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Title: From E-Hell Blog: Do People Listen To The Lyrics?
Post by: Asharah on August 04, 2009, 11:23:08 PM


After reading an National Public Radio survey of listeners about the most inappropriate wedding songs they’ve heard, I had to wonder if people bother to actually listen to the lyrics being sung in songs they process down the aisle to or dance that first dance.

The winning songs are:

1.  Send In The Clowns by Judy Collins.     Yes, people have actually walked down the aisle to meet their beloved and begin a new chapter in their lives to this sad dirge of a song.  And what is worse, it’s a sad break-up song that almost makes me want to slash me wrists from the melancholy funk I’d been in listening to it.

Just when I stopped opening doors
Finally finding the one that I wanted - was yours
Making my entrance again with my usual flair
So sure of my lines - then nobody’s there

Don’t you love a farce; my fault I fear
I thought that you’d want what I want - sorry my dear
But where are the clowns - there ought to be clowns
Maybe next year


 2.  You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling by the Righteous Brothers.  Not exactly my first…or hundredth choice of music to accompany my first dance with my husband but some people obviously have different standards than I do.   
Now There’s No Welcome Look
In Your Eyes When I Reach For You
And Girl You’re Starting To Criticize Little Things I Do
It Makes Me Just Feel Like Crying Baby
’cause Baby, Something Beautiful’s Dying

 

If I were a guest forced to witness this first dance, I’d have serious reservations as to the health and longevity of the marriage.
3.  The Lady is a Tramp by Frank Sinatra.  Just because Sinatra sings it doesn’t make it an appropriate wedding song but some dinglehead chose to sing it to his new wife at the reception.   It just doesn’t seem particularly smart to sing a song to one’s wife, with her relatives in attendance, with the word “tramp” in it 14 times.
 
 Doesn’t like dice games, with sharpies and frauds
Won’t go to harlem, in Lincolns or Fords
Won’t dish the dirt, with the rest of those broads
That’s why the lady is a tramp


Oh, cute. The song also refers to women as “broads”.  Lovely, simply lovely.

 
4.  La donna e mobile by Verdi (Rigoletto)    The translation from the Italian of  this famous opera piece is:
Woman is flighty
Like a feather in the wind,
She changes her voice — and her mind.
Always sweet,  pretty face,
In tears or in laughter, — she is always lying.
Always miserable is he who trusts her,
He who confides in her — his unwary heart!


Yeppers, just the right words to sing during a wedding ceremony.   And now you know why some churches and pastors forbid secular music to be played in church wedding ceremonies. 

Okay, what is the most bizarre song you've heard at a wedding? (http://bestsmileys.com/music2/23.gif)
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Post by: MaggieB on August 05, 2009, 12:06:27 AM
It's not "wrong," but you've gotta expect a few raised eyebrows.  A lot of people consider the music selection to be a part of the content of the wedding ceremony.  If you're walking down the aisle to a song about people who have broken up, people are going to notice (and probably be a little amused.)

I went to a wedding a few years ago where the bride and groom wrote their own vows.  These vows were very non-committal for a wedding ceremony.  They basically said that they were happy to be together at this stage in their lives, and if at some point down the road it would benefit them to split up, they will look back on this time kindly.  Sure, it's their wedding and they can promise each other whatever they want...but I couldn't help but think "Wait, did they just promise to have a civil divorce in a few years?" 

Basically, I think that if you do something outside what people are expecting, which you are within your rights to do. they're going to notice and probably discuss it.  Just look at the dancing wedding party on YouTube.

Oh, and as for bad song choices.  I have a friend who is getting married early next year.  Her future MIL really wants Alan Jackson's "Remember When" for their parent/child dance.  "Remember When" is a lovely song about a couple who is looking back on their many, many years together (including the first time they played scrabble.)  It would be great for an anniversary...not so much for a parent/child dance!
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Post by: Twik on August 05, 2009, 09:08:26 AM
Actually, I don't mind "The Lady Is a Tramp". I've always seen it as a song about a woman who doesn't care what other people say about her unconventional ways, because she has her own integrity.

And "broads" is pretty mild, considering the way women are referred to in songs today.
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Post by: Ferrets on August 05, 2009, 09:28:41 AM
a) perhaps that song holds special meaning to the couple regardless of the song writer's meaning and b) the First Dance is just that- the first dance as a married couple.

It's not "wrong," but you've gotta expect a few raised eyebrows.

I'd agree with both of these. There are a few songs that might be absolutely crashingly inappropriate, but I'm all for more unusual choices - especially those which mean something special to the couple.  Equally, though - as with any particularly unconventional or non-traditional aspect of the wedding - the HC going this route should realistically expect that there may be some comment about it, and to explain why they opted for it.

(Says the woman who wants Jonathan Coulton's 'Still Alive' at her wedding/civil partnership. 8) [Hey, just because I am lacking in an SO at present doesn't mean I can't consider these things. Remind me to add 'Portal fan: desirable' to the hypothetical personals ad. ;) ])
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Post by: LyraSilverose on August 05, 2009, 09:38:37 AM
DH is an enormous fan of Queen.  I love Bowie with an almost scary passion.  That does not mean, however, that we wanted to dance to "Under Pressure" at our wedding.  I also vetoed the playing of "White Wedding" despite my love of Billy Idol (I let the DJ - a friend of mine - get away with Rebel Yell though ;)). 
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Post by: Hushabye on August 05, 2009, 09:44:56 AM
The DJ also sometimes gets the music wrong.  I know that at our wedding, he started playing entirely the wrong song for our first dance, realized it, and fixed it.  For the father-daughter/mother-son dance, though, he played the wrong one (something random and probably inappropriate; I've blocked it out) but shrugged and let it go on.  Not much you can do at that point but grin and bear it.

Some of them might raise eyebrows, sure, but it's not polite to go about gossiping about it.
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Post by: Two Ravens on August 05, 2009, 09:48:46 AM
Actually, I don't mind "The Lady Is a Tramp". I've always seen it as a song about a woman who doesn't care what other people say about her unconventional ways, because she has her own integrity.

And "broads" is pretty mild, considering the way women are referred to in songs today.

Yes, I totally agree.  The song is about doing what you like and not comforming to society's roles.  Of course, originally the song was in the first person

I go to Coney - the beach is divine.
I go to ball games - the bleachers are fine.
I get the papers and read every line:
That's why the lady is a tramp!

I like a prize fight that isn't a fake.
I love the rowing on Central park lake.
I go to opera and stay wide awake:
That's why the lady is a tramp!

I like the green grass under my shoes, what can I lose?
I'm flat! That's that!
I'm all alone when I lower my lamp:
That's why the lady is a tramp!
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Post by: hyzenthlay on August 05, 2009, 09:50:20 AM
I was astonished that Sting's 'Every Breath You Take' wasn't on the list.

For a while it was a very popular wedding song, and Sting himself was amazed by this. Not only is it a post break-up song, it's about a stalker!


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Post by: kennedar on August 05, 2009, 12:16:53 PM
I had a friend who used Remember When as her dance with her dad. I always thought it was SUPER inappropriate! Especially the part when they are talking about the first time they played scrabble!

Although, our first dance song probably raised a few eye brows as well, so who am I to talk! We chose Thank You by Johnny Reid, which is a man looking back on his life with his wife when she dies. But the lyrics are just so beautiful, and you wouldn't know what he meant if you didn't watch the video, so we didn't care! There was something about saying "Thank you for loving me" on our wedding day that really appealed to us!
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Post by: Animala on August 05, 2009, 12:20:00 PM
Born to be Wild at the last church wedding I went to.  It was awesome.  Not truly awful, but it got some great reactions, though technically it was the recession song (and yes it was a biker wedding).
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Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on August 05, 2009, 12:52:56 PM
My uncle's last wife walked down the aisle to the theme from Laverne & Shirley...
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Post by: Twik on August 05, 2009, 01:03:13 PM
4.  La donna e mobile by Verdi (Rigoletto)    The translation from the Italian of  this famous opera piece is:
Woman is flighty
Like a feather in the wind,
She changes her voice — and her mind.
Always sweet,  pretty face,
In tears or in laughter, — she is always lying.
Always miserable is he who trusts her,
He who confides in her — his unwary heart!


Yeppers, just the right words to sing during a wedding ceremony.   And now you know why some churches and pastors forbid secular music to be played in church wedding ceremonies. 

Of course, double irony is that the character singing this is a confirmed seducer and betrayer, and one of those "flighty" women gives her life to save his. "Rigoletto" is, as a whole, not a happy source for wedding music.
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Post by: hermanne on August 05, 2009, 01:30:33 PM
OT, but didn't a former US President dance with the Queen of England to "The Lady is a Tramp" at some fancy party?
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Post by: Two Ravens on August 05, 2009, 01:34:19 PM
OT, but didn't a former US President dance with the Queen of England to "The Lady is a Tramp" at some fancy party?

Gerald Ford, I believe...
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Post by: hermanne on August 05, 2009, 01:38:01 PM
OT, but didn't a former US President dance with the Queen of England to "The Lady is a Tramp" at some fancy party?

Gerald Ford, I believe...

Ah, yes. Quite the social faux pas.
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Post by: JoanOfArc on August 05, 2009, 03:16:47 PM
I was astonished that Sting's 'Every Breath You Take' wasn't on the list.

For a while it was a very popular wedding song, and Sting himself was amazed by this. Not only is it a post break-up song, it's about a stalker!


That song has always creeped me out.  If I heard it at a wedding, I would be wondering what the heck the happy couple was thinking! 

Joan
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Post by: Asharah on August 05, 2009, 03:43:52 PM
I was astonished that Sting's 'Every Breath You Take' wasn't on the list.

For a while it was a very popular wedding song, and Sting himself was amazed by this. Not only is it a post break-up song, it's about a stalker!


That song has always creeped me out.  If I heard it at a wedding, I would be wondering what the heck the happy couple was thinking!  

Joan
It was the favorite song of Brooke's stalker, Harold, on All My Children when it first came out.
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Post by: Snowy Owl on August 05, 2009, 03:47:05 PM

Yes, I totally agree.  The song is about doing what you like and not comforming to society's roles.  Of course, originally the song was in the first person


I'd definitely agree with Two Ravens, I love that song because it's about a woman not conforming and making her own choices.

While some songs have lyrics that don't associate themselves instinctively with weddings, I think musical choice is a personal thing and the lyrics aren't always the most important thing to the couple.  
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Post by: Giggity on August 05, 2009, 03:50:20 PM
STBXH and I had our wedding dance to Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell."

And yes, we twisted.
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Post by: hobish on August 05, 2009, 04:06:53 PM

Kneel down ye sinners, to
Streetwise religion
Greed's been crowned the new King
Hollywood's dream teens
Yesterday's trash queens
Save the blessings for the final ring-
AMEN

Take a ride on the wild side
Wild side

I carry my crucifix
Under my death list
Forward my mail to me in hell
Liars and the martyrs
Lost faith in The Father
Long lost in the wishing well

etc.


That is how "Wild Side" starts off. I know someone who used it as the song the wedding party processional when they entered the reception hall. It was a bit odd to hear Motley Crue singing about Papa being found dead with his best friend's wife, especially while her teenaged daughter entered the hall. Not wrong ... but definitely a bit odd.

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Post by: artk2002 on August 05, 2009, 05:03:57 PM

Yes, I totally agree.  The song is about doing what you like and not comforming to society's roles.  Of course, originally the song was in the first person


I'd definitely agree with Two Ravens, I love that song because it's about a woman not conforming and making her own choices.

I agree with this.  I wouldn't have a problem with The Lady is a Tramp.  It's about why people call her a tramp (for not conforming), not that she is one.  According to Wikipedia, it is a "sophisticated and witty spoof of New York high society."

She gets too hungry for dinner at eight
She loves the theater, but never comes late
She never bothers with people she hates
That's why the lady is a tramp


It makes me think of a strong, independent woman, not a floozy.

Edited: Yes, it does refer to women as "broads."  What do you want for a song written in 1937?

I agree with the LW's other songs, though.
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Post by: TylerBelle on August 05, 2009, 05:59:33 PM
I say cut through the middle man and have a song that will leave no doubt with any one at a wedding reception as to its appropriateness, or should I say, inappropriateness, hee. Such as Elvis' Hound Dog, Paula Abdul's Cold Hearted Snake, or Bonnie Raitt's Have a Heart (any song that begins with "Hey, shut up" is worth considering ;)).
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Post by: Brentwood on August 05, 2009, 06:02:14 PM
I say cut through the middle man and have a song that will leave no doubt with any one at a wedding reception as to its appropriateness, or should I say, inappropriateness, hee. Such as Elvis' Hound Dog, Paula Abdul's Cold Hearted Snake, or Bonnie Raitt's Have a Heart (any song that begins with "Hey, shut up" is worth considering ;)).

I suppose Hit The Road, Jack would be a bad choice...
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Post by: Asharah on August 05, 2009, 06:49:52 PM
Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover  ;D
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Post by: jenny_islander on August 05, 2009, 07:30:57 PM
"Sister Golden Hair" by America.  It's about a man who doesn't show up to his own wedding because he is depressed about an old girlfriend  . . . someone who he hasn't bothered to contact in a long time.  So he tracks her down, shows up on her doorstep, and says that since he has confessed that he is still thinking about her (although he hasn't made it easy for her to find him), won't she meet him halfway by providing a little scrabble?  Oh, and while he isn't ready to get married, "the woman" he jilted is sometimes somebody he would consider a friend.

The only worse choice I can think of that isn't actually obscene is "This One Goes Out to the One I Love" by R.E.M.
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Post by: Nurvingiel on August 05, 2009, 10:06:41 PM
I was astonished that Sting's 'Every Breath You Take' wasn't on the list.

For a while it was a very popular wedding song, and Sting himself was amazed by this. Not only is it a post break-up song, it's about a stalker!
That was my first thought. A lot of people use this song because they think it's romantic. It's not romantic at all, but if they're happy then it's all good.

I love "Send in the Clowns" but I thought it was about the end of someone's career for some reason.
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Post by: Bluenomi on August 05, 2009, 10:12:55 PM
We had The Killer's version of Romeo and Juliet as part of our frist dance which isn't really appropiate but we love the song and it's kind of romantic  :) It did get edited together with In These Arms by Bon Jovi which is fine and Blame it on the Boogie by the Jackson 5 which isn't  ;D
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Post by: Nurvingiel on August 05, 2009, 10:19:37 PM
Well, our entrance was to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" so I'm not going to judge.  ;D
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Post by: Winterlight on August 06, 2009, 11:00:06 AM
I say cut through the middle man and have a song that will leave no doubt with any one at a wedding reception as to its appropriateness, or should I say, inappropriateness, hee. Such as Elvis' Hound Dog, Paula Abdul's Cold Hearted Snake, or Bonnie Raitt's Have a Heart (any song that begins with "Hey, shut up" is worth considering ;)).

I suppose Hit The Road, Jack would be a bad choice...

Macarena- the girl who's cheating on her BF and sleeping around...
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Post by: Wavicle on August 06, 2009, 03:18:26 PM
I was astonished that Sting's 'Every Breath You Take' wasn't on the list.

For a while it was a very popular wedding song, and Sting himself was amazed by this. Not only is it a post break-up song, it's about a stalker!




That one bugs me. I am 100% fine with it if you know that it is an odd song choice but just like it or it has special meaning, but just hearing parts of it and deciding it sounds nice while ignoring the actual lyrics just makes you look bad even if it should be a minor thing

They played that recent cover of song over the intercom at my high school when a girl died . Everyone was crying, and all I could think was "This tragedy is being associated with a song about stalkers because some teenaged girls only heard 'I'll be watching you". They were grieving an 15, but my mom (who works at my old HS) and I could not understand why an adult didn't pick up on it and let them know they may want to pick something else
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Post by: Nurvingiel on August 06, 2009, 07:20:42 PM
I say cut through the middle man and have a song that will leave no doubt with any one at a wedding reception as to its appropriateness, or should I say, inappropriateness, hee. Such as Elvis' Hound Dog, Paula Abdul's Cold Hearted Snake, or Bonnie Raitt's Have a Heart (any song that begins with "Hey, shut up" is worth considering ;)).

I suppose Hit The Road, Jack would be a bad choice...

Macarena- the girl who's cheating on her BF and sleeping around...
The Macarena? Please tell me that this wedding took place in the 1990s. More importantly though, did they do the Macarena.

;)
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Post by: Hushabye on August 07, 2009, 10:10:04 AM
I was astonished that Sting's 'Every Breath You Take' wasn't on the list.

