If you’re anything like me, you know the importance of choosing your wedding music: it sets the tone, pace, and atmosphere, makes your guests feel included, etc etc etc. It’s SO important!! With all that said, if you’re like me, wedding music was way down on the budget priorities list (have you made your budget yet? see my post here!). I ended up creating our wedding music list the weekend of our wedding – that was stressful don’t do it! – with the help of our entire wedding party passing my laptop around adding songs. While it was super stressful to have something as important as music lingering over my head until the last minute, it was awesome having input from so many people (guys and girls) when making those lists.
David and I were fortunate enough to have a family friend, Tommy, with a freaking fantastic audio system (all the speakers and mics we could ever need) who lent us both his equipment and his time being our sound guy for the evening. I created specific playlists on Spotify for each part of the day so all he had to do was transition, pause, and hit play!
The playlists I created for our wedding day are:
Getting ready with my ladies
Pre-ceremony (while guests were seated) + cocktail hour
First dance songs
I still get teary the instant our ceremony songs are played – they were just so perfect!!
Wedding ceremony songs: We had a rather short ceremony (which I loved) and a pretty avery sized wedding party. Our parents and wedding party walked in to A Thousand Years by The Piano Guys, I walked in with my dad to Pachelbel Canon In D by Grace Churchill (all the tears), and we excited to Halo by Beyoncé. Yes. I exited to Beyoncé with probably the biggest smile I’ve ever had on my face.
Wedding cocktail hour and pre-ceremony playlist: This is the playlist where I pretty much dumped all of my very favorite music and all the lovey songs! Most of my favorite music would’t work for the reception (think: Jack Johnson and Mumford) so I got to play it here! This music worked perfectly to be played in the background during these parts of the evening, but if you wanted to listen to just the music you could stop and sing along. I made this playlist public on Spotify so you can check it out here.
Wedding first dance songs: We didn’t want to make the first dances overly sad or serious, and we really didn’t want them to drag out painfully! We had our audio guy fade each song out at 2 minutes so they didn’t go on forever. David and I danced to Angel by Jack Johnson (a song I wanted as our first dance song since David gave me the CD in 2012), my dad and I danced to Carolina Girls by General Johnson & The Chairmen of the Board, and David and his mom danced to How Sweet It Is by James Taylor.
Wedding reception playlist: This was the playlist that took a lot more effort to make than I expected! You have to think about ALL of your guests (so keep it family friendly if there are little kids in attendance) and keep the songs relevant enough that everyone will want to dance. On my RSVP cards I asked for what song they wanted to hear and got SO many great recommendations… but I left them all at home when I went to North Carolina for the wedding. Major fail. With the help of our wedding party, we cooked up a fun, three hour long, playlist for dancing the night away after the wedding. This one is also public on Spotify now so you can check it out here!
I hope this helps provide a real-girl example of music for your wedding! I would love to hear from y’all, what song was (or will be) your first dance to? What song did you walk in to?