Post # 1
So I’m highly considering using the good ol’ Vitamin String Quartet for most, if not all, of my ceremony songs. They make just about everything sound oh so uplifing and emotional!
Anyway, my question is what if you liked a song whose lyrics were not very marriage-friendly… but you are using the instrumental version with no lyrics and it sounds ceremony appropriate? Would you still use it?
I am potentially thinking of (the instrumental versions of):
Smashing Pumpkins- Today – they are DF’s fav band ever… but the song IS about suicide.
Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley- Hallelujah – lovely song. But themes that come up include love as being cruel/painful/torture…
I am going to draw the line at songs that are blatantly depressing/anti-love, but what about these more subtle choices?
Post # 3
@putaringonit: We had a pianist for our wedding. My BMs walked down the aisle to Hallelujah because it’s a gorgeous melody, and it’s very special to me. I walked down the aisle to Jack’s Mannequin’s Swim. Andrew McMahon wrote the song about his battle with cancer, and it’s about getting through the most difficult moments in your life, so definitely not lovey dovey or typical wedding themed! However, once again, the melody is beautiful, and Jack’s Mannequin is special to my husband and me. People commented afterward about how they liked our music selections. I’m sure 95% of them had no idea what the songs were. I say go for it!
Post # 4
For our wedding party processional (including parents) we used instrumental versions of Disney Kiss the Girl and Bittersweet Symphony. I did not care what the lyrics were because I liked the music.
Post # 5
I really think it is a bad idea–I thought about the Smashing Pumpkins song too, actually, but I just can’t get over the lyrics. People who know the song might be singing it in their heads over the instrumental…just my personal preference.
Post # 6
We used Evanescene – My Immortal in an instrumental string version for the wedding party to walk down the aisle too. It was beautiful.
Post # 7
That is who we are using! We had to be careful incase anybody recognized the music. There were a few songs we loved as instramentals but when we looked up the lyrics to the real thing, they were nixed. So, yeah. I would definately concider lyrics.
Post # 8
I am sort of considering lyrics. We orginally were going to go with an entirely heavy metal themed wedding. However, with the comfort levels of our guests in mind we decided to compromise. Vitamin String Quartet to the rescue.
Music is important to us and I don’t feel like I should have to go find some new wedding friendly songs when we have so many songs that are actually important to us.
So we are making it into a game. We are playing “name that tune.” On each seat will be a postcard that says “Some of our music may sound familiar to you. Write your guesses of song titles and artists on the space provided to win a prize!”
We figure most of our guests won’t even realize that when the processional starts they music playing will be “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden, but the guest that DO get it, and know us will be laughing their hearts out. Same goes for the Madonna, The Smiths, Nirvana, Beatles, Led Zep and Lynard Skynard songs disguised as good clean classical wedding music.
I may or may not be walking down the aisle to Yngwie Malmsteen’s “I am a viking”. Screw it. Its ME!
Post # 9
I have been sitting here for hours dealing with this, because no, I do not want to use a song (even if it’s an instrumental version) if the lyrics are not 100% appropriate. I’ve been Googling so many lyrics, and I’m surprised because a lot of the songs that I thought were love songs are not. Apparently I haven’t been paying attention, lol.
I chose mostly piano solos that were originally composed that way because of this.
Post # 10
Our wedding party is walking down to an acoustic version of Something to Talk About by Badly Drawn Boy. While the lyrics aren’t very romantic, the melody is too perfect to pass up. It goes perfectly into the song I walk down the aisle to, so that helps.
I say if you love it, who cares? Most people in the audience won’t recognize it anyway. They’ll probably just love how gorgeous it sounds as you walk down the aisle (looking gorgeous too!)
Post # 11
I want to walk down the aisle to VSQ’s version of With or Without You because when I was very little, right after The Joshua Tree first came out, my dad would put it on and dance with me to that song in our living room. I was at most 3 years old and it’s one of my first memories, so it means a lot that we’d walk down the aisle to that together. That being said, I realize the lyrics are AWFUL when you pair them with a wedding, but the instrumental of that particular song is not so noticeable that I think people would be able to pick it out on their own.
If you like it, use it!
Post # 12
I don’t think it matters unless you’re using extremely well known songs that everybody knows the lyrics to.