alternative wedding songs

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: New Politics’ “Harlem”

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MONDAY! Usually the bane of my existence, but for some reason I am feeling optimistic. Maybe it’s because we have Holly & Andrew’s wedding this week in Alexandria, or maybe it’s because I had an amazing weekend full of good times with clients (official AND nonofficial). I’m not sure, but I’m not going to spend too much time focusing on WHY I am in a good mood and just enjoy it while I can :)

That brings us to our first post today, a Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck song suggestion courtesy of New Politics. This song is not really wedding related BUT it could be the perfect addition to your reception playlist. It’s got an undeniably danceable beat, and the lead singer’s voice brings me back to the years of American Hi-Fi and Fountains of Wayne, so you know it’s good.

Enough from me, let’s get this Monday going:

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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Chloe” by Grouplove

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We are wasting no time getting this week started. Today’s Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck, alternative wedding song suggestion, is nothing short of toe-tapping, seat dancing, awesomeness.

Let’s not mention the fact that we have a giveaway starting today AND some more goodness from our most recent styled shoot collaboration. It’s going to be a good day. Even if it is Monday.

There is a ton to love about this song, “Chloe” by Grouplove. The opening electric guitar riff, the catchy drum beat, and the easy to sing along lyrics. There is not much weddingness in this song, so I’d say keep it to your cocktail hour playlist, or maybe if you are doing the reception ipod DJ thing, it’d be a great addition for the dancing part of the evening.

I mean, I am dancing at my desk, right now, simultaneously as I type this. So yeah, I think people will dance to it at your wedding.

Happy Monday Romancers. Check back later for our Modern John & Abigail Adams Love Story styled shoot AND a new giveaway!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: Imagine Dragons’ “On Top of the World”

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This weather is weird as hell for January and it’s Monday. But I can’t help but be optimistic about this week. This afternoon Maggie Winters Photography & I are starting a new project we decided to call “At Your Service“. If you haven’t seen it on my Twitter or Facebook accounts, At Your Service is a day of giving back to our city and networking with other rad DC wedding vendors.

We will be spending 3 hours this evening working at a food kitchen (DC Central Kitchen) and then heading to a bar to hang out. We hope this movement spreads from DC to other towns & cities. We already have someone interested in running an Eastern PA service day and look forward to hearing from other wedding vendors that want to start one in their hometown.

In addition to this awesomeness, I am sharing my recent song obsession as today’s Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck, modern wedding song suggestion: Imagine Dragons’ “On Top of the World”. I think I listened to this song about 1.85 trillion times over the holidays, and I haven’t really slowed down since. Check it out for yourself and I dare you not to dance instantly.

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

I think I want to get married again just so I can use this song in my wedding. I’d say it’d be a pretty rad processional or recessional song for an alternative wedding and at the very least should be in your cocktail hour playlist! OH I also think it would be the perfect way to end your wedding reception as well.

Thoughts? Let’s get this Monday going!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: Frank Turner’s “Song for Eva Mae”

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I won’t even try and guess how long it’s been since I blogged a “wedding music that doesn’t suck” post. I think I might have been a tad overly ambitious when I started this blog and thought I could think of a new wedding song to showcase each Monday. So I apologize if anyone wanted more regular song suggestions, but I promise you today’s suggestion is a great one – perfect for a father-daughter dance.

The song comes to us from one of my FAVORITE folk-rock artists, Frank Turner. And just check these lyrics:

Now Eva Mae,
Don’t you judge me too hard
I try to be a good man to be the best with what I got
Eva Mae,
I will teach you what I know
And watch over you everywhere that you go

Frank’s voice always gets me, and the tempo of this song is perfect for a slower father-daughter dance. What do you think?

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Glory of Love”

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So the Plain White T’s reference I made on Friday made me think of how much I miss good ole pop-punk music [ie. The Plain White T's first two albums, not the crap they spew out now] . This cover from New Found Glory‘s quintessentialFrom the Screen to Your Stereo” album, was a favorite of mine in college. And ok, let’s face it, when it currently comes on my iPod, I’ll still sing the lyrics at the top of my lungs.

You keep me standing tall
You’ll help me through it all
I’m always strong when you’re beside me
I have always needed you
I could never make it alone

It would probably make my life to see someone use this song, in all it’s 90s whiny lead-singer glory, for their wedding, especially a choreographed first dance. I mean, there is an air-clap near the end of the song … an AIR CLAP people.

For the love of all things amazing, someone please do this. Then film it. And then let me share it.

Happy Monday guys!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: All I Want Is You

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You might recognize this adorable little diddy of a song from the movie Juno. Its lyrics are too cute, extremely wedding appropriate, and the music has a nice, soft folk feel to it.

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea.

If you were a river in the mountains tall,
The rumble of your water would be my call.
If you were the winter, I know I’d be the snow
Just as long as you were with me, when the cold winds blow.

… I mean come on …. it doesn’t get much cuter than that! Enjoy!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “The Diamond Church Street Choir”

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Gaslight Anthem was a band that I just happened to see as an opener for a show at the Black Cat. I don’t usually enjoy bands live when I don’t know any of the lyrics, but Gaslight Anthem put on an AMAZING show, and I was quickly hooked.

The lead singer sounds like a younger, new age Bruce Springsteen and the lyrics are anything but basic.

And oh, ain’t it just like you want to
And oh, ain’t it just like you always wanted to

Every night waiting
So long without you

Personally this song is on our wedding video ~ so I cannot help but now see the part of our video in my mind every time I hear this song. But I think other people might be able to use it as pre-ceremony music, cocktail hour music, or on their own video. It might even be a great choice for a modern or alternative first dance song. Check it out:


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