Post # 1
We have been looking into hiring a band for our wedding. We know that music is really important to a great party, but the costs are just so astronomical. We’re having an extended cocktail type party in a room of a mansion style venue. We are not looking for a traditional MC type of feel and wouldn’t mind skipping the whole introductions, announced 1st dance, etc., so I’m curious if anyone has ipod their wedding. Could we just make playlists for different moods during the ceremony and rent speaker equipment? Has anyone successfully done this before?
Post # 3
i’ve been to an ipod wedding before and it was totally fine. the bride and groom did have a friend to make general announcements, but other than that, they just had speakers rented, set it up, and hooked it up themselves. it was pretty easy and fun.
Post # 4
I’ve been to 1 ipod wedding but it was a very casual camping wedding. My friends rented out a campground for the whole weekend for their wedding. They had at least 1 friend in charge of the music and make the general announcements (although other friends and family chimed in to make announcements and toasts). They rented speakers as well. The whole thing came out fine.
The con to this is that you are making at least 1 or 2 friends "work" at your wedding. Some friends may not mind. Another thing to think about is if the speaker equipment starts to act up (loud booming noises, static, etc). Since no one is hired to be responsible for the equipment, you will find yourself possibly spending some time tinkering with the equipment instead of enjoying the party.
Have you looked into DJs? They are typically not as expensive as a band although not as cheap as an Ipod wedding.
Good luck in whatever you choose! Oh – if you do find yourself going the route of an ipod wedding, don’t forget to have CD’s of all the playlists you have created and a CD player. Just in case the Ipod acts up.
Post # 5
Our venue comes iPod ready, with someone available to run the installed equipment if you like, although we chose to have a band. I’m not sure what your venue is, but you might ask if they have a sound system available that is iPod ready.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2007 - Restaurant in Burlington
we hired a solo guitarist to play the ceremony, cocktail hour and an hour of the reception then we switched to an iPod and it worked really well. we didn’t have a lot of dancing, but i’m sure if you did you could just ask a friend of wedding party member to monitor the playlists (we had an upbeat and slow list).
Post # 7
personally, I think being able to pull off an iPod wedding depends on the rest of the event. If you are having a big-budget wedding with over-the-top everything, and then you pull out the iPod for your reception; the flow of the event might be compromised. As opposed to, if you have a laid-back atmosphere through-out including an iPod reception, well, than nothing would seem out of the norm.
Take your wedding into consideration and if you really can’t afford a band and don’t want a DJ, go with the iPod…but make sure the rest of your event matches the general laid-back sentiment thta the iPod reception conveys.
Post # 8
I would also say – listen, listen, listen to your playlists, and use the optimization features in your software. I do a lot of iPod playlists, and what looks good on paper doesn’t always make a nice transition from a listening standpoint. And the optimization features definately help with the amount of blank time between songs, making things sound more professional.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! You all have really good points. My rambling continues…When we started planning, it was going to be a low key wedding where an ipod was a definite choice. We’re a little older and want to eventually buy a house. It’s so hard to justify the costs for just one day! Plans have changed, and now the venue that we’re having it at is somewhat elegant, so I don’t want the ipod to seem out of place. I was envisioning having the equipment off to the side, having a few playlists set up for different moods (arriving: jazz, low key stuff, then some mixes including R&B, Swing, 70’s, 80’s etc for dancing) and having someone go over every so often and switch the playlist. Best case scenario if everything goes well was it was a great deal and we can high five each other that we didn’t go broke over this day! However… if there’s a glitch! I’d like to think that I could handle it gracefully, but I’m thinking it will be an already chaotic day, it might be worth the money to just to ensure that someone else handles it. I’m a diy-er at heart, so I always think, I could do that. But, find that I’m asking myself, Can I do that?
Post # 10
We are doing an iPod wedding and think it will turn out fine. We are bringing a backup iPod with the song lists.
Also, we bought one of those iPod speaker systems. It is very loud. I recommend getting that.
Post # 11
I don’t see any reason why you can’t. We went with a band primarily because both the pianist and the vocalist are old friends of the family – not perhaps good enough to make the guest list for our fairly small wedding, but good enough to give us a nice price for their services. And we love their music. But for our venue (country club) the existing sound system they use for their normal dinner music (which I think is satellite radio) is designed to work with and would have sounded fine with an iPod.
Bringing a backup iPod is a good idea – also know how to reboot just in case. And you do have to be the kind of person who wants to spend hours and hours developing and refining the playlists, and it helps to actually own most of the music you will want to use (I can testify that you can spend a lot of money on iTunes pretty fast).
The main thing is that you do need somebody dedicated to running the iPod – and you need to plan when to start and stop the music for toasts and other announcements, and practice that with your operator or break your playlists accordingly. At least part of the evening somebody will have to sit with it to start/stop the music (toasts, cake-cutting, etc) and will have to otherwise keep track of time to know when to change playlists. But you could actually pay someone’s teenager to be in charge of that – for a couple hundred dollars you could get that easy.
Post # 12
why would you want to take the chance on your wedding day…..how much is your cake? Your flowers? The tux or your wedding gown?
Post # 13
AND DO A TEST RUN!!!
I went to a wedding a few years ago where my friends DIY’d everything. After a number of disasters, the bride was crying during their first dance (not happy crying) because it took a looong time (an hour, maybe) to get the iPod speaker system going. It was a straw-that-broke-the-camel’s-back thing, but please make sure this doesn’t happen to you!
Post # 13
YES, DO A TEST RUN!
I’m a pro DJ, and although many of my counterparts get their feathers ruffled over stuff like this, iPod weddings can be a blast as long as you put some serious planning into making sure the equipment works (not hard to do), your playlists are good (with some guidance, not hard), and a few other little considerations.
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