iPod Your Wedding

Our Wedding Playlists

by Melissa on October 14, 2011

We are FOUR WEEKS AWAY. We’re applying for our marriage license this morning, and then I go for my first wedding dress fitting!  In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you all our DIY iPod Wedding Playlists. As you can tell, we’re big country music fans!

Pre Ceremony Music

This will play in the background starting about an hour before the ceremony. Then, 30 minutes before the ceremony, this will end and our classical guitarist will take over.

  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Ave Maria – Rachael Lampa
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  • Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  • From this Moment – Shania Twain
  • Halleluja – KD Lang
  • Little Moments – Brad Paisley
  • Love is a Beautiful Thing – Phil Vassar
  • Marry You – Bruno Mars
  • Smile –  Uncle Kracker
  • Why Wait – Rascal Flats

Dinner Music

  • All I do is dream of you – Michael Buble
  • All I want to do  –  Sugarland
  • Awful, Beautiful Life – Darryl Worley
  • Bubbly – Colbie Caillat
  • Chattahoochee  –  Alan Jackson
  • Come Away With Me  –  Norah Jones
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love  –  Dwight Yoakam
  • Crosstown Traffic – Jimi Hendrix
  • Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
  • Eight Days a Week  –  Beatles
  • Forever & Fοr Always – Shania Twain
  • Forever and Ever, Amen  –  Randy Travis
  • Gone Country  –  Alan Jackson
  • Hey Good Lookin’  –  Jimmy Buffett
  • House of the Rising Sun  –  Rolling Stones
  • I Could Not Ask For More – Sara Evans
  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • I’ve been Everywhere  –  Johnny Cash
  • If I had a million dollars  –  Bare Naked Ladies
  • Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
  • Just Another Day in Paradise  –  Phil Vassar
  • Landslide  –  Dixie Chicks
  • Life is Just a bowl of cherries – Lisa Loeb
  • Litty Bitty  –  Alan Jackson
  • Livin on Love  –  Alan Jackson
  • Livin Our Love Song  –  Jason Michael Carroll
  • Living In Fast Forward – Kenny Chesney
  • Louisiana Saturday Night  –  Alabama
  • Love Like Crazy  –  Lee Brice
  • Mud On The Tires – Brad Paisley
  • My Baby Loves Me  –  Martina McBride
  • My Girl – Temptations
  • My Next 30 Years – Tim McGraw
  • Nineteen Somthin’  –  Mark Wills
  • One Love – Bob Marley
  • People are Crazy  –  Billy currington
  • Say Hey (I love you)  –  Michael Franti
  • So Small  –  Carrie Underwood
  • St Dominics Preview – Van Morrison
  • Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch  –  Temptations
  • That Crazy Feeling  –  Kenny Rogers
  • The Devil Went to Georgia  –  Charlie Daniels Band
  • The Good Stuff  –  Kenny Chesney
  • The Space Between – Dave Matthews Band
  • The Way you Love Me  –  Faith Hill
  • This Too Shall Pass  –  Ok Go
  • Wave On Wave – Pat Green
  • What a Wonderful World  –  Paul Simon
  • Write you a song – Plain White T’s
  • You’ve Got A Friend in Me – Randy Newman
  • You’re My Best Friend  –  Queen
  • You’re my better half  –  Keith Urban
  • All you need is love –  Beatles
  • Hey Soul Sister –  Train
  • Lеt It Bе – Beatles
  • Obladi, oblada, life goes on – Beatles
  • Someone like you – Adele
  • You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
  • Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
  • Passenger Seat – SheDaisy
  • Waiting on the World to Change – John Mayer
  • Who Wouldn’t Want to Be Me – Keith Urban

 

