Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Follow the Bride: The Official Wedding Playlist

I can’t believe it’s November! Not only because this is the first morning I noticed frost on the windows and bundled up in my fluffy down coat, but because this Sunday marks 6 months till the wedding. Six months is a long while, but I’ve got a 10-page checklist staring at me and time feels like it’s slipping away. So today I thought we could discuss one of the more important elements of a wedding. I’m talking about music. And I don’t mean which sappy love song should my future husband and I share our first dance to. I want to know what tunes get guests on their feet and on the dance floor.

We hired a pretty awesome DJ. A band would have been nice, but there was a drastic price difference and after some research, Keith and I decided we wouldn’t be able to find a group who could perform our favorite Hall & Oates song as well. But regardless of whether a wedding has a DJ or a band, the key to a good time is a great play list. I’ve danced to some awesome bands at weddings, but when the third song in a row that I don’t know the name to comes on, I head for my seat.

Keith and I have started a spread sheet of songs we want played at our wedding. We broke it up into three categories: special dances, dinner and dancing. (We hired a piano player for cocktail hour otherwise I would have added a tab of for that too.)

As we select songs, I try to keep all of our guests in mind and think if they will enjoy each song as much as we will. Sure, that Beyonce song makes me wanna get down, but I think it will make my great uncle want to sit down. (Note: I’m planning to squeeze in one boy band song as a tribute to my youth at the end of the night.) I’m also strongly considering lyrics. Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone” is one of my favorite dance jams, but not the message I want to send at my wedding. We’re sticking with classics from all eras. Here’s a few that have made our all-time favorite wedding song list.

To get the party started: September by Earth, Wind & Fire:

The original boy band: Ain't Too Proud to Beg by The Temptations

For the Beatle Maniac: Twist and Shout by The Beatles

For the 80's lover: I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston

And last but not least, a classic rock gem: Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen (a family favorite!)

While you enjoy the tunes share some of your song choices. What songs make you lose it at a wedding? And what entertainment option did you select? A DJ or a band?


Susan said...

Glad to see Bruce!!!! But what about Billy and Elvis? Aren't they invited to sing?

Unknown said...

I like your choices, especially Bruce :-) "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey has PACKED the dance floor at the last few weddings we went to.

We hired a band because we fell in love with them at my fiance's brother's wedding. We're making a few suggestions, then letting them do what they do best for our wedding.

I've had a few Brides add "I'll Dance All Night Long If You Play" to their response cards for their guests to suggest songs. Then they incorporate some of their guests favorites into the night. Fun idea!