Be your own Wedding DJ… ?!

Houston Wedding, Ipod Wedding DJ

The recent trend, in saving money, is that brides decide to be their own Wedding DJ. Here are a few articles that tackle that subject.

  1. Have Ipods made DJs Obsolete?
  2. The new wedding singer: iPod
  3. Would You trust an Ipod to DJ your Wedding?
  4. DJing Yourself. Sort Of.

The short and sweet of it is these articles can be separated into pros and cons:


  • You Will Save money
  • You will be in total control of what is played in your wedding
  • You will not have an “eye-sore” set-up that some DJ’s command
  • You do not have to deal with the arrogance of some DJ’s
  • Nobody will be telling you how you should run your wedding
  • You will know if something goes wrong with the music and will be in total control of diagnosing and fixing the situation in a timely fashion.
  • You can choose who will be in cotrol of playing the music


  • You do not save that much money, You still have to rent the equipment, which can run about half the cost of the actual DJ and in some cases as much as a DJ costs
  • You have to purchase your own music and songs are approximately $1 each in some services, and for a 4 hour wedding you need approximately 100 well planned songs.
  • You have to spend extra time organizing and planning the music to be played at your wedding
  • You will have to spend extra time hunting for the songs that cannot be found online
  • By being in total control you will be more focused on the music than on attending or visiting with your guests
  • You may get frustrated and think, “I should of just hired a DJ”
  • You will have to choose somebody to do the presentation, and if they do not do it on a weekly basis, their nervousness will show, taking just a little bit of elegance in your wedding
  • The person you chose to run your ipod might end up playing some of the songs you do not like, but he does. There are some family members that just love to irritate people.
  • I’ll stop there…

The main driving force for brides to choose the Ipod DJ over the Conventional DJ, especially here in Houston, is the illusion that they are going to save tons and tons of money. And if you do any proper-prior-planning you will see that in the end you might end up saving approximately $100 Dollars. However, you increase the chances of something going wrong in your wedding. My recommendation would be just hire a DJ, Spend the extra money, and be assured that everything will be PERFECT. You don’t want to see yourself thinking, “I Should of just hired the DJ”

Francisco H. Perez
FHP Entertainment
“Quality in Service, Elegance in Entertainment”
(832) 465-1161

About the author: Simply Frank

Francisco Perez has been a Professional Wedding DJ in the Houston Area Since 1999 which has allowed him to grow into a leader in the community. Now he is sharing his wisdom with informative posts about the industry. Weddings are his passion because they are centered around LOVE and commitment that two people make to each other for the rest of their lives. The name Simply Frank describes his style perfectly, Simple and Frank or Simply Frank

8 comments to “Be your own Wedding DJ… ?!”

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  1. Ross - February 8, 2008 at 9:01 am Reply

    “My recommendation would be just hire a DJ, Spend the extra money, and be assured that everything will be wrong. ”

    I’m sorry, you want me to hire you and be assured that everything will be wrong???

  2. Francisco (Houston Wedding DJ) Perez - February 8, 2008 at 9:05 am Reply

    Thanks for the comment Ross, I appreciate you taking the time to read my post… :)

    Happy Planning!!

  3. Mrs. Grasshopper - February 11, 2008 at 8:23 am Reply

    I wrote that last article well over a year ago and I stand behind our decision to not hire a traditional dj or band. Yes, we didn’t save much money in going this route because we needed to rent equipment, but we had some of the best music I have heard at a wedding, possibly ever. Which we have to thank a great friend-of-a-friend for handling. I would recommend it to anyone who really cares about the music being played at their wedding.

  4. Francisco (Houston Wedding DJ) Perez - February 11, 2008 at 9:06 am Reply

    Hi Mrs. Grasshopper,

    Thanks for stopping by commenting on this blog. The last sentence was not clear to me, and I am going to assume you meant that you would recommend the Ipod over the DJ. Am I correct? I would think that there are DJ’s that sit down with you (the bride) and let you chose your own music at your event. I know I do, especially with how diverse my clients can be. If you don’t mind sharing, would you let me know what music was played at your event that a traditional DJ might not have played? Believe me I know there are DJs that say “I play what I play no matter what the bride wants” and I really don’t see it that way. I see it as you hire me with the assumption that I am going to play the music that you and your family and friends want to hear.

  5. Orlando Wedding DJ - October 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm Reply

    So this raises another question. Is it better to hire a cheap DJ or just use an iPod? A cheap DJ could be disorganized, not show up on time, play the wrong songs, not be able to get people dancing, etc. However, the person running the iPod could be organized, most likely will show up on time, could still play the wrong songs, and will unfortunately not be able to really mix songs together to get people dancing. If you can rent the equipment for $300 vs. pay a cheap DJ $400, it may be best to opt for the DJ so your guests don’t have to play around with the iPod. However, if renting the equipment is $150 and the cheapest DJ you can find is $600 with a budget of say $300, you may be best just going for the iPod.

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