Post # 1
I’ve found a lot of posts about Bees who are PLANNING on doing an iPod reception, but not from anyone who actually DID have an iPod reception.
So…married bees….please tell me how your iPod reception worked out, and if you’d recommend that I have one, too! Also, please give me some details…like if there were random pauses while someone changed songs, etc, and who was in charge of the iPod all night!
I need your honesty and your experience, as I’m about 50/50 on whether I’m willing to take the chance!
Post # 3
I had an ipod wedding for my reception in the DR and a DJ at my at home reception. Here are my thoughts:
Our ipod reception in the DR turned out great. We spent alot of time planning the perfect party playlist and it went off without a hitch. Our party was only about 2 hours long. We had my cousin run the ipod at first. Meaning she was responsible for geting our entrance song and all our first dance songs giong. Once it was time for the rest of the dance, we just hit play and didn’t touch it again as the playlist was preplanned. There wasn’t any awkward pauses because you can change those settings in Itunes so one song fades into another.
At our at home reception we hired a DJ. And honestly, I wish I would have just done an ipod reception. I wasn’t overly impressed with my DJ and I think I could have made my own playlist better. If I had done that with a full length reception, I would have had someone available to also take requests from the guests.
However, word of caution. If you are going to do a ipod reception, you must pre plan a playlist and it will take ALOT of work and ALOT of time. I recently went to a wedding where they had ipod reception and had a groomsmen be in charge so they could take requests and change up the playlist as needed. However the playilst was not well planned at all. We heard the song footloose 5 times and countless other songs multiple times. The groomsmen was never around the station so you couldn’t even get requests in if you wanted and he didn’t make any attempt or effort to change songs when he noticed a song playing for the third time. So make sure you have a great playlist and a trustworthy person to be in charge of the music for you.
Post # 4
@PuntaCanaBride: Thank you for the advice! I’m mainly worried about when there need to be interruptions in the music – like for toasts, to announce that dinner is served, etc. But it sounds like your playlist just played continuously?
Post # 5
I had an iPod (we actually used an iPad, but brought two other iPods as backup) reception and everything worked out fine. I asked a sister’s friend to “DJ” for the night. My husband had an app that would transition songs smoothly so that there wasn’t an awkward gap between songs.
Towards the end of the night when everything was winding down, people were leaving, and the “DJ” got some down time, some older kids at the reception “hijacked” the playlist and started playing The Backstreet Boys. I’m a fan, so I didn’t care and neither did Darling Husband since everybody was having fun.
Like a pp said, as long as you have someone trustworthy manning your playlist, things should go smoothly.
Post # 6
I used an app called My wedding DJ. It’s great beacuse it fades songs out so you don’t have a sharp cut off for when you have things such as announcements, etc to make. We used that part when my cousin was running it at the beginning of the night.