Putting together a wedding.
…the action of putting things together; formation or construction.
…a thing composed of various elements.
…a work of music, literature, or art.
…the action or art of producing a work of music, literature, or art.
…the artistic arrangement of the parts of a picture.
Over the years I have found that planning music and announcements for a special event is almost as much fun as performing for one. This is especially true for me when I get to work with creative people. Indeed everyone when planning a special event are artists, producers and performers.
Working with Artists
I love working with artists. The father of the bride of this wedding is a Film and Television Composer and wrote a composition for his daughter’s processional. His daughter is a dancer and choreographer and she composed a dance about “Familial Love” that was performed during her wedding reception.
Descanso Beach Club Catalina Island
In the hallway off the foyer there are classic black and white celebrity pictures on the wall including Laurel and Hardy and a young Desi Arnaz “Ricky Ricardo” from “I Love Lucy”.
See dance performance video: Ka-nei-see | Collective
Tanya (being a choreographer) knows how to organize.
Unless they are “in the business” I don’t recommend having a “friend of the family” be your “day of wedding coordinator”. However, the bride’s friend Linda in real life is a stage manager and being an artist really understands “performance” and “timing”. She was totally professional and a complete joy to work with.
Again, I don’t recommend that a bride necessarily rely on family and friends to “do a job” at their wedding. However, Tanya is a choreographer and she knows how to organize. She had at her disposal good people who being artists and dancers could follow directions. Everyone functioned as a team and got the job beautifully done! I think that guests who are suited to being assigned responsibilities rather enjoy being active participants in a celebration and this in part was their gift or contribution to their friend’s wedding. This was certainly the case with this wedding. Everyone had a great time.
Creative Wedding Ceremony Music
Prelude music as guests arrived:
Flower Duet from the opera Lakme, L Delieb, Charlotte Church
When You Say You Love Me, Josh Groban
Gravity, Sara Bareilles
That Day from Cinema Paradiso, Karrin Allyson
Aerith’s Theme – Final Fantasy Dagmar Krug
Jake’s First Flight from Avatar, James Horner
La valse d’Amélie, Yann Tiersen
Stacks, Bon Iver
Receives, Keith Kenniff
All My Days, Alexi Murdoch
Wedding Ceremony Processionals:
Officiant & 7 Groomsmen:
In a Notebook, A. Zigman
Groom with Parents:
Gymnopédie No. 1, Erik Satie
Bride with Parents:
“Tanya”, B. Chianese
I Will Wait, Mumford & Sons
Wedding Reception Music
Lovefool, The Cardigans
Sunday Morning, Maroon 5
Stop In The Name Of Love, Diana Ross
San Francisco, The Mowgli’s
Free Fallin’, Tom Petty
Float On, Modest Mouse
Home, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Can’t Help Falling in Love, Ingrid Michaelson
Safe and Sound, Capital Cities
Little Talks, Of Monsters and Men
Accidentally In Love, Counting Crows
Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne), Clean Bandit
I’ll Be Around, Empire of the Sun
The Way I Am, Ingrid Michaelson
Kiss Me, Sixpence None the Richer
All My Loving, John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond
Everlong (Acoustic Version), Foo Fighters
Ho Hey, The Lumineers
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Aerosmith
Music: Murder in the City, The Avett Brothers
What A Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong
September, Earth, Wind & Fire
Shut Up and Dance With Me, WALK THE MOON
Danza Kuduro Don Omar & Lucenzo
Despacito (feat. Daddy Yankee) Luis Fonsi
California Love 2Pac, Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman
Wonderful World, Sam Cooke
Duration of Marriage Dance:
At Last, Etta James
You Send Me, Chaka Khan & Rod Stewart
Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars), Mark Ronson
Bust A Move, Young MC
Cake by the Ocean, DNCE
Since I Don’t Have You, Skyliners
I Want You Back, Jackson 5
Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough, Michael Jackson
Pon de Replay (Radio Edit), Rihanna
Hey Ya!, Outkast
Rich Girl, Gwen Stefani
Signed Sealed Delivered, Stevie Wonder
Let’s Groove, Earth, Wind & Fire Earth
Dance To The Music, Sly & The Family Stone
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!, Justin Timberlake
Rapper’s Delight, The Sugarhill Gang
Boomer Sooner, The University of Oklahoma Marching Band
I Love It (feat. Charli XCX), Icona Pop
Super Bass, Nicki Minaj
Boom Boom Pow, Black Eyed Peas
Cupid Shuffle, Cupid
Love Shack, B-52’s
Boom Clap, Charli XCX
Such Great Heights (feat. Kiah Victoria), Postmodern Jukebox
Bubble Send Off:
Viva la Vida, Coldplay
Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey
Congratulations to Tanya and Rob…
…and to their Families on a Beautiful and Successful Wedding!
Sincerely, Eric Zimmermann
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