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Playlists for Destination Weddings

Words by Jennifer Stein
A good playlist can make or break an event, especially a wedding. As you get closer to the final stages of your planning, take a look at your music line up. If you are doing a destination wedding or theme wedding, your music can really help set the tone you are going for.

Work with your DJ or Band and create some play lists and communicate your wishes of what kind of music you want played or NOT played. For example, if you are doing a garden wedding, The Electric Slide or Macarena might not be something you feel is appropriate.

Many brides are considering skipping the DJ or band altogether and hooking their iPod up to a sound system at their reception. We love the idea of saving some money - so as you embark on your quest to personalize your event, here are some great song choices depending on your wedding destination and/or theme:
 
For the Island Bride
Ceremony / First Dance Songs
·         Israel Kamakawiwo'ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
·         Jason Mraz with Colbie Caillat - Lucky
·         Bob Marley – One Love
·         Dave Matthews Band – Hidden Song #34
·         Justin Nozuka – After Tonight
·         Jack Johnson - Better Together
Reception Music
·         George Michael – Heal The Pain
·         Gypsy Kings - Que Si Que No
·         Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
·         Jack Johnson – Taylor
·         John Mayer – Say
·         Paul Oakenfold – Starry Eyed Surprise
·         DJ Jazzy Jeff – Summertime
·         Damian Marley - Jamrock
For the Mountain/Country Bride
Ceremony / First Dance Songs
·         Rascal Flatts - Bless The Broken Road
·         Alison Kraus – Baby, Now That I’ve Found You
·         Shania Twain – Forever and For Always
·         Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova – Falling Slowly
·         Steve Wariner - Sails
·         Eva Cassidy - Song Bird
·         John Denver – Annie’s Song
·         Jim Croce – Time In a Bottle
·         Willie Nelson - You Are Always on My Mind
Reception Music
·         Dobie Gray – Drift Away
·         Garth Brooks – Friends in Low Places
·         Tom Petty – Free Fallin’
·         John Mellencamp – Jack and Diane
·         Gretchen Wilson - Redneck Woman
·         Lynyrd Skynyrd  - Sweet Home Alabama
·         Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire
·         The Allman Brothers - Midnight Rider 
For the City Folk
Ceremony / First Dance Songs 
·         The Beatles – I Will
·         Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered
·         Michael Buble – Everything
·         Coldplay – Til Kingdom Come
·         Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
·         The Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand
·         Robin Thicke – Lost Without You
·         Barry White - Your My First, My Last, My Everything
Reception Music
·         Estelle – American Boy
·         Beastie Boys – Body Movin’ (FatBoy Slim Remix)
·         Eric Prydz – Call On Me
·         Moby – Bodyrock
·         MGMT – Electric Feel
·         Phoenix – If I Ever Feel Better
·         Coolio – Fantastic Ride
·         Mase – Feel So Good
·         Modjo – Lady
·         James Brown - I Feel Good
·         Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
For the Rock n' Roll Bride
Ceremony / First Dance Songs
·         Led Zeppelin – All My Love
·         The Cure – Love Song
·         Finger Eleven – One Thing
·         REM - You Are The Everything
·         R.E.O. Speedwagon - I Can't Fight This Feelin' Anymore
·         Smashing Pumpkins - Ava Adore
·          Journey - Faithfully
·          Foo Fighters - Virginia Moon
Reception Music
·         Dramarama – Anything
·         The Ataris – Boys of Summer
·         Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
·         Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey
·         Blue Oyster Cult – Burnin’ for You
·         Billy Idol – Dancin’ With Myself
·         Gnarls Barkley – Gone Daddy Gone
·         Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated
·         Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun
·         Janes Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
·         ELO - Blinded By The Light
For Wine Country or Garden Weddings
Ceremony / First Dance Songs
·         Sarah Mclachlan – Push
·         The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
·         A Fine Frenzy – You Picked Me
·         Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
·         Elton John – Your Song
·         Van Morrison – Moondance
·         Sting – Fields of Gold
·         U2 - The Sweetest Thing
Reception Music
·         Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me
·         Van Morrison – Into The Mystic
·          Plain White T's - 1234
·         Frank Sinatra – It Had To Be You
·         Duffy – Warwick Avenue
·         Tom Petty - Wildflowers
·         Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
·         Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
·         Dave Matthews Band - Crush
·         Eagles - Hotel California

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