Post # 1
Anyone have any tips on how to pull off the increasingly popular "iPod DJ" for your wedding? My fiance and I were thinking of making some Genius playlists based on our favorite "must hear" songs. Beyond that, though, we’re somewhat at a loss!
Any hints or things to remember?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
if possible, use your laptop instead of your ipod. That way, you can have the songs fade into each other, so you can skip the awkward pauses at the beginning/ends of songs.
Ask a friend to ‘man’ the laptop, so they can change songs, or add others to the list (if people request them). I prefer the laptop way, so you can change the order, and you can pick and choose what to add/remove as the recption is going on.
Post # 4
We’re just creating a playlist for the ceremony that will be played and paused at appropriate moments by my FBIL. Then we’re having a playlist that will play straight through the reception, and we’ll charge FBIL with manning that as well. HOWEVER because I want to be prepared in case the ipod catches on fire or gets dropped in a glass of champagne or some other heinous event, we’re bringing a cd player (with both cord and battery back-up) with cds of the songs we want played. I am paranoid, so we must have just in case items like this!!
Post # 5
There is also another post on here under the music section on how to do the whole Ipod DJ thing. We are doing it as well. So we are slowly but surely combining our lists. Also I know someone else mentioned in the listing that with itunes you can fix the ackward silence thing with the timing of the music.
Hope that helps
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
If you each have an iPod, load them BOTH with the playlist. That way, you can avoid any technical problems with the iPod by having a backup one handy. That’s my big advice.
Post # 7
I don’t have past experience, but I can tell you what we plan to do:
1) Hire someone to "man" the playlists and emcee. This way if people aren’t dancing, they can switch it up. We’re hiring a friend’s college aged kid who’ve I used to babysit for.
2) We’re putting on our response cards a little something like this:
"When you put a quarter in the jukebox, what do you play" or "what song gets you out on the dancefloor" That way we can try to personalize (to the extent that we want) the playlist for our guests.
3) Using a laptop rather than ipod, but have a back up.
Post # 8
We’re doing the Ipod thing and we’re also going with something similar to Grnmel in that we’re putting a note in with our invites that asks people for the top dancefloor songs – I think people will really like knowing that their favourite songs will be played AND it means less songs for us to think of for the playlist!
One thing that I’ve insisted on doing is buying any songs we don’t already have from Itunes so that I know they’re good quality and don’t finish halfway through a song, are a dodgey remix or have talking through the songs – I know songs that people have downloaded sometimes have cheesy voice overs that advertise stuff on them – No thanks!!
I think as long as you make sure you’ve got enough music for the amount of time you need and you spend some time working on your playlist it’s a great option! We’ll probably go with a laptop as well, just seems a bit easier! And we’ll have someone manning/guarding it!
Post # 9
Backups are a must. If you and your spouse have two laptops (total), that’s the best. Just make sure they both have all the wedding music on them so that one can be used as a backup.
Post # 10
I agree use a laptop if possible and have a friend be in charge of the DJing. You will need someone to controle it for your special dances etc.
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Post # 12
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