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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

music making

I'm so excited about this morning's post because I've brought a real expert on board. Most of us have become pretty comfortable composing playlists and navigating iTunes, but today we're taking it to the next level.

Steve Sargent has written a great article about how to plan and play all your own wedding music. So here I give you DJ Steve's guide to wedding playlists.

And if you'd like to take a gander at his playlist, you can find it here.

(PS: thanks to KC for the photo!)


Anonymous dutch from sweet juniper said...

I got married a couple years before everyone had an iPod, but I still had thousands of Mp3s; our reception was in a theater on our old college campus, so I called the college radio station where I'd worked years before and asked if anyone around there would be willing to deejay our wedding--- the music director and station manager agreed.

I gave them 25 cds of music and told them they could play 20 percent of whatever they wanted. Unfortunately they just brought their home stereo receiver and two giant sony speakers. the sound was horrible, and they blew the amp in their receiver during our first dance. Fortunately, there was $50,000 worth of high-tech sound equipment in the theater and they got permission to deejay the wedding from a booth at the top, which gave the whole affair the feeling of a rave in a London factory or something. that was pretty awesome. they played until 2:30 in the morning and were more than happy to accept my check for $150.

DIY midwestern college radio deejays are the best!

7:27 AM  
Anonymous keeeks said...

My man and I went the iPod route, creating play lists for each phase of the evening - we didn't have a superformal schedule, but we did want to have different feelings and inspire dancing. We also backed it all up with an extra iPod, cds and lots of crossed fingers.

It went really, really well. Friends and relatives of divergent musical paths all commented on how much they liked the music. And there was no silly dj to distract from our evening.

9:16 AM  
Blogger firstratekate said...

I've heard of a lot of people who are nervous about doing their own music, so I thought I'd add in another success story. We did ours a couple of years ago with CDs (and a set of backup CDs) and rented PA equipment, as our iPod was having battery problems. We narrowed it down to 3 or 4 CDs, divided it into two groups, dinner and dancing, and asked a responsible groomsman to be in charge of changing them. It all was very easy, and I thought it was an excellent way to save money and get the music we wanted.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some really good music ideas here .... thanks!

5:40 PM  

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