Music for a Wedding Ceremony and DJ Reception

Wedding Music

Will you give me an indulgent non-food post?

I have a dear friend who decided to run away to Mexico to get married. She was a sorority sister and a bridesmaid in my wedding, so I really wanted to do something to help her for her big day. She tasked me with music.

Our weddings were definitely different. Vore and I married at church with a violin and piano. Our reception was at brunch, so a jazz band seemed like a perfect fit. The images you see of us above are our first dance, Sea of Love by the Honey Drippers.

This ceremony will be performed outside on a guitar, and the reception will feature a DJ. The theme for reception music was “fun stuff everyone knows and can dance to.” Here’s what I came up with:

While guests are being seated:

Bocelli: Romanza of Love
Bach: Gigue
Handel: Largo 
Seating of the Mothers:
Schuberts: Ave Maria
Bridal party:
The Sound of Music: Edelweiss
Pachebel: Canon in D
Walk down the aisle: 
Wagner: Bridal Chorus
Slow (good for 1st dance also) 

Righteous Brothers: Unchained Melody

Harry Connic Jr: It Had to Be You
Iz: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Maybe to dance with your dad?)
Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World (again–maybe your dad?)
Etta James: At Last
The Mommas and the Pappas: Dream a Little Dream
Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald: Stars Fell on Alabama
Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl
The Jackson 5: ABC
Frank Sinatra: The Way You Look Tonight
The Dixie Cups: Going to the Chapel
Temptations: My Girl
Michael Jackson: The Way You Make Me Feel
Neil Diamond: Sweet Caroline
Beatles: Twist and Shout
Leonard Skynrd: Sweet Home Alabama
Dexy’s Midnight Runners: Come on Eileen 
James Taylor: How Sweet It Is
Ani Difranco: Wishin’ and Hopin
Amii Stewart: Knock on Wood
Bill Withers: Lean on Me
Joan Jett: I Love Rock N Roll
John Cougar Mellencamp: Jack and Diane
Otis Day and the Knights: Shout!
Erasure: Chains of Love
Village People: YMCA
Wild Cherry: Play that Funky Music
Commodores: Brick House
B52s: Love Shack
Dead or Alive: You Spin Me Right Round
Young MC: Bust a Move
James Brown: I Feel Good!
Toni Basil: Mickey
Chubby Checker: The Twist
Kenny Loggins: Footloose
Last Dance: 
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes: I’ve Had the Time of My Life
If you’re married, what was the music like at your wedding? Do you have suggestions for songs we should add to the list above?

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