(Closed) how to do iPod reception well

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Posting because I too would like advice on this. I am wavering on the issue, as I have hated about 98% of all DJs I’ve ever seen, in a club or at a wedding. This is one thing I really want to micromanage.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had a friend who had a ipod wedding and it turned out great.  She had a friend who was the dj and he was great.  I am hoping to do this myself.  My Fiance works in Radio so maybe one of the guys at the station could help us with this since they do it for a living.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Number one piece of advice if you’re going iPod – have someone designated to ‘work’ the iPod/laptop/iTunes.  You don’t want to be the one running back and forth making sure it’s working okay.  You’ll be fine once that hurdle is cleared!! =)

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We did the iPod wedding and it was just fine. We also had a DOC and she manned our MacBook like a hawk to make sure all our music cues were on track.

We had one small hiccup with the first dance. Our DOC didn’t time it right, and we were left waiting for a few seconds in the middle of the dance floor for the music to start, but I don’t think anyone cared/noticed too much. It could have been prevented had I told her we didn’t want that to happen, so it was our fault.

But yeah, I still maintain one of the smartest decisions we made was NOT hiring a DJ. I get why people do, but they’re really so expensive, and we put the $500 we were quoted to good use on our honeymoon. Our crowd danced like crazy and there were no other hiccups.

We timed our iTunes playlists like whoa. That was the only downfall is that it was time-consuming getting those finalized. But, to me, it was worth it because we got to have complete control over the music, and we set-up everything so that it flowed perfectlly to our tastes.

EDIT: If this helps, we set-up separate playlists for each wedding section, and numbered them so they were in order. For example:

1 – Cocktail hour
2 – First dance
3 – Dinner music
4 – Family dances
5 – Reception/Dance
6 – Last dance

We also tagged two or three extra songs at the end of each playlist to make sure we didn’t run out of music in case something went over.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely make sure someone is manning the ipod — and it shouldn’t be you, since it’s your wedding!  Otherwise, I feel like unruly guests will probably hijack it and switch the music on you.  This is what has happened at pretty much every party that I’ve been at with ipod music.  Someone ultimately decided, “hey, I want to hear THAT song”, and then they just grab the ipod and make it happen. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Miss Chaptstick – I’d say you’re the ipod genuis!  Having a playlist for just single dances sounds like the perfect way to transition songs quickly and smoothly.  I also really liked your tip for adding a couple extra in case something runs long.  Thanks! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We were going to do iPod. We couldn’t, however, figure out who would be capable of manning it for us. So now we’re entertaining the offers and proposals from various DJs, all of whom look like they might do Siegfried and Roy impersonation shows in their spare time.

No seriously, is there something in some hidden DJ dress code where feathered-hair is mandatory as part of the uniform?

Post # 11
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Helper bee

i’m doing the i-pod thing too. from what i’ve been told there is a way to adjust each playlist to how many seconds you’d like between songs. if i figure out how to do this i’ll let you know, obviously it would be best for each song to immediately follow the next…i think my friend told me this option was under “settings”?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We’re planning to do this, and 5 days out, this is my biggest stress. Why didn’t I get a DJ? Also, we asked all of our guests to give us their favorite love songs so we could incorporate them… but many of them i’ve never heard/don’t like. oops! 🙂 I think we’ll play them during the breakfast hour(we have a morning wedding). I am loving the advice though, we have a guy to man the ipod, I just hope it all goes smoothly! In hindsight, i wonder if hiring a DJ would be better, even though I love being able to pick exactly what we’re going to have played.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For those that do go with an ipod reception, what do you do for the soundsystem & actual setup? How expensive/complicated are those?

We may have cocktail hour and reception in two different places, so I was thinking of doing ipod during cocktail hour since it seemed pretty straightforward.  With all these positive experiences/attitudes towards using ipods for the whole thing it is sounding better & better.  Especially the part about saving money!!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am very curious as to the setup of things too … BUMPY

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Can you rent sound systems??

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