(Closed) For those that did DIY/MP3 music….

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m doing an ipod DJ wedding. Mine hasn’t happened yet but my brother and sister both to it and I can speak to their experience.

People have mixed feelings about ipod djs. Some flop and some are just great. the success of DYI is definitely in preparation. You need to choose a list of songs that hit all the major decades and categories (oldies/60/70/80/90s, modern, country, swing, slow, etc). And you also need to think about timing. Typically play older songs earlier in the night and “party” songs later on when the young people are drunk and will dance.

In my personal experience, you need to consult with lots of people and it helps if you can go to another wedding and see what music actually gets people on the floor. My sister played lost of classics like the twist, dust on the bottle, macarena, etc… and people danced all night. My brother played more his style of music (offbeat indie and his favourite songs from the 90s) and people didn’t dance as much. So, I really feel that its important to play what people want/expect/enjoy, instead of just playing whatever songs our your favourites off your ipod. 

Post # 5
17 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am having these same thoughts.. We want songs that reflect us, this is OUR day.. I hate the Macarena and the electric slide and the Lady in Red… I don’t want those played. Or Wonderful Tonight.. we are rock and rollers and want to play… oh boy dare I even say Billy Idol, a little Slayer, some disco to reflect me, Tom Petty… ugh stuff like that. I can’t justify spending money on a DJ, I just can’t!

Post # 6
10 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

My husband put together our iPod reception dance mix and it was a HIT!  Seriously – everyone danced for almost two hours straight and only stopped because the venue was getting ready to kick us out.  So it’s definitely possible.  Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering going this route:

1. Think about your crowd.  We knew that most of our parents’ guests/older family would leave right after the cake cutting, so while we threw in a couple slow songs/oldies at the beginning of the dancing, we really quickly transitioned to newer music/Top 40s that we knew the rest of our younger guests would love dancing to.  It also really helped that most of our guests knew at least a half dozen other people there and so felt comfortable with letting loose.

2. Transition well.  We started the dancing with a slow song and had our friend who emcee’d for us invite all couples to the dance floor. (We’d told our partnered friends to be expecting this beforehand.) That way, when the fast music started, there were already a bunch of people dancing and so everyone else didn’t feel awkward about joining an empty dance floor.

3. Figure out if there will be people who will try to change your playlist/enlist an iPod guard.  We hid our iPod/sound system controls behind a screen and most people were none the wiser, especially when our tipsy emcee took it upon himself to start sports-announcing into his mic what people were doing on the dance floor.  He was such a hit that some people thought he was supposed to be the DJ!  But we’ve definitely been to parties/weddings where people go up and mess with the playlist, which can really ruin the flow/mood.  So if you think you may have guests who will be tempted to do this, have a friend keep an eye out on the playlist.

Good luck! 🙂

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