What's in a wedding song? Is it full of meaning for you and your groom? Does it have a beat that you can't resist dancing to? Does it bring back memories of your early days of unbridled lust? Whatever the significance, we know one thing to be true — most brides and grooms don't pick their wedding playlists randomly. They always indicate a shared musical interest or background, and often tell as much of a story as the theme or vows.
Seeing as we at BRIDES are embedded in the heart of weddings, we asked our married and engaged staffers to share the most meaningful tunes they chose, and why. Here, a few of our favorite stories:
"Our first dance song was 'When You Say Nothing At All,' by Ronan Keating, which was/is on the Notting Hill soundtrack. It was a song we both loved and something we listened to often in the first few months after we started dating. It's such a beautiful song and just felt perfect for our first dance. I still love it!" — Alyssa Hertzig, Beauty Director
"'This Must Be the Place,' by Talking Heads. We eloped so we just asked the restaurant to play it at our dinner after. Why? Because it's simply exactly what everyone wants to find in a partner: a home where they belong." — Lauren Iannotti, Executive Editor
"'Home,' by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros was our first dance because we love it and wanted it to feel joyful and fun, vs. serious and somber. For the recessional, we played 'Folding Chair,' by Regina Spektor. It's a sweet song and we listened to her a lot when we started dating. And at the reception obviously we played a ton of stuff but 'Starships,' by Nicki Minaj was really big that year and essentially was our reception theme song." — Hannah Baker, Associate Wedding Style Editor
Love these? Listen to them and more of our staff picks in our Spotify playlist, below!