• Reception
  • The First Dance Indecision

    Well.. I have been listening to TONS of songs today. Mostly because Mr. Knight is as work, and I miss him (I know… I’m such a sap!). Our “first dance” song for our wedding has changed quite a few times and I think it is about to change again, there are just so  many songs that Mr. Knight and I listen to, connect to and love.

    Sunny MOH, Seminole Bridesmaid and Gator Bridesmaid dancing their first dance with their husbands. Had to include this. Aren’t they all such beautiful Brides?! (click the image to enlarge the picture and get a better look at my beautiful bridesmaids!!! ♥ Them)

    The first song Mr. Knight and I ever chose for our first dance was “I’m Your’s” by Jason Mraz. It is just so sweet, mellow and chill. Everything Mr. Knight and I ♥. We will still be playing the song at our wedding for sure… and it still isn’t completely out of the running.

    Then it changed to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Calliat. The two voices are incredibly sweet talking about how they are in love with their best friend, and how they will wait for each other. Just so sweet and mellow. So… for the past 5 months this has been our “first dance” song.

    Then Mr. Knight had to go and buy a new album by Owl City. I have to say it wasn’t instant love at first listen. I initially thought the music was sappy, emo, and whiny. Three things I don’t like. But, Mr. Knight insisted it was great music, so we listened to the cd for a few weeks. Yeah… now I LOVE Owl City. Funny how that happens.

    Without further adieu, here is the song we are considering switching our “first dance” song to. Listen and Enjoy. :-)

    Owl City “Vanilla Twilight” -So sweet and dreamy!

    I think its the tone of the music and the lyrics that really get to me… plus Mr. Knight likes it, which is always a plus! Still contemplating this one. What do ya’ll think??

    What are you/or did you dance to for your first dance with your hubby at your wedding?

  • Reception
  • A Song to Dance With Dad

    With the Father/Daughter dance song I really want to find a song that both my Dad and I really like, nothing country and nothing sappy. I don’t want to be a crying mess dancing with my Dad, I want to have a good time and ‘dance it out’ with my Dad.

    I’ve been listening to a lot of music my Dad used to play to me while I was growing up. While some are not as appropriate (The Monkeys) others are good contenders (Elton John, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, etc). Here are a few songs I’ve been listening to.

    Fleetwood Mac “Landslide”

    Elton John “Tiny Dancer”

    Billy Joel “Lullaby”

    Elton John “Your Song”

    John Mayer “Daughters”

    Elton John “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”

    Tom Petty “Free Fallin'” (Live from Gainesville ROCK CITY!)

    John Mayer does an acoustic version of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin” but I prefer the original (even if it isn’t really wedding appropriate).

    Okay so… quite a few from Elton John… what can I say.. I got a thing for Elton. :-) I got so many songs I like… are we allowed more then just 1 father/daughter dance?

    Which one do ya’ll like most? Any other suggestions? What does Gator Dad think?

    UPDATE:

    Gator Dad says if we do two songs (which I kind of love and mentioned above), then we could do “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty and then “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles. During “Eternal Flame” he would hand me off to Mr. Knight and we would start dancing. If we don’t do the two songs we would go with “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John. Yes Hannah, I did dance when I was younger for several years. I was on the dance team in high school and danced in the Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Peabody in Daytona, so it has significance to both of us. :-)

  • Ceremony
  • Our Non-Traditional Wedding Ceremony Music

    When trying to figure out what kind of music we wanted at our wedding (band, DJ, classical, etc.), Mr. Knight and I had very different ideas. He wanted a string quartet for the ceremony and cocktails, and I wanted a band for the reception. We compromised (more like I gave in) and we decided on a string trio (quartet was too much $$$) and a DJ for the reception.

    It was incredibly hard to find a string trio in our price range (most were quoting us anywhere from $500-$800 for 2 hours). We booked The Classern Quartet out of Orlando, FL through GigMasters for $350 for 3 musicians (violin, viola, and cello). They are going to play for 2 hours, which will cover pre-ceremony, our ceremony and an hour of cocktails. One of the things we really liked about them is that they play not just classical music but also modern tunes (Coldplay anyone?).

    Pre-Ceremony
    A mixture of classical and modern songs

    Seating of the Parents
    “Air” by Bach



    Bridal Party Entrance (played softly during)
    Bride’s Entrance with Father (played slightly louder)
    “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s, played by Vitamin String Quartet

    Recessional (Walking back down the aisle as Man and Wife)
    “Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve, played by Vitamin String Quartet

    It was difficult to decide exactly what songs we wanted for our ceremony. We struggled with traditional songs. They were too overplayed in our minds, we wanted something different and more us. Plain White T’s Hey there Delilah song has special meaning to Mr. Knight and I. If you listen to the lyrics in the song it talks about a couple who are miles away, in school and in love. For those who don’t know, Mr. Knight and I spent 3 years of our relationship apart (while he was attending UCF and I at UF).

    I can’t wait to walk down the aisle to this beautiful song and marry Mr. Knight… only 8 months 3 hours left!