Post # 1
I’m spending way way way too much on my wedding and one of the places I’m hoping to cut back is music. I can’t afford to do a live band, and DJs generally give me the creeps. Is it totally ghetto to do an IPOD playlist? Can we have a friend stand in as the DJ?
My wedding is at a four star hotel and its going to be pretty nice so I don’t want to shock people with lame when it comes to music, but we are really over budget everywhere else and I don’t know where to cut costs anymore.
Post # 3
i certainly hope not.. we’re doing it! at the end of the day, who cares though? there’s absolutely NO reason to go in debt for a wedding. spend what you’re comfortable with and nothing more. as long as the music choices are good, and you’re up there dancing, your guests will follow suit and have fun.
Post # 4
I really don’t think it is as long as you put some planning into it. I’ve seen an IPOD done well and one done not so well. The one done well had a few things that helped: A friend in charge of setting up/coordinate the ipod or laptop during the dance, several well thought playlists preprogramed specifically for the wedding and a few friends who helped ‘MC’ things.
Post # 5
I also hope not. We are having live music for the ceremony and an iPod for everything else. We are renting a professionally preloaded iPod. We would love to have a live band, but we just can’t justify it.
Post # 6
I think it is just fine. What can you do?
I have been my own DJ at parties- ie. have had an ipod- and been a smash hit.
I think people remember the food and drinks and spirit of your wedding.
Post # 7
we’re doing an iPod DJ, one fun thing we’ve done is provided a link to our “wedsite” on our STD’s which has a special page for requesting songs to dance to. This leads them to a form they fill out with their name, the name of the artist, and the name of the song, then it populates a Google Docs spreadsheet with all the requests. That way, before the wedding, we can “approve” all the songs and create a few playlists that have the requested music on them – that way, we save money, everyone gets to dance to/hear what they want to hear, and it’s easy for us to know what other people want to dance to (and we still get the final say)!
Post # 8
We used our iPod and it worked out wonderfully! My cousin graciously volunteered to MC for us and I set up playlists for everything ahead of time, so all he really had to do was make sure the connections were right (he also leant us speakers and set everything up) and press the Next button. We had lots of compliments on our music, so I think people were pretty happy.
Post # 9
i think its a great way to save money, not ghetto at all!
Post # 10
I don’t think so. We’re doing it and I think it should work out well. We rented a nice soundsystem for around $150 and we put a lot of time into setting up playlists. We’re actually using a laptop instead of an iPod so it’s easier to make the transition between playlists and we assigned a relative to be an MC of sorts for the reception. I did a good bit of research into iPod weddings and one tip I did pick up is to use a 10 second crossfade between songs so you don’t end up with the awkward silent pauses in between. I tested it out and it works pretty well!
Post # 11
It can be great, but you have to be willing to do the research and put the work into it…
Post # 12
It’s not ghetto – lots of people do an Ipod instead of a DJ these days! Just make sure you really take the time to put together a playlist – there are lots of resources on the web. The flashdance puts out awesome playlists all the time.
I’d also recommend designating a friend to play DJ – if he or she notices that the music isn’t quite working for the crowd or something.
Post # 13
We’re iPod-ing it (well, iTunes-ing it, really). We’ll make up a playlist, plug the laptop into the music system & lock the screen so people can’t change the songs, and control it via iPod Touch/iPhone with the remote app. Woo-hoo!
Post # 14
We’re doing an ipod wedding. As a music snob, I love that we get to choose all our own music and aren’t at the mercy of some DJ who may or may not get our tastes.
Post # 15
we should really stop calling things “ghetto” around here, i mean really
Post # 16
@jennipher wait what people can change the music from their phone??? how is it you lock it?