No, I Don’t Know That Song.

And no, I don’t know that song either.

This is how I respond when people quote song lyrics at me or do that whole, “DUDE, YOU KNOW WHAT SONG THIS TOTALLY REMINDS ME OF?” No, actually, I have no idea.

I’m going to say something that is going to shock a lot of people, and it’s almost 97% true: If it’s not a song played on the radio, I won’t know it. (GASP)

Basically, I know today’s hit music, oldies, some soft rock, and a bit of rap. That’s it. It’s a small amount of the world’s music compared to what’s out there, BUT I would argue that it’s what people want to dance to when they’re at a wedding.

PSY, Ke$ha, Adele and Nicki Minaj make you wanna get up and move! And that’s what we want people to do at our wedding. Young, old, lame, cool, funny, awkward, grumpy, happy, sleepy, and Doc. EVERYONE is welcome and should be dancing!

Especially since we are starting off the evening with the Ceilidh band and dancing to music like this:

Now, my family and friends and I are all SUPER excited to learn how to dance a Ceilidh, but my guess is after some fancy do-si-do’ing and many repetitive movements, people are going to be ready to go a little crazy! Luckily, pop music provides the perfect way for us to unwind and bump and grind.

I’ve fooled my nanny kiddos into thinking I’m very musically adept, because Big C is convinced I know every song on earth (just because I can sing along to every song played on the radio). I realize this makes me sound super lame, but I’m pretty sure the radio was made for people like me. Here is awesome music that everyone likes, and we think you will too! Rock on Lemming!

Sword Guests, this is your warning, there will be awesome music at our wedding, but a good portion of it will come from the radio! Plus a little country for Mom Sword, and some oldies for those in our lives who’ve been around a wee bit longer.

Now for some wedding tidbits:

My Dad and I will dance first, and I’m hoping to have the DJ say something like, “The bride chose to have her first dance be with the first man who held her heart.” Or is that too cheesy? Dad Sword and I will dance to Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles. Dad Sword is a huge Beatles fan (I am too) so I was thrilled to be able to incorporate that into the wedding day. Plus, it’s the perfect not-so-sappy Father/Daughter song.

Mr. Sword and his Mum will dance to You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder, because it’s the first song that came to FMIL’s mind, and since she used to call Mr. Sword her Sunshine, it fits perfectly! And again, it’s a great choice in my opinion because it’s sweet but not obnoxiously so.

Finally, in a little twist, since Mr. Sword and I are blessed to have both sets of parents happily married (!), we will be inviting the other parent up to dance with the unoccupied person.

Basically while I’m dancing with Dad Sword, Mr. Sword will ask Mom Sword to join him on the floor about half way through the song, and then while Mr. Sword dances with his Mum, I will ask his Dad to join me on the dance floor. This is also nice because it’s less time spent staring at one couple, and more spreading of the love.

As for our first dance as husband and wife, you’ll have to wait until the recaps for that top-secret information! :)

I do have a question though, has anyone done an anniversary dance and if so, what song did you choose? Since we’re nixing the bouquet/garter tosses, I wanted to find a way to give my bouquet to the couple at our wedding that’s been married the longest. Usually the DJ asks everyone that’s married to come out on the floor, and then says, “If you’ve been married less than a day, please sit down.” It goes from less than a month, to a year, to five, etc., until there’s one couple left dancing. If all goes as planned, I already know who this couple will be at our wedding and since they are family I can’t wait to give them the bouquet! But what song should we choose?

Anyone else going Gangnam style at their wedding? Who loves the radio? No one? OK. Cool. :)

BLOGGER

Mrs. Sword

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:35 am

    Gangnam Style was on our must-play list, and it resulted in some amazing pictures. My other favorite part of the evening was the ’90s teen pop section. Amazing.

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    cbl, Guest @ 7:50 am

    Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” is perfect for an Anniversary dance.

    Also, not going to lie, I’m a little sad Gagnam Style didn’t become a thing until a couple of months after our wedding. We would have rocked that out for sure.

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    ItsPronounced_ABear 715 posts, Busy bee @ 7:55 am

    Hey, I love the radio! Where else is there to get music? lol.

