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    Don’t stress over choosing your first dance song! With thousands of tunes to choose from, you’ll find a song that speaks to you and your almost-spouse – it’s just a matter of taking the time to look – and listen. Check out our top tips for selecting “your song.”

    Think About Your History Take a look back – way back – to the most important moments in your relationship. The night you met, the first “I love you,” your proposal. Were there any songs that made those moments even more special? If there’s a song that you’ve been listening to or singing together for the duration of your relationship and feels appropriate for your wedding, go for it!

    What’s Your Style? If there’s no song that immediately jumps out at you, think about your personality as a couple and the type of song you want. Something romantic and emotional or sweet and a little cheeky? Do you prefer country or rock or pop? Deciding on some general guidelines will help narrow down the thousands of choices out there.

    Listen, Listen, Listen Pay more attention to the music you listen to, and be sure to visit our Songs Gallery to check out more first dance song options. Note any songs that you like, and listen to them with your fiancé(e). Ask him/her to do the same. Schedule some time each evening to listen to song options until you’ve found one you both agree on.

    Consider the Lyrics While listening to potential first dance songs, pay close attention to the lyrics. Make sure there’s no inappropriate language or content that would make your Grandma Ethel blush. Some songs may sound super sappy and romantic at first listen, but the language may not be entirely wedding-appropriate.

    Not Too Fast, Not Too Slow Practice dancing to the song – even if it’s just in your living room. A song should neither be too fast (hard to keep up!) nor too slow (too dull). Also consider the length of the song – a first dance song should be less than three minutes long. If your song runs too long, you can ask your band or DJ to cut it off at a certain point.

    Talk to Your Band or DJ If you’re still having trouble finding a song that speaks to you, talk to your wedding band or DJ. They have lots of experience and will be able to suggest some tunes that will work with your style.

    Come to an Agreement There are thousands and thousands of songs that will work well for a first dance – so don’t despair if you and your significant other don’t come to an agreement right away. This is a song that you’ll also remember and associate with your wedding, so it’s important that it’s a tune that you both can live with.

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  • Angel in My Arms Artist: Gloria Sklerov & Barbara Rothstein Album: For Your Wedding Ceremony Description Not Provided Lyrics Video: Video

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  • The music you choose for your wedding ceremony should be very special. Many couples choose songs that have a special meaning to them or music which sets the mood for the beautiful ceremony that is about to take place. Although there is no set rule when it comes to the music, the songs are generally played at specific times.

     


    Photo by Julie Saad Photography

    The prelude is played while guests are being seated and individuals are settling in for the ceremony. During religious weddings, the prelude may change during the lighting of the candles or other religious rituals. The processional is played while the wedding party (bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc.) are entering the room. The bridal processional is played as the bride enters the room and walks down the aisle. The recessional is played after the actual marriage and as the bride, groom and wedding party exit the room. A Note about Choosing Ceremony Music for Religious Ceremonies

    If your wedding will take place in a church or other sacred location, it’s important to check with the site’s authority to find out what music will be acceptable. Typically, the traditional wedding music, such as the Bridal Chorus from Wagner is perfectly acceptable for religious weddings. More modern music may be acceptable as well, so long as it’s in good taste.

     

    Prelude

    For the prelude, you should choose music that means something to you and your spouse. This may be a song that holds special meaning for the two of you, such as the first song you danced to or a song that you feel describes your relationship. This music should be played soft and usually lasts for about 10 to 15 minutes.

     

    Processional

    As your wedding party makes their way into the room, traditional marches are great. However, you can choose to play any type of song you want. If you will be having a themed wedding, consider music that complements your particular theme.

     

    Bridal Processional
    Again, this is your choice – however, many brides opt for the traditional bridal chorus which is also known as ‘Here comes the bride.’

    Recessional
    As you and your wedding party make your way from the church or room after the marriage is completed, you may want to play something celebratory in nature and upbeat. Consider songs that make you feel wonderful fit the mood – you will be married for mere minutes at this time. It’s the very beginning of your married life!

