In light of Miss Pineapple’s recent post on iPod wedding music, it’s time to share the tale of our biggest wedding disaster:
Because we had a budget wedding, and because I’m so picky about music that I couldn’t leave our playlist in anyone else’s hands, an iPod wedding sounded perfect. We had only around 50 guests, so we didn’t anticipate any trouble broadcasting to the dancefloor with a good set of speakers. (For a fancier sound-system set-up, check here.) I separated our pre-ceremony, cocktail hour, and dance playlists and set them to run in order so there would be no worry about choosing songs. We asked Mr T’s brother to serve as emcee so there’d be someone to provide introductions and transitions and move things along when necessary. And, in addition to loading the playlists on my iPod, I burned copies on CD and we loaded extra copies onto Mr T’s computer. Just in case!
Well, the iPod worked brilliantly for the ceremony (pre-ceremony love songs, processional and recessional). The venue had a sound system, and we simply plugged in the iPod. But cut to the reception, when my iPod stopped working. And those multiple backups? Left behind at the hotel.
Thankfully, our multi-talented photographer and her assistant stepped in to play DJ off their computer and an iPhone! I’m terribly grateful that were still able to have a first dance and a parent dance, because they provided some lovely memories. But I mourned the loss of our special first dance song and all the other playlists I’d lovingly (obsessively!) put together in the days before the wedding.
In the end, I’d still recommend an iPod wedding to anyone because of the cost and control advantages. I believe our situation was just one of those bad-luck events that happen sometimes. However, I definitely recommend making (and BRINGING) as many backups as possible!!!
(All photos by Punam Bean)
For those who are already married, what was your biggest wedding disaster?