Post # 1
So we’re getting married in an open courtyard (very casual venue) and my colors are red and tiffany blue/green.
I like indie/alternative music though my family is more traditional.
I’ve been debating different processional songs. I really don’t want to do the really traditional classical routes.
My top picks at the moment are The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson and Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright. I’m also trying to decide if I should do them with our without lyrics. Would lyrics be too distracting?
Without lyrics The Way I Am has a bit of an island vibe with the congas etc while Hallelujah is rather simple, but I might be able to find a fancier recording.
What do you think? Lyrics or no lyrics? Which song? Neither?
Post # 3
I love the idea of doing The Way I Am for an outdoor wedding. It has that perfect whimsical vibe to it that would be really lovely. I personally think processionals with lyrics can be awkward.
Post # 4
I voted for The Way I Am with lyrics because I have thought about using that song, too. But, I decided on using another Ingrid song and thought you might like it!
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Ingrid Michaelson
(Also, I have been to 3 weddings that had processionals with lyrics and many guest seemed to love them because they could understand what the song was about!)
Post # 5
@kala_way: I went to a wedding where the processional was “Fidelity” by Regina Spektor without lyrics. It was very sweet, and instantly recognizable. They actually had a string group performing the song. So I would say the Ingrid Michaelson song without lyrics.
Re: Hallelujah, I always found that song to be the most heartbreakingly sad song, so I can’t really vote for it for a joyous occasion. I did do a little research though, and apparently other people have different interpretations…so if you have a different perspective it is a gorgeous song.
Post # 6
@napabridekelsey: That’s what I’m worried about. That people will feel that the lyrics take away from what’s happening rather than adding to it. I love the words to Ingrid’s song but I’m not sure I love it as much as a solely instrumental piece.
@loloheart: That is a beautiful song. I hadn’t heard her version before!
@elivt: Hallelujah is a sad song, I would definitely lean more toward no lyrics with that one. I love the music though and it’s the first song I ever learned to play on guitar.
Fiance is a huge U2 fan so maybe I’ll look around for instrumental versions of some of those also.