Happy Halloween | Festive Inspiration + Playlist

Happy Halloween!

I think Halloween is super fun, but to be honest with you, I think it’s one of the tackier holidays. If I ever went to a Halloween wedding, I would hope it would be glammed up like in the inspiration board below. Lacking in the literal, cliched, and (dare I repeat the word?) tacky traditions of Halloween, but maintaining the spirit of Halloween with a little elegance attached to it.

T1Dress: Mario Testino Castle: Steve Steinhardt Dinner Settings & Invitation: Rebecca Hansen Weddings

Classic Halloween Party Songs

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers

This Is Halloween – The Citizens Of Halloween

Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

Munsters Theme – Jack Marshall

I Put A Spell On You – Nina Simone

Runnin’ With The Devil – Van Halen

A Nightmare On My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Love Potion #9 – The Clovers

Ghost Busters – Ray Parker Jr.

Witch Doctor  – David Seville

Don’t Fear The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley

Scooby Doo – Don Messick

Beetlejuice (Filmscore) – Danny Elfman

Let’s Twist Again (Mummy Time Is Here) – John Zacherle

Highway To Hell – AC/DC

The Addams Family – Ted Cassidy

The Devil Went Down To Georgia – Charlie Daniels

Jack’s Lement – Danny Elfman

Dragula – Rob Zombie

Riboflavin-Flavored Non-Crbonated Polyunsaturated Blood – Don Hinson & The Rigomorticians

Werewolves Of London – Warren Zevon

Classical/Instrumental Songs For a Halloween Wedding

Toccata And Fugue, For Organ In D Minor – Bach

Ghostbusters (Instrumental) – Ray Parker Jr.

Phantoms – Trans-Sylvanian Orchestra

Toccata For Organ In D Minor, – Dietrich Buxterhude

Fantasia and Fugue, for organ in G minor – Bach

Toccata (No.1), For Keyboard In A Minor – Johann Jacob Froberger

Fugue For Organ In G Major  – Bach

(Full Work) Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor – Helmut Walcha


Your Soundtrack | Marisa (Beach Destination Wedding + Tropical/Reggae/Oldies Playlist)

Your Soundtrack = My response to brides asking for music help. If you would like help with music for your wedding day, contact me! I’d love to do what I can.

Today’s soundtrack is for Marisa. Here’s what Marisa had to say: “Our wedding is at the beginning of summer, set amongst beautiful bush landscape and beaches at an exclusive retreat where our immediate family of 16 guests are getting together whilst we tie the knot. The ceremony will be held outside under a tree, the pre-dinner drinks involves playing bocce, croquet and giant jenga whilst relaxing and listening to a couple of talented young girls playing the guitar and singing, followed by a dinner with lots of food and dancing. It has a very elegant and intimate feel. We need help with the dinner and dancing tunes please. For the dinner we are thinking laid back acoustic music, such as bob marley, john butler, jack Johnson, Xavier rudd, U2 etc and a couple of classics e.g Frank Sinatra. The biggest issue we are having is the music for dancing, we have very similar tastes when it comes to music and we both don’t want the traditional dance wedding songs. After looking through some of your dance playlists we would love a great upbeat mix consisting of beach tunes, old classics 50’s, 60’s, reggae and some newer tunes. Your help would be greatly appreciated, thank you so much.”

Soundtrack To I Do - Beach Destination #Wedding Inspiration + Tropical/Reggae/Oldies #PlaylistCandles: Jen Philips Beach: Erika Gerdemark Orchids: KT Merry Table: Allan Zepeda Bride & Groom: Corbin Gurkin, all via Style Me Pretty


Happy to help Marisa! Here is the playlist I came up with. Hope you like it!!