     

    It can be difficult to determine which songs to choose for your ceremony. However, by thinking of songs that have special meaning or inspire feelings of love and happiness – you will have your ceremony song list in no time!

     

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  • You've said ‘I do' and all your guests are waiting for the sweet and tender moment when the newlyweds share their first dance.  The song should fit the mood perfectly and must reflect your feelings for one another.  But there are thousands of great first dance songs - do you want a popular classic tune?  Do your future husband's two left feet require something simple and easy to dance to?


    Photo by Viera Photographics

    Most Popular Classics
    If you're not sure what to choose, consider choosing one of the most popular first dance songs - these classics have been favorites with new couples for decades so you can't go wrong!

    The Top 10 Classic First Dance Songs:

    Unforgettable by Nat King Cole The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley At Last by Etta James It had to be You by Harry Connick Jr. A Kiss is Just a Kiss by Michael Feinstein Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers A Whole New World by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

    Modern Favorites
    You may want to stick with a popular song for your first dance, but prefer something a little more modern.  A few choices include: 

    All my Life by K-Ci and JoJo Could not Ask for More by Edwin McCain It's Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill I Swear by All 4 One (also by John Montgomery) This I Swear by Nick Lachey

    Less Played First Dance Songs
    Maybe you're looking for something a little different for your first dance?  Love songs are everywhere - movies, musicals, or the radio are great sources of inspiration!  Or consider these less played, but still popular options:

    Songbird by Fleetwood Mac Beautiful by Gordon Lightfoot So This is Love by James Ingram Nothing's Gonna Change my Love for You by Glenn Medeiros Romeo & Juliet Love Theme composed by Tchaikovsky

    Something Different, Something New
    Not every couple fits the traditional, classic bride and groom mold.  There's nothing wrong with straying from the norm and being a bit original in the selection of your first dance song!  I would suggest any of these contemporary and often overlooked, tunes:

    Too Good to be True by Lauryn Hill - a soulful remake of a Frankie Valli classic. Luna by The Smashing Pumpkins I Will Always Love You by The Cure Forever in my Life by Prince

    The first dance the two of you share as husband and wife is a very special moment and quite endearing to your guests as well.  Take the time to really think about the song you will use before the wedding and talk about it with your fiancé.  Whether you choose something different or decide to stick with tradition and sway to a popular first dance song, be sure to practice before the rehearsal or even squeeze in a few dance lessons!

     

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  • The cake-cutting is one of the most romantic times during the wedding.  The very first undertaking the couple will handle as husband and wife will be to cut the cake!  Most brides and grooms wish to have special songs played during the cake-cutting ceremony.  The music sets the tone for the scene and will create a lasting memory in the hearts of the couple and their guests.  Here are some of the most popular cake cutting songs of all time.


    Photo by Clary Photo

    ‘Sweet' and Sentimental
    Some brides and grooms choose to play sweet and touching music during the cake cutting ceremony.  There are many different songs which would be fitting for this moment, but these are without a doubt the most popular.

    How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) by James Taylor Sugar, Sugar by The Archies That's Amore by Dean Martin Sugar Pie Honey Bunch by The Four Tops Happy Together by The Turtles

    Funny and Humorous
    It's very important that the wedding music (including the cake-cutting music) fits the personality of the bride and groom.  If you and your soon-to-be spouse are a pair of jokesters and enjoy a good laugh, perhaps these funny cake-cutting songs will appeal to you.

    Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic

    Upbeat Favorites
    If you're looking for some upbeat songs that are known by most people, there are some fun options available.  Take a look at the songs below to find some inspiration:

    Going to the Chapel by Dixie Cups It Had to Be You by Frank Sinatra Everlasting Love by Natalie Cole

    Whether you want a funny song which will have your guests rolling in laughter or a sentimental song that will bring a tear to their eyes - there are definitely plenty of songs for every personality.  Choose something that is special to you and your fiancé and that you will remember for years to come.

