(Closed) Is it a mistake not to hire a band? Planning on using iPod playlist

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The fact that you’re playing jazz means it will already be a more toned-down affair than some weddings with live bands and DJs, so I think it’s fine.  As long as you have good acoustics, why not! And I love jazz—any Johnny Hartman or Nina on the list? I love them!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh and with 40 guests, it would probably be too much for a live band anyway.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had an iPod wedding and it went off without a hitch. Just make sure you have speakers, mic, amp, etc and someone to set it up/babysit it!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

A band sounds like a bit much for a 40 person wedding. Ipod sounds like a great idea. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

i had a DJ and didnt regret it at all, but i also think if we had to cut costs or whatever then an ipod would have worked fine. just make sure u put enough on there to cover yourself for hours and hours!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We IPod DJ’d our 30 person wedding. It worked perfectly EXCEPT for our ceremony music. I wish we would have hired live music for our ceremony. But Mr. LK didn’t want to spend the money and it wasn’t a high priority to me at the time, so I didn;t push the issue. If I had a do-over, hiring live music (pianist or string ensemble or harpist or guitarist…. I don’t care!) would definitely move up on my priority list.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@asc341:  Our band recently canceled on us and we were crushed. We decided not to search for another band, but were strongly advised to hire a DJ instead of playing ipod music. We were told that this encourages people to get up and dance. However, with only 40 guests, this might not be a problem for you; just appoint an outgoing friend to drag everyone out of their seats & onto the dance floor so your reception doesn’t end at 8pm 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee

We are having 50 guests – going with the iPod and Bose Portable system route.  Our Bose system will be an investment – a band or DJ, however, are not. 

 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We also did iPod for our ceremony and it was flawless. I think the key is having someone work the iPod that is super focused and committed to it! Our friend did a beautiful fade out and everything as our processional/recessional ended and began!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@asc341:  We’re in the same position. There is no way that we’re getting a DJ because all of the ones around here seem unprofessional and overpriced. We love live music too and were thinking about getting Darling Parade – we’re big on rock music, but I think we’re most likely going to settle on using an iPod for our reception. I don’t see anything wrong with it! Plus, it saves money. We’re even going to ask our guests for song recommendations when we send out the invites, and then mix their suggestions into our playlists.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

A whole band would be a bit much, but you could get a small jazz band. We had a 3 piece jazz band play during our cocktail hour.  I don’t thikn you can wrong either way with the small wedding you’re having, but if it’s in your budget and you love live music, I’d go for it!  

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We didn’t have a band or DJ at our reception. I put together a playlist on itunes and used my laptop. That would be one thing to consider… you can’t easily switch things up on an ipod, but you certainly can on a laptop! You can also adjust the music to fade in and out between songs through itunes on your laptop but I don’t believe you can on an ipod. It sounds way better to have the songs fade out/in than the sudden silences between songs. My biggest tip is REMEMBER YOUR CHARGER. I put my brother in charge of the laptop/music but he forgot to bring the charger. Thank god the laptop didn’t die during the reception!

 

ETA: looks like you CAN crossfade on an ipod. Still sticking by the laptop idea though! 🙂

 

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