The big exception, though, is music. Wedding-related songs are often fantastic! They’re full of emotion: either upbeat and celebratory, or romantic and longing. And they’re not tacky like over-the-top Hollywood weddings.
Now, I’m not talking about songs playedat weddings. (Some of the worst songs on Earth are wedding playlist staples: “Chicken Dance,” “Cha Cha Slide,” and “Macarena,” I’m looking at you.) But there are tons of songs about weddings and getting married that are perfectly lovely.
For instance, my favorite wedding song of all time is “Somebody’s Getting Married,” performed by one of the most important bands of our time: the Muppets. This should not be left off any self-respecting wedding song list. From The Muppets Take Manhattan:
I understand not everyone is into the vocal stylings of Miss Piggy. If you’re trying to make a wedding mix — which, more so than rings, is still the universally recognized symbol of love (at least to High Fidelity geeks) — and want to go beyond the obvious “Goin’ to the Chapel” and other mushy love songs, try throwing some of these songs on there:
Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.