Wrapped Up in Love: Wedding Theme Music Part One “Sailing Through the Sea/To an Island Where We’ll Meet”

As we moved across the Pacific Ocean there was a song playing in my head: “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. I heard it over and over again while we were planning the wedding. So much that it became one of our wedding theme songs, as if “Getting Married on Catalina” was its unofficial name. The lyrics rang so true “I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend/Lucky we’re in love in every way.” Watch the music video below.

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While the lyrics are a little bit more about longing and rejoining each other than applies to us, here they are for a read.

[Jason Mraz]
Do you hear me,
I’m talking to you
Across the water across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky, oh my, baby I’m trying

[Colbie Caillat]
Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Ooohh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

They don’t know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this
Every time we say goodbye
I wish we had one more kiss
I’ll wait for you I promise you, I will

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

And so I’m sailing through the sea
To an island where we’ll meet
You’ll hear the music fill the air
I’ll put a flower in your hair

Though the breezes through trees
Move so pretty you’re all I see
As the world keeps spinning round
You hold me right here right now

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
I’m lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

Ooohh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooooh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

“What Music Do You Love to Dance To?”

I recently read an article in Glamour magazine about the songs some of our favorite musicians love to dance –I think the quote was “to move their thang to.” All of the songs were ones I enjoyed myself but totally forgot about. How could I have forgotten about “Blister in the Sun” by The Violent Femmes or David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”?

I love music, I love to dance. I have this huge fear no one will at our wedding. I have been creating a spreadsheet of all my favorite songs using Google Docs. And let’s just say the list is getting pretty big! So at the minimum I will be out there dancing to my favorite tunes. I have been informally gathering from my family members–noting which ones they turn up or mention that they like in casual conversation.

Here is a site that has a great playlist of songs to keep things fresh on the wedding dance floor. It is my fear that my DJ will play Cher’s “Believe” then Lipps Inc. “Funkeytown” songs one after another. Please keep it fresh, DJ!

Boho Brides, three questions:

What song makes you want to get up and move your thang?

What is your favorite slow jam?

What song makes you find inspiration in yourself and/or the world?

What Song Are You Walking Down the Aisle To?

Bridal Chorus (a.k.a Here Comes the Bride) screams “We Are Getting Married!!” But are there other songs that can make the bride and her guests feel a.) excited b.) happy and c.) in love while still in line with bride and groom’s personalities?

For the last five months I’ve been jotting down songs that I hear on Pandora that I would like to be played during the ceremony and reception. Right now, as I am searching for a wedding DJ, I am trying to figure out what mood I want to evoke while at the ceremony. In the running are:

Happy in Love (for a sunny, SoCal wedding like mine–for two happy go-lucky people like us)
-Sweat Pea by Amos Lee
-Better Together by Jack Johnson (already our Wedding Website Theme Song)
-I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
-Hey (I Love You) by Spearhead
-If You Wanna Be Happy by Jimmy Soul
-Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
-Hallelujah by Jeff Beck
-Forever Loving Jah by Bob Marley
-Happy Together The Turtles
-Here Comes Your Man Meagan Smith
-Never Had Nobody But You M.Ward
-Thieves She & Him
-If You Want to Sing Out Cat Stevens
-505 Arctic Monkeys
-Amber 311
-Is This Love by Bob Marley

Classically Cool (traditional classical solo piano music but with a hip, indie chillout spin)
-Suite Bergamasque: Claire de Lune by Debussy
-Loreta and Desiree’s Bouquet George Winston
-After the Summer Hits Nobody
-For the Trees Matmos
-Living in the Country George Winston
-Canon in D by Pachelbel
-Gogel by Gonzales
-You’re Beautiful by Vitamin String Quartet
-Bermuda Triangle Gonzales
-Moonlight Sonata Beethoven
-Hallelujah by Vitamin String Quartet
-The Tourist Gonzales
-Lazy Calm Cocteau Twins
-An Ending Brian Eno
-Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel

Eclectic Romance (what I always listen to on my iPod)
-To Be Alone With You Sufjan Stevens
-Paradise Sade
-New Slang The Shins
-Come Away With Me Norah Jones
-Shift Grizzly Bear
-How Lucky We Are by Meiko
-By Your Side by Sade
-Wild Is The Wind by Amel Larrieux
-Across the Universe Rufus Wainwright
-The Promise Tracey Champan
-Ordinary People John Legend
-Girl by City and Colour
-1, 2, 3, 4 by Feist

Vintage Love (a mix of fun and conservative)
-I Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis
-My Baby Just Cares for Me by Nina Simone
-Have I Told You Lately Van Morrison
-The Girl from Ipanema Astrud Gilberto
-Que Sera, Sera by Doris Day
-La Vie en Rose Edith Pilaf
-If Louis Armstrong
-Lean on Me Bill Withers
-Harvest Moon Neil Young
-Love Me Tender Elvis
-Here Comes the Sun The Beatles
-What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
-Black is the Colour Nina Simone

What mood are you going for, Boho Brides? What songs will accompany you down the aisle?

*images from Amazon.com