Post # 1
Questions, Questions, Questions!
So, now that budget cuts have been made and we can’t afford all this stuff we thought we would be able to…a Dj is out of the question. Not really because it’s super duper expensive but mostly because we feel that its an unnecessary expense. So, for those of you who have done or will be having an IPod/Itunes reception, please explain…
1. Did you use an mp3 player or laptop/itunes?
2. Who controlled it? Who made sure certain songs were played at certain times (first dance, entrance, exit)?
3. How many songs did you put on your playlist for the night?
4. Did you have a complete variety of songs you used? Fiance and I love pretty much every type of music.
5. Please let me in on any tips you might have!
Post # 3
My Fiance and I aren’t having a DJ. Technically it’s not an iPod wedding, but it’s close enough. We’re going to download all our songs and music onto a computer and hook it up to the sound system. We’re going to download a variet of music, modern songs and old classic songs. We haven’t finalized our list of music but we’re going to add extra songs just in case.
We have someone who will be in charge of making sure the music is taken care of. His cousin did it last summer and it worked perfectly.
Post # 4
I understand where you’re coming from trying to cut cost down, but in my opinion I don’t think an iPod is a good idea. The role of the DJ is not just to play music from a playlist, it’s to read the crowd and engage them. They keep the music in sync with the crowd’s vibe.
What the couple want to hear may not necessarily what the guests like, so they might get bored. I don’t know I could be wrong tough. Maybe if you work with someone and make sure he controls the playlist well, it could work out 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks ladies, I don’t know that a DJ is a choice at this point. I might ask around and see if we have someone who would want to help out with music.
Post # 6
@Birdee106: yes, we did this and it was amazing. we received so many requests for a copy of the playlist and our guests danced all night long. it was the perfect choice for us, but i will warn you it was a lot of work!
1. we used itunes through our laptop in order to manipulate crossfade for gapless playback and rented speakers and cables through an outside vendor who set up everything for us. but we had lots of back up: burned cds and boombox, 2 ipods, playlist on laptop. you can never be too careful.
2. i asked my little brother to emcee and left him a copy of the playlist and notes on when he should announce important things (ie. our entrance, first song, cake, etc.). he was able to relax and enjoy himself and we didnt have to worry about an obnoxious dj ruining our day. win win.
3. we had a four hour reception, so i planned a few mini playlists that totaled four hours. there was the cocktail playlist, dinner playlist, party playlist, and last call playlist.
4. we tried to include something for everyone. we started with oldies and pretty much danced our way through every decade.
5. don’t make the mistake of playing only what you and your fi want to hear or your dancefloor will be lonely. listen to your playlists over and over for songs that don’t work well together or aren’t as danceworthy as you thought. don’t let people convince you that this will be a disaster. i assure you, if you are willing to do the research and the tedious work involved, your ipod reception will be a hit!
Post # 7
i forgot to add that it is better to have too many songs than not enough. if you’re running short on time and can’t fit some songs, simply uncheck them and itunes will skip.
Post # 8
@thesaurus rex: Great, thank you for the info! Our church is set up with a sound system so I just need to find an MC to keep the crowd going. Thanks 🙂
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@Jenlon: Great, thank you! Great advice!
@septcabride: Oh yessss!! Thanks so much, that’s great!
Post # 12
All I can say is if you are opting to not have a DJ you need to assign someone to be in charge of making announcements etc to the guests (and it shouldn’t be your or your FI).
While an Ipod playing music is fine for overall entertainment I have been to many a chaotic wedding where no one had a clue what to do, where to go or what was happening because no one was giving out information in a way that all the guests could hear and understand.