Second in my wedding music series is the all-important first dance. The first dance of many for loved-up newlyweds.
Ok, NOONE can argue when I say that The McClymonts have written THE MOST appropriate song for a couples first dance. “Forever Begins Tonight” from the album “Here’s to You and I” is the ultimate mix of country and love song. With lyrics that sing “I knew, the moment I met you, my future had finally found me and its true, the piece that was missing was you….” it’s hard not to turn to moosh.
It is my opinion that a first dance must be to a song that depicts the love of the couple in every way and delivers a message to and from the bride and groom to each other.
*A warning- please Google the lyrics before you commit to a song. Quite often a song will sound lovey dovey but actually be about death or breaking up.
When in doubt, stick to the classics. For example “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole or “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dols. There is a reason they’re classics and it’s not just because the artists have been around forever.
The first dance does not have to be a slow dance. Absolutely NOWHERE is this written as a rule.
So if you’re both the world’s worst dancers and super worried about dancing in front of your guests why not opt for a faster tune that you can just bop to? “You Make My Dreams” by Hall and Oates is a great one to choose. It’s fast paced but extremely sweet at the same time. If you’re up for something a bit more quirky, why not try “Love is an Open Door” from the Frozen soundtrack?
Over the next few weeks/months/whenever I get around to it, I am going to explore every moment of a wedding when there should be music. We know times and trends have changed, and that peoples’ tastes differ and develop with time but what has this got to do with music? Well… let’s start at the beginning.
Walking down the aisle.
In my opinion- gone are the days of Felix Mendelssohn's wedding march… dahh dah da da, dahh dah da da.
Let’s be honest, aside from the movies, when was the last time you heard it at an actual wedding? I think the last time I heard the wedding march was when I was 4 years old and a flower girl at my aunts wedding.
These days brides are seeking music more personal to them, the creepy slow sounds of an organ playing no longer makes the cut. While I have nothing against the wedding march music itself, it seems as though the traditional organ has no place at a modern wedding, much less a modern rural wedding.
I’ve noticed that the brides who are choosing to walk down the aisle to the march are opting for a fresh spin on the music, choosing to have it played on classical guitars or pianos instead. Those who are steering away from tradition are opting for instrumental versions of songs that have significant meaning for the couple.
Here is a list of both instrumental songs and lyrical songs fitting for a rural bride to walk down the aisle to: