Maureen and Ian's Wedding Page
04 January, 2003


Wondering what songs we played at the reception? Or where they're from? How about the favor CD?

  • Reception songs:
    • Grand Entrance: Isaac Hayes - Theme from Shaft
      All Hallows Parish probably wouldn't have let us use this for the ceremony entrance.

    • Dance Performance: Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance
      Excellent song (good non-radio version too), and Maureen's cousin Riley had a very graceful ballet.

    • Slide Show: Bruce Springsteen - Secret Garden
      Some of you may know this as "the Jerry Maguire song." I'm sure many of you are grateful we didn't use the version with the movie sound clips.

    • First Dance: Grant Lee Buffalo - We've Only Just Begun
      A good cover of the Carpenters' classic wedding song. Still keeps the '70s feel of it all. We had fun with it, could you tell?

    • Father/Daughter: Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
      This song was always special between Maureen and her dad. They danced to this song every time it was played at a dance.

    • Mother/Son: Elton John - Your Song
      We could have used the Ewan McGregor Moulin Rouge version, but I didn't have that choreographed yet.

    • Bridal Party: Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual
      You may have heard this as "Carlton's song" in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Good swing song too.

    • Bouquet Toss: The Weather Girls - It's Raining Men
      For the reception, this could actually be "It's Tossed Up and Hit Men on the Ceiling Before Coming Crashing Down."

    • Garter Removal/Toss: Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
      Also known as the "Dr. Evil/Frau shag song," "the Levis commercial song," the "Nine Months song," ....

    • General dancing:
      • Kool & the Gang - Celebration
        Kinda obvious, isn't it?

      • Barry White - You're the First, the Last, My Everything
        You may have heard this at the beginning of Money Talks with Chris Tucker or on Ally McBeal with Peter MacNicol thinking about the character Nelle.

      • Blondie - Heart of Glass
        On of Blondie's best songs.

      • The Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another
        Classic '80s new wave song.

      • Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine
        Can't get much happier than this!

      • Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
        This may be dM's best dance song to date.

      • Haddaway - What Is Love
        Anthem for those Roxbury dancing SNL guys Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell.

      • Klint - Diamond
        Theme for Guy Ritchie's snatch.

      • Moby with Gwen Stefani - Southside
        Why didn't they have this version on the Play album right away? V2 Records later released the album with this version instead of the original album version (which is still good).

      • Libra - Anomaly - Calling Your Name
        Yes, this is the song Jim danced to in American Pie for Nadia.

      • New Order - True Faith
        The first New Order song I ever heard. Still a classic.

      • OMD - If You Leave
        This was in Pretty in Pink, right? Not too many '80s songs this good.

      • They Might Be Giants - Twisting
        One of TMBG's most rockin' pre-full band songs. Does it make sense? Do any TMBG songs? Maybe the educational ones like "Mammal" and "Why Does the Sun Shine?"

      • Pet Shop Boys - Left to My Own Devices
        Good techno hit and segue into more ballroom-type songs.

      • Tom Jones - Kiss
        Few Prince covers are as good as this.

      • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Go Daddy-O
        When you hear songs like this one featured in Swingers, it just makes you want to move and swing.

      • The New Morty Show - White Wedding (Rebel Yell) Medley
        I thought this was pretty darn funny. Cover of two Billy Idol classics.

      • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Mambo Swing
        Swing segue into Latin dances.

      • The Johnston Brothers - Hernando's Hideaway
        This version was featured in Guy Ritchie's snatch also.

      • Tito Puente - Ran Kan Kan
        Mambo from The Mambo Kings.

      • Santana - Oye Como Va
        The definitive cover version of Tito Puente's cha-cha song.

      • Lou Bega - Mambo no 5
        Is this a real mambo? I don't know, but I had to find a way to get back into club and disco songs.

      • Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing
        Latin-esque classic by PSB.

      • Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
        '80s classic that Adam Sandler sang at the beginning of The Wedding Singer.

      • Stray Cats - Rock This Town
        Modern rockabilly doesn't get much finer. You can swing to this to, I guess.

      • Blondie - Call Me
        Theme from American Gigolo, so I've heard.

      • ABBA - Dancing Queen
        One of ABBA's best.

      • Sister Sledge - We Are Family
        I think everyone's heard this song. Also featured in The Full Monty.

      • Chic - Le Freak
        This song originally had a different title and lyrics, but they kept it clean.

      • Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
        Also known as the "Intel bunny-suit song."

      • Herbie Hancock - Rockit
        Did anyone breakdance to this? It's meant for it.

      • New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle 12"
        New Order's most popular dance hit. My favorite version.

      • Pet Shop Boys - Always on My Mind
        Excellent cover of Willie Nelson's hit.

      • The Lightning Seeds - Sense
        Not widely known group, but good for dancing and deep lyrics sometimes.

      • The Knack - My Sharona
        '80s hit Winona Ryder and Janeane Garofalo danced to in Reality Bites.

      • Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
        Believe it or not, Freddie Mercury of Queen wrote this song which became the "Gap country commercial song". I think that version may have been the Dwight Yoakam cover, though.

