(Closed) iPod reception?

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We’re using our iPod at our reception because my Fiance has more songs than most DJ’s & the restaurant said we could hook a laptop up to their sound system. My older cousin hates all public events & is studying audio production right now- so we’ve asked him if he’d mind playing w/ the songs all night. It saves us tons of money allowing us to serve a better meal to our guests!

Granted, our wedding isn’t going to be a typical round table, ballroom event… we’ve got a cool lounge vibe going on. If you have a large guest list & are planning on having an evening full of dancing, I’d suggest hiring an actual DJ or band. 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

we are doing the ipod for the cocktail hour, first dances and dinner.  after dinner we have a pretty cool indy band playing for two hours (not a wedding band – no covers).  then the last half hour we’re going back to the ipod to ramp it down.  we can plug our laptop into the venue’s sound system, but i looked into renting one, and it was only $100-$200 (including delivery, set-up and pick-up).  we are having a friend (not a guest) run the itunes for us, that we will be paying $250 for the night (though he is saying that he won’t take the money).

Post # 5
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Busy bee

If you go the ipod route, make sure you have plenty of backup equipment, just in case! 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

One of the things that a band or DJ do is emcee your event.  Be sure if you do an iPod reception that you give a timeline to whoever is running the music so that they can stop the music and intro each event (toasts, first dance, etc).  Otherwise it’ll be choppy.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Exactly what Sapphire said. You must have someone to emcee. Otherwise things will be awkward.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

We are renting equipment from a DJ in Indy for $250 and then we asked a friend of ours (who is a very good public speaker and very outspoken person) to play DJ/emcee the event.  We’ve already made a playlist in itunes and with some tweaking (grouping some slow and fast music or just putting on the shuffle, we can’t decide yet), we hope to have a great reception!  We plan on making our a timeline and a "script", but I’ve been to too many weddings where the emcee/dj doesn’t know the couple at all, continuously misspells names, and plays crappy music as well.  We also plan on having a 4 piece jazz band (that we know personally) play for the first hour or so of the dance portion of the reception.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@ Djmaddiebluedog,

Oh, great idea about using the iPod for the cocktail hour. Less hours = less $$ we have to pay DJ. Thanks! It’s cocktail hour so it’ll just be all soft jazzy music that I want played anyway, no emcee necessary. 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

We’re also planning on doing the iPod thing.  Fiance has been investigating the best way to go about it and has decided that, for our us, it will be to have his Powerbook loaded with the music and connected to his AirPort Express.  That way, his friend (who will serve as emcee) can control the music and switch playlists easily by using either an iTouch or iPhone (FI has both) as a remote control.  He’s tested it and found that the AirPort Express has an excellent wireless range.  That way our emcee won’t have to be running around everytime he needs to change playlists.

Post # 11
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Wannabee

If you do use an I pod for the reception be sure that you have a designated person to make your announcements (cake cutting, formal intro, etc.).  Otherwise the reception could turn into chaos or confusion. You will want to make sure that this individual has a timeline for the event and that your wedding planner or event manager is working with them on the cues. Hope this helps.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

This kind of makes me think of the issues I have been having. My Fiance wants a coverband and I want music that I actually like and that has special meaning to me. A good friend of mine has an awesome bluegrass/folk band that is AMAZING and I have been in touch with their marketing/coordinator. Looks like they would be affordable (surprisingly) and could possibly play for the wedding. We were thinking while they took breaks we could set up the ipod for some of the more familiar, old favorites. What do you think? Is a wedding not a wedding without the conga and the electric slide and all that stuff?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

@morunning:  If it weren’t for my Aunt Connie (who LOVES the Electric Slide), I would not be playing it at my wedding!  LOL  What we’re doing to ensure there’s a good mix of stuff that our guests will like is taking requests through our wedding website.  (We’ve gotten quite a range so far.)

I think an iPod would be good for downtime.  That way there will be something playing in the background, instead of just silence.  You might want to check with your band to see if that isn’t something they already do.  If it is, maybe you can just dock up your own iPod with songs that you’ve chosen. (Conga and Electric Slide, optional!)  ;o) 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

craftypants – I love your idea about the requests on your site! That is awesome… I love love love that.

I’m going to ask my band if I could use some of their sound equipment for the Ipod and if that isn’t possible… my fiance’s best friend used to DJ a lot and he could bring down some equipment, set up a list and just let it roll. We shall see!

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