Dancing Music

  • Addicted to Love  –  Robert Palmer
  • All for Love –  Bryan Adams
  • All the Small Things  –  Blink 182
  • Baby One More Time  –  Britney Spears
  • Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
  • Barbie Girl –  Aqua
  • Beer Barrel Polka – Frankie Yankovic
  • Believe  –  Brooks and Dunn
  • Bless the Broken Road  –  Rascal Flatts
  • Bohemian Rhapsody  –  Queen
  • Born to be wild – Steppenwolf
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  • Cotton Eye Joe  –  Rednex
  • Crazy –  Gnarls Barkley
  • Crazy –  Aerosmith
  • Crazy Love – Michael Buble
  • Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
  • Dancing Queen –  (ABBA)
  • Don’t Rock the Jukebox  –  Alan Jackson
  • Don’t Stop Believing  –  Journey
  • Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
  • Get The Party Started – Pink
  • Girls just want to have fun  –  Cindy Lauper
  • Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  • God Must have spent a little more time on you  –  N’Sync
  • Grease Megamix – Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta
  • Here for the Party – Gretchen Wilson
  • He Gets that from me  –  Reba McEntire
  • Hip to My Heart  –  The Band Perry
  • How do i live  –  Leann Rimes
  • I can love you like that  –  John Michael Montgomery
  • I Could Not ask for More  –  Sara Evans
  • I get knocked down  –  Chumbawamba
  • I gotta feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  • I love Rock N Roll –  Joan Jett
  • I loved her first  –  heartland
  • I Need You  –  Tim McGraw
  • I wanna make you close your eyes  –  Dierks Bentley
  • I’ve Got you Under My Skin  –  Frank Sinatra
  • In Heaven There Is No Beer  – Frankie Yankovic
  • It’s the ENd of the World as We know it  –  REM
  • Jump  –  Van Halen
  • Just Dance –  Lady Gaga
  • Walking on Sunshine! – Katrina and the Waves
  • Keeper of the Stars – Tracy Byrd
  • Life Is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
  • Live Like you Were Dying  –  Tim McGraw
  • Love of My Life  –  Sammy Kershaw
  • Making Memories of Us  –  Keith Urban
  • Man! I feel Like a Woman  –  Shania Twain
  • Must Be Doing Something Right  –  Billy Currington
  • My Town  –  Montgomery Gentry
  • Oh What a Night  –  Billy Joel
  • Only the Good Die Young  –  Billy Joel
  • Oops I did it again  –  Britney Spears
  • Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox if i die  –  Joe Diifie
  • Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson
  • Ring Of Fire – Johnny Cash
  • She’s every woman  –  Garth Brooks
  • She’s Everything  –  Brad Paisley
  • Shout – The Isley Brothers
  • Signed, Sealed Delivered –  Stevie Wonder
  • Somebody  –  Reba McEntire
  • Strawberry Wine  –  Deana Carter
  • Stuck like glue –  Sugarland
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • That Don’t Impress Me Much  –  Shania Twain
  • The Sign – Ace of Base
  • The World  –  Brad Paisley
  • Unanswered Prayers  –  Garth Brooks
  • Video Killed the Radio Star  –  Buggles
  • Walk the Line  –  Johnny Cash
  • We didn’t start the fire  –  Billy Joel
  • When the Lights Go down in the city  –  Journey
  • Who You’d Be Today  –  Kenny Chesney
  • Wonderful Tonight  –  David Kersh
  • You had me from hello  –  Kenny Chesney
  • You Save Me – Kenny Chesney
  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Footloose –  Kenny Loggins
  • It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Jr
  • Single Ladies – Beyonce
  • The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
  • Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
  • I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
  • A Little Less Conversation (Remix) – Elvis Presley
  • Ants Marching – Dave Matthews Band
  • Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
  • Good Ride Cowboy – Garth Brooks
  • Love Train – The O’Jays
  • So What – Pink
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • When You’re Smiling – Dean Martin
  • Daddy’s Little Girl –
  • Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera
  • Old Time Rock n Roll – Bob Seger
  • This I Promise You – N’Sync

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This is part 2 in a multi-series post about how to iPod your wedding.  Part 1 includes a list of all the equipment we purchased.  For part 2, setting up the equipment, we filmed a nearly 20 minute tutorial, which we split into three videos.

We would love to get your feedback on the setup and we’d love to hear from you if you did your own iPod / self-deejay wedding!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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iPod your Wedding. Part 1: Equipment

by Melissa on July 5, 2011

This is the first part in a multi-part series about how to iPod your wedding or otherwise self-deejay your wedding.  Follow our plans as we prepare to have an iPod wedding in November 2011.

A few weeks ago, I discussed how we decided not to have a deejay.  I was a little worried that it could be a disaster, but, my fiancé assured me that it would be a pretty straightforward process.  The problem is, I’ve never been able to find good, detailed information online about how precisely to iPod your wedding.

Sure, I know that I need speakers, an amplifier, and a mixer.  (Wait, what the hell is a mixer?)  And I know that we need to create playlists and that we should have twice the amount of music that we anticipate, and all that general stuff.  But really, how exactly do you iPod your wedding?

So, follow this series of posts as we learn how to iPod our wedding.

Equipment Essentials

iPod-Wedding-EquipmentFirst up.  Equipment.  We quickly learned that renting the required deejay equipment was only marginally cheaper than purchasing it.  And, since we’re renting our campground venue for several days, we were hoping to get  things set up, including deejay equipment, at least two days prior to the wedding.  If we rented, the equipment would have to be set up that same day, unless we wanted to pay for a longer rental period.  So, we made the easy decision to purchase the equipment.  Estimated equipment purchase cost, $350.

Here is a list of equipment we have purchased to iPod / self-deejay our wedding (including the links to the actual products we bought).  The photo on the right is all the equipment currently being tested on our living room floor!

