Got Your Music For The First Dance Sorted Yet? My Advice Is Start Thinking About It Straight Away!!

Otherwise, you’re almost guaranteed to have to make a snap decision at the last minute. And snap decisions are never the most comfortable to make.

I gathered all the recommendations I could find on the internet into one long list and then went through it meticulously. It was easy to rule out about 90%; there were some strange recommendations. The rest took some time to decide on but we whittled it down to…

  1. All Of My Life – Diana Ross;
  2. Always – Atlantic Starr;
  3. Crazy For You – Madonna;
  4. Don’t Know Much – Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville;
  5. Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie;
  6. Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis;
  7. From This Moment – Shania Twain;
  8. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – Van Morrison;
  9. I Swear – All-4-one;
  10. If Tomorrow Never Comes – Ronan Keating;
  11. My Girl – The Temptations;
  12. On The Wings Of Love – Jeffrey Osborne;
  13. Open Arms – Journey;
  14. The Power Of Love – Jennifer Rush;
  15. There You’ll Be – Faith Hill;
  16. Three Times A Lady – Lionel Richie;
  17. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love – Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson;
  18. Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers;
  19. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes;
  20. Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner;
  21. When I Need You – Leo Sayer;
  22. When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating;
  23. The Wonder Of You – Elvis;
  24. You to Me Are Everything – Real Thing; &
  25. You’re The Inspiration – Chicago

With hindsight, I might have approached this task from the wrong angle. I think the starting point should have been to look at our combined music collection and find the common elements we both share. Having said that, it wouldn’t have led us to the song we eventually choose…

Amazed – Lonestar

I’m also aware of the irony that I too have just added another recommended list to the internet.

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It’s “…next month…” – Time’s Marching On!

I’ve had a mini wake-up call. I’d been counting down to the wedding in months and more recently, weeks now that it’s in single figures. This week, someone used the phrase “…next month…”. Whilst accurate, that’s a big realisation! And I’m guessing there will be a similar wobbly moment when it becomes “…next week…”

The selection of songs for the first dance is not quite in single figures yet but it’s close. We’ve both got a favourite. Importantly, it’s the same one but there are others still in the running.

The wedding list goes live next week. We’ve had a bit of grief with their wesite doing (not so) funny things to the selections we’ve made. So if you see some “interesting” pieces on there, go for the safe option – vouchers!

The next month or so will be spent getting confirmations from suppliers, setting out the detail for each of them.

I’ve almost finished writing my speech. Next is to learn it almost parrot fashion so I only need prompt cards. There’s a little bit of everything in there so it should go down well with everyone I think.

We’re getting there!

Cheesy Music and Hiccups

So, the invitations have been sent out and the RSVPs are beginning to come back.  There’s an unspoken understanding between us that…

  1. neither of us rush to pick up the mail too quickly when we get in from work; &
  2. we each open half the replies that arrive back each day.

There was an unexpected hiccup at the Rendezvous Hotel.  We made a block booking of rooms for people staying over.  However, the hotel changed their computer system after I made the booking and now the reference number I put on the information sheet that’s gone out with the invites is useless.  I’ll admit I gave them a bit of a hard time over that.

There’s an empty wedding list setup with House of Fraser.  We can’t add anything to it until 3 months before.  We moved in together over a year ago so many of the things traditionally bought as a wedding gift, we already have two of.  However, there are a few items we would like to replace.

As an alternative, we’ve setup up a JustGiving page to raise charitable donations for Mountain Rescue England & Wales.

I did some digging on popular first dance songs and got too long a list far too quickly so I’m in the middle of culling the non-starters.  I’ve made Vicky weep a couple of times when she’s heard a few of my first-cut choices.  Nothing by Aerosmith, Shania Twain or Bryan Adams made that cut.  Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re talented artists with some very powerful, emotive songs and I don’t mind them being played at the wedding; they’re just not going to be the first dance.

I’ve had a brand new, wing-collar shirt altered so that I don’t look like a short-armed gorilla on the day.

We’re getting there but I’ve still got a To-Do list as long as your arm.  At the moment, for every item I cross off, I seem to add at least two more.  I’m looking forward to the day when it starts to shrink again.