Post # 1
Since I’m having very small wedding of 20 guests as a sort of destination wedding. (In the Sydney Blue Mountains…a good 90mins~2 hr drive from the city)..
I was thinking of doing iPod for the ceremony AND the reception.
Has any bride done this or plan to do this?
If not, any thoughts and recommendations?
Post # 3
Yes. A few suggestions:
– Most importantly – even with an ipod, you need an MC – someone to be nearby if not at the PA system and in charge of pausing, playing, volume, an announcing.
– you need to rent a decent PA system if you dont know someone who has one
– have an extra half hour to hour of songs on each playlist just in case scheduling doesn’t go exactly as planned
– have the playlists backed up on another ipod or laptop just in case batteries die or things freeze
– do a dry run with the PA system. Song files ripped from CDs vs. purchased from itunes/etc are formatted differently, so the volume and bass/treble don’t always match up. At earphone volume, these differences are hardly noticable, but in a large room, they can be VERY obvious.
Post # 4
I’ll be using my iPod for the ceremony and reception too.
What I’ll be doing is hooking my iPod up to the venue’s sound system.
Some people bring their laptops to do this (or as a backup.)
I’ll be creating playlists for the ceremony:
- Prelude playlist.
- Processional playlist,
- Bride’s march playlist.
- Interlude playlist.
- Recessional playlist.
Suggestion: Take the iPod off “shuffle” so the songs will play in the order you list them in.
Then I’ll be creating playlists for the reception:
- Bridal party enters playlist.
- Couple’s first dance.
- Mom and daughter dance.
- Mother and son dance.
- Wedding games music.
- Reception music.
Usually these playlists will have just one song in it but it will be easier for the person who is pushing play to understand.
Suggestion: Talk with someone and ask them to hit play for the desired songs/playlists you want. Write instructions out for this person, go through the iPod with them during the rehersal if you’re having one or sometime before the wedding and show them how you want it to be done so when your wedding day comes everything should flow perfectly.
Edit your songs: I would suggest also to edit some of your songs to get to the favorite part of the song or to shorten the length because you’ll realize very quickly that you don’t want to be standing around or dancing to one song while everyone watches for 4+ minutes of the song. I don’t know how to edit songs other then the Final Cut program so if you know of another way that would be great!
Good luck with your wedding! I am having a small wedding too so I really hope everything goes well! Don’t forget to have fun. ^_^
Post # 5
Yes and I think PPs have covered it all perfectly! Make sure someone will man it and make sure it’s organized. 🙂 And have a back up!
Post # 6
We did and it was AWESOME. Our dance floor was packed 🙂 I posted our playlist here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/ipod-wedding-our-awesome-playlist
Post # 7
THANKS ladies!!!! AWESOME 😀
Beehive ladies are the best~~~!!!!!
Post # 8
I know this is from a few months ago, but what did you guys rent PA wise to make using your iPod go off without a hitch. I’m nervous I’ll get the sound wrong and people won’t be able to hear or something.
Post # 9
@Corisma: Do you have a venue yet? Usually they supply the PA system. We’ll be bringing our iPod, but using their sound system.
Post # 10
@Corisma: did you figure out what to hook your ipod into?
our venue does not have a sound system, so we are just bringing one from home, speakers and all that the ipod attaches right into