* Alison & Ken *
One sentence sum up of your wedding’s vibe: Our wedding was termed the “Jewish-Italian wedding in Amish country,” and combined our favorite people, food, and music to create a day that was so full of love and laughter that our faces hurt from smiling all day.
These songs were all chosen from CDs that Ken and I burned for one another while we were dating. Our parents and the guys walked in during the end of this section.
- “I’d Rather Be With You” by Joshua Radin
- “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
- “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones*
- “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes
- “The Light” by Ingrid Michaelson
- “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” by Ingrid Michaelson
- Processional, Bridesmaids, and Bride: “A Thousand Years” as performed by The Piano Guys
- Recessional: “I Do” by Colbie Callait
- Entrance of the Bridal Party: “Starlight” by Muse*
- Entrance of the Bride and Groom: “Magnificent” by U2*
Cocktail Hour and Dinner Music Must-Haves:
These were songs we requested that our DJ play. Any extra time we needed filled, our DJ played jazz standards, mostly Sinatra and Michael Bublé. During dinner, my brother’s a capella group also performed, which was awesome. My brother arranged “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel and sang the solo and made me cry.
- “All I Want is You” as covered by The Vespers*
- “Faster” by Matt Nathanson
- “Forever and Ever” by He is We
- “City Starts to Bloom” by Amber Rubarth featuring Jason Reeves
- “Mirror” by Amber Rubarth featuring Jason Mraz
- “The One You Say Goodnight To” by Kina Grannis* Continue reading APW Reader Playlist: Alison and Ken’s Jewish-Italian Acoustic-Ska Love-Fest Wedding
*Christina & Matthew*
One sentence sum up of your wedding’s vibe: A Northern California-themed love fest full of good food and great dancing.
We tried to create our playlist around multi-generational crowd pleasers that also weren’t your run-of-the-mill cliched wedding songs. The dance floor was full from start to finish, so we consider it a success. Some song highlights (and our full playlist available for download after the jump):
- “You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry (This was our father/daughter dance. We learned the “Pulp Fiction” choreography for it.)
- “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder
- “Jump (For My Love)” by the Pointer Sisters
- “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti w/ Spearhead
- “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
- “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer Continue reading APW Reader Playlist: Christina & Matthew’s Self-DJ’ed Dance Party
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.
- “Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke from Analisa & Tim’s Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch
- “Mahna Mahna” by The Muppets from Padmini & Andrew’s Santa Barbara Courthouse and Winery Wedding
- “This Time Tomorrow” by The Kinks from Megan & Joe’s Woodsy New Jersey Wedding
- “How Does It Feel” by Slade from Kathryn & Will’s Feminist British Wedding
- “I Love You Because” by Jim Reeves from Kathryn & Will’s Feminist British Wedding Continue reading Playlist: The Good
*Adina & Ezekiel*
One sentence sum up of your wedding’s vibe: Our wedding brought the closest of our friends and family together for an evening filled with friendship, love, and amazing Central Coast food, which was subsequently danced off.
- Processional: “All You Need Is Love” by Diana Fuchs and Jim Sturgess fom the Across the Universe Soundrack, originally performed by the Beatles.
- Music Played For Our Kiss: “Photograph” by Weezer Continue reading APW Reader Playlist: Adina & Ezekial’s Dress-Swishing Wedding Playlist
Maddie and I talk a lot about our generational divide. I can’t decide if it’s weird that we rather clearly have one, given that she’s twenty-six and I’m thirty-three, but it sometimes feels like a chasm (girlfriend was like six when Kurt Cobain died, WHAT?). She sent me a link to the mini-documentary Dirty Girls that’s gone viral (watch it if you haven’t), so I could see “overly articulate teenagers talking about feminism, how strange!” So I watched it. To oddly no tension. It was filmed in 1996 in Southern California, and those girls were basically my social circle. Maddie’s mind, blown.
So it was hilarious that later the same day she posted highlights of her wedding playlist. My immediate text to her: “Generational divide in action.” I mean, Kelly Osbourne? God knows I love her on Fashion Police, but I’m not even sure I knew she put out an album. Turns out, much like Maddie’s wedding playlist, mine telegraphs where David and I grew up, and exactly how old we are. I find it fascinating that our playlists are so revealing. Here’s my question to you: What’s the song on your wedding playlist that gives away your history in one stroke? (Ours is probably House of Pain’s “Jump Around.”) If we get a good list, we’ll give you Playlist: Generations. Without further ado, my wedding dancefloor playlist in its entirety, less the personal first dance song kind of stuff. It starts with soulful classics (catering to the older generation, who we knew would definitely still be in attendance), turns into a throwdown dance party (note: I firmly believe that if you want people to dance, you need to play songs they know like the back of their hand) with ebbs and flows of energy, and then ends sweet. Every single part of it was designed to have people moving their ass on the dance floor in the middle of the afternoon (which they damn well did). I’ll add that one of the joys of self-DJing your wedding, is that we often listen to our playlist on our anniversary. Enjoy.
Meg & David’s Soul, Classics, & Hip-Hop Playlist
- “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups
- “Twistin’ the Night Away” by Sam Cooke from Live At The Harlem Square Club Continue reading Wedding Dance Party Playlist: Soul, Classics, & Hip-Hop
Over the past few months, we’ve loved getting to know the APW community better through your musical choices. Better yet, we love that this feature allows us to use the community’s great taste to build wedding playlists that rock and, more importantly, are useful.
But recently it occurred to us that something might be missing from the way we’re currently approaching music: actual wedding playlists. Because it’s one thing to have a huge list of first dance songs in front of you to choose from, but it’s another thing entirely when you can see how other couples have put together their wedding musically holistically over the course of the whole day.
So here’s how this goes. We want your wedding music. So if you loved your wedding playlist, then 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, and what they were used for
- One sentence sum up of your wedding’s vibe
And voila. If your wedding music is chosen, it’ll show up in a post much like this one.
For the most part, these are going to be highlight posts, like this one. But, if you are one of those people who breathes music, or if you were just particularly pleased with your self-DJed reception, we want your playlists too (if you’re willing to share). So if you think this might be you, then you can also head over to our submissions page and send in all of the above, except you should include the whole set list. We won’t be able to create a playlist with all the songs you include, but we will be able to format your playlist so that others can download the set list and make it their own. Hurrah for sharing!
I for one am thrilled to listen to the results and to experience your weddings through a totally different medium. In the meantime, since this is a new feature, we thought we’d kick off the inaugural run with a staff playlist. So today, I hope you enjoy my relaxed, beachy wedding set to ukuleles and hair metal. For the three of you out there who love Styx, today is for you.
Maddie’s Wedding Mix
- Family Processional: “One Love” by Bob Marley
- Wedding Party Processional: ”I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
- Bridal Processional: ”Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
- Recessional: ”Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, as performed by Vitamin String Quartet Continue reading Playlist: Now Featuring Your Weddings!