How many wedding songs do I need?
Do I seriously need a song for the cake-cutting? Which one’s the processional/recessional?
Can’t I just high-kick my way down the aisle to The Ramones?
Dear god of wedding madness, what is an appropriate song for a bouquet toss?!
Hi folks, welcome to the world of totally unnecessary wedding song stress. If you’re stuck wondering how many wedding songs you need to pick for your big day, we’re here to throw you a lifeline.
Spoiler alert: there's only 2 must-haves, and a couples of optionals.
The traditional 'must-have' wedding song list
If you’ve worked your way through the dry google results on the matter, you’ve probably seen a long, dull list of wedding formalities you need to create a soundtrack to.
Here’s what a very conservative, yawn-inducing wedding song list looks like:
That’s 14 specially selected songs to accompany traditional wedding formalities.
If you think that's ridiculous, you're in good company.
It's not a musical, it's your marriage, right? You don't need to bore your guests with this much fluff. And you don't need to put yourself through it either.
Without too much stress, we can cut more than half of these token gestures. That leaves your brain free to plan music for the truly important moments.
Let’s look at what we can toss out...
Ceremony song moments that mean nothing
Reception song moments you can skip
So there you go. A fistful of totally unnecessary theme songs for some rather outdated practices. Bam! Kick 'em to the curb.
And you know what?
You’ve just cut a full hour of meaningless wedding formalities from your special day.
Not to mention the days you've saved yourself googling for love song lyrics that aren’t totes inappropes. NOW you have time to focus on the big stuff..
The bare necessities approach to choosing wedding songs
We propose an alternative to the over-the-top wedding song selection nightmare.
We reckon you only really need TWO wedding songs - your processional (walk-in) and recessional (walk-out) song. Everything else is optional.
But we have to say, here’s what the ideal wedding song list might look like:
*totes optional, but worthy additions to your one fine day.
Now, of course that’s not all the music you’ll have on your day. It simply means you can reduce the stress of picking perfect songs to accompany your special moments. Choose an awesome live band to take care of the rest. And you can enjoy selecting the key songs that will be most meaningful/adorable for you.
Let's go over the special few worth making 'yours'.
We're Fidel & Sarah
A Melbourne folk band with wedding sensibilities and punk rock spirit. Most days you'll find us off-grid in the country playing banjo tunes to the kangaroos, or travelling around Australia in our vintage caravan Myrtle. We love 99% dark chocolate, living every day like a holiday, and brides & grooms who aren't afraid to do whatever the hell they want for their special day.
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