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  • Every time I turn on the radio (I don't watch TV -really, I don't!) I hear about our economic crisis. And, no doubt, it has to be impacting those who are in the midsts of wedding planning. So how can you save money and still include live music, either during the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and/or reception?

    Well, the most obvious answer is to hire fewer musicians. Instead of a string quartet, choose a string trio. In the last few years, our string trio bookings have far outnumbered our string quartet bookings. If that is still too expensive, hire a duo or an organist/pianist and a soloist (instrumental or vocal). Even less expensive, most often, is a solo musician.  Personally, I feel couples should spend their music money, first and foremost, on live musicians for their ceremony.

    Book an ensemble that is flexible for your cocktail hour. If you hire a pianist and vocalist for the ceremony, have the pianist stay to play the cocktail hour. Musicians most often will offer a discount if you book them for consecutive events or hours.     That brings me to dinner. Most guests are busy chatting and chewing, so many couples opt for recorded music, or no music at all. What's a live music option? Hire a strolling violinist or guitarist/singer to visit each table! He, or she, can take requests and make it more personal and memorable for your guests. I once played a very extravagant wedding where a dozen violinists were strolling the floor during dinner! 
    Post-dinner . . . Most people hire a DJ. I see the appeal - the ability to play a wide variety of styles to get people out on the dance floor. Hiring a ten piece band may cost more than the honeymoon! Just don't forget the musicians you hired for the ceremony or cocktail hour. Often times, adding just a few to the original group can change the mood from jazzy to jamming! Just ask the musicians to highlight the ensembles and discounts they can offer you!

     

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  • Many brides-to-be want to break away from the traditional approach with their weddings. After all, a wedding is one of the most important days in your life and you want it to be special and one-of-a-kind. If you plan on having a unique wedding, here are some interesting first dance ideas that you might enjoy.

     


    Photo by Meg Smith

     

    Learn a Dance

    Imagine the look on your guests’ faces as you and your brand new husband step out onto the floor and perform a perfectly choreographed number! Not only will this be charming and entertaining for your guests, but it will be something you and your husband can cherish forever. Simply choose a great dance video and learn the dance to a particular song. If you and your husband are talented dancers, you can choreograph the moves yourself! Just a few songs that may fit in nicely with this first dance idea are:

    ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ by Queen ‘Fever’ by Peggy Lee ‘It Had to Be You’ by Frank Sinatra

    Let the Crowd Join In

    If you’re one of those brides-to-be who doesn’t enjoy being the center of attention for too long, perhaps you can invite everyone to join you and your new husband for your first dance. This is a charming twist to the traditional first dance and your guests will love being part of something so romantic. There are some really great songs that would be perfect for a group first dance as well, such as:

    The Glory of Love’ by Jimmy Durante ‘Everything I Do’ by Bryan Adams  ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’ (covered my many artists)

    Try Exploring Different Cultures

    Rather than having a traditional first dance, why not shake things up a bit with ideas borrowed from different cultures? For instance, in Spain, it’s a tradition to perform the sequidillas manchega, a dance in which the guests take turns dancing with the bride.

     

    While traditionally, gifts of money are given as each guest takes their turn, you can ask that guests write their wishes for the bride and groom on paper and hand those to the bride. With a little help from your DJ with the directions for the dance, this can be a charming change from tradition. Learn about other customary dances as well; perhaps one of them will appeal to you.

