i pod ceremony help!

posted 2 years ago in Music
Post # 2
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1164 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I did. We rented a sound system from a local company. I had a mix of songs playing while people were being seated for the ceremony. Then I had the ceremony songs. Those I titled exactly what they were for (parents walk, bridesmaids walk, etc.) so that the person doing the music would know exactly what song. Then we also didn’t do dancing at the reception and just had a mix of music playing for that. 

Post # 3
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361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Damiansmum10:  We had live music for our ceremony and an iPod at our reception, and it worked beautifully.  Honestly, it was just as good as (if not better than, because we wanted to have final word on every single song) having a DJ.  Here’s what I learned:

1. Rent a sound system — You never know when your venue’s speaker system will suddenly break.

2. Get an emcee and give him/her a mic — Besides the speakers, we made sure to have a mic and a back-up mic for music and toasts.  A friend was the emcee, and we didn’t have to worry about any music or guest instructions at all.

3. Plan your music in advance and purchase it — We did not use any illegally downloaded music.  Instead, we put aside a chunk of music for songs and downloaded and listened to every single tune to make sure it was the right version and didn’t contain obscenities. 

4. Use a wedding music app — I think ours was called Wedding DJ or Wedding Party or something like that.  It allowed us to play songs in sections (e.g. ceremony, reception, cake cutting, etc.), and it faded all the music so that the songs didn’t cut in and out and sound really jerky.  It also made it very easy for our emcee to see exactly what we wanted and when, and there was never any confusion about timing.

These are my top four tips!  For us the iPod worked extremely well (esp because we wanted to control song selection), saved us a lot of money, everyone danced, and we didn’t have a single problem with the music.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I am also having an iPod wedding. I also have my music listed in the iPod as “seating,” “bridesmaids walk,” “brides walk,” and “recessional” so that the sound guy at the church knows whats going on when.

As for the reception, we are not having dance time for the guests, but we are having only two dances: 1) the First Dance and 2) the Mother/Son, Father/Daughter Dance (at the same time). So thise songs are listed on the iPod, and then the rest of the reception will just be a bunch of songs we love on shuffle as background music.

Post # 5
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361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Damiansmum10:  I will add that I think the iPod is very doable for the ceremony, but you have to plan every single song and really know your timing.  Absolutely have someone man the controls, and make sure to practice the fading timing (i.e. how many seconds you want) ahead of time.  Yay!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Damiansmum10:  we did the same thing that Ellie85:  did, except that our venue had a sound system in place already so we didn’t have to rent anything. We had music playing during the entrances (officiant, groom, parents, attendants, me) and the songs were titled accordingly; then we turned it very low for the ceremony. One of my cousins was gracious enough to take over iPod duties for the few minutes it was necessary to change the songs. 

For the reception, we had a playlist that my cousin put on and just let it play. We also did not have dancing at our reception, just food, drinks, dessert, and mingling. It was a very small (52 people) outdoor wedding. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

aekc:  Can you try to figure out which App it was? I checked the app store but there were so many options! I would love to be able to fade everything in and out 🙂

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