Post # 1
My Future Mother-In-Law just emailed me and said “FYI like Simple Man for the mother-groom dance.” I looked it up because I’m familiar with the song and knew it was long, but it’s 6 minutes long, and some versions are closer to 8 minutes long. I know she’s talking about the Lynyrd Skynyrd version.
Why would she pick out a song that long? Ours is probably only 3.5 minutes.
How do I fix this? I’m hoping she’ll change it between now and March, but if not, do I just let it go? FH is not a big dancer, so I don’t even think he’d want to do it that long. Maybe he’ll speak up?
I feel like everything she does lately is to get under my skin. I’m probably being too sensitive, but GEEZ!!
Post # 3
ShineDown does a cover of it in 4:25 …maybe you could edit the Lynyrd Skynyrd down so it’s simliar. Is there a Radio Edit one? Or cut out the last three verses, cause they just repeat and repeat
Post # 4
Maybe your DJ can edit it down for you?
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
Yeah, I second the suggestion to edit it down. Six-eight minutes is way too long, especially when it’s close/more than twice as long as your first dance as a couple. Just take our some verses or something, and you should be fine.
Post # 6
Get your DJ working on it. Most songs can be edited down in length.
Post # 7
Awww, sorry that you’re feeling stressed out. I would try to find a radio edit(they’re usually under 3 minutes.) Also you can have the DJ cut it off at a certain point because, let’s be realistic, most guests won’t hold attention through a 6 minute song anyway.
Post # 8
Ya Im sure your DJ can edit it a bit. You dont even really need to tell her. Just have him do it at a normal song length.
Post # 9
Have the DJ start playing it, then 30 seconds in welcome Future Mother-In-Law and Fiance to the floor, let them dance for 2 minutes, then the DJ starts to fade it out. I have several songs I’m going to incorporate that are longer. I’m walking down the [fairly short] aisle to a Radiohead song that will be butchered down to my favorite 60 seconds. It can be done 🙂
Post # 10
anything over 4 minutes is gonna be a bit of a snooze for the guests to be honest. I was worried about my song being too short but it felt like it went on for ever. I would just tell her that its too long, unless she is ready to dance to a shorted version of the song
Post # 11
Thanks everyone! I will definitely trim it down somehow. I’m trying not to freak out, but hello, that’s long!!
Post # 12
Yep ask your DJ to edit it down… Our first dance song is originally 6 minutes long, we’ve asked our DJ to fade out at an appropriate spot around the 3 minute mark.
Post # 13
Actually the lyrics are beautiful and I am sure that is what she was thinking of and not the time. I plan on dancing with my son whenever he gets married to this song because it is a perfect mother-son song. Like PP suggested try to find a shorter version and take it from there. I prefer the Shinedown version myself but not everyone does.
Post # 14
Just have your DJ fade it out when you want it to end. Don’t say anything to Future Mother-In-Law about it. Just do it.
Post # 15
I agree with PP, the DJ can easily cut it to a reasonable length. That is just too long, imo anyway. As a guest at a wedding with a 6-8 min song I would lose interest, sorry!
Post # 16
cut out the 25sec music intro and then fade out 3mins later before it kicks off into its guitar solo – it was the 70’s, everyone had a guitar solo back then
to be honest i would be damned bored having to sit through all of that without editing