Which, basically, is showtunes, oldies (Judy Garland anyone?), big band, classical and maaaaybe some generic pop and fun eighties hits. Which basically means that all the music at our wedding is going to be generic pop and fun eighties hits. :-)
I'm getting around it in a few ways, like having the oldies played during mingling and dinner, and using film scores for the ceremony entrance and exit. However, the showtunes are out. They just don't GO with a wedding, according to Mr Slippers. Sorry Judy, Barbra and Linda. And the cast of Wicked.
At this point we have yet to decide on all the important music. I know, it's cutting it a bit close. This is what we have so far:
General Background Music while guests mingle and seat themselves for the ceremony: I haven't picked these out entirely, but they will mostly be film scores with a bit of Mozart (for sure) and other classical pieces thrown in. No Wagner, please!
Bridal Party Entrance (ceremony): Theme from The Cider House Rules by Rachel Portman, or Benedick the Married Man from Much Ado About Nothing by Patrick Doyle.
Bride's Entrance (ceremony): Theme from Father of the Bride by Alan Silvestri.
Bride & Groom Exit (ceremony): PM's Love Theme from Love Actually by Craig Armstrong.
This is where stuff goes a bit wonky. We have NO Clue what to use for our reception introduction. So onto the next thing, where our inate geekniness is now revealed:
First Dance: Under Your Spell by Amber Benson, from the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer musical episode, Once More With Feeling.
Father/Mother/Daughter Dance: (I'm dancing with both my parents for this one) The Way You Look Tonight by Steve Tyrell. It's the version from Father of the Bride, to keep a running theme going, and it makes my mom cry. Ok, and it makes me cry too.
First Song for Everyone to join in: I'm a Believer by Smashmouth. This song is just fun, kickass, and everyone knows it. I love it!
There then follows a long list of party-fun hits, to be played as the DJ thinks is appropriate. I hope I can trust him.
|Sisters are doing it for themselves||Aretha Franklin & Annie Lennox|
|Love in the First Degree||Bananarama|
|Manic Monday||Bangles, The|
|Leave a Light On||Belinda Carlisle|
|Uptown Girl||Billy Joel|
|Video Killed the Radio Star||Buggles|
|Girls Just Wanna Have Fun||Cyndi Lauper|
|Come on Eileen||Dexy's Midnight Runners|
|I Love to Hate You||Erasure|
|She Drives me Crazy||Fine Young Cannibals|
|King of Wishful Thinking||Go West|
|500 Miles||Proclaimers, The|
|Power of Love||Huey Lewis|
|Walking on Sunshine||Katrina & the Waves|
|Beds are Burning||Midnight Oil|
|Spirit in the Sky||Norman Greenbaum|
|I Touch Myself||Divinyls|
|Jump for my Love||Pointer Sisters|
|It's Raining Men||Weather Girls|
|Wake me up before you go go||Wham|
|My First the last my Everything||Barry White|
|Stayin Alive||Bee Gees|
|I Will Survive||Gloria Gaynor|
|Brown Eyed Girl||Van Morrison|
|In Your Eyes||Kylie Minogue|
|Don't Call me Baby||Madison Avenue|
|Nellie the Elephant||Toy Dolls|
|Like a Prayer||Madonna|
|Wake up Call||Maroon 5|
|I'll be there for you (Friends)||Rembrandts|
|I Don't Feel Like Dancing||Scissor Sisters|
|Kiss Me||Sixpence None the Richer|
|Simply the Best||Tina Turner|
|One Day in your Life||Anastacia|
|You and Your Hand||Pink (any other Pink)|
|Come out & Play||Offspring|
|Somebody to Love||Queen|
|All the Small Things||Blink 182|
|Breakfast at Tiffany's||Deep Blue Something|
|It's The End of the World as we Know it||REM|
|I Held her in my Arms||Violent Femmes|
|Wherever You Will Go||The Calling|
|Kryptonite||3 Doors Down|
|New Age Girl||DeadEye Dick|
|Johnny B Good||Chuck Berry|
|Rock around the Clock||Bill Haley|
It's kind of a weird mix, but I like it! And I told the DJ that he doesn't HAVE to play all of these, especially if they're not working, but if they are, then let loose with the list! And that he could mix in some other current stuff but not to play any rap or R & B. Or doof doof crap.
Last Dance: Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland. I had to bring this in somewhere, since it's my favourite song and artist of all Time.
Does anyone else still cry in The Wizard of Oz when she sings?
So that's our music....sort of. I'm really worried about it, actually, because I love music and singing so much that it's always a big part of why I enjoy parties or not. And my DJ, thinking that people like line-dancing favourites and pumping choons, is not helping. I doubt that 98% of my guests would want that crap. *Sigh* I just hope it works out in the end. I hear so many bad DJ stories.