    • This is probably as far as it could have gotten before the reception ended. I don't remember. Here are the rest of planned songs on the CDs I made:

      • The Corrs - Breathless
        Very catchy song from this Irish group of siblings.

      • Mirwais - Disco Science
        You may have heard this in one of two places: Guy Ritchie's snatch or a Victoria's Secret commercial for the 5-in-1 bra, although after watching that commercial it's hard to remember the movie reference.

      • Eiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee)
        Recent techno dance hit.

      • Moby - Feeling So Real
        Classic Moby song not too many people know about unless they're Moby fans. You must dig the reggae rap opening.

      • They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (not Constantinople)
        I don't remember who wrote the original, but this is the only version I've heard. Has anyone seen the Tiny Toon Adventures episode with a cartoon music video using this song? They also did TMBG's "Particle Man".

      • Barenaked Ladies - Pinch Me
        "I just made you say underwear."

      • Smash Mouth - All Star
        One of the opening songs for Shrek.

      • Tears for Fears - Sowing the Seeds of Love
        Good song from the group that wrote "Shout" and "Break It Down Again."

      • INXS - Need You Tonight
        Vintage '80s song from one of the biggest non-hair bands during the '80s.

      • The B-52s - Love Shack
        "Tin roof, rusted."

      • Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight
        This was to be in homage to Ben and Angelina. And I guess Liz too.

      • The Pointer Sisters - Jump (for My Love)
        Another song where you can't get much happier.

      • Madonna - Lucky Star
        The Lady herself. The only song I had handy when making the CDs.

      • The Go-Go's - We Got the Beat
        More '80s pop from the group that sang "Islands of Seals"...I mean "Our Lips Are Sealed."

      • The Cure - Lovesong
        Can't get more talented than this modern rock group. "However far away, I will always love you."

      • Blondie - Rapture
        Disco/rap for the masses.

      • Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing
        I think this is in a Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig commercial, but I first heard it in The Full Monty.

      • Maceo & the Macks - Cross the Tracks
        Good struttin', jaywalkin' song featured in Guy Ritchie's snatch.

      • Quad City DJs - Come On Ride the Train
        "Ride that choo-choo!"

      • Anita Ward - Ring My Bell
        Many covers have been made of this song, but in my opinion, none can touch this disco classic.

      • Village People - Y.M.C.A
        Throw your hands in the air.

      • Chic - I Want Your Love
        Wave 'em like you don't care.

      • The Trammps - Disco Inferno
        Burn, baby. Burn. From Saturday Night Fever and at Louis' party in Ghostbusters.

  • Wedding Favor CD:
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    • The Platters - My Prayer
      One of the best Platters songs ever made, but not as popular as Only You or The Great Pretender. Classic love song.

    • Kool & the Gang - Cherish
      "I often pray before I lay down...." More about prayer and how we should love.

    • The Sundays - Wild Horses
      Not that happy of a song, but hopeful, a cover of the Rolling Stones' classic.

    • Depeche Mode - Somebody
      This about says it all for both single people hoping for real love and couples remembering why they love each other.

    • Smokey Robinson - Cruisin'
      The Duets version is good too, but the original is too classic. About enjoying each other's company.

    • Santana with Dave Matthews - Love of My Life
      Good vocals by Dave, excellent (as always) guitar by Carlos.

    • Des'ree - I'm Kissing You
      From Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, enjoying a simple kiss.

    • Atlantic Starr - Always
      "I will love you so for always." Yes, we sang to this. We hope you still like the song.

    • Whitney Houston - I Believe in You and Me
      From The Preacher's Wife, a good reminder about belief in each other. I believe this is a cover of the Four Tops.

    • Vonda Shepherd - I Only Want to Be with You
      I don't remember the original artist, but it's a great song, whoever sings it. This was in the Ally McBeal Soundtrack. Nice mellow version.

    • The Beatles - And I Love Her
      Classic, classic, classic. Don't forget that giving all your love is done differently for different people in different ways by different people.

    • Heatwave - Always and Forever
      A lot of songs about "always" and "forever", huh? Still a good song, also covered by Luther Vandross.

    • The Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun
      One of the definitive wedding songs. It really is just the beginning, so we should all continue in our love to our partners.

    • Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me
      Too cute of a song not to include in this collection. Innocent happiness. Featured in Dawson's Creek and She's All That. I rest my case.

    • The Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love
      We are living in a world of fools. It's okay to be thought a fool, as long as we love sincerely. Featured in Saturday Night Fever.

    • Shania Twain - You're Still the One
      We'd been together almost seven years up to this point, so this is a good renewal and reminder of our commitment. Unlike the characters in the song, We believe (we hope) most people did think we'd make it.

    • Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - Endless Love
      More about the eternal, but a great sing-along song. We could have easily done this in our duet. Except we need to work more on our harmony. Also performed by Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross.

    • Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love
      How can anyone not like this song, even non-Elvis fans? Covered many times over, but the original is still the best. Featured in many movies, including Fools Rush In, one of our surprise favorites.

    • Natalie Cole - This Will Be
      Joyous song about newfound love when it just feels right.

    • Etta James - At Last
      We saved one of the best for last. The song says it all.

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