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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Portable Play Lists for Your Destination Wedding

Words by Jennifer Stein
Many brides are considering skipping the DJ or band altogether and hooking their iPod up to a sound system at their reception. This is a great way to save money, but there are several things you should keep in mind.
  • You will still need a person to keep the flow of the event going like an emcee or a wedding planner. For example, when it's time for toasts or to cut the cake - make sure you have a way to grab every one's attention so that the important parts of the reception don't get missed. Don't take on this task as you will find yourself being pulled in many directions.

  • Make sure that your iPod or mp3 player is properly charged and that your songs are organized into play lists for easy use.

  • Create different play lists depending on where you are at in the evening. For example, during dinner you may want to have a slower, more mellow music playing versus later in the night when the party is in full swing and you want people on their feet dancing.

  • Don't man the iPod yourself! Give someone that task and make sure you've done a run through so they know what needs to play and when. You'll also want to make sure your designated person knows how to work the device.

  • Double check the connections and ensure that your music player will work with the reception's sound system - or figure out if you can bring your own. Test it to make sure the music will be loud enough for the space you're reception will be held.

  • If you're opting for a music player for your ceremony, make sure to include the person who will be operating the mp3 player/iPod in your rehearsal and do a full run through. Trust me, I've seen this go awry and it's not pretty!

For some non-traditional destination wedding play lists including first dance songs, reception music ideas and ceremony tunes depending on your location, click here.

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