One year ago today, Taylor and I were married. It was a wonderful day. Really. It was a wonderful day spent with family and friends. My best. My favorite.
Needless to say, the music for the event was my obsession leading up to the day. To save money (basically the only place we saved money), I just put together roughly 5 and half hours of music that was meant to soundtrack the evening. The iPod Classic was going to be our DJ. The first hour would play in the background while ladies and gents sipped on cocktails (or in reality… got loaded on wine and Highland Gaelic Ale). The second hour would play during dinner. The next 3 hours was supposed to be the dance/party section. I can’t tell you how difficult it is to put together a dance playlist ahead of an event. Maybe I should say… I can’t tell you how difficult it is for a music geek like me to put together a dance playlist ahead of an event. It’s an arduous process of mixing together slow dance songs and upbeat party numbers, trying to account for all people of all ages, and – most importantly – making a list that doesn’t have too many cheesy wedding reception music cuts. No matter how cool your particular friends and family are… cheesy wedding reception music is a must. Without fail, the most couples danced during “Wonderful Tonight.” It was a low point for me that evening. My advice to anybody getting married? Just hire a DJ. A DJ is important. You need somebody to gauge the crowd, and be responsible for playing the right cut of music at the right time. Being slave to a playlist that has been predetermined is really not the best way to guarantee a fully occupied dance floor.
In honor of this day, I’m sharing the playlists for the cocktail/dinner portion of the evening. It’s a collection made up of mostly love songs, a few songs that talk of mountains, a few songs that reference the food choice of that day, and finally – the song that scored our first dance.