The Memories Collection package comes with your choice of either a guitarist or a ukulele…ist. We felt like choosing the ukulele was a no-brainer, this being Hawaii and all. As to what he should play, we just asked for a selection of traditional Hawaiian tunes. Music was such a HUGE deal to me with our wedding, that it was nice to not really care this time around.
Actually, there was one thing I cared about: I was 99% certain that at some point the ukulele player would bust out that medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” (I’m pretty sure it’s required of them the way electric guitarists always have to play “Stairway to Heaven”!), which depresses the H out of me and Patrick. So the first thing that went into my BEO was “DO NOT PLAY Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World.” Caps included. It worked!
You can see our ukulele player in this shot.
He turned out to be one of the best things about our ceremony. I’d been a little worried about it being too short and not, well, ceremonial, since we weren’t exchanging rings or doing most of the other stuff you do in a wedding ceremony. But he worked the music in as a main component of the ceremony, not just background music before and after. There was a break in the ceremony where he serenaded us with a couple of songs, including “A Whole New World”, my only favorite Disney tune, which surprised and delighted me (he’d sneakily asked Patrick what my favorite was while they waited for me to walk down the “aisle.”) We even sang along a little! Because I’m so picky, I held my breath to see what Disney tune he’d play next, but thankfully it was one I like, “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Tarzan.
At the end of the ceremony, he played another song and then wished us heartfelt congratulations. Very classy!