Wedding Wednesday – Our Playlist

A lot of people that are doing DIY weddings these days are also doing all of their music as well.  I’ve only been to one other wedding where they did their own music, but it was only ceremony and mealtime music (no dancing).  We decided to do all of our own music for our wedding  because our venue was “iPod ready” – meaning, they had a nice sound system and all we had to do was hook our mp3 player or laptop up.  Plus, it just saved us a ton of money not having to have a DJ.

We split the music up into different Playlists so they were easy to find for the different parts of the wedding: Pre-ceremony, Ceremony, Dinner/Cocktail Hour, and Reception/Dance music. We did have another playlist set up for the bouquet and garter toss as well, so those songs were easy to find. You’d want to add any father-daughter, mother-son dances as well 🙂  We asked a friend to control our music, and it was super easy for him – he was such a champ!

Getting all of our music was the only challenge and we did a combination of things to find the right songs.  Here’s some tips and things we did:

  • Go through all of your own music and find songs you like that would fit will with your wedding music. Be thinking about background music, dance music, as well as the most important ones like what you’ll walk down to the aisle to.
  • Pandora. I listen to Pandora every day at work, and when a song came on that I thought would fit well somewhere in our wedding, I wrote it down in a Google spreadsheet.  I learned about a lot of great music this way as well 🙂
  • Google sample wedding playlists.  This was very important for us since we wanted a variety of music, for the old and young folks alike!  There’s some stuff I would personally not listen to, but that I thought people would like to dance to – as well as songs that I wouldn’t have thought of.

We kept a Google spreadsheet going for a few months, adding new songs here and there as we pleased. As it got closer to the wedding, we started sorting them into our various playlists.  We ended up having way too much music, and had to nix some stuff, but I think we ended up with a great variety of music. Although, there’s no Country here 😉 haha.

So here’s all of our wedding music, sorted by playlist (sorry about the random orders somewhat, I just typed how it showed up on my computer!). Hopefully it helps someone out there who is putting together music for their wedding. Enjoy!

Pre-ceremony
First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
Amber – 311
A Message – Coldplay
This Years Love – David Gray

Ceremony
Love and Some Verses – Iron & Wine (wedding party walked down to this)
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Ingrid Michaelson (I walked down to this)
New Soul – Yael Naim (us and the wedding party exited with this)

Dinner/Cocktail Hour
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
Ain’t No Sunshine – Kris Allen
Faithfully – Journey
Amber – 311
A Movie Script Ending – Death Cab For Cutie
Viva La Vida
Coldplay
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
Let My Love Open the Door – Pete Townshend
Sparks – Coldplay
Trouble – Ray LaMontagne
Shiver – Coldplay
The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkel
Layla – Eric Clapton
Everything – Michael Buble
Gravity – John Mayer
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Green Eyes – Coldplay
Somebody to Love – Queen
Falling Slowly – Lee DeWyze & Crystal Bowersox
Starlight – Muse
Yellow – Coldplay
The Scientist – Coldplay
You & Me – Dave Matthews Band
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Never Say Never – The Fray
Everlong – The Foo Fighers
If You Could Only See – Tonic
Your Song – Elton John

Reception/Dance Music
Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
At Last – Etta James
Daughters – John Mayer
Happy Together – The Turtles
Hey, Soul Sister – Train
Hey Ya! – Outkast
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Hella Good – No Doubt
I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick
Just What I Needed – The Cars
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
American Girl – Tom Petty
Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ – Journey
Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
This Magic Moment – The Drifters
Island In The Sun – Weezer
Hey Jude – The Beatles
You and I – Ingrid Michaelson
1 2 3 4 – Feist
The Fray – You Found Me
Something – The Beatles
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger

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7 responses to “Wedding Wednesday – Our Playlist

  1. Ooh, I love so many of these songs. What an awesome list! The variety is good, and it really is a great mix of genres, as well as old/newness. So nice!

  2. I really like the idea of keeping a spreadsheet of music, because I’m already compiling lists in my head of music I want played at my wedding, lol! Looks like you two put together a great list.

  3. I LOVE THIS! Even though we didn’t do an iPod wedding, we did pick all the music for our DJ to play and just recently were lamenting how we SHOULD HAVE FRIGGIN SAVED THE LIST. I could kick myself for not at least printing out our song list! Ugh! Anyway, you’ve reignited an inspiration in me to sit down and list all the ones I can remember, for posterity’s sake.

  4. We went the ipod route too but you were way more organized than I was. I picked up my best friend from the airport and on the three hour drive to the venue, I told her to put together a playlist on her ipod. She did a pretty good job 🙂

  5. We used at least 5 of those songs at our wedding. 🙂 Great taste in music!!

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  7. missjennfabulous

    You had a great playlist! Love the Pandora idea. When I was working, I would listen to Pandora all day, too, and I would write down every song that I loved! I also have a list going for our wedding this June. Lol, I started it before we were even engaged, but I knew when the time came, it would pay off that I was prepared!! 😛

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