Post # 1
One thing I knew from the start was that I did not want traditional classical music for our wedding ceremony. I grew up listening to my dad play the acoustic guitar and I just have a real emotional connection to that kind of music. My dad has a job during the ceremony (walking me down the aisle!), so I asked my cousin to be our ceremony musician and I am SO excited he agreed! Here are the songs I’m thinking about for our ceremony, and I’d love some opinions on if these all work together! I’m pretty set on the bride processional and the ceremony song, but the bridal party processional and recessional I’m less certain about:
God Only Knows (Beach Boys)- bridal party processional
Here There and Everywhere (Beatles, acoustic only with no lyrics)- bride processional
Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)- song during the ceremony (FI loves this song and picked it, so this is pretty non-negotiable)
How Sweet It Is (James Taylor)- recessional (is this upbeat enough? upbeat + acoustic don’t often jive..)
Post # 3
I love that! We aren’t doing traditional songs either. I think depending on the person there’s no need to be stuffy 🙂
Post # 5
ahh… now with Sloth’s post I’m rethinking our recessional! lol. That is such a great song (You’re my Best Friend- Queen). Good thing I can’t find a good acoustic translation…
Post # 6
I love those choices! We also did untraditional choices–groom and bridesmaids walked down to an instrumental of “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, I walked down to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson, and we recessed to “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve.
Post # 7
@hilsy85: That’s so cool! Nothing else Matters is a song that just really speaks to me on so many levels. I also think it is a love song – do you? My FI said he never really thought of it as that, but he doesn’t really listen to words of songs so much as the instruments. love love love that song. 🙂
Post # 8
@nighthawk: It’s DH’s FAVE Metallica song, and he really wanted to use it somewhere in the wedding. Our ceremony musicians did an AMAZING job with the instrumental–I got chills when I heard it playing. I can definitely see how it’s a love song. Are you using the song at all?
Post # 9
Were still working on our music… Ill walked down to a traditional song, only because its a song Ive wanted since I was a kid and thought thats what you have to do… but other than that all our music will be pretty nontraditional
Post # 10
I love your choices! We did decide to go with Vitamin String Quartet music (so, in the end, it was string music, but it was contemporary), but these were our songs:
Back In Black (VSQ covering ACDC) for the GM’s processional (all of our guests laughed at this one, because my DH is obsessed with ACDC)
You’re My Best Friend (VSQ covering Queen) for the BM’s processional
God Only Knows (VSQ covering Beach Boys) for me and my parents (which still makes me laugh, since it’s the theme song for Big Love, a series about polygamy, and the first line is “I may not always love you…” But we used the instrumental only version)
For the Recessional, we played “Signed, Sealed and Delivered” by Stevie Wonder — like you, we wanted it to be super upbeat. It turned out perfectly!
Post # 11
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
Love Chasing Cars!! Thats our processional song! (Well the acoustic version anyway.)
Post # 12
I love weddings with non-traditional music! I also love your song choices!
We did non-traditional music at our wedding, and I’m glad we did! I loved ALL the music we used!
Post # 13
Iron and Wine’s version Such Great Heights is a good one. A tad too slow for the recessional, perhaps though… I’m using a sting quartet version of Such Great Heights for the maids and dudes to come in to, so it’s on my mind 🙂
Post # 14
I love non-trad music! I wish more couples would use it.
As of right now were planning on:
Feels Like Home – Chantal Kreviazuk – bridal party entrance and bride/father entrance (theres one specific part about 2/3 in that I am absolutely in love with and if timed correctly, will work perfectly for my entrance)
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer – recessional (ok, again with the timing but I’m a little anal when it comes to the music. This song needs to start just as our officiant is “closing” the ceremony and pronouncing us h&w. Again, if timed correctly the lyrics should begin just as we are having our first kiss).
I’m also currently obsessed with Make You Feel My Love – Adele. I’m trying to negotiate this to be our first dance song but I dont know if FI is feeling it.
Post # 15
We had a friend play “Here There and Everywhere” on guitar for the processional…it was one of my favorite moments of our wedding (although he also sang).
Post # 16
@Mrs Sarah McK: so glad you loved it for your wedding! We’re doing lyrics with all the other songs but for my processional I thought it should just be instrumental. I am using the first line from Here There Everywhere on our invites though! (To lead a better life, I need my love to be here…)