Thursday, February 9, 2012

dance party! // our (DIY) wedding playlist

A while back, I asked you guys for help in composing our wedding playlist.  In the DIY spirit of our wedding, Robbie and I had decided to compile our favorite songs (and then some), and to use our trusty iPad to act as DJ.  We'd mentioned that we didn't want too many traditional or stereotypically "wedding" songs, and that our goal was a nice eclectic mix of slower/meaningful songs and songs that would make our guests get their groove on.  You guys were so awesome, your suggestions rocked (pun absolutely intended), and we ended up using quite a few of your recommendations mixed in with our choices!  And now, four months after our big day, I decided it was time to share the final playlist with you.

I'll confess - sharing this playlist wasn't quite as easy as I'd anticipated.  I had no luck finding any sort of website or program that would allow me to just upload the playlist from my iPad, save it, and embed it in a blog post for easy access to my readers. (Does this even exist? If anyone knows if/how this is possible, please share the deets!)  So I set up a Grooveshark account and manually searched for our songs, one by one.  Unfortunately, there were a whole bunch of them that weren't available - including anything by the good ole' Beatles, who were heavily featured throughout our ceremony and reception.  Then Grooveshark decided it hated me and stopped saving new songs I was adding.  129 songs added, 22 songs actually saved.  After spending waaaaay too much time trying to win a losing battle, I broke up with Grooveshark and shacked up with  This proved to be much better, although by that point I was burned out and still couldn't find all of our songs. 

In the end, I figured my best bet was to share this mini version of our playlist via's player, so that you guys could at least listen to a sample of the goodness.  Below the player you'll also find a list of our pre-ceremony and ceremony songs, in addition to some of my favorites from the reception (some included on the player, some not).  Not exactly what I was aiming for, but I suppose it'll do.

As for our music choices, Robbie and I are in lucky in that we share an incredibly similar taste in music.  When looking over our playlist, we came to the conclusion that the fact that we both adore such unlikely combinations of bands (The Grateful Dead + Guns N' Roses + Fleet Foxes + Herb Alpert + Johnny Cash = Very Odd Combo) must mean we are definitely meant to be. 
(Trouble with the player?  Click here for the playlist in a browser).

Mushaboom - Feist
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes

If I Needed You - Townes Van Zandt (seating of the mothers)
Here, There, and Everywhere  - The Beatles (wedding party)
Sweet Child o' Mine: Instrumental Version - Guns N' Roses/Vitamin String Quartet (bride)
St. Stephen - The Grateful Dead (recessional)

Whipped Cream & Other Delights (the album) - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Band

Across the Universe  - The Beatles

(To prevent this from becoming the longest blog post of all time, this is just a partial list.
If you'd like the full list, feel free to email me!)
Shelter From the Storm - Bob Dylan
Think About You - Guns N' Roses
Something - The Beatles
When the Stars Go Blue - Ryan Adams
Listomania - Phoenix
Stay Forever - Ween
If I Had the World to Give - Grateful Dead
My Moon, My Man - Feist
Once In a Lifetime - Talking Heads
Read My Mind - The Killers
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Hands on the Wheel - Willie Nelson
Flip - Apollo Sunshine
Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Tighten Up - The Black Keys
California - Joni Mitchell
Australia - The Shins
Blackbird - The Beatles
Bonafide Lovin' - Chromeo
Someday - The Strokes
Harvest Moon - Neil Young
Chicago - The Uglysuit
If Not For You - George Harrison
Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
You And I - Wilco
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Crazy - Patsy Cline
Cousins - Vampire Weekend
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Girls on Film - Duran Duran
January Wedding - The Avett Brothers
Weather Report Suite -The Grateful Dead
He's Not a Boy - The Like
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue
You Make My Dreams - Hall and Oates
Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
They Love Each Other - Jerry Garcia Band
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
With a Little Help from my Friends - The Beatles
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Question - Old 97s
Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes
I Will Follow You - Death Cab for Cutie
Girlfriend is Better - Talking Heads
Electric Feel - MGMT
All You Need is Love - The Beatles

I hope you guys enjoy listening to this mini version of our wedding playlist, and that the song lists above bring some inspiration to others who are DIYing their wedding music!

Photos from our wedding dance party by Ray Williams and Bliss Studio.

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  1. Your playlist looks very similar to ours! Thanks for sharing.

  2. i love how personal your list is! and i love mostly all of the songs on it! all you damn bloggers getting married makes me so jealous, i want to get married too!!


  3. Yay, good songs to listen to at work today!!! :-) I love your choices, they're really unique but still include a few old favorites. I love the pictures too it looks like everyone had fun!!

  4. Awesome playlist! My boyfriend and I also like weird combinations of music/bands as well. I think it makes life more interesting when you can listen to multiple genres, especially with the songs mixed into one playlist. =)

  5. ok missy! you've officially been the highlight of my [slower than usual] Thursday in my office here at work! Your blog is not only stunning, but also inspiring!! I just got engaged two weeks ago & i was so excited to see your creative wedding pictures & blog beaming with wedding DIY... not to mention your love of things i'm guilty of swooning over as well.

    one of the things i'm most exciting about is the wedding playlist, yours is filled with so many we both love ♥

    thanks for sharing, i'm officially following your blog adventures! xoxo

    1. Awww, you're so sweet! Glad you found us and congrats on your engagement!

  6. Ohhh I love your taste in music! This is such an awesome playlist :) I can't wait to get married someday!! Ahhh :)

  7. Yes! I love that it was so non-traditional (not that I ever doubted you). It's not often you see Bon Iver on a wedding playlist, but it totally suits you. We did some non-traditional tunes, too:

    For the pre-ceremony and processional, we did a bunch of songs that were piano only. It was a mix of classical pieces and songs from musicals. The room we were in had perfect acoustics for a piano, so I wanted to take advantage.

    During the ceremony a friend sang a cover of "I Cross My Heart," which was originally a country song, but we switched it up to be less twangy.

    The recessional was "Make Me Smile" by Chicago, and our first dance was "Your Precious Love" by Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell.

    1. The piano mix sounds amazing (I freaking love musicals). And Chicago is such an awesome band that I feel like is so underrated. My husband's band covered them on NYE and it was one of my favorite performances they've ever down. All of your choices sound fabulous!

  8. Love, love, love all of your music (especially Journey Don't STop Believing. It's my one of my favorites). Kudos for picking out the music yourself! You don't need to pay someone to do this. I'm sorry that it took you so long to upload the playlist but you did a great job!

  9. Thanks for your comments you guys! So glad you like our choices!


  10. awesome list! loving the combination of 60s music, heavy metal and indie, so fun.

  11. So great to come across this! We are working on ours right now and it is proving alot harder than I expected. We have until July so I just keeping adding to my list as i hear or think of of a goody....super cool playlist inspiration :)

  12. what a sweet little playlist! so many good songs in there! my honey and i will dancing our first dance to "if not for you" at our wedding in june. i get butterflies just thinking about it!

    give 8tracks ( a try for future playlist making! it makes it fairly easy to upload songs from itunes. i use it make a mix every monday on my blog. stop and by and have a listen!

    this is my first visit to your blog, btw. i likey! :)


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  14. Love your DIY wedding playlist! I've been with my boyfriend for four years, and we're not even engaged yet, but I've always known that I want to put together my own wedding playlist because (1) Music has always played such a huge, meaningful role in my life and (2) I'm a huge playlist snob in general, so I can't even imagine having someone else decide what music is played on one of the most important days of my life.

    Thanks for sharing!



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