(Closed) iPod Weddings – tacky or smart?

posted 8 years ago in Music
  • poll: iPod weddings - tacky, or a smart money-saving option?
    tacky - hire a real band or a DJ : (29 votes)
    28 %
    Smart! Get a good sound system and you're good-to-go! : (76 votes)
    72 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant

    I didn’t vote because it is a very difficult thing to pull off, but if you have the right equipment and resources, it could work.  Just be sure you have a designated ipod handler who can switch it up and MC if needed.  

    Or if you’re trying to go a cheaper route, interview some craigslist DJ’s.  Many will be starting out and eager to please–just be sure their personality suits your wedding and ask for them to play some specific songs as well as a definite DO NOT PLAY list.

    Good luck!

    Post # 4
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I think its smart. You definitely need to have a WELL thought out play list, and you need to have someone who is not you or your Fiance in charge of switching music and playing MC for the necessary announcements.. but I think it can totally work.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m on the fence about this for our wedding. I think a DJ really helps to move the evening along, gives good cues for different things happening (speeches, etc) and if the music isn’t suiting the mood quite right he can change things up quickly rather than you having to mess with your playlist.

    On the other hand, I would really like to make sure every song I love is going to be played. Most DJs though will create a “must play” and “no play” list for you. I find most DJs to be really annoying and I’d prefer to just have an iPod and skip the big personality, but I think in the end we’re going to end up hiring a DJ and he’ll have to just deal with our control issues 😉

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think it’s a smart idea to use an ipod, DJ’s use a computer now a days so I don’t see much of a difference… that way you can play your favorite music!

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Like the previous posters have said, if you are well prepared it can work really well. We went to a wedding with an “ipod DJ” and there was nothing wrong with it.

    For our wedding, we thought about using an ipod but went with a DJ because we just didn’t want to deal with the hassle of handling that ourselves, and wanted as stress-free a day as possible. We also didn’t want to leave the ipod unattended, but we also didn’t want to ask any of our guests to man it either. It was the decision that worked the best for us. I wouldn’t consider it “tacky” to use an ipod at all.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I would say whether you use an iPod or not would depend a lot on the formality of your reception.  I’ve been to one where it was done really well, but it was a more casual(still tons of fun) wedding.  It will take a lot of time and prep to make sure it goes smoothly tho.  Like pp said, most DJ’s use a computer now anyway, so it’s not like you can’t do it yourself, it’s just more of the convenience of not worrying about it that you will pay for.  

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper

    We used an iPod at our wedding.  We had a VERY small reception, so it didn’t make sense to hire a DJ.  It was also an afternoon affair, so not a lot of dancing going on.  Our guests loved it, and I was able to set up the playlists very far in advance.  I named several playlists so my brother (my freejay) could easily tell what to play.  (I had: prelude, processional, recessional, cocktails, entrance, mingling, toasts, first dance, daddy dance, cake, and exit playlists.)  I also bought a Bose sounddock so that the sound quality would be good (bonus, we still have it, so unlike hiring a DJ, we didn’t just lose the money, it went to something tangible.)  I don’t know how it would work if you were having a larger wedding with a lot of dancing though.  I felt an iPod reception worked very well for our small afternoon wedding.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I went to a super fancy wedding (think “Platinum Weddings”) in which there was a band playing throughout most of the wedding (about 4 hours).  We then moved to a room off of the recpetion site in the hotel and had a smaller party in which the bride and groom hooked up their iPod to play.  BIG MISTAKE!!  They didn’t make a playlist ahead of time so she kept freaking out everytime a possibly “inappropriate” song would come on and she kept leaving the dance floor to shut the song off.

    I think its fine if you make a playlist ahead of time…

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Why not do both?  Many dj companies offer the opportunity to use an ipod but the spinning/playing done by a professional dj.  It costs significantly less and you don’t have to worry about someone forgetting anything or friends fiddling with the equipment.

    Had I known this earlier, I would have gone this route to save money.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

    I don’t think it’s tacky at all. It might not be right for everyone or every wedding, but it’s going to be right for us and we’re going to do it that way.

    It’s important to set up a good playlist ahead of time, though. Plan, plan, PLAN.

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think it can be wonderful for some weddings, especially if you have someone who knows what they are doing manning it. Unfortunately, we’re having a big wedding, and I just don’t think it’s conducive to any guest list over 100 or 115. 

    Post # 14
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We are doing an iPod wedding, and we are having a smaller (50-75 person) wedding.  I’m nervous about some things, but I think it will be fine.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Risky in my opinion.  Who knows what could go wrong.  But if you have a back up and someone manning the system then maybe it will be ok.  I wouldn’t want drunk people going up and changing the song either.  So make sure you have someone acting as an MC at the station at all times.

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think you just have to be really smart about it.  I think you *must* create playlists and seriously think about how long each playlist will go.  A playlist for the cocktail hour, for the dinner hour, for the specialty dances (mother/son, father/daughter, etc. etc.) and for the rest of the evening which will be primarily younger people dancing.  You can’t just set your iPod to random. 

    We’re seriously considering this for our wedding and we have a friend and a family member who work in the music industry and have worked with the equipment before who have offered to help. For us, I’m hoping it will ensure a measure of control — if it’s not on the iPod, it’s not going to be played. This way, nobody can con the DJ into playing “single ladies” and force me to throw my bouquet. 

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