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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

iPod Wedding Playlist... Finally!

Dear 2000 Dollar Wedding Readers,

This is Matt Bradford again. To remind you, I'm the #4 of our family behind Hoss, Sara and the chickens.

On our LONG trip back to Houston from Sara's parents in Florida, on New Year's Day I rediscovered our wedding playlists on Sara's iPod (it hadn't been updated in a year and a half).

Now, this may not seem like something that's post-worthy, but let me walk you through my surprise:
  1. I'm the official iPod updater in our family. Not that Sara doesn't have music tastes or interests of her own, simply that she is the type of person perfectly happy listening to and fast-forwarding through the same songs for more than a year-and-a-half.
  2. I had created several playlists for our wedding day that were the product of many, many hours of downloading and research that I will be posting over the next three weeks:
    1. Ceremony - Pre
    2. Ceremony - Post
    3. Reception - Dinner
    4. Reception - Dancing
  3. We had these playlists on my iPod for all the wedding festivities but, in the case that my iPod failed, we had them backed-up on Sara's iPod.
  4. Because of my oft-rotated mp3s and playlists, somewhere in the past year-and-a-half I had lost/deleted (or thought that I had) the playlists forever.
In my excitement I've asked Sara if I could write three posts. I'm well-aware that this is a wedding playlist post that should have been published long ago, so it may all feel a little anti-climactic to you. But the purpose of this post is two-fold: 1) make sure that this important piece of our wedding has been given its proper place on the blog; and 2) to ensure that the list is stored somewhere on the internet, because my computer is clearly not a safe place for it.

Today's playlists will be the "Ceremony - Pre", i.e. the music played as guests were arriving and we were getting setup, and "Ceremony - Post", i.e. concluding, picture time and driving away. Most of the songs can be found by searching http://www.hypem.com/, some can be found at http://www.daytrotter.com/, and my dear friend Galia has a MySpace page as well as other places to buy/download her awesome music.

Ceremony - Pre
  1. Ben Gibbard - You Remind Me of Home
  2. Amos Lee - Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight
  3. Dave Matthew's Band - #34
  4. The Decembrists - Red Right Ankle
  5. Devotchka - You Love Me
  6. Beirut - The Winner Is
  7. Feist - The Park
  8. Feist and the Constantines - Islands in the Stream
  9. Galia Arad - Don't Go
  10. Guillemots - My Chosen One
  11. Laura Gibson - Hands in Pockets
  12. The Waterboys - Sweet Thing
Ceremony - Post
  1. Jens Lekman - Your Arms Around Me
  2. Cat Stevens - Here Comes My Baby
  3. Devotchka - 'Til the End of Time
  4. Edith Frost - Easy to Love
  5. Guillemots - Made-up Lovesong #13

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krista - urbanite jewelry said...

I've only read the Pre-Ceremony list and I'm already in love. But I shouldn't be surprised you guys have such wonderful taste in music! Love it!

miss fancy pants (the bride) said...

Love, love, love it! It's a good thing these lists were restored. I'm especially excited for the dinner and dancing categories.

Anonymous said...

Yay!! Im excited because the music aspect of planning is something im very very afraid of.. I've purposefully not thought about it.
Im well aware of the importance of playlists (from many many hours making those good ol fashioned mixed tapes) but maybe these posts will help me shed my fear.

Kelsey said...

Could not be better timing! We're also going the iPod route and we have yet to start compiling music for our April 1 wedding and this will make it much less overwhelming - THANKS!

jes [a mountain bride] said...

oh i'm so excited to read the rest of your lists!

Emily said...

I'm so excited that you're posting these! I was just composing my call for input from special guests about what to put in the reception playlist(s). Now I can use your ideas too! love it!

Anonymous said...

YES! I am SO grateful for your insight! My partner and I are in the process of compiling our playlists, and your song lists will help GREATLY!

Mary Cyrus said...

Holy shit I love you and your list already. Guillemots' Made Up Love Song #43 was deeefinitely played at our reception. I'm also a big ol' fan of beirut, DMB, ben gibbard, feist, devotchka, the decemberists, and Cat Stevens, but I forget whether they made it onto the list. Feist definitely did, but with some other song(s). I gave my brother more music than he needed to work with, and I was a little.. preoccupied while the music was playing. ;]

Andrea Marie said...

Loving your list! Thought I would share some wedding-appropriate songs w/ everyone (that you may not have heard of before). I'm in the process of compiling a list and will probably include these:

Sugarland - Love
The Damnwells - Come to Me
Ellis Paul - Sweet Mistakes
Dave Barnes - Since You Said I Do
Jump, Little Children - By the Way They Dance
Langhorne Slim - Say Yes
M. Ward - Never Had Nobody Like You
Marc Cohn - True Companion
Matt Wertz - Sweetness in Starlight
Michelle Featherstone - We Are Man and Wife
Paramore - Where the Lines Overlap
Paramore - My Heart (live)
Ryan Montbleau - Honeymoon Eyes
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing
The Weepies - Take it From Me
Marc Broussard - Love and Happiness
Gary Lightbody & Lisa Hannigan - Some Surprise
Lady Antebellum - Love's Lookin' Good On you
Johhny Cash & June Carter - If I Were a Carpenter
Damian Marley - All Night
Blu Sanders - Will You Dance With Me?
Aqualung - Pressure Suit
Evermore - Never Let You Go
Adele - Crazy For You
Alexi Murdoch - Love You More

dining table said...

I love your list! I fell in love with it! Almost all the songs are heartwarming and they melted my heart!

Newbie and the Murr said...

love it! esp #34

Ms Bear Cub said...

do you guys like marla hanson? Her song "wedding day" was stuck in my head on my wedding day :)

Married In Chicago said...

this post couldn't have come at a better time! Im so excited to see your playlists!

megan said...

LOVE amos lee! he's lumped into my love for ray lamontagne, too. "You Are the Best Thing" comes on when my honey calls. Excited to see the rest of the lists.

Leslie said...

i love your play list!

hifiweddings said...

Hey! I just started a blog about wedding music, and I adore this playlist!! I would love to feature it (and your wedding) on the new blog if you are interested (please say yes please say yes)!

The site is called Hi-Fi Weddings (hifiweddings.com) and you guys would make a perfect submission!

If you are interested you can contact me at hifiweddings@gmail.com

Jay Congdon said...

Yes, there are cases in which an iPod is a perfectly viable alternative to a DJ for wedding entertainment. I just wish some couples would tone down their rhetoric.

I can understand a couple not having enough money for professional entertainment. But it hurts when a couple tries to justify using a cheaper alternative by smearing all wedding DJs as cheesy and obnoxious. Our web site posts dozens of recent references, with phone numbers; and anyone is welcome to ask our clients whether our performance was cheesy. Other professional DJ firms will also be happy to put prospects in touch with real clients.

If a DJ is within your budget, stick with DJ companies that have earned the Better Business Bureau’s perfect A+ customer satisfaction rating. Just visit bbb.org to find them.

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