Post # 1
Any other brides out their planning to use there ipod for ther reception. If so are you still planning on doing you first dance, father daughter dance, ect. How are you going to do it. I think it would be kind of odd to just stand up and start dancing with out any itroduction.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
I’m planning on doing an Ipod reception as well. For one thing, I hate DJs. I think they are cheesy. And I love the idea of being able to hand pick every single song that is played (part of my control freak nature, I guess). I’m planning on having my little brother or some other brave volunteer serve as "emcee." It won’t be like a night-long duty, just enough to announce the wedding party as we enter the ballroom, and maybe make another couple of announcements. Also, I’m only planning on having dancing for the last 1.5 hours of the reception–there will be Ipod music playing throughout dinner, but it will be mellow. I would suggest asking someone that’s going to be there who likes public speaking to be your emcee, that way everyone knows what is going on.
Post # 4
I think an ipod is a great way to save money. But…
My sister in law had an ipod wedding, and it was really terrible. Her wedding was absolutley stunning, but everyone was bored because the music selection was weird (but cool). It was her husband’s and her taste, which was really awesome- but it was so offbeat and impossible to dance to. Plus, there was no announcer so no one knew when anything was starting. Their first dance was very awkward to watch as a guest. All of a sudden they were on the dancefloor (which really wasn’t a dancefloor, just an open space) dancing. No one knew what was going on- and you could tell the couple was uncomfortable.
If you’re going to have an ipod wedding, make sure you have someone with personality to announce things. Like the first dance, father dance, and other memorable wedding things (i.e. bouquet toss, garter throw, etc…) The DJ generally helps the flow of the evening. Also, look at your playlist. It’s awesome to have things you like, but they need to be things people can figure out how to dance to. Also, if there’s not a typical dancefloor- you shoud think about putting some extra decor where you want people to dance. Usually where the DJ is positioned is where people dance, without that- they’re kind of lost. Some lighting, ribbon, anything would really help set the dance floor mood.
Also have a back up- at my sister in law’s wedding the ipod malfunctioned.
When thought out, I think an ipod wedding is just as good if not better than having a DJ.
Post # 5
I had thought about it, but I decided that I would much rather have a DJ that was experienced and could help with any problems or snafu’s. My birth mom got remarried 3 years ago, and during her reception, a fight broke out between some over-indulging party goers. The DJ chose that moment to bust out some crazy retro (to me, not to my 40+ year old mama) music that got everyone on the dance floor while her wedding coordinator took care of the drama.
I’m not anticipating any fighting, but I can defineatly see some drama. Having someone experienced that can manage a crowd and diffuse tension would be an amazing asset.
Post # 6
You definately need an MC with a microphone – he/she can start and stop the iPod as necessary and announce what is going on, so that your guests don’t miss half of it.
Post # 7
I’ve been to two iPod weddings. One with a drunk groomsmen as MC (not funny) and one with a good friend of mine who is normally gregarious and funny (still not great).
Both weddings were really awkward and guest (especially older ones) felt left out and confused.
I would find a place in a budget for a DJ and if you think they are cheesy, find even more room in the budget for a band. Or do the research…there are non-cheesy DJs out there and they make all the difference between an awkward and a great experience.
Post # 8
I know several people who’ve been sucessful with an ipod reception. You really do need a friend with a mic or loud voice to MC and keep tabs on playlist timing, but it can be very well done.
Post # 9
I plan on doing this as well, but I do agree that things do still need to be structured. To avoid having all the music just be things to our taste we’re planning on having a line on the RSVP card where people can write a song they’d like to request, which should be fun!