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Playlist: The Good


by Maddie Eisenhart, Digital Director & Style Editor
Playlist: The Good | A Practical Wedding

Sometimes when we’re pulling together content for APW, it doesn’t occur to us that we’ve been following a theme until after everything’s compiled and we can look at it holistically for the first time. Such is the case with our wordless weddings from The Good. As we were putting together this playlist, it occurred to us that many of last month’s weddings were light on dancing and heavy on lots of other kinds of fun, like lawn games and cocktails.

The wedding industry has come so far in learning to accept that there are many, many ways to have a successful wedding without having to subscribe to the dominant cultural narrative about How Things Should Be Done. (No plated dinner? No problem. Alcohol-free? Cool.) And I think it’s really important to regularly showcase that you can have fun at a wedding with limited or no dancing (because some people just aren’t dancing people).

So today’s playlist is dedicated to the music lovers who prefer to listen rather than groove. And to honor this part of our community, we’re opening up the comments to your suggestions for best non-dancing music choices. So hit us up with your cocktail hour music, your dance-free suggestions, your board-game accompaniments, and any jams that makes for good background noise while the real activities are happening. In the meantime, enjoy the easy listening of April, a playlist which includes both The Muppets and Bruce Springsteen and therefore makes me want to hug all of you and tell you how much I like you.

Maddie

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The Good

  1. “Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke from Analisa & Tim’s Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch
  2. “Mahna Mahna” by The Muppets from Padmini & Andrew’s Santa Barbara Courthouse and Winery Wedding
  3. “This Time Tomorrow” by The Kinks from Megan & Joe’s Woodsy New Jersey Wedding
  4. “How Does It Feel” by Slade from Kathryn & Will’s Feminist British Wedding
  5. “I Love You Because” by Jim Reeves from Kathryn & Will’s Feminist British Wedding
  6. “Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky from Ashley & Sebastian’s Austin Destination Wedding
  7. “Froggie Went A-Courtin’” by Bruce Springsteen from Lizzie & Neil’s Summer Camp Wedding
  8. “I Got You” by Wilco from Lin & Pat’s DIT Massachusetts Farm Wedding

 

** If you want to submit your own wedding playlist, or playlist highlights, head over to our submissions page and drop us a line with the following: your name and your partner’s name, three to five photos of your wedding, eight to twelve songs featured at your wedding (or your whole playlist, if you self-DJed and want to share) and what they were used for, one sentence sum up of your wedding’s vibe. **

 

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is the Managing Editor of A Practical Wedding. She’s been writing stories about boys and crushes since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) in the art of talking from NYU in 2008. In her spare time, she takes pictures of people in love. Maddie lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband Michael, her Mastiff named Juno, and her roommate named Joe.

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  • Amanda L.

    We went with big band music during our plated dinner… think Glenn Miller Orchestra’s ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’.

    Just thinking about that is inspiring me to change my Pandora station right… NOW!

  • Emmy

    Some highlights of our cocktail hour/dinner/lawn Twister and bocce playlist are:

    “Frenesi” by Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
    “Cupid” by Amy Winehouse
    “The Book of Love” by the Magnetic Fields
    “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead
    “Concrete & Clay” by Unit 4 + 2
    “Cornbread and Butterbeans” by the Carolina Chocolate Drops
    “Say Yes” by Langhorne Slim
    “Better Half” by Tarkio
    “Crazy for You” by Best Coast
    “Danse Caribe” by Andrew Bird

    • http://irvingplace.net Kayjayoh

      “The Book of Love” by the Magnetic Fields

      Oh, yes to this.

      “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead

      Definitely yes to this.

      “Cornbread and Butterbeans” by the Carolina Chocolate Drops

      Yes, yes, YES! to this. (I just saw them again this weekend, and the song is in my head.)

  • Nic

    We didn’t dance, but the music throughout the dinner was meant to reflect on us and the day, so, for example, we started with ‘You say tomato, I say tomato’ sung by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald (I speal American English, my husband is British) and ended a few hours later with ‘What a difference a day makes’ (can’t remember by whom). Also, as a nod towards a few less-than-relaxed wedding planning moments, somewhere quite early on we had ‘It’s my party and I cry if I want to’. I doubt anyone really paid that much attention, but we love our playlist and listen to sometimes while pottering around the house.

    • http://www.foreveryoungadult.com erin

      We’re having “Let’s call the whole thing off” too (during cocktail/dinner time, because I love dancing) for the exact same reason.

