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The Wedding Playlist

Friday, June 03, 2011

With wedding season underway, we look at a crucial task facing brides and grooms: the playlist. We talk with wedding planner Karen Bussen and Colleen Crumbcake, owner of Pop Shop DJs (which bills itself as a “cheese-free” mobile DJ service) about the dos and don’ts of wedding music.

Guests:

Colleen Crumbcake and Karen Bussen

Comments [28]

Meg from BK NY

Great recessional: Do-do (Do I love you) by J Geils band

Jun. 03 2011 10:29 PM
rachel from manhattan

can we get a list of all the songs discussed on the show today? it was a great one!

Jun. 03 2011 02:46 PM
John from Brooklyn, NY

Married last October,

Wedding March: Ennio Morricone's "Once Upon a Time in the West"

First Dance: Geoff Muldar's "Brazil"

Jun. 03 2011 02:41 PM
Amanda from Brooklyn

Great show - very surprised that it was so specifically centered around straight couples though. Referring only to the bride and groom is a little antiquated and exclusive, no?

My vote goes for Lovely Day as the first dance; can't go wrong with that one.

Jun. 03 2011 02:41 PM
Marylou from Kenilworth nj

For parent & adult child dance: I wish you love. By Marlene Dietrich.

Jun. 03 2011 02:40 PM
Dominick from New Jersey

Our first dance was to Louis Armstrong's "I Get Ideas" - which raised some eyebrows, but we loved it.

Mother/son dance was to Joan Baez "Forever Young."

My wife danced with her father to "Flashdance" - but she didn't tell him what their song would be until he got onto the dance floor. At the first chords he started laughing. They had a great dance - they used to swing dance to it together when she was little.

Jun. 03 2011 02:37 PM
Maude from Park SLope

dear God, please don't ever let me have the urge to get married.
and if I do have the urge, please. Please let me remember to re-listen to this broadcast.

Jun. 03 2011 02:37 PM
Mary Beth from Irvington, NY

Best ceremony music:

"Women of Ireland" Bob James Three

It worked for me---31 years in October

Jun. 03 2011 02:36 PM
fred from brooklyn

I was at a wedding where the ceremonial song was I can feel it coming in the air tonight
by Phil Collins..

Jun. 03 2011 02:36 PM
Lauren from Harlem

I got married this past September in Hampton Bays. The wedding party (my husband and flower girl) walked down the aisle to UFO's Doctor Doctor, which is played at every Iron Maiden concert just before the band comes on. The Maiden fans in attendance knew the show was about to begin, so to speak. I walked down the aisle to Baracumbara, a beautiful song by the Brazilian singer, Joyce. I think my husband's parents thought the selections were a bit odd, but we couldn't have been happier with our choices as they fit our personalities to a tee.

Jun. 03 2011 02:35 PM
Marissa from NYC

Our processional was U2's "All I Want is You" - it has a great length and instrumental part in the middle, and leads to a nice climax as the bride reaches the alter.

Jun. 03 2011 02:32 PM
tex

we used current music of josh ritter in our ceremony

Jun. 03 2011 02:30 PM
Lauren from Harlem

I got married this past September in Hampton Bays. The wedding party (my husband and flower girl) walked down the aisle to UFO's Doctor Doctor, which is played at every Iron Maiden concert just before the band comes on. The Maiden fans in attendance knew the show was about to begin, so to speak. I walked down the aisle to Baracumbara, a beautiful song by the Brazilian singer, Joyce. I think my husband's parents thought the selections were a bit odd, but we couldn't have been happier with our choices as they fit our personalities to a tee.

Jun. 03 2011 02:30 PM
Marissa from NYC

Our DJ was excellent, but I made the mistake of letting my dad choose our father/daughter song; and gave him a list of some ideas. He chose "I Loved Her First" by Heartland, not my style, but an adorable gesture- however it's such a sentimental song that he proceeded to cry on my shoulder throughout the dance. I would've gone with Amos Lee's "Sweet Pea"...and less crying.

Jun. 03 2011 02:29 PM
TamaraB from NJ

Love the Orpheus song "Cant Find the Time to Tell You", Nat King Cole's "That's All", The Beach Boys "Wouldn't it be Nice" are good wedding songs

Jun. 03 2011 02:29 PM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

My musing: How could it be that Superfreak has become a wedding standard considering its utter kinkiness?

Jun. 03 2011 02:28 PM
Kate from Queens

My husband and I hired alt-country musician Robbie Fulks to play our wedding. I wore a red dress, and he sang Lady in Red for our first dance. If we'd played the Chris Deburgh version, it would have been cheesy but Fulks made it amazing. And later his cover of Billie Jean got everyone dancing. His own songs were great too!

Jun. 03 2011 02:28 PM
shank from Brooklyn

I'm a jewish musician who married a trinidadian and needed to find a way to please the trinis and jews, so naturally I recorded an 8 and a half minute soca hora medley to which you could either wine or dance in a circle.

Jun. 03 2011 02:26 PM
David from New York

For a cabaret wedding at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel on the fifth anniversary of our first date, the first sing-along was "It's Been a Long, Long Time." Lyricist Dorothy Field's son, David Lahm, played piano including one of his mother's finest creations, "The Way You Look Tonight," "My Romance," by Rodgers and Hart, and "Love Is Here to Stay" by the Gershwins among many other standards. KT Sullivan sang "Love Is a Quiet Thing."

Jun. 03 2011 02:26 PM
Enzo

Arabic live band $3,500 ..

Doo Wop /Motown DJ... free....my Dad

My own playlists for remainder...

Jun. 03 2011 02:24 PM
Mike

My wife and I had some friends play songs for our ceremony. 2 singers and an acoustic guitar.

I'm In Love With a Girl by Big Star for the processional

For You Blue by the Beatles for the recessional

It was really meaningful and sounded great.

Jun. 03 2011 02:24 PM
Litza from Astoria

I have to plug the iPod option; we opted for that, had a music-geek friend choose the music very carefully, and queued up specific songs when the mood was right. Packed with motown classics that appealed to every age group, we got everyone dancing and had a fantastic time.

And we kept it upbeat for the set pieces: I danced with my dad to Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie" (my nickname as a kid). And the first dance with my husband was Peggy Lee's "I'll Dance at Your Wedding."

So many of the father-daughter choices just sound creepy.

Jun. 03 2011 02:23 PM
Angela from Brooklyn

We had a steel drum band - they were great. We also gave our guests CDs of the songs on our playlist. That was five years ago and we still get comments from our friends that it's a favorite!

Jun. 03 2011 02:21 PM
Nate

My wife entered to Correlli's Christmas Concerto.

We exited to the Star Wars processional, my choice!

Jun. 03 2011 02:20 PM
Angela from Brooklyn

We had a steel drum band - they were great. We also gave our guests CDs of the songs on our playlist. That was five years ago and we still get comments from our friends that it's a favorite!

Jun. 03 2011 02:20 PM
Henry

I don't know from playlists, but at my niece's wedding to her new wife this past weekend, the first song they played was "Born This Way."

Jun. 03 2011 02:20 PM
Eric from PA

I convinced my wife to use "Flowers in the Window" by Travis for our first dance. Brilliant song, and I don't know anyone else who's used it.

Jun. 03 2011 02:18 PM
Gary from the Village from Manhattan

Never let your future mother in law determine the playlist. I left it up to her on condition that she absolutely exclude three songs:

1) Sunrise Sunset
2) I Did It My Way
3)The Hustle (I'm giving away my age)

She instructed the band to play all of them. I am now divorced.

Jun. 03 2011 02:10 PM

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