Post # 1
Hi bees, just wondering for those who used iPod / iPhone / iPad playlists for their wedding, did it work well? what worked and what didn’t? Did you use it for both ceremony and reception?
I’m thinking about using playlist for my ceremony and reception. Potentially would consider an acoustic guitar (a really nice one I heard at a music event recently) for the ceremony cos it might be hard to control the mood and starting stopping with the ceremony.
Edit to add: It’ll be fairly casual at the reception (50-60 people), I don’t want a first dance or father daughter dance or anything. Just want guests to eat (cocktails style) and mingle and ideally have some fun with everyone dancing towards the second half of the reception (so potentially need to change playlist once from background music to dance music).
Post # 2
We had bad luck with it unfortunately. The actual wedding day we had a band and dj so that was great, the 2nd day of the wedding we had the guests come back to the venue for a follow up dinner and party (it’s common in Europe). So for the 2nd day we had all the speakers set up, laptops, cellphones, but it was so wonky. Internet reception would come and go, music would be playing only to stop or freeze, ugh. Finally someone put in a usb with a playlist and that saved the day. I’d highly recommend making a playlist for 6-8 hours with music to use saved on something BC you never know how strong internet reception)signal could be in the venue, if it’ll cut out, etc.
Post # 3
Ours was great. For the ceremony we gave a staff member a pre-playlist, processional song and post-playlist and prepped him on when to start each one (it was pretty obvious).
We had great dancing at the reception. We had our playlist downloaded (don’t rely on internet) and hired speakers. We played sort of old-school songs – Come on Eileen, Africa by Toto, ABBA… everyone LOVED it.
I’ve been to weddings where it didn’t work so well. I think because those people picked modern songs which were to their own taste. Instead, we picked songs which have stood the test of time that people of all ages know and can sing along to. We also arranged the order of songs carefully and let it play – people couldn’t go and change it so there was no chopping and changing.
Also use a program that can fade one song into the next (itunes does it) so you don’t get silences.
Post # 4
It worked great for us! I used Spotify, where you can make different playlists for different times of the reception–cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, etc. It also allows you to fade songs and you can choose from all songs on Spotify plus your own music library. I set up my laptop in the corner of the room and synced my phone as a remote so I could control the music from anywhere. Just make sure to sign up for the paid version so you get all the premium options.
Post # 5
We did this! It worked really well. We had a “chill” pre-ceremony playlist, a song for walking down the aisle, and a long playlist that we started at the cocktail hour that ran all the way through the reception/dinner. We didn’t have (or want) any dancing, so the music was more for the background. Our long reception playlist was all the music he and I had listened to over the course of our relationship, and it ended up being much more of a conversation starter than we expected.
The only issue was that we timed the ceremony music weirdly, so my husband had to awkwardly walk over to the iPhone and pause it. With that in mind, I’d suggest having someone (that’s not you or your FI) that’s tech-savvy and trusted be in charge of the MP3 player and know when to hit play/pause.
A couple other thoughts…do a trial run with your player and speakers, double check with your venue about wifi (if you need it to access your music), and remember to bring along any requisite chargers. Also…if you use a phone that automatically locks and needs a password to get back in, make sure you disable that feature (or make sure your trusted “DJ” remembers the password).
Post # 6
This is what we plan to do. We have a UE Boom (portable speakers) and a bunch of our friends have them aswell. You can link them all together and play music, this is what we plan to do for our music. We are just going to download music from spotify and put it on a list so we dont have to rely on internet as we are having a farm wedding
Post # 7
Thank you bees for sharing your experience / plans! Sounds like most have had a positive experience with it!
I definitely plan on downloading the songs and have someone in charge of changing playlist. I found an Apple playlist of wedding songs which has a good mix of new and old songs, and I’ve added / taken out some other songs. Will be doing more addition over time because I think it’s only 4-5 hours long at the moment. Will ask Fiancé to pick songs he want to be added.
I was planning to have a playlist for reception when everyone is eating and mingling then change to a more dance song playlist a little way into the night when people are ready to dance, just so I don’t have to worry about the timing of the songs transitioning, would that be a good idea?
Post # 8
Yep just have a background playlist and a dancing playlist. Easy enough to switch to the dancing one when you’re ready.
Post # 9
We used an iPod and spotify playlists, but also rented a proper speaker system for the size of venue we had. It worked great! Couple of tips:
–Make sure you download all playlists, don’t rely on internet
–Have a few different clearly marked playlists for different moods. We had cocktail hour and dinner hour, and then a few different dancey playlists. More classics/oldies earlier in the night to get everyone dancing, and then more pop-dancey stuff for the younger crowd that stays later.. etc. (depends on your guest list obviously)
-Avoid doing too many ‘requests’ or changes. You don’t really want people going in and picking things song by song because there are too many breaks between songs and people tend to stop dancing or lose steam.
Post # 10
Download a mixing app which work’s with spotify. Means the songs will fade.