For a while it was a very popular wedding song, and Sting himself was amazed by this. Not only is it a post break-up song, it's about a stalker!




That one bugs me. I am 100% fine with it if you know that it is an odd song choice but just like it or it has special meaning, but just hearing parts of it and deciding it sounds nice while ignoring the actual lyrics just makes you look bad even if it should be a minor thing

They played that recent cover of song over the intercom at my high school when a girl died . Everyone was crying, and all I could think was "This tragedy is being associated with a song about stalkers because some teenaged girls only heard 'I'll be watching you". They were grieving an 15, but my mom (who works at my old HS) and I could not understand why an adult didn't pick up on it and let them know they may want to pick something else

I don't have a problem with the use of this one as a tribute to someone who is deceased.  That's exactly what the cover was done to be, and they changed several of the lyrics to reflect that; in fact, it's not "I'll be watching you" -- it's "I'll be missing you", which is completely appropriate.  The only thing the two songs really have in common is the tune of the chorus.

Some lyrics:

"Words can't express what you mean to me
Even though you're gone
We still a team..."

"In the future can't wait to see
If you'll open up the gates for me
Reminisce sometime
The night they took my friend
Try to black it out but it plays again
When it's real feelings' hard to conceal
Can't imagine all the pain I feel
Give anything to hear half your breath
I know you still livin' your life after death..."

"Thinking of the day
When you went away
What a life to take
What a bond to break
I'll be missing you..."
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Post by: Wavicle on August 07, 2009, 10:58:12 AM
I was astonished that Sting's 'Every Breath You Take' wasn't on the list.

For a while it was a very popular wedding song, and Sting himself was amazed by this. Not only is it a post break-up song, it's about a stalker!




That one bugs me. I am 100% fine with it if you know that it is an odd song choice but just like it or it has special meaning, but just hearing parts of it and deciding it sounds nice while ignoring the actual lyrics just makes you look bad even if it should be a minor thing

They played that recent cover of song over the intercom at my high school when a girl died . Everyone was crying, and all I could think was "This tragedy is being associated with a song about stalkers because some teenaged girls only heard 'I'll be watching you". They were grieving an 15, but my mom (who works at my old HS) and I could not understand why an adult didn't pick up on it and let them know they may want to pick something else

I don't have a problem with the use of this one as a tribute to someone who is deceased.  That's exactly what the cover was done to be, and they changed several of the lyrics to reflect that; in fact, it's not "I'll be watching you" -- it's "I'll be missing you", which is completely appropriate.  The only thing the two songs really have in common is the tune of the chorus.

Some lyrics:

"Words can't express what you mean to me
Even though you're gone
We still a team..."

"In the future can't wait to see
If you'll open up the gates for me
Reminisce sometime
The night they took my friend
Try to black it out but it plays again
When it's real feelings' hard to conceal
Can't imagine all the pain I feel
Give anything to hear half your breath
I know you still livin' your life after death..."

"Thinking of the day
When you went away
What a life to take
What a bond to break
I'll be missing you..."

I thought it had been I'll be missing you, and when I looked up the lyrics I got the Sting version so whoops on me for not checking  :-[. Thank you for that correction. I still think it was a little odd, since it still made my mom and I think of the original. But that is much more appropriate.
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Post by: TychaBrahe on August 07, 2009, 05:48:40 PM
Honestly, I get a little bit up in arms when people criticize the HC's choice of music. Yes, I know that Time Of Your Life is about suicide and I Will Always Love You is about an affair and My Heart Will Go On is about moving on, but a) perhaps that song holds special meaning to the couple regardless of the song writer's meaning and b) the First Dance is just that- the first dance as a married couple. It doesn't have to be a romantic song. My DH and I listened to the lyrics of our songs and chose that way, but there are many instances where the HC chooses "inappropriate" songs because they just like them. Why is that wrong?

I Will Always Love You was written by Dolly Parton to her business partner Porter Wagoner, when the two split over differences.
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Post by: Clara Bow on August 08, 2009, 12:36:22 PM
I read a story on a wedding website that dropped my jaw.

A woman was writing in about attending her father's second wedding. Their first dance? "Lips of an Angel". Makes you wonder about the courtship......


*I have to admit, I love that song....but not as a first dance at my wedding!
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Post by: Sleepingmediocre on August 08, 2009, 01:22:36 PM
(Says the woman who wants Jonathan Coulton's 'Still Alive' at her wedding/civil partnership. 8) [Hey, just because I am lacking in an SO at present doesn't mean I can't consider these things. Remind me to add 'Portal fan: desirable' to the hypothetical personals ad. ;) ])

Hey, I can think of a LOT worse sentiments to have at a wedding than "This was a triumph/I'm making a note here:  HUGE SUCCESS."   ;D
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Post by: hyzenthlay on August 08, 2009, 03:11:18 PM
(Says the woman who wants Jonathan Coulton's 'Still Alive' at her wedding/civil partnership. 8) [Hey, just because I am lacking in an SO at present doesn't mean I can't consider these things. Remind me to add 'Portal fan: desirable' to the hypothetical personals ad. ;) ])

Hey, I can think of a LOT worse sentiments to have at a wedding than "This was a triumph/I'm making a note here:  HUGE SUCCESS."   ;D

"It's hard to overstate my satisfaction!"

Actually I think it'd be a great song  :D And nice counter the doom and gloom marriage-is-death groomsman you might have to deal with!
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Post by: Nurvingiel on August 08, 2009, 03:38:31 PM
(Says the woman who wants Jonathan Coulton's 'Still Alive' at her wedding/civil partnership. 8) [Hey, just because I am lacking in an SO at present doesn't mean I can't consider these things. Remind me to add 'Portal fan: desirable' to the hypothetical personals ad. ;) ])

Hey, I can think of a LOT worse sentiments to have at a wedding than "This was a triumph/I'm making a note here:  HUGE SUCCESS."   ;D

"It's hard to overstate my satisfaction!"

Actually I think it'd be a great song  :D And nice counter the doom and gloom marriage-is-death groomsman you might have to deal with!
I just hope that the cake is not a lie. :)
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Post by: Hanna on August 08, 2009, 04:42:07 PM
Honestly, I get a little bit up in arms when people criticize the HC's choice of music. Yes, I know that Time Of Your Life is about suicide
I always heard it was about a breakup!
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Post by: Sleepingmediocre on August 08, 2009, 06:41:39 PM
I just hope that the cake is not a lie. :)

*snerk*   ;D
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Post by: hjaye on August 09, 2009, 09:19:26 AM
I went to the wedding of a friends daughter, the processional walked out of the church to the tune of Bob Seegers "We've got tonight"

Words and music by bob seger

I know its late, I know youre weary
I know your plans dont include me
Still here we are, both of us lonely
Longing for shelter from all that we see
Why should we worry, no one will care girl
Look at the stars so far away
Weve got tonight, who needs tomorrow?
Weve got tonight babe
Why don t we stay?

Deep in my soul, Ive been so lonely
All of my hopes, fading away
Ive longed for love, like everyone else does
I know Ill keep searching, after today
So there it is girl, Ive got it all now
And here we are babe, what do you say?
Weve got tonight, who needs tomorrow?
Weve got tonight babe
Why dont we stay?

I know its late, I know youre weary
I know your plans dont include me
Still here we are, both of us lonely
Both of us lonely

Weve got tonight, who needs tomorrow?
Lets make it last, lets find a way
Turn off the light, come take my hand now
Weve got tonight babe
Why dont we stay?
Weve got tonight babe
Why dont we stay?
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Post by: half_dollars on August 10, 2009, 01:37:06 PM
Our recessional was to "Happy Together" by the Turtles.  One of the greatest songs, IMHO!!!  :-)

But, we did Decide our first dance based on the words of the song.  However, I always questioned the song my MIL chose for the mother/son dance-"The Rose".  DH didn't understand why she wanted that one, either, but decided to let her have her wish.
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Post by: hyzenthlay on August 10, 2009, 01:43:01 PM
Our recessional was to "Happy Together" by the Turtles.  One of the greatest songs, IMHO!!!  :-)

But, we did Decide our first dance based on the words of the song.  However, I always questioned the song my MIL chose for the mother/son dance-"The Rose".  DH didn't understand why she wanted that one, either, but decided to let her have her wish.

I'd find that odd for two reasons. One, while I adore the song it's just pure schlocky glurge. Two, it's kinda not the vibe I'd want to dance with my kids with. Then again, I admit can't think of many slower dance type songs that aren't either romantic or depressing as heck.
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Post by: twinkletoes on August 10, 2009, 01:47:48 PM
I'm fine with a couple picking a song that has meaning to them (My DH and I both LOVE the Naked Gun movies.  We originally wanted our first dance to be "Ding Dong, the witch is dead," but as my aunt had died not too long before our wedding, I was afraid it would have looked so inappropriate!).

But yeah, I think a lot of songs are picked because they have words like 'wedding' or 'love' in the titles, and it's just weird.
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Post by: Winterlight on August 11, 2009, 07:46:09 AM
I say cut through the middle man and have a song that will leave no doubt with any one at a wedding reception as to its appropriateness, or should I say, inappropriateness, hee. Such as Elvis' Hound Dog, Paula Abdul's Cold Hearted Snake, or Bonnie Raitt's Have a Heart (any song that begins with "Hey, shut up" is worth considering ;)).

I suppose Hit The Road, Jack would be a bad choice...

Macarena- the girl who's cheating on her BF and sleeping around...
The Macarena? Please tell me that this wedding took place in the 1990s. More importantly though, did they do the Macarena.

;)

I'm sure somebody did use this.
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Post by: matf on August 11, 2009, 08:26:27 AM
I've always been amused at the inappropriate songs that are played during the reception (NOT the wedding ceremony).

I've heard:

I Will Survive
It's Raining Men
Paradise by the Dashboard Light

And a bilingual bonus: Often they'll play a song in Hebrew called "Od Lo Ahavti Dai" -- which is about how the singer isn't ready to get married because they haven't loved enough women.
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Post by: Lady Snowdon on August 11, 2009, 12:32:16 PM
My grandmother informed me that she nearly fell out of the pew laughing when she heard the songs I'd chosen for the "pre-processional" music.  It was a bunch of songs from Singing in the Rain and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  Apparently hearing "Bless Yore Beautiful Hide" (even without the lyrics) was a bit startling...

Bless your beautiful hide, wherever you may be
We ain't met yet but I'm a-willing to bet
You're the gal for me

Bless your beautiful hide
You're just as good as lost
I don't know your name but I'm a-stakin' my claim
Lest your eyes is crossed


Our first dance was "Earth Angel", which could be construed as a bit inappropriate, as it's about a guy begging a girl to notice him, but it was the first song we ever danced to, and I knew I was lost when DH started singing it to me. 
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Post by: RegionMom on August 11, 2009, 03:18:57 PM
I thought it was "Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing and could not get why it was wrong for a wedding!
I looked it up and saw it was "Time of Your Life" and realized my error. 
 ::)

My uncle's 3rd wife walked down the aise to, "Tonight, I celebrate my love for you...."
but the tape was old and someone finally turned up the volume right at, "When I make love to you!"

The wedding was in Granny's house, with all sorts of kidlets around.  there was snickering...
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Post by: peachykeen on August 12, 2009, 10:08:32 AM
I'll never forget the wedding I attended in the early '80's. While the couple stood at the alter and stared into each other's eyes a soloist sang Never Before Never Again from the Muppet Movie. The song has beautiful romantic lyrics but I had small children at the time and all I could think of was Miss Piggy singing to Kermit. My husband and I were trying hard not to laugh.

At a college friend's wedding the pre-processional organ music featured Wedding Bell Blues (Yes, she was marrying a man named Bill)
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Post by: hermanne on August 12, 2009, 11:55:36 AM
Paradise by the Dashboard Light

An old friend (jokingly!) suggested that for DH's and my first dance. Her reasoning: "If you really want to be unique..."

We went with "It Had To Be You" by Harry Connick Jr.
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Post by: Clara Bow on August 12, 2009, 01:47:47 PM
Paradise by the Dashboard Light

An old friend (jokingly!) suggested that for DH's and my first dance. Her reasoning: "If you really want to be unique..."

We went with "It Had To Be You" by Harry Connick Jr.

Use "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad"...I read about a woman who's boyfriend showed up on their anniversary with candy, flowers, tux and all and serenaded her with that song. Oops!
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Post by: goblue2539 on August 12, 2009, 02:01:42 PM

Paradise by the Dashboard Light


I let my husband sing this with another woman at our reception. 

But, that was because it was a long-standing joke that it's "their" karaoke song.  ;) 

As for judging the songs used.... I'll talk about it with DH, and I'll talk about it here, but I would never say anything to the HC.  It's their business what they chose and why they chose it.

FWIW, our first dance was to "Time In A Bottle", and it was very much based on the lyrics.
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Post by: hyzenthlay on August 12, 2009, 02:12:44 PM
Paradise by the Dashboard Light

An old friend (jokingly!) suggested that for DH's and my first dance. Her reasoning: "If you really want to be unique..."

We went with "It Had To Be You" by Harry Connick Jr.

Use "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad"...I read about a woman who's boyfriend showed up on their anniversary with candy, flowers, tux and all and serenaded her with that song. Oops!

Full points for honesty!

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Post by: Clara Bow on August 12, 2009, 02:20:52 PM




FWIW, our first dance was to "Time In A Bottle", and it was very much based on the lyrics.


I used this song in my wedding too!
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Post by: Nurvingiel on August 12, 2009, 04:41:53 PM
Paradise by the Dashboard Light

An old friend (jokingly!) suggested that for DH's and my first dance. Her reasoning: "If you really want to be unique..."

We went with "It Had To Be You" by Harry Connick Jr.

Use "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad"...I read about a woman who's boyfriend showed up on their anniversary with candy, flowers, tux and all and serenaded her with that song. Oops!
Full points for honesty!
Well, I for one enjoy the prevalence of Meat Loaf at weddings.  8)

Though it would be a bit depressing, but still totally epic, if "Bat Out of Hell" was the couple's first dance song.
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Post by: Hmmmmm on August 12, 2009, 05:37:38 PM
Thanks to the surprise by my DH, we had a medley

Eric Clapton "You Were Wonderful Tonight" - DH said it always reminded him of me
AC/DC "She Shook Me All Night Long" - first song we danced to, and a look of horror on my face as the first strings started and I realized what was coming... thankfully, he kept it at a few bars
Frank Sinatra - The Way you Look Tonight" - DH said it was the way he thought he always remember our wedding.

Hard to beleive its been 16 years.  I can still feel the blush creeping up when the band started with AC/DC...
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Post by: Sleepingmediocre on August 12, 2009, 10:08:13 PM
I'll never forget the wedding I attended in the early '80's. While the couple stood at the alter and stared into each other's eyes a soloist sang Never Before Never Again from the Muppet Movie.

My sister is getting married next weekend, and she is going to have to pay me GOOD MONEY not to convince the DJ to play the "Somebody's Getting Married" song from Muppets Take Manhattan at the reception.   >:D
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Post by: peachykeen on August 13, 2009, 10:20:10 AM
Oh, that would be great. I'd forgotten about that Muppet song. Hope your sister likes it.
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Post by: auntmeegs on August 13, 2009, 11:38:42 AM
Absolutely the most tacky wedding song I ever heard was "Feel Like Makin' Love" by Bad Company.  Now, I like that song, but as a WEDDDING song?  With you elderly relatives there?  Really?
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Post by: KittyBass on August 13, 2009, 03:34:34 PM
LMAO wow what are HC's thinking when they pick songs like that?
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Post by: TheBardess on August 15, 2009, 04:31:03 PM
Honestly, I get a little bit up in arms when people criticize the HC's choice of music. Yes, I know that Time Of Your Life is about suicide
I always heard it was about a breakup!

It is- at least according to the Wikipedia entry about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Riddance_(Time_of_Your_Life)

I'm not sure where the suicide thing came from...unless we're talking about two different "Time of Your Life"s...
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Post by: Ferrets on August 15, 2009, 08:25:44 PM
Hey, I can think of a LOT worse sentiments to have at a wedding than "This was a triumph/I'm making a note here:  HUGE SUCCESS."   ;D
"It's hard to overstate my satisfaction!"

Actually I think it'd be a great song  :D And nice counter the doom and gloom marriage-is-death groomsman you might have to deal with!
I just hope that the cake is not a lie. :)

Hah! Excellent points. You're all marvellous, and I feel slightly less weird now. ;D

So long as I opt for a tasteful fadeout before "Even though you broke my heart and killed me/Tore me to pieces/Threw every piece into a fire", I suppose... ;)
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Post by: HonorH on August 16, 2009, 07:31:51 AM
Well, I, for one, would like "I Wanna Be (The 500-mile Song)" for my recessional.  I'd prefer the Steven Curtis Chapman cover (his wife loves the song and asked him to record it) over the original Proclaimers' version, though, simply because Chapman edited out a few ribald lyrics at the beginning of the song, and there are just some things I don't think are right for church.

