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16 Jul

We’d selected our DJ pretty early in the process, about a year ahead. It was pretty much a no brainer. My (Temoc) family friend who’s had years of DJing under his belt and he was only going to charge us $200. I had called couple of other companies that specialized in weddings but the prices were astronomical! “You want $1,500 for 4 hours, make a few announcements, and play music?! No thank you.” Click.

We got a little worried when we hadn’t heard from our DJ in 9 months. We finally scheduled a meeting with him to talk about what we wanted and the kind of music we wanted to have played. We left our meeting with two homework assignments. Can DJs assign homework? 1) Develop a schedule; and 2) Develop a playlist. He gave us total control over the music. We weren’t big fans of the traditional reception playlists nor are we big fans of rap and R&B. We wanted the music to reflect us. Our DJ told us about a website, which really helped us in developing the playlist, We also spent a few nights going through every song on our iPods. I don’t even know if we made it through all the songs. It actually took a lot of work to finish the playlist. We started as soon as we were engaged, but really focused our efforts about two weeks before the wedding. We sent our list to the DJ and he suggested additional songs in the same genre. We finally finished the playlist a day or two before the wedding by nailing down which wedding march song we wanted, the recessional song which happened to be Def Leppard’s Pour Some Sugar on Me, and our Money Dance song, a Marvin Gaye song.

On paper everything seemed great. In execution we could have done things a little differently. We should have doubled the playlist and requested that the songs we chose be played when we wanted not just throughout the night, and not just in between the activities. Many of the songs we picked weren’t the songs people expected to hear at a wedding and that could be why we had trouble getting people to dance. Fortunately, our DJ did play some other typical wedding songs, but was also able to use enough discretion to know that we would not be happy if we heard Nellie or any other Hip-Hop/ R&B songs. We also told him that he could play any Green Day, DMB, Talking Heads, Muse, and Radiohead. Here is our playlist:

Song Artist
Instrumental or jazz or something
Pachelbell’s Canon in D
Bridal March
Last Night on Earth Green Day
Exitlude The Killers
A Sorta Fairytale Tori Amos
Anything, Anything Dramarama
Ballroom Blitz The Sweet
Because the Night Patti Smith
Blitzkrieg Pop The Ramones
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen
Burning Down the House Talking Heads
Climbing up the walls Radiohead
Close to Me The Cure
Creep Radiohead
Dancing with Myself Billy Idol
Dancing in the Dark Bruce Springsteen
Endlessly Muse
Footloose Kenny Loggins
Glory Days Bruce Springsteen
I Fought the Law The Clash
Jukebox Hero Foreigner
Jump Van Halen
Knights of Cydonia Muse
Lightning Crashes/I Alone Live
London Calling The Clash
Lust for Life Iggy Pop
Mony Mony Billy Idol
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now Starship
Pictures of You The Cure
Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard
Rock the Casbah The Clash
Sedated The Ramones
Should I Stay or Should I go The Clash
Song 2 Blur
Such Great Heights The Postal Service
Take the Money and Run Steve Miller Band
The End Has No End The Strokes
Unbelievable EMF
What I Like About You The Romantics
White Wedding Billy Idol
Secret Garden Bruce Springsteen
That’s Amore Dean Martin
Come Back to Sorrento Dean Martin
Sunglasses at Night Corey Hart
Alright Supergrass
Love Shack B52s
Rock Lobster B52s
The Metro Berlin
Break up Song Greg Kihn Band
One Thing Leads to Another The Fixx
Promises, Promises Naked Eyes
A Million Miles Away The Plim Souls
The One I Love REM
There She Goes Again REM
Even Better than the Real Thing U2
One U2
Pride (In the Name of Love) U2
Bad U2
Beautiful Day U2
I Will Follow U2
Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Jack and Diane John Cougar
Satellite Dave Matthews Band
Train in Vain The Clash
Locomotion Grand Funk Railroad
Love Elefant
Static Age Green Day
Soul Meets Body Death Cab for Cutie
Everything will be Alright The Killers
Lips Like Sugar Echo and the Bunnymen
Sell Out Reel Big Fish
Rebel Yell Billy Idol
Fashion David Bowie
Do You Love Me The Contours
I Love Rock N Roll Joan Jett
Sex on Fire Kings of Leon
Wake me up When September Ends Green Day
Undisclosed Desires Muse
Take on Me a-ha
Hella Good No Doubt
Paradise City Guns N Roses
Let’s Dance David Bowie
Pyscho Killer Talking Heads
Rio Duran Duran
Airbag Radiohead
Once in a Lifetime Talking Heads
Dancing in the Street David Bowie
True Faith New Order
No Your Girls Will Never Know Franz Ferdinand
My List The Killers
Hungry Like the Wolf Duran Duran
Starlight Muse
Sing for Absolution Muse
Kids in America Kim Wilde

All in all, we had a great night, and in reality I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding and reception. All of our vendors were professional and everything went off without a hitch.

After the reception we were off to the Citizen Hotel.



15 Jul

We had aspirations of going here for our honeymoon:

{Source: Visit London}

And here…

{Source: Paris}

Then reality hit. We priced out the flights and got discouraged. Very discouraged. We came up with two options. Option #1 was to deplete our savings and go on this trip. Option #2 was to deplete some of our savings and go on another trip. We chose option #2.

So, sometime in the next month or so we will be going on our second choice honeymoon. We still dream of going to London and Paris someday. We will continue to buy European-inspired home goods to keep the dream alive. :)

So where are we going?


{Source: County of Kauai}

And guess what? We couldn’t be more thrilled to go to Hawaii!


5 Jun

We ended up meeting with three photographers, all of whom were very nice (and all happen to be friends).  They all had beautiful, perfect pictures, so it made for a difficult decision!  However, we needed to make a quick decision because we didn’t want to miss out on our first choice photographer.  So, we weighed our options, and feel comfortable with our decision.  We think we’ll have fun, pretty pictures that we can proudly hang on our wall, and someday show our children.  We also should be within our budget (which is crucial), so it’s a win-win!  We’ll post more details about our photographer once we get our engagement photos done, which probably won’t be until the Fall… So, stay tuned!

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