Broke-Ass Tag: wedding music


Timo and I listen to a lot of music and have many favorite songs.  On one of our first dates, Timo and I actually had a sing along to my Spotify playlist that was on.  There are bluetooth speakers in the garage and in the bathroom for jam sessions.  When we were building our house, the ONE thing Timo wanted was in-ceiling speakers and I agreed to that as long as I could get a bathtub with jets (we both ended up getting what we wanted).  When he gets home from work, Timo usually turns on the music and it plays in the background while we go about our evening until we eventually decide to watch a show on Netflix.

In that vein, I am sharing the five songs that my DJ must play at our reception.

wediding songssource: DJ Littlebit

 1.  The Kill (Bury Me) by Thirty Seconds to Mars

Yep.  A breakup song is #1 on the list.  Because this was the first song that Timo and I had an epic sing along to.  It was then I knew that this guy wasn’t someone I needed to be worried about judging me.  He was willing to sing a breakup song with me on one of our first dates!  We could have looked at it completely different (as a bad omen, if you will), but the music was so loud and we were both so into it, that it was a completely positive experience.  And ya know, weird.  Because who “carpool karaokes” to a break up song on a date?  We do.   #bestteamforever

2.  Ahnma – Beginner

I honestly have no idea what this song is about because it’s in German.  But Timo gets all white boy thug when it comes on and the chorus sounds something like, “Goldschlager shigga llama” and it always makes me (and Timo) laugh when I sing out the word sounds like that.

3.  An Andrew McMahon song.

Probably Fire Escape or Cecilia and the Satellite.  We actually went to see Andrew McMahon when he was in Charleston and it was epic.  Especially the part where he crowd surfed on an inflatable duck… I cannot make that up.  I have proof!

4.  Alone by Marshmallo

Marshmallo is one of Timo’s favorite artists.

5.  Hey Pretty Girl by Kip Moore

I used to listen to this song when I was in that “groom fever” phase of my life and it still never gets old thinking that Timo would “dedicate” this song to me on the radio if people still did that.

  • 8/13

    Whoa, you guys. I’m getting married in six weeks! Six weeks from Friday, but, yeah, six weeks. We got an email from our venue requesting names and email addresses for all of our vendors the other day and I, um, started noticing some glaring gaps in our plans.

    We’d tossed around several ideas for music and just never got anything nailed down. We were hoping for a live band, but as we got further into planning and realized maybe our budget isn’t going to be as high as we thought, paying four to six people for their talent looked like it was out of the cards. And DJs? Those folks get spendy and we kiiiinda waited too long to book one on short notice.

    Enter, iTunes!

    Fortunately, our venue has a sound system with an iPod dock allowing us to run our own music. It’s a really great option if you’re willing to devote a few days to building your playlist. I come from the generation that remembers mix tapes and I was a badass at putting together a tape that flowed in and out of different genres and tempos, so I saw this as an opportunity to make a really big mix tape collection that a.) tells our story, b.) entertains our guests with some happy dance jams and c.) doesn’t need a parental advisory for the more conservative guests. On it!


    If you’re going to take on your own music, you’re likely putting three to five mixes together. For us, it’s the prelude, cocktail hour, post-entrance music, then the full reception dance party. Everything has a slightly different feel and sets the tone for that particular time of the evening. Our prelude music is soft and easily-digestible stuff with a swirly, romantic feel to give guests the warm fuzzies while they’re filing in to the chapel. During our cocktail hour, we picked some fun, jazzy sounds with a twist. Richard Cheese definitely shows up here. After we make our entrance and food is served, everyone needs some chill background music, but we wanted it to pick up the beat a little without being overwhelming. Then of course the dance party starts and things get fun!

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    If you’re going to tackle this yourself, pick special songs first. Are you walking down the aisle to something other than a traditional bridal march? Think about your first dance, a song you’d like to play while cutting the cake or dancing with your brigade — any of those points in the day where the music means something to you. Once you set a few songs that have a special meaning to you and your beloved, it’s much easier to build your playlist around that.

    Of course, you don’t owe anyone their favorite song or artist, but if you get hung up, ask friends for some input. Set parameters like “no breakup songs” or “absolutely no Nickleback” to help them help you. Since weddings usually have a large age range, consider some older stuff for those aunts and uncles who still like to party, but aren’t quite down with David Guetta. Bands like The Beatles, Queen and Hall & Oates usually go over well with most people.

    Take look at your day-of timeline and add a few extra minutes for each block of music. If you’re having a true cocktail hour, build an extra 15 – 20 minutes in for a buffer. I stacked my least favorite songs into that buffer so if they played, at least there was music, and if they didn’t, no heartbreak. Skipping a few songs isn’t a problem, but running out of music is!

    Finally, arm a good friend with a schedule, a playlist and the pause button, then another with a microphone. Unless you are so awesome at scheduling that you can assemble a playlist with breaks and shifts and stay on it (please don’t count on that!), you’ll need someone to hit pause for the toasts or skip ahead to the cake cutting music. Label your playlists accordingly and go over everything ahead of time so there’s no confusion about where the music needs to go. Your buddy with the microphone (or booming voice) can make announcements that would otherwise be left to a DJ or band leader. It saves you money, plus you have a day perfectly customized to you and your sweetheart.

    Are you saving money in the music department? What are your plans? Let us know in the comments!

  • 4/14

    I guess my fiancé and I are a little bit hipster: We brew our own beer and kombucha; we adopt old shelter dogs; we get our coffee from the local coffee bean roaster; and we're vegetarians. Good indie and alternative music is also important to us so coordinating the entertainment for our wedding made us nervous. I found it hard to find a DJ that fit our style and budget.…

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    Photo: Persimmon Images It's up there on the list of typical wedding saving tips: - Book off-season (November - March/April) - CHECK! - Cut down the guest list - CHECK! - Limit the Bar - CHECK! - Pre-owned wedding gown - Check! - iPod your wedding music - hmmm... It would definitely be cheaper, but maybe a little bit more work on your part. Okay,…

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    (Hey you. Yes, you! Before you read this, go here and read all about our ceremony music so you're up to speed. Aight? Cool.) Its grand entrance time, yo! And we always knew we wanted Jump Around play as our reception entrance music. I mean come on. It's only one of the most legendary party beats ever. But, the Bungalow Club had accidentally miscommunicated the…

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    I have a question. How do you time out your processional music, if using popular tunes?I mean, as it stands, we're thinking of using 1 song for the bridal party/families, and another song for my grand entrance.Our aisle is probably all of 20 seconds long to walk.So, how does it work? Do we fade it out when its time to switch tunes and then fade…

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    I have a few things to catch up on and clear up this weekend. First, I have something special to share with my SoCal readers - last weekend I went to see one of the funnest, most badass and happy-making shows I've seen in my life. Best part? It happens weekly, its only $10 and there's free gumbo! Check it out: Vaud & the Villains…

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