modern wedding songs

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “You Are the Best Thing”

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Up first this chilly Monday morning is a perfect, modern wedding song that could be used for your first dance, wedding slideshow, or another part of your wedding reception! It’s Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” and it’s just a great, romantic song. The horns in the song give it a sort of big band, vintage feel that I really love. I mean I feel like this song could be in the background of MANY a romantic comedy.

Wedding perfect lyrics:

Oh because, you are the best thing
You are the best thing
You are the best thing
Ever happened to me

What do you think Romancers? First dance worthy? Or maybe another part of your reception? We’ll be back this afternoon with a DC engagement session!

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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Shine On” by The Kooks

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Happy Monday Romancers!

Somehow Andy & I survived our first half marathon (finishing at 2hours 16 minutes if you are interested haha)!! My legs aren’t working so well this Sunday afternoon as I write this post, but otherwise I feel good and am already planning to recruit my family to run a 10-miler next year :)

Today we are starting off the morning with a non-sucky, alternative wedding song suggestion of “Shine On” by The Kooks.


Wedding Appropriate Lyrics:

Safety pins holding up the things
That make you mine
About your hair, you needn’t care,
You look beautiful all the time.

Shine, shine, shine on

This would make an adorable modern first dance song, or even fun for the bride to walk down the aisle to at a laid back rustic wedding (rustic because the music is a bit folk alternative to me!).

Thoughts? What would you use this song for?

Capitol Inspiration: The Ultimate Cocktail Hour Playlist (from a Groom/DJ)

Remember these awesome, modern music-themed Washington, DC wedding invitations we shared last week?

Well it turns out that Amanda & Brad are super awesome (how could they not be with those invites?) and they both wanted to share some more details from their offbeat DC wedding; to which I gladly responded, “oh HECK yes”. Brad is a DJ in real life – so naturally music was a HUGE part of their wedding.

They had a TON of music-themed details that I will be sharing in the upcoming weeks. They made a rad photobooth backdrop from album covers (tutorial coming soon!) and they specifically chose each song at their wedding. Something I can relate to – as Andy and I did the SAME thing.

Amanda shares:

Since people joked for years that Brad would DJ his own wedding (and he kind of did) we thought it may be interesting to illustrate how we put this together, since we both love music. Brad always tells couples that cocktail music should feel like a party, and so many times people play generic music. We put a lot of thought (and negotiation!) into ours, and receive tons of compliments.

So ….

What Does a Wedding DJ Play During his own Wedding? 

…And advice on how to pick the songs for your own wedding cocktail hour playlist

From Brad:

After DJing weddings in the DC area for the past 12 years many people joked I was going to DJ my own wedding–well I did for half of it. I premixed continuous cocktail and dinner music portions of the wedding and the left the rest of the night up to the DJ we hired.

A good DJ should take into consideration what the bride and groom want but also be able to read the crowd and take requests so premixing a dance portion is not recommended, as a DJ I knew I had to hire a professional to work the dance portion, but I wanted to plan out the ultimate cocktail and dinner mix.

I think cocktail and dinner music can be just as important and add to the overall outcome of the reception and many times it’s an afterthought in the planning phase.  Anytime I help a couple plan their wedding and ask what they want for cocktail music many think of jazz or something they heard at someone else’s wedding, but I always say think of what your guests would enjoy and songs you want to hear but might not be the best for the dancing portion, I always like to make the cocktail segment upbeat and fun and little something for everyone.

A lot of thought went into my own mix and I blended all these songs in a 1 hour 15 minute mix. This is an example about making it your own. There were hundreds of others I wanted to include, but this is the breakdown of the final mix.

Click inside to see the extensive breakdown of Amanda & Brad’s awesome cocktail hour playlist!

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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: Jack’s Mannequin “Amelia Jean”

As per usual, I am late to blogging on this Monday morning. I am sure you are sick of my apologies at this point – but MAN I just couldn’t bring myself to blog last night. Andy and I drove to Penn State and back in one day on Saturday (8 hours!) and I forget just how exhausting that is. Yesterday was filled with couch lounging, football over-stimulation (red zone is just INSANITY people), and of course, eating WAY too much food. I didn’t even go to hip hop class either.

ANYWAY. Another big thing happened this past week that some of you may not care about, but I do – one of my favorite bands is calling it quits. Jack’s Mannequin was the second project by Andrew McMahon (the former Something Corporate singer) and they have decided to call it quits. I HATE when bands I love break-up. I mean, I realize there are a number of reasons and obviously they can’t stay together just for ME. But still – realizing that there will be no new music from a favorite band just sucks.