Incidentally, it's a *great* karaoke song, though you do have to fake a thick Scottish accent while singing it.  It's required.
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Post by: Morrigan on August 16, 2009, 06:26:30 PM
My fiance and I will be dancing to Voltaire's "Anniversary."  Chosen because we both love the artist and the song.

Do I look the same to you?
Cause I don't feel so
You know everything must change
As time goes by
Though it feels like yesterday
When we first met
I feel I'm sinking deeper

Do you look the same to me?
Well I don't think so
Cause you know everything must change
As time goes by
Like the flowers that dry
Locking inside
Forever their beauty
Beauty

And they said this feeling fades
It gets stronger everyday
And they say that beauty fades
You're more beautiful than ever
They said we'd drift away
We're still standing here
And it feels like every day’s
Our Anniversary

Well I stumble through the dark
And light a candle
And the path the wax will take
No one can know
And you said it looked like snow
Or maybe clouds,
and I think it looks like Heaven

So we make it into a ring
And make a mold
And we melt above the flames
The whitest gold
When hot and cold collide
What's left in place
Is forever and ever

And they said our love would fade
it gets stronger everyday
And they say that beauty fades
You're more beautiful than ever
They said we'd drift away
We're still standing here
And it feels like every day’s
Our Anniversary

Some say things worth having
Take some time
As they get older
They get better

La lalala lalalala...

And they said our love would fade
it gets stronger everyday
And they say that beauty fades
You're more beautiful than ever
They said we'd drift away
We're still standing here
And it feels like every day’s
Our Anniversary

And they said our love would fade
it gets stronger everyday
And they say that beauty fades—
You're more beautiful than ever

They said we'd drift away
Well as long as we’re together
It feels like every day’s
Our Anniversary
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Post by: lovestoread on August 18, 2009, 09:46:40 AM
A friend of mine was at a wedding recently where the groom serenaded the bride at the reception... with 'Leavin' on a Jet Plane'
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Post by: workingmum on August 19, 2009, 09:46:53 PM
I'm fine with a couple picking a song that has meaning to them (My DH and I both LOVE the Naked Gun movies.  We originally wanted our first dance to be "Ding Dong, the witch is dead," but as my aunt had died not too long before our wedding, I was afraid it would have looked so inappropriate!).

But yeah, I think a lot of songs are picked because they have words like 'wedding' or 'love' in the titles, and it's just weird.

new keyboard required... current one covered in diet coke  ;D
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Post by: RedWolf on August 20, 2009, 01:14:38 PM
In a previous career, an employee planning her (second or third, don't remember) wedding said she was going to have "Goodbye Time" by Blake Shelton.

It's your life - you say you need a change
Don't all the dreams we've seen come true mean anything
You say it's different now and you keep staring at the door
How can you walk away don't I matter anymore

If being free's worth what you leave behind
And if it's too late for love to change your mind
Then it's goodbye time

If we had known our love would come to this
We could have saved our hearts the hurt of wasted years
Well it's been fun - what else can I say
If the feeling's gone words won't stop you anyway

If being free's worth what you leave behind
And if it's too late for love to change your mind
Then it's goodbye time


Another employee and I looked at each other wondering what her DF thought!
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Post by: Jules1980 on August 20, 2009, 06:58:13 PM
DH and I played Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" as our recessional.  Not sure how appropriate that was.  We played it, though, because we went to see the the Johnny Cash biopic 'Walk the Line' on our first date.  We thought about using 'Walk the Line' but a dear friend of ours used to sing 'Ring of Fire' every time she saw us together.  That's the only song from the movie she knew and became a joke between us. She set us up and  her father married us.

Love Is A Burning Thing
And It Makes A Fiery Ring
Bound By Wild Desire
I Fell Into A Ring Of Fire

CHORUS:
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

The Taste Of Love Is Sweet
When Hearts Like Ours Meet
I Fell For You Like A Child
Oh, But The Fire Went Wild

CHORUS
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

And It Burns, Burns, Burns

The Ring Of Fire

The Ring Of Fire

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Post by: Cellaatje on August 21, 2009, 07:02:49 AM
DF and I are going to use "So Happy Together" from The Turtles.

Imagine me and you I do
I think about you day and night
It's only right
To think about the girl you love
And hold her tight
So happy together
If I should call you up invest a dime
And you say you belong to me
And ease my mind
Imagine how the world could be
So very fine
So happy together
I can see me lovin' nobody but you
For all my life
When you're with me baby the skies'll be blue
For all my life
Me and you and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice
It had to be
The only one for me is you
And you for me
So happy together
I can see me lovin' nobody but you
For all my life
When you're with me baby the skies'll be blue
For all my life
Me and you and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice
It had to be
The only one for me is you
And you for me
So happy together
Me and you and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice
It had to be
The only one for me is you
And you for me
So happy together
So happy together
How is the weather
So happy together
We're happy together
So happy together
Happy together
So happy together
So happy together

I feel it's a really cute song. It's not really slow and romantic, so we will probably have to practise a bit before we are able to pull this off :)
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Post by: Nuala on August 22, 2009, 06:28:45 PM
DF and I are going to use "So Happy Together" from The Turtles.

I feel it's a really cute song. It's not really slow and romantic, so we will probably have to practise a bit before we are able to pull this off :)

It's a fun song. It's hard not to smile when you hear it.

My mother's cousin and her first husband shared their first dance to "Mack the Knife." 

Sure, it was the jaunty Bobby Darrin version, but still.

According to Wikipedia (so it must be true):
Quote
The song attributes many crimes to Macheath:

    * A dead man in London, on the Strand
    * A rich man, Schmul Meier, disappeared for good and possibly robbed
    * Jenny Towler, killed with a knife in the chest
    * A cabbie, Alfred Gleet, missing and presumed dead
    * Seven children and an old man killed in an arson fire
    * Rape of an underage widow (minderjährige Witwe) in her bed

The marriage was not an enduring success.
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Post by: curiousjoan on August 22, 2009, 06:56:43 PM
"Sister Golden Hair" by America.  It's about a man who doesn't show up to his own wedding because he is depressed about an old girlfriend  . . . someone who he hasn't bothered to contact in a long time.  So he tracks her down, shows up on her doorstep, and says that since he has confessed that he is still thinking about her (although he hasn't made it easy for her to find him), won't she meet him halfway by providing a little scrabble?  Oh, and while he isn't ready to get married, "the woman" he jilted is sometimes somebody he would consider a friend.

While I don't disagree with you that it's not really appropriate for a first dance (even though I love that song!), my impression of the song is different (that he's not sure he's ready to get married to his GF, the one he sings about, and has been a little flaky).

Wikipedia agrees with my assessment:

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The song is about a man trying to get up the courage to take his girlfriend to the altar to marry, however he is plagued by self-doubts. He pleads for her understanding and re-affirms his love and affection for her, but he says he is not yet ready for the altar. She is only identified as "Sister Golden Hair." He asks her to meet him half-way, which is taken to be a proposal that they live together.

I agree with other posters about "Time of Your Life," "Lips of an Angel," and "Every Breath You Take." I can't imagine why anyone would choose them... but then again, I'm one of those people who listens to lyrics closely. I know pretty much all of them if I like the song enough!  ;D  I suppose each of these has a chorus that sounds more innocuous at first glance.
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Post by: Cellaatje on August 24, 2009, 04:15:57 AM
I agree with other posters about "Time of Your Life," "Lips of an Angel," and "Every Breath You Take." I can't imagine why anyone would choose them... but then again, I'm one of those people who listens to lyrics closely. I know pretty much all of them if I like the song enough!  ;D  I suppose each of these has a chorus that sounds more innocuous at first glance.

I was thinking about this as well. Maybe not with respect to the songs mentioned above, but sometimes it's difficult to figure out what the song is about. I had several songs that I rather liked myself, but I just wasn't sure if they would be appriopate as the lyrics were difficult to interpret. I actually needed to look them up or ask other people about them to figure out if they were okay to use or not.
So I can understand in some cases, songs are being used that in retrospect weren't the best choice. I guess in case of doubt look up the song up :)
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Post by: hokie4life on August 27, 2009, 06:59:12 PM
I had to laugh as I read this thread, when my brother got married he and my mom danced to Hit the Road Jack (picked by the DJ, a very good friend of his) and I recently attended a wedding where the processional for the bride was the Muppet's Somebody's Getting Married... we all agreed it was the best wedding music ever! 
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Post by: Nurvingiel on August 27, 2009, 07:15:49 PM
I had to laugh as I read this thread, when my brother got married he and my mom danced to Hit the Road Jack (picked by the DJ, a very good friend of his) and I recently attended a wedding where the processional for the bride was the Muppet's Somebody's Getting Married... we all agreed it was the best wedding music ever! 
Somebody's Getting Married (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFw4L7-AFdw&feature=PlayList&p=6D66D86CAEA93F40&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=36) is fantastic! I'm going to post this on Facebook so my friends can see it; one of our friends is getting married. ;D
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Post by: Mediancat on August 28, 2009, 01:07:04 PM
A good friend of mine's recessional music was the theme from the Pink Panther. First the happy couple and then the groomsmen and bridesmaids moved down the aisle in step to the music. Finally, after they were all gone, the minister bopped down the aisle his own self, shaking his index finger like a dancer from the 1920s. It was hilarious.

Of course, this was the friend who cut the cake to the theme from Psycho, so you kind of have to get her sense of humor . . .

Rob aka Mediancat
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Post by: Dixie Darlin on August 28, 2009, 01:07:30 PM
I had to laugh as I read this thread, when my brother got married he and my mom danced to Hit the Road Jack (picked by the DJ, a very good friend of his) and I recently attended a wedding where the processional for the bride was the Muppet's Somebody's Getting Married... we all agreed it was the best wedding music ever! 

Those are both hilarious/awesome choices!
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Post by: emeraldsage85 on August 29, 2009, 01:37:18 PM
I agree with whoever said they'd rather not criticize the HC's choice. When my brother got married, he and my SIL chose a Smashing Pumpkins song for their first dance. Brother said, "I know the lyrics don't really fit but we like the melody." The parent dance was Fishing in the Dark because the HC figured a simple two step would be easy for two parents who aren't into dancing much.
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Post by: Sleepingmediocre on August 30, 2009, 10:00:39 PM
I had to laugh as I read this thread, when my brother got married he and my mom danced to Hit the Road Jack (picked by the DJ, a very good friend of his) and I recently attended a wedding where the processional for the bride was the Muppet's Somebody's Getting Married... we all agreed it was the best wedding music ever! 
Somebody's Getting Married (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFw4L7-AFdw&feature=PlayList&p=6D66D86CAEA93F40&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=36) is fantastic! I'm going to post this on Facebook so my friends can see it; one of our friends is getting married. ;D

I tried very hard to get a copy of that to play at my sister's wedding last weekend, but couldn't find it anywhere.   :(  They did dance to the Barenaked Ladies' "If I Had $1,000,000," though, which is a great love song for couples with a sense of humor.
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Post by: LeeLieLow on September 06, 2009, 01:55:57 PM
It has been more than 25 years ago that I attended a wedding where the HC 's first dance was to
Then you can tell me goodbye. I remember being very suprised they choose this song.

Kiss me each morning for a million years, Hold me each evening by your side, Tell me you love me for a million years, Then if it don't work out, If it don't work out, Then you can tell me goodbye
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Post by: Kimblee on September 06, 2009, 02:27:09 PM
DF and I are going to use "So Happy Together" from The Turtles.

(snip)

I feel it's a really cute song. It's not really slow and romantic, so we will probably have to practise a bit before we are able to pull this off :)

I want that as my "daddy daughter" dance.... because its the first song my father taught me to play on the guitar.

(I was a huge Turtles fan as a little girl)
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Post by: Paper Roses on September 06, 2009, 02:34:59 PM
I can think of several couples I know for whom "Saturday Night's Allright For Fighting" wouldn't have been entirely inappropriate.
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Post by: librarianinhell on September 13, 2009, 10:13:50 PM
I want Black Celebration for my wedding (if I ever get married).  I love the lyrics, and they are about love.  I doubt any of the relatives would be put out, since my relatives only show up to receptions, never to weddings.  Oddly enough, they do show up to funerals.
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Post by: Elessarion on September 14, 2009, 10:21:03 AM
Eh, BF and I are not exactly *traditional* in our views on romance - I totally want our first dance to be to "Happy to Be Stuck With You" by Huey Lewis! The lyrics are pretty well appropriate for us, it's fun and upbeat to dance to and it's not sickly sappiness (which is just not to our taste)

If I fail to get BF to agree to that, I think I'll need to pick an Elvis song - one of our favourite artists and probably my favourite voice ever. Again, stick with something not too slushy though.
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Post by: mmmchocolate on September 15, 2009, 06:26:04 PM
I know it's not a wedding song, but please tell me why people play this at funerals?  I really don't get it.

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that will make it OK
There's always some reason to feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction or a beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins
Let me be empty and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight

In the arms of the Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here

So tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn
There's vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack
It don't make no difference, escaping one last time
It's easier to believe
In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees

In the arms of the Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
In the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here

You're in the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here


Is the only part they hear about being in the arms of an angel?
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Post by: Asharah on September 15, 2009, 06:39:20 PM
I know it's not a wedding song, but please tell me why people play this at funerals?  I really don't get it.

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that will make it OK
There's always some reason to feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction or a beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins
Let me be empty and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight

In the arms of the Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here

So tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn
There's vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack
It don't make no difference, escaping one last time
It's easier to believe
In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees

In the arms of the Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
In the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here

You're in the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here


Is the only part they hear about being in the arms of an angel?

That's the part they played on Entertainment Tonight for JFK JR.
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Post by: Nightboomfer on September 27, 2009, 08:10:01 PM

(Says the woman who wants Jonathan Coulton's 'Still Alive' at her wedding/civil partnership. 8) [Hey, just because I am lacking in an SO at present doesn't mean I can't consider these things. Remind me to add 'Portal fan: desirable' to the hypothetical personals ad. ;) ])

I'm half tempted to propose to you right now based on this fact alone :P

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Post by: MsCynical on October 01, 2009, 05:54:30 PM
I didn't have a play list at my wedding besides the first dance, so the DJ played what he wanted.  For some reason he played Reba McEntire's song, "Take it Back," which is a song about a woman breaking up her cheating boyfriend (http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/reba-mcentire/take-it-back-8132.html).  The music video is of her as lawyer presumably at the divorce proceedings.  Not really wedding-appropriate.  Neither myself nor my husband requested this (as far as I know the DJ wasn't even taking requests), so I guess the DJ just didn't realize what it was about when he decided to play it.
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Post by: whiterose on October 01, 2009, 08:30:51 PM
Recently I saw a video of a wedding where the BGM was Sara Bareilles' "One Sweet Love"

While most of the lyrics may be okay, it mentions one word that not only is inappropriate to mention in a love song or put in a wedding video, but that can be (and is) a trigger to many people.
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Post by: deederange on October 03, 2009, 09:20:35 PM
Wow, been ages since I've been in here in the forums, but I had to reply to this one. Music is a huge part of my life, and I can completely understand that what is appropriate for one couple isn't for all... For example, at our wedding, after the officiant pronounced us husband and wife, we had The Simpsons theme song played (my DH's last name is Simpson) then immediately after, we had Spongebob Squarepants "It's The Best Day, Ever".  That's just who we are :-)
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Post by: kglory on October 05, 2009, 02:44:02 AM
I know it's not a wedding song, but please tell me why people play this at funerals?  I really don't get it.

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that will make it OK
There's always some reason to feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction or a beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins
Let me be empty and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight

In the arms of the Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here

So tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn
There's vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack
It don't make no difference, escaping one last time
It's easier to believe
In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees

In the arms of the Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
In the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here

You're in the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here


Is the only part they hear about being in the arms of an angel?


I love Sarah McLachlan, love this song, and find it very fitting for a funeral.

I'm curious actually why you think it's not suitable?  Because it says "hotel room"?  To me, the song is about grief and loss - it doesn't even say romantic loss or "love" lost anywhere in there.  I can see this song honoring a deceased friend, child, or even the loss of a dream.
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Post by: afbluebelle on October 05, 2009, 03:14:03 AM
I always thought it was about shooting up or coke or something.

