Post # 1
I’m pretty sure we are going this route, seems easy, its cheaper, plus we really want to play 100% of the music that WE want to, not some DJ.
Question is, how smoothly do Ipod weddings run? I’ve never actually been to one So, how many of ya’ll have been to/ or had an Ipod wedding? How did everything play out? Any advice? Thanks!!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I’ve been to one, and for the most part, it was okay. Though the person in charge of the ipod couldn’t really gauge the crowd very well, and nobody ever danced. There were also some awkward timing things going on.
Post # 4
We had one and it was great. People were on the dance floor all night. I will say that we probably put in 15 hours on designing and redesigning the playlist. We tweaked it repeatedly and listened to it all the way through several times.
If you are doing an ipod wedding, make sure someone is manning the computer all night. The only problem we had happened when the DJ got up to do something and one of Mr. DG’s friends felt entitled to change the music.
We played a variety of music from Indie to swing to rock to hip hop to oldies to ska and so on. There was something for everyone.
Post # 5
My sister had one and it went wonderfully. She didnt really want the whole dancing thing anyways, but it would have been possible it there were a smace set up. But the ipod provided background music throught the whole reception(dinner, pictures, and traditions) with no problems at all.
Post # 6
I’ve been to a couple and they were complete disasters. The music was great to listen to but not danceable at all so the dance floor was empty the entire time.
Post # 7
I think it could go either way. It really depends on your guests. If you think your guests will be inclined to just get up and dance the night away on their own, id say go for it! Its a huge money saver. But, I went to a wedding where there was a tougher crowd. Needless to say, a DJ would have made the night a lot more enjoyable. People would have actually danced.
Post # 8
We did this and like Mrs. DG we put a lot of thought into the playlist. It went off without a hitch and we got a lot of compliments on the music. Granted, it was a small daytime wedding (55 people) and our friends and family are the types who like to dance but also generally would roll their eyes at cheesy DJ antics. NOT that I am suggesting that all DJs do the cheesy routine (and it did not prevent one of my husband’s sisters asking if we were going to play ‘Shout’. Um…no).
But part of the reason people danced and had a good time was because that’s what we were doing the whole time 🙂 We did a mix of slow/fast and classic rock/80s/contemporary.
We had the iPod itself and CDs for backup, but we used our laptop w/ iTunes so that we could take advantage of the crossfade setting between songs. And my husband’s brother-in-law lent us the speakers.
Post # 9
My sisters wedding a few weeks ago was an ipod wedding. It was wonderful, they had 3 different playlists, one for dinner, one for the first dance and parents dance and one for the dancing. Her husband spent some time making sure there was a good flow to the music so once we got to the dancing part we just started that playlist and let in run. In total thay had just over 100 songs, and it was more then enough for the 4-5 hours of dancing we had.
If you take the time to plan it properly, it can be as good, or better than a dj.
Post # 10
I think we are going to use iTunes for our after party, which will be an adults only cocktail party in the evening after our brunch reception. It was really important to FI to have dancing since there won’t be any at our reception – it doesn’t really matter to me, but I want to make sure people dance for him. I am nervous we won’t be able to craft the perfect playlist that will get people on their feet, but I am MORE nervous about having an awkwardly over the top DJ at a low-key party in a restaurant. I just feel like using a playlist is more fitting with the kind of party that we are having, which is definitely not a typical dinner-and-dancing reception.
I think if the couple & their wedding party dance, other people will follow suit, so that’s my plan — I am going to make sure all my friends know they are supposed to dance a lot!
Post # 11
Thanks for the input ladies! We DEF want our dance floor packed all night & I agree that if we are out dancing w/ the bridal party, that hopefully will entice others to join in on the fun!
We are also asking our guests to add songs on our wedding website that they want to hear at the wedding, so hoepfully that will help too.
@lac582: I’m not familar with that function (the crossfade) on iTunes, does this function allow you to fade out of one song before it ends? My main concern with some songs we want to play is a slow ending or slow beginning (which is usually what a DJ prevents) but if there is a way to line that all up on iTunes, I’m all about it!
Post # 12
Yep – it fades out the last few seconds of the song that’s ending at the same time it fades in the first few seconds of the song that’s starting. I don’t remember if you can customize the settings, like how many seconds the fade window should be, etc. Obviously it’s not as tailored as when a DJ does it but if you match up your songs in an order that will transition smoothly you’re good to go! I’m sure there are plenty of other media player programs out there other than iTunes that have similar functions.
Post # 13
We’re considering this route, too. We may ask our officiant (FSIL) to serve as a sort of DJ to announce things like the first dance, cake cutting, etc. Like some of the other commenters, I would suggesting having your guests help pick out the playlists. They’ll be more apt to boogie down to the tunes they like.
Post # 14
I went to a Ipod wedding and overall it was pretty good. The only problem was that some people started changing the songs when they tought it wasn’t a good one. You would start dancing to a song and all of a sudden it would stop. But it’s definetly a great way to save money.
Post # 15
We are also going the ipod route, I was bit worried that it wouldn’t seem formal enough but it looks like you bees have seen it work. We are borrowing some speakers from FI’s brother so I know the sound will be amazing we now just need to put in some good hours organising the playlist!
Post # 16
i’ve been to one, it was fine but no one really danced