Our Wedding Playlists

by Melissa on October 14, 2011

We are FOUR WEEKS AWAY. We’re applying for our marriage license this morning, and then I go for my first wedding dress fitting!  In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you all our DIY iPod Wedding Playlists. As you can tell, we’re big country music fans!

Pre Ceremony Music

This will play in the background starting about an hour before the ceremony. Then, 30 minutes before the ceremony, this will end and our classical guitarist will take over.

  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Ave Maria – Rachael Lampa
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  • Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  • From this Moment – Shania Twain
  • Halleluja – KD Lang
  • Little Moments – Brad Paisley
  • Love is a Beautiful Thing – Phil Vassar
  • Marry You – Bruno Mars
  • Smile –  Uncle Kracker
  • Why Wait – Rascal Flats

Dinner Music

  • All I do is dream of you – Michael Buble
  • All I want to do  –  Sugarland
  • Awful, Beautiful Life – Darryl Worley
  • Bubbly – Colbie Caillat
  • Chattahoochee  –  Alan Jackson
  • Come Away With Me  –  Norah Jones
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love  –  Dwight Yoakam
  • Crosstown Traffic – Jimi Hendrix
  • Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
  • Eight Days a Week  –  Beatles
  • Forever & Fοr Always – Shania Twain
  • Forever and Ever, Amen  –  Randy Travis
  • Gone Country  –  Alan Jackson
  • Hey Good Lookin’  –  Jimmy Buffett
  • House of the Rising Sun  –  Rolling Stones
  • I Could Not Ask For More – Sara Evans
  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • I’ve been Everywhere  –  Johnny Cash
  • If I had a million dollars  –  Bare Naked Ladies
  • Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
  • Just Another Day in Paradise  –  Phil Vassar
  • Landslide  –  Dixie Chicks
  • Life is Just a bowl of cherries – Lisa Loeb
  • Litty Bitty  –  Alan Jackson
  • Livin on Love  –  Alan Jackson
  • Livin Our Love Song  –  Jason Michael Carroll
  • Living In Fast Forward – Kenny Chesney
  • Louisiana Saturday Night  –  Alabama
  • Love Like Crazy  –  Lee Brice
  • Mud On The Tires – Brad Paisley
  • My Baby Loves Me  –  Martina McBride
  • My Girl – Temptations
  • My Next 30 Years – Tim McGraw
  • Nineteen Somthin’  –  Mark Wills
  • One Love – Bob Marley
  • People are Crazy  –  Billy currington
  • Say Hey (I love you)  –  Michael Franti
  • So Small  –  Carrie Underwood
  • St Dominics Preview – Van Morrison
  • Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch  –  Temptations
  • That Crazy Feeling  –  Kenny Rogers
  • The Devil Went to Georgia  –  Charlie Daniels Band
  • The Good Stuff  –  Kenny Chesney
  • The Space Between – Dave Matthews Band
  • The Way you Love Me  –  Faith Hill
  • This Too Shall Pass  –  Ok Go
  • Wave On Wave – Pat Green
  • What a Wonderful World  –  Paul Simon
  • Write you a song – Plain White T’s
  • You’ve Got A Friend in Me – Randy Newman
  • You’re My Best Friend  –  Queen
  • You’re my better half  –  Keith Urban
  • All you need is love –  Beatles
  • Hey Soul Sister –  Train
  • Lеt It Bе – Beatles
  • Obladi, oblada, life goes on – Beatles
  • Someone like you – Adele
  • You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
  • Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
  • Passenger Seat – SheDaisy
  • Waiting on the World to Change – John Mayer
  • Who Wouldn’t Want to Be Me – Keith Urban


