Thursday, May 13, 2010

Music & Lyrics

Music speaks volumes (no pun intended). Finding those songs that make your wedding day an unforgettable one can be difficult. You want a song that evokes the feelings you want your guests to feel at that particular moment in time. You want to choose songs that convey your love for your spouse, your bond with your father, and your excitement about the wedding. Which songs are ideal for your magical day? Here are some tips for the wedding style of your choice:

TRADITONAL WEDDING:
Pre-ceremony: "The Wedding Song (There is Love)" by Noel Paul Stookey
This song is great because it perfectly describes the purpose for your guests being there: the wedding.
Bridal Party Entrance: "Autumn" by Vivaldi
This classic song sets the ideal tone for the ceremony.
Bridal March: "Here Comes the Bride (Bridal Chorus)" by Wagner
Dum, dum, da, dum... Here Comes the Bride... We have all heard this song at weddings. It is great for turning all attention to the bride during her stride to her husband-to-be. *sigh*
Recessional: "Wedding March" by Mendelssohn
This song has the beat that portrays the feeling "I'm happy, I'm married, and now I'm ready to party." Another classic for a traditional wedding.
First Dance: "At Last" by Etta James
This song is beautiful. The lyrics portray a beautiful idea of "I have found that one person I am meant to spend the rest of my life with." Brings tears to my eyes every time.
Daddy/Daughter Dance: "My Girl" by the Temptations
This is a lovely song that portrays a father's love for his daughter. Like my dad always says, I will always be "his little girl." This song really portrays that feeling of a father's love for his "little girl."
Mother/Son Dance: "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
What better song is there for a mom and son to share a sweet dance? For most moms, it is hard to let their sons be taken care of by another woman. "What a Wonderful World" is a beautiful song that conveys this idea that the groom (son) has created a wonderful world for his mom & she is thankful.
Last Dance: "Last Dance" by Donna Summer
What is a better way to say "the wedding is over, go home?" "Last Dance" is a great final dance song for all guests, and it's fun to boot!


CONTEMPORARY/MODERN WEDDING:
Pre-ceremony: "Clocks" by Coldplay
Coldplay is a great band that has music tolerable for all ages. "Clocks" is a song that both grandma and your teenage niece can appreciate. It is great for getting guests excited about the wedding.
Bridal Party Entrance: "I'll Be There For You" by the Rembrandts
Yes. We all know and love this theme song from the TV series "Friends" right? It is a fun, light-hearted song that shows that your friends (and incidentally your bridal party) will always be there for you. It is fun and upbeat and a great way to start off the ceremony.
Bridal March: "The Prayer" by Josh Groban and Charlotte Church
Confession: I have this song on my iTunes. My best friend used this song for her wedding and it is so beautiful. The combination of English & Italian is lovely and unique. It is a beautiful song with great wedding lyrics. Of course, I'm a little biased...
Recessional: "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Garden
Again, I must sigh. This song is so beautiful. It reveals a deep love that is untouchable. What a great song to show that your love for each other is true, deep, and unwavering. It is a great end to a beautiful ceremony.
First Dance: "I Do (Cherish You)" by 98 degrees
Ok, so boy bands of the 90's are usually not used for weddings. But this song by 98 degrees is a beautiful song that portrays love in a way that is unmatched by all other boy bands. Nick Lachey really knew what he was singing about.
Daddy/Daughter Dance: "Daughters" by John Mayer
John Mayer does a wonderful job of portraying the father's role in his daughter's life. Every father wants to be the "hero" to his daughter, and John Mayer describes this role in a brilliant way.
Mother/Son Dance: "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban
Another great Groban song that is excellent at portraying what is intended. "You Raise Me Up" is an incredible song that shows how thankful the groom is for his mom always being there to encourage him.
Last Dance: "Save the Last Dance for Me" by Michael Buble
Oh Michael Buble... what a beautiful voice to end the night. This song, like "Last Dance" lets your guests know that the party is over, but they can still have that one last, unforgettable dance with that special someone.


