I am so happy to have Kristen from Savvy Deets Bridal here today sharing about her and her husband’s wedding soundtrack! She is such a sweet support to her fellow wedding bloggers like myself! Here she is:
I am so honored to be able to share our wedding soundtrack on Soundrack To I Do! A big thanks to Colleen for having me guest post on her blog! Here is our soundtrack!
I think out of all the planning that went into our wedding reception, creating the “reception playlist” was the most fun for me, and at times challenging. My husband and I do not share the same taste for music at all. Except for a few rare songs, we are on opposite sides of the spectrum. I am a lover of many varieties of music, from jazz to pop, oldies to classical, etc. He likes one music style, which is hard metal, however, he does appreciate other styles.
I didn’t want him to feel left out of music picks for our wedding, but hard rock didn’t really fit a Provençal garden venue, especially for a wedding reception. As couples should find compromise in many areas of life, we did, but it took a lot of back and forth on song choices. Luckily our DJ, Travis Brinkerhoff, was very flexible with us. He understood the importance of our “do not play” list and was the emcee of the night. He was amazing. I wanted each aspect of the reception to have different moods/vibes. I requested this of Travis, and he was totally for it. He appreciated that I gave him ample options, yet he bounced back with his style and it all worked! With no further adieu, our Soundtrack To I Do.
Cocktail Hour: We wanted our cocktail hour to have a chic lounge feel. An example of these songs would be by Dimitri from Paris-Not Quite Disco, Dzihan & Kamien-Stiff Jazz, Mono-Life in Mono, or on compilation CDs like Buddha Bar. The venue was an outdoor type of venue, and these choices made it very relaxing. People were gabbing, enjoying the cocktails & appetizers, I loved hearing our live playlist! Many people commented on the music during the cocktail hour.
Dining Hour: For the period when everyone was seated to dine, I wanted this portion to be really specific. I chose many love songs sung by the greats like Ella Fitzgerald-Misty, Frank Sinatra-Ain’t That a Kick in the Head , Dean Martin-Return to Me, Tony Bennett-The Way You Look Tonight. I also chose some French songs, by singers like Emilie Clair Barlow-Les Yeux Ouverts, Eartha Kitt-C’est Si Bon & Nat King Cole-L-O-V-E (French Version).
But let’s get down to business, what are THE songs we chose for those big moments? Well I’ll tell ya!
Grand Entrance: Miserlou by Dick Dale – We wanted something fun, funky and grand, which made a big splash for the entrance, and this song was perfect for that!
First Dance: Lucky by Colby Caillat & Jason Mraz – This choice fit us and our story. I was always traveling, and when I heard this song, why my maid of honor told me about, I felt it was perfect! Of course the line, “Lucky to be in love with my best friend”, it summed us up so beautifully.
Father-Daughter Dance: Unforgettable by Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole – My dad loved this song for us, and it went without question to have this be our dance. I credit him to my love for Nat King Cole, and maybe my old soul.
Grandfather-Grandfather Dance: Thank Heaven For Little Girls by Maurice Chevallier – Of course, the other hero that gave me away had to have a dance! And this song choice was so perfect for my grandfather, given I’m the sole girl in this family, and my love for French, the two went hand in hand. Our wedding had such a sentimental touch, due to the loss of my grandmother shortly after our engagement, I had to pick a somewhat upbeat and sweet song. It is such a fun song to dance to, especially with a grandfather that has a bit of spunk, as you can see below.
Mother-Daughter Dance: Que Sera by Doris Day – Not everyone might go for the Mother-Daughter dance, but I had to with my mom. This song references the mom, for one, and the other charmer, the whole crowd sang along, which my mom loved!
Bouquet Toss: Single Ladies by Beyoncé – This song just won me over. Me, tossing my bouquet, to my single friends, it fit for the lively bunch of lovely single ladies. I enjoyed tossing the bouquet from the upper section of the venue, to the awaiting ladies below. My Maid of Honor caught it by the way, and an impending engagement is around the corner!
Garter Toss: Mojo by Peeping Tom – This song I hadn’t ever heard of, this was the groom’s choice! It made so much sense, though, and was really fun to see my husband strut like he had never ever before-seriously!
And that’s it, really. We had so much fun at our reception, when it came to the music, especially when all were dancing! Two dances I had to incorporate were the conga line & the dollar dance. If I can say, having a conga line is very fun! The dollar dance was not on the list – I remember saying “I do not want this at all”. Yet, in the heat of the moment, I had a few men in the crowd, a cousin I hadn’t seen in years for one, and others that I didn’t have a chance to speak with. We grabbed our DJ on a whim and asked if he could do this for us, I didn’t care the music he chose, he went for it, and I felt better to have had a few sweet moments with those I danced with.
The Conga Dance: Jump In The Line (Shake Senora) by Harry Belafonte
With the right music played by an amazing DJ, and the best of friends, it was an amazing night! A big thanks again to Colleen for featuring our wedding soundtrack on the blog!!
Veune: The Wright House, Mesa, AZ (DJ as well) Hair: Wish Salon, Scottsdale AZ Dress: Oleg Cassini, David’s Bridal
Thanks Kristen!! Great to have you!