Post # 1
Okay, so me and Fiance are on a tight budget. My dad is helping somewhat but has not told me how much he is contributing. He has given use some money here and there for deposits and things. But, I want to know if anyone has used an iPod hooks up to a sound system and how has it worked out for you? My reception place I’m looking into offers iPod hook up systems. For $150, please let me know your thoughts.
Post # 3
I used an ipod for my reception. It wasn’t perfect, but I think it got the job done. There were a few songs that didn’t go over so well, but since the whole ipod playlist was set up in advance there wasn’t anything we could do.
Also, making the playlist and setting it up was alot of work. To avoid pauses during song transitions, I edited all my music into a single long track. This took a long time, but I think it’s well worth it to make sure the music goes smoothly. When making the playlist, you have to make sure to use a good mix of music that most people at the wedding will like. I found some top wedding songs playlists online and pulled heavily from those.
One thing I forgot to consider is that the DJ usually serves as the MC. If you use the ipod, then you should appoint someone to be an MC and make announcements and keep things on schedule.
Post # 4
@msfahrenheit: Thank you for the advice! I was thinking of having my good friend as the host for the reception. Do you have any regrets with not using a DJ?
Post # 5
We’ll be using a latop for our music- almost like an Ipod but more flexible, In My Humble Opinion. We’ll be paying a bit to a friend to do a small bit of MCing for the important stuff and he’ll also keep an eye on the playlist throughout the night- he’ll try to go with the mood of the crowd. Obviously not as ideal as a real DJ, but we’re on a budget so it will work 🙂 We went to the wedding of some friends recently and they had an Ipod. The only thing I didn’t like was that a lot of their songs weren’t really “danceable” but were not fast and not slow, so just… awkward. Make sure to load up the fun dance music and slow songs and not any music that just can’t be danced to, and I think it can definitely work.
Post # 6
My main regret was not having an MC! It made everything waaayyy more chaotic than it needed to be. Otherwise, I was satisfied with the ipod approach. I think if you take the time to set up a good playlist that flows well, matches the dynamic of your guests, and is generally good for dancing the ipod approach will go over very well.