Hmmmm.  I think my art teacher might have been one something when he explained that.  Actually, he always was...

:goes off to ponder lyrical meanings:
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Post by: Bethczar on October 05, 2009, 10:37:44 AM
I always thought it was about shooting up or coke or something.

Hmmmm.  I think my art teacher might have been one something when he explained that.  Actually, he always was...

:goes off to ponder lyrical meanings:
Heroin, actually
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Post by: purplemuse on October 06, 2009, 07:20:52 AM
Recently I saw a video of a wedding where the BGM was Sara Bareilles' "One Sweet Love"

While most of the lyrics may be okay, it mentions one word that not only is inappropriate to mention in a love song or put in a wedding video, but that can be (and is) a trigger to many people.

I've never heard the song, but I just looked up the lyrics, and the whole song seems a little strange for a wedding...

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Post by: afbluebelle on October 07, 2009, 12:38:53 AM
I always thought it was about shooting up or coke or something.

Hmmmm.  I think my art teacher might have been one something when he explained that.  Actually, he always was...

:goes off to ponder lyrical meanings:
Heroin, actually

Thats what I meant by shooting up... couldn't remember if it was coke or heroin.
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Post by: mmmchocolate on October 07, 2009, 06:16:24 PM
I know it's not a wedding song, but please tell me why people play this at funerals?  I really don't get it.

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that will make it OK
There's always some reason to feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction or a beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins
Let me be empty and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight

In the arms of the Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here

So tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn
There's vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack
It don't make no difference, escaping one last time
It's easier to believe
In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees

In the arms of the Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
In the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here

You're in the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here


Is the only part they hear about being in the arms of an angel?


I love Sarah McLachlan, love this song, and find it very fitting for a funeral.

I'm curious actually why you think it's not suitable?  Because it says "hotel room"?  To me, the song is about grief and loss - it doesn't even say romantic loss or "love" lost anywhere in there.  I can see this song honoring a deceased friend, child, or even the loss of a dream.

I don't think it's suitable because it's not about honoring anything-it's about escaping your problems by shooting heroin into your veins.  Vultures and theives at your back?   Not appropriate for for a funeral at all IMO.  I do really like the song though-she has a beautiful voice and the song is very haunting.
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Post by: Ferrets on October 08, 2009, 07:53:55 AM

(Says the woman who wants Jonathan Coulton's 'Still Alive' at her wedding/civil partnership. 8) [Hey, just because I am lacking in an SO at present doesn't mean I can't consider these things. Remind me to add 'Portal fan: desirable' to the hypothetical personals ad. ;) ])
I'm half tempted to propose to you right now based on this fact alone :P

Well, I'm free this Saturday... >:D ;)

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Post by: whiterose on October 09, 2009, 06:55:54 AM
Just because the song was dedicated to someone who died of a drug overdose does NOT automatically mean that the song is about doing drugs, much less about glamorizing them.

Having said that, I do not think it is suitable for a wedding. Funeral, perhaps.
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Post by: ccpb1214 on October 15, 2009, 06:47:54 PM
So I’m guessing Closer by Nine Inch Nails would also be a bad choice for anything having to do with a special event, then?
(Don’t get me wrong, good song, but not quite right.)


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Post by: Bethczar on October 16, 2009, 01:44:38 PM
Just because the song was dedicated to someone who died of a drug overdose does NOT automatically mean that the song is about doing drugs, much less about glamorizing them.

Having said that, I do not think it is suitable for a wedding. Funeral, perhaps.
I didn't know it was dedicated to anyone. Still, the first time I heard it I automatically thought of drugs. I don't see how you can read anything other than self-destruction into that song.

Just my opinion, though.
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Post by: Corbin on October 24, 2009, 02:00:01 PM
So I’m guessing Closer by Nine Inch Nails would also be a bad choice for anything having to do with a special event, then?
(Don’t get me wrong, good song, but not quite right.)




Oh come on! That would be the greatest recessional song ever!!  >:D  Kidding kidding!

The shortest relationship I ever had lasted 20 minuets...I was a freshman in high school and a guy I liked asked me out at the rollerskating rink. I was over the moon, until a song dedication came on, from him, to me. It was a little early in the relationship for that, and I pretty much ran. Ok, I literally ran.
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Post by: Luna_Moon on October 29, 2009, 09:09:02 AM
So I’m guessing Closer by Nine Inch Nails would also be a bad choice for anything having to do with a special event, then?
(Don’t get me wrong, good song, but not quite right.)

We didn't have any music at our wedding because I just couldn't convince then-DF that Closer and Neon were NOT wedding appropriate, and people DON'T need to know that we were listening to them at sentimental moments in our relationship. Snicker.
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Post by: DannysGirl on November 13, 2009, 08:34:34 PM
     Another "Muppets" fan, here!  I love "Somebody's Getting Married!"  I woke up with that song in my head the morning of my wedding.  I thought about using the song, but it didn't fit in the ceremony anywhere.  I also thought about using "He'll Make Me Happy."  It's the song Kermit and Piggy sing to each other at their wedding.   
     My dad took me to see The Muppet Movie when it first came out.  I was around six.  I remember feeling so special because it was just my dad and me, so I used "Rainbow Connection" for my Daddy/Daughter dance.
     DH and I used Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door" as our first dance song.  It was the slower, longer version, not the version used in the Adam Sandler movie, Mr. Deeds.
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Post by: wendelenn on November 14, 2009, 12:12:56 AM
     Another "Muppets" fan, here!  I love "Somebody's Getting Married!"  I woke up with that song in my head the morning of my wedding.  I thought about using the song, but it didn't fit in the ceremony anywhere.  I also thought about using "He'll Make Me Happy."  It's the song Kermit and Piggy sing to each other at their wedding.   
     My dad took me to see The Muppet Movie when it first came out.  I was around six.  I remember feeling so special because it was just my dad and me, so I used "Rainbow Connection" for my Daddy/Daughter dance.
     DH and I used Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door" as our first dance song.  It was the slower, longer version, not the version used in the Adam Sandler movie, Mr. Deeds.

How about "Never Before and Never Again" from the Muppet Movie?  Another cute one.
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Post by: DannysGirl on November 14, 2009, 09:45:14 PM
How about "Never Before and Never Again" from the Muppet Movie?  Another cute one.

You're right.  Definitely a good choice! :)
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Post by: hobish on November 15, 2009, 06:20:03 PM
I've always been amused at the inappropriate songs that are played during the reception (NOT the wedding ceremony).

I've heard:

I Will Survive
It's Raining Men
Paradise by the Dashboard Light

And a bilingual bonus: Often they'll play a song in Hebrew called "Od Lo Ahavti Dai" -- which is about how the singer isn't ready to get married because they haven't loved enough women.

I don't have a problem with that. Not every single song at a reception has to be about how amazing love is and happily ever after, etc.
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Post by: Kendo_Bunny on November 15, 2009, 08:07:24 PM
My best friend left the church to the haunting strains of 'Theme from Monty Python and the Holy Grail'. I plan to use that for my recessional.

And as a joke, she and I switched the CD's at the rehearsal dinner, so she walked down the aisle the first time to 'Foxy Lady'. Nothing says love like some Hendrix!
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Post by: Hushabye on November 16, 2009, 12:17:01 PM
I've always been amused at the inappropriate songs that are played during the reception (NOT the wedding ceremony).

I've heard:

I Will Survive
It's Raining Men
Paradise by the Dashboard Light

And a bilingual bonus: Often they'll play a song in Hebrew called "Od Lo Ahavti Dai" -- which is about how the singer isn't ready to get married because they haven't loved enough women.

I don't have a problem with that. Not every single song at a reception has to be about how amazing love is and happily ever after, etc.


I'm with hobish on this one.  Those are just good songs to dance to and have a good time, which is what I would want a reception to be, personally.  Now, having them for a first dance song or something that's supposed to be all about the couple might be a little weird, but just for the dancing?  Sounds like fun!
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Post by: BeagleMommy on November 16, 2009, 01:57:12 PM
DH and I wanted "If Ever I Would Leave You" from Camelot because that's what we went to see on our first date.  The band we had hired a) didn't know the song; b) couldn't find the sheet music and c) didn't have a singer with a good enough voice to carry it off.

We had "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago as our first dance.  Don't laugh, it was the 80s.  ;D
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Post by: claddagh lass on November 16, 2009, 02:10:53 PM
I can't remember the title but it's a song about having a bad infection in the body and being in constant and terrible physical pain.

That got some interesting looks.
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Post by: rashea on November 16, 2009, 02:13:35 PM
My sister and brother in law went with "I need you" which is great, except it starts with a section that makes it sound like it's about addiction. That and "I need you/ like a needle needs a vein" is an odd sentiment for most people. But it works for them (she's an ER nurse and he's an EMT).
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Post by: Snowy Owl on November 16, 2009, 03:54:12 PM
I've always been amused at the inappropriate songs that are played during the reception (NOT the wedding ceremony).

I've heard:

I Will Survive
It's Raining Men
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
I don't have a problem with that. Not every single song at a reception has to be about how amazing love is and happily ever after, etc.
Agreed, I don't think I've been to a wedding reception that didn't have "It's Raining Men" during the reception. I think if you stuck to love songs during the reception, it wouldn't be nearly as much fun. 
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Post by: purplemuse on November 17, 2009, 08:44:34 AM
We had "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago as our first dance.  Don't laugh, it was the 80s.  ;D

I love that song!
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Post by: WolfWay on March 26, 2010, 04:06:28 AM
I'm fine with a couple picking a song that has meaning to them (My DH and I both LOVE the Naked Gun movies.  We originally wanted our first dance to be "Ding Dong, the witch is dead," but as my aunt had died not too long before our wedding, I was afraid it would have looked so inappropriate!).

But yeah, I think a lot of songs are picked because they have words like 'wedding' or 'love' in the titles, and it's just weird.
I remember reading somewhere that Love Fool by the Cardigans was a popular choice. Have they listened to the lyrics? At all?

Dear, I fear we're facing a problem
You love me no longer, I know
And maybe there is nothing
That I can do to make you do
Mama tells me I shouldn't bother
That I ought to stick to another man
A man that surely deserves me
But I think you do!

So I cry, I pray and I beg

Love me love me
Say that you love me
Fool me fool me
Go on and fool me
Love me love me
Pretend that you love me
Leave me leave me
Just say that you need me
Love me love me
Say that you love me
Leave me leave me
Just say that you need me
I can't care 'bout anything but you
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Post by: lovestoread on March 26, 2010, 04:17:41 AM
I just heard Lovesong by the Cure, which i quite like, but i can see a lot of people being funny about it just because its the Cure!!
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Post by: Kimblee on March 26, 2010, 12:14:34 PM
I just heard Lovesong by the Cure, which i quite like, but i can see a lot of people being funny about it just because its the Cure!!

Its a high school friend of mine's wedding song. They did their "couples" dance to it (she/husband, mother/father, MIL/FIL) it was so sweet.

She and her husband fought a lot (well, they did get married when she was 18 because of immenent bun-in-the-oven syndrome...) and finally decided to get a divorce so they're (at that time) two kids wouldn't have to grow up in a home with so much fighting.

They were headed to a law office to finalize everything (together... They were really trying to be adult about this, despite her only being about 21 at this point) when "Lovesong" came on the radio. She started crying and he pulled over (on a country road) and they talked for awhile.

They decided to give it another chance and 3 years later are doing pretty well. (although eight months after they almost divorced they added baby #3 to the family.... we're still gently teasing them about that.)
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Post by: Mrs. Pilgrim on March 31, 2010, 05:53:47 PM
Okay, I realize that "Because We Are in Love" is, in fact, a wedding song...

...The parents of the bride at my wedding wanted us to include it on our reception tape.

Yes, the Carpenters version.

For those who haven't heard it, it's very...dramatic, with huge sweeping crescendos.  Not precisely reception music (particularly if the reception is just a sit-down lunch, no dancing). It's great as a recording for a lengthy wedding, but...

The parents of the bride just SO WANTED the HC to enter the restaurant and stand there for five minutes, being applauded, while this song played in the background.  YeahnoIdunthinkso.  We opted for Savage Garden's "I Knew I Loved You", partly because it's sweet, and partly because Mr. P. and I actually DID know each other before we met (eHarmony).

In fact, the whole lyric is eerily accurate.
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Post by: aventurine on April 07, 2010, 08:12:25 PM
BeagleMommy:  I wanted "If Ever I Would Leave You" sung at our wedding, too.

DH was having none of it; it's sung from Lancelot to Guinevere, so it's about an adulterous affair.  I conceded the point.
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Post by: TopsyTurvy on April 08, 2010, 07:57:12 AM
(Says the woman who wants Jonathan Coulton's 'Still Alive' at her wedding/civil partnership. 8) [Hey, just because I am lacking in an SO at present doesn't mean I can't consider these things. Remind me to add 'Portal fan: desirable' to the hypothetical personals ad. ;) ])

Hey, I can think of a LOT worse sentiments to have at a wedding than "This was a triumph/I'm making a note here:  HUGE SUCCESS."   ;D

"It's hard to overstate my satisfaction!"

Actually I think it'd be a great song  :D And nice counter the doom and gloom marriage-is-death groomsman you might have to deal with!
I just hope that the cake is not a lie. :)

Just when I think that this song is FINALLY out of my head... :D  Anyone who actually has their first dance to this song goes straight to the top of my hero list.  This is one of the coolest expressions of geekdom that I have ever seen.  You would HAVE to get a cake to match the theme! 

My DH and I danced to The Luckiest by Ben Folds.  It's a bit odd, but so are we ;)  It still makes me tear up a little when I hear it.   
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Post by: supernova on April 08, 2010, 04:47:13 PM
I hear the cake recipe can be found in the game...  but I doubt you want to serve that particular recipe to your guests!   :D

Although it is said to be quite delicious and moist...   ;D

     - saphie
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Post by: Fluffy Cat on April 08, 2010, 05:35:22 PM
Actually, I have a really cute part of my wedding video where my DH and I are dancing to "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling" and we're lip syncing to it.  Its my second favorite part of my wedding video.  It wasn't our First Dance song.  We just like the Top Gun soundtrack.
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Post by: Kendo_Bunny on April 09, 2010, 07:15:26 PM
I hear the cake recipe can be found in the game...  but I doubt you want to serve that particular recipe to your guests!   :D

Although it is said to be quite delicious and moist...   ;D

     - saphie

The recipe contains way too much rhubarb  :P

I made the cake in milk chocolate for my boyfriend's 26th birthday. I used like a pound of Cadbury's, and ringed it with strawberries, since we prefer them to maraschino cherries.
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Post by: Twik on April 16, 2010, 11:58:46 AM
I just heard Lovesong by the Cure, which i quite like, but i can see a lot of people being funny about it just because its the Cure!!

It's a little on the wistful side, but I like it!
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Post by: girlysprite on April 21, 2010, 06:10:33 AM
I was actually considering the 'here comes the bride' song from the movie corpsebride. I loved it to bits, kept looping it on my MP3 player. Didn't end up picking it because my brother offered to mke a song for me before I had made my choice. It's much cooler to have your own custom entrance music!

link of song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-srbkpKCxQ&feature=PlayList&p=212360A58A5199E6&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1

i was thinking of the music from 1:27.

I can imagine that some people might have given it a funny look though if i had ended up playing that ;)

I have heard of inappropiate DJ choices. Not really the song text, but the DJ assumed that the couple came from rural area A and played songs from that origin and accent, while they actually came from rural area B (which was really different). Just imagine A DJ mistaking a NY couple for Texans. He quickly noted the mistake and changed the playlist. There was this...eery silence from *everyone* prior to that though.
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Post by: Twirly on April 21, 2010, 03:58:24 PM
I just heard Lovesong by the Cure, which i quite like, but i can see a lot of people being funny about it just because its the Cure!!

It's a little on the wistful side, but I like it!

It's one of the only cure songs that's not about lost love, or just being lost, period....so hey...haha.  i also like 311's version, it's less wistful--I get more of a hopeful vibe to it than anything.

This version has been DF's and my song since the minute it came out. It's perfect for us because well obviously it's all about being in luuurv but also it's his favorite band covering my favorite band. We are absolutely adamant about it being our first dance at our wedding.  Thankfully our ballroom dance teacher is choreographing the dance for us, otherwise we would probably just sway slowly in circles for 3 minutes haha
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Post by: TheDisappeared on April 22, 2010, 03:47:34 AM
I'll never forget the wedding I attended in the early '80's. While the couple stood at the alter and stared into each other's eyes a soloist sang Never Before Never Again from the Muppet Movie. The song has beautiful romantic lyrics but I had small children at the time and all I could think of was Miss Piggy singing to Kermit. My husband and I were trying hard not to laugh.