     

    The first dance is considered a very special time of the wedding ceremony. It can be even more special if you use your own creativity to come up with a unique and fun idea!\

     

    View more First Dance Song Ideas »

     

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  • 100 years Artist: Five For Fighting Album: 100 Years Description Not Provided Lyrics I'm 15 for a moment
    Caught in between 10 and 20
    And I'm just dreaming
    Counting the ways to where you are
    I'm 22 for a moment
    She feels better than ever
    And we're on fire
    Making our way back from Mars
    15 there's still time for you
    Time to buy and time to lose
    15, there's never a wish better than this
    When you only got 100 years to live
    I'm 33 for a moment
    Still the man, but you see I'm a they
    A kid on the way
    A family on my mind
    I'm 45 for a moment
    The sea is high
    And I'm heading into a crisis
    Chasing the years of my life
    15 there's still time for you
    Time to buy, Time to lose yourself
    Within a morning star
    15 I'm all right with you
    15, there's never a wish better than this
    When you only got 100 years to live
    Half time goes by
    Suddenly you??re wise
    Another blink of an eye
    67 is gone
    The sun is getting high
    We're moving on...
    I'm 99 for a moment
    Dying for just another moment
    And I'm just dreaming
    Counting the ways to where you are
    15 there's still time for you
    22 I feel her too
    33 you??re on your way
    Every day's a new day...
    15 there's still time for you
    Time to buy and time to choose
    Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this
    When you only got 100 years to live Video

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  • You’ve spent lots of time choosing the right music for your wedding and reception. After all that planning, the last thing you want to hear is a song you hate. Create a ‘do not play’ list for your band or DJ and you’ll never have to regret your reception music later.
     


    Photo by Geoff White Photography

     

    What is a ‘Do Not Play’ List?

    Like the name implies, your ‘do not play’ list is a collection of the songs or types of music that you would rather not hear during your reception. Your DJ may request a ‘do not play’ list before the wedding; if not, just include it along with your traditional dance selections and the DJ will honor it.

     

    How to Create Your List

    My normal wedding planning advice applies to your ‘do not play’ list as well – it’s your day so it’s what you want! Your list may include specific songs or entire types of music; the most commonly included do not play requests are usually:

    Hard to dance to; Outdated; Overplayed; Or carry the wrong message.

    Some brides prefer to leave line dances and cliché party songs out of the line-up, others may ask the DJ not to play any house or club tunes. Your ‘do not play’ list can include songs you hate, songs that may make your guests feel uncomfortable, or songs that make you cry – whatever tune that would make you cringe if you heard it at your reception!

     

    Some DJs have created their own ‘do not play’ list for weddings, based on the preferences of other brides. There are also a few that allow you to create your play list and do not play list online, choosing from a selection of available tracks. It’s best to ask your DJ about these options early so that you’ll have plenty of time to get your list together.

     

    Top 10 ‘Do Not Play’ Wedding Songs

    The Macarena – along with all those other cheesy organized dance songs (Electric Slide, Chicken Dance, YMCA, Hokey Pokey, etc.). Celebration White Wedding Lips of an Angel by Hinder – and other cheating, breakup, or death-related songs, including Jesse’s Girl, Tears in Heaven, and I Will Survive. The Humpty Dance Love Shack Brick House Who Let the Dogs Out Hot, Hot, Hot Tainted Love – or any ‘bad’ love song.

    The music will have a big influence on the mood of your reception, as well as your guests’ memories of your special day. Get started on your ‘do not play’ list now so nothing is overlooked!

     

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  • A Little More Artist: Skillet Album: Collide Description Not Provided Lyrics v1:
    love is all around you now so take a hold
    hidden in our words it sometimes ain't enough
    don't suffocate day after day, it's building up
    'cause when you're feeling weak you know i'm strong enough


    just one more day, one more day


    Chorus:
    oh, let the world crash love can take it
    oh, let the world come crashing down
    oh, let the world crash love can take it
    love can take a little, love can give a little more


    v2:
    love is indestructible so take a hold
    sometimes hard to find a reason good enough
    i'll stand beside you never leave, through it all
    and faith will bring a way to the impossible


    (pre-chorus, chorus)


    Bridge:
    you can find me
    you can find me
    you can find me anywhere
    take a look over you shoulder
    i'll be standing there


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  • Photo by Keepsake Memories Photography

    Don’t stress over choosing your first dance song! With thousands of tunes to choose from, you’ll find a song that speaks to you and your almost-spouse – it’s just a matter of taking the time to look – and listen. Check out our top tips for selecting “your song.”

