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iPod Wedding Disaster

The Bride and Groom enter the reception with no music playing and no advance announcement to the guests.

The Bride wanted to have her first dance with her groom immediately following the Grand Entrance, but the guests weren’t even aware that she was entering the reception area, and there is no MC.

The First Dance is awkward, the song wasn’t cued up properly, there was dead silence for over a minute as the Bride and Groom stood nervously in the center of the dance floor waiting for someone, anyone, to help.

When the music finally played, it sounded terrible.

Does this sound like a reception that went according to plan? It’s even more painful to watch! Check out this video of an iPod wedding disaster:

As a wedding DJ, I know it doesn’t have to be this way. I have other thoughts about the iPod wedding disaster, but I wanted to link up the video first. I’ll address some of the other problems of an iPod wedding in a future article. If you know of any additional videos that show iPod wedding disasters, please email me – we’re looking for more.

Comments posted to iPod Wedding Disaster

  • March 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm • Posted by Sparkdog

    You guys have called my attention to this iPod wedding phenomenon. I think it boils down to many who want to save some money but aren’t aware of the level of service they are trading away by not having a DJ.

    The debate is pretty divided over on with many other horror stories and some who insist on the iPod anyway.

    Here’s my favorite quote from the comments over there: “We now have a video of my wife standing in the middle of the dance floor with her Dad for 5 minutes waiting for the father daughter song to start up. I looked like a fool.” Ouch.

  • April 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm • Posted by Nick Pappagallo

    Ipods & Receptions for weddings don’t mix! Period.. A “DJ ” is not a DJ for a wedding – yes they do play music … but they also plan the wedding, and more importantly keep the flow of the wedding & MC all the Intros and other Bridal formalities! Yes an ipod can work the cocktail hour perfectly but beyond that hire a professional – it will be the best money you invested in your wedding! Read this Article on Vendors and good questions to Ask!

  • May 25, 2009 at 9:17 pm • Posted by James

    Ahh, whatever DJ company is behind this debate please stage another “wedding disaster” moment. That video has been strewn all over the internet. And please make this next one not look so staged this time alright. Ipod rocks spread t he word

    • July 14, 2009 at 4:07 pm • Posted by Jason

      Hi James,
      I’m sorry it has taken me a long time to respond. It has been a very busy summer.
      I won’t deny that Ipods rock…when I listen to my personal collection of music, I can’t think of a better way to do it. However, I haven’t met an Ipod yet that could do the numerous tasks that an MC of a Wedding or large Event is charged with. Even the most menial task, like introducing the Bridal Party, organizing the Toasts, and maintaining the line of communication between Event Staff and the Guests, which helps keep the event flowing smoothly, I doubt any Ipod could do that. And why would a guest of Honor, like a Bride and Groom, choose to leave those important tasks in the hands of an inexperienced person or a family member who no doubt will not have a chance to truly enjoy themselves at the Wedding or Event, because they have been given a job. More importantly, the Event itself is perhaps the most special day in a person’s life, why leave the entertainment and MC tasks to an Ipod or preset playlist on autopilot. Now obviously, if you have a friend or family member who is a professional MC or DJ, let them run the show along with the use of an Ipod.
      And to address this video, please understand that our company did not produce it. Sure, it’s quality and validity is questionable. However, it makes a point by exaggerating the truth behind what can and often does happen when clients, particularly Brides and Grooms, use an Ipod in place of a Professional DJ or Band at their Wedding.
      If saving money is the ultimate goal, most clients are quite surprised at how inexpensive a good DJ is, versus the other massive costs of a Wedding or Party. A DJ’s experience will almost always add a huge value to your event or Wedding Reception, and in the case of our clients reviews and testimonials, you’ll see that the Ipod is no match for a great Wedding or Party DJ.
      I’ll continue using my Ipod at home, in the car, and even as a last resort backup should my 3 computers fail me at an Event, but I won’t let it take my job without a good fight.

      Thanks again for your comment!

  • August 12, 2009 at 6:50 am • Posted by Elisa | weditorial(tm)

    Great article and interesting discussion. I would love to share with you a related article, and welcome your comments:


  • April 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm • Posted by Oralee Earman

    Good article. I’ve favorited this page so I can follow your updates. Thanks for taking the energy to share this.

  • November 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm • Posted by Johnny Mack

    If it’s a back yard bbq and you want some tunes then use the ipod but if it’s the most important day of your life you really should go for the DJ.

  • January 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm • Posted by Madison Wedding DJs

    Great content for brides!

    It never seems to amaze me how some brides & grooms put so must trust into a personal friend to provide their wedding reception entertainment!

    I recently met with a bride & groom we hit it off from the start. They both expressed their interest in booking my entertainment services. I sent them a contract to complete, but did not hear back from them for some time so I called the bride. She apologized and explained they were way over budget and found a friend who would provide their reception entertainment for free.

    On their reception date I received a frantic call from the brides mother asking if I could quickly come over and take over the reception entertainment. She said I would pay you more than the price you and my daughter agreed upon. She went on to explain that the DJ brought a home stereo system with an iPod and blew out a speaker during the “Grand March” introductions in front of 250 guests.

    I hear these types of stories but this is a first hand account I have experienced personally.

    Martha Stewart said it best: The entertainment you select for your wedding or party is responsible for 80% of the events success!

    Ask yourself how many weddings do you remember the food or decor, I guarantee you will have remembered if the reception entertainment was good or not!

    For most couples you will only get one chance to make it a success, hire a professional!


  • October 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm • Posted by Corrie - Elite DJ's

    I feel that having a DJ at a wedding makes a huge difference. He/She keeps the wedding on schedule, as well as interacting with the audience, whether it be by playing games or getting everyone on the dance floor!

  • July 23, 2012 at 3:46 am • Posted by Amina Adamu

    I think wedding Djs are overated. An MC who is very organised is very important though.
    I got married two weeks ago and our DJ ruined our wedding. i will never forgive him for that. 4 years of putting a song list together and only a tiny fraction of the songs were played. No music before ceremony, no entrance music, first dane song played at half speed. The list goes on. If we’d put our playlist together on an i pod, it would have been a much better option. No offence to all you Djs out there, but it will take me months to get over this fiasco. We were encouraged to get a DJ because we would have better sound quality. But you tell me, What is the point of good sound quality when the songs are awful and nothing is done right?