(Closed) IPod Reception…huh?

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
8884 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

My Fiance and I aren’t having a DJ. Technically it’s not an iPod wedding, but it’s close enough. We’re going to download all our songs and music onto a computer and hook it up to the sound system. We’re going to download a variet of music, modern songs and old classic songs. We haven’t finalized our list of music but we’re going to add extra songs just in case.

We have someone who will be in charge of making sure the music is taken care of. His cousin did it last summer and it worked perfectly.

Post # 4
79 posts
Worker bee

I understand where you’re coming from trying to cut cost down, but in my opinion I don’t think an iPod is a good idea.  The role of the DJ is not just to play music from a playlist, it’s to read the crowd and engage them.  They keep the music in sync with the crowd’s vibe.

What the couple want to hear may not necessarily what the guests like, so they might get bored.  I don’t know I could be wrong tough.  Maybe if you work with someone and make sure he controls the playlist well, it could work out 🙂


Post # 6
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Birdee106:  yes, we did this and it was amazing.  we received so many requests for a copy of the playlist and our guests danced all night long.  it was the perfect choice for us, but i will warn you it was a lot of work!

1. we used itunes through our laptop in order to manipulate crossfade for gapless playback and rented speakers and cables through an outside vendor who set up everything for us. but we had lots of back up: burned cds and boombox, 2 ipods, playlist on laptop. you can never be too careful.

2. i asked my little brother to emcee and left him a copy of the playlist and notes on when he should announce important things (ie. our entrance, first song, cake, etc.). he was able to relax and enjoy himself and we didnt have to worry about an obnoxious dj ruining our day. win win.

3. we had a four hour reception, so i planned a few mini playlists that totaled four hours. there was the cocktail playlist, dinner playlist, party playlist, and last call playlist.

4. we tried to include something for everyone. we started with oldies and pretty much danced our way through every decade.

5.  don’t make the mistake of playing only what you and your fi want to hear or your dancefloor will be lonely. listen to your playlists over and over for songs that don’t work well together or aren’t as danceworthy as you thought. don’t let people convince you that this will be a disaster. i assure you, if you are willing to do the research and the tedious work involved, your ipod reception will be a hit!


Post # 7
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i forgot to add that it is better to have too many songs than not enough. if you’re running short on time and can’t fit some songs, simply uncheck them and itunes will skip.

Post # 9
2067 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011


  1. We used both a computer and an iPod (to help with transitions, fading in and out, etc… No gaps between songs)
  2. We had a friend run it for us, and gave him an assistant who was my MOH’s younger brother? We have them both thank you gifts, since they were really doing it for us for free.
  3. We had a lot of songs, we used the iTunes feature tha shows the # of hours to help us know if we needed more, etc 
  4. We made sure to include a variety of music styles… Not too many of any one style
  5. We made individual playlists…. 1 for pre-dinner, 1 for dinner, 1 with all of the special music (first dance, mother son, father daughter, cake cutting, anniversary, bouquet toss), 1 for dancing…. This made it easier for our friend who was running the music

Post # 12
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

All I can say is if you are opting to not have a DJ you need to assign someone to be in charge of making announcements etc to the guests (and it shouldn’t be your or your FI).

While an Ipod playing music is fine for overall entertainment I have been to many a chaotic wedding where no one had a clue what to do, where to go or what was happening because no one was giving out information in a way that all the guests could hear and understand.

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