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08-10-2012, 02:35 PM
When we got married we wanted to have the band play "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother" (Jerry Jeff Walker), just because we had some really crazy parties where it was played. But the band didn't know it :lol:. And refused to learn it :rofl:. Probably just as well, there were a few stodgy types there.

08-10-2012, 03:42 PM
Just attended a wedding recently- there was a wide range of ages in attendance.

The older crowd enjoyed their staples: In the Mood, American Bandstand, Moondance.

At my brother's wedding, there was also a great range, so he had his DJ play music from 1930s to present. Everyone LOVED In the Mood (of course we were all drunk :lol: ). The mix of music was popular with everyone.

Actually, we have yet to pick those too! :lol: so suggestions would be welcome, I love pachabel canon but everyone seems to be using that these days.

I agree with the posters above, if you love it, use it. I used Canon in D for my processional, and it was beautiful and moving.

Time Warp!!! :respec:

Big hit!

For her processional, my sister used Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Overture (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYHehDaXCUs) to great effect. Her entrance was timed to a particular crescendo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYHehDaXCUs&feature=player_detailpage#t=103s) and it was lovely.

Other suggestions for processional/recessional

Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1088E6E2fY) (I used this for my recessional)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Solomon by Handel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TGKJ9MgCOQ)
Cantata #147 (Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring) by Bach (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRpPjAwwbJY)
Alla Hornpipe from Handel's Water Music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Nvg8eQnjPs)
Toccata from V Symphony Op. 42 No. 1 by Charles-Marie Widor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8vz1D_L_OE&feature=related)
Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngn77Nl9HIk)
Bach's Orchestral Suite #3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUtCC5VPwBs)

My ex wanted to use the Sound of Music wedding processional (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RetgFPeBaZM) :lol:

Here is a link with quite a few good suggestions for both the ceremony and the reception


Love the idea of using the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There." :swoon:

Parsley Sage
08-10-2012, 11:08 PM
We used Safety Dance for the group bridal party dance and Faithfully and Don't Stop Believing as the leaving songs, everyone sang along which was cool..

Don't Stop Believing was a big hit at the last wedding I went to. Reception in Windsor with a view of the Detroit skyline. Everyone pointed out the window at "Born and raised in South Detroit"

Their processional was Pachabel's Canon and something called Bride's Walk.
Recessional was called Trumpet Tune and someone sang "Once in a Lifetime" (not the Talking Heads) during the signing.

08-11-2012, 01:33 AM
I'm planning on walking down the aisle to this in October. I just really like how he arrainged it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4njxT5idas

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

08-11-2012, 04:15 PM
Okay, you may not have heard of this, but an absolutely beautiful choice for the wedding march is 'O Magnum Mysterium' by Lauridsen. It is just absolutely wonderful music that is rarely used for this sort of setting. I don't know if you're the bride or groom, but the doors opening for the bride at the climactic moment would be breathtaking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKGBuwISjCg (climax at 3:53)

Thanks for introducing me to this.
It's lovely!

08-11-2012, 08:55 PM
Should I ever wed, there will be no cha cha slide or cupid shuffle! I refuse to dance to songs that tell me what to do. Shout? Sure. Macarena? Obviously. Cotton Eyed Joe? With my group, you have no choice. But not the cha cha slide or cupid shuffle.

I have great memories of Cupid Shuffle--especially my nephew teaching my bil how to dance it. (I don't mind people telling me what to do and where to go on the dance floor every once in awhile)

Garden Kitty
08-13-2012, 07:57 PM
At the reception, consider the age of your guests. If most people are in the young range, that's one thing. But if you have a larger group of older relatives, consider at least one section of music from "their era". You might be surprised how much some of the younger people join in, and it's a nice chance to get everyone up and dancing.

Also consider the flow of the music. At the last wedding I went to there was no break by the DJ at dinner time, so the whole time dinner was served people were screaming over loud dance music. If they wanted to keep the music going, that might be a good time for a quieter set, with the louder dance music before and after the main meal.