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Rock On!

23 Oct

I’ve mentioned before that GP and I have a preference for rock-oriented songs.

Our wedding will be filled with songs which aren’t what people would call “standard” wedding songs. In fact, some people may not know some of the songs played at our reception! Hopefully it’ll run smoothly though. I won’t get into specifics – I sort of want to keep some air of mystery! – but the songs we’ve chosen for important parts of the wedding (sans a few) will be rock-based.

Our ceremony will have a number of alternative and folk rock songs strewn throughout. Since the last post, GP managed to cull about 40 songs from the massive list I gave him (I’m a bad decision-maker, what can I say!). We shifted some songs around to the reception, since we really liked some songs, and some we culled completely (for example, “Teardrop” by Massive Attack – I love that song, but it’s actually sad… and I didn’t realise that until now, doh!). Our pre-ceremony music will go for longer than 30 minutes, about 45, but that’s purely because we’re worried we’ll be late.

Most, if not all, of the songs during our ceremony will have some basis in rock and range from indie to mainstream and alternative to folk. There’ll be a few that only a select number of people will know (The Script’s “I’m Yours”) and others that are pretty darn popular (Coldplay’s “Clocks”), but all of them were chosen because they fit the criteria of, a) easy listening, even for guests who don’t listen to our genre of music, b) not depressing, like 99% of the songs I listen to, and c) fitting for a wedding!

This goes double for the reception.

I mentioned before that we’ll be having a few key things happening at the reception, most of them revolving around music, so it was important that GP and I get it right. We know not everyone will enjoy our type of music, but we hope our song choices will be enjoyed by a majority of our guests. And we’re hoping, for those who don’t really like our genre of music, they’ll enjoy it simply because it softens/lightens/hypes up the mood at the wedding. 🙂

Excitingly, we got the song list from FBIL Muso and it looks good! They’re mostly what I call “slow sway” rock songs, and will definitely suit as dinner music to entertain others while they eat and mingle. I’m not sure about half of the bands (before my time, unfortunately) but I’ve recently put most of them on to a Spotify playlist and am playing through it now. The running time is just under 3 hours, but let’s include the changeovers and getting-ready between songs, and they’ll probably be playing for about 3 hours. We’ll need to see how it can fit into the timeline, but it should be ok! 🙂

GP has also chosen the three songs he wants to perform, but still needs to run this by my papa. De Papa (GP’s dad) and FBIL Muso have an idea. I’m super excited about this one, but nervous for GP at the same time. We’ll see how this one goes. 🙂

As for the dance-portion of the wedding, GP and I have carefully chosen songs which span the ages and suit what we like. We’ve had to negotiate on some songs, but overall, we’re happy with our choices. Our last song of the night will be particularly, we hope, crowd-stomping worthy. Now we need to get all the songs and give them to our DJ. Eeesh, it’s getting closer to the wedding every day that goes by and I’m actually starting to freak out about the amount of stuff we have to do!

Hopefully our guests like/accept our music. It’s the one thing GP and I have both been incredibly thoughtful about. In fact, when we listed what we truly wanted out of our wedding, ‘good music’ was one of the priorities.

What do you guys think? Are we being too narrow-minded? Do you think we should add some songs we don’t really like?

 

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Ceremonial Crafting: Mood Music

9 Aug

Hi there Hive!

In August, I started working on our ceremony.

Our celebrant, Jenny, is great and tailors the ceremony to whatever the bridal couple wants. She’s an old friend of Mr Big’s from his days working at a big retail company when he first moved over to Australia and has since moved from said retail company to working as a fulltime celebrant. After looking through her ceremony wording portfolio, I managed to craft something which both Mr Big and I think suits us well. It’s sincere, funny, but most of all, perfectly us.

In addition to this, Jenny also added in important facts and qualities about us as a couple which just really personalises the ceremony.

I’ve crafted most of the wordings for the important sections: “Introduction”, “Giving Away”, “Exchange of Rings”, “Rituals”, and the “Declaration of Marriage”. I’ve sent these sections to Jenny, whose refined them and written them up in a lovely book which we get to keep!

But guys, I’m not here to talk about the ceremony.

I’m here to talk about the ceremony music.

We’ve had our decision for the processional since late 2012, so that’s all settled. It still needs to be cut to size (it’s a 4-minute song!), but it works with the feel of the wedding. However, the other music choices for the wedding were a lot harder to decide!

First off, we needed approximately 30 minutes of background music in the beginning.

