Please Don't Stop The Music

I know things have been kinda quiet on the wedding front, but that's because (I can't believe I'm actually saying this) everything is pretty much done. I know, I can hardly believe it myself.

I worked really hard for the past six months because I wanted to actually enjoy my summer and not spend it cooped up in the house addressing invitations. I'll probably be cooped up in the house anyway (because that's where the A/C is, but at least it'll be my decision).

There's only one area of the reception that we don't have planned out and that's the music. You'd think that with both of us being dancers, that music would be the first thing on our radar, but no. Maybe we're just taking it for granted that we both know music.

DJ Renzo, Washington D. C.
After looking at my iTunes playlist last night (all 30 GBs of it), I realized that picking stuff to play during our reception is going to be a lot tougher than I had anticipated. Sure, there's going to be salsa. That's easy especially when we've locked up Washington D.C.'s premier salsa DJ, Lorenzo Haire, as our MC for the evening. I'm not worried about that. What I am worried about is all the other music. We can't only play salsa.

We need to have mood music for dinner. There must be a freestyle set mixed into the evening at some point. I would be really sad if I didn't hear at least ONE Journey song during the party and every song from Outkast's Stankonia makes my heart swoon. How are we going to make this work?

I really love 80s music, like, a lot and would love to incorporate it into the night at some point. Wil and I went to a swanky restaurant over the weekend where they played 80s music covered by a lounge band (if anyone has more information about this genre, please let me know).

Then there's the first wedding dance to worry about. We're actually going to have two, first dances (long story): one slow song and one salsa. We had the salsa picked out months ago, but have really struggled with choosing a slow song to dance to? It's kinda embarrassing.

I have a couple picked out and was wondering if you'd give me your opinion on them. If you could maybe give me some ideas for other songs, I'd appreciate it, too. I'm not being super secretive about this part of the wedding because for us, it's the salsa that really counts. To what song did you dance your first dance?


  said... July 7, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I like the Blue October song. It made my heart melt <3

Jennifer said... July 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Don't worry, you will make the music work and if the DJ is awesome he will know how to do all the different types you want played. We did this at our wedding and it was a blast. People danced all night long. We had 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, salsa, and music of this millenium all mixed up.

Totally love the Sade song. I think I'd choose that. Although I also love the Alicia Keys song.

N said... July 18, 2011 at 3:17 PM

We danced to "More Than Words" by Extreme. This is technically a Rumba but I got married before I learned to partner dance. Now I'm a music snob, as my husband calls me. I always say "oh this is a Waltz or this is a Hustle" and he says "Can't you just DANCE?" He's a heathen.

Anyway, in my travels I have always said that if I were to ever get married again, I would want "Fallen" by Lauren Wood. Despite the fact that it was in a movie about a hooker with a heart of gold, it is a magnificent song and the PERFECT Rumba. I LOVE THIS SONG!

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