The Perfect Score

Ever notice how the music in a movie can make or break the whole thing? I guess that’s the whole reason why there is an Oscar category for Best Score. The score is important! I, personally, like to listen to music in my car or when I’m going to bed and imagine different scenarios for the song I’m jammin’. With a year long engagement, I had plenty of time to pick the perfect songs for the special moments of our wedding.

Looking back at our year of wedding planning, the part that I remember best and most fondly is putting together a playlist. I would get home from Ohio on Friday evenings, we’d pour beers and get a pizza, and listen to songs. The more beers we drank, the more we danced around the living room. We’ve been to so many weddings where the music doesn’t flow right, so the dance floor is mostly empty. We wanted to micro manage our DJ by picking all of the songs he would play, not just the special ones.




ceremony start/entrance song: Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys (Funny thing is I had originally wanted God Only Knows but changed my mind when it was the intro song to Big Love- HBO’s show about polygamy).

ceremony exit song: You Shook Me All Night Long by ACDC (Played right when we were pronounced man and wifey.

cocktail hour/dinnertime had an eclectic mix of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Mutemath, Iggy Azalea, Ingrid Michaelson and more.

our first dance song: Leaving On A Jet Plane by Peter, Paul and Mary  (A good choice considering we had spent half of our time together in a long distance relationship! I was driving home from Target when it came on in my car and I cried so hard listening to it and knew it was perfect!)

dance with dad: Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver (One of our favorite songs ever! It was between this or something by the Doobie Brothers.)

cake cutting: Somebody To Love by Queen (Something to love: cake)

bouquet toss: Single Ladies by Beyonce  Bad Girls by MIA (Because I wanted to be original. Also, I threw my bouquet at my best friend and she almost threw it right back to me.)

The rest of the dance music had  a mix of songs by Taylor Swift, Drake, Bruno Mars, Chicago, and other bands who make you wanna shake ya tail feather (Nelly?). Though we asked for no line dancing, The Wobble was played and I now have a funny video of a bunch of people doing a line dance they don’t know.

The last two songs that were played were Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and Come Sail Away by Styx. At the end of the last song, Joel and I stood in the middle of the dance floor where he lifted me up and slowly twirled me around like a ballerina. It may sound cheesy, but I had the best view of all the smiling faces of our friends and family and I was so happy and so grateful for everyone who made our night so perfect.


DJ Kevin of Black Well Soundz


I can’t wait to put on our wedding clothes, drink beer and eat pizza, while we listen to our wedding playlist again. Sounds like the perfect Friday night. Score!

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