It’s more than top love songs.
Finding the right music for your wedding is tough. Getting two people to agree that have completely different taste in music makes the job that much tougher.
We haven’t yet hired a wedding planner, but have interviewed a couple of them. Ours is a destination wedding in a beautiful, private location in Mexico. So far, the only thing I’ve heard from my fiance is that he wants a Mariachi band. I’m okay with that, actually, but we still have to pick some music for many different aspects of the wedding.
From what little I know about weddings, when it comes to music, and I’ve determined that there are two main types: music for the ceremony and music for the reception.
The ceremony (love songs, ballads) will usually include pre-ceremony music and a march/entrance song. There’s also another march/exit song when the couple leaves, followed by the members of the wedding party
The reception is where people will actually be dancing (or will they?) There is the traditional first dance when the couple is announced, but then there may be music playing before they arrive (pre-reception.)
Of course, you have the couple’s first dance, sometimes followed by a father/daughter dance, and a mother/son dance, I’m guessing.
Some people in this situation may hire a DJ or wedding planner to make most of these decisions, but we’re not there yet. If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them!
I usually hate weddings. Well, hate is pretty strong. Let’s just say I’m mostly bored by them. The best one that I went to was very simple, but still classy. There was no DJ, and no dancing. There was actually no room for dancing, and everyone was fine with that.
My girlfriend already had all of the pomp and circumstance with her first wedding back in her mid-20’s. She’s now in her early 30’s and I’m in my early 40’s. We’re not kids living out a princess fairy tale, so your traditional choices won’t apply to our ceremony or our reception.
I’m hoping that there won’t be a DJ. Most wedding DJs annoy me to no end. What I am looking forward to is our Mariachi band! I think it costs extra to have them sing in English. That’s okay, because even though I don’t speak it I prefer that they sing in Español!
There will be no line dancing. I am all for songs that make everyone want to shake their booty a bit but a wedding is not the time or place for it. And any sort of organized, regimented, dancing kind of creeps me out.
Mariachi music is beautiful. My future wife is beautiful. The setting is beautiful. No need to ruin all of that with the Electric Slide.
OK on the topic of love songs: I’m all for a good song about love – heck I am in love – but I don’t think we need to go after whatever the top hits charts are right now. Top 100, top 40, top 20 and top 10 of 2010, all time, classic, whatever. I know that my fiance is starting her researching there, but I will try to go in a different direction.
Like she said above, we’d both like to hear your ideas!