Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Our Wedding Music

Three and a half months before our wedding I wrote a post about how hard of a time we were having choosing our wedding music. That post is one of my favorite posts I've ever written because people were seriously so helpful! The comments on that post helped us choose over 50% of our wedding music and I'm so grateful! Today I'm going to share the songs we chose as well as some more wedding photos. 

Keith had the idea of playing "The Final Countdown" by Europe 5 minutes before we were going to start the ceremony. I thought that would be hilarious, and I really hoped that multiple people would picture Gob Bluth when the song came on. The only problem with having that song in the rotation was that our DJ played it like, 20 minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start because it was in the rotation and I started freaking out because "NOBODY IS READY! OMG NOBODY IS READY! ARE WE STARTING IN 5 MINUTES? IT'S 20 MINUTES EARLY! WHAT IS HAPPENING!!!!" and then everybody was like WHOA CALM DOWN PSYCHO.

Family Processional

During the entrance of the grandparents/aunts/parents, we played The Piano Guys' cover of "Home" by Phillip Phillips.

 Top row, L-R: Keth's brother Darren (the best man) and Keith's grandma Freddie (who, with her husband Gary ((who asked at the beginning of the ceremony who gave me to be Keith's wife)) sort of got us together in the first place). Darren and Keith's Aunt Karen, who was like my second mom in high school. My brother Robert and my new grandma Violet (that "new grandma" part is another blog post that will come in the future).

Bottom row L-R: My brother John, my grandma who will be 100 years old in January, and my brother Robert. Keith with his mom. John and Robert with my mom.

We had a LOT of people being walked down. Four aunts, four sets of grandparents, and both of our moms. We made sure to pick a pretty long song for this.

Bridesamaids/Flower Girl

I really wanted our first dance to be to "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds. When Keith informed me that he vehemently hated that song, I accepted his feelings and tossed it to the side. He told me I could walk down the aisle to that, but that he would be thinking of the movie the whole time. With many an exasperated sigh I said we wouldn't use that song at all. Then, when it was 2 in the morning and 5 days before the wedding and we were finalizing our wedding playlist, he said he wouldn't mind if the bridesmaids walked down to that song so I said OKAY YES THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

Play the YouTube song and then look at the pictures,

From the top left and going clockwise: my old roommate and good friend Cortney; my old roommate and good friend Lisa, my sister in law Amy, my close friend since high school Cristen, my older sister Kathrene (my matron of honor, Baby Kate's mom, and my unborn 2nd niece's mom), my younger sister and maid of honor Angenette.

The flower girl Katelynne, but you should have already known that. Apparently she did a perfect job as flower girl. Nobody recorded a video which makes me very very sad, but I'm trying to forgive everyone for that. The petals she tossed were dried petals from roses Keith has given me since we got back together, and I'm proud to say I thought of that myself and without any help from Pinterest.

Bride's Procession


This one was all Keith's idea.

Grand Entrance

Our First Dance

We had the hardest time choosing our first dance song. I wanted "The Luckiest," and Keith didn't want to do a first dance at all (too much attention or something). We went back and forth with this song for months. I remember when we decided on this song: we were driving on I-5 toward Coalinga, and this song came on his iPod. I jokingly asked if he would want this as our song, and he thought for 4 seconds and then said, "it's a really strong possibility." It was there, driving past dairies and smelling cow manure, that I realized we had just chosen our first dance song.

If I can give you one piece of advice: choose a first dance song that is shorter than 3 minutes. Four minutes was WAY TOO LONG!! I always thought the first dance would be so romantic and that I wouldn't want it to end... but I was giggling uncomfortable the entire time. I was very aware that 150 people were watching us and I hated it. Keith had wanted to practice dancing beforehand but we never found the time to do that. Apparently I kept pulling away from him which was really making him mad. And then our DJ, who is a friend and co-worker of Keith's, surprised us with a fog machine! That was so awesome. I was laughing so hard! So basically, the first dance wasn't what I expected and it was super awkward, but I love the pictures.

Father/Daughter Dance

I ended up letting my dad pick this song. I sent him some suggestions and then was very surprised when he nixed them all and suggested "Unforgettable" by Nat and Natalie King Cole. He said he loved that it was both a father and a daughter singing. When he told me he chose this song, I cried. Hopefully that made up for me not crying during our actual dance. I have a video of some of this dance and I'll post it eventually.

My dad and I have always been extremely close, and in the weeks and months leading up to the wedding I really thought both of us were going to sob our eyes out during the wedding and reception! Surprisingly, we didn't! 

Cake Cutting

Keith didn't realize that we got to choose a song to play during the cake cutting, so I chose to play "The Luckest" the original Ben Folds version during that. He wasn't thrilled, but you want to know the funniest part? I never even noticed the song was playing.

Bouquet Toss

That's all I can think of for now. I know some of these songs were suggested by specific people and I KNOW I promised Starbucks gift cards to those people and I fully plan to deliver on that promise so stay tuned and I'll post the music winners later this week.


  1. I love this post! It's exciting for me to be able to follow along with the wedding, even though I'm all the way in China!

  2. I loved that you used a Twilight song! Twilight song or not, it's super beautiful. And you look SO GORGEOUS!!

  3. I played all the songs and it made me sad that I'm not at your wedding right now. Can you get married again? ALSO, watching your first dance was so cute. I thought you guys were telling inside jokes or something since you kept giggling. I look insane in the bouquet toss pictures, but it's fine.


  4. Love your song choices girl!! That Christina Perri song is soooo good, I listen to that when wedding drama is stressing me out and I completely zone out to it!

  5. So many great selections!! Sounds like you had the perfect music and everything turned out exactly as it should!!

  6. These songs + moments are so precious, glad you shared them <3 All these arrangements are so beautiful. And can I keep staring at the cake for the rest of my life? *insert heart-popped-out emojis*

    Noor | Noor's Place

  7. Thanks for sharing this! I also walked down the aisle to "A Thousand Years," arranged by The Piano Guys. It's so gorgeous! And whatever, we did way better things with it than Twilight did. Your wedding looks like it was SO beautiful! Mazel tov!

  8. Dude. You totally copied my wedding. ;) I walked down the aisle to The Luckiest and a friend played/sang A Thousand Years before the bridesmaids walked down.

  9. 1. will you guys adopt me?
    2. keith should choose songs for weddings as his new job
    3. now i want cake.

  10. So many great songs! I love that you didn't go the traditional route with them!

  11. these are ALL fantastic choices. love this so much

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