Essential Cables for your Equipment

Next up, you’ll need some specialty cables.  In nearly all cases, cables are not included with the above mentioned equipment.

All our equipment arrived prior to the cables, so my fiancé tried to set it up using some existing cables he had (for the geeks out there, he was trying to connect it using a cable that was TRS on one end and a TS on the other.  Each end should be the same type).  At first we thought that our setup wasn’t working, because the speakers did not seem nearly loud enough.  But, he quickly realized that it was an issue with the cables.  So, he ordered some of the proper cables from Monoprice.  (Side note: Monoprice is a great place to buy any cables.  HDMI cables, phone chargers, etc. at a great price).

So, this is what we purchased in the way of cables:

  • Headphone to RCA Splitter.  Although we discovered this 1.5ft cable is a bit short.  If you’re planning on using just an iPod, the 1.5 foot cable would be fine.  But, if you’re using a laptop, you’ll probably want a longer one so that you have some space allowance to move around the computer to a nearby table or whatever.  Here is a 3ft version and a 6ft version.
  • Mono Plug to RCA Jack Adaptor (we needed two of these):
  • 1/4inch (TRS or Stereo Phono) Male to Male 16AWG Cable (we needed two of these)
  • Premier Series XLR Male to XLR Female 16AWG Cable (for the microphone).  This is a standard microphone cable.  However, the type of cable required may vary depending on the type of microphone you buy.  So make sure you check if yours requires a different type of cable.  This will depend on the type of microphone that you buy though.
  • Premier Series 1/4inch (TRS or Stereo Phono) Male to Male 16AWG Cable.  While these are the same types of cables came with the above mentioned speaker kit, we ordered these cables as backups.
  • Speakon Cables.  These come with the “Speaker Accessory Kit” listed above, but in case you order a different kit that does not include Speakon cables.  Although Speakon is a new type of cable, so if you have older speakers, you may need a different type of cable.
  • Speaker Wire (as a backup).  We’re using speaker wire as a backup to our Speakon cable.  We’ll only need this if there is some sort of Speakon-related disaster at the wedding.
  • At least one heavy duty extension cord
  • At least one power strip

In fact, we ordered extra of all of these things as backups, considering how cheap everything is.  In the next post in the series, we’ll explain how to set up and connect all the equipment using the cables.

Watts and what size amplifier do I need?

** My fiancé kindly wrote this section.  He did a lot of research to figure out what size amplifier we would need.

Amplifier come in different “sizes” and are rated in watts. You want to get an amplifier that is at least powerful enough to power all your speaker, but not too big because it’ll be more expensive. Although you can damage your equipment by having a amplifier turned up too loud on smaller speakers, it’s actually just as or maybe more dangerous using an under-powered amplifier trying to run speakers that are too big for it, it could cause the equipment to overheat.

If you’re starting from scratch and don’t have any equipment you can first start with the speakers. You need to find out the watts and the impedance of the speakers. Watts tell you how much power the speakers use and the impedance tell you how easy electricity flows thought the speaker. Don’t worry too much about what impedance means technically, just look at the numbers for the product. Impedance is measured in ohms and is representative by the omega sign (Ω). Typically it’ll be either 4 ohms, 8 ohms or 16 ohms.

Looking at the speakers we bought, the listing says 300 watts. Unfortunately, that’s misleading. If you look at the technical details you’ll see that the 300 watts is the “ Peak Power Handling”. The peak power handling isn’t really that useful of a number and what we want to find out is the RMS watts. The RMS watts is the typical watts or the average watts — again it doesn’t really matter what these means technically. So in this case the speakers are 150 watts RMS. The impedance is straightforward and is listed as 8 ohms.

So you might be thinking or cool, 150 watts per speaker, that’s 300 watts total — why the heck do you need a 1400 watt amp? Well just like the speakers the amp manufacturers like to make it sounds more powerful than it really is.

First the 1400 watts is total power, so that 750 watts per channel (i.e. per speaker). Second that’s only if your speakers are 4 ohms. In the case of 8 ohms, like our speakers, it’s only 350 per channel (half of the 4 ohm value). Finally we don’t want a situation where the amp is exactly the same size as the speakers, we want to give a little cushion or headroom. A rule of thumb is to multiply the size of the speakers by 1.6. So in this case it’s 150 x 1.6 which equals 240 watts. So the 350 watts per channel is still plenty big enough. In fact, the 1000 watt version (which works out to 250 watts per channel) would have been fine, but at the time the 1400 watt one was only a few bucks more.

Next Post

Our next post in the series will provide an overview about how to connect the equipment using the cables and we’ll provide a quick overview of how to use the equipment.

If you self-deejay’ed your wedding, is this in line with what you did?

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