We played "Its Not Easy Being Green" at our reception.  It wasn't our first dance though.
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Post by: Petticoats on April 23, 2010, 01:32:49 PM
I just heard Lovesong by the Cure, which i quite like, but i can see a lot of people being funny about it just because its the Cure!!

Its a high school friend of mine's wedding song. They did their "couples" dance to it (she/husband, mother/father, MIL/FIL) it was so sweet.

She and her husband fought a lot (well, they did get married when she was 18 because of immenent bun-in-the-oven syndrome...) and finally decided to get a divorce so they're (at that time) two kids wouldn't have to grow up in a home with so much fighting.

They were headed to a law office to finalize everything (together... They were really trying to be adult about this, despite her only being about 21 at this point) when "Lovesong" came on the radio. She started crying and he pulled over (on a country road) and they talked for awhile.

They decided to give it another chance and 3 years later are doing pretty well. (although eight months after they almost divorced they added baby #3 to the family.... we're still gently teasing them about that.)

Awww... what a sweet story. I hope it works out for them.

For my part, I always get the Cure titles "Lovesong" and "Plainsong" mixed up, and I've been picturing the scene from Marie Antoinette where the royal couple emerge to the accompaniment of "Plainsong." Which might make a kind of awesome wedding processional, come to that. :) (Well, but then we get back to the question of the actual lyrics...!)
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Post by: Kimblee on April 29, 2010, 01:56:43 PM
I just heard Lovesong by the Cure, which i quite like, but i can see a lot of people being funny about it just because its the Cure!!

Its a high school friend of mine's wedding song. They did their "couples" dance to it (she/husband, mother/father, MIL/FIL) it was so sweet.

She and her husband fought a lot (well, they did get married when she was 18 because of immenent bun-in-the-oven syndrome...) and finally decided to get a divorce so they're (at that time) two kids wouldn't have to grow up in a home with so much fighting.

They were headed to a law office to finalize everything (together... They were really trying to be adult about this, despite her only being about 21 at this point) when "Lovesong" came on the radio. She started crying and he pulled over (on a country road) and they talked for awhile.

They decided to give it another chance and 3 years later are doing pretty well. (although eight months after they almost divorced they added baby #3 to the family.... we're still gently teasing them about that.)

Awww... what a sweet story. I hope it works out for them.

For my part, I always get the Cure titles "Lovesong" and "Plainsong" mixed up, and I've been picturing the scene from Marie Antoinette where the royal couple emerge to the accompaniment of "Plainsong." Which might make a kind of awesome wedding processional, come to that. :) (Well, but then we get back to the question of the actual lyrics...!)

They seemed pretty happy last week. (He's planning a weird surprise for mother's day though... not sure how she'll react to a "mudding" run. lol)
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Post by: Cyradis on April 30, 2010, 12:14:51 AM
I just heard Lovesong by the Cure, which i quite like, but i can see a lot of people being funny about it just because its the Cure!!

It's such a poignant song; I'd love it at my wedding too...if I ever have one.
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Post by: M-theory on April 30, 2010, 07:57:21 PM
I fully intend to play (the censored version of) Coheed and Cambria's "Welcome Home" at my wedding reception. And yes, I've listened to the lyrics. :P
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Post by: MummyPumpkin83 on June 27, 2010, 05:13:53 PM
I walked down the aisle to The String quartet version of U2s "With or with out you" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGhWRMGHHe8&feature=PlayList&p=E430E6694DEE2AA8&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=19)

The music while we signed the register was U2s "One"

We walked out of the church to and into the reception to 2 other U2 songs (my mind is totally blank at the moment)

Our cake cutting / first dance song was U2s "Grace"
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Post by: PurpleFrog on June 29, 2010, 09:54:42 AM
Hi, newbie posting, I don't mind any song that has meaning for the couple, but just grabbing at any random 'soppy' sounding song regardless of content irritates me. However, while I agree with pp that a reception doesn't have to be all love songs the worst display of inappropriate music I've ever seen wad from a singer at a recent wedding. She hopped up onstage in her WHITE lace dress and opened her set with 'Hallelujah' (sp) followed by 'My Heart Will Go On', 'I will always love you' and a solo version of 'I know him so well'. Not the best opening to a wedding set.
Mind you SO and I always threaten the Hoki Coki as our first dance.
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Post by: gmatoy on July 07, 2010, 12:31:07 PM
We had "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago as our first dance.  Don't laugh, it was the 80s.  ;D

Our wedding song was 'Colour My World' also by Chicago. :) It was 1971.
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Post by: kingsrings on July 07, 2010, 03:41:36 PM
I LOVE 'You're the Inspiration', I don't care if it's a cheesy song! I would want it played at my wedding, too.
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Post by: bduckie on July 28, 2010, 09:54:09 PM
WE used "Fall for You" as our enterance sone, and I wonder if people noticed the first line "Best thing about tonight is we're not fighting" ;D
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Post by: Arrynne on August 31, 2010, 03:26:40 PM
We had "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago as our first dance.  Don't laugh, it was the 80s.  ;D

My husband and I had that as our first dance too.  It was the first song he played for me after he proposed, so it became "our song".
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Post by: Flora Louise on September 02, 2010, 10:54:22 AM
Worst wedding song ever?

"Love for Sale" by Cole Porter.
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Post by: hobish on September 02, 2010, 05:40:13 PM
WE used "Fall for You" as our enterance sone, and I wonder if people noticed the first line "Best thing about tonight is we're not fighting" ;D

Ha! I love it! That is superb!

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Post by: White Dragon on September 06, 2010, 06:22:57 PM
We had "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago as our first dance.  Don't laugh, it was the 80s.  ;D

My husband and I had that as our first dance too.  It was the first song he played for me after he proposed, so it became "our song".

Hand up here.
It was not only "our song", our wedding dance was the first time we danced together.

Worst song, well, a bad, but extremely appropriate song: "Earl's gotta die".

We played it during the dance at my friend's wedding.
We'd spent the day wondering if her Exh would crash the wedding.

ExH is, thankfully, now in jail indefinitely after being declared a dangerous offender. He was convicted of murder after a woman's body was found in a bag in the back of his truck. He'd been driving around with her for a few days.

Yeah, we really didn't want him to crash the wedding...
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Post by: Corbin on September 07, 2010, 12:39:27 PM
We had "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago as our first dance.  Don't laugh, it was the 80s.  ;D

My husband and I had that as our first dance too.  It was the first song he played for me after he proposed, so it became "our song".

Hand up here.
It was not only "our song", our wedding dance was the first time we danced together.

Worst song, well, a bad, but extremely appropriate song: "Earl's gotta die".

We played it during the dance at my friend's wedding.
We'd spent the day wondering if her Exh would crash the wedding.

ExH is, thankfully, now in jail indefinitely after being declared a dangerous offender. He was convicted of murder after a woman's body was found in a bag in the back of his truck. He'd been driving around with her for a few days.

Yeah, we really didn't want him to crash the wedding...


 :o I guess!
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Post by: RoaringGirl on September 18, 2010, 01:36:30 AM
I swept down the aisle to Japanese drum and flute music!

Other than that, I really didn't get much input on the playlist (perhaps because The Future Mr. RoaringGirl was not impressed with the Japanese-drum-and-flute-music?).  ???  It was all just background music, in any case:  it was a small space doing double duty as wedding venue/reception hall, so there really wasn't room for anyone other than children to dance.  And there wasn't any agonizing about music for the first dance because 1) I abhor overt expressions of sentimentality (and anyway, I doubt we could have agreed on a song that wouldn't have horrified our families--really, Japanese anime theme music is NOT weird!  It just isn't!); and 2) one cannot dance in a wedding kimono.  One may stand in a wedding kimono; one may walk forward in a wedding kimono; one does not dance in a wedding kimono. 

One also sweats a great deal in a wedding kimono when one marries in the summer.  Pro tip to anyone considering a Japanese theme:  think winter months people, think winter months!!  ;D
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Post by: Athos_000 on September 23, 2010, 04:07:13 PM
Thinking about it... I know we played a lot of meatloaf at the wedding, though NOT for any special dances, much to Mr. A's great disappointment (I outlawed Paradise by the Dashboard Lights!). We also played Ring of Fire, and a really silly Irish drinking song about some guy whose wife is cheating on him, but he is so drunk she blames what he sees on his inebriation.

I admit to some sappiness.. My friend sang At Last for our first dance, and I played Father & Daughter by Paul Simon for my father-daughter dance. I don't remember what Mr. A picked for his mother-son dance, but it was probably something inappropriate haha.
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Post by: iradney on September 24, 2010, 12:42:10 PM
I'm walking down the aisle to "It must be love" by Madness, our entrance song has been written for us (think Accidentally in love by Counting Crows kind of style), and our first dance is "little trip to heaven" by Tom Waits.
I really do want some Muppet music in our playlist, but alas, TTO has nixed that... :(
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Post by: crella on September 28, 2010, 07:18:00 AM
Heeheehee, I was at a wedding in Kobe a couple of years back. Japanese weddings are choreographed down to the last detail, nothing is left to chance. The venue was The Hotel Okura Kobe, very elegant. Lovely bride, handsome groom......they leave for one of their obligatory clothing changes, from western wedding wear to kimono and re-enter the room to the strains of......


'Beauty and the Beast'...I almost blew my champagne out my nose (but refrained of course). I doubt any of the other guests knew the lyrics and it was such a lovely instrumental.....I was dying, trying not to laugh. The bride and groom must have just thought I was overjoyed ( I was , but.....)
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Post by: jayhawk on September 29, 2010, 02:39:49 PM
I remember hearing that when Joan Rivers' daughter got married, Joan spent a HUGE amount of money on the wedding, maybe even $1,000,000?  When Joan came down the aisle as MOB, the musicians played, "Hey Big Spender."
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Post by: kingsrings on October 01, 2010, 01:54:06 PM
Yeah, for a marriage that wasn't long-lived.  ::)
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Post by: Rosgrana on October 04, 2010, 01:14:31 PM
Thinking about it... I know we played a lot of meatloaf at the wedding, though NOT for any special dances, much to Mr. A's great disappointment (I outlawed Paradise by the Dashboard Lights!). We also played Ring of Fire, and a really silly Irish drinking song about some guy whose wife is cheating on him, but he is so drunk she blames what he sees on his inebriation.


Seven Drunken Nights? - And if so...

ALL of it? :o Most people wimp out and pretend to have forgotten Sunday!
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Post by: BluePaint on October 06, 2010, 02:48:47 PM
Heeheehee, I was at a wedding in Kobe a couple of years back. Japanese weddings are choreographed down to the last detail, nothing is left to chance. The venue was The Hotel Okura Kobe, very elegant. Lovely bride, handsome groom......they leave for one of their obligatory clothing changes, from western wedding wear to kimono and re-enter the room to the strains of......


'Beauty and the Beast'...I almost blew my champagne out my nose (but refrained of course). I doubt any of the other guests knew the lyrics and it was such a lovely instrumental.....I was dying, trying not to laugh. The bride and groom must have just thought I was overjoyed ( I was , but.....)

AHAHAHA One of my best friends from high school is a native English speaker and she not only did her first dance to this song (and not the classy instrumental version either!), but based the theme of her entire wedding around it.  I mean, the lyrics themselves were incredibly appropriate.  She and her now-husband had a grudging friendship that bloomed into a beautiful romance and it was all very lovely and romantic.  But my whole table was holding back laughter at the song title.

It didn't help at all that she's teeny tiny and her husband is something like 6'4" with a full beard.
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Post by: Athos_000 on October 06, 2010, 03:54:28 PM
Thinking about it... I know we played a lot of meatloaf at the wedding, though NOT for any special dances, much to Mr. A's great disappointment (I outlawed Paradise by the Dashboard Lights!). We also played Ring of Fire, and a really silly Irish drinking song about some guy whose wife is cheating on him, but he is so drunk she blames what he sees on his inebriation.


Seven Drunken Nights? - And if so...

ALL of it? :o Most people wimp out and pretend to have forgotten Sunday!

LOL! Yes.. but.. I think the verson we played only went through friday.
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Post by: cnhartman2 on November 20, 2010, 09:22:17 AM
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I had a friend who used Remember When as her dance with her dad. I always thought it was SUPER inappropriate! Especially the part when they are talking about the first time they played scrabble!

I've never heard this song, so I'm confused.  Is "Scrabble" supposed to me a euphemism?
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Post by: artk2002 on November 20, 2010, 09:47:02 AM
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I had a friend who used Remember When as her dance with her dad. I always thought it was SUPER inappropriate! Especially the part when they are talking about the first time they played scrabble!

I've never heard this song, so I'm confused.  Is "Scrabble" supposed to me a euphemism?

"Scrabble" is a euphemism used on eHell.  It stands for intimate bedroom activities.
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Post by: LadyR on November 25, 2010, 08:49:20 PM
Our choices were pretty standard. We chose a song we both like with a sweet meaning for the first dance (Blue Rodeo's "Lost Together which has lyrics like "And I want all the world to know/ that your love's all I need/ all that I need/ and if we're lost/ then we are lost together"). However I had a very unconventional father/daughter dance choice. My father is deceased, so I danced with his best friend instead (who gave me away) and we danced to "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who, which was a song very personal to my father and it was dedicated in my father's memory.

We allowed each of our wedding party to choose their own entrance. My 70 year-old aunt later did wonder if "Shook Me All Night Long" was the most appropriate choice for the BM and MOH, but I laughed it off and explained that as they are both huge AC/DC fans and that is their favourite song, it was appropriate (plus it's got special meaning for my MOH and I). Her reaction did make me glad that I'd talked another GM out of "Every Sperm is Sacred".
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Post by: Winterlight on November 26, 2010, 12:15:19 PM
I remember hearing that when Joan Rivers' daughter got married, Joan spent a HUGE amount of money on the wedding, maybe even $1,000,000?  When Joan came down the aisle as MOB, the musicians played, "Hey Big Spender."

IRRC, Joan planned it that way. I give her credit for laughing at herself.
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Post by: Valentines Mommy on December 07, 2010, 02:02:10 PM
My DH and I are from Arizona. Our 3rd date was the Refreshments last show in 1998. We follow Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and got engaged at one of their shows New Years Eve 2003. The band was playing a song called “Better Beautiful than Perfect” when he proposed.

I love the song and it almost became our first dance. Good thing I listenem to the lyrics because the song went from romantic to homicidal in the second verse!

I am pretty sure it would have raised more than a few eyebrows. At least I was able to stop DH from adding another RCPM gem to the playlist.  I have a feeling “Bury My Heart at thd Trailer Park” might not have gone over that well either. 

We went with Amazed by Lonestar. I had Across the Universe played in lieu of a father daughter dance and asked fathers to dance with their daughters.



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Post by: Little Jo on December 07, 2010, 02:48:46 PM
I know of a bride who chose "Tragedy" and had everyone dance it as she made her enterance.
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Post by: Jan74 on December 08, 2010, 07:22:23 PM
I just heard Lovesong by the Cure, which i quite like, but i can see a lot of people being funny about it just because its the Cure!!

It was written as a wedding gift to his wife, for a 20+ year relationship at that time. I say there pretty much can't be a better song, written by someone to his one true love. They've been together since they were 13.
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Post by: Twik on December 09, 2010, 02:16:20 PM
I just heard Lovesong by the Cure, which i quite like, but i can see a lot of people being funny about it just because its the Cure!!

It was written as a wedding gift to his wife, for a 20+ year relationship at that time. I say there pretty much can't be a better song, written by someone to his one true love. They've been together since they were 13.

I did not know that! And it makes me love that song even more.
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Post by: Jan74 on December 09, 2010, 08:49:20 PM
I just heard Lovesong by the Cure, which i quite like, but i can see a lot of people being funny about it just because its the Cure!!

It was written as a wedding gift to his wife, for a 20+ year relationship at that time. I say there pretty much can't be a better song, written by someone to his one true love. They've been together since they were 13.

I did not know that! And it makes me love that song even more.

Same here. Somehow someone writing about loving someone forever when you know that forever only lasted a month is not as poignant.
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Post by: lovestoread on December 12, 2010, 02:54:57 PM
I just heard Lovesong by the Cure, which i quite like, but i can see a lot of people being funny about it just because its the Cure!!

It was written as a wedding gift to his wife, for a 20+ year relationship at that time. I say there pretty much can't be a better song, written by someone to his one true love. They've been together since they were 13.

I did not know that! And it makes me love that song even more.

