We did an iPod wedding as well, and we’re SO glad we did. From the quotes we were getting from DJ’s, we saved about $600 by doing this, and all it took was a lot of work and thought.
We hired string musicians for our ceremony, so we didn’t need anything for that. Our music started with cocktail hour, and was broken down into iTunes playlists like this (numbered, so they were at the top, and in order):
1 – Cocktail hour
2 – First dance
3 – Dinner music
4 – Family dance song
5 – Reception/dance music
6 – Last dance song
For our cocktail hour, we had an hour and 10 mins of rat pack songs. We didn’t announce ourselves or the wedding party at the reception, so we had our DOC play a random selection of our cocktail music while guests were seated, and then we went right into our first dance.
Dinner music was low-key songs by Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Deam Martin and Louis Armstrong. We had about an hour and 15 mins of dinner music (but it only last slightly less than an hour). We put our least favorite songs toward the end of each playlist since they were just “buffer” songs and didn’t care if they got played or not.
Then we did our family dance (mother-son, etc.).
Then our DOC started our reception/dance music. We started with some motown favs (Dancin’ in the Streets, Nowhere to Run, Soul Man, Baby Love, etc.) and then saved the more “modern” stuff like Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, Sweet Caroline, Satisfaction, Come Sail away for close to the end, when people had have some drinks 🙂
When we had about five mins left of our reception, our DOC played our last dance song after making the annoucement is was over.
I hope that helps! Keeping everything is separate playlists is key, I think. That way, your first dance song won’t play during your cocktail hour or anything.