Because Colbie Caillat is one of my favorites and this song is super cute. So Enjoy.
Not having a traditional ceremony? Want some ideas for non-traditional ceremony tunes? We’re here to help. This list is for my friend Kelsey, who needed some inspiration for the entrance of the bride song. These songs would be great for other parts of the ceremony too. Enjoy!
Only You – Joshua Radin
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Ingrid Michaelson
You Belong To Me – Jason Wade
Do You Realize?? – The Flaming Lips
Crazy Love – Van Morrison
Love and Some Verses – Iron & Wine
Northern Sky – Nick Drake
We Are Man And Wife – Michelle Featherstone
Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
I Found A Reason – Cat Power
God Gave Me You – Dave Barnes
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
No One’s Gonna Love You – Band Of Horses
Everyday – Rogue Wave
Sight Of Love – Michael Rossback
Yellow – Alex Parks
Til Kingdom Come – Coldplay
Maybe I’m Amazed – Jem
Endlessly – Green River Ordinance
Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg
The Dress Looks Nice On You – Sufjan Stevens
I’m In Love With A Girl – Big Star
Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap
Oh It Is Love – Hellogoodbye
They Bring Me To You – Joshua Radin
She – Elvis Costello
I love Thursdays. For many reasons. But a fun reason to add to the list is Thursday Tips. Some of our lovely wedding blog friends are doling out the helpful thoughts and suggestions for brides (and grooms!) just because… it’s Thursday!
My tip for today may seem like a no-brainer for those of you who have either: already been married (and possibly learned your lesson the hard way) or been to many weddings, and determined that this little factor at a wedding can be – well, a big factor.
So here’s the tip: give your DJ (or band, if they play covers) a Do NOT Play List. This does not apply to the super easy going bride and groom who love any and all types of music and songs. But for the rest of us, there are probably at least a couple of songs that make us cringe.
Perhaps there is a certain genre that you hate. (Techno? Country?) Be sure to let your DJ know. Maybe you just can’t stand the thought of one or more of the “group dance” songs (the chicken dance? the YMCA? dare I say… the Macarena?) There is always the possibility that someone will request them, so if you absolutely don’t want to hear them, put them on the list!
The music played at a reception varies depending on the couple and the band/DJ. However, there’s a good chance you are going to get some hip hop songs thrown in the mix, or possibly even the majority of the playlist. Let’s face it, a good hip hop beat can get a lot of booties shakin’. If you are more on the conservative side, you may want to check out the most popular hip hop songs right now, and decide whether the lyrics are right for your wedding. After all, your grandma probably doesn’t need to hear about the sweat dripping down Lil’ Jon’s… Well anyway, let’s move on.
Basically, unless you are giving your DJ an entire playlist (which many couples do – more power to them!) you may want to think about the songs that you would NOT like to hear on your wedding day, so you don’t have to worry about it on the day. Just hand over the No Play List and you are good to go!
And if you need help finding your playlist, or don’t want to do the work of inspecting lyrics, or just need some musical inspiration… check out this post.
I looked at Neil and said, “I mean, right there- my love’s a spark? That’s it.” and that was that. We put the Cat Power and Mat Kearney songs in the wedding video (if you’re stuck between two or three- don’t forget you might need to pick out a few songs for this as well), and danced to that one for the first time as Mr and Mrs. Because really, isn’t that what marriage is? Having a little faith.
Today I’m so happy to share with you this lovely story written by my guest Karen. Later, you should pay Karen a visit at her blog, Karen’s Healthy Lifestyle. But for now, read her sweet story of how she and her fiance chose their first dance song.
It had to be perfect. It couldn’t just be any old song. It had to fit our relationship, it had to demonstrate our feelings toward each other, and it had to be something we could each dance to. Most of all, it had to be something different than what everyone else was playing. Our wedding song, like our ceremony and reception, had to be unique and fitting for us.
We sat for hours listening to various songs that were used for weddings. We looked at list after list of recommended songs, and we even tried a few on for size. Dancing to “Almost Paradise” we thought we had found it. Right up until Daniel started mocking the song, changing the lyrics to “Almost Parrot Ice…” The frozen drink we enjoyed at the convenience store down the street was not quite what I had in mind for my first dance as Daniel’s wife. Next!
One day we decided to take a break and just listen to music for the enjoyment. We threw on the LeAnn Rimes CD that I didn’t pull out too often and started cleaning our tiny condo. From one end of our home to the other I could hear the tracks of “You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs.” Other than to get more cleaning done, though, I wasn’t too inspired. Truth be told, I was secretly hoping to find “that” song on this CD. I was getting tired of searching, and I was getting ready to give up on dancing at my wedding altogether.
Then track seven started. “I’ve never been so certain, I’ve never been so sure.” Stop cleaning. “We’re on the side of angels, if we believe this love is pure.” Stand completely still. “Is it so hard to trust it, ‘cause we’ve been wrong before?” I held my breath, thinking about how this was a second marriage for both of us. “There comes a time in every life, we find the heart we’re waiting for.” Tears started to stream down my face.
“Um, Daniel,” I called. “I THINK WE’VE FOUND IT!” I crossed the room, grabbed my future husband, and we danced around the living room. “Every time you touch me, don’t you feel it too? The gentle hand that’s guiding us You to me, me to you.” We danced, and we sang. We played the song over and over again, looking for any reason to declare it imperfect. It was flawless. LeAnn Rimes’ “On the Side of Angels” was exactly what we had been looking for.
I called the DJ the next day and told him what I wanted played as our first dance. He had never heard of it, and he was very honest when he told us he had no intention of buying a CD just for one song he was unsure of. This was before the days of single track downloads, so Daniel and I went out and bought another copy of the CD that day. We gave it to the DJ for his collection. Problem solved.
On June 24, 2000 Daniel and I got married at the Grand Canyon Deer Farm in Williams, AZ. A week later we had our reception in the backyard at Daniel’s parents’ house. When the time came for our first dance, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Because the song was not so popular that it was played over and over on the radio, our guests really heard the lyrics.
I knew at that moment we had made the right choice. Not just for the song, but for our lives. We were going to make it. Life together may not always be easy, but we would be together. “We’re on the side of angels after all.” Not every marriage gets to start with angels on their side.
Thank you so much Karen for sharing your beautiful story with us!!