Hi guys! I have a great guest post for you today! Erin sent in this great piece about her experience with the ways that wedding music can go astray. She has a very witty sense of humor, I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did.
Erin Whitehead is a featured writer for OnlineDatingSites.net. Follow her on Twitter @girlwithatail.
Two hours outside of San Antonio, Texas, on the porch of a motel described as “rustic” but which was in reality, “…not finished. Watch out for the gaps under the doors – the scorpions and tarantulas can fit under them,” I stood, sweating and braless in 110 degree heat, waiting for the bride to make her procession down the aisle. All of the bridesmaids were braless; the bride had, at the last minute, changed her mind about the dresses and opted for halter tops WITHOUT TELLING US so that we could pack the appropriate under apparel. We had reached the altar and turned to watch our friend take her final steps as a single. The motel clerk pressed PLAY and her song started: “Champagne Supernova” by Oasis. She made it three steps and the song started skipping. Kelly stopped. “Start it again!” she cried and ran back. The song started again. She made it half way and it started skipping. “Do it again!” she said. The clerk tried one more time. This time Kelly made it only a step before it started skipping. Even the song knew it was wrong.
The music you select to play at your wedding reflects a lot of things: Who you are as a couple, what kind of dancing you hope to happen out on the floor, whether or not you are an Oasis fan. It’s a delicate balance between the music you love and the music you imagine your guests might enjoy. I once went to a wedding that played only country (oddly, not the Texas wedding) and only the bride, groom, and five of their friends danced. At another wedding the couple asked their friends to make requests and so the 20-somethings rocked out while the older folks smiled politely. If the goal is to make everyone happy (hey, you did ASK them to buy you expensive gifts and possibly fly and pay for hotels to witness your public love fest) then you want to think about a range of songs that every age group will appreciate. Classics are good and span more than one generation. And even if people don’t know the dance steps, 40′s swing will make everyone feel like cutting a rug.
Then there are the more specific selections. What plays while the bride walks down the aisle (note: check the CD for scratches BEFORE the ceremony), the first dance, and the father/daughter and mother/son dances. The only people who dance that first dance are the newlyweds. And if they want their friends and family to witness them mouth the words, “Where were you while we were getting high?” as they stare dreamily into each other’s eyes, that’s their right. The rest of us can just be thankful they only get one day to play DJ. In the end, timeless is great but not better than whatever song means the most to you.
Thanks so much for sharing with us Erin!
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Looking for a cake cutting song? Here are a few favorites – some sweet and sugary, some slow and romantic, and some upbeat and silly. Whatever your style, you may find your perfect tune in this set.
Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
Cut The Cake – Average White Band
The Sweetest Thing – U2
When I’m 64 – The Beatles
That’s Amore – Dean Martin
You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White
Love You Madly – Cake
Better Together – Jack Johnson
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
How Sweet It Is – James Taylor
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benetar
Ice Cream – Sarah McLachlan
You’re My Best Friend – Queeen
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin
The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
I Melt With You – Modern English
Love and Marriage – Frank Sinatra
Eat It – Weird Al Yankovich
Recipe For Love – Harry Connick Jr.
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leopard
Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler
For those of you who don’t know, I am single. No husband, no boyfriend, nada. And I write a wedding blog. Oh the irony. I’ve been thinking about my singleness a lot lately, so I thought I’d share my heart a little bit with you guys. I always love when other people share themselves with me, so I figured it only made sense to do the same.
For those of you who don’t know, I am a Christian. I don’t share about that a lot, because I want this to be a space where everyone feels welcome and inspired, and most of the time, sharing my faith doesn’t really tie in with the discussion of weddings and music. (Although I love people like Melina from Wedding Pickle who somehow seamlessly blend their faith into the topic of weddings – someday I may find a way to do this.) But yes, I love Jesus with all my heart and soul, and desire nothing more than to follow Him all my days.
So… that being said, I’m waiting. I believe that there is one man who is made for me, and I for him, and I’m not going to settle for anything less. Some of you may think this is a bizarre way to look at life, but lucky for you, you’re not the one waiting, so you don’t really need to worry about it do you? I kid, I kid. Snarkiness aside… I don’t believe that I have to go searching my man, I believe that in God’s timing we will find one another. (Actually I’m hoping we already have. Hint, hint.) All of that is comforting, and I am content with where I’m at, but it doesn’t make singleness any less hard.
So, I’m not going to go on and on about it, because… well, there’s not that much more to say on the subject. And I don’t want to seem whiny. Which I fear I will become if I drone on about being single. But, what I do want to do, is create a little outlet for myself via this blog (about weddings, feel free to have another little chuckle at that.) I will occasionally be writing posts titled “Dear Mr. Someday” with little notes, thoughts, wishes, hopes, images, what-have-you that make me feel excited about the future, rather than disappointed about the present. I think it’s going to be fun, actually, and it will be cute to look back on once he’s in my life. And, all the rest of the days, I’ll continue to post wedding inspiration for all you lucky lovers out there.
Dear Mr. Someday,
I can’t wait ’til you’re mine.
The more traveling I do, the more I want to do. I inherited itchy feet from my mother, who worked in the travel industry for years. I was lucky enough to start traveling with my family at a young age, and have loved exploring some incredible places in this big, amazing world of ours. These boards are inspired by some of the places I’ve been (namely France, Spain, Mexico, Bermuda, Costa Rica, and Israel) and next week I’m going to share some spots on my wish list. Be inspired.
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