I am very much a music person - although I must admit that I am not actually priviledge enough to claim that. But I like music and I can at least comfortably say that I know what I like - folk, acoustic and rock. So...2 weeks before the wedding I was to send over a songlist to Ezura ( of Ezura Entertainment ) so she can consider to play on the W-Day itself.
Now... I know I've mentioned this before
** Tip #1: Choose songs that you actually like listening to. Coming up with a songlist doesn't mean it has to be tacky with heavy fully-loaded ballads (100 Greatest Love Songs of All Time OST!!). Plus, sharing with your guests the sort of music that you appreciate will give your wedding a more personalised touch.
** Tip #2: Do consider the music taste of the oldies as well - ie. The Parents. Mix it up a bit, but your parents preference should never dominate yours. Just... be considerate enough so that the old people can still enjoy the music as well.
** Tip #3: Always go for light and easy. If you want upbeat, go for swing or jazz numbers. Poco-poco are always fun at a malay wedding but if possible avoid rock songs because it just kills the mood.
** Tip #4: Do self-censorship. After you've come up with a songlist, have a go at listening to all songs and be extra aware of the lyrics and its subtext. At least let the songs be PG-13.
** Tip #5: If you're hiring a band, please be mindful of the range of songs that the band can play. If possible, come up with an extensive list of songs and give to your band for their consideration. The band can't play songs they are not familiar with. So if you insist on having some particular songs played during your wedding, highlight these to your band so they can have enough time to practice and do their own music arrangements.
And now... without further ado, I present to you...
MY OFFICIAL SONGLIST:
(Songs highlighted [*] are my personal favourite)
- * Back to You - John Mayer >> Such wonderful song paired with such sultry voice!
- * Virginia Moon - Norah Jones & Foo Fighters >> This is a wonderful (and unexpected) collab!
- * Sempurna - Andra & The Backbones >> I know it's overplayed at weddings but its all for a very good reason!
- * Kau Ilhamku - Manbai >> A play on the word based on Hubby's name. This song is extra special to me because it dates back to before we were dating.
- Here Comes Your Man - Meaghan Smith >> If I had it my way, this would've been Hubby's entrance song.
- Like A Star - Corrine Bailey Rae
- Gravity - Sara Bareilles
- * Can't Take My Eyes Off of You - Lady Antebellum >> I fell in love with the lyrics set against some simple chords and arrangements.
- Ingin Bersamamu - Tomok
- The Way - Clay Aiken >> Thought I'd throw in a cheesy wedding song in there for the fun of it.
- You're In My Heart, You're In My Soul - Rod Stewart
- Till There Was You - Rod Stewart
- * For Sentimental Reasons - Rod Stewart >> One of my fav from his American Songbook album. This song takes me back to a flat in Liverpool...
- * I'm Yours - Jason Mraz >> I know... another overplayed song.
- A Beautiful Mess - Jason Mraz
- Bintang-bintang - Bintang >> No kidding.
- You Belong To Me - Michael Bubble
- This Moment - Shania Twain >> Hubby loves her and had dedicated this song to me on numerous occasion. Thought he'd appreciate it being on the songlist.
- Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Bubble
- Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
- Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
- All The Way - Celine Dion & Frank Sinatra >> Another classic collab!
- What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
- Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond >> This is such a fun song. If you're a Gleek, you'd know which epi this came from....
- Beautiful - Trading Yesterday
- You Make It Real - James Morrison
- * Baby It's Fact - HelloGoodbye >> Another fun upbeat song. This song always makes me smile.
- All We Are - Matt Nathanson
- * Loving You - Paolo Nutini
- * She's Got You High - Mumm-Ra >> I blame 500 Days of Summer OST. This song is addictive!
- * Always - Switchfoot
The list are extensive but I know I've put enough of myself into it when my friends came over to me after the wedding and commented that the songlist are so... ME! And I was so happy to hear this and know I've succeed in sharing my musical experience with those who came.
And wouldn't it be more fulfilling if I could make this into a CD and slip it inside a personalised cover sleeve as a wedding favor?