Same here. Somehow someone writing about loving someone forever when you know that forever only lasted a month is not as poignant.

Aww thats lovely!!  I remember reading an article that said it took him a long time to be able to sing it live, because it was such a personal song to him!
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Post by: Jan74 on December 14, 2010, 09:41:58 AM
I'm also in the camp that there is no problem playing any song on the dance floor of a wedding later, but yeah, if the first song is about cheating or something, that is a bit strange....
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Post by: Lillie82 on December 19, 2010, 02:37:20 PM
My youngest brother and his girlfriend, who have said for a long time that they were planning to get married, just got formally engaged, picking a date right after they graduate in 2012. "Their" song is "Smile" by Uncle Cracker. Obviously, a song about being in love: ("You make me dance like a fool, forget how to breathe...) and yet not an obvious wedding song because it's about the giddiness of love, perhaps new love, without bringing in the more serious aspect of commitment. And bro and FSIL are serious and mature about their commitment.
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Post by: Jan74 on December 20, 2010, 02:17:52 PM
My youngest brother and his girlfriend, who have said for a long time that they were planning to get married, just got formally engaged, picking a date right after they graduate in 2012. "Their" song is "Smile" by Uncle Cracker. Obviously, a song about being in love: ("You make me dance like a fool, forget how to breathe...) and yet not an obvious wedding song because it's about the giddiness of love, perhaps new love, without bringing in the more serious aspect of commitment. And bro and FSIL are serious and mature about their commitment.

After reading this thread, as long as the song is not about cheating, death, or breaking up, it is a great song as far as I'm concerned.  ;D
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Post by: Celany on January 31, 2011, 06:30:04 PM
When I was in high school, I played the piano well enough to do wedding, funerals, etc. A few times, I did some of the music at the reception and/or cocktail hour.

I had a couple that could NOT understand why I had concerned about playing Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You". It's about two people that can't be together - why would you want your first dance together to be about that?
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Post by: Anastriel on February 03, 2011, 07:19:48 PM
I have friends that walked out of the church to "I've got a feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. For anyone that hasn't heard the song, the lyrics are "I gotta feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night."

The bride and groom were quite open about waiting until the wedding night, but I thought it was a little inappropriate.
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Post by: Jan74 on February 03, 2011, 07:30:26 PM
I have friends that walked out of the church to "I've got a feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. For anyone that hasn't heard the song, the lyrics are "I gotta feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night."

The bride and groom were quite open about waiting until the wedding night, but I thought it was a little inappropriate.

Yeah that one is a little TMI.
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Post by: Twik on February 04, 2011, 04:14:55 PM
My youngest brother and his girlfriend, who have said for a long time that they were planning to get married, just got formally engaged, picking a date right after they graduate in 2012. "Their" song is "Smile" by Uncle Cracker. Obviously, a song about being in love: ("You make me dance like a fool, forget how to breathe...) and yet not an obvious wedding song because it's about the giddiness of love, perhaps new love, without bringing in the more serious aspect of commitment. And bro and FSIL are serious and mature about their commitment.

After reading this thread, as long as the song is not about cheating, death, or breaking up, it is a great song as far as I'm concerned.  ;D

As Freud might have said, sometimes a song is just a song, not a statement about the relationship of the couple.
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Post by: Jan74 on February 04, 2011, 05:35:24 PM
My youngest brother and his girlfriend, who have said for a long time that they were planning to get married, just got formally engaged, picking a date right after they graduate in 2012. "Their" song is "Smile" by Uncle Cracker. Obviously, a song about being in love: ("You make me dance like a fool, forget how to breathe...) and yet not an obvious wedding song because it's about the giddiness of love, perhaps new love, without bringing in the more serious aspect of commitment. And bro and FSIL are serious and mature about their commitment.

After reading this thread, as long as the song is not about cheating, death, or breaking up, it is a great song as far as I'm concerned.  ;D


As Freud might have said, sometimes a song is just a song, not a statement about the relationship of the couple.

Oh it might be just a song to them. In fact, I'm pretty sure it is. But we have to spend the whole 5m forcing a smile and stifling laughter.

It is unkind to your guests. It is like having an officiant with the anxiety disorder Mr. Bean had in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" - you might be ok with it, but it is hard on the guests...  >:D
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Post by: supernova on February 04, 2011, 05:40:37 PM


It is unkind to your guests. It is like having an officiant with the anxiety disorder Mr. Bean had in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" - you might be ok with it, but it is hard on the guests...  >:D


"...in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spigot..."   :D

I do love Rowan Atkinson!   :)
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Post by: Jan74 on February 04, 2011, 05:44:56 PM


It is unkind to your guests. It is like having an officiant with the anxiety disorder Mr. Bean had in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" - you might be ok with it, but it is hard on the guests...  >:D


"...in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spigot..."   :D

I do love Rowan Atkinson!   :)

Yes!  ;D
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Post by: channa17 on February 07, 2011, 08:36:05 AM
Our wedding processional was "The Butterfly Lovers" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6Qx9saG45I) - though as our processional it was arranged for solo flute by our friend, who also played it. 

It's concerto based on a Chinese opera that has been compared to Romeo and Juliet. In the opera, a girl is sent to study dressed as a boy, and falls in love with another boy at the school...who also loves her, but he thinks she's male and is very confused, deciding that his views are simply intense friendship. When her marriage to an old, wealthy man is arranged, she reveals her gender to her "friend", they swear undying love and on the way to marry her betrothed, she jumps off a mountain and dies. Her lover follows her (hence the Romeo and Juliet comparison - they prefer death to not being together).

At the end, though, their souls reincarnate as butterflies and they fly off together.

Inappropriate? Well, with the doomed love, suicide and gender-bending, maybe, but it's a gorgeous song, it was played in a concert that we attended on one of our first dates and we were friends before deciding to date - like the couple before she revealed that she was female.  We travel a lot so the 'butterfly' thing worked.

So...this is all a roundabout way of saying "don't judge too much - that song may have meaning for the couple".
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Post by: Corbin on February 07, 2011, 02:36:27 PM
I don't know the exact title of it, but for their first dance my cousin and her husband used a song by the White Stripes that had the refrain of "I can tell that we are gonna be friends"...it's about a little girl and a little boy who are walking to school together, playing at recess, sitting together in class etc. Not anything you would think of as being romantic at all, but it seemed to suit them. And she was marrying her best friend, after all!  ;)
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Post by: goblue2539 on February 07, 2011, 02:40:07 PM
I think that song is by Jack Johnson. It's on the curious George soundtrack.
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Post by: Jan74 on February 08, 2011, 06:42:23 PM
Our wedding processional was "The Butterfly Lovers" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6Qx9saG45I) - though as our processional it was arranged for solo flute by our friend, who also played it. 

It's concerto based on a Chinese opera that has been compared to Romeo and Juliet. In the opera, a girl is sent to study dressed as a boy, and falls in love with another boy at the school...who also loves her, but he thinks she's male and is very confused, deciding that his views are simply intense friendship. When her marriage to an old, wealthy man is arranged, she reveals her gender to her "friend", they swear undying love and on the way to marry her betrothed, she jumps off a mountain and dies. Her lover follows her (hence the Romeo and Juliet comparison - they prefer death to not being together).

At the end, though, their souls reincarnate as butterflies and they fly off together.

Inappropriate? Well, with the doomed love, suicide and gender-bending, maybe, but it's a gorgeous song, it was played in a concert that we attended on one of our first dates and we were friends before deciding to date - like the couple before she revealed that she was female.  We travel a lot so the 'butterfly' thing worked.

So...this is all a roundabout way of saying "don't judge too much - that song may have meaning for the couple".

I don't think a lot of people would know the whole story there though.
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Post by: Jan74 on February 08, 2011, 06:43:53 PM
I don't know the exact title of it, but for their first dance my cousin and her husband used a song by the White Stripes that had the refrain of "I can tell that we are gonna be friends"...it's about a little girl and a little boy who are walking to school together, playing at recess, sitting together in class etc. Not anything you would think of as being romantic at all, but it seemed to suit them. And she was marrying her best friend, after all!  ;)

White Stripes "I Think We're Gonna Be Friends" is def. an unusual pick. But as I said, nobody is actively dying or cheating or breaking up? Excellent already.
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Post by: MissRose on February 20, 2011, 09:39:38 AM
I present a radio show, and if I am going with a theme, I am researching the lyrics and read them ahead of time.

I've listened to too many shows on local stations and syndicated shows like Delilah where people pick songs to dedicate, and its obvious they didn't read the lyrics ahead of time!
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Post by: Shopaholic on February 20, 2011, 10:10:03 AM
We walked down the aisle with a song that roughly translates to
"Get in the car already so we can go."

It's about a couple fighting as they are about to get into the car, at a time when he didn't have a driver's license and she had to drive him anywhere. Of course, it started raining and they're standing in the rain and he's pleading with her to get in the car.
Funnily enough, it's a romantic song when you think about it and it describes our relaitonship quite well.
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Post by: Hushabye on February 20, 2011, 09:49:36 PM
I present a radio show, and if I am going with a theme, I am researching the lyrics and read them ahead of time.

I've listened to too many shows on local stations and syndicated shows like Delilah where people pick songs to dedicate, and its obvious they didn't read the lyrics ahead of time!

What always cracks me up is when Delilah says she'll pick out a song for someone and it ends up being hideously inappropriate.  Like, "I love my husband and think he's the best thing ever" yields "I Will Always Love You" or something even worse.
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Post by: JadeAngel on February 20, 2011, 10:50:16 PM
My cousin and his wife danced their first dance to Elton John's 'I wanna kiss the Bride'

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Well she looked a peach in the dress she made
When she was still her mama's little girl
And when she walked down the aisle everybody smiled
At her innocence and curls
And when the preacher said is there anyone here
Got a reason why they shouldn't wed
I should have stuck up my hand
I should have got up to stand
And this is what I should have said

I wanna kiss the bride yeah!
I wanna kiss the bride yeah!
Long before she met him
She was mine, mine, mine
Don't say I do
Say bye, bye, bye
And let me kiss the bride yeah!

Underneath her veil I could see a tear
Trickling down her pretty face
And when she slipped on the ring I knew everything
Would never be the same again
But if the groom would have known he'd have had a fit
About his wife and the things we did
And what I planned to say
Yeah on her wedding day
Well I thought it but I kept it hid

I wanna kiss the bride yeah!
I wanna kiss the bride yeah!
Long before she met him
She was mine, mine, mine
Don't say I do
Say bye, bye, bye
And let me kiss the bride yeah!

Anyone want to take a punt on why they divorced a year later?
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Post by: violinp on April 05, 2011, 03:26:06 PM
I don't even have a BF yet, but I'm pretty sure I want "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica for the first dance. My mom will probably get upset, but I don't care. I'm having all classical music (albeit beautiful classical music) in my ceremony, I deserve to party!
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Post by: Shopaholic on April 06, 2011, 01:46:54 AM
I don't even have a BF yet, but I'm pretty sure I want "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica for the first dance. My mom will probably get upset, but I don't care. I'm having all classical music (albeit beautiful classical music) in my ceremony, I deserve to party!

That would definitely have been my choice had I done a first dance! The S&M version, of course :))
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Post by: Ms_Shell on April 06, 2011, 02:08:02 AM
I don't even have a BF yet, but I'm pretty sure I want "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica for the first dance. My mom will probably get upset, but I don't care. I'm having all classical music (albeit beautiful classical music) in my ceremony, I deserve to party!

You know, there's a string quartet called Apocalyptica that does classical covers of Metallica songs.  Maybe a compromise?  Their version of Nothing Else Matters is truly beautiful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTozgoj9OQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTozgoj9OQ)
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Post by: violinp on April 06, 2011, 10:13:44 AM
I don't even have a BF yet, but I'm pretty sure I want "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica for the first dance. My mom will probably get upset, but I don't care. I'm having all classical music (albeit beautiful classical music) in my ceremony, I deserve to party!

You know, there's a string quartet called Apocalyptica that does classical covers of Metallica songs.  Maybe a compromise?  Their version of Nothing Else Matters is truly beautiful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTozgoj9OQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTozgoj9OQ)

That...is awesome. I'd still want to put the lyrics on a piece of paper, though, so people know the sentiment behind the song.

The only other song I've ever considered having for a first dance is...interesting.

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Dance Me to the End of Love by Noemi Liba

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love.

Let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of

Dance me to the end of love...

Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly, dance me very long
We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above
Dance me to the end of love

(Vocalizing)

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance!

(Vocalizing)

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand, touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the end of love

It was originally a jazz piece, but the version I first heard (by Noemi Liba) had a definite Middle Eastern vibe with a string quartet giving the beat. You can listen to a 2 - minute sample here: http://www.noemiliba.com/index.php?s=6 (http://www.noemiliba.com/index.php?s=6) It's a beautiful song about married love, just...probably more appropriate for the bedroom.  :P
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Post by: bduckie on April 06, 2011, 08:24:20 PM
I don't even have a BF yet, but I'm pretty sure I want "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica for the first dance. My mom will probably get upset, but I don't care. I'm having all classical music (albeit beautiful classical music) in my ceremony, I deserve to party!

That would definitely have been my choice had I done a first dance! The S&M version, of course :))

The S&M version is fantastic!
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Post by: JadeAngel on April 06, 2011, 10:24:14 PM
I don't even have a BF yet, but I'm pretty sure I want "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica for the first dance. My mom will probably get upset, but I don't care. I'm having all classical music (albeit beautiful classical music) in my ceremony, I deserve to party!

You know, there's a string quartet called Apocalyptica that does classical covers of Metallica songs.  Maybe a compromise?  Their version of Nothing Else Matters is truly beautiful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTozgoj9OQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTozgoj9OQ)

That is awesome, if I ever get married I am absolutely stealing that idea. I'm thinking it would work really well as a processional when you walk down the aisle as well, if you were allowed/able to play it in your venue.
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Post by: Petticoats on April 13, 2011, 01:32:50 PM
I'm walking down the aisle to "It must be love" by Madness, our entrance song has been written for us (think Accidentally in love by Counting Crows kind of style), and our first dance is "little trip to heaven" by Tom Waits.
I really do want some Muppet music in our playlist, but alas, TTO has nixed that... :(

That's such a cool choice! That song is just charming--sweet without being soppy.
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Post by: Jacklad on April 16, 2011, 09:48:36 AM
It was originally a jazz piece, but the version I first heard (by Noemi Liba) had a definite Middle Eastern vibe with a string quartet giving the beat. You can listen to a 2 - minute sample here: http://www.noemiliba.com/index.php?s=6 (http://www.noemiliba.com/index.php?s=6) It's a beautiful song about married love, just...probably more appropriate for the bedroom.  :P

Actually, it's a Leonard Cohen song. Like many of his songs (Hallelujah come to mind), it has many layers and a definite sexual undertone, but it was originally inspired by the Holocaust.

You can read about his inspiration here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_Me_to_the_End_of_Love

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Post by: Snowy Owl on April 16, 2011, 01:11:33 PM
It was originally a jazz piece, but the version I first heard (by Noemi Liba) had a definite Middle Eastern vibe with a string quartet giving the beat. You can listen to a 2 - minute sample here: http://www.noemiliba.com/index.php?s=6 (http://www.noemiliba.com/index.php?s=6) It's a beautiful song about married love, just...probably more appropriate for the bedroom.  :P

Actually, it's a Leonard Cohen song. Like many of his songs (Hallelujah come to mind), it has many layers and a definite sexual undertone, but it was originally inspired by the Holocaust.

You can read about his inspiration here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_Me_to_the_End_of_Love

I love that song, but like many of Leonard Cohen's songs, it's much better in my view when someone else is singing it.  I like the Madelaine Peyroux version the best.  They often play that at tango socials and it's wonderful and inspiring to dance to. 
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Post by: Lauren on April 17, 2011, 05:55:46 AM
I went to a friend's wedding where the first dance was to this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJA92W-2dzU) called The Special Two. It's a stunning song.

The chorus makes sense for a wedding (we'll bleed together, we won't need others, we'll always be the special two) The first verse however makes it really very clear that this is about a wife who cheated on her husband (When you're young you have this image of your life: That you'll be scrupulous and one day even make a wife. And you make boundaries you'd never dream to cross, And if you happen to you wake completely lost.) It's not ambiguious in the slightest. I remember looking around the table and everyone had the same look on their face.

My DF and I are going with our first dance to 'I Can't Help Falling in Love' Lovely song and it makes me tear up every time.