311 – Amber
U2 – Beautiful Day
Matt White – Best Days
Xavier Rudd – Better People
Jack Johnson – Better Together
Bobby Darin – Beyond The Sea
Frank Sinatra – Blue Moon
Colbie Caillat – Brighter Than The Sun
Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me
The Dell Vikings – Come Go With Me
Xavier Rudd – Come Let Go
A Fine Frenzy – Come On, Come Out
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved
Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me
King Harvest – Dancing In the Moonlight
The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby
Ziggy Marley – Dragonfly
The Righteous Brothers – Ebb Tide
UB40 – Every Breath You Take
Rogue Wave – Everyday
The Icarus Account – Favorite Girl
Xavier Rudd – Follow The Sun
Zac Brown Band – Free
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
OneRepublic – Good Life
Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now – Edit
UB40 – (I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You
Colbie Caillat – I Do
Jack Johnson – I Got You
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
Frank Sinatra – I’ve Got The World On A String
Jack Johnson – Imagine
The Five Satins – In The Still Of The Night
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Is This Love
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
Matisyahu – King Without A Crown
The Beach Boys – Kokomo
Cody Simpson feat. Ziggy Marley – Love
Ziggy Marley – Love Is My Religion
311 – Love Song
Angus & Julia Stone – Love Will Take You
The Cure – Lovesong
Jason Mraz – Lucky
Angus & Julia Stone – Mango Tree
Train – Marry Me
John Butler Trio – Ocean
U2 – One
Matisyahu – One Day
Bob Marley & The Wailers – One Love
Sara Bareilles – One Sweet Love
Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole – Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World
John Butler Trio – Peaches & Cream
Plain White T’s – Rhythm Of Love
Dave Matthews Band – Satellite
Cat Power – Sea Of Love
The Honeydrippers – Sea Of Love
Maurice Williams – Stay
Matisyahu – Sunshine
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
U2 – Sweetest Thing – The Single Mix
Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am
Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Three Little Birds
Xavier Rudd – White Moth
U2 – With Or Without You
The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Dave Matthews Band – You & Me


Jackson 5 – ABC
Miike Snow – Animal
Michael Jackson – Billy Jean
Rihanna – Break It Off
La Roux – Bulletproof
The Beach Boys – California Girls
Martha and the Vandellas – Dancing In the Streets
Matt and Kim – Daylight
The Contours – Do You Love Me
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
MGMT – Electric Feel
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
T.O.K. – Galng Gal
The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
OutKast – Hey Ya!
Gyptian – Hold You
James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)
Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX – I Love It
Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Jump Jive An’ Wail
Phoenix – Lisztomania
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
T.O.K. – Love It When You Move
The B-52’s – Love Shack
Collie Buddz – Mamacita
Daft Punk – One More Time / Aerodynamic
M.I.A. – Paper Planes
L.A. Guns – Pour Some Sugar On Me
Capital Cities – Safe and Sound – DiscoTech Remix
The Isley Brothers – Shout (Parts 1 and 2)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Sean Paul – Temperature
Rupee – Tempted To Touch
Chubby Checker – The Twist
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
The Beatles – Twist And Shout
Demarco – Wine
Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name
AD/CD – You Shook Me All Night Long
Peter Bjorn And John – Young Folks

marisa - October 27, 2013 - 6:58 am

As per usual perfect, it is spot on, thanks so much.

Kim - November 6, 2013 - 2:49 pm

I LOVE your site!! I am getting married in may. It’s an outdoor DIY, vintage wedding. My dress is tea length and lace, very 1950s. We are decorating with tea cups, lace, pearls, oil lamps, old books, paper flowers, etc. I need help with music. I’ve asked my niece to emcee for me, but I need a playlist. Can you help?

I want a mix of oldies, country, pop, dance rock along with a few of the cliche dance numbers for the kids( cha cha slide, YMCA, etc. and Cupid shuffle is a MUST! Our flower girl who is 14 months now LOVES that song.) any help you can provide would so greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Song Inspiration | All I Want Is You

A new series! Song inspiration… Mood boards inspired by song lyrics. Actually I’ve done this before but not in a long time and I’m bringing it back. Yay! Starting with… All I Want Is You, by U2. Random, I know, but that’s how I roll… and it’s a good song. Listen to it here.

T1Bride: We Heart Pictures via The Wedding Community | Perfume: L Hewitt Photography Rings: Ryan Ray Photography Lanterns: Amy & Stuart Photography Jewelry: Carla Ten Eyck Photography Bride & Groom: Bride Productions, all via Style Me Pretty



You say you want diamonds on a ring of gold
You say you want your story to remain untold

But all the promises we made
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

You say you’ll give me a highway with no one on it
A treasure just to look upon it
All the riches in the night

You say you’ll give me eyes in a world of blindness
A river in a time of dryness
A harbour in the tempest

But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

You say you want your love to work out right
To last with me through the night

You say you want diamonds on a ring of gold
Your story to remain untold
Your love not to grow cold

All the promises we break
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

All I want is…you
All I want is…you
All I want is…you