At this point we haven’t thought much about our actual ceremony yet, but we have given thought to one aspect of it: the music.
Mr. Wizard and I are music people. We both have huge iTunes libraries, listen to a wide variety of stuff, and always have music playing. The music for our ceremony (and reception, but we’ll get to that some other time) is of utmost importance to us. The songs we choose would have to have some special meaning to us, set the tone for the wedding, and will forever be our “wedding songs” after the big day. So no pressure, right? Ha.
We knew right off the bat we didn’t want any live musicians. Our wedding is just not quite that formal/fancy, and, let’s face it, they’re not in the budget anyway. We wanted our ceremony music to reflect us and our relationship, and to mean something to us, giving it the personal vibe we were going for. We wanted to have one prelude song, one pre-processional for the parents, grandparents, and bridal party to walk down to, and one bridal processional for yours truly. I already had an idea for the bridal processional (and I’ll get to that later), but for the prelude and pre-processional, I decided to take a look at Vitamin String Quartet to see what they had to offer. VSQ does string-quartet covers of pop and rock songs, so this seemed the perfect way for us to use songs that mean something to us while still keeping the formal, wedding-y feel of instrumental music.
After browsing their YouTube channel for a little while, I had found covers of two songs that mean something to us: Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979” and The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.”
“1979” is a song that Mr. Wizard and I bonded over in the very beginning—Smashing Pumpkins are sort of an…acquired taste, and we were both surprised when we found out the other was a fan. We spent many a night driving in his car listening to their music, and “1979” has always been one of our favorites. It just so happens that the VSQ cover of it is perfect for our prelude—it’s upbeat and exciting, and I think it brings about a feeling of excited anticipation, which is exactly what we want our guests to feel when the music comes on and they realize, “Hey, this thing’s about to start!”
“Just Like Heaven” is a song that I listened the crap out of when we had been together for a few months and I was falling in love, fast. Mr. Wizard and I are also both big fans of The Cure, and this is one of his favorite songs by them, too. It’s the perfect happy-excited-super-in-love song, though the VSQ version is slower and more formal, so it would make a great pre-processional for the parents and grandparents to walk in to. And we hope that the slower tempo of this song will help the guests realize that, hey, it’s time to sit down, shut up, and get serious—it’s wedding time.
Now, my bridal processional song. I had chosen it ages ago, and it’s a little bit different than the Vitamin String Quartet stuff we’ve had so far. I just always knew I’d walk down the aisle to this song.
Despite the fact that it’s from a movie, I think the song is absolutely beautiful. It’s not a very recognizable track from that movie either (it plays very quietly in the background of a dialogue-heavy scene, so it’s hard to hear), so I’m not worried about people recognizing it as “Ew, it’s from that cheesy movie that most people hate.” And, the original Elton John version of “Your Song” is the first song Mr. Wizard and I ever danced to, and it has remained one of our favorite love songs all these years. Walking down the aisle to this song, toward my future husband, is going to be absolutely magical and perfect.
What type of music are you using for your ceremony? What songs did you choose and why?