Dancing Music

  • Addicted to Love  –  Robert Palmer
  • All for Love –  Bryan Adams
  • All the Small Things  –  Blink 182
  • Baby One More Time  –  Britney Spears
  • Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
  • Barbie Girl –  Aqua
  • Beer Barrel Polka – Frankie Yankovic
  • Believe  –  Brooks and Dunn
  • Bless the Broken Road  –  Rascal Flatts
  • Bohemian Rhapsody  –  Queen
  • Born to be wild – Steppenwolf
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  • Cotton Eye Joe  –  Rednex
  • Crazy –  Gnarls Barkley
  • Crazy –  Aerosmith
  • Crazy Love – Michael Buble
  • Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
  • Dancing Queen –  (ABBA)
  • Don’t Rock the Jukebox  –  Alan Jackson
  • Don’t Stop Believing  –  Journey
  • Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
  • Get The Party Started – Pink
  • Girls just want to have fun  –  Cindy Lauper
  • Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  • God Must have spent a little more time on you  –  N’Sync
  • Grease Megamix – Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta
  • Here for the Party – Gretchen Wilson
  • He Gets that from me  –  Reba McEntire
  • Hip to My Heart  –  The Band Perry
  • How do i live  –  Leann Rimes
  • I can love you like that  –  John Michael Montgomery
  • I Could Not ask for More  –  Sara Evans
  • I get knocked down  –  Chumbawamba
  • I gotta feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  • I love Rock N Roll –  Joan Jett
  • I loved her first  –  heartland
  • I Need You  –  Tim McGraw
  • I wanna make you close your eyes  –  Dierks Bentley
  • I’ve Got you Under My Skin  –  Frank Sinatra
  • In Heaven There Is No Beer  – Frankie Yankovic
  • It’s the ENd of the World as We know it  –  REM
  • Jump  –  Van Halen
  • Just Dance –  Lady Gaga
  • Walking on Sunshine! – Katrina and the Waves
  • Keeper of the Stars – Tracy Byrd
  • Life Is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
  • Live Like you Were Dying  –  Tim McGraw
  • Love of My Life  –  Sammy Kershaw
  • Making Memories of Us  –  Keith Urban
  • Man! I feel Like a Woman  –  Shania Twain
  • Must Be Doing Something Right  –  Billy Currington
  • My Town  –  Montgomery Gentry
  • Oh What a Night  –  Billy Joel
  • Only the Good Die Young  –  Billy Joel
  • Oops I did it again  –  Britney Spears
  • Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox if i die  –  Joe Diifie
  • Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson
  • Ring Of Fire – Johnny Cash
  • She’s every woman  –  Garth Brooks
  • She’s Everything  –  Brad Paisley
  • Shout – The Isley Brothers
  • Signed, Sealed Delivered –  Stevie Wonder
  • Somebody  –  Reba McEntire
  • Strawberry Wine  –  Deana Carter
  • Stuck like glue –  Sugarland
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • That Don’t Impress Me Much  –  Shania Twain
  • The Sign – Ace of Base
  • The World  –  Brad Paisley
  • Unanswered Prayers  –  Garth Brooks
  • Video Killed the Radio Star  –  Buggles
  • Walk the Line  –  Johnny Cash
  • We didn’t start the fire  –  Billy Joel
  • When the Lights Go down in the city  –  Journey
  • Who You’d Be Today  –  Kenny Chesney
  • Wonderful Tonight  –  David Kersh
  • You had me from hello  –  Kenny Chesney
  • You Save Me – Kenny Chesney
  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Footloose –  Kenny Loggins
  • It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Jr
  • Single Ladies – Beyonce
  • The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
  • Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
  • I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
  • A Little Less Conversation (Remix) – Elvis Presley
  • Ants Marching – Dave Matthews Band
  • Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
  • Good Ride Cowboy – Garth Brooks
  • Love Train – The O’Jays
  • So What – Pink
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • When You’re Smiling – Dean Martin
  • Daddy’s Little Girl –
  • Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera
  • Old Time Rock n Roll – Bob Seger
  • This I Promise You – N’Sync


We interviewed deejays last month.  With one or two exceptions, We were seriously unimpressed.  We have a somewhat complicated setup at our venue.  Outdoor ceremony location (no power nearby), outdoor but covered reception location (power is available), and then probably move to an indoor location as the evening progresses and it gets darker and colder outside.  While some deejays  knew right away the type of equipment we would need, others just speculated, and one even said he wouldn’t talk about the type of equipment he would provide until we had provided him a deposit?  WTF?  A top-rated wedding wire vendor?  Shady!

Sidenote: Oh, and just throwing this out there, just like most other vendor websites, deejays websites also blow, but they have the added annoyance of playing freakin techno music on their homepage.  Can we all just make some sort of wedding pact that people NOT HAVE MUSIC ON THEIR WEBSITES?  Photographers are often guilty of this as well.

Alas, I digress.

imageAs part of our April Action Plan, I had been compiling songs for our wedding “playlist.”  Most of these songs came from my fiancé’s massive iTunes library.  I was going to provide a list of these songs to whatever deejay we selected.  Then, one evening as I continued to identify songs, my fiancé said, “What are you thinking about this whole deejay thing anyway?”  I knew right where he was going with it.  We already have all the music we want to play at our wedding.  My fiancé set up our entire tech-savvy house (our house e-mails us every time a door opens and shuts, we have security cameras, we can watch a movie on the DVD player on any TV in the house, etc.)

We didn’t need a deejay.

We already don’t want this to have the normal look of a wedding.  And a deejay is only going to make things more structured and rigid, which is exactly what we want to avoid.

As I started to write this post, I stopped for a little while.  I panicked.  What if everything breaks and we can’t get it working?  We’ve been taking dance lessons!  It would be devastating if we couldn’t show off our new moves because we couldn’t get the audio equipment working!  I had already considered whether to have a Deejay or not a few months ago.  I decided that the only real downside is cost.  Is it really worth it to do all of this ourselves?