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Post by: bduckie on April 18, 2011, 10:02:25 PM
I went to a friend's wedding where the first dance was to this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJA92W-2dzU) called The Special Two. It's a stunning song.

The chorus makes sense for a wedding (we'll bleed together, we won't need others, we'll always be the special two) The first verse however makes it really very clear that this is about a wife who cheated on her husband (When you're young you have this image of your life: That you'll be scrupulous and one day even make a wife. And you make boundaries you'd never dream to cross, And if you happen to you wake completely lost.) It's not ambiguious in the slightest. I remember looking around the table and everyone had the same look on their face.

My DF and I are going with our first dance to 'I Can't Help Falling in Love' Lovely song and it makes me tear up every time.



What really funny is if you know the artist (Missy Higgins) is a lesbian, and if I remember correctly, she was raised in a conservative Catholic family, who had issues with her orientation. It put a whole new spin on "Boundaries you never dream to cross", and also "One day even make a wife".
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Post by: violinp on May 02, 2011, 11:56:53 PM
My sister told me that people have used "She's Always a Woman" by Billy Joel as a father daughter song.


....

I don't even know. I give up.
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Post by: purplemuse on July 21, 2011, 08:03:06 AM
Poking around in the iTunes store, I saw that there was an instrumental version of "Be Still My Soul" on an album that touted itself as "wedding music."

http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/lyrics/tlh651.htm

While it's a beautiful hymn, and one of my favorites, I think I'd be wondering a little about the state of the relationship if I heard it in a wedding ceremony...

I mean, you only have to get as far as the second line to hear: "Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain."
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Post by: Wonderflonium on July 21, 2011, 08:38:30 AM
OK, I'm only on page 9, and I know this discussion was years ago, but Angel by Sarah McLachlan is played at funerals because it's about escaping your pain and demons in this world and being comforted in the arms of an angel. It was written for Johnathan Melvoin, who, yes, OD'd on heroin in a hotel room. However, it's about finally finding peace.

Sorry, had to get that out.  :)
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Post by: Wonderflonium on July 21, 2011, 08:51:23 AM
OK, my contribution. I read that Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (you know, Kelly Kapowski!) walked down the aisle to Wicked Game by Chris Isaak. *headdesk* Sample lyrics:

No I don't wanna fall in love
(This world is only gonna break your heart)
With you

I love The Civil Wars' version of Dance Me to the End of Love.
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Post by: Twik on July 21, 2011, 09:12:31 AM
Poking around in the iTunes store, I saw that there was an instrumental version of "Be Still My Soul" on an album that touted itself as "wedding music."

http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/lyrics/tlh651.htm

While it's a beautiful hymn, and one of my favorites, I think I'd be wondering a little about the state of the relationship if I heard it in a wedding ceremony...

I mean, you only have to get as far as the second line to hear: "Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain."

Well, that could make sense, in a ceremony that talks about "for better or for worse".
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Post by: stkatie00 on July 21, 2011, 09:27:35 AM
Poking around in the iTunes store, I saw that there was an instrumental version of "Be Still My Soul" on an album that touted itself as "wedding music."

http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/lyrics/tlh651.htm

While it's a beautiful hymn, and one of my favorites, I think I'd be wondering a little about the state of the relationship if I heard it in a wedding ceremony...

I mean, you only have to get as far as the second line to hear: "Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain."

Well, that could make sense, in a ceremony that talks about "for better or for worse".

Also, the melody is taken from "Finlandia," by Jean Sibelius, so while I don't think the hymn itself is in anyway inappropriate for a wedding, the tune itself is simply a lovely piece of classical music.

When DH and I got married, probably the only thing that could have raised eyebrows was the entrance of the wedding party to the reception-we went with the Barenaked Ladies "Who Needs Sleep?" mainly because by that point in the decision making process, I was just sick and tired of making decisions...And several of the members of the wedding party had been involved in the theater when we were all in high school, and lots of sleepless nights occurred!  DH and I entered to the fanfare from the Overture to the musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel."  It's one of our favorite musicals, and I thought it would be fun to have a fanfare! Otherwise, we danced our first dance to "Come Away with Me," by Nora Jones (it's in 3/4 time, so we were able to waltz to it!), the parent/child dance was "I Hope you Dance" by LeAnn Womack, and that was it for specialized music at the reception.  We weren't allowed to have secular music in the church for the ceremony, so no fun options there.
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Post by: Sirius on July 25, 2011, 12:23:31 PM
Our friend who is an operatic baritone sang at our wedding, and he sang "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof, "Ave Maria" (probably the first time "Ave Maria" has been sung in a Baptist church) and a song our worship band had performed, "Family Worship Song."  By the time he and I talked music I was so stressed I didn't care if he got up there and sang the ABC Song, but I knew I wanted "Family Worship Song."  In fact, I knew it from the first time we'd sung it, even before Mr. Sirius joined our band.

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Post by: jedikaiti on November 07, 2011, 06:07:19 PM
OK, I'm only on page 4 of this thread (so far) but I must ask...

...am I the only one reading this who can't help but think of the movie The Wedding Planner, when J-Lo's character (at work) is informed that she won the pool on how long a particular client's marriage would last, and she replies that they chose song X for the first dance, which puts them solidly in the [insert time range here] bracket?

Now I have to find it. Or rent the movie.
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Post by: Kendo_Bunny on November 07, 2011, 09:00:09 PM
Went to a wedding this weekend, and thought all their choices were lovely. The bride and groom's first dance was "You Were Meant For Me" from Singin' in the Rain.... that did cause me a moment of eyebrow raising. Not that the song isn't perfect (especially for this couple), but because of the back story of that number. Gene Kelly got so frustrated at Debbie Reynolds inexperienced dancing that he blew up at her and left her crying, curled up underneath a piano. Fred Astaire happened upon her and showed her how to do her dance, and everything went fine from there... but I can never hear that song without thinking of the usually classy Gene Kelly yelling.

The father-daughter dance started out as "Butterfly Kisses", then changed to the Star Wars Cantina Song, which was wonderful.
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Post by: HonorH on November 08, 2011, 01:00:10 PM
Went to a wedding this weekend, and thought all their choices were lovely. The bride and groom's first dance was "You Were Meant For Me" from Singin' in the Rain.... that did cause me a moment of eyebrow raising. Not that the song isn't perfect (especially for this couple), but because of the back story of that number. Gene Kelly got so frustrated at Debbie Reynolds inexperienced dancing that he blew up at her and left her crying, curled up underneath a piano. Fred Astaire happened upon her and showed her how to do her dance, and everything went fine from there... but I can never hear that song without thinking of the usually classy Gene Kelly yelling.

The father-daughter dance started out as "Butterfly Kisses", then changed to the Star Wars Cantina Song, which was wonderful.

I love the idea of Fred Astaire just dropping in whenever someone needs an inspirational music/dance number. You'll be glad to know Gene Kelly later apologized, and he and Debbie Reynolds were great friends until his death.

The Star Wars Cantina Song is a classic ragtime number. You could Charleston to it.
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Post by: mmmchocolate on December 19, 2011, 02:37:47 PM
OK, I'm only on page 9, and I know this discussion was years ago, but Angel by Sarah McLachlan is played at funerals because it's about escaping your pain and demons in this world and being comforted in the arms of an angel. It was written for Johnathan Melvoin, who, yes, OD'd on heroin in a hotel room. However, it's about finally finding peace.

Sorry, had to get that out.  :)

Actually, the angel in this song refers to heroin.  She talked about it in an interview years ago.
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Post by: blueyzca01 on February 01, 2012, 12:46:32 PM
OK, I'm only on page 4 of this thread (so far) but I must ask...

...am I the only one reading this who can't help but think of the movie The Wedding Planner, when J-Lo's character (at work) is informed that she won the pool on how long a particular client's marriage would last, and she replies that they chose song X for the first dance, which puts them solidly in the [insert time range here] bracket?

Now I have to find it. Or rent the movie.

I Honestly Love You by Olivia Newton-John


At my reception this past November, we deliberately played U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, so see if anyone whould notice.  We were both cracking up like a couple of loons when it came on, so everyone noticed.   You couldn't help but laugh.
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Post by: illusionmajik on February 01, 2012, 01:16:23 PM
I was worried about ours, but seeing some of the postings here, I don't feel as bad.  Granted we never had a 1st dance at a reception because we eloped.
But when we got home from the courthouse, hubby put this song on and we danced in the living room together.  Just us.

It was:
Don't Fade Away by Dead can Dance
I think the lyrics work, especially for us.

Don't fade away, my brown-eyed girl
Come walk with me, i'll fill your heart with joy
And we'll dance through our isolation.
Seeking solace in the wisdom we bestow
Turning thoughts to the here and ever after
Consuming fears in our fiery halos

Say what you mean, mean what you say
I've heard that innocence has led us all astray
But don't let them make you and break you
The world is filled with their broken empty dreams
Silence is their only virtue
Locked away inside their silent screams

But for now, let us dance away this starry night
Filled with the glow of fiery stars
And with the dawn our sun will rise
Bringing a symphony of bird cries

Don't bring me down now, let me stay here for awhile
You know life's too short, let me bathe here in your smile
I'm transcending the fall from the garden
Goodnight.

We just hit 9 years in December.  We're planning a big anniversary party on year 13 (Hey! It's lucky!)
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Post by: jedikaiti on January 17, 2013, 03:20:45 PM
I'm so happy this thread came up in the things-that-would-lead-to-a-restraining-order-IRL thread, now that I'm planning my own wedding. I need to remember to look to the Muppets for music ideas! :-)
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Post by: emwithme on January 17, 2013, 05:37:20 PM
I can't understand when people have "Careless Whisper" by George Michael (or was he still part of Wham! then?)  It's about a bloke who's feeling guilty that he's cheated!

My wedding was only last September (4 months and 2 days ago already...eek!) and I must admit that I chose the music - but did get DH's approval.  He's not musical at all (despite having attended a Cathedral school with a worldwide reputation for musical excellence) and I am. 

The music playing before the ceremony was taken from Mr Holland's Opus. 

I walked down the aisle to the piano version of Minuet in G Major by Bach (or Christian Petzold).  This was chosen because DH and I married on my mum's birthday - mum died when I was 16.  I had been taught this piece on the piano by a cousin for my mum's birthday when I was 5.  For me, it was a nice way of having her there, walking me down the aisle. 

We walked out to "Lovers Concerto" by The Toys.  As anyone who has seen Mr Holland's Opus knows, this is the same tune as the Minuet in G Major. 

When we were signing the register, a friend sang "Better than a Dream" by Katie Melua.  I was having a lazy morning in bed one day with the radio on and sleepily heard this wonderful song! 

Our first dance was to "You're in my Heart" by Rod Stewart.  We didn't have an "our song" but the lyrics just sum up how I feel about DH perfectly. 

We ended the night by dancing to "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton.  I just love this song, and always said I'd have it at my wedding. 
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Post by: BarensMom on January 17, 2013, 09:54:12 PM
Emwithme, you know that "You're in my Heart" is about football(soccer)?
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Post by: JennJenn68 on January 17, 2013, 10:03:13 PM
Since it's such a long thread, I haven't yet managed to go through the whole thing, but I'm wondering if anyone has pointed out the obvious yet?

I'm a church organist; have been on and off since I was eighteen.  (I'm in my forties now.)  It never ceases to amaze me how many brides insist on marching down the aisle to the music from "Lohengrin" ("Here Comes The Bride") by Wagner.  I suppose it's traditional, but anyone who's actually familiar with that opera would know how horribly inappropriate that particular music is for a "proper" wedding.  (At least two churches that I've played at have steadfastly refused to allow it to be played.  I don't judge; I just play 'em.  If the bride wants it and the minister allows it, I'll play it.  Even the "Taco Bell" Canon, which frankly bores me into insensibility so badly that it's all I can do not to fall asleep in mid-performance.)

I also call to mind Robert Heinlein's take on the traditional Mendelssohn recessional:  "Exactly like the cackle of a hen that has just managed to lay an egg!"  I almost lose it now every time I play it.

The weirdest thing I've ever been asked to play at a ceremony?  "Slave to Love" by Roxy Music.  (My brother's wedding.  I draw the curtain of charity over the ongoing horror of their twenty-plus year marriage--what can you say of a couple that only stay married because they can't afford to divorce?  Sad.)
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Post by: jedikaiti on January 18, 2013, 12:22:30 AM
OK, dish on "Here comes the bride"!
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Post by: violinp on January 18, 2013, 01:04:54 AM
OK, dish on "Here comes the bride"!

Well, it's a procession to the bridal chamber, so that would have been seen inappropriate. Also, it was a piece for theater, and many churches thought that was making a mockery of holy marriage.

The whole thing about him being one of Hitler's favorite composers didn't help Wagner's image either, though it was hardly his fault.
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Post by: nuit93 on January 18, 2013, 03:10:12 PM
I could never figure out why couples use Pachelbel's Canon in D for procession music.  Yes, it's pretty--but the poor cellist!

(If you haven't seen Pachelbel's Rant, I can't recommend it enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM)

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Post by: JacklynHyde on January 20, 2013, 08:15:31 PM
My brother wrote and played the music for my ceremony (he was on our great-grandfather's mandolin and his best friend played acoustic guitar).  Only other specific song planned was "Unforgettable" by Nat King and Natalie Cole, used for the father / daughter dance.  I was VERY mindful of this conversation as I planned things.
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Post by: FlyingBaconMouse on January 21, 2013, 08:34:18 AM
I could never figure out why couples use Pachelbel's Canon in D for procession music.  Yes, it's pretty--but the poor cellist!

(If you haven't seen Pachelbel's Rant, I can't recommend it enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM)

I had that in my wedding because my ex loved it, but when I was growing up, Pachelbel's Canon was used for years in ads for a local substance-abuse rehab center. So I did phone my father to explain why the [Center name] music was going to be in my wedding!  :)
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Post by: HET on January 28, 2013, 11:29:02 AM
When I walk up the aisle to marry my DF, it will be to a piano-only arrangement by a former keyboardist for Journey, who somehow combined "Don't Stop Believing" with "Here Comes the Bride." It's nice and short and really lovely.

After we are pronounced husband and wife, we're going to have the DJ crank up the chorus of "Don't Stop Believing" because we are totally corny and cheesy. And because it's my first marriage and I'll be a couple months over age 40 when we marry. And I'm just a small town girl and he's just a city boy, after all!

I think our first dance might be to Cheap Trick's "I Want you to Want me" because that's DF's favorite band other than the Ramones and I vetoed dancing to the Ramones for our first dance.  ;D
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Post by: Cat-Fu on January 28, 2013, 12:21:17 PM
OK, dish on "Here comes the bride"!

Well, it's a procession to the bridal chamber, so that would have been seen inappropriate. Also, it was a piece for theater, and many churches thought that was making a mockery of holy marriage.

The whole thing about him being one of Hitler's favorite composers didn't help Wagner's image either, though it was hardly his fault.

Well, I would assume it's more the part where the groom ditches the bride (because she asked what his name was) and then she dies of grief that JennJenn is referring to.
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Post by: Delia DeLyons on January 28, 2013, 10:31:07 PM
My BF & I just decided the other night that, should we ever get married, we must have our first dance be to the John Prine duet "In Spite of Ourselves" :-) We just both like the sweet, campy, disfunctional whimsy of the lyrics.  Unfortunately, I don't know the lady's name who joins him in this song... Hate not giving credit where due, but I can't search and type simult. on my mobile...
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Post by: Bellantara on January 28, 2013, 11:01:18 PM
My BF & I just decided the other night that, should we ever get married, we must have our first dance be to the John Prine duet "In Spite of Ourselves" :-) We just both like the sweet, campy, disfunctional whimsy of the lyrics.  Unfortunately, I don't know the lady's name who joins him in this song... Hate not giving credit where due, but I can't search and type simult. on my mobile...
The lady's name is Iris DeMent. . .
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Post by: Delia DeLyons on January 29, 2013, 04:47:13 PM
Thank you :-)
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Post by: Julia Mercer on February 03, 2013, 10:23:28 AM
My BF & I just decided the other night that, should we ever get married, we must have our first dance be to the John Prine duet "In Spite of Ourselves" :-) We just both like the sweet, campy, disfunctional whimsy of the lyrics.  Unfortunately, I don't know the lady's name who joins him in this song... Hate not giving credit where due, but I can't search and type simult. on my mobile...

