Post # 1
How does ceremony music work for destination weddings? The resort has a wedding coordinator that is supposed to be with us most of the time. Are we supposed to just put the songs on an Ipod and give them to her to play? How is she going to know when to stop and start the music? Is it going to be awkward and choppy? Also what about our first dance song if the DJ doesn’t have it?
Post # 3
@Lily_of_the_valley: Are there any live music options available to you? I’m just thinking it would eliminate having to worry about technical difficulties, timing and so on because a live musician should be able to time/improvise/fade out the music to end when you reach the end of the aisle.
I’m actually having a harpist perform at our ceremony (destination wedding as well – I’m planning from a distance 5hrs away by plane!).
Post # 4
@ksus07: Yes but the live music option is very expensive and we’re trying to keep the budget low. Plus, I have very specific songs I wanted!
Post # 5
@Lily_of_the_valley: we had a musical trio play at our destination wedding But the resort also had some really nice music they played when we all walked down the aisle. As for the first fance song and other songs we wanted we put those on both a cd and a usb for the dj to play for us
Post # 6
Im using phone or ipod or laptop. Our venue provides the sound system. Try to keep the cost down as well.
Post # 7
@Lily_of_the_valley: We had a steel drum band for our ceremony which cost us $300 and worth every penny! They played before as people were coming in for about 30-35 minuted before so it helped keep the guests occupied b/c our wedding didn’t start on time. For the reception we recorded music on an ipod in the order we wanted them…our first dance, dance with parents, etc. Our best man was sorta in control of that and helped us out with getting them going. I suggest having one person in control of the music,etc to make sure it goes smoothly.
Post # 8
I was wondering this too. Surely in this day and age they have the ability to hook an iPod up and have it manned by someone competent to follow your instructions? I would hope anyway lol
Post # 9
I was concerned about this too but it worked out perfectly. We gave the coordinator a cd of our songs (bridal walk, first dance, signing the registrar music) and they had big speakers set up on the beach so there was no issue in not being able to hear the music due to wind, other guests etc.
Post # 11
@mrs_pudding_pop: Did you have the whole songs played? I’m nervous if the whole song isn’t played then there is an abrupt stop of the music to switch songs on a cd changer…
Post # 12
@Lily_of_the_valley: To be honest, the wedding ceremony is a blur to me, but from what I recall, the music just “faded out” after my walk. Then, we had the “recessional” music begin as we walked over to sign the registrar. I do remember the song begin again but it was no big deal to us. From there we had our first dance on the beach. Those were the only songs we had and there were no abrupt stops. 🙂
Post # 13
I had an iPod that played music. The villa had a speaker system we hooked up to. My entrance song was faded out at the end of my walk. My planner handled music from beginning of the night to the end.
I had different playlists for different partsvlike first dance and cake cutting and exit…and my planner is experienced enough to know how to make it go smoothly. She went out of one playlist and into another and then back into the first playlist and started where the music left off so no songs were repeated. I gave her a music itinerary that I wrote so she knew what playlist to play for each segment of the reception. She wanted playlists instead of one long recorded CD so that the reception could flow as needed and we weren’t literally strapped to a music CD for time constraints on reception activities. It worked out totally flawlessly.
But I had every other option available to me as well. Live music like guitarist, harpist, pianist, soloist singer, steel drum, live band, etc. Or full on DJ who could have played the entrance song for us…destinations can still have all the traditional elements of an at home venue.
Post # 13
Wow. Im so glad I found this post! I too am having a destiation wedding. We chose to have a I pod opposed to dj. Good suggestion to have someone from the wedding party to “coordinate” pre programed music. Any suggested playlist?