Post # 1
My finace and I are planing on having an ‘ipod wedding’, where we make all of the playlists beforehand and have a friend man the laptop and announce us. We’re having more of a "party" than a "reception", it’s fairly low-key with a buffet and swimming at a nearby lake.
Was wondering if anyone has any advice or experience with this? The pros? The cons? I can see it being either disasterous or great.
Also, if you have an idea of where there might be some great playlists out there for weddings, send them on!
Post # 3
my fiance ran an ipod wedding for his friend. it turned out great.
i would make sure you have backup ipods or computers with the music on it. also, depending on where your reception is, you’ll need to rent out speakers so definately look into the costs of that.
Post # 4
The iPod wedding we went to was a disaster. The person who was supposed to be manning the iPod didn’t. And several people tried to act as a backup, but once they were having fun and enjoying themselves they forgot about it. The music was not all at the same volume and at times, when people were dancing the next song would be totally inappropriate for the mood and it just killed everything even though someone would run over and switch it to a better song.
After that experience, I thought Oh NO WAY was I going deal with that. Good luck if you choose that option. 🙂
Post # 5
We are also planning to do an ipod wedding to save money and make sure that we get to hear the music that we want to hear. I was nervous about peopel thinking that we were cheapskates but then I saw something about ipod weddings in Martha Stewart Weddings so I’m OK with it now. We’re having the reception in a large space so we’re renting audio-visual equipment like a sound mixing board, a microphone and speakers.
There is a sound check option on the ipod to help keep all the songs at the same volume. We are also making specific playlists for different times in the night. There will be playlists for dinner, for dancing early in the evening and for dancing later in the evening. We’re also havinga friend be our MC to announce us as man and wife, etc. I think that it will work out fine as long as there is a firm plan about who is doing what.
Post # 6
I’ve also heard that you should listen to the whole playlist together – because sometimes the song transitions come off weird or there’s silence at the end of the song.
If its a casual feel and you put some time into it I think its appropriate and no one will miss the DJ.
Post # 7
If you know what you’re doing, you can put together a great playlist with soundcheck enabled that will keep your songs at the same volume. You should definitely listen to the entire playlist the whole way through to make sure no songs cut off or have other problems. I’ve been to two iPod weddings that were great successes; couples made different playlists for cocktails, dinner, and dancing, and nobody started messing with the iPod itself til the end of the night (after several drinks). After seeing lots of disastrous DJs, we’re definitely going this route.
Post # 8
The new software will optimize song transition if you ask it to do so. I wuold definately listen to the whole playlist ahead of time… sometimes I put together a playlist that looks good on paper and then wonder what I was thinking when I actually hear the song transitions. And you will need a professional quality speaker system; also I would play with it a little beforehand (like a long way beforehand, rather than the day of) to check that the sound quality is what you like. Our venue asked us if we would bring a musical group, DJ, or pre-recorded music, and actually let us know they were iPod ready and preferred that format should we go pre-recorded.
Post # 9
Definitely have a backup (CDs, laptop etc. as long as they’re secure from sticky fingers). I read on Offbeat bride that a couple sent out RSVPs asking for peoples favorite songs and then added those songs to their iPod for the reception.
Post # 10
These are great tips and ideas, love the RSVP and asking for requests. I’m pretty anal when it comes to being organized, so even though the wedding is 6 months out I’m already formulating playlists and songs in my head, haha.
Post # 11
We were going to do that too, until we looked into the costs of renting the equipment and found that it was the same (if not more expensive) as having a DJ! You may be in a different boat than us though, since there are only a couple of places we could rent equipment from so they kind of have a monopoly, and therefore the prices are inflated.
To be honest though, I was a little nervous about doing it ourselves – I worried about having technical issues on the day of, poor song choices (more about the fact that it would be difficult to switch gears in the moment, unless someone was right on it – like a DJ), having nice lighting that DJs provide, etc. My Fiance was convinced we could do it, and so I was ready to go along, but I’m kinda thankful that things worked out the way they did. However, with all of the good tips that you’ve gotten from people here, and your "anal"ness, I’m sure you will do a great job!