Post # 1
I’m sure that having someone with the right personality act as a good emcee is key in an ipod reception, but anyone have any other guidance? Tips? Advice?
If you had an ipod reception or attended one, what are tips for making it successful or things to avoid? Thanks!
Post # 3
@MadameTussaud: We had one and there were hicups. 🙂 I guess this is a list of things that I did or would do if I had to do it again…
-we had the venue rent us a sound system, which definitely helped, and I had a friend man the system. Put one person in charge (not you).
-put a lock on your computer or Ipod so that people don’t just start changing things up. You might think that peeps won’t do this, but they will. lol
-over plan the music and pick your playlist carefully. We really needed more “oldies” playing because our friends weren’t dancing, but my parents’ friends wanted to tear down the place. Plan as if you are a DJ. Don’t think you can wing it…it seems to always end poorly.
-You don’t want dead air, so plan accordingly.
Hope that helps a bit. I would definitely do it again but I would start planning the music/playlist a lot earlier. You could even start now and just keep refining it over the months- much less stressful.
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice!! Yeah, music has been on my mind (10 months ahead of time) but I don’t want to just slap the most recent top 40 on the playlist at the last minute. I’d really like to carefully pick the music. Good to know about the oldies!! And locking the computer… *sigh* I wouldn’t have thought that would be a problem.
Post # 6
I have seen this work really well and REALLY badly. It worked really well for our wedding, so here is what we did:
- Buy a brand new iPod that you only use for the wedding – have each segment of the wedding separated as a distinct playlist, in the order you want it played – i.e., we had separate playlists for the cocktail hour, dinner, first dance, bride/FOB dance, groom/MOG dance, dancing, last dance.
- Either lock your iPod or make sure it is in an inacessible place and designate ONE person to be responsible for changing playlists, managing volume, etc. We had our DOC take care of this. IT CANNOT BE YOU OR THE GROOM!!!
- Do not allow anyone else to access the music. Do not allow anyone else to switch songs or plug in their iPod. This sounds obvious, but you would be surprised what I have seen go bad.
- Set your iPod settings so that it fades between songs – this will make the music flow more naturally and sound more like a DJ.
- Plan out the order you want songs played in, especially for dancing. You will need to manage the flow of dancing – the best way I have heard it described is that you want to build it up and then take it down. That means you need 2-3 fast songs and then 1-2 slow songs. As the night progresses, you may want to have 3-4 fast songs and then 1 slow song. (Slow songs get people out on the floor at the beginning – fast songs keep them out.)
- Pay attention to what type of music you are playing. It doesn’t actually matter what type of music *you* like – you are the host, so your job is to create a playlist that will excite the majority of your crowd and keep them on the dancefloor. This nothing that will shock your grandmother, but also fun, upbeat music that people will want to dance to. We started with some traditional standards and oldies then moved into 80s dance music that everyone would enjoy. If you PM me, I am happy to share our dance playlist.
- This goes with the last bullet, but make sure the songs are in order. Do not set your iPod to shuffle – you will lose flow.
- Make sure your iPod is fully charged and that it can be plugged in without having to turn off the music.
Post # 7
@septcabride: Thank you, that is super helpful!!!
Post # 8
This was astoundingly helpful. Thanks for asking, OP!
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2012 - Watch tower lodge, Black hawk state Park Rock Island, IL
were doing a similar reception except using our computer instead of an ipod..we have a friend designated as our “DJ” however this is one piece of advise I have def learned…wether you have a DJ or are doing it yourself, make sure that if your into current music and certain generes that you pay attention to the lyrics of songs….and those that could be ” offensive” put towards the end of the evening…where its more likely the older crowd or more conservtive crowd has started to leave….( we all love us some lady gaga or LMfAO but Grandma problebly wont)
Post # 10
this is all GREAT advice! thanks!
Post # 11
Ours hasn’t happened yet, but since ours is a cocktail reception we’re not too concerned about having an emcee. The biggest things we’re doing are hooking a laptop up to the sound system with the screen locked so that random people can’t change the music (and using FH’s iPhone as a remote), and creating a playlist beforehand, not just putting a bunch of music on shuffle.