides to have an “iPod wedding,” meaning save money by loading up an iPod or laptop with tunes instead of hiring a band or DJ. The articles offers tips on avoiding the glitches that can arise when couples do this, such as the iPod or laptop dying, running out of music and not having music that appeals to a wide variety of guests.

But there are other things that you need to make your bride aware of if she wants an iPod wedding:

1) She needs to hire master of ceremonies (toastmaster) and this person should not be a member of the wedding party or a guest. It is too easy for someone involved in the wedding to get caught up in the celebration and not remember to make announcements at the proper time.

2) She may need to rent a microphone for the MC to use if the crowd and/or venue is large.

3) She may need to rent audio equipment to hook up to the iPod or laptop. And if she is thinking she can use her home audio equipment, let her know that it will not sound the same in a wedding venue. (She will need to test all equipment at the venue before the day of the wedding.)

Having an iPod wedding may or may not be a good way of saving money. Make sure you and your bride do the research needed to determine the amount of money and extent of the time she would need to take to make it successful. You may want to work with her to see if she would be interested in interviewing professional DJs so she can compare costs and understand what she would get with a DJ versus doing it herself.

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One Response to “Become a Top Wedding Planner – Tell Your Bride the Hidden Costs of Having an iPod Wedding”


    Hi Sharon: I had not even heard of an iPod wedding until reading your posting. I wonder what the trends will be in 10 years when my daughter is of marrying age?!

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