#WeddingWednesday: DIY Wedding Day Music

I’m DJ-ing my own wedding.

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I wish DJ Roomba would play my wedding.

I thought this would be pretty easy – I’m a musician, Clay is really a musician, we love a wide variety of tune-age. Finding songs that we like should be no problem, right?

Well. Kind of.

As it turns out, we both have pretty strong criteria for our playlists and while we like many genres and styles of music, it’s hard to sift through that many songs! And, we don’t want any of our ceremony music to feel cliched – because as pretty as Pachelbel’s Canon is, I am not walking down the aisle to it. Nope. (Not judging anyone who has used that piece, I’ve just played it one too many times, and the cello part blows.)

It’s also tricky to pick all of your own music for not only the ceremony, but also for dinner and dancing. That’s a lot of moods and styles to figure out and balance. (And let’s be honest, I really just want to dance.)

Basically, the Bravermans are #goals

Basically, the Bravermans are #goals

Needless to say,  I have a large spreadsheet mapping out our current favorites and ideas. The dancing and dinner portions of the evening don’t seem to be giving me as much trouble as the ceremony part – which isn’t really surprising, as it is the most personal and is when people will be the most tuned-in to what the music says and how it makes them feel.

Consequently, that means that I am over-thinking this portion like whoa. Because I want to avoid cliche, and I want the ceremony to be true to our music style, I’m finding myself wading through all of my favorite music and getting seriously distracted. “Oooh, I like that!” “OH! I like that too.”  “Dave Matthews needs to be in here somewhere” “Also probably Paul Simon?” “HOW COULD I FORGET JOHN WILLIAMS?!”

You see my problem.

Fortunately, the lovely folks at Wedding Paper Divas have a super helpful tool to help with this kind of indecision. Their Wedding Song interactive is categorized by event within the wedding day, and then browse-able by genre and decade.

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I spent about twenty minutes poking through their selections for processionals, as that’s where most of my indecision has been, and I was pleased to find a song I didn’t know existed that now I want to use! Who knew that John Mayer covered Beyonce’s “XO”? Okay. Clay knew. But I didn’t, and I’m kind of obsessed with it.

I’m really looking forward to continuing to play around with this tool as we build our playlists for Wedding Day – there’s still a lot of fine-tuning to do and this will be a great resource to inspire us.

What are some of the most unique wedding songs you’ve heard? Best? Worst?

5 thoughts on “#WeddingWednesday: DIY Wedding Day Music

  1. First off, you will have to play cello for Jenn and me.

    Jay and I walked out to the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes version of All My Loving and our first dance was to Louie Armstrong’s A Kiss to Build a Dream On. We have very strong opinions on our music too… to the point where when our DJ started play Kenny G during the meal we sent my bro in law to the DJ to tell him, um, no.

    On our must play list was Friends In Low Places and I still have vivid memories of Jay dancing with all my friends to the Beastie Boys Girls. We finished the night with Norah Jones Come Away With Me. And Kyle, this was 13 plus years ago. And I still remember this so that must tell you something given I can’t remember what I did yesterday.

    • Yo. Those are excellent song choices! Our list includes a lot of DMB (shocking, I know), jazz standards, classical, folk/alt rock, and some solid get down tunes.

      Someone find me a cello. I’ll play for youuuu.

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