DH's cousin and new wife danced to that at their wedding two years ago, it was cute, and suited them to a t!
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Post by: CLE_Girl on February 27, 2013, 11:14:01 AM
Haven't read the whole thread yet, but I wanted to add my wedding songs:

We had a classical guitarist for our ceremony music -

Processional:
Groom: Finally found a Love of a lifetime by Firehouse
Bride: 1,2,3,4, I love you by the plain white T's

Recssional: God only knows by the beachboys

The recessional song would have been our first dance if we had dancing (that or Only fools Rush in by Elvis).
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Post by: TheaterDiva1 on February 27, 2013, 11:35:31 AM
I dance in flash mobs, and I did one recently for a marriage proposal.  We did Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" which has a pretty chorus, but a friend told me later it's about a one-night stand.  Eat to start a future together!
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Post by: GSNW on March 04, 2013, 12:30:00 AM
What about when people pay attention to only part of the lyrics?  DH and I had our first dance to Edwin McCain's "I'll Be," which to me, is a song about making promises to be there for each other.  I still get misty-eyed when it comes on the radio!  But this part of the chorus:

I'll be your crying shoulder,
I'll be love's suicide
I'll be better when I'm older,
I'll be the greatest fan of your life.

Caused one of my aunts (Fern, incidentally, if you read about her lovely email) to ask my Grandma, "Why are they dancing to a song about SUICIDE?!"  My Grandma and I giggled about it later!

I have been to a few weddings where the HC danced to Boyz II Men's "End of the Road."  That is a breakup song, but it's a great song!
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Post by: Kendo_Bunny on March 04, 2013, 08:51:03 PM
I actually almost did this. Not for a wedding, but I only heard the chorus to the Goo Goo Doll's "Slide", which I thought sounded really romantic.



Then I looked up the rest of the words and found out it was a song about teenagers from strict Catholic homes trying to decide what to do about an unplanned pregnancy  :-[
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Post by: DistantStar on March 16, 2013, 09:46:00 AM
(If you haven't seen Pachelbel's Rant, I can't recommend it enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM)

I can't recommend finding a cellist to watch this with enough.  It was sent to me by a dear friend who was one.  It's fall-on-floor funny!
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Post by: stormyskies on May 07, 2013, 10:01:16 PM
(If you haven't seen Pachelbel's Rant, I can't recommend it enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM)

I can't recommend finding a cellist to watch this with enough.  It was sent to me by a dear friend who was one.  It's fall-on-floor funny!


Hahaha I love that rant:"When you walk to school with a cello you're like a wounded gazelle on the Serengeti"

My sister (a vocalist) assures me that ALL musicians hate Pachelbels Canon, not just the cellists. Anything that is played over and over again eventually acquires a certain punitive effect  :P

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Post by: Chivewarrior on May 08, 2013, 01:13:47 PM
(If you haven't seen Pachelbel's Rant, I can't recommend it enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM)

I can't recommend finding a cellist to watch this with enough.  It was sent to me by a dear friend who was one.  It's fall-on-floor funny!


Hahaha I love that rant:"When you walk to school with a cello you're like a wounded gazelle on the Serengeti"

My sister (a vocalist) assures me that ALL musicians hate Pachelbels Canon, not just the cellists. Anything that is played over and over again eventually acquires a certain punitive effect  :P
Coming from a school with a stronger-than-average traditional music program (we have very large banjo, fiddle, and mandolin classes), it doesn't get as strong hate here simply because when was the last time you ever heard Pachelbel's Canon on the banjo? Though now I kind of want someone to do that...

In that same traditional music program, I've heard several people saying things along the lines of "Someday, I'm going to play Wagon Wheel at my wedding!" which isn't as inappropriate as a lot of the stuff here, but it's still about hitchhiking, losing all your money at poker, and... possibly drugs; I'm not totally sure what the singer is meant to have been doing with the trucker they hitchhiked with.
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Post by: *new*mommyagain36 on May 09, 2013, 11:56:05 AM
^ My 2 year old DD LOVES Wagon Wheel (Darius Rucker sings it now).  She like to sing "Rock me Mama" and "hey, Mama rock me" - when she wants *me* to sit and rock with *her*   ;D

Also, just my 2 cents but Lovesong by The Cure is beautiful and definitely a great wedding song!
DD and DH/ I dance to Guns and Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine" all the time, I could see her using that as her Daddy/Daughter dance someday.  She loves it.
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Post by: BB-VA on June 03, 2013, 08:32:18 PM
(If you haven't seen Pachelbel's Rant, I can't recommend it enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM)

I can't recommend finding a cellist to watch this with enough.  It was sent to me by a dear friend who was one.  It's fall-on-floor funny!

So is Rockelbel's Canon:

http://youtu.be/LV5_xj_yuhs
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Post by: RebeccainGA on June 04, 2013, 09:08:12 AM
There are two unconventional/obscure songs that (when) DP and I can get legally married, I want played. Yes, we've had two small wedding ceremonies. No, that doesn't mean that I can't have a 'real' one when it's legal, and darn it, I want one where I don't have to do anything but be the bride on my wedding day for once!

One is the James Taylor song "New Hymn" - http://www.lyricsfreak.com/j/james+taylor/new+hymn_20069195.html
It's sort of an invocation to all the power of the world - God, science, love, life. Makes me cry, often, hearing it - it's just so powerful.

The other one is really light hearted, and lovely, and was what I thought of when DP gave me my engagement ring. She had a really hard time affording anything, and then stumbled into a sale and was able to buy me *two* of the same ring (it's a tiny eternity set, 1/4 carat total each, but with two soldered together it goes from 'tiny ring' to something really magnificent - a metaphor for marriage if I've ever heard one!). It's called "Cracker Jack Ring", by a family friend, Pierce Pettis. http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/lyricsdetail.php?lyrics_id=50719

My favorite part?

"I worked a whole year – toil, sweat and tears, and I sold my red Trans Am,
Baby, I don’t mind – I’d do it anytime, just to put that ring on your hand,
It’s just a little stone, and don’t think I don’t know you could do a lot better than me,
I’m such a lucky guy and, baby, that is why that ain’t no cracker jack ring."
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Post by: Redsoil on June 04, 2013, 09:49:28 AM
A couple of people thought one of our wedding songs in the church was a bit strange:

Plaisir D'amour

 The joy of love is but a moment long;
The pain of love endures a whole life long.
Your eyes kissed mine; I saw the love in them shine;
You brought me heaven right then when your eyes kissed mine.
My love loves me, and all the wonders I see;
A rainbow shines in my window; my love loves me.
But now he's gone, like a dream that fades into dawn,
But the words stay locked in my heartstrings, "My love loves me."
The joy of love is but a moment long,
The pain of love endures a whole life long.

...and I suppose to some it would be a bit maudlin.  However, it was an acknowledgement that love isn't just sunshine and roses, that marriage was about the pain of love, and enduring, as well.  Plus, we'd had a long-distance relationship for the first year, so knew the pain of missing someone when they were away.
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Post by: cabbagegirl28 on June 04, 2013, 01:04:23 PM
A couple of people thought one of our wedding songs in the church was a bit strange:

Plaisir D'amour

The joy of love is but a moment long;
The pain of love endures a whole life long.
Your eyes kissed mine; I saw the love in them shine;
You brought me heaven right then when your eyes kissed mine.
My love loves me, and all the wonders I see;
A rainbow shines in my window; my love loves me.
But now he's gone, like a dream that fades into dawn,
But the words stay locked in my heartstrings, "My love loves me."
The joy of love is but a moment long,
The pain of love endures a whole life long.

...and I suppose to some it would be a bit maudlin.  However, it was an acknowledgement that love isn't just sunshine and roses, that marriage was about the pain of love, and enduring, as well.  Plus, we'd had a long-distance relationship for the first year, so knew the pain of missing someone when they were away.

Well, "Plaisir d'amour" is also a French song which is about a man singing about his ungrateful love, Sylvia, because she took another lover. I could understand why people might be confused for that reason, but I think that the song you used is lovely. I'm glad you could find something you both loved.
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Post by: Anyanka on June 08, 2013, 09:05:59 PM
When we got married in a British regisrty office, we were told we could have any song not normally played in a religious setting as our tune and I  so wanted to play "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath..

Fortunatly good taste got the better of me.
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Post by: Rapunzel1974 on June 14, 2013, 12:15:36 AM
Worst aisle entrance song I ever heard: "Lady Marmalade".  It's basically about a man who is successfully solicited by, well, a lady of the first profession.  There are some pretty explicit lyrics but they're in French.

I kind of sat there with my eyes bugging out, thinking: "sweet cherry tomatoes!  Please let me be the only person in this hall who understands French!"  If I wasn't, nobody else let on.
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Post by: Twik on June 18, 2013, 08:59:42 AM
Oh sweet heavens! I would be so trying not to burst into hysterical laughter!

Nothing like walking down the aisle to music boldly soliciting.
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Post by: lollylegs on July 10, 2013, 10:03:21 PM
My cousin and his wife chose 'Baby Got Back' for their first dance because, to use their words, it was a song that followed them throughout their relationship - it was playing the first time they met, when my cousin asked her out, in the car on their first date. It was fun watching them try to slow dance to it!
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Post by: Bethczar on July 13, 2013, 02:29:33 PM
My cousin and his wife chose 'Baby Got Back' for their first dance because, to use their words, it was a song that followed them throughout their relationship - it was playing the first time they met, when my cousin asked her out, in the car on their first date. It was fun watching them try to slow dance to it!
There is a mellow, slow version of it - can't remember who sings it. I heard it one night as background music at a bar/restaurant. I kind of like it.  ;D
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Post by: lollylegs on July 14, 2013, 01:15:44 AM
My cousin and his wife chose 'Baby Got Back' for their first dance because, to use their words, it was a song that followed them throughout their relationship - it was playing the first time they met, when my cousin asked her out, in the car on their first date. It was fun watching them try to slow dance to it!
There is a mellow, slow version of it - can't remember who sings it. I heard it one night as background music at a bar/restaurant. I kind of like it.  ;D

That sounds really great! I'll have to look that one up, thanks.
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Post by: JacklynHyde on July 14, 2013, 04:29:15 PM
There is a lounge version of it done by Richard Cheese.  He does lounge versions of some of the most insane music imaginable.
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Post by: lady_disdain on July 14, 2013, 06:39:19 PM
(If you haven't seen Pachelbel's Rant, I can't recommend it enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM)

I can't recommend finding a cellist to watch this with enough.  It was sent to me by a dear friend who was one.  It's fall-on-floor funny!


Hahaha I love that rant:"When you walk to school with a cello you're like a wounded gazelle on the Serengeti"

My sister (a vocalist) assures me that ALL musicians hate Pachelbels Canon, not just the cellists. Anything that is played over and over again eventually acquires a certain punitive effect  :P
Coming from a school with a stronger-than-average traditional music program (we have very large banjo, fiddle, and mandolin classes), it doesn't get as strong hate here simply because when was the last time you ever heard Pachelbel's Canon on the banjo? Though now I kind of want someone to do that...

Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkphRouMbBg
A less painful version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGL96G5Ai-w
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Post by: Auryn Grigori on October 11, 2013, 02:42:36 AM
My cousin and his wife chose 'Baby Got Back' for their first dance because, to use their words, it was a song that followed them throughout their relationship - it was playing the first time they met, when my cousin asked her out, in the car on their first date. It was fun watching them try to slow dance to it!
There is a mellow, slow version of it - can't remember who sings it. I heard it one night as background music at a bar/restaurant. I kind of like it.  ;D
Jonathon Coulton. He is awesome. He also did a song called "I'm Your Moon." It was based on the whole Pluto not being a planet thing, with Charon consoling the no longer planet
That sounds really great! I'll have to look that one up, thanks.
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Post by: Auryn Grigori on October 11, 2013, 02:47:15 AM
One of the weirdest songs I have ever hear for a wedding (this one in Glee, and the show has a habit of inappropriate songs) was Bruno Mars' "I Think I Wanna Marry You." To me, a song about getting married because you have nothing better to do is a bit odd. "It's a beautiful night, we're looking for something dumb to do, hey baby, I think I want to marry you." What every woman wants to hear as a proposal. >:D
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Post by: WolfWay on October 11, 2013, 04:37:37 AM
My cousin and his wife chose 'Baby Got Back' for their first dance because, to use their words, it was a song that followed them throughout their relationship - it was playing the first time they met, when my cousin asked her out, in the car on their first date. It was fun watching them try to slow dance to it!
There is a mellow, slow version of it - can't remember who sings it. I heard it one night as background music at a bar/restaurant. I kind of like it.  ;D
Jonathon Coulton. He is awesome. He also did a song called "I'm Your Moon." It was based on the whole Pluto not being a planet thing, with Charon consoling the no longer planet
That sounds really great! I'll have to look that one up, thanks.
If you like unusual cover versions of songs, John Cheese does lounge singer covers of alternative/rock/rap/metal songs. They are... odd.  ;D
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Post by: lollylegs on October 15, 2013, 01:49:36 AM
One of the weirdest songs I have ever hear for a wedding (this one in Glee, and the show has a habit of inappropriate songs) was Bruno Mars' "I Think I Wanna Marry You." To me, a song about getting married because you have nothing better to do is a bit odd. "It's a beautiful night, we're looking for something dumb to do, hey baby, I think I want to marry you." What every woman wants to hear as a proposal. >:D

There was an 90s R&B song called Let's Get Married that was similar. I remember dancing to it at school discos and not really paying attention to the lyrics, then I heard the chorus properly on the radio one day - 'Meet me at the altar in your white dress/We aint getting no younger girl so we might as well do it' - and was shocked!
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Post by: Lady Snowdon on November 01, 2013, 06:30:39 PM
When a cousin of DH's got married, his bride chose the song "Phantom of the Opera" to walk down the aisle!  It was played by a string trio, so at least it wasn't immediately identifiable, but it felt a little weird.  I mean, it's Phantom of the Opera!  The songs are beautiful and awesome and I love them, but not as wedding music. 

Of course, some people thought I had weird songs playing before the wedding actually started, as people were being seated.  My grandmother had made a joking comment a few months prior to my wedding that she was surprised I wasn't trying to incorporate Singin' in the Rain or Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in my wedding (those being two of my favorite movies of all time, and being love stories).  I found copies of piano sheet music for some of the songs from those movies and asked our pianist to play them as people were being seated.  My grandmother tells me she almost fell off her pew from laughing upon hearing "Singin' in the Rain" and "Bless Yore Beautiful Hide" as people were coming in!
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Post by: Ki on November 01, 2013, 08:52:29 PM
We had karaoke at our reception, and I heard comments about the appropriateness of a couple songs DH and I chose to sing:
DH: Sit On My Face (Monty Python)
Me: Underneath Your Clothes (Shakira)

FWIW, DH was singing "Sit On My Face" with several of his buddies the night we met, and I think "Underneath Your Clothes" is very sweet, if a few of the lyrics are suggestive.

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Post by: Mal on November 22, 2013, 06:43:54 AM
When my best friend decided on the music for her wedding ceremony, at first she was adamant she wanted Lionel Richie's "Easy".
English isn't our first language, but both she and I speak it fluently, and still it took me pointing out that the lyrics weren't exactly appropriate for a wedding (you know... "I just can't stand the pain", "I'm leaving you tomorrow" and so on) to change her mind...

Then again, I may have committed a similar blunder when I sang the Good Charlotte song "Dancefloor Anthem", which is basically about breaking up, to a karaoke bar full of hen night participants ;)
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Post by: Fi on November 24, 2013, 07:15:48 AM
A friend of mine threatened to walk down the aisle to The Rains of Castermere. She didn't, but all the couple's sf friends (ie, pretty much everyone) appreciated the joke.
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Post by: katycoo on November 24, 2013, 05:25:48 PM
Our friend who is an operatic baritone sang at our wedding, and he sang "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof, "Ave Maria" (probably the first time "Ave Maria" has been sung in a Baptist church) and a song our worship band had performed, "Family Worship Song."  By the time he and I talked music I was so stressed I didn't care if he got up there and sang the ABC Song, but I knew I wanted "Family Worship Song."  In fact, I knew it from the first time we'd sung it, even before Mr. Sirius joined our band.

Really?  Why would you say that?
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Post by: Sharnita on November 27, 2013, 05:26:49 AM
Our friend who is an operatic baritone sang at our wedding, and he sang "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof, "Ave Maria" (probably the first time "Ave Maria" has been sung in a Baptist church) and a song our worship band had performed, "Family Worship Song."  By the time he and I talked music I was so stressed I didn't care if he got up there and sang the ABC Song, but I knew I wanted "Family Worship Song."  In fact, I knew it from the first time we'd sung it, even before Mr. Sirius joined our band.

Really?  Why would you say that?

I would guess because it is the Catholic prayer "Hail Mary" which is a prayer that has not been embraced by Protestants. Baptists are not commonly big Maryists.