So, music. It's something that has always played a significant role in my life (I'm one of those people who thinks her life comes with a soundtrack). Needless to say, I spent a lot of time thinking about the wedding music. My DJ asked me to come up with a list of songs I wanted for the ceremony and reception. Compiling a list of songs was no easy feat. I have super random taste in music and my fella is mostly into country music. I wanted a mix of meaningful music, music we would each enjoy, and music that would get everyone on the dance floor. Allow me to walk you through my music choice for my beautiful wedding day!
For the processional, an acoustic version of Hysteric by Yeah Yeah Yeahs played as all the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, and ringbearer came down the aisle.
Those who were in attendance that day may not remember hearing the full song and that's because you didn't. During the rehearsal, I got a call from my DJ who had been sick in bed all week and wasn't going to be able to make it. But being the nice guy he was, he had already found a replacement for me. I know some people may think that was something to get upset about, but I didn't care. I was just grateful he had found someone on short notice.
As I was getting ready the day of, I remember being asked a few times when the DJ was supposed to be there with the dance floor. Later on, someone told me that the reason why he was late is because the backup DJ wasn't able to make it and he had to find a replacement just hours before. Again, something a bridezilla might have flipped out about, but I didn't care. The only problem is the replacement replacement DJ wasn't able to fully download that song before it was time to play so he had to just loop the first 30 seconds.
As I walked down the aisle with my dad and stepdad, I opted for Regina Spektor's Real Love. I remember the moment I decided on this song. I knew it was the one because when I listened to it, Sean instantly came to mind and my eyes welled up with happiness and the thought of marrying him and being together forever. Cheesy, I know.
The recessional song selection was You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne. Because he really is... :)
Our first dance song was supposed to be I Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith because the movie Armageddon played a big role in our dating years. Sean even tried to get us to watch it before he proposed, but the disc wasn't in the box! But alas, the replacement replacement DJ must have missed that memo and we ended up dancing to a really pretty jazz-type song (I think).
*Shrug* Bridechillah didn't care.
My mom and stepdad
My stepmom and dad
My dad and I never decided on a song for our dance together so we let the DJ pick one. I don't remember the song, I just remember talking and chatting with my dad. Love him.
You know the music is good when you get even the Nuesmeyer brothers on the floor.
The little girls were just loving that dance floor. My niece/flower girl, especially. I love the way she looked dancing in that cute white dress of hers!
I think the song that really got everyone going wasn't even on the list. Any guesses? If you said Big Butts by Sir Mix-A-Lot, you would be correct.
Go figure. ;)
I know line dances like the Electric Slide and the Macarena are usually on most brides' "Do Not Play" list, but I like a good line dance. For the sake of not driving everyone crazy, I chose to on have the DJ play the Boot Scootin' Boogie. Almost everyone seemed to be on the floor for that one, too!
And then we all literally danced the night away. It was all over too soon!
And finally, behold the full list of "I Do Tunes" that I asked the DJ to play. This list includes songs that remind Sean and I of each other along with songs that are fun to dance to at a wedding.
Most photos via Michelle Andersen Photography