Post # 1
I’ve been to many, many weddings…. and suddenly, I’m blank.
I can’t remember a single one.
Here’s the problem – I thought we would have a string quartet play at our ceremony. Turns out, we can’t afford any live musicians and don’t have any musically inclined friends. We are getting married in a theatre, and a technician will be running the soundboard, we just have to give them everything on a CD and have it clearly labeled. This scares the bejesus out of me, for some reason.
Anyway, my question is – did you use a DJ, a CD, an Ipod, or what for your ceremony (if you didn’t have musicians) and how did it go?
Post # 3
My only advice on this is the make sure you have a playlist set on the Ipod and that you designate one person in case it goes wrong. I went to a wedding where they seriously couldnt have done anything less preparation wise after we spent so much money to get over there for their destination wedding. Anyways, they had the Ipod going and didnt even bother to put in a long enough playlist to last the entire time – so we were the ones that had to start controling it – so everyone wanted to hear something else, etc, etc. Just make sure it’s planned out accordingly and someone is aware of any problems that might arise & not everyone hovering over it to play what they want.
Post # 4
Eeek! That’s exactly the kind of thing I need to know about. Thank you!
Post # 5
We’re doing it and making sure our DOC keeps an eye on it. We’re making four playlists, one for before the wedding, for the music that will be playing as guests arrive, the processional, recessional and a post-wedding playlist for songs to play throughout cocktails and the reception. You could split it up into several playlists, but we figured it was easier this way.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
We did the iPod ceremony/reception thing! It took quite a bit of planning on Mr. Y’s part, but it worked out beautifully. If the theatre’s tech can manage your music, that’s great! We had a friend help us out. (Be sure to give him a schedule of what should play when.)
For our ceremony, we split the different segments (prelude, processional, bride’s entrance) into individual playlists… even if there was just one song on a playlist. It made for a smoother transition than having to search for and switch songs within one giant playlist. Also, back up your playlists on at least one other iPod… just in case something malfunctions or a battery dies. I’m sure it’ll work out fine. If it makes you feel better, see if you can do a test run with the tech sometime before or during your rehearsal.
(Hmm… this might make for a great blog post!) :o)
Post # 7
We’re doing this, though only for the reception music. FI loves to make playlists and is always giving away playlists to people after parties. We requested songs from our guests and have been building our list for awhile of songs we like–so he’s putting them all in one playlist and we’ll bring the laptop with us to plug into the same system we’re using for the ceremony. We will ask a friend to keep an eye on it, but since we’re not doing any special dances during the reception (we’re having our first dance during the cocktail hour to a song by our friends’ band) it will be to just stop the music for speeches or to liven things up or slow things down. We have pretty crazy friends who at parties normally wanna look at the list and reminsce or choose other songs–so we’re expecting this might happen and it’s great for us because we’re hoping our wedding is intimate and playful.
I’ll let you know how it goes!
Post # 8
@<span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-style: italic”>latoya Please let us know and best of luck! Your day is almost here, how exciting!!!
Post # 9
Yes, I am using a CD for our wedding. Before ceremony – Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes, Processional – Nothing Else Matters as performed by Apocalyptica and recessional – Nothing Else Matters by Metallica.
Post # 10
I had a CD. But with it I included a very detailed explanation of what song is what number and when it was to be played. Plus I had a friend explain it to the sound guy verbally as well incase he can’t read or didn’t understand the wording. And it all went of well.
Post # 11
we’re doing this. i thought my Fi would want live musicians since he’s a classical music buff. instead, he’s driving me nuts (but in a good way) trying to figure out which interpretation of specific pieces he likes best. he’s going to give the dj a series of different tracks on various cds for the ceremony.