Sometimes the biggest stress involved in planning your wedding is deciding on the music that best represents you, your spouse to be, your family and your guests, and sometimes not in that order. When deciding which song speaks to the relationship between you and your dad, think about the background music that was the soundtrack of your childhood. I chose In Your Wildest Dreams by The Moody Blues. The song had personal meaning for us. I grew up listening to The Moody Blues; so their music had created a bond between my dad and I that eventually led to my career choice of being a DJ. There are lots of songs about fathers and daughters, and I am not going to lie; as a DJ, we see the same ones over and over again. Your wedding will be an emotional experience for you and your family, but to pack that extra emotional punch and hit your guests in the “feels”, think about the kinds of songs you listened to while growing up, rather than the specific lyrics of the song.
As a DJ, 90% of our brides and grooms are between 20 and 30 years old. If you fall within this demographic, your folks were probably firmly entrenched in the music of the 60’s and 70’s: a golden time in the development of a lot of modern genres. Folk, Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock and Soft Rock are rich with meaningful, oft forgotten music… and here is a pro tip: you don’t have to do a slow, awkward song. You can put on a fast, upbeat song and get your groove on! Here are some bands that might have what you are looking for. I tried to pick artists and bands that you might not normally think of when choosing songs.
1960’s – The Beatles, The Temptations, Roy Orbison
1970’s – Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Fleetwood Mac, The Moody Blues, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, The Eagles, CCR, Simon and Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd
1980’s and 90’s – REM, U2, Tragically Hip, INXS, Don Henley, Roxy Music, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy (yes, lol, there are some great tracks on this one), Tracy Chapman, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel