So, since I couldn't post what I originally wanted to I had to rack my brain deciding what wedding related thing I should blog about today. Alison gave me suggestions via Twitter which I really and truly appreciated and I seriously considered them but then I realized I've been wanting to write about wedding music for a while so I'm going that route instead. Sorry Alison. PLEASE STILL BE MY FRIEND.
Before we really get started I just wanted to let you all know that we'll be doing the ceremony outside of the gazebo. Thanks for weighing in on that in this post. My dad was really wanting us to be in the gazebo but I was pretty firm that we wouldn't be doing that. So my most sincere thanks to all of you.
Ok, wedding music. Why is this so hard?? I've been thinking about wedding songs for years and years and years, and now I'm so scared of choosing the wrong song! So, I'd like your help. All of you have had really awesome suggestions, advice, and encouragement, and I appreciate it so much. I can't even tell you. Last night I was thinking maybe I should print it all out and scrapbook it, but then I realized that a blog is like a virtual scrapbook so maybe I don't need to do the scrapbook. Also I'm really lazy and making a scrapbook seems like a lot of work. I'm already planning a wedding and I don't think I need to try any harder to be artsy fartsy (haha fart).
For the past like 10 years I've wanted to walk down the aisle to Pachelbel's Canon in D, but now I'm questioning that choice. For one thing, it's a really long song and I haven't looked at the internet to see if there's a shorter processional version of it. I also don't know if I want the piano version or the string quartet/quintet/symphony/whatever version. I JUST DON'T KNOW. I DO know that I want the music for when the bridesmaids walk down to be different than the music when I walk down, but I have no idea what I want that music to be. There are so many pretty songs! HELP.
For the recessional I know we're going to do something fun, like the Imperial March or the Indiana Jones theme song, but is the Imperial March too overdone? I feel like everybody does it. But we like Star Wars, dammit!
And the first dance... where do I even start with that?? The last time we dated I really wanted to do "Then" by Brad Paisley, but then my brother and his wife made that their first dance so like, obviously I can't do that song. Plus, Keith and I have pretty opposite tastes in music. He likes Billy Joel and I like Lady Antebellum. He likes Tom Petty and I like Ed Sheeran. He likes Boston and I like Adele. DIFFERENT.
About 9 months ago I found what I thought would be the perfect song. I was watching my favorite movie (About Time, if you haven't seen it you're really missing out) and at the end a Ben Folds song played. I started crying thinking THIS IS TOTALLY IT! Here it is.
Keith and I were still dating long distance at this point, so I texted him and asked him to listen to it. I had all these visions of him thinking it would be perfect and us riding off into the sunset on horses while this song played in the background (don't judge my fantasies), and then I got his reply:
Keith: Okay... how do you want me to handle this?
Me: WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
Keith: I hate that song more than I've hated any other song I've ever heard.
Then I called him and asked him why he was trying to ruin my life. And now whenever we hear the song he likes to skip it or cover his ears and yell, "LALALALALALALALA!!!!!" It's super adorable and mature. You can probably imagine how he feels about John Legend's "All of Me," right? I don't need to tell you.
So, if you could suggest songs that are a mix of what I just told you, that would be great. Whoever suggests the song that we dance to WINS. What do you win? I'll mail you a $5 Starbucks gift card and I'll write a paragraph about you in a blog post. And I'll love you forever. I know the last one is what really matters.
What's next... oh, the father/daughter dance. I remember many years ago when my sisters and I were in the car with my parents driving home from my grandma's house. Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses" came on the radio and after about 8 seconds my dad shut if off and told us that if we wanted him to remain composed at our weddings, we wouldn't play that song. I can't even mention that song without him getting choked up. It's actually pretty adorable. I'm considering Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl" because there's a line in there that goes, "Daddy, love you more!" and my dad and I used to say "I love you more" ALL THE TIME. But that seems overdone also. Can you tell I'm insecure about this? The other one I like is Heartland's "I Loved Her First." I NEED SUGGESTIONS, PEOPLE. The winner of this song will also get a $5 Starbucks gift card.
The last song I need help with is the song for the bouquet toss. I refuse to do "Single Ladies" so I need other suggestions. The only other one I'm considering is "Bang Bang" by Jessie J., Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande. Guys, I'm like obsessed with that song. The winner of this song does not win a $5 Starbucks gift card. What, do you guys think I'm made of money?? I'm not. Speaking of money, click this.
So basically, I need help. First of all, please click this. Second, I need music help. Please feel free to give me your suggestions for what I asked about as well as anything else you think is important. I feel like I only have one chance to get this right and I feel like I'm totally going to screw it up.
Oh also if you're lucky Keith is going to guest post tomorrow.