Post # 1
Have a large speaker system that uses bluetooth. Works great using spotify playlists from my phone or laptop. But….I’m running into a logistics bump. My laptop is password protected for work (and I really don’t want to leave it setup prior to reception when no one is there to watch it because if something happens to it then it could jeopardize my job). Don’t really want to give my phone to someone else to use. I don’t have an ipod already and would rather not drop $200 on one if there are other options.
So far the best options I can come up with are:
A) I use my own phone to operate the music. (This would mean the music would start when dinner starts rather than during the first half hour of the reception. The playlist is pretty self-sufficient once started, though. I’d have to press play to start the special dances, dinner music, the cake cutting, and the open dancing..so a grand total of 4 times. Announcements and everything are already built into the playlists. Since it’s bluetooth I can press the button from my table so it wouldn’t take special trips to the speaker area or anything.)
B) Find someone who can download spotify on their phone and log into your playlists and have them do it on their phone. (Seems like the best option, but it feels weird to me to ask someone to install something on their phone and link their phone with my speaker. Also, I don’t know who to ask. My wedding party are likely to get pretty noshed so may not be the most reliable when it comes to sticking to the schedule, though all of the button pressing should be finished within an hour of the reception starting…so they probably won’t be too tipsy at that point. My parents are not tech savvy at all, so that’s out.)
Post # 2
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 # 3
jessiebear85 : Don’t have an ipad but I think I figured out a way where I can set up my phone to do it before leaving for the ceremony. Didn’t realize spotify had a feature where you can get the songs to fade into each other. I will have to look into that. Thanks!
Post # 4
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
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
My cousin bought a used iPad for her wedding to do this and then just re sold it afterwards
Post # 7
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.