Wedding Music

For our wedding there were five different playlists.

1. Music in the ceremony
2. Music while the wedding party (including bride and groom) was introduced at the reception
3. Background music playing while everyone ate and hung out
4. Our first dance and family dance
5. Everybody dances! Wooo!

Playlists and a few notes on them below the jump.

Music in the ceremony:
The music for the ceremony was all played live on classical guitar by brilliant musician (and good friend) Jeremiah Massey. Gretchen Sell (now Gretchen Sell-Finley) and Debbie Lewis (now Debbie Carriker) also sang, accompanied by Jeremiah. The playlist was:

  • Seating the Parents: J.S. Bach – The Bourrée in E Minor
  • Arrival of the Groom: Killswitch Engage – Inhale
  • Arrival of the Wedding Party: Third Day – All the Heavens
  • Entrance of the Bride: Enrique Granados – Cuentos de la Juventud, Op. 1 Dedicatoria
  • Communion and Tying of the Cord: Third Day – Your Love O Lord (duet, Gretchen Sell & Debbie Lewis)
  • Exit music: first my Dad played Charge on a bugle, then Jeremiah played the Flight of Conchords Theme

It was cool to get both Bach (although Jeremiah plays the Bourrée 60 million times better than I ever will) and a Killswitch Engage song in there. (And it was surprising how well KsE worked on classical guitar.)(Jeremiah is the man.)

Music while the wedding party (including bride and groom) was introduced at the reception:

  • Danny Elfman – Spider-man movie theme
  • Ramones – Spider-man TV theme

We like both Spidey themes, so we used both.

Background music playing while everyone ate and hung out:

For both the dinner music and the dancing music, we took suggestions from the members of our wedding party. (Which was fun, and led to a crazy variety of music, but also had pitfalls. More on that below.)

The list was:

  • Boston – Don’t Look Back
  • Iz – What a Wonderful World
  • Sade – Your Love is King
  • Dick Dale – Misirlou
  • Dean Martin – Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
  • Gorillaz – 19-2000
  • Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove
  • GTR – When the Heart Rules the Mind
  • Asia – Heat of the Moment
  • Pete Townshend – Let My Love Open the Door
  • Dean Martin – That’s Amore
  • Tyson Wright – California
  • Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
  • Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
  • Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
  • Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Stevie Wonder – For Once in My Life
  • Frank Sinatra – You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
  • Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Dave Brubeck – Take Five
  • Barry Manilow – Copacabana (At The Copa)
  • Van Halen – You Really Got Me
  • Chaka Khan and Rufus – Tell Me Somethin’ Good
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
  • Sam Cooke – You Send Me
  • Louis Armstrong – A Kiss to Build a Dream On

Of course we played Don’t Look Back first – one of the biggest songs in my life (it is what inspired me to want to be a guitarist). It also includes the line: “I finally see the Dawn arriving”. :)

Our first dance and family dance:

  • Journey – Stay Awhile
  • Rebecca Zapen – Smile

I’d played Stay Awhile for Dawn one time, and it seemed really romantic. We’d already decided that this would be our first dance, but hadn’t told anybody when one of my groomsmen, The U-Dog, recommended this song. He has good taste.

Rebecca Zapen’s Smile was a good choice for the family dance – fun and old-timey sounding. At one point I was dancing with my mother-in-law while Dawn was dancing with her nephew Keith. Keith banged into me from behind hard enough that I thought I was going to fall on my tiny mother-in-law and kill her.


Fortunately, no such mishap occurred.

Everybody dances! Wooo!:

  • Wild Cherry – Play that Funky Music
  • kool & The Gang – Celebrate
  • Earth, Wind and Fire – Shining Star
  • ABBA – Dancing Queen
  • Gap Band – You Dropped a Bomb on Me
  • Sister Sledge – We are Family
  • The B-52s – Love Shack
  • Etta James – At Last
  • Harry Connick, Jr. – It Had To Be You
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Our Love Is Here
  • The Subways – Rock & Roll Queen
  • Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
  • Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
  • James Brown – Make It Funky
  • The Wiggles – Bus Stop
  • The Flight of the Conchords – Boom
  • BTO – Taking Care of Business
  • Rascal Flatts – Bless The Broken Road
  • Allison Krause & Robert Plant – Stick With Me Baby
  • The Temptations – My Girl
  • Prince – 1999
  • Republica – Ready to Go
  • KC & The Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight
  • Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered
  • Romantics – What I Like About You
  • Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting
  • Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman
  • Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
  • Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
  • Katrina & the Waves – Walking on Sunshine
  • James Brown – Get on the Good Foot
  • Roy Orbison – Pretty Woman
  • Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  • Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage
  • Glen Miller – In the Mood
  • Joey Gian – What if I Loved You
  • Rose Royce – Carwash
  • Prince – Kiss
  • Buddy Holly – Oh Boy
  • Michael Jackson – PYT

Now you see the pitfall of accepting recommendations! Disco! So much disco! Even ABBA! Sigh, I bowed to demand. But the disco was not my fault.

In spite of the disco, I think we had a very fun, very danceable playlist. Good times were had by all.