Monday, September 23, 2013

All You Need is Love...Bridal Shower Tunes to Make the Ladies Smile

I recently co-planned a bridal shower for one of my best friends, and wanted to be sure we had a variety of music that would fit the dual theme of love and wine (it took place at a winery, and was a blast). I looked through my iTunes, did some searching online, downloaded a few new songs, and came up with (what I think is) a great playlist. Then, we put an ipod on a dock and played it during the party. There were higher-energy songs (Build Me Up, Buttercup), slower songs (Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, and the like), and just plain nostalgic songs (I Get Lost in Your Eyes, Straight Up, Forever Your Girl).  So here's the list. Enjoy and share it around, because when it comes to love songs, we probably share a lot of the same favorites:

Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) 4:23 Robin Thicke
Happy 4:07 Pharrell Williams
Something Like That 3:14 University Of Oregon, Boca (a capella version)
Somewhere Out There 3:59 Feivel Goes West
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 3:50 Cyndi Lauper
Be The Lake 3:58 Brad Paisley
Falling For the First Time 3:41 Barenaked Ladies
I Saw Her Standing There 2:56 The Beatles
I Get Lost (In Your Eyes) 3:36 Debbie Gibson
I Got My Mind Set on You 3:53 George Harrison
I Want To Hold Your Hand 2:27 The Beatles
I Wanna Dance With Somebody 4:51 Whitney Houston
Country Girl (Shake It for Me) 3:46 Luke Bryan
Summer Wind 2:56 Michael Bublé
Sugar, Sugar 2:47 The Archies
Don't Stop Me Now 3:32 Queen
The Way You Make Me Feel 5:00 Michael Jackson
Easy Silence 4:04 Dixie Chicks
Come A Little Closer 4:42 Dierks Bentley
Lover of the Light 5:15 Mumford & Sons
Is This Love 3:52 Bob Marley & The Wailers
Restless 2:53 Alison Krauss & Union Station
Time After Time 3:08 Quietdrive
Answer The Phone 3:59 Sugar Ray
Can't Help Falling In Love 2:58 Elvis Presley
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me 3:08 Diana Ross & The Supremes
Just What I Needed 3:43 The Cars
Red, Red Wine 5:21 UB40
Days of Wine and Roses 2:18 Frank Sinatra
Such Great Heights 4:28 The Postal Service
Sweet Escape 4:07 Gwen Stefani
My Girl 2:59 The Temptations
I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) 4:15 Meatloaf
Can't Hurry Love 3:09 Diana Ross
Here It Goes Again 3:00 Ok Go
Love Somebody 3:49 Maroon 5
That Thing You Do 2:49 The Wonders
Save the Last Dance for Me 3:39 Michael Buble
Dancin' In The Moonlight 3:52 Toploader
Stand By Me 2:57 Ben E. King
Heart of Mine 3:05 Peter Salett
Can't Fight The Moonlight 3:36 LeAnn Rimes
Crazy Little Thing Called Love 3:11 Michael Bublé
Dog Days Are Over 4:13 Florence + The Machine
The Best Is Yet To Come 3:05 Michael Bublé
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) 3:00 Marvin Gaye
Straight Up 4:11 Paula Abdul
You And I 2:29 Ingrid Michaelson
She's Got A Way [live] 3:03 Billy Joel
The Edge Of Glory 5:21 Lady Gaga
In My Life 2:30 The Beatles
Marry You 3:50 Bruno Mars
Question 2:14 Old 97's
Marry Me 3:25 Train
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours 2:41 Stevie Wonder
Shining Star 4:39 The Manhattans
I'll Be There 3:57 The Jackson 5
The Prayer 4:25 Josh Groban, Charlotte Church
First Day of My Life 3:09 Bright Eyes
Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe 3:11 Barry White
All Will Be Well 4:10 The Gabe Dixon Band
Lucky (feat. Colbie Caillat) 3:10 Jason Mraz
God Only Knows 2:52 The Beach Boys
The Luckiest 4:25 Ben Folds
Forever 2:58 The Beach Boys
Chapel of Love   The Dixie Cups
Stereo Love 4:08 Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina
All You Need is Love 3:49 The Beatles
Kiss the Girl 3:21 Stellar Kart (fun version of Disney song)
Love Shack 5:23 B52's
Forever Your Girl 5:00 Paula Abdul
Stay The Same 3:51 Joey McIntyre
Strawberry Fields Forever 3:39 Jim Sturgess & Joe Anderson
Kernkraft 400 (Sport Chant Stadium Remix) 5:31 Zombie Nation
Empire State of Mind 4:37 Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Endless Love (Glee Cast Version)
Drink In My Hand 3:11 Eric Church
Toes 4:21 Zac Brown Band
Paradise 4:38 Coldplay

Instrumental (Great for a wedding ceremony, we played these while she opened gifts):

The Wedding Song- There is Love (Instrumental) 3:38 The O'Neill Brothers
Bittersweet Symphony (Instrumental) 5:06 Vitamin String Quartet
Pathetique Sonata 5:17 Beethoven 10/16/12 6:10 PM
You Are So Beautiful (Instrumental) 4:15 Wedding Music Artists
Kiss the Girl 2:43 Samuel E. Wright, The Little Mermaid
Feels Like Home 4:42 Chantal Kreviazuk

We saved some fun ones for the end, and since I accidentally put it on shuffle and couldn't figure out how to take it off, we got a nice random selection throughout the party. Oh well, some things happen for a reason! I had signed our card 'With Endless Love and Happiness' and as she opened our gift, Endless Love came on. It wouldn't have happened if we'd played the playlist in order, and it was a funny/memorable moment, for sure!

Tips: If you have a special song with your bride friend and want to put it on your playlist, make sure to listen to it all the way through and watch out for REALLY inappropriate language.  It may not be a big deal when you listen to it together, but her future grandmother, mother-in-law and/or niece may be there, and you never know what will be happening when that part comes on (pretend it's going to play at the worst possible time. If that would be embarrassing, take it off the list). Blurred Lines would be one of those songs.

These are mostly popular songs among younger ladies. For an older crowd, ask parents and grandparents their favorite love/girl power songs from yesteryear. Add them to the playlist- they'll love it!

To recreate this delicious and musical treat, line up sugar wafers, cover with vanilla frosting, use a knife to make lines in between, then add Kit Kat mini bars (or full size bars, cut in half for sharps and flats).  Yum!

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