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No, I don’t know that song.

And no, I don’t know that song either.

This is how I respond when people quote song lyrics at me or do that whole, “DUDE, YOU KNOW WHAT SONG THIS TOTALLY REMINDS ME OF?”  No, actually, I have no idea.

I’m going to say something that is going to shock a lot of people, and it’s almost 97% true: If it’s not a song played on the radio, I won’t know it.  (GASP)

Basically, I know today’s hit music, oldies, some soft rock, and a bit of rap.  That’s it.  It’s a small amount of the world’s music compared to what’s out there, BUT I would argue that it’s what people want to dance to when they’re at a wedding.

PSY, Ke$ha, Adele, and Nicki Minaj make you wannna get up and move!  And that’s what we want people to do at our wedding.  Young, old, lame, cool, funny, awkward, grumpy, happy, sleepy, and Doc.  EVERYONE is welcome and should be dancing!

Especially since we are starting off the evening with the Ceilidh band and dancing to music like this:

Now, my family and friends and I are all SUPER excited to learn how to dance a Ceilidh, but my guess is after some fancy do-si-do’ing and many repetitive movements, people are going to be ready to go a little crazy! Luckily, pop music provides the perfect way for us to unwind and bump and grind.

I’ve fooled my nanny kiddos into thinking I’m very musically adept, because Big C is convinced I know every song on earth (just because I can sing along to every song played on the radio). I realize this makes me sound super lame, but I’m pretty sure the radio was made for people like me.  Here is awesome music that everyone likes, and we think you will too!  Rock on Lemming!

Sword Guests, this is your warning, there will be awesome music at our wedding, but a good portion of it will come from the radio!  Plus a little country for Mom Sword, and some oldies for those in our lives who’ve been around a wee bit longer.

Now for some wedding tidbits:

My Dad and I will dance first, and I’m hoping to have the DJ say something like, “The bride chose to have her first dance be with the first man who held her heart.”  Or is that too cheesy?  Dad Sword and I will dance to Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles.  Dad Sword is a huge Beatles fan (I am too) so I was thrilled to be able to incorporate that into the wedding day.  Plus, it’s the perfect not-so-sappy Father/Daughter song.

Mr. Sword and his Mum will dance to You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder, because it’s the first song that came to FMIL’s mind, and since she used to call Mr. Sword her Sunshine, it fits perfectly!  And again, it’s a great choice in my opinion because it’s sweet but not obnoxiously so.

Finally, in a little twist, since Mr. Sword and I are blessed to have both sets of parents happily married (!), we will be inviting the other parent up to dance with the unoccupied person.

Basically while I’m dancing with Dad Sword, Mr. Sword will ask Mom Sword to join him on the floor about half way through the song, and then while Mr. Sword dances with his Mum, I will ask his Dad to join me on the dance floor.  This is also nice because it’s less time spent staring at one couple, and more spreading of the love.

As for our first dance as husband and wife, you’ll have to wait until the recaps for that top-secret information!  🙂

I do have a question though, has anyone done an anniversary dance and if so, what song did you choose?  Since we’re nixing the bouquet/garter tosses, I wanted to find a way to give my bouquet to the couple at our wedding that’s been married the longest.  Usually the DJ asks everyone that’s married to come out on the floor, and then says, “If you’ve been married less than a day, please sit down.”  It goes from less than a month, to a year, to five, etc until there’s one couple left dancing.  If all goes as planned I already know who this couple will be at our wedding and since they are family I can’t wait to give them the bouquet!  But what song should we choose?

Anyone else going Gangnam style at their wedding?  Who loves the radio?  No one, OK.  Cool.  🙂


Because I’m a nanny, that’s why.

The title of this blog post is an answer to a question.  That question is, WHY, Miss Sword, why have you watched (more than once) “Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses?”

image via Wikipedia

The answer is because I’m a nanny, that’s why.  Littlest C LOVES this movie and I have to admit it’s not that bad!  Truthfully I enjoy kid movies.  And while I’m not that into Barbie in general, if Barbie is going to pretend she is a princess and have 11 sisters, I’m GAME.

So, what if I told you I was going to include the intro music from “Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses” in my wedding processional?  What if I told you Mr. Sword has approved this as well as Mom Sword?  Would you believe it?  Because it’s all true.  I showed them this song a few months ago and was shocked that they both thought it worked for our wedding.  Just goes to show ya, it never hurts to ask!

This song just spoke to me and I’m seriously considering having my sexy kilt-wearing groomsman and my gorgeous long dress-wearing bridesmaids walk into this song.  Isn’t it pretty but also kind of dark and romantic?

I also like it because it will be a nice contrast to the bagpipes that will mark Littlest C’s entrance followed by Dad Sword and myself.

Are you having any unusual wedding processional music?  What do you think of this song?

We’ve hired the youngest bagpiper EVER

It’s time for a vendor update!  If you thought we would be having a bagpiper in our Scottish themed wedding then you are correct!  We are having a piper play at our ceremony and I’m pretty pumped about it.

Meet E.

He’s awesome, willing and able to perform at our wedding ceremony, and is youthful 18 years old.

I have to say, when I was referred to him by another bagpiper I assumed he would be middle-aged and a bit more rotund.  After arriving at his home I was curious to meet this piper who we could hear warming up as we walked into the house.  Imagine my surprise when I see this nice-looking, young gentlemen!  Luckily, Mom Sword was able to start conversation while I took a moment to soak it all in.  Of course we had to ask how long he’d been playing the bagpipes and it turns out he’s been playing since he was 13 years old.  He pipes for the Minnesota Police Pipe Band, and it was their free lessons that first helped E learn this wonderful yet VERY LOUD instrument.  (I think Mom Sword is looking into ear plugs for the Big Day.)

photo from E, used with permission

After we chatted for a bit, E played a few songs for us and we tried to figure out where in the ceremony we would place them.  It was decided then that I would walk down the aisle to the bagpipes and the rest of the bridal party will walk down the aisle to something different (guitar, DJ played, or otherwise) to make a nice contrast.  I’m super excited about how dramatic and awesome it’s going to sound!  We will also have E play some music for the prelude part of the ceremony as well as our big recessional walk down the aisle, and we’re toying with the idea of having him do his own sort of processional down the aisle to begin everything.  What to know the icing on the cake?  E already has a kilt he can wear for the wedding so he’ll fit right in!

Excited because we found a bagpiper!

(all photos personal unless otherwise noted)

We met with one bagpiper on our trip and luckily he was a perfect fit!  Anyone else having unique or cultural-specific music at their ceremony?