Post # 1
I contacted a DJ yesterday and after several emails back and forth he sent me a link….THIS IS GOOD! Its a link of an iPod wedding GONE BAD! (or at least it seems like it could happen at any iPod wedding).
My FI thought this was a great idea until he saw this video….its at the bottom of the webpage…. EMBARRASING…PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND when considering an iPOD wedding!!
Post # 3
Lol~ Well that was a little awkward wasn’t it? I’d love to hear about how other iPod weddings went…
Post # 4
Yea an IPod does seem risky, but yeah I have never actually been to one and I would like to see how others had turned out.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
What happened? (My computer can’t play the video!)
I guess the only thing I’d worry about with an iPod is the possible technical problems. And to keep that from being a problem, I’d just bring two of them.
Post # 6
Well, I have always wanted a band, but I think we’re going with an iPod because I don’t know if we can find a band in our budget that we like, and DJs can be super annoying (I’m sure there are good ones, but I haven’t encountered any at weddings I’ve attended). DJs can have technical difficulties, too, and obviously a DJ has a vested interest in making iPods sound like a bad idea. Honestly, that moment on the video was a little awkward, but no wedding day goes off without a little snafu – not a big deal, IMO, whether caused by human or a machine.
Post # 7
We’re doing an iTunes wedding this weekend (bringing a laptop instead of an iPod). I can see how this could be an awkward situation–but also this is coming from an organization for DJs.
I think this type of wedding can be great, especially for weddings that are less formal and not doing some of the traditional things. We’re doing cocktail hour with a band and doing our first dance to one of their songs. We’re not doing any other formal dances or introducing the wedding party. The music is solely for the reception entertainment.
Post # 8
I couldn’t play the video, either. What happened?
I’m doing an iPod wedding in September. Well, we’re actually running the music from iTunes on our MacBook. But I agree with latoya. Our wedding is pretty non-traditional, with the exception of the first dance, so there really aren’t any music cues. That’s why it made no sense for us to spend upwards of $300-$400 for a DJ when we could do the same thing ourselves for free (our venue has build-in surround sound computer/iPod hook-ups, so we didn’t even need to rent equipment).
However, for a larger event with lots of music cues and such, I would think a DJ would be a great investment. It just didn’t suit our small wedding.
Post # 9
We had an iPod wedding and it worked out great! The only thing I’d say is that make sure your designated person is fending off guests who want to change up the music!
Post # 10
Ah, well, I didn’t think it was that bad. A little awkward, but what wedding isn’t at some point? Obviously dad just snuck off for something. Shoot, my parents were outside having a smoke when we were supposed to cut the cake.
It’s obviously a pretty casual budget wedding, things happen!
I think the bride going “daddy?” in a whiny-sounding voice was the worst, lol. And the daughter’s name is, uh, Precious, and you can hear someone calling for her. =P
I’m sure this is the DJ’s “worst of the worst” adveritsing video anyways! Hasn’t anyone ever seen a really really bad DJ or band?
Post # 11
The video wouldn’t play for me either.
We’re going to have a band for our wedding, but are using an Ipod for the pre-celebration party and the prelude music.
Post # 12
No idea what to do, but I have a friend who used to DJ off his itunes which is the best of both worlds in a way. I wouldn’t feel comfortable just leaving the iPod playing (and I hadn’t thoght of people trying to change up the playlist–thanks Doctorgirl) but a band is out of the question. Hopefully I’ll have a friendor or a really laid back DJ.
Post # 13
I was going to hook my macbook up to the speakers at the place and have someone in the wedding party do the announcements, but how much would that suck for them when they’re trying to have a good time to have to be checking their watch constantly trying to figure out if it’s time do do this or that. I think you can find an inexpensive DJ and it will be worth it. Craigslist is GREAT for DJs!!!
Post # 14
For those you can’t see it – basically the music keeps messing up, stopping during the first dance, etc. But you can clearly see this was a very small wedding (the dance floor could hold probably 10 people) and that spending a lot of money on a DJ was not a priority for them. This video is being presented by the American Disc Jockey Association so OF COURSE they want to show how an ipod wedding is bad. It all depends on your situation, if you’re doing a tiny wedding like this and dancing/music isn’t a priority, then go for it. Or even if you’re having a larger wedding – just make sure to rent good sound equipment and have someone you trust manning the ipod and making announcements.
Post # 15
I watched part of the video, but it was so alarmist I didn’t feel like watching the whole thing. In the first part, the groomsman or whoever is acting as the MC has to wait for someone to tell him that the bride and groom are ready to be introduced. Then, the bride and groom have to wait for him to turn the music on for approximately 15 second. Second, the bride’s father is not around when they are ready to start the father-daughter dance.
I can’t really get on board with the idea that everything has to run really smoothly in order for the reception to go well. Clearly, it’s a bit disorganized, but there’s nothing wrong with that. I mean, it’s a wedding reception, not the Oscars. And it’s certainly not because of the ipod.
Post # 16
wOw. that was brutal and uncomfortable. in the end, you still need someone to man the whole show. for something like a wedding, you want to minimize the risk of anything going wrong as much as possible. the music is not one risk i would take.