  • Nic

    We didn’t dance, but the music throughout the dinner was meant to reflect on us and the day, so, for example, we started with ‘You say tomato, I say tomato’ sung by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald (I speal American English, my husband is British) and ended a few hours later with ‘What a difference a day makes’ (can’t remember by whom). Also, as a nod towards a few less-than-relaxed wedding planning moments, somewhere quite early on we had ‘It’s my party and I cry if I want to’. I doubt anyone really paid that much attention, but we love our playlist and listen to it sometimes on the weekends.

  • Nic

    We didn’t dance, but the music throughout the dinner was meant to reflect on us and the day, so, for example, we started with ‘You say tomato, I say tomato’ sung by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald (I speak American English, my husband is British) and ended a few hours later with ‘What a difference a day makes’ (can’t remember by whom). Also, as a nod towards a few less-than-relaxed wedding planning moments, somewhere quite early on we had ‘It’s my party and I cry if I want to’. I doubt anyone really paid that much attention, but we love our playlist and listen to it sometimes on the weekends.

    (Not quite sure why my computer posted this three times – sorry! It’s not that exciting…)

  • http://andshelovesyou.com youlovelucy

    Here’s a bunch. Taken from the playlists we made for the Friday night low-country boil welcome dinner, daytime music for folks helping set up, and then some requests we gave to the DJ for dinner hour during the wedding.

    “All You Need Is Love” – Beatles
    “Be My Yoko Ono” – Barenaked Ladies
    “Lean On Me” – Bill Withers
    “You May Be Right” – Billy Joel
    “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
    “Love You Madly” – Cake
    “Shine” – Collective Soul
    “This Years Love” – David Gray
    “Soul Meets Body” – Death Cab for Cutie
    “Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect” – The Decemberists
    “Just Can’t Get Enough” – Depeche Mode
    “You and I” – Ingrid Michaelson
    “Better Together” – Jack Johnson
    “Code Monkey” – Jonathan Coulton (nerd? us? never.)
    “If My Heart Was a House” – Owl City
    “Georgia On My Mind” – Ray Charles
    “Mario Kart Love Song” – Sam Hart
    “Fixed” – Stars
    “Isn’t She Lovely?” – Stevie Wonder
    “Moondance” – Van Morrison
    “Blister in the Sun” – Violent Femmes

    Let’s just say our music taste kind of goes everywhere, and this is not even a third of the tracks we assembled for the weekend.

    • Melissa

      Cake FTW!

      And we’re gonna have “Blister in the Sun” at our wedding too–he and his cousins used to listen to it all the time with their aunt when they were younger.

  • Megan

    I love Mason Jennings for this kind of music– we used two songs in our wedding.

    Be Here Now for the aisle walk
    Ballad for My One True Love for our first dance

    Both are very heart melty :)

  • http://www.superfantastic.blogs.com Superfantastic

    We meant to make a playlist for cocktail hour and dinner, but didn’t get around to it, so we made a Frank Sinatra station on Pandora and played that. Highly recommended if you’re looking for nice background music and to put no effort whatsoever into it.

  • http://breadandcheeseplease.com Charise

    We had a blues-heavy cocktail hour per my husband’s taste in music, and dinner background music was mostly frank sinatra

  • http://pinterest.com/katerees711/ kate

    I love these lists. I’m not sure if it’s addressed in building the playlist posts but I wonder how much dancing, as pretty much non-dancing hosts we should have. an hour? more than an hour spread through different times? I don’t want to kill a good vibe on the floor with one of my less known picks.

    This call for songs reminded me of a trip with my step-sister and a friend, her best friend (we’re all the same age). They were sharing songs back and forth and I hopped in it on it sharing R.E.M. & Andy And Tony from the Man on the Moon soundtrack, a film and soundtrack I adored. They endured the song with pained looks on their faces. That’s my fear – people will be enduring my not well known songs that may be an acquired tasted.

    Anyhow, here are the songs I plan to have on our playlist for dinner/cocktail/mingling times. If anyone thinks one or two could be moved to a dancier time let me know.

    Something in the Water – Brooke Fraser
    Glitter in the Air – Pink
    Be My Husband – My Brightest Diamond
    Fred Astaire – Emma Wallace
    Home – Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros (or this adorable cover http://youtu.be/L64c5vT3NBw)