I’ve had music on my mind since our second meeting with Darin of Entertainment Plus. The second meeting, for those of you who don’t know, is when you pick out the all the music. The songs that take you from your first step down the aisle, to the last dance of the evening.
Below, I’ve outlined all the places you’ll need music throughout the day and a few suggestions to get you started (with a few personal faves sprinkled in – for good measure).
Also, at the bottom of very bottom, I’ve embedded a playlist with all the songs mentioned in the post. For your listening pleasure.
Prelude (when guests are being seated)
Traditional – think Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and lots of violins.
Bach – Ava Maria
Beethoven – Fifth Symphony
Mozart – Greensleeves
Modern – look for soft crooners such as Nora Jones, Enya and Andrea Bocelli.
Andrea Bocelli – Amapola
Enya – Fairy Tale
Norah Jone – Those Sweet Words
Or you can go completely badass and have your amazingly, talented uncle play his guitar.
Processional (bridal party walking down the aisle)
Traditional – same as above.
Bach – Sheep May Safely Graze
Pachebel in Canon D
Modern – modern in the sense of using lyrics, not necessarily modern artists. A little different. A little memorable.
Celine Dion – A New Day Has Come
Josh Grobin – You Raise Me Up
Storybook Love – Mark Knopfler
The Bride’s March (yep – we get our own song. we’re that special.)
Traditional – you know, more hymns.
Here Comes the Bride (tons of versions) – not my favorite, but a classic.
Pachebel in Canon D (assuming you don’t use it for the processional)
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Chrisette Michele – Golden
Enya – Only Time
Andre Bocelli – Con Te Partiro (I hear some celebs have used it. Reason enough.)
Recessional (back up the aisle as man + wife)
Mendelessohn – Wedding March
Handel – Water Music Hornpipe
Henry Purcell – Trumpet Tune
Rascal Flatts – God Bless the Broken Road
Dashboard Confessional – Stolen
Donna Lewis – At the Beginning (for the 80s lover. totally guilty here.)
The Archies – Sugar, Sugar
U2 – The Sweetest Thing
Pat Benetar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot (if you’re into food fighting)
Note: On parent dances, Darin, of Entertainment Plus warns to be careful on song length, as modern songs can be a bit lengthier compared to the older, classics. Long songs with mom/dad can get awkward if you don’t have footwork planned. Thanks for the tips, Darin!
Paul Simon – Fathers and Daughters (mine + dad’s. may need to practice a few steps with this one :))
Heartland – I Loved Her First
Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses
Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father
Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World (ahh the goldens)
Rascal Flatts – My Wish
Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me
Marc Cohn – True Companion (LOVE, love this song. It’s not our first song, but thank you Kirk + Heather for introducing me to its beauty)
Elvis – Can’t Help Falling in Love (please don’t ruin this by using Michael Buble’s version. Stick with The King.)
Alison Krauss – When You Say Nothing At All (a long time fave)
Elvis – A Little Less Conversation
George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Bad to the Bone
ZZ Top – Legs
Single Ladies – it’s one of the most popular songs for the ‘toss’. I don’t care for it. These ladies are aware they’re single.
Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Madonna – Express Yourself
Edwin McCain – I Could Not Ask for More
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Lifehouse – Everything (note: it’s a good six minutes – maybe not the worst way to end the night with your love though)