Wedding Music Suggestions

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  1. Arcee

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    Well as some of you know Gary and I are getting married in 3 days. Since money is tight we decided to not hire a dj for the reception and the church doesn't have a band or any music that they play. Basically we have to record the music we want onto cds and play it over a microphone from a cd player. So the only song that I know I want for the reception is Butterfly Kisses for the father/daughter dance.
    Can you guys give me any suggestions for both the reception and ceremony?

    Thanks,
    Luisa
     
  2. Skor

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    I've done many Weddings in my role as a DJ... Some pointers I'd give any DJ ata wedding... some will apply I guess:

    - Never underestimate the power of Van Morrison as warm up music.

    - Start with easy listening pop from the 70's and 80's, with occasional modern hits thrown in. For example: Phil Collins > ABBA > Justin Timberlake > The Fratellis > Bon Jovi. Mix up time periods and fluctuate between pop and soft rock.

    - Avoid tracks with swearing in. As silly as it sounds, some people will get offended.

    - Don't play anything with an overly long intro, if it's a request, mix past the intro as there's nothing that stops people dancing faster than an overly long plinky plonky piano solo.

    - There are six or seven 'Flatliners'. These are songs that can be played if all else fails and people are leaving the dancefloor. Use in emergency only. In the UK they tend to be:

    0 Queen: Don't Stop Me Now
    0 MC Hammer: You Can't Touch This
    0 Guns n' Roses: Sweet Child O' Mine
    0 Bon Jovi: Living On A Prayer
    0 The Village People (ANY)
    0 The Commitments: Mustang Sally
    0 Dexy's Midnight Runners: Come On Eileen

    - Always play 'New York, New York' at the end.

    - No matter how much they offer, don't turn it back on once you're finished. You'll never get to leave.
     
  3. Team Jetfire

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    I want Skor at my event!

    If I cant throw anything out it is to play What a wonderful word/somewhere over the rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. I wish I could have used it at my wedding.
     
  4. Omega Supreme-1

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    I really don't know your taste in music, and I honestly can't think of half of the artist names. Though i'm going to list all the love songs that I personally like, and maybe you've heard/like a few of them.

    And Forever from the Big O Soundtrack (Trust me it's a beautiful song)
    Everything I Do I Do it for You
    I Don't Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith
    Can you Feel the Love Tonight by Michael Bolton
    Endless Love
    Heaven by Bryan Adams
    How Do I Live
    I Knew I Love You Before I Met You by Savage Garden
    Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
    Back at One by Brian McKnight
    Angel of Mine
    I Swear
    A Whole New World from the Aladin Soundtrack
    Every Breath You Take by the Police
    I'll Be Your Wish
    Because you Loved Me
    On the Wings of Love

    I've honestly never been to a wedding, but from my understanding it's not that different than any other dance function (when it comes to the reception/ceremony/after part). After all, your guests are either married couples, and/or bring dates for the most part. So you are going to want slow music that's mostly love songs I would think. I could be wrong about all this, and i'm not really up on contemporary music.
     
  5. MegaMoonMan

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    I don't know about what music you want, but I would recommend an MP3 player instead of burning multiple CDs - it just makes things easier.

    The girl and I are trying to come with a list of our own for our wedding in September, and there's a lot of contention over what music to put in the iPod. We also rented a small yet powerful self-contained speaker system to plug it into. We were told a boombox just wouldn't cut it in a large hall filled with people.
     
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  6. Lance Halberd

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    A few years back I made wedding music CD for my sister's ceremony. The church she had it in refused to play it, because a CD wasn't "traditional", so at the last minute, we had to fork out a crapload of money for musicians and the church organist/music director and the sheet music for them to play said music.

    Here's the track list:

    Seating Music:
    J.S. Bach - Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake)
    Vivaldi - Cello Concerto in E flat - Allegro
    Handel - Concerto in G minor - Allegro
    Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
    Vivaldi - La Primavera (Spring) - Allegro
    Handel - Water Music - Hornpipe
    Canadian Brass - Pachelbel's Canon in D trumpet voluntary
    J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G - Allegro
    Canadian Brass - Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus

    Bridal Party Processional:
    Pachelbel - Canon in D

    Mothers' and Grandmothers' Processional:
    J.S. Bach (arranged by Gounod) - Ave Maria

    Bridal Processional:
    Clarke - The Prince of Denmark's March

    Lighting of the Unity Candle:
    J.S. Bach - Air on the G String

    Recessional:
    Charpentier - Prelude to Te Deum

    As an alternate recessional, I had Korb & Roever's Highland Cathedral as my brother-in-law was a fire fighter at the time in Natick, and was going to have his department's pipers lead the recessional out of the church, but the church wouldn't allow that either.

    Anyway, if any of this music piques your interest, let me know, and I'll send it your way.
     
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    Wow, Lance, that church sucks. We are avoiding the church ceremony altogether, for reasons similar to those. Too many rules we don't agree with or need. The DIY approach has been working well so far.
     
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    Also, be warned for a small venue (such as a church hall) I take a pair of 500w Gemini PA Speakers, and all associated kit and still have to turn it up by around 10pm for it to be heard at the back of the venue.

    Don't expect a stereo to be heard clearly much further than 10 metres away in a crowded hall, the acoustics when playing to a crowd in a large area are just terrible.

    Also be wary of using a microphone as it will distort and give terrible feedback if the input is too loud for it (which it will undoubtably be), so try to think around that.

    If possible, hire a PA system. The speakers, Amp, Mixer and decks (or an eclosed system) shouldn't cost more than £140 to hire and will give you a much simpler time, despite all the knobs and buttons.

    For a nightclub I have a pair of 900w Geminis paired with two subs and three monitors. That's how to make something loud.

    And for added effect, if you were here in the UK, I'd certainly do it for just my expenses for you :p 
     
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    Grats Arcee!

    Use Stan Bush's Ground Zero is the awesome.
     
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    All great suggestions thanks. Unfortunately the mic/pa system is the only option for now.
     
  11. Sector Seven

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    My wife and I had Shania Twain's "From This Moment" as our wedding song. :) 
     
  12. Optimus Scourge

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    AAAAAAAHHHHH, Two days left!

    Thanks for the suggestions, guys.
     
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    At my friends wedding they played 80's metal the whole night. It was awesome.
     
  14. KA

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    play some simply red.
     
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    Celebration by Kool and the Gang. I have never been to a reception where this song wasn't played.
     
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    ooh, ooh, september! not the sisqo version.
     
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    Somehow, someway you gotta get the Chicken Dance on there, and the Macarana.
     
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    Nice. We used Grieg's Wedding Day at Troldhaugen for my sister's recessional. Upbeat yet dignified.

    She's divorced now, ha!
     
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    I don't know if this have been suggested but here goes:

    "You got the touch" - Stan Bush.

    *Runs for cover*
     
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    I'm getting married too (at the end of July) and the easy answer to this is: no music. At least, that's what we're doing. Problem solved! ;)  Everybody's gonna bring their own mp3 players and headphones and that's it! I kid, I kid (about the latter, anyway).

    Back to your predicament, I agree with MMM, just bring along a cheap MP3 player and plug it into a small amp or something; so much simpler!
     

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