Post # 1
I am thinking of having an iPod reception, but I am not sure about it yet. First of all, it would save a lot of money, and second, neither of our families are big dancing and partying families, and third, we are having a Sunday afternoon reception. I just don’t really see a need for a DJ, except that we need someone to run the beginning of the reception (intros, buffet, toasts, etc).
I was wondering if I would be able to get some feedback from people that are planning to use or have used iPods for their weddings. How did it turn out? Did you have someone directing your reception? Any thoughts on whether you would do it again? Thanks for all of your help!
Post # 3
We did it under circumstances similar to yours–afternoon reception, not big on dancing, just wanted some music in case anyone felt so inclined. We thought it worked out really well. We had one of DH’s friends act as our MC to announce the first dance, toasts, etc and that was enough. And the fun part is the friend who put the play list together downloaded it all onto a thumb drive for us, so now we’ve got it to listen to over and over again.
Post # 4
@Frog E.: Thanks for your feedback… I am thinking about having someone take care of all of that who is also attending the wedding, but I am not really sure… The wedding is so small already, it would need to be a family member, and I kinda want them to just enjoy the day. I guess I just need to realize that I can’t have it all! haha.
Post # 5
If the wedding small then you should have to worry about making announcements for those things. Just kind of lead everyone into those things as you go along. I wouldn’t stress about it, it will all fall into place.
Post # 6
We had an iPod afternoon wedding reception and it worked out great – we divided into 3 playlists – one for the general reception time, one for cake cutting (which we ended up not using) and a dance playlist.
We had no issues with it at all and it worked out really well. We had a friend in charge of it but the venue actually made sure we had the music we wanted so it was perfect.
Post # 7
We’re having one! There is actually a company in my area that does this professionally and it’s sooo cheap! You rent the equipment and create your own playlists. Then they bring you the equipment and set it up before your ceremony for you to plug in to your iPods. We’re having the MC handle the playlists for us – you can also rent lighting! All this for like $400 bucks. Maybe you have a service like this in your area? Check it out!
Post # 8
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. we have also inspired a few couples getting married after us, to take the ipod plunge. 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!
6. it is better to have more music than you need and you can just skip them. i have been to a wedding where they ran out of music and just replayed the same playlist about three times. not cool.