    Think About Your History Take a look back – way back – to the most important moments in your relationship. The night you met, the first “I love you,” your proposal. Were there any songs that made those moments even more special? If there’s a song that you’ve been listening to or singing together for the duration of your relationship and feels appropriate for your wedding, go for it!

    What’s Your Style? If there’s no song that immediately jumps out at you, think about your personality as a couple and the type of song you want. Something romantic and emotional or sweet and a little cheeky? Do you prefer country or rock or pop? Deciding on some general guidelines will help narrow down the thousands of choices out there.

    Listen, Listen, Listen Pay more attention to the music you listen to, and be sure to visit our Songs Gallery to check out more first dance song options. Note any songs that you like, and listen to them with your fiancé(e). Ask him/her to do the same. Schedule some time each evening to listen to song options until you’ve found one you both agree on.

    Consider the Lyrics While listening to potential first dance songs, pay close attention to the lyrics. Make sure there’s no inappropriate language or content that would make your Grandma Ethel blush. Some songs may sound super sappy and romantic at first listen, but the language may not be entirely wedding-appropriate.

    Not Too Fast, Not Too Slow Practice dancing to the song – even if it’s just in your living room. A song should neither be too fast (hard to keep up!) nor too slow (too dull). Also consider the length of the song – a first dance song should be less than three minutes long. If your song runs too long, you can ask your band or DJ to cut it off at a certain point.

    Talk to Your Band or DJ If you’re still having trouble finding a song that speaks to you, talk to your wedding band or DJ. They have lots of experience and will be able to suggest some tunes that will work with your style.

    Come to an Agreement There are thousands and thousands of songs that will work well for a first dance – so don’t despair if you and your significant other don’t come to an agreement right away. This is a song that you’ll also remember and associate with your wedding, so it’s important that it’s a tune that you both can live with.

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  • Angel in My Arms Artist: Gloria Sklerov & Barbara Rothstein Album: For Your Wedding Ceremony Description Not Provided Lyrics Video: Video

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  • The music you choose for your wedding ceremony should be very special. Many couples choose songs that have a special meaning to them or music which sets the mood for the beautiful ceremony that is about to take place. Although there is no set rule when it comes to the music, the songs are generally played at specific times.

     


    Photo by Julie Saad Photography

    The prelude is played while guests are being seated and individuals are settling in for the ceremony. During religious weddings, the prelude may change during the lighting of the candles or other religious rituals. The processional is played while the wedding party (bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc.) are entering the room. The bridal processional is played as the bride enters the room and walks down the aisle. The recessional is played after the actual marriage and as the bride, groom and wedding party exit the room. A Note about Choosing Ceremony Music for Religious Ceremonies

    If your wedding will take place in a church or other sacred location, it’s important to check with the site’s authority to find out what music will be acceptable. Typically, the traditional wedding music, such as the Bridal Chorus from Wagner is perfectly acceptable for religious weddings. More modern music may be acceptable as well, so long as it’s in good taste.

     

    Prelude

    For the prelude, you should choose music that means something to you and your spouse. This may be a song that holds special meaning for the two of you, such as the first song you danced to or a song that you feel describes your relationship. This music should be played soft and usually lasts for about 10 to 15 minutes.

     

    Processional

    As your wedding party makes their way into the room, traditional marches are great. However, you can choose to play any type of song you want. If you will be having a themed wedding, consider music that complements your particular theme.

     

    Bridal Processional
    Again, this is your choice – however, many brides opt for the traditional bridal chorus which is also known as ‘Here comes the bride.’

