Your Soundtrack | Trena (DIY Portland Wedding + Country, Pop & Metal 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 Trena. Here’s what Trena had to say: “I just stumbled onto your website, and think it is such a wonderful idea that you help brides with music! I am newly engaged to my fiance Jeremy, and while we are similar when it comes to many things, music isn’t necessarily one of them. I am a sucker for a good country love song, and he loves his rock and metal. We do both love current pop hits and classic rock. And when it comes to country, I love the newer stuff, and do not like at all the old twangy drunken sound. I love Brad Paisley and Kieth Urban. Jeremy loves Metallica, (which I cannot see at a wedding, but want to incorporate his tastes), and other such bands. Our wedding is to take place in either Portland Oregon, or the Oregon Coast, with a very laid back, casual vibe. It will be an outdoor, DIY style budget wedding. We will probably have families and older people there, so we want clean, yet fun music. We of course want people to dance! I am not one for tradition, especially when it comes to ceremony songs. I loathe the wedding march with a passion, and would hate walking down the aisle to it. I would love a simple yet beautiful melody played with a piano or acoustic guitar (and could be prerecorded, doesn’t have to be an actual musician at the ceremony). I still think it is wonderful that you use your love of music to help others! And look forward to hearing from you!”

Top Left: Ken Kienow via Green Wedding Shoes Top Right: Garrett Nud Photography via Style Me Pretty Middle: The Nichols via Bow Ties & Bliss Bottom Left: Brady Puryear via Ruffled Bottom Right: Sunday Romance Photography via Bridal Musings

Happy to help, Trena! I came up with some instrumental songs for your ceremony, and a mixture of country, pop and rock for your cocktail hour/dinner, as well as dancing songs. And… to include your fiance’s tastes a bit, I included a list of metal love songs. Let me just say, for the record, that metal is the one genre of music that I really don’t know anything about, because… I’ll be honest, it’s just not my favorite. The selection below is what I found when I was researching metal songs that would be appropriate for a wedding (or at least not entirely INappropriate.) I’m sure that some of them don’t really even belong in the “metal” category… so I just wanted to clarify that I’m no expert in this area, but I thought I’d give it a shot. 😉


Your Hand In Mine – Explosions In The Sky

Love Story – Vitamin String Quartet

Air A Danser – Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Use Somebody – 2CELLOS

The House Where We Grew Up – Hammock

Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads – Pompeii

Stairway To Heaven – Stereofeed

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Vitamin String Quartet

I Love NYE – Badly Drawn Boy


Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

At Last – Etta James

Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

Forever – Ben Harper

God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton

You Belong To Me – Jason Wade

She’s Everything – Brad Paisley

Good Life – One Republic

All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

A Little More You – Little Big Town

Love – Matt White

Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Free – Zac Brown Band

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

I Run To You – Lady Antebellum

Better Together – Jack Johnson

You & Me – Lifehouse

Only You Can Love Me This Way – Keith Urban

Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

Oh Love – Brad Paisley featuring Carrie Underwood

I Do – Colbie Caillat

Your Sing – Elton John

Whatever It Is – Zac Brown Band

Everybody – Ingrid Michaelson

Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not – Thomson Square

She’s Got A Way – Billy Joel

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

We’re Young And Beautiful – Carrie Underwood

Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys

Kiss A Girl – Keith Urban

I Will – The Beatles

Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg

When You Say Nothing At All – Allison Krauss

Marry Me – Train

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

Let Me Down Easy – Billy Currington

Metal Love Songs

Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison

Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

Fly To The Angels – Slaughter

Heaven – Warrant

November Rain – Guns N’ Roses

Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

Save Your Love – Great White

Holiday – Scorpions

Still Loving You – Scorpions

Home Sweet Home – Leif Garret

I Remember You – Skid Row

Sister Christian – Night Ranger

In My Dreams – Dokken

Love Is On The Way – Saigon Kick

Is This Love – Whitesnake

Love Is On The Way – Saigon Kick

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses


Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida

Twist And Shout – The Beatles

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Hey Ya! – Outkast

Billy Jean – Michael Jackson

Firework – Katy Perry

Do You Love Me – The Contours

Vogue – Madonna

Crazy In Love – Beyonce

Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams

Forever – Chris Brown

Footloose – Kenny Loggins

Dancing Queen – ABBA

Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti & Spearhead

Shout – The Isley Brothers

Without You – David Guetta featuring Usher

I Love Rock & Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

We Found Love – Rihanna

You Shook Me All Night Long – ACDC

Party Rock – LMFAO

I Want You Back – Jackson 5

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera

Love Shack – B52’s

Just Dance – Lady Gaga

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi

DJ Got Us Falling In Love – Usher

Like A Prayer – Madonna

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

Gimme Some Lovin’ – The Spencer Davis Group

Thriller – Michael Jakson

Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna

Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

Trena - March 5, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Oh thank you! I love the ones I know on the list, and tonight I am totally you-tube(ing) the ones I don’t! :) I agree, I know nothing about metal either! Screaming a song just isn’t my thing haha.

Ashley M - March 6, 2012 - 11:34 pm

this couple sounds like my FI and I almost to a T! Saving this post! :) Thank you!

bree [capitolromance] - March 9, 2012 - 5:21 pm

another perfect wedding playlist created by the wedding music mastermind :) fab choices Colleen!

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