Oh, Crap: Wedding Season Is Coming Up

With end of winter comes wedding season, the time when I’m beseiged with emails from people asking for advice on things like first bride-groom dance and entrance music at the reception.  

This just arrived the other day from a desperate dude named Kyle:

I have a dilemma. I am getting married this summer, and one of my tasks is to pick out the song playing in the background at the reception while the wedding party is introduced in pairs by the MC. I had “Make It Wit Chu” by QOTSA picked out. I thought it would be perfect, with its great walking beat timing, nice soft base hits, and the general uplifting tone, plus the fitting song title. Then my brother, unbeknownst to my plans, used this song for the same walk at his wedding last fall. I’ve been scooped! I am listening to old records and keeping notes, using Shazam on my phone when I hear a potential candidate, etc. I still don’t have anything that I feel is good enough.

Can we help Kyle?  And while we’re at it, how about suggestions for that all important first dance?  

Keep the suggestions cool, please.  We don’t need anyone saying “I know! ‘Butterfly Kisses!'” or some such vomit-inducing rot.  We’re trying to do God’s work, people.



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

5 thoughts on “Oh, Crap: Wedding Season Is Coming Up

  • March 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Josh Braiden is right, it's just about the same thing!

  • March 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Love Will Tear Us Apart-Joy Division BAM! Problem solved! best of luck to kyle and his lovely bride 🙂 In all seriousness:

    Walking song: Faithfull by Pearl Jam- that's got something of a walking tempo to it, plus it's on the lovey/romantic side

    First Dance: At My Most Beautiful by R.E.M. just a wild left field suggestion, not sure if it's fit for a slow dance

  • March 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I will have to think about the walking song, but I would like to suggest The Cure – Lovesong for your first dance.

    Best Wishes!

  • March 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I thought about it and I would like to suggest Love Rollercoaster by Red Hot Chili Peppers for the walking song.


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