Post # 1
So I think I’ve come to the conclusion that with my budget, affording a DJ isn’t gonna be an option (I still have some bridal shows to go to =D ) . But has anyone else just used an ipod or their laptop during their wedding? How did it turn out? How did you pick all the music? I like pop/country/hiphop while FI likes a lot of rock music (however hiphop wouldn’t be appropriate due to younger kids in attendence). Not sure how to mix those kinds of music.
Post # 3
@cupcakebride2013: We used an ipod, though I didn’t have much to do with it. My husband’s amazing cousin put together a playlist (pretty casually I think, we were going for background music), and brought his speakers. It was pretty casual, but I think it went well.
Post # 4
We used a good quality CD boombox for our ceremony (small venue with good acoustics, didn’t need anything really loud). I made two CDs–one with pre-ceremony music, and the other with the processional/recessional songs. For the reception, we used my mp3 player and just plugged it into the restaurant’s speaker system. As far as compiling the music for the reception…well, I already have a ton of music on my computer that my husband and I both enjoy, so I made a mix from my library, careful not to choose any songs with profanity or questionable lyrics. I downloaded our processional song from Amazon.
Post # 5
We used an iPod for part of our wedding – the dinner and last hour of the disco after the band left – it worked well!! I mixed up the music types so they were quite random on the iPod. We had classical for dinner.
Post # 6
@cupcakebride2013: For song ideas, I’d try googling wedding playlists. A lot of DJ services will have their top 10 – 100 songs of the year or by decade or genre. It can be a good starting place for inspiration.
Post # 7
My venue package comes with a DJ included, but I dont know if we’ll use him or not yet. Theres only gonna be 40 people tops and I dont foresee very much dancing.
Post # 8
I’m going back and forth on this, I’m not a huge DJ fan and want to do our own but now that I started its a lot of work. So I started looking into DJs and in our area $1000 seems to be the going price which I think is horribly inflated so I think the extra work would be worth it! Anyone have any problems when they did it themselves?
Post # 9
I went to a wedding last year that had a laptop. They asked everyone to pick a song and return it with their RSVP.
It was great at first but not having someone announce the entrance of the couple or the first dance meant that most people missed it… Also. The groom and his friends got drunk and took over the playlist. Not everyone was happy about their mosh pit And no ones song was played…
Post # 10
@cupcakebride2013: We did an iPod/laptop playlist (one was a backup) and we loved it! We created a playlist that suited our style and with our guests in mind, and rented speakers and a mic (or friend was the MC for the pre-dancing stuff). We and our guests were dancing to the very end. I say go for it!
Post # 11
I alsowent to a wedding that used an iPod and one of the groomsmen was a part time disrupting the dancing so random ppl didn’t hijack the play list. He also announced their dance. I think it totally can be done! Btw, the groomsman did have some equipment like speakers and such, and I think that made a difference. See if you can get ahold of some…
Post # 12
I just went to a cousin’s wedding over the weekend and they had a DJ. The only think I like about it is that everyone will be announced and we wont have to worry about the music however I sometimes feel the DJ can be really annoying. I also love the idea with the song request on the playlist. We will be doing that for our wedding next September.
Post # 13
yeah, I’m worrid about everything not being announced. I think we’ll be ok without the DJ, but I don’t want to look back and regret it….
Post # 14
I was worried about this too but you just appoint/ask a family friend to be your MC.
Post # 15
@cupcakebride2013: my mom used an ipod when she got married and it worked out great, so we decided to do it too, so we can save money
we each made a list of songs we want played at the reception and put them together, then we asked family/friends if they had any song ideas, and we looked at other playlists online people had made. so far we only have about 55 songs and they say for the average reception you need about 70 so we want to pick about 20 more, but so far its working out really well.
also i saw the idea of putting a song request spot on your rsvps so guests can request a song they really want, that would make picking music a lot easier for you
just tell people not to touch the ipod because you have the playlist worked out
and you can rent a microphone and pick a family memeber or someone in the bridal party to announce first dance, cake cutting and everything if you feel it is important
Post # 16
We used an iPod for our wedding. It was background music — we didn’t have a first dance, or do introductions, so that made it easier. We picked about 110 songs that we both liked and thought would be appropriate for the setting, and put the playlist on shuffle. It was fun not knowing when something was going to come up, and some people thought it was timed, because of the way a particular song came on at a particular time. Fun, and free!