    Recessional
    As you and your wedding party make your way from the church or room after the marriage is completed, you may want to play something celebratory in nature and upbeat. Consider songs that make you feel wonderful fit the mood – you will be married for mere minutes at this time. It’s the very beginning of your married life!

     

    It can be difficult to determine which songs to choose for your ceremony. However, by thinking of songs that have special meaning or inspire feelings of love and happiness – you will have your ceremony song list in no time!

     

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  • You've said ‘I do' and all your guests are waiting for the sweet and tender moment when the newlyweds share their first dance.  The song should fit the mood perfectly and must reflect your feelings for one another.  But there are thousands of great first dance songs - do you want a popular classic tune?  Do your future husband's two left feet require something simple and easy to dance to?


    Photo by Viera Photographics

    Most Popular Classics
    If you're not sure what to choose, consider choosing one of the most popular first dance songs - these classics have been favorites with new couples for decades so you can't go wrong!

    The Top 10 Classic First Dance Songs:

    Unforgettable by Nat King Cole The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley At Last by Etta James It had to be You by Harry Connick Jr. A Kiss is Just a Kiss by Michael Feinstein Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers A Whole New World by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

    Modern Favorites
    You may want to stick with a popular song for your first dance, but prefer something a little more modern.  A few choices include: 

    All my Life by K-Ci and JoJo Could not Ask for More by Edwin McCain It's Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill I Swear by All 4 One (also by John Montgomery) This I Swear by Nick Lachey

    Less Played First Dance Songs
    Maybe you're looking for something a little different for your first dance?  Love songs are everywhere - movies, musicals, or the radio are great sources of inspiration!  Or consider these less played, but still popular options:

    Songbird by Fleetwood Mac Beautiful by Gordon Lightfoot So This is Love by James Ingram Nothing's Gonna Change my Love for You by Glenn Medeiros Romeo & Juliet Love Theme composed by Tchaikovsky

    Something Different, Something New
    Not every couple fits the traditional, classic bride and groom mold.  There's nothing wrong with straying from the norm and being a bit original in the selection of your first dance song!  I would suggest any of these contemporary and often overlooked, tunes:

    Too Good to be True by Lauryn Hill - a soulful remake of a Frankie Valli classic. Luna by The Smashing Pumpkins I Will Always Love You by The Cure Forever in my Life by Prince

    The first dance the two of you share as husband and wife is a very special moment and quite endearing to your guests as well.  Take the time to really think about the song you will use before the wedding and talk about it with your fiancé.  Whether you choose something different or decide to stick with tradition and sway to a popular first dance song, be sure to practice before the rehearsal or even squeeze in a few dance lessons!

     

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  • The cake-cutting is one of the most romantic times during the wedding.  The very first undertaking the couple will handle as husband and wife will be to cut the cake!  Most brides and grooms wish to have special songs played during the cake-cutting ceremony.  The music sets the tone for the scene and will create a lasting memory in the hearts of the couple and their guests.  Here are some of the most popular cake cutting songs of all time.


    Photo by Clary Photo

    ‘Sweet' and Sentimental
    Some brides and grooms choose to play sweet and touching music during the cake cutting ceremony.  There are many different songs which would be fitting for this moment, but these are without a doubt the most popular.

    How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) by James Taylor Sugar, Sugar by The Archies That's Amore by Dean Martin Sugar Pie Honey Bunch by The Four Tops Happy Together by The Turtles

    Funny and Humorous
    It's very important that the wedding music (including the cake-cutting music) fits the personality of the bride and groom.  If you and your soon-to-be spouse are a pair of jokesters and enjoy a good laugh, perhaps these funny cake-cutting songs will appeal to you.

    Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic

    Upbeat Favorites
    If you're looking for some upbeat songs that are known by most people, there are some fun options available.  Take a look at the songs below to find some inspiration:

    Going to the Chapel by Dixie Cups It Had to Be You by Frank Sinatra Everlasting Love by Natalie Cole

    Whether you want a funny song which will have your guests rolling in laughter or a sentimental song that will bring a tear to their eyes - there are definitely plenty of songs for every personality.  Choose something that is special to you and your fiancé and that you will remember for years to come.

