(Closed) IPOD Wedding Reception…. yay or nay?

posted 14 years ago in Music
Post # 17
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We’re doing it iTunes style… I am setting up separate playlists for each portion of the event – pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktails, dinner, dancing, etc. Make sure you regulate the volume of each song to avoid one being really loud and one being soft. You can do this in your iTunes settings. You can also adjust the flow of the songs into each other – there can be a pause or there can be a fade in/fade out, or a slight overlap.

Post # 18
23 posts
  • Wedding: January 2022

Hello there,

I was just at an IPOD wedding this past summer. I have to admit, I thought it was a great idea, such a money saver, and a great way to have exactly what you want played, when you want it.

But-after actually seeing it in action-I must say it was truly one of the most awful weddng dances I have ever been to. The bridal party kept having to run back and check on the IPOD, and the songs were cut off early, or only played for 20 seconds, then someone would decide that they wanted another song on the playlist and just skip over it.

I think it can be done, if you set strict rules, and only have ONE person in charge of it.  I really think a DJ is the way to go-I personally love to dance, to anything and everything, and the IPOD wedding totally ruined my booty shaking! 🙂

Hope this helps!

Post # 19
25 posts
  • Wedding: November 2008

i say nay. Although cheap, you run the risk of people not dancing. Good DJs and bands read the crowd and play the music the crowd wants to hear. You can’t do that with ipods.

Post # 20
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

We did an laptop iTunes wedding and we had no problem with it. We made sure that we download the songs from the original CD or from iTunes, not from places like BearShare or LimeWire so that we don’t run into songs with bad quality.

Also, make sure that you listen to your playlist to make sure there is no long pause in between songs.

Oh, and we rented speakers for like $200.

Post # 21
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I went to an iPod wedding last year and it mostly worked well… but you definitely need to designate someone (or a few people taking turns) to be in charge of it. At this wedding I guess they left the iPod unattended and there were a few points where some of the guests took it over and kept switching the songs in the middle and screwing up the playlist. Other than that, though, they had a good selection of music and it was a lot of fun! 

Post # 22
4 posts
  • Wedding: January 2022

I was the DJ at my best friend’s wedding with an ipod and it worked out fine. Although, I will warn you-you will have to do some leg work if you want to pull it off well.

 Two months prior to the wedding she mailed me about 9 CDs which I loaded into my laptop and created playlists. (Father/Daughter dances, party music, etc…) She highlighted the "must haves" which was really helpful during the reception. I must say, I was surprised that everyone was dancing and wished the reception lasted longer because I was just getting warmed  up…

 I’m not going to get all technical with the other equipment I used-but I will let you know I also used a CD player so I could fade in and out of songs-a song that just ends clears the dance floor. All of the equipment was hooked up to a PA system.

Have any musician friends? they usually have the skills, equipment and the knowledge to pull it off. It’s ok to ask a friend if they would be your DJ-don’t worry about them not having a good time-I was honored by the gesture and you’ll be surprised how many people will volunteer their input during the reception. I’m not a professional DJ-I’m a musician who knows how to hook stuff up and use a computer:)

I’d be happy to answer any more questions-just send me a message.


Post # 23
1 posts

As far as programs go, you really owe it to yourself to download Spotify. It’s a remarkably great playlisting and song curation tool that we use as professional DJ’s. You can pay the ten bucks during the month of your wedding and have all that music that you playlisted synched to your laptop so you won’t even need wifi. Then go into preferences and set up a 12-second automatic crossfade. Some songs have weird intros and outros but for the most part it’ll be great.

A lot of Pro-DJ’s get their feathers ruffled by the thought of someone NOT using their services, the reality is that not everyone wants or needs it. Everyone’s reception is different, and subject to different constraints and desires – so we totally understand. Actually, I think it’s becoming more and more common to do the music yourself, which is why my partner and I wrote what we think is the definitive guide for the iPod Wedding. I know this post is years old but I’m leaving this here in the off chance that someone else finds this useful:  www.diyreception.com

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