Hi My Loves,
The most magical thing about music is that it has this ability to evoke memories, giving you the ability to relive the feelings you once felt. I remember when I was a year out of school, braving the big bad world. My English teacher, my favorite teacher got in contact with me, inviting me to her wedding. Before we knew it the double doors opened and there she was in her beautiful white gown, smile from ear to ear, her father wiping tears off his cheeks and Ave Maria playing as she walked into the next chapter of her life. To this day every time I hear that song, I think of my English teacher and that blissful smile on her face. That is the power of music and emotion.
As the right choice music can work in your favor to make your special day as memorable for your guests, as it is for you. The wrong choice of music can be just as memorable but for all the wrong reasons. Walking down the aisle to ACDC’s Highway To Hell or entering the reception holding your brand new wife’s hand to Foreigners Cold As Ice plays, might not make the best impression on your brand new in-laws or your brand new wife, for that matter.
When you think of it as a whole, it can be very daunting. I know couples that picked their music a week before the wedding because they had been putting it off, but if you take it step by step, moment by moment and pick the mood you want for that moment. The task becomes less stressful, and a whole lot more enjoyable.
Wedding Morning Playlist
This is your time with your wedding party, your girls, the people you have chosen to hold your hand and be by your side. Keep the songs up beat, toe tapping and booty shaking good. There is nothing better to get rid of those wedding morning jitters than an impromptu dance party with your bridesmaids, while you’re all dressed in robes and hair all up in curlers .Anything that reminds you of your days in the old school will work. Yes, this means you busting out those albums from under your bed that you have kept hidden and are slightly ashamed of still owning.
- Girls Just To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
- Walking On Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves
- Dancing Queen by Abba
- Chapel of Love by The Dixie Cup
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder
- Let’s Get It Started by The Black Eyed Peas
- The Grease Megamix
The Wedding Ceremony Processional
You’re all dressed up, feeling as beautiful and happier then you could ever have imagined. Endured the longest car ride of your life and now you have arrived at the ceremony. The decision was made long ago whether or not to have a string quartet or just your favourite song. To go for the classic Here Comes the Bride, Pachelbel- Canon In D Major, Enya for something whimsical Or La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf for French flare. I’ve know people that have had an instrumental version of their favorite song, Halo by Beyoncé seems popular with violins. Pick a song that fills you with happiness. Here are some of my favorites
- Marry Me by Train
- I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
- We Are Man and Wife by Michelle Featherstone
- Across the Universe by The Beatles
- At Last by Etta James
- Everything by Lifehouse
- Feels Like Home by Edwina Hayes
The Ceremony Recessional
You have said your vows, signed your name on the dotted line and shared your first kiss as a married couple. All those hours of planning and sleepless nights, have paid off and you’re both beaming with happiness. Choose a song that shows everybody how in love you both are. Even how unique you both are. If you want a steel drum band’s music chasing you down the beach and into marriage life, do it. Enjoy every step into the next chapter of your life. Here is a selection of sweet and happy tunes for you to skip too.
- How Sweet It Is (To Be Love By You) by James Taylor/ Marvin Gaye
- Beautiful Day by U2
- Spend My Life With You by Eric Benet
- Better Together by Jack Johnson
- Everything by Michael Buble
- Groovy Kind of Love by Phil Collins
- Happy Together by The Turtles
The Cocktail Hour
While you’re off smiling for the paparazzi, blissful grin from ear to ear. All your loved ones are relaxing and waiting for you to make your grand entrance and of course you want them to have a fantastic time. Wedding are multiple generational events. As much as you may want your friends to enjoy themselves with music you all know and love, your nanny and gramps may not appreciate dance or rap music as much as your friends. The secret is choosing feel-good music with a mellow vibe. Take your guests to a happy place with delicious food, the best cocktails in town and music that transcends age.
- Better Together by Jack Johnson
- The Way You Look Tonight by Michael Buble
- Suddenly by Billy Ocean
- No Ordinary Love by Sade
- Lost Without You by Robin Thicke
- Ordinary People by John Legend
- Here Comes The Sun by Beatles
Reception Entrance Song
Unlike many other songs that will play on your big day, your reception entrance song is only going to be played for a few seconds, so the trick is to pick a song everybody knows like the back of their hand. Maybe that’s the reason a lot of couples ‘Rick Roll’ their wedding with ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ or the theme to Rocky. Whichever song you pick make sure it reflects the fun that you have install for your guests.
