Friday, May 15, 2009

Wedding Music*

*If hearing about the music I used for my wedding/reception does not interest you at all, please feel free to ignore this post. I won't take it too personally...

Way back in February, I did a couple posts about the music we used in our wedding, but never finished. (That's so like me...) Since life's pretty slow right now, and I don't have much else to blog about, how 'bout a little re-cap, plus the rest of the music that I never shared with you?

Pre-wedding Slide Show:

Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
Come Fly With Me - Michael Buble
Stuck on You - Elvis Presley
Come Go With Me - The Del Vikings
L.O.V.E. - Michael Buble
At Last - Etta James
Burnin' Love - Elvis Presley
This Magic Moment - Jay and the Americans
The Best is Yet to Come - Michael Buble
You Send Me - Sam Cooke
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Michael Buble


The Ceremony:

Canon in D - Pachelbel (Gary Schnitzer version): Pastor/Parents/Party Processional
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach (http://www.weddingmusiccentral.com/ version): Bride/Father Processional
Back to the Future Main Theme - John Williams: Recessional


The Reception:

Walk This Way - Aerosmith and Run D.M.C.: Bridal Party Entrance
Back in Black - AC/DC: Bride and Groom Entrance
For Once In My Life - Michael Buble: Our first dance
Stand By Me - Ben E. King: Parents' Dance
Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart: Anniversary Dance
Ladies Night - Kool & the Gang: Bouquet Toss
Low Rider - War: Garter Retrieval and Toss
How Sweet it is (To Be Loved By You) - James Taylor: Cake Cutting
Play That Funky Music (White Boy) - Wild Cherry: A 'must play' for my dad; it's his favorite song.
All You Need Is Love - Nada Surf Version: Last Song


A couple notes/stories about this music...

As you may have read in my previous post, none of our music was played with our pre-wedding slideshow. It was drama, and I was not pleased. Instead, our 170-something guests got to silently look at pictures of us growing up. The church's sound tech was, like, 12. End of story.

Paying $2.99 for that version of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring was some of the best money I spent on the wedding. I could not find a version of that song that was as slow as I wanted, and had the right instruments. Then I came across http://www.weddingmusiccentral.com/ and all was right with the world.

The 12-year-old sound tech wasn't very quick on the draw with our recessional song, so we ended up all standing at the altar waiting for the music to start for a good 30 seconds. 30 seconds seems like an eternity when 170 of your closest friends and family are staring at you. Trust me, I know.

Extra kudos points to you if you don't personally know me (sorry BFF and MFN) and you can guess why we chose the reception entrance song we did...

I could write an entire post about the dumb issues we had with our DJ the night of the wedding. Not the least of which is this: he played the live version of MB's For Once In My Life, without telling us it was going to be the live version. While it's not the worst thing that could have happened, it was totally not what we were expecting, and the live version was not as good as the regular recorded version. I was annoyed, but I still remember almost every single second of that dance.

We chose to cut down on drama and do our Parents' Dance together. The Hubs danced with his mom, and I danced with my dad at the same time. Stand By Me was the perfect choice for us.



The Anniversary Dance went on for so long (my grandparents have been married for 61 years) that we were still 'eliminating' couples after HITYL went off. The DJ had to find another song to continue the dance until we were down to my grandparents and another couple who had been married for 59 years. Honoring these long marriages was one of my favorite parts of our reception.


The Hubs did a quick change during my bouquet toss into his racing gear, and had a surprise entrance into the reception for the garter retrieval. This is definitely one of the only places where our DJ earned his money, because we just couldn't figure out a good song to use for this, and they came up with Low Rider. It was perfect, and we managed to keep the whole thing a secret from everyone. Yet another highlight of the reception.


I'm really sad that the photographers had left before the last dance. To their credit, they really did get everything that we thought we would want. I wasn't expecting the last dance to be as great as it was. It ended up being me, my new husband, and our closest friends in a circle singing "All You Need Is Love" to each other at the top of our lungs. There's nothing like the "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah's"...remembering that part ALWAYS puts a smile on my face. It was the perfect way to end the perfect day.

3 comments:

Lyndsey said...

I LOVE your wedding dress btw! That lace overlay is really pretty.

Also? This has been the most boring week ever at work and I believe I have checked every blog I read like 23435 times today for updates to entertain me. yay for new stuff to read! :)

jeniszen said...

Hello. Hi. I'm new here and I commented on some other post of yours from a couple of months ago (I think), but I just wanted to pop in and say that you are inspiring me to keep going on my
C25K and weight loss efforts! I'll absolutely be back. I'm also going to add you to my blogroll.

LOVE the music. Love.

Mrs B. said...

Jeniszen, welcome! Thanks for commenting...I'm glad I can help! :-)