Ceremony Music for the Rock Lovin’ Bride

Have you ever thought about if your life had a soundtrack what it would sound like? I think our soundtrack would sound like an action movie. Loud, distorted guitars, driving drum solos… *blissful sigh* I confess, I am a rock-music-lovin’ bride marrying a rock-lovin’ groom. I swoon over bands like the White Stripes, Hinder, and Drowning Pool.

So you can imagine my dilemma when I was asked about ceremony music. Traditional wedding music, like Cannon in D, while beautiful, simply doesn’t fit the soundtrack of our lives. Everything else for the wedding is a reflection of us, so why shouldn’t the music be also?

We probably would have used something by the Vitamin String Quartet, but with our ceremony venue being so rustic, we don’t have the power setup for a sound system. Lucky for us, we were able to find a guitarist who offered to learn any songs we wanted, including rock! YAY!

So we began our music research. In other words, we used our Zune pass and started listening to every instrumental rock song we could think of that was slow enough to use for the ceremony. Talk about an epic failure. There are not many instrumental versions of our favorite songs. So a new plan evolved. We picked songs we liked, then searched YouTube for people playing solo/instrumental versions of these songs on a guitar. Now this plan resulted in a major win!

The recessional was super easy after reading Miss Husky’s post about the song “First Day of My Life.” With the miracle that is YouTube, I found this instrumental version:

Now the processional music has been a little harder to narrow down. We only need one song for all of us to walk down the aisle to. We have been able to narrow it down to two but are having a hard time deciding which one to use:

Snow Patrol – “Chasing Cars”

I like this song because it talks about shutting out the outside world and just enjoying being together. Things get so crazy for us that oftentimes Mr. Meerkat has to ask me this same question: will I just sit with him for a little bit and shut out all the distractions that are happening around us? My favorite part about “Chasing Cars” is the part that goes:

I don’t quite know

How to say

How I feel

Those three words

Are said too much

They’re not enough

If I lay here

If I just lay here

would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Our other option is to go for something like this:

NickleBack – “If Today Was Your Last Day”

I know what you’re thinking. Why in the hell would we pick a song that talks about dying?! I guess I should give you a little background on Mr. Meerkat. He was born with a condition called spina bifida, but thanks to some amazing surgeons, the damage to his spine has been repaired. If you passed him on the street today, you would never know about his condition, but it doesn’t mean that later in life some of the issues won’t return. So we live each day of our lives like it’s the last. We don’t want to put anything off that we might one day not be able to do anymore. I think the part of the song that really hit home was:

My best friend gave me the best advice

He said each day’s a gift and not a given right

Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind

And try to take the path less traveled by

That first step you take is the longest stride

Alright, ladies—now that you see my dilemma, we need some help. Which song would you go with for the processional?


Mrs. Meerkat

Kalamazoo, MI/Riviera Maya
Wedding Date:
December 2010
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    corgitales 11391 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 12:15 pm

    We’re using chasing cars for our mid-ceremony song!! And first day of my life is one of my favorite songs! I want to find a way to incorporate it but I dont know how. Do you worry that it might not be up-beat enough for a recessional? That is why I’m not using it for that.

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:19 pm

    While I love the Nickleback song and the story behind it, I’m sort of leaning towards your other choice in Chasing Cars.

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:22 pm

    oh, chasing cars takes my breath away every time! it is hopelessly romantic and i can imagine it perfectly at your DW! amazing ideas, miss meerkat!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:14 pm

    @CorgiTales: Exactly what my thoughts are. I keep flip-flopping asking myself if the music to the Nickleback song is what makes it sad or the words.

    @Miss Ostrich: Aww! Thanks Ostrich. Funny enough I picture both of the songs and I think that is what my problem is. =)

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    emma5w 547 posts, Busy bee @ 1:22 pm

    Pesonally, I’m partial to “Chasing Cars” – it’s our first dance. (c:

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    Miss Cheesy Potatoes, Guest @ 5:25 pm

    Chasing Cars all the way!

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    hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:49 pm

    Oh, I love First Day of My Life!

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    Drums 202 posts, Helper bee @ 9:37 am

    Nickelback > Snow Patrol any day.

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:00 am

    @Drums: ROFL! I do *heart* me some Nickleback. 😉

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