iPod brides, share your tips!!

posted 3 years ago in Music
  • poll: What's your best tip for using an iPod as a DJ?
    Use MyWeddingDJ or some other app, which I will recommend... : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Get a friend to make sure nothing goes wrong! : (13 votes)
    62 %
    Ditch the iPod -- terrible idea! : (6 votes)
    29 %
    I have tons of tips which I will share below... : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    If you elect to do this, just make sure that you test it out first, in your venue for the cerremony and reception. Don’t wait unti the reshearsal, and then run around to Walmart at 11pm the night before the wedding to get equipment/extension cords, etc.

    Post # 4
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    8821 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I’m slightly offended that so many think this is a “terrible” idea. While we didn’t use an iPod we used music on a computer for our wedding. Our MC (who was a family member who offered) controlled the music through the computer and it played over loud speakers.

    It went perfectly. The music flowed all night and had everyone dancing. Not one person complained. Just because you don’t have a DJ doesn’t mean it’s a terrible idea.

    Post # 5
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    462 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    From what I’ve read on here, I would make playlists for each section – ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, etc. delete all other music so it doesn’t accidentally get played, and have someone watch over the music so you don’t have to worry about it. 

    Post # 6
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    944 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    The weddings I have went to it was a bad, bad idea.

    You need a DJ to be the event planner of the night. They announce the entrance, cake cutting, first dances, speeches, and if it’s buffet style they will excuse tables.

    Without that, the bride needs to be telling people where to be and when, and doing everything herself when it should just be her day to relax.

    The weddings I’m referring to were also poorly planned– which contributed to the ipod failure. they had never tested the system out. they didnt have a large enough music selection on the ipad– and the selection was not appropriate for the age group of people who attended the wedding. They didnt think about all the MCing they would have to do themselves…like announcing their own cake cutting or speeches…

    invest– it’s so worth it to have someone there in charge as well as someone who is taking care of the entertainment… changing music when people arent into it, and finding stuff that makes everyone happy. And their sound system is great and if something goes wrong they can quickly troubleshoot it.  

     

     Imagine a bride or groom trying to troubleshoot their speakers or ipod.. disaster with no backup.

     

    Post # 7
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    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My coordinator assures me iPod receptions she goes to work perfectly fine. She is the one announcing transitions in events and switches playlists when it is needed. the bride or groom never have to worry or work the music themselves. 

    My suggestions are to have a day of coordinator, and to use a crossfade feature if possible.

    Post # 8
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    1167 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    My brother had an ipod playing over the sound system, not a hitch! However be PREPARED. I stayed with the bride the night before, and she was up until about 2am fixing up their music!! Mind you, she was up at friggin 5.30am, I dunno how she did it but she looked fab still (I was more like death on fumes!)

    I will be (hopefully) getting a friend of ours who home-DJ’s for himself, he has a little bit of equipment and I want him to basically watch over our music, take requests and such, while FI’s uncle will MC (he’s very very good at it!) We’ll just be giving the friend some free food, free beer and a few hundred for a tip, because Im positive he won’t let us actually pay him haha!

    If all this falls through, we will have said uncles children (14, 16 and 18) and probably our best man (likes to party haha!) watch over our music with some guidelines for what we want and volume at each time of the night, and must-play songs on a timeline to make it very easy to follow 🙂

    Post # 9
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    46 posts
    Newbee

    I’ve worked at a sound company and been a day of coordinator for a number of weddings as well as helped friends do this at their weddings… it’s simple and nearly flawless as long as you plan ahead. 

    Here are some tips:

    1. Work on your song lists way in advance. Double check the versions of the songs you download to be sure it is really the song/artist you want. Also have had that awkward moment at a rehearsal when the song played and it was the explicit version rather than a radio edit, it was remedied for the wedding.

    2. Save as individual play lists for each part of the ceremony/reception (preceremony as guests enter/bridesmaids entrance/candle lighting/1st dance/etc). Even if it requires just one song, like the bride’s walk down the aisle, make it a unique playlist.

    3. Have twice the music in length of time than you think you actually need. Never know when a shoe breaks, little hiccups at a wedding that make something take longer than expected. 

    4. Use the music at the rehearsal. This does two things: has your sound tech practice and also lets eveyone in the ceremony know what the song sounds like (pacing for walking down the aisle or knowing when a song is over to keep things moving along)

    5. Use a day of coordinator or get a good friend that’s a well organized, great public speaker to act as your emcee if you are doing this for your reception/dance. Give them a Time sheet along with a generalized script/list to keep things organized.

    6. Put all music on MULTIPLE sources! What if the battery dies on one(have the charger along) or a random freeze up or equipment failure and you only have one place it’s all stored? You’re sunk the rest of the day. I’m a worrier/planner and when I go work a gig with recorded music I have a minimum 3 sources and have never had complete failed show/event yet. 

    7. Take your source (mp3, computer, etc) to the venue (church or reception hall) well in advance and make sure you can hook into the sound system. In today’s day and age most places will have the cables you need already. But don’t want to be running to Radio Shack or Guitar Center the day of the wedding for a converter or missing cable. 

     

    It’s totally doable and one of the most awesome weddings I was to had all recorded music for both the wedding and the reception/dance. They were on a tight budget and decided to forgo the cost of a dj but still wanted a dance. They had a couple extra lines on their response card for the reception. They polled their guests and tailored their dance to the guests’ tastes. Guests were asked to reply with their favorite fast song title/artist and favorite slow song title/artist. They then downloaded all of those songs and added songs that meant something to them as a couple or were favorite songs of theirs as well as the usual popular dance tunes (ex:YMCA). They then had their emcee friend explain at the end of the couple’s first dance before I started playing the rest of the dance playlist that there would be no requests. The couple had used all the music the guests recommended, added their own and put the songs in the order of the couple’s choosing. They started with quieter or not the really crazy songs and held those for later in the night. It was a HUGE hit! Also was cool that they took the top 10 most requested tunes and added a few extras and burnt cds as favors for the wedding (A Soundtrack of Our Life). I still use mine today, 12 years later. No one complained at all about the lack of a dj. They all had input into the songs. They all heard something the liked and it was the widest variety of music and more people dancing than I have ever seen at a wedding.

     

    Good luck! If you have any questions fire away. I have seen a lot in the years I have worked in the entertainment industry.

     

    Post # 13
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    46 posts
    Newbee

    @aekc:  Hope all is going well. Ask away if you have any more questions. I’m more than happy to help in any way possible!

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