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  • Every time I turn on the radio (I don't watch TV -really, I don't!) I hear about our economic crisis. And, no doubt, it has to be impacting those who are in the midsts of wedding planning. So how can you save money and still include live music, either during the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and/or reception?

    Well, the most obvious answer is to hire fewer musicians. Instead of a string quartet, choose a string trio. In the last few years, our string trio bookings have far outnumbered our string quartet bookings. If that is still too expensive, hire a duo or an organist/pianist and a soloist (instrumental or vocal). Even less expensive, most often, is a solo musician.  Personally, I feel couples should spend their music money, first and foremost, on live musicians for their ceremony.

    Book an ensemble that is flexible for your cocktail hour. If you hire a pianist and vocalist for the ceremony, have the pianist stay to play the cocktail hour. Musicians most often will offer a discount if you book them for consecutive events or hours.     That brings me to dinner. Most guests are busy chatting and chewing, so many couples opt for recorded music, or no music at all. What's a live music option? Hire a strolling violinist or guitarist/singer to visit each table! He, or she, can take requests and make it more personal and memorable for your guests. I once played a very extravagant wedding where a dozen violinists were strolling the floor during dinner! 
    Post-dinner . . . Most people hire a DJ. I see the appeal - the ability to play a wide variety of styles to get people out on the dance floor. Hiring a ten piece band may cost more than the honeymoon! Just don't forget the musicians you hired for the ceremony or cocktail hour. Often times, adding just a few to the original group can change the mood from jazzy to jamming! Just ask the musicians to highlight the ensembles and discounts they can offer you!

     

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  • Many brides-to-be want to break away from the traditional approach with their weddings. After all, a wedding is one of the most important days in your life and you want it to be special and one-of-a-kind. If you plan on having a unique wedding, here are some interesting first dance ideas that you might enjoy.

     


    Photo by Meg Smith

     

    Learn a Dance

    Imagine the look on your guests’ faces as you and your brand new husband step out onto the floor and perform a perfectly choreographed number! Not only will this be charming and entertaining for your guests, but it will be something you and your husband can cherish forever. Simply choose a great dance video and learn the dance to a particular song. If you and your husband are talented dancers, you can choreograph the moves yourself! Just a few songs that may fit in nicely with this first dance idea are:

    ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ by Queen ‘Fever’ by Peggy Lee ‘It Had to Be You’ by Frank Sinatra

    Let the Crowd Join In

    If you’re one of those brides-to-be who doesn’t enjoy being the center of attention for too long, perhaps you can invite everyone to join you and your new husband for your first dance. This is a charming twist to the traditional first dance and your guests will love being part of something so romantic. There are some really great songs that would be perfect for a group first dance as well, such as:

    The Glory of Love’ by Jimmy Durante ‘Everything I Do’ by Bryan Adams  ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’ (covered my many artists)

    Try Exploring Different Cultures

    Rather than having a traditional first dance, why not shake things up a bit with ideas borrowed from different cultures? For instance, in Spain, it’s a tradition to perform the sequidillas manchega, a dance in which the guests take turns dancing with the bride.

     

    While traditionally, gifts of money are given as each guest takes their turn, you can ask that guests write their wishes for the bride and groom on paper and hand those to the bride. With a little help from your DJ with the directions for the dance, this can be a charming change from tradition. Learn about other customary dances as well; perhaps one of them will appeal to you.

