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A Day to Remember, Music for your Beach Wedding

A Day to Remember, Music for your Beach Wedding

Summer certainly is the time for laid back, outdoor weddings. And any time of year is prime for an outdoor destination wedding to some balmy locale.

Are you planning an outdoor wedding? Get some great ideas for set up from Wedding Wire. I prefer a minimal decor look, especially if the setting is picturesque. Using a beautiful landscape or building as your backdrop makes your job simple!

To me, an outdoor wedding is all about the simplicity; an air of casual, where your guests come comfortably, but stylishly dressed. But you can be as detailed with set up as you like (see the first thumbnail here where they actually used pews outdoors!).

I also like the idea of less formal colors on the bridal party – muted outdoor tones for bridesmaids and light tuxes for the guys will keep everyone cool on a hot day.

Here’s some ideas I got from viewing the thumbnails at Wedding Wire, If I were getting married again ;) , I might think about incorporating some of these:

  • hand fans for decoration and for use by your guests
  • decorated floral arbor over the bride and groom
  • guest chairs arranged in a semi-circle for a more intimate setting
  • vineyard setting with oak barrels as decor
  • comfy seating like couches for the bridal party

Now that you have the setting, time to choose music! We have an entire album dedicated to light-hearted music especially for an outdoor, beach, or destination wedding. Listen online here and get your playlist nailed down today with our song or album downloads. We even have sheet music if you’re using an accompanist.

We’d love to hear what you did for your outdoor wedding or what you are planning. Share it with us below to inspire others.


Celebrity Wedding: Tina Turner

Will You Have A Celebrity Wedding?

OK, very few of us can actually have a star-studded celebrity wedding like that of Tina Turner and other celebrities. But, we can take away bits and pieces that we might want to incorporate into our own wedding.

For example, Tina requested that her female guests wear white and male guests wear black tie. Bet that made her stunning gown stand out. Great way to be even more of a focus point on your big day! And one must wonder why, after being together with Erwin Bach for 27 years, they finally decided to make it official? To each his own.

And that’s never more true than on your wedding day. Your big day can be a ‘celebrity wedding’ when you incorporate things that are special for the two of you.

  • Add vintage accessories to reflect the hottest season trend — the 1920s wedding
  • Share your favorite snack/treat with your guests
  • Don’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen
  • Skip the bridal shower
  • Have both parents accompany you down the aisle
  • Plan the day in a few months rather than a few years – amazing how simple you can keep things that way
  • Try this for your “something blue” — shoes, temporary tattoo, or flowers
  • Wear sparkly tennis shoes instead of heels
  • Incorporate elements of your heritage

Whatever style of wedding you choose, make sure the music fits too.Whether you’re exchanging vows in a park with flowers in your hair or wearing the latest European fashions as you gather in a cavernous cathedral, the music you choose for your wedding ceremony should fit. Get tips and ideas in the Planning section of our site.

What do you think of Tina Turner’s choice of wedding “gown”?

Photo: ©Florian Kalotay ( via Hello! Magazine

See the top 10 summer wedding gowns by Hello! magazine.

Wedding Music What Not to Play

Wedding Music What Not to Play at Your Dance

We know, you’ve heard it all come wedding dance time! Wedding music that is cheesy, inappropriate, or simply a bad choice. Who wants to hear a creepy break-up song during this romantic event?

We know you’ve spent a lot of time choosing the perfect First Dance song and other songs you want to play to celebrate your new life together. Here’s a few ideas of what not to play at your dance.

Whether it’s a live band or a DJ, make sure you comb your song list for those “do not play under any circumstances” songs so they don’t find their way into your special day.

Any wedding dance tunes rife with images of breakups, pessimism, cheating, or lies is probably a song you’ll want to avoid. Here’s our short list of songs you don’t want to play:

  • Love Stinks – J. Geils Band
  • I Hate Everything About You – Ugly Kid Joe
  • I Said I Love You, But I Lied – Michael Bolton
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
  • Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

Read the entire list of songs that don’t make the list.

The whole “group dance” song thing? Another subject entirely! You know – Macarena, Chicken Dance, YMCA, Hokey Pokey, etc. This is a highly personal choice. At many weddings, these songs get everyone out on the dance floor. You decide whether you want them at your dance, ;) it’s your day to celebrate any way you like.

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We specialize in helping you plan the music for your wedding. We have many wedding music planning tools such as suggestions for song lists and even the top songs for each part of your wedding day. Whether you are doing the music or you want to hand off the song downloads to a professional, we have what you need!

Browse our library of articles for such topics as Ceremony Music, Musicians, Styles, and more. You’ll find all kinds of helpful hints and tips for selecting just the right music for your big day. You can read articles about common wedding planning dilemmas and solutions and watch videos to get some song suggestions for your big day.

Already know which song(s) you want? Search our A-Z wedding song downloads list for the perfect instrumental version.


If you need other planning resources such as checklists and budgets, sign up for a free account at Wedding Wire. is a great place to find ideas – you can check out video of royal weddings from across the world, favorite soap opera or TV weddings like Luke & Laura’s or Donna & David’s, other people’s entire wedding videos, and demo videos from videographers across the country.

First Dance Song

What song will you choose for your
first dance song as husband and wife?
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It has to be special to both of you. Maybe it’s “your” song, or it will become your song from this point forward. Is it the song you heard when you first met? Or on your first date? Maybe it’s a current chart hit? Or an old standard?

Be sure to choose a song that suits your wedding. Whatever you choose, pick one you can get lost in, and enjoy your first swing about the dance floor as husband and wife.

Here’s what Boston DJs, A Touch of Class DJs had to say about choosing a chart hit for your first dance.

And check out our extensive list of first dance song suggestions from Tim and Ryan, the guys behind the music here at My Wedding Music. Many songs on the list can be found on our site (instrumental versions), or you can visit iTunes to download the original versions.