Post # 1
We’re considering doing a formal afternoon wedding, sans a DJ, and I was wondering if it would be feasible to use an iPod for things like the cocktail hour and whatnot. I’d like to still have the first dance and perhaps the father/daughter, mother/son dance but how do you work out announcing these things? Does someone emcee? If so, what do they say? Do they use a mic???
Sorry for all my stupid questions, I’ve just never seen this done before and I’m interested in the logistics of it.
Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 3
Not stupid questions…I was thinking of doing the same and would love the same questions answered. Has anyone done this and can offer advice?
I can suggest, if you haven’t already seen it, an article in one of the recent Martha Stewart Wedding magazines (Summer 08 I think) on using an iPod which addresses some technical issues which I think are important. Regarding an emcee, I want to use and iPod because I tend to dislike emcees, plus I am very specific with the versions of songs I want to use and trust a DJ (and I am wedding in Italy which further complicates matters). One thing I saw at a wedding in Spain was piped-in music during the dinner (though they didn’t have dancing) where, when someone wanted to give a speech, they just turned up the music slightly for a few seconds and everyone quieted down and drew their attention to the speaker. But perhaps people in Europe are already accustomed to this method?
I look forward to whatever advice anyone else has to give!
Post # 4
A girlfriend of mine did an iPod wedding. They used one of those small box speakers that you plug a mic into…think home karaoke style. Her dad introduced the party and the best man emceed the first dances.
I too am not big on DJs. We are still considering our options too. The problems I saw at my girlfriends wedding, such as her running to the iPod a few times to change a song or having to scroll through them to find something she wanted to play, seemed a bit distracting for her more than anything. It seemed at times she was more into getting the right music than enjoying herself, her honey and friends. Plus, there were a few times when everyone was tired and wanted a slow song but they had 4 more fast ones planned out or vice versa. A DJ will be able to read your crowd and change things up to either get people on the floor or give them a break.
I’m going to be reading that Martha Stewart article now! Thanks for the info Katharine! What I forsee us doing is sitting down with a DJ and telling him our list of songs that we want played and those that must not, under any circumstances, be played and see if he would be willing to do that. We will then judge by his reaction and attitude if he is the one for us.
Hope this is helpful!!
Post # 5
We’re going to have an Ipod wedding. We have a friend that’s Mac/Ipod savy and he has his own speakers and sound equipment. We’re working on play lists that are split up into categories of ceremony, cocktail hour/dinner and dancing. He’s offered to run the whole Ipod "system" so he’ll kind of be like a DJ.
Post # 6
We did one. We rented a sound system from a company that set it up for us and picked it up afterward (about $200). The system included speakers, a mike, and a mixing board. We plugged a laptop into the system– we used Itunes on a laptop, much better than the Ipod. To make announcements, we just turned off the music and turned on the mike. You can designate a friend to make announcements, and ask a tech-savvy friend (like one of the groomsman) to start and stop the music at appropriate times.
Post # 7
I went to one iPod wedding where a friend DJ’d and made all announcements. The only real problem was the sound system – it was very hard to hear him clearly. If you can, test the sound quality at your venue before the big day.
I have a DJ for my reception, but the DJ will set up an iPod for the cocktail hour since it’s in another room and we didn’t want to pay for a second setup.
Post # 8
I’m so happy to see people talking about this! I am looking into doing an ipod reception as well. I’d rather spend the DJ money elsewhere!