“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” ― Keith Richards
I could not have said it better! If you didn't catch one of my earlier posts, I actually started out my creative life as a musician. Flute/Piccolo, Bass Guitar, Piano, the list goes on. I have always had a passion for movie scores but honestly my musical dislikes are extremely rare. Music is an overall expression of emotion; an outlet to some, an escape to others. It brings people together and it has the ability to create any desired atmosphere.
For today's blog post I decided to list some of my most favorite Wedding songs to help you plan for one of the biggest and most intricate parts of your event: the music.
It all starts with the theme you want (and weeding out any genres you dislike.) This is super important, especially if you are hiring a professional DJ, to get the desired atmosphere. The world is your oyster when it comes to your music, though do keep in mind that some DJ's charge by the song if it's not already in their library. Another helpful tip if hiring a DJ, is to double check whether or not they play the original songs, or if they play covers or remixes. While it's all based on your preferences, it's something to double check on.
If you are creating a playlist for an MC (music coordinator) just make sure you have some easy way for them to navigate through your playlists to play the correct songs at specific times; for example creating separate playlists for specific parts of the event (ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, etc.) or providing a Music spreadsheet listing all of your songs and when they should be played.
Any who, enough about the technicalities. Here are some of our favorite (and unique!) songs to add to your Wedding Music list:
First up is the Ceremony. This is a great time to either incorporate some cultural music into your Wedding or set the desired theme for your guests. This is the music that will be playing while your guests begin arriving and finding their seats, as well as your Processional (walking down the aisle,) any special moments during your ceremony (unity ceremony, vows, etc.) and your Recessional (walking back down the aisle as a married couple!)
Some of my unique favorites include the scores from Wedding scenes in cinema. Here is a couple to get you started:
Suite from My Best Friend's Wedding
The Wedding from Father of the Bride
Toula and Ian from My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding
To the Wedding from The Wedding Date
Fairytale from Shrek
Some great Processional Songs:
Some background music choices:
Some great Recessional songs:
Married Life from Disney's Up
The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now from Mannequin
Til Death Do Us Part by White Lion
The Best Thing by Relient K
From here you have so much freedom as far as your timeline and music goes. If you are like most couples, you'll take this time after the ceremony to grab some photos with family as well as on your own, while the rest of your guests enjoy some appetizers and drinks during the Cocktail Hour. During this time, it's typical to play some softer music in the background while people mingle and check out the reception space. That's not to say the music isn't important, it just won't be quite as memorable as the rest of your event.
If you are a jazz lover, this is a great time to woo your guests with some smooth hits from the good ol' days. Here's some examples:
Mood Indigo by Garland Wilson
I Can't Give you Anything but Love by Billie Holiday
Cheek to Cheek by Fred Astaire
Otherwise you can always ask your DJ/MC to shuffle some easy listening hits they think would be appropriate. For the more modern wedding here are some recommendations:
Your Body is a Wonderland by John Mayer
Everything by Michael Buble
And I Love You So by Harry Connick Jr.
Moon River Dave Koz and Barry Manilow version
Next up is your Grand Entrance (if you are having one that is.) This is when you finally get to join the party after photos. You can choose to include your Bridal Party or have it just be the two of you. Either way, you'll want something upbeat to get everyone in the mood to Party!
From here you can choose a timeline that best suits you. You can head straight into your first dances (couple, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son) or you can head straight into the meal. Should you choose food first (which we don't blame you, yum!) we suggest using the same genre of music as your cocktail hour. Nothing too noticeable as people will continue to chat and mingle and you won't want them to have to shout over the music.
Should you choose to head into your first dances, here are some unique suggestions:
First Dance as a Married Couple:
When I Look Into Your Eyes by Firehouse
The Book of Love by Peter Gabriel
Come to Me by the Goo Goo Dolls
From here your reception can be anything you want it to be; a nice mix of all your favorite genres, excerpts of every decade, theme music, you name it! The remainder of the events is solely based on your preferences from there. Are you doing an Anniversary dance? Cake Cutting? Bouquet and Garter toss? Last Dance? Grand Exit? Here are some suggestions for each:
For an Anniversary Dance you can use any from above or:
For your Cake Cutting:
Bouquet and Garter Toss:
Another one Bites the Dust by Queen
Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye
You Can't Hurry Love Phil Collins version
And finally for your Grand Exit where to take off on your new grand adventure as a married couple, here are our top picks:
Whatever music you choose, let it be what's going to make your day memorable to YOU! Think outside the box and get jiggy with it!
I hope this helps give you some ideas of how to pick your Wedding Music, but always feel free to ask your DJ, MC or Coordinator for recommendations based on your desired theme, genre or overall atmosphere.
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius
Thanks for reading! Until next time.