     

    The first dance is considered a very special time of the wedding ceremony. It can be even more special if you use your own creativity to come up with a unique and fun idea!\

     

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  • 100 years Artist: Five For Fighting Album: 100 Years Description Not Provided Lyrics I'm 15 for a moment
    Caught in between 10 and 20
    And I'm just dreaming
    Counting the ways to where you are
    I'm 22 for a moment
    She feels better than ever
    And we're on fire
    Making our way back from Mars
    15 there's still time for you
    Time to buy and time to lose
    15, there's never a wish better than this
    When you only got 100 years to live
    I'm 33 for a moment
    Still the man, but you see I'm a they
    A kid on the way
    A family on my mind
    I'm 45 for a moment
    The sea is high
    And I'm heading into a crisis
    Chasing the years of my life
    15 there's still time for you
    Time to buy, Time to lose yourself
    Within a morning star
    15 I'm all right with you
    15, there's never a wish better than this
    When you only got 100 years to live
    Half time goes by
    Suddenly you??re wise
    Another blink of an eye
    67 is gone
    The sun is getting high
    We're moving on...
    I'm 99 for a moment
    Dying for just another moment
    And I'm just dreaming
    Counting the ways to where you are
    15 there's still time for you
    22 I feel her too
    33 you??re on your way
    Every day's a new day...
    15 there's still time for you
    Time to buy and time to choose
    Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this
    When you only got 100 years to live Video

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  • You’ve spent lots of time choosing the right music for your wedding and reception. After all that planning, the last thing you want to hear is a song you hate. Create a ‘do not play’ list for your band or DJ and you’ll never have to regret your reception music later.
     


    Photo by Geoff White Photography

     

    What is a ‘Do Not Play’ List?

    Like the name implies, your ‘do not play’ list is a collection of the songs or types of music that you would rather not hear during your reception. Your DJ may request a ‘do not play’ list before the wedding; if not, just include it along with your traditional dance selections and the DJ will honor it.

     

    How to Create Your List

    My normal wedding planning advice applies to your ‘do not play’ list as well – it’s your day so it’s what you want! Your list may include specific songs or entire types of music; the most commonly included do not play requests are usually:

    Hard to dance to; Outdated; Overplayed; Or carry the wrong message.

    Some brides prefer to leave line dances and cliché party songs out of the line-up, others may ask the DJ not to play any house or club tunes. Your ‘do not play’ list can include songs you hate, songs that may make your guests feel uncomfortable, or songs that make you cry – whatever tune that would make you cringe if you heard it at your reception!

     

    Some DJs have created their own ‘do not play’ list for weddings, based on the preferences of other brides. There are also a few that allow you to create your play list and do not play list online, choosing from a selection of available tracks. It’s best to ask your DJ about these options early so that you’ll have plenty of time to get your list together.

     

    Top 10 ‘Do Not Play’ Wedding Songs

    The Macarena – along with all those other cheesy organized dance songs (Electric Slide, Chicken Dance, YMCA, Hokey Pokey, etc.). Celebration White Wedding Lips of an Angel by Hinder – and other cheating, breakup, or death-related songs, including Jesse’s Girl, Tears in Heaven, and I Will Survive. The Humpty Dance Love Shack Brick House Who Let the Dogs Out Hot, Hot, Hot Tainted Love – or any ‘bad’ love song.

    The music will have a big influence on the mood of your reception, as well as your guests’ memories of your special day. Get started on your ‘do not play’ list now so nothing is overlooked!

     

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  • A Little More Artist: Skillet Album: Collide Description Not Provided Lyrics v1:
    love is all around you now so take a hold
    hidden in our words it sometimes ain't enough
    don't suffocate day after day, it's building up
    'cause when you're feeling weak you know i'm strong enough


    just one more day, one more day


    Chorus:
    oh, let the world crash love can take it
    oh, let the world come crashing down
    oh, let the world crash love can take it
    love can take a little, love can give a little more


    v2:
    love is indestructible so take a hold
    sometimes hard to find a reason good enough
    i'll stand beside you never leave, through it all
    and faith will bring a way to the impossible


    (pre-chorus, chorus)


    Bridge:
    you can find me
    you can find me
    you can find me anywhere
    take a look over you shoulder
    i'll be standing there


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