The Best Wedding Songs are the ones your make yourself.
Having created music and written hundreds of personalized wedding songs over the years, my own wedding day finally came last month. Generally there is not too much expectation on the groom to do anything other than turn up and look good – though not better than the bride! Such conditions are perfect for surprise – the close cousin of Romance.
Owning a business with a name like Romance Outsourced undoubtedly placed a little added pressure on me from expectant in-laws but I had plans! Here are the three surprises I pulled off on the day.
Send the Bride a Song on the morning of the wedding.
Traditionally the bride and groom won’t see each other on the morning of the wedding. It can be an emotional time. A lack of sleep plays a part as does the fact that there is so much to think about for the day ahead. It’s easy to forget why you are there in the first place. Remind them! Get one of the bridesmaids to bring the bride her favourite song or better again order a song you have had created for her. Relate the story of how far you have come through music and no matter what happens for the rest of the day – it will be a success.
Surprise the Bride by Singing her Favourite Song with the Wedding Band.
Ok, I know not everyone can sing like Pavarotti but that’s all part of the charm. Contact the band before the wedding day and let them know your plan. If you can’t sing – that’s fine. Just talk / scream the lyrics to her favourite song. The worse you are, the funnier it will be. A few wines might help beforehand. On my wedding day, I stormed the stage and played a song I had written for my new wife. I usually write my own songs with a lot of humour but in this case, the surprise was that it was actually quite romantic and I got the tears I wanted!
Surprise the Father of the Bride
The father of the bride often gets left out in weddings yet he is the main man who has played a pivotal role in forming the woman you have just married. For my wedding day, I discovered that he had always wanted to dance the Father / Daughter dance to the tune of ‘In My Daughter’s Eyes’. Most wedding bands are very flexible with learning new tunes so I asked a few weeks earlier if they could learn this track. When they played the first notes and the two hit the dance floor, it really was a special moment for all.
*All beautiful photography from Waterford Photographers.