There’s going to be a bunch of people handling our wedding-day music.
I tapped MOH Michelle’s boyfriend Isaac to hit play for our processional and recessional music in exchange for agreeing to play “Monster Mash” during the dancing, and we’ve lined Mr. Dragon’s buddy Darren up to announce us for dinner, so I think I’m going to ask him to push play on the cocktail music too. After that, Mr. Dragon has assured me that he can handle hitting play on the dance list, then we can split iPod duty while I throw my bouquet and he throws the garter—and then we just have to hit play one more time!
Mr. Dragon just bought a new iPhone, which means we have an old iPod that can run as a dedicated wedding machine (though I plan on loading the music to my phone and burning a disc or two just in case).
I’ve been idly thinking about how it’s all going to work, with so many people having to get the timing right, know what songs are what, and not blast the wrong song or pause something halfway through. So, a million thank yous to hive member Laitka, who shared an app that her FI found!
The answer to my anxiety is My WeddingDJ.
(screenshots from the App Store)
Basically, every portion of the typical wedding is built into the program—processionals, dinner, cocktail hour, traditional songs, and so on. You can load either a playlist or an individual song into each category, which then lays itself out in order, like you see above.
If you click into each individual section, all you have to do is slide to start the song. It’ll give you a little countdown to when the next thing is coming up, and you can set individual sections to come to a full stop after the song (like, for instance, after the bride’s processional).
You can slide the song to stop it if you’re finished with it, which is great for walking down the aisle, and it’ll automatically fade out. If you hit pause, it will also fade, which is going to work out nicely during speeches—we just have to tell our talkers to hit pause before they take the mic, then hit play again after!
One of the windows has reminders to put your phone on mute and airplane mode, and plug it in, so you don’t hear embarrassing ringtones or emails coming through”¦or worse yet, end up with a dead iPod in the middle of your first dance.
You can also take requests, which means guests can basically scroll through your available music and add it. I think I’m sticking with my original plan of locking the iPod after hitting play on every playlist, though, aside from during speeches—I’ve been carefully crafting our music and I’d like to keep it carefully crafted!
Finding this app was such a relief. Mr. Dragon and Dad Dragon seem to have sorted out the technological/electronic aspect of microphones and speakers and cables, so all that’s left to do is finish our playlists in the next week or so.
Did you have an iPod wedding? Any tips or tricks to share?