However, when I mentioned my concerns to  my fiancé, he assured me that it’s a low risk project.  We have the venue for two days before the wedding, so he’ll have plenty of time to set things up.  I do worry though that if he does run into some trouble with it, that he’ll be frustrated or get in a bad mood over it, which is something I’m sure I won’t want to deal with in the days leading up to the wedding, but I’ll just do my own thing.  Plus, I figure a lot of his other tech-savvy friends will be in attendance at the wedding and will be able to troubleshoot things easily.

For those of you who had an iPod wedding, I’d love to hear specifics about how it went.  Like the type of equipment you rented, how long it took to set up, and how the wedding flowed without a dedicated person to emcee the event.


Eliminating Wedding Vendors – What to DIY?

by Melissa on March 9, 2011

Once we decided to self-cater our wedding, I realized that there were probably so many other things that we could do on our own.  (Despite my previous post decrying a lot of DIY efforts, I am not anti-DIY.  I guess just anti-crafty DIY.)  Tops on my list of DIY consideration recently has been makeup.  Unlike doing my hair, which I am completely inept at doing, I tend to be pretty good with makeup.  Several years ago, I went to some classes and workshops at MAC store, and I’ve been hooked on makeup ever since.  But is it worth it to do my makeup on my own?  Here are some things I’ve been considering DIY-ing (or at least asking friends/family to do) for the wedding, and some pros and cons of each:


Pros: I am pretty good at doing my own makeup and already own high-quality makeup and tools.  I wouldn’t have to pay another vendor and could do countless of my own makeup “trials” without paying for each.

Cons: Although I’m good with makeup, I’m good with “every-day” type of makeup that may not necessarily look amazing in photographs, may not stay put for a really long period of time, or hold up to the tears of joy that may stream down my face.  I’ve tried researching what types of foundation a lot of wedding makeup artists use, but haven’t found much information.  Do you remember what your wedding makeup artist used?


Pros: I’ve been doing my own nails for a long time now.  I have a big collection of nail polishes and I can paint my nails neatly.  I follow Scrangie and All Lacquered Up religiously.  However, I do go for a pro pedicure about once every six weeks, and when I do that, I usually get a professional manicure as well, typically because they’re better at cleaning up my cuticles than I am.  So, I was thinking that a few days before the wedding, I can get a pro manicure and pedicure, and then just paint my own nails the night before the wedding.  If I do go for a pro manicure the night before the wedding, I will definitely bring my own nail polish so that in case I chip the nail, I can fix it easily.

Cons: My hands will be photographed several times that day for, among other things, wedding ring shots.  Shouldn’t I leave my nails to the professionals?  Plus, what if my nails are uneven on the day of the wedding thanks to a broken nail?  Should I just plan on getting acrylic tips?  Tips are something I would typically never consider because of how they just destroy nails, but maybe I should get tips?

DJ/iPod wedding

Pros: The biggest pro is that it would save us a lot of money.

Cons: Although we would save money on the DJ costs by doing an iPod wedding, our venue is not wired with a built-in sound system, and so we’d have to invest in or rent some heavy-duty speakers, which would be costly itself, and we’d have to set it up on our own.  I really like the idea of having someone emcee the wedding and introduce us at the reception, announce the dances, etc.


We had initially budgeted for a wedding videographer, but are now considering cutting it because we wonder if it’s really necessary.

Pros: My fiance already owns a high-definition camcorder, which he could ask a steady-handed friend or relative to use.  I have this stereotype of wedding videographers as being obtrusive and tacky.  Do I really want that on our wedding day?  Or is it an outdated stereotype?  It’s one less expense to an already very expensive day.

Cons:  I worry that I’ll regret not having high-quality audio and professional, steady footage of our wedding day.  What if something happens that I really wish had been captured on video?


Although we’re not having any flowers as decor, I am starting to consider having a traditional bouquet instead of a brooch bouquet like I had been dreaming of for so long.  First, I have no idea how a florist would handle an order for a single bouquet.  Would they deliver it?  I don’t want to have to have anyone drive anywhere to pick it up.  And I know that any flowers that I would assemble myself would look like total crap.

Has anyone ever used an online service for their flowers?

Hmmm, the more I think about this, the more I may be going back to my original decision of having an alternative bouquet like a brooch bouquet.


Although we’re planning to self-cater most of our food, I planned on having my fiancé’s aunt bake some of her awesome cupcakes for the wedding.  I am starting to second guess this decision, primarily because making 125+ cupcakes is a huge undertaking for someone.  So, my options for consideration here are 1) Original decision for his aunt to make cupcakes, 2) Order cupcakes or cake from a professional bakery, or 3) Order a sheet cake from a store like Costco or supermarket.


So what major wedding DIY did you do that you regret or would recommend?  Any tips for the above DIY ideas?

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