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wedding song ideas

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by pcollin, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. pcollin


    Dec 22, 2005
    Portland, Maine
    Got an email yesterday from a "fan" who saw us play in a bar last month and wants to know if we can play her wedding in Sept. One problem...We're not a wedding band. We do cover a wide variety of music from 70s hits (with our own twist to them) to No Doubt, Garbage, The Cult, etc. With that in mind, she still wants us to play. Any suggestions on some wedding songs that aren't too lame? (please, no YMCA, Chicken dance or We Are Family). thanks!
  2. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd.
  3. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    You Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    And now a message for the Bride - as the band starts up a Garbage medley with "Stupid Girl!!" ;)

    "Queerest of the queer.." - as the best man stands up....:D
  5. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    "You Can't Always Get What You Want"-Stones.

    The band I play in is strickly a R+B 50's-60's group. Still we get asked to do a couple of weddings a year. After we make it crystal clear the kind of music they'll hear, we make them the offer to bring someone who will DJ some of the new hits during our breaks. That solves a lot of problems along with asking what 3 special songs they want the DJ to play (that way, no surprises).

    I played in a wedding band for years and there's virtually no way to prepare away all the problems... but if you've been there, you know what to expect.
  6. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    A friend of mine got married a few years back
    and had an acoustic gui**** during the service.
    The Bride picked 'Nature's Way' by Spirit.

    "It's nature's way of telling you,
    something's WRONG."

    What was she thinking? I could barely contain the

    We had a jazz band at our wedding. We let them
    choose all the material. Worked out great. No schmaltz.

    You will be fine as long as you have a solid understanding
    that 'The bride cuts the cake' is not part of the gig.
  7. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    "Moondance" by Van Morrisey is always a hit at weddings.
  8. i gonna miss her (the fishing song) by brad paisley.
  9. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Never heard of him.
  10. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    LOL! Btw, be careful. I've seen the 'Duck kill for less!
  11. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Morrisey, Van Morrison - who's counting?
  12. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Would make a good photoshop if I had the time, but alas.

    Sorry I had to.
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Three of our faves have been:

    Hell is for Children - Pat Benatar
    You Ought to Know - Alanis Morissette
    Trashy Women - Jerry Jeff Walker
  15. Smack my B**** Up - The Prodigy

    In seriousness, you should sit down with the bride and groom well in advance and map out exactly what is expected. If you have time, offer to learn the bridal waltz if you can.

    Make sure you are loading your fee - you should be getting about 40% more for a wedding than you would ask for a bar show.

    BE AWARE: this is her "special day" so any mistakes and there'll be blame going round.
  16. May I humbly offer: "This Is My Song," from 1967.

    It maybe a bit on the corny side, but I can almost guarantee that all the women and most of the men in the room will be wet-eyed when the bride and groom dance to this one. ;)

    If you've never heard it, it is a very beautiful, romantic song. It will also take many people by surprise.

    And it was written by Charlie Chaplin.

    YES, THE Charlie Chaplin!

    Talented guy. http://ednapurviance.org/chaplininfo/chaplinlyrics.html

    I am an old fart. :D

    Mike ;)
  17. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I'd say decline the offer. If you're not a wedding band you're not prepared to do this gig. The leader in a wedding band often is the master of ceremonies for the entire wedding, introducing the wedding party, the first dances, the garter toss, cake cutting, etc. It's a big job. And if you don't know YMCA, Chicken Dance, We Are Family, Celebration, etc. you're not going to do a good job. If you take the gig, take this advice:
  18. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    Can't help falling in love/jail hhouse rock - the king
    Play that funky music, anything by CCR
    maybe some of the poppier country tunes
    anything beatles
  19. Slink


    Dec 27, 2005
    A good bridal dance song that is in your time frame is Jeff Healey's "Angel Eyes".
  20. JazzBassMayn


    Dec 10, 2005
    Oregon, OH
    Into the Mystic by Van Morrison is a good one, Wonderful Tonight always goes over well too.

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