Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wedding and Reception Playlist Ideas

First let me explain. I like traditional long weddings, I'm not Catholic but after attending several Catholic Weddings lately, I like the time they take with the wedding ceremony. My Mom always tells the Priest after the ceremony, "Now that is what getting married should be." And I feel like that too. 

Let's slow it down sing, pray and be thankful for this day. The evening will bring plenty of food, dancing and good company.

Secondly I am not sappy. I like people to smile and laugh, if you cry it's going to be because you are laughing so hard. I love traditional music for the ceremony preferably a trumpet and piano. At the reception you can count on a DJ and he will be blasting all the best beats. 

So without further ado, here are my personal picks:

Amazing Grace [Classical arrangement]
Ave Maria [Instrumental]
Flower Duet [Instrumental]
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bridal Party:
Trumpet Voluntary
Cannon in D [Not traditional but it is my favorite]
For the Beauty of the Earth  [My favorite hymn and would be in honor of my grandparents]
Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow  [This is beautiful on a trumpet]
Messiah Hallelujah Chorus [One of my father's favorite hymns]
Trumpet Tune Purcell
Allegro Trumpet Concerto in B-Flat Major
Midsummer’s Night Dream

Bridal Party Entrance:
I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Couple Reception Entrance:
Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas
First Dance:
Stand By Me - Ben E. King [Has a great beat & if I get nervous I want something I can dance to easily]
Do You Remember – Jack Johnson
Father/Daughter Dance:
Lean on Me - Al Green [My Dad and I have sung this song on every single basketball road trip we ever took together.]
Mother/Son Dance:
Sweet Child O Mine (remake) – The Aluminum Group
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Anniversary Dance (Longest Married):
Remember When - Alan Jackson [My Mom loves this song and it reminds me of my parents who, have celebrated 40 years of marriage just recently!]
Cake Cutting
Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
The Sweetest Thing – U2
Bouquet Toss:
Single Ladies – Beyonce
Lady Marmalade – Moulin Rough Soundtrack
Garter Toss:
Bad Boys – Inner Circle
Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men [This cracks me up.]
Last Dance:
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day One of my all time favorite songs
Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden
Get Everyone on the Dance Floor Songs:
Electric Slide [This is a must for my father]
Shout – The Isley Brothers
Come On n’ Ride the Train – Quad City DJ’s [This is the only song I would dance to when I was in high school, so this goes out to all the wallflowers.]
YMCA – The Village People
The Twist – Cubby Checker
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Cha Cha Slide _ Mr. C
Hokey Pokey
The Macarena – Los Del Rio
The Cupid Shuffle - Cupid
Crank That – Soulja Boy
RESPECT – Aretha Franklin

Must Plays:
It Must Be Love - Don Williams
Some Kind of Wonderful - Michael Buble [This is a wonderful love song]
Everybody Dance Now- C&C Music Factory
Cotton Eyed Joe – Starsound [You can't party without this classless classic]
Toes – Zac Brown Band
Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
When You Say Nothing At All- Alison Krauss
Don’t Know Much About History – Sam Cooke [My sister and father danced to this at her wedding and I love the song]
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra [My sister and her husband's first dance song]
3am (acoustic piano) – Match Box Twenty
Can’t Help Falling In Love – UB40
For The Longest Time – Billy Joel
One Love – Bob Marley
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond 
Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
Runaway – Real McCoy
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix A Lot
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
Play that Funky Music White Boy – Wild Cherry
With or Without You – U2
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Country Roads – John Denver
I Got You – James Brown
Just Dance – Lady GaGa

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ties that Don't Suck

I Love these ties. They would make perfect groomsmen's gifts.

Of course the placeholder text tie is my favorite. The topo map print is cool too. Check this guy out on Etsy: Toybreaker.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dance It Up!

I absolutely love the idea of a fun "surprise" first dance. I have seen a lot of "surprise" first dances but this one, in my opinion is the best!

Surprise, Baby got Back!