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
- We Found Love by Rihanna
- I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas
- Raise Your Glass by Pink
- Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap
- Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder
- Just Dance by Lady Gaga
First Dance As Man and Wife
Often this is the moment of the reception that people remember years down the track and often you know what type of music suits you and your other half. I have never been to a wedding and heard the same song for the first dance. It doesn’t matter if you want a song that is romantic and sweet or something with a beat, if it is a song that is meaningful to you as a couple, then it will be meaningful to everyone else too. There is nothing like watching a couple in their own little world on the dance floor. Here are some of my personal favorites:
- I Won’t Let You Go by James Morrison
- Dream by Priscilla Ahn
- Ever the Same (acoustic) by Rob Thomas
- Say I Do by Kyle Jacobs
- Just A Kiss by Lady Antebellum
- So Close by Jon McLaughlin
- Three Times A Lady by The Commodores
The Parental Dance
A father is a daughter’s first love as is a mother to her son. Once upon a time the father daughter dance signified a bride’s father letting go. Just as the mother and son dance is in today. It is a moment of the purest love. They can be a sentimental moment between the two of you or a moment that shows how truly alike you both are.
- My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
- Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks
- Daddy Dance With Me by Krystal Keith
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Ray Charles
- Something In The Way She Moves by James Taylor
- In My Life by The Beatles
- Take Good Care Of My Baby by Bobby Vee
- Child Of Mine by Carole King
- Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) by The Dixie Chicks
- Song For Mama by Boyz II Men
- I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack
- Stand By Me by Ben E. King
- Greatest Love Of All by Whitney Houston
- Close to You by The Carpenters
Intro music to everyone’s speeches can be a tricky task. Just like the song you choose for the entrance to the reception. The music isn’t played for a long time. So choose something up-beat or something that all your guests know, something with a great introduction. Choose a song that explains something about the person about to speak. If your best man is a bit of trouble, nothing wrong with picking the Pink song with the same name. If the father of the bride or father of the groom is a smooth dude, there is nothing wrong with the James Bond Theme. No one knows your bridal party better than you.
- Good Time by Owl City feat Carly Rae Jepsen
- Club Foot by Kasabian
- Indiana Jones Theme Song
- Highway to the Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
- Pina Colada Song by Jimmy Buffett
- Please Don’t Stop The Music by Rhianna
- Good Girls Gone Bad by Cobra Starship
In the Roman Empire era, the groom broke cake over the bride’s head to symbolize her virginal state. An early British version of a wedding cake was called “Bride’s Pie” it sounds disgusting but thankfully they moved on to sugary delights and the more pure or whiter that icing the better because it symbolized the bride’s virginity, as well as the family’s status of wealth. Thankfully the tradition has calmed down since then but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with this sweet moment.
- Sugar Sugar by The Archies
- This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole
- L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole
- Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
- Recipe For Love by Harry Connick Jr.
- The Sweetest Thing by U2
- I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie) by Four Tops
You and your girls have been through a lot together. You’re all dressed up and this is the moment that throwing thing at your friends is not only allowed but expected. We have seen it in all the wedding movies, when the bouquet toss turns into either a pile on or a cat fight. If it is done right, it can be a funny moment but also a touching moment between a group of friends.
- One Way Or Another by Blonde
- Wishin’ And Hopin’ by Dusty Springfield
- Jump (For My Love) by Pointer Sisters
- Crazy In Love by Beyonce Feat. Jay-Z
- Dirrty by Christina Aguilera
- Love Is A Battlefield by Pat Benatar
- Girls, Girls, Girls by Motley Crue
You have reached the cheeky part of wedding day. This is the moment that is the most naughtiest, funniest and in the case of the bride, maybe the most embarrassing moment of her life. It’s not every day your family and friends see you husband reach up your skirt. Just like the bouquet toss, it is an entertaining moment at your wedding. Here are some classic songs to go along with the light hearted mood
- Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood and the Destroyers
- Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix
- Lapdance by N.E.R.D.
- Thong Song by Sisqo
- American Woman by Lenny Kravitz
- Hot For Teacher by Van Halen
- Cherry Pie by Warrant
The Last Song
The fun continues and there are two avenues you can take about this time. You have either go out on a sentimental tone or end the night with a big bang, since it is your wedding night and all. Whether you’re feeling particularly cheeky, loving or just plain fun, your last song is your signature and your final goodbye.
- Dynamite by Taio Cruz
- Last Dance by Donna Summer
- After Midnight by Eric Clapton
- Another One Bites The Dust by Queen
- Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
- Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra
- The Best Is Yet To Come by Tony Bennett
Choose songs that reflect the theme, reflect you as a couple. Give your band or Deejay a no playlist or not to play list. So you don’t hear songs that remind you of someone you may not want to remember on your wedding day. Keep this thought in mind, if the song means the world to you, everybody else will see that and love it just as much as you do. After all that is what weddings are all about. John Lennon was right – All you need is love.
**As Written For Citigraphica Photography & Event Planning**