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Monday, May 3, 2010

iPod Wedding Playlist: Dancing

Oh, 2000 Dollar Budget Wedding kindred spirits, how I love you. Let me count the ways:

One: Playlist Number One
Two: Playlist Number Two
And, three...this post. Three posts and about 1,200 words.

Matt Bradford here, Sara's lesser half, writing to finally finish up the wedding playlist that barely survived getting wiped off Sara's iPod by the auto-sync feature. Let's see, where did we leave off? Ah, yes, the dance music!

As Sara's best friend, Andy Dehnart, said at the wedding, "Sara and Matt coming together is like guacamole being made: Sara's friends and family are the avocado and cilantro and Matt's friends and family are like the jalapeƱos."

It's true. My friends and family aim to win the party and fueled by the margarita machine, Hoss, and the music below the party was won.

Playlist - Reception - DANCE!!!

Prince - Kiss (for our first dance)
Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun
Sierra Leone Refugee All Star Band - Akera Ka Abonshor
John Cougar Mellencamp - Jack and Diane
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Jackson 5 - I Want you Back
Justin Timberlake - Senorita
Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs - Stay
John Lennon - Oh Yoko
The Faces - Ooh La La
Hank Ballard - The Twist
Phoenix - Too Young
Madonna - Like a Prayer
Tenacious D. - Sexual Healing
No Doubt - Just a Girl
Bon Jovi - Living on a Prayer
Justin Timberlake - Cry Me a River
Cat Stevens - Here Comes My Baby
The Decembrists - The Sporting Life
The Gourds - Gin and Juice
Fruit Bats - When You Love Someone
Outkast - The Way You Move
Al Green - Here I Am
Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Otis Day and the Knights - Shout
Them Two - Am I a Good Man
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Ace of Base - I Saw the Sign
Culture Club - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance
Vampire Weekend - M79
Outkast - Hey Ya
Arrested Development - Tennessee
Kenny Loggins - Footloose
Whitney Houston - I Want to Dance With Somebody
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road

Readers, I do hope that you have enjoyed the postings and I hope that you can suggest some hits that may not have been on our list.

Have a great week; you're worth it.

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CrossFit said...

Hey guys! Thanks for sharing these fabulous playlists.

I have a question about logistics. We plan to use an ipod playlist instead of a DJ or band at our wedding. But, I have not been to a wedding at which this was done before. Did you have any trouble motivating people to dance? Did you find yourself distracted with managing the music?

Also, did you do any introductions to the wedding party? These are the things I've seen a DJ/band do for the wedding, which I'm wondering how to replace.

diana said...

Thanks for posting your play lists! I am getting married May 15th, and we are doing a iPod reception. You've given me some great ideas for good songs to add to our list.

I'm curious about how long people danced for and if you did anything special to motivate people to dance, or you just had a good dance group.

I'd say about 75% of our guests are under 14 or over 50, so we're sticking mainly to classics and oldies to keep the lyrics clean. It's much harder than I thought to find several hours of good dance music that will keep things lively.

Sara E. Cotner said...

Hi All! You've inspired me to write a post about getting people to dance at your wedding. Look for it next week!

In terms of wedding party introductions, we skipped them (although we did "introduce" them in the wedding ceremony program). However, it would be easy to ask an outgoing friend to do introductions or act like an emcee for a few moments.

We did have a little drama with one of our friends trying to change the music, but other than that, it wasn't too distracting at all.

Best of luck to you!

diana said...

My sister and MOH are going to announce us as a couple as we enter. We also designated my sister's fiance to switch playlists throughout the day and keep his eye on the iPod. We're posting a sign on the iPod for no one to change the music. My guess is the only one at our wedding who would is my brother, but I'll let him know ahead of time to keep his hands off until the end. I figure giving him free reign during set up and clean up will be enough.
We rented a portable speaker system (Fender Passport, with mic and speaker stands) for the reception to get good sound. The rental was about $60 and has great sound!
Sara I can't wait for your post next week!

Briana said...

We're keeping people from touching the music by doing it on a laptop (instead of an iPod) and keeping a password on it. Plus we'll ask someone to keep an eye on it!

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