DIY Reception music using Spotify – What device to use?

posted 9 months ago in Music
  • poll: What method should I use to play spotify playlists at reception?
    Use your phone to start each playlist yourself : (0 votes)
    Ask someone to use their own phone : (0 votes)
    Other option (please explain in comments) : (4 votes)
    100 %
  • Post # 2
    819 posts
    Busy bee

    use an ipad as battery is better & make sure you download the songs. Dont just rely on wifi. 

    Also good idea to have spotify on the setting, where the songs fade into each other. 

    Post # 4
    235 posts
    Helper bee

    Commenting to follow as I need to do this too! I’m a control freak when it comes to music. My venue has a sound engineer, booth and Spotify Premium included, so I’m going to go with that and create my perfect playlists for arrival, dinner, milling and dancing. 

    Really interested to hear how it works on the day and fingers crossed it goes well for you! x

    Post # 5
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I’m not sure how you would do this (Maybe get a splitter?) but make sure the device you are using can plug into your music and plug into it’s charger at the same time.

    I think an older iPhone with an actual AV port (instead of this stupid shit with one port ugh) would probably work best. Same with an older ipad (You can probably find a refurbished one on ebay for cheap). But like I said, it’s probably best if it has both ports so it can stay plugged in and play music at the same time.

    Post # 6
    653 posts
    Busy bee

    My cousin bought a used iPad for her wedding to do this and then just re sold it afterwards

    Post # 7
    6635 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    These logistics are exactly the reason I would say find it in your budget to hire a professional DJ. If you were having a a small casual wedding where you just wanted to play some background music while guests ate and mingled that would be one thing….I think you’d be fine and could easily get away with it.

    It sounds like you’re planning a full reception full of key dances, toasts, cake cutting, and open dancing….it sounds simple and like “only 4 times you need to press the button” but I can assure you there’s more to it than that. I say this as a wedding photographer who has been doing this for over 10+ years and photographed weddings of all sizes and levels of formality. DIY music usually ends in a mess and tends to be really unorganized and not how the couple envisions it will go. 

    I think you’re really underestimating how distracted you’ll personally be on yoru wedding day and I think trying to take that on yourself is a lot. I also think it’s really not fair to put that responsibility onto one of your guests. In my experience they too are very easily distracted and so it’s super common for things to just not happen to the timeline. 

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