Yeah, so, instead of spending big bucks on a wedding DJ, David and I are opting for an iTunes wedding.
I’ve been working on the wedding playlist off and on for a few weeks. The music for the precession, the pre-wedding music, the dinner music … all that was easy. It was the reception playlist that I really focused my attention on. My friends and family are dancing fools, and I don’t want to disappoint. I’m not the only one sweatin’ the wedding playlist. Our buddies Jeff and Tara are getting married this August, and they have already started work on their list. They wrote about their plight here. It was after reading their post that I decided to write a quick post of my own.
Making a great wedding playlist is a difficult dance — a song that will get my mom to shake her money maker is not necessarily the same song that will get my friends to rock their bodies. So, in order to make sure I play the songs people want to hear, David and I are taking requests.
We got a lot of requests for “Baby’s Got Back” and “Humpty Dance.” These are family favorites. Also, strangely, we got multiple requests for “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe. Now you know. Yo, Slick, blow. It’s drivin’ me out of my mind. That’s why it’s hard for me to find. Can’t get it out of my head. …
Everything was fine until we started getting requests for songs we don’t like.
My sister requested “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. Admittedly, Michelle and her husband don’t really like the song, but because they hate it is the reason it’s their song. It’s hard to explain. You have to read Tony’s column to get it.
We got several requests for “I Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. I got a feeling I’m going to leave the dance floor and go get a drink when that song comes on.
My coworker Paul submitted a list of songs and demanded that they be played, including “Hungry Eyes” from “Dirty Dancing,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “We Built This City.” Clearly, Paul hates my guts and wants to ruin my wedding.
My favorite random song requests came from the groom himself. When it came to the reception playlist, David really steered clear, leaving it to Mix Master Sonia to figure it out. Eventually, David asked for a few songs, including Flight of the Conchords’ “Business Time” and The Time’s “Jungle Love.” Meanwhile, I requested the Cantina Song from “Star Wars.”