The Wedding Music

I must say that I am not talented at all in music. When I was little my mom tried to make me take piano lessons (does any Chinese/Asian kid NOT play the piano or the violin???) Well, I sucked, and I refused to go after a while.

So when it came the time when I had to pick the various pieces of music for the wedding, my head hurt.

Luckily, our DJ, Todd Buteaux, was super friendly and helpful. He asked me to send him any music I like, and he helped me figure out which songs to assign to which events and recommended songs when I had no clue.

Although both me and the Mr. don’t really keep up with pop music, we do LOVE classical and new age music. We also watch lots of movies, so many of the songs we picked are from movies or TV series we love.

  • Mother of the bride walks down the isle, escorted by the Groom, to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel:
  • Bridesmaids walk down the isle to “Concerning Hobbits” by Howard Shore, from the Fellowship of the Ring:
  • Bridal procession – “Be My Light” by Mychael and Jeff Dana from Camelot.

I asked the DJ to loop it from the beginning to 1:30, because I preferred the first 1’30” of it. We watched the episode where Guinevere walked down the isle to marry Leontes and were struck by the female vocal which was so hauntingly beautiful!!!

I love the lyrics of this song, so poetic.

And if the storm
Howls through our land
I’ll be your shelter
I’ll be your shelter

If you’ll be my light
If you’ll be my light

And if the world
Should fall to winter
I’ll be your warmth
I’ll be your warmth

If you’ll be my light
If you’ll be my light

And if the skies
Should cloud to darkness
I’ll be your sun
I’ll be your sun

If you’ll be my light
If you’ll be my light…

  • Sand Ceremony with “Aníron” by Enya from The Fellowship of the Ring (again).

It is the theme for Aragorn and Arwen. The word means “I desire” in Elvish.

Lyrics translation:

From darkness I understand the night
dreams flow, a star shines
Ah! I desire Evenstar

Look! A star rises out of the darkness
The song of the star enchants my heart
Ah! I desire

  • Recessional music – “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel, written for the oratorio Solomon based on the biblical stories of King Solomon.

The story goes that the fame of Solomon’s wisdom and wealth spread far and wide, so much so that the queen of Sheba decided that she should meet him. The queen came with gifts and riddles for the King and eventually returned impressed by Solomon’s wisdom and wealth. (1 Kings 10: 1-13)

  • Grand Entrance of Wedding Parties – “All You Need Is Love” by Beatles

I still remember hearing this song played at James’ funeral, celebrating his life of love and compassion and fun spirit, and getting all teary-eyed. It is such a good song for celebration.  I had to have it as part of the wedding.

  • Grand Entrance of Bride and Groom – “The Final Countdown” by Europe:
  • First Dance to “Fascination” by Nat King Cole:

Initially we picked the movie version of “Beauty and the Beast.” But when we tried to dance to it, it was extremely hard! It is very slow; and the beats change frequently. Definitely too challenging for beginner waltz dancers like us. Then this lovely song by Nat King Cole fell right into our laps when we googled for waltz music to dance to.  Love the tempo, the nostalgia, the romance… And most importantly, no wonder it is one of the most popular waltz songs, it is so easy to dance to!

It was fascination
I know
And it might have ended
Right then, at the start
Just a passing glance
Just a brief romance
And I might have gone
On my way
Empty hearted

It was fascination
I know
Seeing you alone
With the moonlight above
Then I touch your hand
And next moment
I kiss you
Fascination turned to love

It was fascination
I know
Seeing you alone
With the moonlight above
Then I touch your hand
And next moment
I kiss you
Fascination turned – to – love

  • Dinner starts, after the welcome toast, with “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast

It was Todd’s idea to have the waiters walk out in a line with dinner plates on their shoulders to the music. But we didn’t end up doing that. It would have been fun though!

  • Cake Cutting with the beautiful Audrey Hepburn singing “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you’re going I’m going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end–
waiting ’round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

  • My friend Roy’s acoustic guitar version of Steven Curtis Chapman’s “I Will Be Here” 

Tomorrow morning if you wake up
And the sun does not appear,
I will be here.
If in the dark we lose sight of love,
Hold my hand and have no fear,
‘Cause I will be here.

I will be here when you feel like being quiet;
When you need to speak your mind, I will listen.
And I will be here when the laughter turns to crying;
Through the winning, losing, and trying, we’ll be together,
‘Cause I will be here.

Tomorrow morning if you wake up
And the future is unclear,
I will be here.
As sure as seasons are made for change,
Our lifetimes are made for years,
So I will be here.

I will be here, so you can cry on my shoulder;
When the mirror tells us we’re older, I will hold you.
And I will be here to watch you grow in beauty,
And tell you all the things you are to me;
I will be here.

I will be true to the promise I have made,
To you and to the One who gave you to me.
As sure as seasons are made for change,
Our lifetimes are made for years,
So I, I will be here.

We’ll be together and i will be here.

Roy, you are so talented… I am so very touched to hear you sing…

  • Bouquet Toss – “Single Ladies” by Beyonce
  • Garter Toss – “Mission Impossible”
  • Last Dance – “Today Was a Fairytale” by Taylor Swift

Love the music video!

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16 Responses to The Wedding Music

  1. 跳舞の影子说道:


    • Fei说道:

      嘿嘿, 我们家喜欢的东西比较老,现在年轻人听的已经跟不上了。

  2. 小墨说道:

    Taylor Swift这个已经很现代了。她的歌我除了罗密欧朱丽叶之外啥都不知道

    • Fei说道:

      Taylor Swift我还是从Kacy那些小朋友那里听来的。他们说她唱歌像Taylor Swift,我才知道有这号人物。

  3. 小墨说道:


    • Fei说道:

      另外一个更好看的是the game of throne, 画面超美,剧情也很赞!

  4. Maddy说道:

    听着“Be My Light” from Camelot,我眼前又浮现起你从远处走来穿着婚纱的那一幕了。我想以后每次听到这歌都会想起那一幕吧。好美好美,我当时就忍不住哭了,怕花妆硬是忍住了。

    • Fei说道:

      Maddy, you are so sweet.
      I remember seeing you all standing at the altar waiting for me when I walked down the isle. I will engrave that picture in my memory forever. Thanks for being there for me!

  5. floraqiqi说道:


  6. 小雨说道:


    • Fei说道:


  7. summerbirdjane说道:

    The wedding was so beautiful! Looking forward to hearing more details and seeing more photos!

    Whenever I think of my wedding (possibly in Hawaii summer next year), I have a big headache about everything… flowers, musics, decorations, whom to give speeches, the whole flow etc… especially since the wedding company has so many regulations…

    • Fei说道:

      destination wedding will be a whole different story, my dear.
      if you can afford it, i say you get a coordinator to take care of most of the stuff. i had a colleague who had her wedding in Hawaii, and basically picked her colors and showed up. 🙂
      but it really depends on you and your coordinator how much you are (or want to be) involved.

  8. summerbirdjane说道:

    The wedding company representative is basically a coordinator. Still there are lots to do since I probably will customize many other things on top of picking the color…

    What was your colleague’s wedding like? What the coordinator chose turned out to be what she expected? Some people really don’t care about the details, but many others do (probably including you and me) 🙂

    I want my invitation card / decorations / music / guests’ presents / my costume to be really elegant but with a bit of playfulness. The tiffany blue like your blog’s background is a good color to use.

    • Fei说道:

      Jane, her wedding was a very small one with just family and close friends. The venue is on a golf course by the ocean.

      the Tiffany blue would be a really cute color for summer weddings in Hawaii…


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