With June suddenly here, it’s about time for wedding season! And as a newly engaged (as of almost two weeks ago) music writer, my brain has automatically gone into “brainstorm” mode. (AKA…Bridal magazines, registering on The Knot, and trying to gather as many ideas as possible before Matt and I sit down in September to start planning.)
Luckily, for all of you wonderful readers, I’ve also been thinking about the music almost as much as where to find the perfect dress. (Any ideas? I’m ALL ears!) So for a bit of change to your wedding playlist, try out some of my favorite picks to spice up the big day a little!
Jenn’s Wedding Playlist:
1) “Just The Way You Are” – The Piano Guys (originally performed by Bruno Mars): For the bride that wants to deviate from a traditional “Wedding March”, this instrumental version of the Bruno Mars favorite is just so simple and elegant…I may have to even consider this one for my own wedding!
2) “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” – Luke Bryan: I’m not one for country, but come on, who else is tired of the Electric Slide and the Macarena at practically every single wedding? The country movement is growing more and more each day, so why not try this little gem and watch the “country girl” come out in full force? (As a devout non-country fan, I even have to admit…it’s so damn catchy!)
3) “You’re All I Need To Get By” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: This one is a true oldie but goodie, but sometimes you need a good slow dance with the one you love. Whether stumped on your first dance or just wanting to hold your sweetie close for a song, Marvin Gaye sets the perfect mood. And for those who are not into slow ballad-like tunes, it’s also perfect to put a little pep into your step.
4) Jazz Age – The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: If you’re familiar with the band Roxy Music, then you will be surprised (pleasantly, I hope) to know that this Jazz ensemble has been put together by the front-man himself, Bryan Ferry! But don’t expect to hear anything resembling 70’s English art-rock band. Instead, try this latest album for a little ambiance during dinner time, especially if you’re looking for a timeless sound with a modern twist.
5) “When the Night Comes” – Dan Auerbach: I’ve noticed that at most weddings, it always tends to end on a fast-paced song. For those who want to end it on a mellower note, this is the song for you. Click here to hear the song!
Just remember that when that special day comes, it’s not always about having the perfect music or every detail just right, but rather who you get to share that day with. Enjoy every moment of it!