So for today’s non-sucky wedding music suggestion, I figured I would share a Jack’s Mannequin song off their most recent album, People and Things. It’s got a beautiful melody and poetic lyrics that I am sure you will all enjoy.



 Amelia Jean, you went and married a solider
I swear I never meant to leave you in the rain
So I’ll come back to take the weight off your shoulder
Amelia Jean, come on, let’s chase the train
Come on

I think it could totally be appropriate for a modern father-daughter dance song (especially if your name is Amelia!). It would also make for a great addition to your cocktail hour playlist.

Happy Monday Romancers! Hope to get a cute engagement sess up for this afternoon (which I realize is now in under 30 minutes …. ugh!)

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: Dave Matthews Band “You & Me”

I went to a wedding this weekend and not only was the couple’s first dance song perfect for a Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck post, they did something super unique/awesome for their first dance: they meshed the father-daughter and mother-son dance into the couple’s first dance too!

First, the song. A perfect modern first dance song by Dave Matthews Band, “You & Me”.

You and me together, could do anything baby
You and me together, yes yes

You and I are
Were not tied to the ground
Not falling but rising like rolling around
Eyes closed above the rooftops
Eyes closed we gonna spin through the stars
Our arms wide as the sky

Second, how they made it unique. The bride, Lauren told me yesterday that she didn’t want to take up too much time in the reception with doing three separate dances, so she thought, why not have some fun by combining them all into one song! As a guest, it was actually REALLY cool. The couple started, dancing together, surrounding by their wedding party – and then the bride’s father cut in for the second verse. The groom took the bride back, but then his mother cut-in for the next verse. Then the bride and groom got back together, both parents of the couples joined in, and the entire wedding party.

It was AWESOME – and totally unique and this wedding song by Dave Matthews Band was the PERFECT choice for their alternative first dance!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “What I Wouldn’t Do”

I have to give Bridal Musings [one of my favorite wedding blogs. ever] full credit for giving us today’s modern wedding song suggestion! Elizabeth, the wonderful editor of Bridal Musings, has the COOLEST feature on her wedding blog. It’s called Film Club, and it is awesome. Film Club is a collection of wedding videos, save the date videos, and more. It is 100% rad & 100% unique,  so check it out if you haven’t seen it [you might even see my own wedding video there if you look hard enough] !

Bridal Musings posted this awesome video on Film Club this past week:

An awesome, quirky & super cool stop motion film by Manasi Kashyap.  The video is amazing [I am slightly obsessed] but the song for the video is equally awesome: A Fine Frenzy‘s “What I Wouldn’t Do“.

This wedding song is perfect for your modern, quirky, wedding. You could use this modern song suggestion for an up-beat first dance, or your wedding ceremony processional song. It would, of course, be perfect for a wedding picture slideshow or your cocktail hour playlist as well!

Lyrics are completely wedding appropriate:

Oh what I wouldn’t do

If I had you, babe, if I had you

So lace your hands around the small of my back and I will kiss you like a king

I will be your bride, I’ll keep you warm at night

I will sing, I will sing

 Oh man, are you as obsessed with this song and video yet, as I am? Thanks again to Bridal Musings for showing us this first!

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: Wait

I have loved Something Corporate since as long as I can remember. They are my most favorite band, the one to which I have countless memories, thoughts, & emotions forever ingrained in my mind, heart, and soul.

I remember falling asleep to Cavanaugh Park on repeat my freshman year of college and I remember blasting Fall in a friend’s car at the Home Depot parking lot in State College, PA my junior year. I still remember the Something Corporate concert where I was such a tough girl and put gum in someone’s hair (I know…lame & awful). I remember driving home for Christmas breaks, with Forget December blasting and I still get goosebumps every time I hear Hurricane. I remember exactly where I was when I heard that Something Corporate broke up and I will NEVER FORGET the amazing reunion show at the 930 Club this past year, where I have never been as sweaty or happy in my life.

I have seen Something Corporate more than any other band I have ever followed. Their music and lyrics will forever be major part of my adolescence and so it was only natural that we used one of their songs during our wedding ceremony.

In April of 2010, SoCo released, “Played in Space” a compilation of their greatest hits and some re-recordings.  Wait, an amazing song off one of their very first albums, got the re-release treatment.

Though I’m weak inside

I’m thriving just the same

Still calling out your name

I will never be able to listen to this song the same way anymore without thinking of the exact moment in my ceremony where I hugged every single one of my immediate family, best friends, and wedding party members. One of the most emotional & elated feelings in my life.

I apologize for the rather personal reflection on today’s Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck suggestion,  I just could not resist from sharing this song with everyone else.

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