    We did an anniversary dance and a lot of the baby boomer and older couples said how cool it was. Many of them don’t “regular” dance, so it gave them a good reason to get up and participate.

    Our DJ played “Unchained Melody”. I had actually requested this song for my sister and bro-in-law because it was their first dance song 5 years ago. They were very touched. It was a nice surprise that the DJ decided to use it during this time.

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    MrsCov 50 posts, Worker bee @ 9:17 am

    Nothing wrong with a bit of cheesy mainstream music for people to dance to – our list of suggested songs for our DJ was full of (what we consider) a good mix of classics from Motown to 80s to rock to modern chart/radio music. I’d definitely go for a mix of genres and eras if possible – keeps all ages happy!
    Oh, and don’t underestimate how exhausted people will be after a ceilidh. Your caller will keep people on the right track with how to do the dances but it’ll generally descend into fun chaos (it certainly did at our wedding with mu husband’s English family) and it really is fast paced and tiring – much more so than “normal” dancing. A brief respite before the DJ starts up with a pause to catch your breath (and cool down) will probably be required!

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    mswallaby 2066 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:04 am

    *raises hand* we’re doing an anniversary dance! I think we’re doing “Remember When” by Alan Jackson. Every wedding we’ve been to with an anniversary dance has played a slow song, and that’s one of my faves. Also, Gangnam Style is totalllllly on the Wallaby playlist :)
    I second Treasure on the 90′s pop hits, we’ll also be getting down to some Britney, BSB, Ja Rule, the list goes on.

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    mrspuddingface 2542 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:01 am

    Unfortunately the Gangnam phenomenon hadn’t quite reached us in time for our wedding – but I can imagine it will result in some GREAT memories for you. The biggest song for ours was LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem. Our guests formed a gigantic dance circle which prompted individual dancing in the centre and dance wars, while everyone on the outside got their grooves on. BEST PART OF THE RECEPTION!
    We also did an anniversary dance and played The Commodores/Lionel Richie’s ‘Three Times a Lady”, since it’s my parents’ song.

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    MissMaryPat 40 posts, Newbee @ 11:47 am

    My dad asked me if our F/D dance could be to Gangnam Style…and he was serious. Yikes. But it also has the potnetial to be totally awesome! Our wedding party dance is LMFAO “Party Rock Anthem”. It’s getting old, but it’s my jam! The last wedding we were at had the anniversary dance and used the song “It Had to be You.”

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    Pittsburgher2, Guest @ 12:28 pm

    We used Kenny Rogers “Through the Years” for our anniversary dance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKfTqOsnOpM

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:22 pm

    I love how you plan to do the parent dances, that’s so sweet!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:28 pm

    Parent dances sound awesome but wouldn’t work with my family! My dad isn’t going to want to dance with me really as he isnt a big fan of being the centre of attention! I can’t wait to hear about your top secret first dance! I am intrigued!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:12 pm

    @MrsCov: Good point! I hope people still want to dance to the DJ!
    Yay, thanks for all the suggestions!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:41 pm

    For our generation dance, we chose a song that had meaning to the couple who we knew would win (which meant calling my mom and asking her about songs for her parents). I love that you and your dad are dancing to a Beatles song!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:27 am

    We’re doing an Anniversary Dance, too (we’ve always called it a Generation dance, like Mrs. PaC stated)! We also know who the couple will be and we are SO excited for it. We’re using ‘their’ song , Unchained Melody.

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    sarah, Guest @ 5:51 pm

    what about playing their wedding song?

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    shortbread 290 posts, Helper bee @ 9:41 am

    @MrsCov: I could not agree more with the fact that people will be exhausted after the ceilidh part of the dancing. I just attended another ceilidh in Scotland this past weekend and I could not dance every single song. My legs were definitely super sore the next day.

    I know our guests will have a bit of a learning curve as well catching onto the steps to each dance.

    Miss Sword, I do agree that you should try to build in a drink break during the transition from ceilidh band to pop music. You may also want to practice ceilidh dancing in your wedding dress. I think I’m going to have to do this to make sure I can move in my heavy dress!!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:02 pm

    @Shortbread: Good ideas, thanks!!

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