Post # 1
I am planning to have around 80-100 people, but really want to keep the cost low. I think my Brother-In-Law would do a good job of keeping the music going. I know it would be way less stressful to just get a DJ though.
I’d like to hear from Bee’s who used an iPod. Was it a positive or negative experience? Any advice?
Post # 3
@tammys1977: I’ve thought about going with this idea but I decided against it after going to my FI’s sister’s wedding. They did something similar and although the music flowed pretty nicely… you’d need to designate someone to be an emcee. They didn’t have anyone there to announce the bride and groom entering, the cake cutting, first dance and no one really knew when to look… (many people missed out on these special moments)
Post # 4
@jude7186: good point. I have a dj, but we still have to designate a separate someone to do that, so that’s something to keep in mind for everyone.
Post # 5
@jude7186:That is so sad.
We are having a DJ and MC in our package. There was to much that was missed and went wrong with the last ipod wedding we attended.
Post # 6
We did an ipod wedding and it was wonderful. I had a friend get the music started and announce us when we arrived during cocktails. Then my sister took over for the music and remaining announcements like first dance, cake cutting, garter toss, etc. I guess it wasn’t exactly an ipod recception since we used my laptop. My sister is in a band so she let us use her speakers and such for the reception. We received so many compliments about our music and we had people dancing seriously the whole time. It WAS a lot of work however. I made sure there was a good balance of fast songs, slow songs, and songs that just about everyone sings/gets on the floor for. I also made sure everything flowed well together and made separate playlists for each “section” of the reception. I then made a rough timeline so my sister would know when she needed to announce things. If you have any questions or want any tips, just shoot me a message!
Post # 7
We are thinking about doing this too, I will be interested to hear some advice!
Post # 8
I will let you know after my wedding!!!
I have an emcee though, and my playlist has been looked at and approved by several friends!! AND, many of the songs were requests as per my RSVP!!!
Post # 9
Thanks for all the info so far! I’m leaning towards iPod right now, but would love more input 🙂
Post # 10
I attended an IPod wedding recently and it didn’t go that well. They forgot an Emcee until earlier that day, so annoucments were very on the fly. There really wasn’t any way to change up the music to get people dancing. Some really good dance stuff ended up being played during cocktail hour. It just wasn’t that great. I’d save the money elsewhere.
Post # 11
So far my two best friends did it, and I’ll be the third! Couldn’t have possibly gone better, but you do have to have an emcee! Before their weddings, we had a “song draft” – it was a blast – and we’ll be doing it for ours too.
Theres a few things you need to make sure you pull it off nicely though
– make sure your venue has a good PA system and make sure you can test it out beforehand. If they don’t, you’ll need to rent one, so make sure that still comes out cheaper than a DJ
– bring your lap top with all the music on it as a back up because you never know
– make two seperate play lists for cocktail hour/reception, but put a few extra songs at the end of each just in case things run long
– designate the songs that will preceed announcy things – so that when the emcee hears that song, they know its time to go over by the mic and get prepped
For our group of friends at least, I would say this was the biggest hit of the night! The playlist was just SO them – so personalized, and they even included the “first dance” songs of their other couple friends and family members. No chicken dance or macarena or cheesy DJ screwing up the names of the bridal party – and it saves a whole lotta money. It wasn’t even a question for us! And the groom of the last wedding will be the emcee of ours 🙂
Post # 12
Not married yet… We thought about doing an iPod wedding, but in the end we went with a DJ.
I’ve been to 2 weddings without a DJ. At one, it was a friend with a laptop hooked into the PA system. At the other, they literally used an ipod hooked into a big speaker.
The one that had the guy with the laptop started off really sloooow. He played a lot of indie music that older people (and many of the younger people) didn’t recognize. The venue had a HUGE dance floor and everyone was drunk, but he wasn’t able to get anyone to dance until he finally played “Twist and Shout” like 4 hours into the night. Then he played “Thriller” and a couple other good ones, and people were having fun. But at that point, the wedding was almost over.
The ipod wedding was a disaster. It was 2 entire Jack Johnson albums back to back, followed by a Josh Groban Album, followed by an Adele album. It wasn’t mixed and it wasn’t necessarily appropriate music for a wedding.
Neither wedding had someone to MC, so that was a problem. I think if the whole point of the wedding music is to get people to dance and have fun, you HAVE to play songs that people like and want to dance to. That was the big problem with both weddings. They just played songs that the couple like, which were not songs you can dance to. If it’s just on as background music and there’s no dancing, OR if you have an awesome mix of songs and someone to MC, then I think an ipod could work. But the difference between an ipod and a DJ is that a good DJ will read the crowd and anticipate what will get them moving. If the couple likes non-danceable indie music (or Josh Groban or whatever), a good DJ will find a way to work that in, but keep the crowd happy too.
Post # 13
@seven12: that iPod wedding sounds like it wasn’t planned very well! I would definitely put more effort into planning my music!