Friday 12 August 2011

Our Ultimate Wedding Party Soundtrack

First of all: apologies for failing to give you a wedding post yesterday. I had another lovely weekend away from the PC last week and am running VERY behind on my blog writing. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!


I believe that our wedding playlist is one of the things that I went slightly Bridezilla on. I love dancing and music, and Marco the music only, but deeply. Between us, we have quite the eclectic taste, including everything from 70s, 80s & 90s rock, over Swing, Hip Hop, Indie, Soul, Disco and R'N'B to pop anthems and Country. So I spent hours compiling songs with Marco, accumulating a playlist that would keep everybody on the dance floor. Non-stop. I even put them all in the "right order". Sue me.

We had first considered playing mp3s off a docking station, but decided against this potential fail factor and booked our DJ through Kill The DJ, an agency I found on the internet. Let the professionals do it and have peace of mind. If only!

Especially in the last few weeks before the wedding I really felt that acting out the company's name was what I wanted to do. Actually, the DJ himself was excellent and helpful, I just felt like inflicting some harm on the admin staff. We had purchased a package which would allow us to have a customized playlist and quite a lot of input on the choice of songs. We were told that we were going to be matched with a DJ who specialized in our kind of music and that they would download a certain amount of titles if the DJ did not have them in his repertoire.

But: the former head of the company sold his business during our wedding preparation and went off to pastures new, and the lady who used to manage our order had gone on maternity leave and apparently nobody else had felt inclined to look after us. So when our allocated DJ called me about two weeks prior to the big day, asking what we wanted played at our wedding, I asked him if he had not been forwarded my lovingly-put-together playlist. He had not. Nor had anybody from the office been in touch with him lately (or with us). When I asked him if he thought that his Rock-heavy (I assumed) routine would cover our requests, he said that he usually played mostly Brit Pop. 


At one point I even found a message from the DJ on my phone. He had accidentally dialled my number, but was pleading with his company to finally "transfer the money that was still outstanding". 

Not good.

In the end, WE were compiling a CD for the DJ with the key songs that we did not want omitted. He helped us out with going through the list of tunes that I emailed him, telling us what he had and did not have. I was not a happy bunny, that much I can tell you! 

But now enough of the bad stuff, and in with the funky music! May I present to you our playlist! Like I would have played at our wedding if it had been acceptable for the bride to spin the discs... Click on the song title if you would like a listen. Enjoy!

L-O-V-E  - Nat King Cole
The Best Is Yet To Come - Michael Bublé
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Too Marvellous For Words - Billie Holiday
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick Jr.
Get Down Tonight - KC And The Sunshine Band
I Say A Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Single Ladies  - BeyoncĂ©
Gold Digger - Kanye West
Bust A Move - Young MC 
Play That Funky Music  - Wild Cherry 
Proud Mary - Ike And Tina Turner
(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave - Martha & The Vandellas
Soul Man - The Blues Brothers
Think - Aretha Franklin
Hallelujah, I Love Her So - Eddie Cochran
Four Corners - Lee Dorsey
I Knew The Bride - Dave Edmunds
Hard To Handle - The Black Crowes 
Rosalita - Bruce Springsteen
Burning Love - Elvis Presley
Automatic  - The Pointer Sisters
Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang
You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate

Upside Down - Diana Ross
4 Minutes - Madonna
Pon de Replay - Rihanna
Black Betty - Ram Jam
Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
Hey Ya! - OutKast
Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Can't Take My Eyes Off You  - Andy Williams
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
White Trash Wedding - Dixie Chicks
9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus
Life Is A Highway - Tom Cochrane
I Love Rock 'N' Roll – Joan Jett
Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
Desire - U2
Home For A Rest - Spirit of the West
Fiesta - Pogues
Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Down On The Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves
Gimme Some Lovin' - The Blues Brothers
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Rebel Rebel - David Bowie 
American Pie - Don McLean

Wild Night - John Mellencamp
Bonkers - Dizzee Rascal
Just Fine - Mary J. Blige
Bootylicious  - Destiny's Child
In Da Club - 50 Cent
O.P.P - Naughty By Nature
Let's Go Crazy - Prince & The Revolution
I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
Conga - Miami Sound Machine
Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
What I Like About You - The Romantics
You Might Think - The Cars
Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
I Feel It All - Feist
Walk This Way - RUN-DMC
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Love Train - The O'Jays
Funky Cold Medina - Tone Loc
Jump Around - House Of Pain
Love Shack - The B-52's
Sweet Caroline -  Neil Diamond
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
Summer Wine - Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
Friends In Low Places  - Garth Brooks
Love Is Here To Stay - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
At Last - Etta James
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
Last Dance - Donna Summer
We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn  

As you can see, everybody enjoyed themselves, and if you would like to listen to the whole playlist in all it's cheesy glory, you can do so here

Shake those tail feathers, Sugars!

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  1. I love dancing too Annika! Unfortunately, I never got to dance at my wedding. I'm hoping for wedding no. 3 to take care of that (to the same man of course).

    p.s. love your music choices. I love all the great jazz tunes!

  2. love your choices! I'm planning a wedding right now and you certainly inspired me!


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