Last week Tanner and I listened to the song that we danced our first dance to at our wedding last year, and beautiful memories began to flood back…
As with most weddings, music was a very important part of our wedding. Music not only creates a mood through rhythm and beat, but it also shares sentiments through words. Tanner and I spent a lot of time putting together the song list for our ceremony and reception. Also, because we didn’t hire a DJ, Tanner spent a lot of time creating a playlist for background music during the entire reception. I loved it, because we specifically picked music to set the mood and tone we wanted to share with our friends and family. Below are some of the most important songs we picked and why. (Check out the playlist at the end of this post to listen as you read along.)
Pre-Processional: “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop,” Landon Pigg
This song is very special to me, because it was “our song” while we dated. One night, when Tanner and I were talking on the phone when I was still in high school, he told me to go to my computer and look up this song that he had heard, because it reminded him of me. I went and listened to it, and I fell in love. It is a beautiful song, both the sound (it has a cello, which is one of my favorite instruments) and the sweet words. It was so special, because it was at the beginning of our relationship, and the song talks about falling in love. One of our favorite lines is this…
“No one understands me quite like you do / Through all of the shadowy corners of me”
Processional: “Light Up,” Sucré
The background behind this song is a little different, because we had only become aware of it one year prior to our wedding. We heard it at a concert we went to in Dallas around the weeks surrounding our engagement, so it holds very precious memories of that time for me. The most important line in this song to me is the chorus, and it’s the line I loved to walk down the aisle to as I prepared to be joined with Tanner forever.
“You light up the world for me…”
Recessional: “Something in the Water,” Brooke Fraser
This song is so fun – it’s sweet and light-hearted, perfect for our first moments as husband and wife. I love the line…
First Dance: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
I only heard this song months before our wedding, but I immediately thought, “This has to be our first dance.” It captured our informal wedding vibe, and expresses so eloquently the feeling of love shared between husband and wife. “I am the luckiest” perfectly captured my heart on our wedding day.
Father Daughter Dance: “Because You Loved Me,” Celine Dion
Growing up, I never really gave too much thought to my wedding. I definitely thought about being married and having a husband, but I didn’t really start picturing what I wanted my wedding to be like until soon before Tanner and I were engaged. However, I actually imagined this song to be played for my Father Daughter Dance as a teenager, ever since I saw the movie “What a Girl Wants.” I first heard the song during a beautiful wedding scene in the movie, and I immediately fell in love with the words. My dad and I considered other options as we were planning the wedding, but in the end no other songs compared.
My Father Daughter Dance was somewhat unique, because my brother cut in to dance with me at the end. It was a lovely way to get a few moments to share my special day with him, and it was so sweet and thoughtful that he and my dad planned it to surprise me!
Mother Groom Dance: “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Taken by Trees
Tanner really liked this song because of the vibe – the classic song with a modern twist really captured our vintage-inspired wedding with an untraditional touch. It’s also a beautiful description of the relationship between a parent and child that captures his close relationship with his mom.
Anniversary Dance: “This Magic Moment,” Jay and the Americans
Although we didn’t have a DJ or dancing at our wedding, we decided to have an Anniversary Dance, where all the married couples are invited to the dance floor and asked to dance until the number of years they have been married is called out. One of Tanner’s groomsmen made the announcements, starting with one and counting up until the last couple remained dancing. My maternal grandparents won – it was so special to celebrate their marriage on my wedding day!
Exit: “All is Love,” Karen O and the Kids
I couldn’t resist incorporating this song into our wedding in some way, and our exit from the reception was the perfect moment! Not only does this song crack me up, but it is also fun because it connects back to how Tanner and I first met over six years ago. When we were in high school, we both volunteered at an event at our school where we played games with a group of orphans who were being adopted from Africa by American families. Tanner and I, who didn’t really know each other at the time, were assigned to read “Where the Wild Things Are” and act it out as a skit. It was really silly, and that is the moment I first remember being attracted to him. We didn’t start dating until about a year and a half later, but we both consider that one of our first memories together. For our first dating anniversary, Tanner gave me a ring and a copy of “Where the Wild Things Are” with a precious note written inside. When the movie based on the book came out later that year, we had to see it together! And finally, here is the connection -“All is Love” is part of the soundtrack of the movie. After that, we would sometimes sing the song to each other to make each other laugh. It was the perfect exit song, because it is so giddy and fun!
We put a lot of time and thought into choosing our music, and I’m so glad we did, because I can distinctly remember every song, and each of the beautiful moments associated with it on our special day! And I am reminded of why I am the luckiest…