RUSTIC WEDDING:
Pre-ceremony: "Then" by Brad Paisley
This is a wonderfully romantic song that is great for preparing the guests for the special ceremony to follow. When Brad sings "Then," one can hear that his love only continues to grow for his wife, as will the love between the bride and groom.
Bridal Party Entrance: "Bless the Broken Road" by the Rascal Flatts
This song beautifully describes the journey and heartache one faces to find their one true love. What better way to start the ceremony than with a beautiful song saying "God bless the broken road that led me straight to you."
Bridal March: "I Swear" by John Michael Montgomery
This song is so wonderful. Making a promise to love someone for the rest of your life is a wonderful moment in every person's life. This song does a fantastic job of portraying the love it takes to see you through to that promise of forever.
Recessional: "Forever and Ever Amen" by Randy Travis
"Oh I'm gonna love you forever and ever, forever and ever, forever and ever amen." Need I say more? This is a great song to wrap up the actual ceremony portion of the wedding.
First Dance: "Amazed" by Lonestar
Absolutely beautiful song with absolutely beautiful lyrics. "Amazed" like "I Do (Cherish You)" expresses a love that is unconditional and everlasting.
Daddy/Daughter Dance: "My Little Girl" by Tim McGraw
Ok, so who doesn't love a little Tim McGraw? This song truly conveys how every father is feeling when that wedding day comes. They do not want to let their daughters go, but they know she will be happy.
Mother/Son Dance: "I Hope You Dance" by LeAnn Womack
This song just makes my heart happy. It is a beautiful song and it wonderfully shows a mother's love and how she hopes that her son may "dance" even in life's difficult times.
Last Dance: "When I Said I Do" by Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black
"When I Said I Do" is a wonderful way to end the celebration because it ties in the new beginning for the bride and groom. The day was all about saying those two wonderful words, "I do." Why not remind guests of the amazing ceremony and the reason for the celebration?


INDIE WEDDING:
Pre-ceremony: "Lucky Man" by The Verve
"Lucky Man" is wonderful for the simple reason that the guy (your husband-to-be) is describing how he is a lucky man for finding you. How romantic is that?
Bridal Party Entrance: "Lullaby" by the Spill Canvas
This song is beautiful. The part that really gets me and tugs at my heartstrings is that the guy is saying that he loves his lady and all of her imperfections (although he doesn't think they are imperfections at all). Every girl wants to hear her guy say that.
Bridal March: "This Must Be The Place" by the Talking Heads
This song is fun because it is like you, as the bride, are saying you are home when you are with your man. You are comfortable and your love for him will never change.
Recessional: "Love and Some Verses" by Iron & Wine
"I'll only love you" is my favorite lyric in this song. It is a perfect verse to hear right after the magical "I do's" exchanged between you and your new husband.
First Dance: "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes
One of the best parts about this song is that it tells a story. It talks about falling in love at first sight, and making it to that glorious wedding day.
Daddy/Daughter Dance: "Gracie" by Ben Folds
"Gracie" is such a sweet song and clearly shows a father's love for his daughter. Once again, it is like a dad saying his daughter will always be his "little girl."
Mother/Son Dance: "Only You" by Joshua Radin
This song is great. The groom, by choosing this song, is telling is mother that he doesn't know where he would be without his mother's love and encouragement throughout his life. So sweet.
Last Dance: "You Are The Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne
I like this song because it basically says that at the end of the day, you are still the best thing about your new husband's day. Say it with me now, "aww..."

I hope these tips will help you choose memorable songs for your wedding day. For more ideas, music.aol.com and iTunes allow you to listen to wedding songs for every style of wedding and every possible dance or song you may want to choose.

We would love to hear your ideas too! Please share your thoughts and ideas with us! What are some of your favorites? What music always makes you "bust a move?" Happy wedding planning!

Alyssa

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