Music is a big deal for me. I’ve been a radio DJ and played in bands, and I had a pastel yellow Sony Walkman permanently attached to my hip throughout the ‘80s! One time when I was a pouty teen I removed my headphones long enough to declare “I wish my life had a soundtrack…” to which my dad replied, “It DOES!”

So the wedding – especially the ceremony – is my chance have a soundtrack that everyone else can hear for one day in my life. (Patrick pretty much sticks with movie scores, and he likes what I’ve chosen).

When we picked Morocco as our ceremony location, I started thinking about using music from the movie The Wind and the Lion, which was my mom’s favorite film. If you can get over Sean Connery playing a Berber, it’s a really fun action-adventure-romance film. One of my fave movie composers, Jerry Goldsmith, wrote the score, which I thought had a nice Moroccan feel. Then I watched the movie again and realized it actually takes place in Morocco – bonus!

For the reception I’m thinking (a bit schizophrenically) about doing Main Street, U.S.A. music from Disneyland for the cocktail hour and a samba/bossa nova/jazz mix for the rest (we’re doing an iPod instead of a DJ – no way am I having the Macarena or the Chicken Dance played at my wedding!).

I linked the names of each song to samples of the songs so you can hear them… cuz I’m a nerd! They’ll open in a new window so you can keep reading.


Entrance – “Main Title from The Wind & The Lion
Right now I’m thinking about having no prelude – just kicking off with this dynamic movie-opening song as Patrick’s parents are seated.

Mom’s Song – “I Remember (Love Theme)
As a way to remember my mother, who passed on about three years ago, we’re going to have them play this song after Patrick’s parents are seated and before anybody else walks down the aisle. The song makes me and Patrick cry, but it is basically my mom’s theme song, and I think she’d really love it.

Officiant, Best Man & Man of Honor – “007
We had to work in something from a James Bond film ‘cuz we’re huge fans, so this alternative Bond theme from the movie From Russia with Love should make our three guys feel pretty cool as they walk down the aisle!

Groom’s Entrance – “Life’s Incredible Again
A love for The Incredibles was the first thing Patrick and I had in common. This song played when Mr. Incredible was getting back in shape and everything started to go well for him again – I think it’s a great entrance for Patrick!

Bride’s Entrance – “Off to Work
This is my favorite song from the soundtrack to The Incredibles, and I played it over and over when Patrick and I were first dating. It’s the perfect fusion of John Barry’s, Henry Mancini’s and Jerry Goldsmith’s styles. I only wish I were wearing a slinkier dress so I could kinda glide down the aisle to this song!

Exit – “Two Hornpipes (Tortuga)
OK, we had to have something from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, so why not the song from the barroom brawl(s) on Tortuga as we exit?


First Dance – “Wave
I’m going to weave three different versions of this Antonio Carlos Jobim song into the reception. For our first dance it’s Sarah Vaughn singing with a big orchestra. This song played over the end of my favorite movie, Next Stop Wonderland. The cool thing about this version is that it starts out slow but has a jazzy break in the middle so we can bust out our swing dance moves!

I’m also going to print the lyrics in our guestbook, which is a glossy coffee table book of our engagement photos.

So close your eyes for that’s a lovely way to be
Aware of things your heart alone was meant to see
The fundamental loneliness goes whenever two can dream a dream together

You can’t deny, don’t try to fight the rising sea
Don’t fight the moon, the stars above, and don’t fight me
The fundamental loneliness goes whenever two can dream a dream together

When I saw you first the time was half past three
when your eyes met mine it was eternity

By now we know the wave is on its way to be
Just catch the wave don’t be afraid of loving me
The fundamental loneliness goes whenever two can dream a dream together

Mother-Son Dance – “Movin’ Right Along
Patrick and I are huge Muppet Show fans, and he had to work a Muppet song into the wedding somehow. This should be a pretty hilarious mother-son dance – the song is mid-tempo and nearly impossible to partner-dance to, plus neither of them know how to dance (Well, OK, Patrick can swing dance, but you can’t swing to this one!). I can’t wait…

Father-Daughter Dance – “High Roller
I’m letting my dad pick the song we dance to. I figure it’s only fair, since I’m picking all the rest of the music. This instrumental by David Sanborn is basically my dad’s theme song!

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2 Responses
  • Cliff
    May 14, 2013

    I like your choices.

    Did you have music play throughout your reception?

    • Carrie
      May 14, 2013

      Thanks! Yes, I broke it up into separate playlists so that the cousin running the iPod would just have to skip to the next playlist at the right time: Pre-reception, First Dance, Reception, Parent Dances, Reception 2. I made each of the background-music playlists about 15 or 20 minutes longer than they needed to be, just in case the schedule got a little loose. And now I have a fabulous 3-hour bossa nova megamix that I still love listening to!

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