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.

There’ll be Music and Flowers

Finally!!!  The music for both the ceremony and the reception is decided.

A friend of ours is a music teacher but she also plays in a string quartet and so we’ve asked them to play at the ceremony.  We’ve listened to those wedding music CDs I mentioned before.  For me, it’s not so much about demanding certain pieces; more about the pieces I don’t want.  I’ve told Vicky that she’d better not be too late, leaving me to listen to some obscure playlist.

For the evening reception, we’ve booked The Bedroom Orchestra (aka Tristan Mackay).  He’s a regular busker in Leeds city centre and there are loads of clips of him doing just that on YouTube.  I will admit to being a little dubious about whether, as a one man band, he could create the party atmosphere we want at the reception but after speaking to him on the phone, that fear quickly went away.  We decided against Three Men and a Bass in the end.  There were just too many instances of them not getting back in touch for long periods of time; they didn’t seem to want or care about the booking enough.  If it was going to be this hard getting in touch with them this long before the wedding, how hard was it going to be in the weeks and days in the run up to the big event?

We recently got a text message from our florist; she’s had her baby and all’s well.  We also got her quote along with the ideas she has for the various floral arrangements.  They look really good!  Having said that, there’s a discussion going on about what kind of button-hole I’m going to wear.  I’m told that traditionally, it should be a heather but I’m struggling to find out if that’s true.  Anyone got any reference points for me?

The best man now knows he’s wearing a kilt and is not nearly put out enough for my liking.  He’s still promising a speech to top all wedding speeches.  Apparently, his wife is vetting them and has ruled out three versions to-date.

Sorting out bits and bobs

There’s not really been much progress of late. Other things have distracted us both from doing very much. So the To-Do list looks something like this at the moment…

1) select music for during the ceremony – I know that Vicky’s given this some thought as there are some wedding music CDs knocking about;

2) find a (jazz?) band for night do – we have listened to some samples online and we’re waiting to hear back from 1 enquiring e-mail;

3) sort out some kind of entertainment (magician?) for wedding breakfast – there will be quite a few kids at the wedding breakfast and rather than them getting bored during the speeches, we’re going to distract them in some other way;

4) contact the florist and room dresser about the colour scheme – I’ve always said that I was getting married in a kilt and so this is waiting on me finding a tartan. I’ve got 1 in mind; I just need to make a final decision. I haven’t told the best man that 1 yet. I’m not sure how that’ll go down.