Post # 1
My fiance and I are big music lovers and really wanted to enjoy our favourite tunes for the night. We both do a lot of music stuff on our own, and decided to save the money and just play music off one of our laptops. It’s a Mac, so we’ll playing the music with itunes, and we’ve got a remote control. I was also thinking that maybe the MC could be the one in charge of starting and stopping the music – as long as we give some heads up (written, verbal, etc..) on when it should be done.
Post # 3
We had a dear trusted friend (and music officianado) serve as what we called “our dj”. All she had to do was start and stop the music, and fight off the hordes that thought that they knew what the crowd wanted to listen to more than we did.
If I were to do it over again, I would have put a sign next to the computer so that no one touches the computer while everyone is dancing.
If you have more questions, feel free to follow up here or PM me. This was one of the things I was most nervous about before the wedding!
Post # 4
We did this for our wedding with about 170 guests, and it worked out really well. My friend’s husband did the MC duties, and a friend of my husband’s brother made sure everything stayed running smoothly. I asked for input from friends and family to see what they’d want to dance to and added it in with what my husband and I wanted; then left a word document open with the timeline and what needed to be announced for the MC.
If I had it to do over again, I would have explained the whole thing to the MC a bit better. Also, I’d have been a little more on the ball getting the playlists done earlier. As a result, my dad apparently didn’t get in the stuff he wanted (despite me asking multiple times), and he brought a flash drive to the reception with more music on it…which my brother proceeded to dump on my computer. To be honest, I wasn’t really all that bothered, because by 10pm I was long past caring!
Post # 5
We had 130 people and we had no problem and our dancefloor was packed all night, but keep in mind that the above post was from a DJ, so I would hope they feel that way!
Post # 6
My ipod wedding ended up really well, and I was hoping to show the original poster that it can be done well with a little forethought and preparation.
I can tell you feel very passionately about your work pmdj. Many of us here are committed to creating our weddings from scratch on our own, and I wanted to provide the viewpoint that this can be done well as a diy.
In the interest of full disclosre, I am an audiophile and spent weeks crafting and recrafting our list… but I have a lot of faith in the very talented women that come here and wouldn’t disparage their ability to do their own music! I would hope that those who feel it is beyond their scope would pick a DJ or band that they are confident in.
I would also hope that you could acknowledge that it is possible and has been done by people here!
Post # 7
I’ve been on the fence about using an Ipod/ Itunes. On one hand, you don’t have any of that super cheesy cheerleading some DJs do, on the other… I feel like we need someone to run things since it’ll be (against my wishes) a relatively large wedding.
Post # 8
We are having a friend run the music and the announcements. We also plan on having two iPods with the exact same track list and playlists, just in case one craps out.
I was going to post something about this abundance of scare-mongering I have seen around here lately in relation to non-DJed weddings, but decided not to go there.
Post # 9
WOW! I was only here to help brides not make the mistake of using an Ipod, and my posts were taken off. I guess it was the personal attack of an ipod. To the forum monitor, I did not promote my business at all, since it would do me no good. I’m a single operator only in my market. I will not be wasting my time posting any more of my wedding tips here again.
Also “The Best Wedding Reception…Ever!” is not my book, I just made a suggestion.
Now go and remove this post too.
Post # 10
Your posts were taken off because you were self-promoting your own industry… and because the tone of your posts was unnecessarily hostile.
For example, this comment earlier in response to the above poster who was considering an iPod wedding: “Good, if you don’t mind your family & friends working on your wedding day.”
Post # 11
Again, good looking out, Mr. Bee.
Post # 12
Thanks ladies (and gent!) for all of your advice! A sign on the computer is a great idea! I was also thinking that I could just set up a password on my computer so that when the computer goes to sleep mode, a passowrd is required to log back in (sneak sneaky lol).
I’m leaning more towards playing the music off itunes, so that at least I can set up some fade up’s down between songs. I don’t think ipods can do that??
MrsDG – any other adive or tips would be great!