Initially, I compiled approximately 45 tracks which I think could be used. That’s over 3 hours of music guys! Mr Big then went through it and culled three-quarters of it. Apparently, I’m not very good at musical decisions. We now have about 45 minutes for the pre-ceremony background music.

I also initially had about 5 possible songs for the signing of the marriage certificate (which is done publically in Australian weddings), but had no ideas for the recessional.

You see, the problem was that we’re very much into alternative and indie rock – and basically rock in general.

We don’t mind other things, however, most of the songs selected so far are very rock-oriented. For example, “Winter Winds” by Mumford & Sons is folk-rock, “You and Me” by Lifehouse is alternative rock, and “You Found Me” by The Fray is alternative rock. Having a random pop, classical or other-genre-of-song may sound a little strange and out of place.

We’ve also got some Linkin Park, Train, Matchbox Twenty and Rob Thomas, The Script, Of Monsters and Men, Coldplay, The Goo Goo Dolls and Birds of Tokyo. Vampire Weekend, Hoobastank and Newton Faulkner were possible artists I had listed when formulating a basic plan-of-attack for the ceremonial music.

Essentially, hive, our music isn’t “typical wedding music”.

I had previously heard of other Bees using Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ), but it just didn’t feel right to use orchestral versions of songs when we could just use the original.

Enter Imagine Dragons.

After listening to their very popular song “Radioactive” and then going through their entire album, Mr Big and I found the perfect recessional song! Mr Big was also able to cut the humongous list I had made to make it fit all nicely.

Overall, we’re pretty darn happy with our choice. Now all we have to do is ensure that the processional makes sense with everyone’s entrances and we’re all set!

Who else is using “offbeat” choices for their music?

You’ve got a “friendor” in me!

3 Jul

Alternative title: “I’ve got friends with benefiiiiiits!”

In our wedding, we’ll have a few vendors who are, first and foremost, our friends. In ‘wedding lingo’, these generous people are called “friendors”. Mr Big and I have about three of them (well, I guess one is technically my soon-to-be brother-in-law, but still!). The first is a friend which Mr Big has known since his work in a large retail company back when he first moved to Australia:

DJ Jeeves (AKA Dirty Sanchez!)

Jeeves has been Mr Big’s friend for about 4-5 years (give or take). They met while working at a big retail company here in Sydney, where Jeeves still works to this day. I met him during Mr Big and I’s ‘are we in a relationship?’ phase, where we ate awesome steak and had an overall good time. He’s an awesome friend and uber fun to talk to and hang out with. He’ll be our DJ for the day due to his skills on the mixer (of which he just bought himself a kickass custom). He also has a good ‘vision’ of things when he hears certain songs, and has offered to take up lights and other assorted equipment from Sydney for our wedding.

We’ve procured all of our songs, including all the ‘special songs’ for the wedding, so we’ll get to start working with Jeeves soon! I can’t wait to hear what he comes up with for the wedding!!

Friend Wonderland

Wonder has been my friend for about a year now, having met at my old work place. She and I both left that horrendous place (thankfully) and still remain friends to this day. A few weeks after she left that ol’ place, her mother and herself set up shop in the southwest of Sydney. At first it was clothes, but Wonder’s mama decided a nail salon would be more fitting. After a makeover, they turned their shop into a nail salon called Pretty Women Nails (SPONSOR!).

I went and had a shellac manicure (and pedicure) there as a ‘test run’ and Wonder worked… well, wonders on my nails. It was my FIRST.EVER manicure and pedicure and I felt so damn pampered! Even though we’ll be having our wedding up in the Hunter Valley, I really want to get my nails down at Wonder’s mama’s shop. It’ll be a good bonding time with Wonder.

[BTW – if you’re looking for a nail salon that isn’t overpriced and does GOOD work, I do recommend Pretty Women Nails. And I’m not just saying this because my friend’s ma owns it. My shellac manicure lasted TWO WEEKS, probably more!]

FBIL Muso

FBIL Muso is, obviously, Mr Big’s brother. They grew up close, but grew apart later in life. When Mr Big proposed to me and we started planning the wedding, FBIL Muso put his hand up to volunteer his band to play at the wedding. Mr Big and I were rather touched that he’d do that for us, and after listening to some of the samples, agreed.

