Post # 1
I’m having a small, 60 person wedding at a beautiful venue, but in order to save some cash for the open bar, we’re cutting out a DJ and using an ipod.
I’ve had two experiences with iPods and weddings:
1. They used an iPod and sound system and NOBODY danced.
- Cash bar
- Large venue
- Small attendance
2. They used an iPod and a Jambox and a mojority of attendees were out on the “dance floor” (little space next to the Jambox).
- Open bar
- Small venue space
- Small attendance
I think I get the idea of why one worked and one didn’t, but I’d love a little more input!
Have any of you used an iPod/playlist at a wedding or attended a wedding where there was only an iPod and sound system?
What did you like?
What did you not like?
Would are some things you could suggest I do or not do to make it work?
Post # 3
I think it *can* work, but you need to do it right. The only time I’ve seen it go well is when there was someone in charge of the ipod. Basically a friend or family member that plays DJ for the night. You just don’t want any random guest able to walk up to it and switch the song.
Post # 4
Guests like to hear specific songs, and request them. It’s also nice to have the DJ announce things, like the cake cutting, first dances & things.
I wouldn’t have an ipod over a DJ any day.
Post # 5
Posting to follow! We plan on iPoding it unless we can find a super duper cheapo DJ.
Post # 6
@JackiBean: You are having a small wedding, so I think an iPod would be fine as long as you have someone to “man it” and it is not a free for all.
Post # 7
@JackiBean: I will be using an iPod for my ceremony and reception as well (my wedding is also small with 50-60 guests, free wine & beer but no open bar), but I planned it out with anticipation of no one really dancing. My guests are mostly family & relatives, so an older crowd with perhaps 20 younger people.
We are, however, having a karaoke instead. 🙂
Post # 8
I was debating an Ipod wedding but when I emailed my venue coordinator about it she very strongly recommended a DJ. I ended up booking a DJ and photo booth service together so I think it’ll be good.
I think in kit also depends on how long your reception will be, and how many hours you need music to fill.
Post # 9
I think as long as there is some type of free alcohol and GOOD music, people will dance!
Post # 10
@Redholix: … GENIUS. Karaoke. ABSOLUTE GENIUS.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
I am using an ipod as our venue doesn’t allow dj’s. It is a small room, 70 guests. Someone will be operating the ipod to make sure the first dance songs and stuff play at the right time and will announce our entrance, cake cutting, etc, on a mic.
Post # 12
Who’d do y’all/would you have be the faux DJ? Who would man the iPod?
Post # 13
@JackiBean: It totally depends on your group of people. Are they go for it types of people? Are they extroverts and the life of the party? If so than any excuse to dance is enough I suppose and an Ipod just might do the trick.
I did attend one wedding that used an Ipod and it was a disaster. It was a small wedding of 50ish people. Without the DJ no one advise the guests what was going on, no one was running the show to speak and the music was eh okay. There wasn’t a fun party vibe nor was there someone out there getting people to dance. No one danced.
Post # 14
@Treejewel19: Yeah, that’s one problem both had. No one MCd. I think we’re going to wrangle in one of the groomsmen for that job. Give him a schedule and everything.
Since our wedding will span four different spaces, we’ll need to get someone to direct people from one room to another with efficiency.
Good point! Thanks for the input!
Post # 15
@Fanciful: We’ll be getting one of the groomsmen and maybe a bridesmaid. A lot of people in our bridal party love attention, so it should work itself out just fine 🙂
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@JackiBean: It depends on the mix of music and the crowd, as well as the “designated DJ’s” willingness to change up the playlist if certain songs or genres are getting mroe people on the floor. Oh, and make sure to put a password on it for just in case it gets left alone, you don’t want someone with awful taste taking it over for the night.