For this journalist, it’s Google’s Play Music system, but if you currently subscribe to Spotify, use that, and if you currently use Rdio, use that. You can use Pandora too, if you like, but because it’s a radio service, you’ll never quite know what you’re about to hear, and generally people like to plan weddings.
We used Google Play Music and made several playlists for each of the breaks we knew the band would be taking, numbering them as one or two or three or four, and downloading the music so the phone wouldn’t need to connect to the web and could just play the music when it needed to, which was next.
As for playing the music through a loud speaker, if you have a band or a PA system, plug the phone in using a line-in jack using the phone’s headset port, which is the standard 3.5mm cable. Talk to your band or whoever has the personal announcement system and find out what you need.
Alternatively, if there is no band or PA system and you’ll be shouting most things, look at grabbing a decent dock or Bluetooth speaker. Obviously, these aren’t created equal so don’t spend thirty bucks and hope it’ll do.
Rather, buy yourself a nice present of a speaker that can do a good job, providing enough sound for the venue so people can actually hear the music and get dancing. Not only will you have a speaker that people can actually hear, but you’ll have one you can take home and use, too.
Making kids important in the digital age
Not everyone has kids at their wedding, and out of the few I’ve been to, it tends to go 50/50.
That said, we knew kids would be coming to ours, as there just would be so many family members with kids that it would be unavoidable.
But with little ones coming, we had to think of a way to keep them entertained, and thus we came up with a two-pronged solution: digital cameras and a tablet.
The first solution was a pro-active one, and we wanted the children to feel like they were just as important as the adults. We know that pretty much every adult coming to the wedding would have a camera with them, whether a real physical camera or one inside of a smartphone, but the kids wouldn’t, so we decided why not give the kids one.
Background: I’m a photographer, or was, anyway, and when I was younger, I was given a camera to take pictures of the world. This helped shape my path, and if you see me places, you know I have a camera with me, as it’s always something that keeps me comfortable.
But finding a camera for kids actually proved more difficult than we expected. The obvious solution is disposable film cameras, but these far more troublesome these days, because while you can find them for cheap, getting that film developed is more costly than you’d expect, coming in at around $20 per roll these days. Ouch.
So we tackled the digital angle: would it be so costly to find digital cameras for the ten kids coming, and on a journo’s salary (the myth journalists make a lot of money is just a myth)?
What we came up with was a lot of research, with websites like AliBaba and DealExtreme playing host to the concept, as well as some local retailers.
In the end, we acquired budget Polaroid digital cameras an some cheap SanDisk memory cards. All up, the cost was around $20 per camera and $5 per card, which isn’t bad, and should provide the kids with a camera that can make themselves feel like adults, while also being something they can take home and maybe shape their paths, too.