Post # 1
Music is pretty important to us and we are a little particular in our tastes. Add to that the fact that I’m apparently a control freak when it comes to wedding details, and the result is that we won’t have a DJ. I’ve begun to assemble our music on my laptop to be used at the reception venue for the dance music. I’m just wondering if anyone else is a control freak when it comes to the music? Did you assemble your own music, and if so, how did you do it? Did it work out?
Post # 3
I’m not doing an ipod wedding but my friend is! She downloaded all the music, timed playlists to when each event will be happeing, and she’s even edited some of her songs to play only certain parts. I’ve listened to most of what she has done and it sounds great to me! Good luck.
Post # 4
I want to, but my FH wants a DJ so that we don’t have to worry about it. I think that DJs are annoying and play crappy music. Friends of ours who did an ipod reception had the BEST music ever. We’ll see what we end up with!
Post # 5
Yep. We’re using the WeddingDJ app. We’re have a running list of songs we’d like to hear and we just keep adding songs to the library as we think of them. Then we’re going to organize them into playlists on the app. My venue has its own sound system and I stopped by last week to plug in my iPod and see how it sounded and it worked really great 🙂
Post # 6
I did a laptop reception (laptop was hooked up to the sound system at the hall). My BIL hit the playlists when they needed to change (pre-dinner, dinner, post-dinner). I loved having music that I picked out. DH and I had decided way before the decision of the laptop reception that we weren’t going to do first dances or anything, so it totally worked out.
To assemble the music, I got a set list from a cover band that I liked and looked over the list of songs played from my favorite radio station for a week and picked out songs that I liked. Then I just put them on shuffle on the playlist.
Our dinner music was from a classical CD that DH purchased on our first date.
Post # 7
I am doing an iPod for the entire ceremony.
One of our friends is going to man the iPod.
I’ve downloaded all the songs from prelude to reception.
Make sure to organize all of the music in your playlists, and list your playlists clearly.
When I go to do my recaps for the weddingbee I am going to write out a section on what it was like to have an iPod. =D
Post # 8
I did! Like PP I made playlists (cocktail hour, cake cutting, first dance etc), and edited some of the songs so that there weren’t long drawn out parts. We had a family member start the music for each thing. It ended up working really really well, especially at 2am when there was about 15 people left dancing – they could choose their own songs!
Post # 9
We are doing an iPod DJ as well. I’ll be hooking my laptop up to an amp and we are paying a friend of FI’s sister to man the music all night. I am making playlists for each portion of the day and for the dacing potrtion of the evening I made sure to have a slight fade between the songs so there would be no awkward pauses.
Post # 10
Yes, massive control freak. We are hiring live musicians for the ceremony, but for the reception we’re playing music from an ipod. I’ve split the music into three sections; beginning of the evening, middle of the evening, and end of the evening. Btw we’re having a cocktail reception. The beginning has jazz, gentle rnb, and kind of a chilled groovy vibe. The middle section has an upbeat vibe to get people in the mood for dancing/partying, with lots of classic pop rock like The Beatles and Queen, and some new upbeat indie/pop music thrown in. The final section consists pretty much purely of dance hits from the 50s to now. Some rnb, some dance/pop. I’ve got about 7hrs worth of music at the moment, and I’m at the stage of culling and arranging the order. Yeah, I did say I was a control freak.
Post # 11
We used my iPad and the WeddingDJ app, it worked perfectly! We had a friend MC for us, so he was in charge of pausing when necessary, making announcments, etc. The app made things super easy and did a great job of fading, crossing into songs, etc. I definitely recommend!
Post # 12
we’re planning to. my brother’s the music guru of the family. he’s handled music for almost every big party my family has done, from anniversaries to reunions to a memorial for my grandmother. so i’ll be giving him a list and he can work it into a playlist for the wedding. we’ll toss everything onto an ipod, and all will be well.
it’s easier, and less stressful for everyone. plus, i’m not having a huge wedding. i don’t need a dj. my brother can be the “m.c” of sorts, he’s good at it.
Post # 13
FH and I are very particular about our music too, which is why we are having a music themed wedding. Naturally, we felt we really wanted to have control over the music on our wedding day. We are using Spotify on an iPhone. The nice thing about using SPotify instead of the WeddingDJ app is that the songs don’t actually have to be downloaded to your phone, which saves a lot of time! We made playlists for each part of the day and have been adding songs for months. We still have some more to add.
A bunch of our best friends have a band together, so one of the guys is playing the processional, but the pre-ceremony and other ceremony music will be from the ipod. Our officiant’s wife is going to control it for the ceremony. For the reception, we asked a friend to be our Emcee. He will make announcements as needed and switch to the appropriate parts of the playlist. Our friends’ band is going to play for a half hour after dinner.
My wedding is in 10 daysl! I can’t wait to see how the music turns out. I think it will be worth all the work to have the music be what we love!
Post # 14
Good call all! I didn’t think about fading the songs in and out! Thanks for the input.
@JoJoDahling: That will be tremendous! I’ll be watching for that 🙂
I have been to other weddings with DJs and thought to myself “I could do that”. I’m sure there are some DJs that really add to the ambience but like I said, I am a control freak. My only concern is the sound quality of some of the files on the sound system, since I’ve gotten lazy a couple of times and converted youtube songs.
Post # 15
We’re ipodding! I’m so excited about our playlist, it’s great! 😀
@jessiemaims: If you use the right service and a good video they come out sounding great, I’ve converted videos and then listened on studio monitors and was happy with it.
Post # 16
This is the plan, so I am excited to hear as well!!!! Started keeping track of songs I hear and love, so I’m getting a nice playlist together so far.