June 03, 2004

GQ Says Ditch the DJ


If you can find the June 2004 issue of GQ (they may have already put out the July issue by now so check your dentist's office) look for an article titled "82 Ways To...Take Back the Wedding." I've just started reading it, and I'm sure I'll find something to complain about shortly.

If it's too late for you to dig up a copy, look for their online piece featuring a list of suggested songs that GQ calls "The Ultimate Wedding iPod." It's a good idea, in theory. Some DJs who pop CDs into a tray are little more than human jukeboxes anyway, and a cute little iPod might have more personality than someone who just did a bar mitzvah that afternoon.

This list of songs is generally good, although I question some of their choices (you can't really dance to David Bowie's "Heroes" or Paul Simon's "Graceland") and some of the songs (by The Shins, The Darkness and The Strokes) seem selected merely for the editors to prove their own hipness. Nevertheless, the idea of loading up an MP3 player could work for people looking to save a few bucks. So instead of hiring an expensive DJ for a few hours only to have him go home with a drunk bridesmaid, it might be a better idea to spend a fraction of the money on a 40 Gig iPod that you can take home, bring on your honeymoon and have for a long time.

Posted by The Groom at June 3, 2004 12:11 AM

That's what we did for our wedding 3 weeks ago. Actually, I had my laptop plugged in, since I had to go to a conference on the way to the wedding (long story) and that just made it trivial. iTunes rules! A buddy (former DJ & music industry wiz) pushed play and stop at appropriate times. Everyone had a great time, loved the music, and there was no annoying DJ trying to steal the show. Total cost? < $300.

Posted by: Benn at June 3, 2004 09:24 AM

We're pretty much doing that.... we will bring a laptop and mix CD's just in case. Our DJ is a good friend of ours and we want him to have a good time, not just spend the day spinning for us. It's a great idea! You do need an announcer so that people know when the cake is being cut (and subsequently that they will be getting some delicious cake soon), but with current technology why rely on human error with the music? Of course, it makes guest requests more difficult, but then what if your guests want the Macerena? "I don't have it loaded" is a fantastic excuse!

As for Heroes, no you can't really dance to it, but it makes a FABulous entrance song!

Posted by: Malinda (trevor.net's bride) at June 3, 2004 10:07 AM

Okay, now that I've actually read the list, I'm placing my bet on the "hip" card, seeing as I don't think the editors have actually listened to half of this. I mean, Jane Says? It's about a crackwhore...... and Close to Me is a bad-moment-in-a-relationship song, much better suited for a smokey bar with a frown and a cigarette (though Lovesong is great, as would be This Twilight Garden if you can find it). And for goodness sake..... My Perogative? That's going directly on my DNP list!

Posted by: Malinda (again) at June 3, 2004 10:15 AM

are you an amazon.com associate? If I buy the ipod through your site do you get a commission? i love your site and would love to help out.

Posted by: steve at June 8, 2004 02:05 PM