Post # 1
I need your help…with logistics! If you had an Ipod reception how did your reception go? Like how did you announce things, who started and stopped music, etc. I am thinking about doing an Ipod reception but I am just wondering how things would go without a DJ or an MC to let the guest know what is happening… I would love to have a super small reception but our families are quite large so there will be atleast 75 people there.
Post # 3
I am planing on doing an iPod reception. But we are still going to have a MC. They will announce everything and probably start and stop the music as well.
Post # 4
Rented speakers from long & mcquade. The venue had a microphone.
We had an usher (aka we had 4 groomsmen and 3 bridesmaids and for some reason my spouse insisted we have equal #s), and he was captain music.
As the night went on, the crowd got younger, so mostly people started mucking with the iPod themselves. My dad had made a little wooden box with a tiny lock, because I was afraid people would muck with it all night… it basically never went in the box. Oh well.
We made two playlists – one younger, and one a variety of music that all generations would dance to, with the first dance songs at the beginning.
My friend had her laptop set up at her wedding, her brother had made a playlist, and it worked about the same. Someone started it at the beginning and as the night went on, we just used an On-the-go or whatever, playlist.
There was never really any cut-off-in-the-middle songs at either wedding.
If you’re talking about the eating reception part, you will probably need someone to be an MC, even if it’s only very simple. If you’ve got a plated dinner, just having someone say thank you for joining us (you could do this yourselves), to indicate that it’s over. If your program is more complicated, someone’s going to have to talk at some point. (ie slideshows, speeches, decide when to start speeches)
Post # 5
Our wedding is probably going to be just 20-30 people (we are grad students and will be paying for pretty much all of it ourselves) and I had the same question!
@PennyLainne (can’t figure out how to tag in posts, sorry), who is your MC? Is it one of your guests volunteered to do it? Or did you hire someone?
Post # 6
Are you hiring an MC or appointing a friend? My bestfriend’s boyfriend is a DJ but I don’t want him to DJ at my wedding because I want him to be able to enjoy himself although he would probably be the one who will make the Ipod mix for my wedding.
Post # 7
We are struggling with this same thing! I have a friend in mind to ask to emcee for us who is in a blues band and good at performing/being behind a mic, but he’s also going to be there as a guest, so I don’t want him to feel like a slave. And if he says no, I’m pretty much SOL so I need a backup. Going to be watching this thread to see what others did.
Post # 8
@pigzfly: I totally forgot about renting speakers! Thank you for reminding me!
I thought that an Ipod reception would be the way to go because it would be cheaper and we are both paying for school and a wedding on our own but I would definitely need an MC for it to work because there will be so many people. I don’t want them to be aimlessly wandering around the reception, haha!
Post # 9
@ayala88: Bottom of the post click reply.
I am going to ask one of my good friends to do it. We are only having 3 in our bridal party and she is my number 4. I am basically going to do a time line for her and tell her what needs to be announced and when.
Edit: It is not going to keep her busy all night basically I am going to get her to introduce us and when dinner is and then my speakers and I am basically going to have everything on a play list so all she has to do is push play.
The venue does have a mic and speakers we can use too so that is very helpful.
Post # 10
We had a friend MC. We had separate play lists for everything and 2 back-up ipods just in case we had technical problems, and I just gave my friend the detailed timeline so he could announce when things were happening. It went great, honestly– I don’t regret not having a dj at ALL. We had complete control over the music and the dance floor was packed all night!
Post # 11
We rented equiptment from one of the groomsmen, who was in a band at the time, and one of his bandmates also used the equpitment to DJ…. so we had all the standard stuff a DJ would bring (Mic, speakers, mixer thingy…. idk what else.)
Our photographer and her husband are a close friends, and Darling Husband was the MC for her wedding, their gift to us was a discounted photography package and her husband was our MC.
We basically set everything up on my computer, and did separate playlists for things. I had one for dinner music, one for dance music, and one with “Special” songs. We put the music in an order ahead of time so that they flowed well into each other.
Because our MC was also a guest, this allowed him to walk away from the computer and hang out when he wasn’t announcing something.
Also, our Timeline was something like this:
1. Dinner music playlist
2. We get there, “Entrance” song
3. Dinner Music playlist while everyone eats.
4. Speeches about 15 minutes after the last table gets food. (no music)
5. Cake cutting song
6. First dance song
7. Father/Daughter dance
8. Mother/Son dance
9. “Anniversary dance” (got more people up and moving)
10. Dance music playlist
11. Bouquet/Garter toss about 30 minutes-1 hour into dance music (I don’t remember exactly)
Post # 12
We kept the time of the bouquet/garter toss somewhat flexible. We wanted it to be after people had danced for a while, but at a time when stuff was lagging a little and we needed to get more people on the floor.
Post # 13
Oh and I am also asking my bridesmaids to bring their iPods
Post # 14
@tinylittlebird: Thank you for your timeline! It really helps to put things into perspective..I have been to one wedding in my lifetime so I haven’t had many examples!
@PennyLainne: That’s a good idea, my bestfriend’s boyfriend will take care of the playlist but he is also a DJ so he has a million and one songs on his computer if someone has a request.
I visited my venue for the first time today and it is more perfect than I ever could have imagined! They acutally have a sound system set up that you can plug in your Ipod or computer and there are speakers built into every room in the house and also on the outdoor patio so the music will be heard anywhere that the guest are! You can also adjust the volume for each individual room! It is perfect and I don’t have to rent a sound system! Yay for saving money!
Also I asked my bestfriend and my Maid/Matron of Honor to be the MC just because he is always so eloquent with his words and he will really do minimal talking because we won’t have an introduction we will do a receiving line and just join the party and I’m not sure about dances yet. I need to figure logistics on that still…