Tuesday, August 17, 2010

iPod Wedding Reception Music

In the age of digital music and MP3 players, lots of wedding venues are offering a sound system that can play an iPod. Giving brides the option of creating a play list and skipping the DJ or the live band. At the end of last year, the Vox Theatre installed an 11.1 surround sound system with an iPod dock for our everyday use as well as for our guest. But the question comes...Is the iPod reception a good thing? It can be. The iPod gives greater flexibility with your own personal music tastes and it potentially saves money if you already have the iPod and the all the appropriate music. However, it does have some drawbacks...nobody really gets and keeps the party going, the play list can get ignored or hijacked, and at times there is potential for dead air. The good news is there is a fairly simple solution that can help with some of this...have a designated person in control of the music. This person does not have to stand next to the iPod at all times, but they just need be the go-to person. Somebody wants to play a particular song, you can say "Talk to Aunt Jean or Cousin Earl. They can help you." Aunt Jean and Cousin Earl will need to know a few things, though.

1. Most importantly, KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING.
2. Don't abruptly stop in the middle of a song. If you need to stop mid-song, slowly decrease the volume to help with a smooth transition.
3. Learn the music. Have Aunt Jean and Cousin Earl help in creating the play list so they have a good idea of what is on the list.
4. Print out a list of songs that are on the play list. This will allow people to choose a song from the list instead of having to search on the iPod.

Another suggestion to make the iPod reception a success - find a play list for wedding receptions...a list that has all the traditional songs you hear at receptions. There is a reason you always hear them. These songs appeal to a variety of people across the generations. They draw people to the dance floor. You don't have to play the "Chicken Dance", unless you want, but there are a wide variety of songs that will keep your guests on the dance floor.

Most wedding planning websites like theknot.com can give you ideas on songs to play. Style101.com has some advice on songs and tips for using an iPod for your reception.

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