November 13, 2007

I love the night life ....

Most of my good friends know that there are a few things in life that I’m a little too passionate about. I listed in my profile that hockey is one of them but I didn’t mention another that may actually trump that … music. I’ve been a ‘music person’ since I was little and I’m happy to say that hasn’t changed in my adult life at all. In fact music surrounds me in business, as well. Music actually surrounds this website … it’s in my company name, the headers for all sections on the sidebar … it even creeps out in a title every once in a while.
When choosing the music for an event thought should really go in to it whether you like to don dancing shoes or not. Choosing a play list was one of the first things my husband and I did for our wedding but from years of helping couples, I know we were a bit of a rarity. When clients ask me for help now, I will certainly do what I can but I sincerely don’t like to interfere with exact songs. I’ve noticed a bit of a trend lately in that couples are either cutting the dancing out of the reception completely or they’re only dancing to a few songs and then closing the dance floor … cocktail receptions are very popular! If you do this though, please still think about the mood you want portrayed via tunes. If you’re going to have a first dance, think about what song makes the both of you get that tingly feeling … think about lyrics that might make sense to the two of you … think of what makes you happy! You don’t have to have ‘our song’ … in fact even if you do, that wouldn’t have to be your first dance. There are no necessary rules to the music you choose but it should reflect you in some way. If you have quirky personalities, classical music may not be the best choice. If you’re both straight-laced individuals, you may want to steer away from poppy show tunes. You get the picture. And remember … if you need help, ask for it! Rather than consulting those ‘top 50 wedding songs’ lists (some are okay but many you find online are out-dated) ask your DJ, bandleader, event planner and/or friends … if your friends are anything like me, it would be a dream to help out ;)

I should put my money where my mouth is, shouldn’t I? I’ll finish this entry with a list of my favourites that would be great for a wedding (I've tried to get samples of all songs) … remember, they don’t have to have a specific tempo … if you want to do the jive, do the jive!

.: Susan’s Current Favourites :.

  • At Last - Serena Ryder (rather than the Etta James version)
  • Bubbly (sample on the left … this is my prediction for the big first dance song in years to come) - Colbie Caillat
  • Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  • Come Summertime – Justin Rutledge
  • Dark Angel – Blue Rodeo
  • Hiding Place - Serena Ryder
  • I Will Love You For Miles - Danny Michel
  • Is It You – Blue Rodeo
  • Paper Cup (don’t mind the video) – Heather Nova
  • The Ring – Sarah Harmer
  • Running – No Doubt or Danny Michel (scroll down to the Valhalla medley)
  • Skyway Bridge (click on artist/releases and a menu will pop up with names … this track should automatically play) – Melissa McClelland
  • Storybook Love – Willy DeVille
  • Take My Hand (really don’t pay attention to this video) - Dido
  • Trouble in the Fields – Nanci Griffith or Sarah Harmer

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    The Twins Emerge....

    First, I want to say how grateful I am to Susan to give me the opportunity to blog on her site.

    So, what am I going to write about? Here's the short version (ready....?) We are planning our same sex wedding to be held in May of 2009 in New Jersey (a.k.a. Southern Canada).

    I'm going to be buying everything for our wedding on Ebay or similar sites. Yes, everything. I'll also be putting together a typical budget for the items that I'm planning on purchasing - retail vs. auction. Oooh, shopping and bargain hunting for a wedding, what could be better?

    Since this will be my second wedding -- I planned my straight wedding ages ago before I knew better (way back in the 80's!), and now my same sex wedding, I'll post my experiences of both and the differences, if any, in the way we are treated as a same sex couple making wedding plans vs. a straight couple. I may even have a weak moment and post a picture or two from the wedding where Big Hair ruled in the land of Bon Jovi...and the icing on THAT cake - I was a Hair Stylist back then!!!

    Boy, are you in for a treat.

    Here's a bit about me...
    I'm extroverted, dry witted, creative, love meeting new people and learning about them, passionate, strong-willed...

    My favourite song: Dancing in the Moonlight – King Harvest (what a dork!)

    One food I'd arm wrestle for: Dark Chocolate anything from Naked Chocolate Cafe.

    Something I'm extremely passionate about: Marriage Equality

    If I were a movie character I would be: Louise (Thelma and Louise) or Kate Hepburn

    Something that scares the bejeezus out of me: George Bush, Dick Cheyney, et al., Global Warming.