12 September 2012

wedding advice: selecting music

12 September 2012
first dance

your wedding music is a great way to put a personal stamp on your big day. maybe you're a totally cool, hip couple with indie songs as the backdrop to your wedding. or maybe you want want your reception to be a party, so you pick great dance tunes. whatever you decide, your music selection can set the mood for the day and can be a reflection of you and your new spouse's style. 

the mr. and i are both musically-inclined, so our wedding music was very important to us. our relationship started long distance and james would sneak mixes onto my ipod, or gift them to me via itunes, to listen to when we were apart. i guess you could say he wooed me with music. music, and wit. and charm. and he's not bad on the eyes either.

if we had a million dollars (and had married in a church that allowed it) we would have had a string quartet playing beatles songs. maybe even a love actually moment because that was AWESOME. 

my girls gettin' down | images: lorenzo de gregorio photography

we picked songs and artists we loved for the cocktail hour and dinner, but tried to select songs with a message for the special moments throughout the night...

first dance: darling, i do by landon pigg and lucy schwartz
bride & groom intro: i believe in a thing called love by the darkness
cake cutting: you're my best friend by queen
last song: we are young by fun.

that's us in the video below, singing and dancing to the last song with our closest family and friends around us. best night of my life.

because i love you all so much, i created a handy wedding song planner which will help you think through what songs and artists you want to hear at your reception. whether you're making a playlist for a friend to play on an ipod or hiring a DJ, this planner will be a helpful tool to keep you organized. 

i've included all the typical moments you might want to hear a special song played, but remember, there are no rules when it comes to wedding planning. do what feels right for you and your fiance. 

my dad passed away in 2007, and since i didn't have a father/daughter dance, james chose not to have the mother/son dance either. we also skipped the garter and bouquet tosses, but we were really specific about what songs we wanted to hear during the cocktail hour and dinner. it's your day, so don't let conventions stand in the way of creating a memorable and personal day for you and your groom!

by the way, bridget, our DJ, was fantastic and totally got our taste in music and the mood we wanted to create throughout the night. i think i even yelled, "i love you!" to her when she played a 90's song out of nowhere. i'll be sharing tips for finding fabulous wedding vendors soon!

click the toolbar below to download and for advice on selecting a wedding gown, click here!


Meera said...

Music is always such an important factor! Your playlist sounds absolutely amazing. Gorgeous pictures, as always.

xoxo, Meera

ELISA said...

Thanks dear! I downloaded your form...I still have to decide my playlist even if I've already some ideas for the church <3

jamesroyedmund said...

I absolutely <3 this!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

This is great Ashley! Music was important to us to, and we definitely made sure our favorites were played. Dancing with my dad/stepdad was especially emotional because of the songs I chose. But I think my favorite was playing California Gurls during the bouquet toss :) So much fun!

I know I've said it before, but I absolutely love all of your wedding pictures. You were such a beautiful bride, and you look so happy and in love in this one!

I'm definitely going to share this form on FB. Thanks for creating it!


Allyson [Mimosas in the Morning] said...

This is so helpful. I absolutely love "I believe In A Thing Called Love" and had forgotten all about it. Now it will surely be stuck in my head all day.

Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} said...

Music is such an important part of a wedding & we loved choosing our music. We picked key songs, then let the band do their magic. Unplanned, they played the Jersey classic "Livin' on a Prayer" last- the crowd went wild, my husband took over the mic & it remains one of my very favorite memories.

his little lady said...

Completely in love with all of your special moment songs. Great taste in music, girl! And that first picture is just precious! What love! :)
xo TJ

The Now said...

Picking songs for our rehearsal dinner and wedding was one of our favorite tasks!!! We both love music so it was enjoyable. Love your suggestions. We ended the night with Journey Don't Stop Believing, but Fun would have been a great one too!! Xox

Chezka said...

Aww, congratulations =) You were a beautiful bride, and you two looked so happy! Best wishes to the two of you =)

- Che


Annie said...

You guys are too cute!!!!!

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

This planner is genius–and so sweet! I love the idea of walking down the aisle to "I will"–it always makes me tear up!

nikkijoy said...

How have I never read your blog before? That music planner is going straight into my wedding file! Thank you =) Your wedding pics (and video) are just fab by the way x

Sarah Dickerson said...

That video was so adorable ash! You two are so fun!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

the colors, everything, just all of it... perfect! loved reading this!

Carla Florendo said...

Music always give life to everything. seems like an amazing wedding! Congrats and best wishes.

xo, Carla

Emily Marie {Isnt That Charming} said...

First of all, I can't get over how cute you are. A wedding song planner?! So creative.
Second, definitely just got teary eyed when I watched your video! I am such a sap. :)
Isn’t That Charming.

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