Post # 1
I have heard horror stories about using an iPod instead of a DJ for the reception.
I am having a very small destination wedding, I’m talking like 10 people! I am still going to have a small reception and a little dancing. I can’t justify the cost of having a DJ for such a small group.
I’m looking for advise or tips on how to pull this off. How to decide on the flow of songs, how to transition, etc. I will rent a sound system, but I will be working solely off of my iPod since I am not bringing my laptop all the way down to Mexico.
Post # 3
I am doing this too!
We are designating someone from our wedding to play our music and our best man will be the MC.
My Fiance will shorten some of the songs before hand so we won’t be dancing for the 4+ minutes some of our songs are and I’ll be putting them in a certain way so each song will flow with the reception. I am also making groups like, “Mom and daughter dance,” “Son and mother dance” etc. so the person working the iPod will know which one to play, we’ll also be giving him a piece of paper with what we want to be played at what times.
Post # 4
Here is an old thread I found on Google from this site about another bee asking for iPod help, hopefully this will be useful to you. Some girls suggest a laptop but you can read over those comments! http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/tips-for-an-ipod-dj-wedding
Post # 5
Totally do-able and budget friendly! I like PPs idea of assigning someone to man it in case something goes wrong. I also edited our wedding party intro and our intro. I used “Garageband” on my MAC. I’d have different playlists for the intros then the first dances. After that, just organize your playlist for the reception and you’re good to go!
Post # 6
@Mars62312: Second this.
And make sure you at least listen to it once over. My friend had an IPod at her reception…throughout the night to her horror, it kept skipping! It would break up in between a song and suddenly a new song would start randomly playing. People on the dancefloor weren’t impressed. 🙁
Post # 7
We’re going to go the iPod route. I’m planning to just set it to play on shuffle or something as background music. We’re not having any dancing, so I figure it doesn’t matter what order the songs play in.
Post # 8
Im probably doing this too and I am a little worried.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2020 - establishment theatre
were not using an ipod because i dont have one lol. but we ARE hauling our computer and stereo system, i have a friend im paying 50 bucks to play dj for the night 🙂 just make sure you have a great playlist…and go with the flow. also it helps to have a print out hard copy list of the songs so if someone wants to request a song they can…
Post # 10
There’s an awesome app called WeddingDJ that I plan on using.. it lets you organize everything, lets the music blend, and allows for requests.. definitely worth the 99 cents!
Post # 11
The only thing I can say is make sure you have enough songs for the whole time. My friend did this for her wedding and it was just kind of a downer when the Ipod ran out of dance songs and had to repeat them. It of course didn’t ruin anything major, but it was just like ” Didn’t we just dance to this?”
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I’d have your songlists on two ipods, just in case. Make sure they’re charged.
Will you have pro/recessional music? If so you’d definitely want someone in charge of it. We used a DJ, but had playlists for before the ceremony, pro/recessional, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing.
Post # 13
@lauramae89: I am going to definitely check that app out!
Yes their will be a tech notion to operate the music for the ceremony. But the actual reception will be completely up to me.
Post # 14
A friend of mine, who had a destination wedding, got a DJ friend to make a few CDs, so that she wouldnt have to worry about transitionning or silent gaps between songs. It was amazing. It felt like there was a real DJ there. The music was so good that guests from the hotel just joined us on the dancefloor.
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@lauramae89: I just got that app, I didn’t have much time to play with it but so far it looks it will work out great! I can’t believe I didn’t think about an app, I mean there’s an app foreverything now! 🙂
thanks! That is great. I need to look more into the flow of music, how to do the ups and downs.