(Closed) An iPod Reception

posted 8 years ago in Music
  • poll: Did you have an iPod reception?
    Yes, it was successful and lots of people danced! : (6 votes)
    60 %
    Yes, it was successful but we didn't have dancing. : (2 votes)
    20 %
    Yes, but there were lots of problems :( : (0 votes)
    Nope. : (2 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee

    I’ve been a guest at ipod weddings and have yet to see one that was remotely successful. No one danced because the music was not danceable even though it was good to listen to. There was no way to change to songs that did work either.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    It is specifically in our contract with our location that an iPod reception is now allowed.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We’re planning to do this both for cost reasons and for venue reasons (a lot of limitations on what music is allowed). We’ve done shorter versions for parties and events in the past, too. It takes a huge amount of work upfront to put together a playlist that works, especially if you want people dancing—not something I’m especially looking forward to! However, we also save several grand doing it that way, so it’s a tradeoff.

    Post # 6
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    202 posts
    Helper bee

    My cousin used an ipod at her wedding and it was so-so.  They played a lot of obscure music that only they and their close friends listened to so there weren’t a lot of people dancing.  If you do use your ipod, just try to make sure that you are varying the music so other people will be able to get in on the fun too!

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    my moh had an ipod reception at her wedding and it was a blast!  she divided the music up into playlists for each “event” at the reception and had my sister “dj” the evening.  sis is in a band so she has a good mic voice and is able to work a crowd.  anyways, moh had a playlist for cocktails, dinner hour, first dance, mother-son dance, bridesmaids dance, first half of dancing, bouquet toss, garter toss, and rest of the reception.  having it divided up made it a lot easier actually to keep up with where we were time schedule wise.  she also made a point to have a few extra songs on hand for the longer sections that way there wouldn’t be the awkward “i need to add more songs now!” moments.  she also made a point to choose dance-able music because she wanted her reception to be a dance party (we like going clubbing) but didn’t want to have the cliche wedding reception songs (ie “we are family”).

    i say go for it!  i’m definitely going this route.  just make sure you plan it out, choose music you know you’ll boogie down to, and have someone that is good at announcing!

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    There is information about this on both apracticalwedding.com and 2000dollarwedding.com (which both say you can make it work).  You should definitely look around!  We are planning on doing this.  Some key points from info around the web:

    1) Get a good sound system

    2) Make sure you put your songs on so that they merge into one another; you don’t want gaps of blank air in the music

    3) Put a lot of thought into what you play.  I spent a lot of time picking out songs that I wanted.  Then my fiance and I went over the list together and sorted it into categories: Oldies, 80s, 90s, Dance/Party songs etc. and then into fast/slow songs (I did this all in an Excel spreadsheet).  I asked friends what their favourite dance songs were, and thought about songs at other weddings that people like to dance to.  Any songs that I liked that I realized were bad dancing songs, I put into a “dinner/cocktail hour” list.  Then I decided to order them.  I put 6-7 fast songs in a row, and then a slow song.  I put more oldies songs near the start and more current songs near the end, since older people are more likely to leave early.

    I hope it works out for me and you!  Good luck!

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We are doing it. BrianaLaura’s tips are great. We did a ton of research and learned that to get people to dance, 4 out of 5 people need to like the song. Also, an emcee/dj is essential, as are backup ipods/computers.

    We couldn’t come up with a friend or family member to ask to be our emcee, so we ended up hiring a musician off of Craigslist to be our ipod dj (that was specifically what his listing was for). He gets great reviews and only cost $50/hour. He’s also a jazz guitarist, so we’ll have 2 hours of that during dinner and cocktail hour.

    I’ve had friends who’ve done ipod weddings and it went really well. But since we didn’t have the right person to ask to be our emcee/dj, we are thrilled to hire someone we can count on to handle technical problems, change the musical atmosphere if people aren’t responding to it, emcee the dances, and handle requests.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    We’re considering it. Right now its budgeted that we WILL do this. My FI will do the playlist and our friend will “MC.” Honestly I’d rather hire a dj because we’re having a pretty short reception (4 hrs from start of dinner til done) and it would only be about 550. But FI is all about saving money so I said– if he makes the playlist and puts in the work we can DIY it. We’ll see what he says once he starts actually working on this 🙂 

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