It's true that DIYing your wedding music can save money, but at what cost?
If you're thinking about an iPod wedding, you need to (a) designate someone to run the music (b) set up multiple playlists for specific parts of the day and (c) do a test run so you're absolutely positive it's all going to work.
Your decision should be based on how tech-savvy you are or how much you trust the tech-savviness of whoever will be running your music. Are you willing to risk not having any music while you walk down the aisle? Do you have a backup plan in case your iPod dies during your dance? These are real risks that you need to be prepared for.
On the other hand, a DJ or band is a live person who can handle any issues and respond real time to you, your crowd, etc. Plus, because you're paying someone, it means that you're not obligating a friend to work during your wedding. Not a bad thing.
In the end, it will come down to budget and your willingness to prepare. Don't assume that just setting up your iPod and allowing people to choose their fav songs will work. That's a recipe for disaster. However, if you're prepared (and I mean really, really prepared), iPod weddings can be a great way to save money.
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