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Say iDo with your iPod


Looking for a way to cut down costs at your destination wedding? How about bringing the band with you? And by 'bringing the band' I mean bringing your iPod, of course! This is a great way to shave a little bit of moolah off of your budget and have complete control over your music at the same time.

All it takes is an iPod (duh!) and a night or two of playlist making before your wedding with your hubby-to-be. And it comes with the guarantee that you will not face the horror of hearing "The Electric Slide" come on even after you explicitly placed it on your 'do not play' list. But there are a few things you should do to make sure that your iPod reception goes off without a hitch.

Check with the resort to make sure they have some sort of amplifier or iPod dock for you to use. Many places charge a fee for this so be sure to ask ahead of time. If they don't have anything for you to use, consider bringing a high-quality iPod dock with you-- just test it to be sure it will be loud enough to keep the party rocking all night long.

Some couples hesitate to dismiss the DJ in favor of the iPod because they're worried they won't have anyone to announce them or direct the flow of the evening. Again, you can call in a friend to help you with this one. Have a dear friend who is fun, outgoing, and loves to hear them self talk? DONE. Ask them to help you out by emceeing the night.

We also think it's a good idea to give someone the important task of DJing the iPod. Yes, you'll have your playlists all set up ahead of time but you'll still need someone to be there to make sure the music matches the mood. And trust us, this should NOT be the bride or groom. Never. Ever. Your job is to rock out with your iPod out... all night long!




Local Beats


Part of the fun of a choosing a destination wedding is infusing your big event with some local flair. One area you can use to highlight your dreamy location is in your music selection. Getting married in Mexico?? Play some Mariachi music. Getting hitched in Jamaica? Get some Steel Drum music to set the mood. Scotland? Bagpipes! If you have the room in your budget, you can find a local band to play at your wedding. Otherwise, you can always get some tunes online and play them from your iPod. Happy listening, mon!

P.S. A Modern Wedding Playlist


First Dance Songs


Not sure what song to pick for your first dance? Peruse this list for some ideas to get you started.


In My Life- The Beatles

Come Away With Me- Norah Jones

The Way You Look Tonight- Frank Sinatra

Love- Nat King Cole

When You Kiss Me- Shania Twain

Unforgettable- Nat King Cole

Everything- Michael Bouble

Book Of Love- Peter Gabrial

Playground Love- Air

All I Want Is You- Barry Louis Polisar

You Can Make It If You Try- Sly & The Family Stone

Fade Into You- Mazzy Star

Love and Happiness- Al Green

Waterloo Sunset- The Kinks

P.S. Non-Traditional Songs for Walking Down the Aisle


Non-Traditional Songs for Walking Down the Aisle


Not feeling the Wedding March? No problem! Here are a list of non-traditional songs that would be perfect for walking down the aisle:


What a Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong

Beautiful Day- U2

She's Got A Way- Billy Joel

Here Comes the Sun- The Beetles

At Last- Etta James

Signed, Sealed, Delivered- Stevie Wonder

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

You Are So Beautiful- Joe Cocker

Let It Be Me- Ray LaMontange

The Promise- Tracy Chapman

P.S. January Brides, Here's Your Wedding Song and 7 Beach Tunes for Walkin' Down the Aisle


In The Background


Let's face it-  music really sets the ambiance, so one of the best pieces of advice we can offer is to bring ipod speakers so you can turn it up while you get ready on your wedding day. Whether you're in the mood for getting pumped up while you primp, or you need some relaxing music to melt away the stress, ipod speakers will definitely come in handy. Of course, they will surely work for after party music once the reception is over!!

P.S. Local Beats and Modern Wedding Playlist


No Chicken Dances!


Is there a song that just drives you up the wall?! Ensure that it will not be played during your wedding by giving your DJ or band a "Do Not Play List". Sit together with your spouse to be and discuss the songs that you dislike. Not into the chicken dance or macarena? Jot them down and rest assured you will not be doing those dances! Remember, the reception is all about you, so customize the music to your liking so you can dance the night away!

P.S. Non-Traditional Songs for Walking Down The Aisle


Traditional Playlist for the Aisle



Here are some traditional songs for walking down the aisle. Whether you will be in a church or on the beach, you're free to choose what music moves and inspires you. Go to iTunes or YouTube and search these songs. They're all wonderful!

Canon in D - Johann Pachebel

Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin

Air- Handel

Procession of Joy - Hal Hopson

Wedding March - Mozart

Trumpet Tune and Air - Henry Purcell

Trumpet Voluntary - John Stanley

P.S. Non-traditonal wedding music and using local beats for your ceremony.