In January 2013, we went over to New Zealand and visited the little town of Nelson to hear the band live. We were impressed, especially as they play ‘our style’ of music, and were excited about having them at the wedding! We’ve even asked them to learn some songs, which they’ve obliged to. 🙂 We’ll be putting them up in a place for the wedding, but other than that, won’t have to pay the exorbitant amounts which many of the bands I’ve come across want their clients to pay. Their band, the Johnny Parro Band, is a five-piece-band, so we’re REALLY excited on how it’ll sound in the reception space.

And those are our “friendors”. 🙂 We’re really excited to have these guys as a part of our wedding!

Who else is using a “friendor”? 🙂

Songs to Celebrate to!

1 Jul

Hello guys!

On a rainy Saturday, GP and I decided to go out to investigate shirt options. I’ll go into more detail on that later, when GP gets a better idea on what he wants, but that day we met up with our friend and DJ, Jeeves. We watched “The Five-Year Engagement” and laughed the ENTIRE way through it, especially at this bit right here:

HI-LAAARIOUS! Emily Blunt ftw!

Anyway, afterwards we got to talking shop wedding, and Jeeves gave us a rundown on what he’d need to do the DJ-ing work for us. We’d been compiling a wedding list, both for dancing and other times (quiet music during dinner, for example). The list is over 100 songs, and counting, and we’re uber excited about our choices. Although, a part of me is thinking of adding in more ‘generic’ songs (like Bruno Mars, for example).

Anyway, Jeeves needs all the music in audio file format so that he can mix it up and burn it to a CD for us to listen to. We have a majority of the songs on Audio CDs, but there are just some which we don’t. And most of the ones ON Audio CDs needed to be ripped into our laptop and stored on the local server. So that weekend, after returning from Jeeves’ house, we spent moving files around and ripping CDs. We successfully were able to grab about 40% (give or take) of the songs we need, and just need to get about 72 downloaded through appropriate means.

Which means we’re getting our songs all ordered! Yay for marking that off the list!!

Another thing we need to do is figure out the ‘important songs’: the signing of the marriage certificate and the cake cutting. We’re still not 100% sure we’ll be having an over-the-top bridal party entrance or an equally-as-over-the-top bridal couple exit from the reception, so we’re still deliberating whether we’ll NEED songs for those. It’s safe to say that we have the processional, recessional, first dance, and a spicy, sexy second dance!

GP also wants to perform up to three songs at the reception with his father, my father, and his brother (all musos, this family!). So I’m uber excited to see what they come up with!

Insert witty title here.

18 Sep

I haven’t written anything in a while. It’s been rather hectic here with the mid-semester coming up (which means assignments and exams). GP’s currently in Adelaide, and as is normal, shit has hit the fan here in Sydney. I think I broke the gorramn printer. I blame that on a number of things:

1) I should have gone out and bought printer paper instead of using lined paper out of desperation which subsequently got jammed in the printer feed and is now stuck there until such a time as I can dismantle the gorramn thing and get it out.

2) I should have called my parents over to give me some of their printer paper instead of well… not.

3) I don’t have my stupid fracking full license so I can’t drive GP’s turbo car (I hate the laws)

4) GP couldn’t be bothered taking me to the shops to get said paper (he hadn’t had any sleep… which is what I’m trying to tell myself so I stop seething at him)

There’s nothing I can do now, so I’m trying not to dwell on it. My neuroticism is making me extremely anxious and angry though, so I thought that maybe typing it out and blasting Matchbox 20 out of my new and shiny Spotify program would help. I’ll have to do this week’s reading for my course via pdf viewer. If I can write an entire essay doing that, well, then I should be able to do this…

 

On the wedding front, there hasn’t been any movement since the last post about the potential photographers. It’s almost October, which means we’ll hopefully get a date soon. I don’t know how that’s going to go though, because everytime I ask I get the same response from my mum: “I haven’t called yet.”

*SIGH*

The only thing that’s been progressing are selecting songs for the wedding. I have a list of wedding songs on an Excel file and GP, with his new and shiny Spotify, has made a wedding songlist. He hasn’t put on all the songs, and says I should download Spotify so he can share the playlist. I can then add the songs which are on my list. The only problem with selecting songs for the wedding are:

1) we’re probably going to have a live band, who won’t know half (or more) of the songs on the list

2) if the live band DO know the songs, there’s no guarantee they can learn it in the time between hiring them and the wedding, and

3) my dad refuses to have anything short of a live band (his words: “Using a stereo is cheap.”)

Although I have a feeling that the final product will be a mix of live band and stereo (hey, the band’s gotta eat…). If my dad has problems with that, he can deal…