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posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

Can’t help on the iPod thing, but re: invitation time. Depends on how far away from most guests your wedding is going to be. Time frames I’ve seen are usualy ~8 weeks in advance for non-destination weddings, and 4-6 months for destination weddings. I wouldn’t wait too terribly much farther than that, especially if it’s going to be in the winter. Pre-Christmas is an expensive time to travel, so the sooner things get booked the better. Post-Christmas (January in particular) is a lot cheaper, but many people are kinda broke due to holiday shopping.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

If you decide on actually getting married on Christmas Day (or Eve), then I would advise sending out the invites ASAP and being aware that a lot of people won’t be able to come. (Not sure if you were planning a huge 200 person princess wedding or an intimate family gathering of 35 or somewhere in between.) The people who love you the absolute most will be there, but a lot of folks will want to spend the day with their immediate families. This happened to a coworker’s sister who got married on Chistmas Eve: invited something like 150 and had 40 people attend.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Prettysmile40:  I say go for it on the ipod thing.   If I were you, I’d appoint someone to keep an eye on it, so they can fix it if there’s a snafu (music stops playing, people try to switch songs, etc.)  What do you plan to run the sound through?  Depending on what type of stereo you’re using, you could pick up a cheap karaoke mic (you can find one at target) and have the same person “MC” things a bit, like announce the bridal party, the first dance and so on.  Your venue may be able to supply a small PA, or you can put one together or even rent one for very cheap.

 

ETA: If you want people to join you over the holidays, I would send the invitiations out much earlier.  We plan to marry right before Christmas of 2015, and we plan to send out invitiations over Labor Day at the latest.  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We are doing an iPod wedding next week (aack).  We found that renting speakers/equipment was insanely expensive (like $300 not including delivery) so we ended up buying a portable system (with subwoofer and everything – plenty loud) that we will either resell or donate to the Boys and Girls club after the wedding.

I’ve made a “background music” playlist and a “dance music” playlist.  We aren’t doing special dances except we might do a first dance, so I can’t advise on that.

Oops, just saw you might go with DJ so this might not be that helpful.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Prettysmile40:  I am DIYing my own music for my wedding ceremony and reception. It’s this saturday. I’ll let you know how it pans out. So far we have had many music run throughs all sucessful.

As far as the equipment my employer is a wholesale AV distributor so I purchased my eqiupment for about $150 normally retail $300-400 and we will either resell on craiglist or keep for parties

We are using an IPAD with absolutely nothing on it but the music and an app called “My wedding DH” which does the cues and the crossfading. We are using about 8 different playlists and we did the EMCing for the special songs ahead of time by recording it on the computer and saving it to itunes, and put it on the playlist before the song it needs to announce

so far so good

day of ceremony the day of coordinator will cue the preceremony music and then the processional and recessional. all with a swipe fairly easy

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Prettysmile40:  Most facilities with a private function room have an audio system, so you just need to have someone handle the MC duties to make the appropriate announcements.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

CG4268:  Good luck this Sat! I am going to look up that app so I appreciate the tip 🙂 I just got a new iPod upon which I will only be putting wedding music to avoid issues. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Prettysmile40:  We’re doing an iPod (well, MP3 player) wedding. I asked a close friend to emcee for us, and to make sure nothing with the mp3 player blows up. 😉 He did radio broadcasting for our university, so I have a large degree of confidence in him to make it fun. Seriously though – ask someone to pay attention to the player of your choice – anyone can push the play button. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I know that a DJ/ MC can be expensive, but it’s my experience that they can make or break the reception.  Ours was incredible/ fun/ kept everyone dancing all night.  If they are good, they can take a song list from you and put it in the correct order so it gets people going, or change the song when people lose interest.  It may seem like a useless expense, but my main focus was for my guests to have fun and they did because of him.  I’m sorry if this isn’t helpful, but I’d seriously consider a pro.

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