The Friday Five: Songs NOT To Play At Your Wedding

My dear readers, before you read this, I should first tell you that I am not one of those girls who planned out her entire wedding by age 12. Although I definitely hope to find my knight in shining armor and marry him someday, it’s unlikely you will find me making any real wedding plans until I’m actually engaged. Having said that, I know there are certain obvious things I don’t want at my wedding — bridesmaid dresses that look like pastries (unless I’m really mad at the girls!), a multitude of my fiance’s ex-girlfriends in attendance, or guests dressed up as members of the Village People, just to name a few.

When it comes down to it, there are definitely a few songs I wouldn’t want played at my wedding, either. Everyone has his or her own preferences, but for me, some of these songs scream “bad omen,” and others are just silly.

Here are five songs that everyone should avoid playing at their weddings.Tweet this!


The Friday Five: Songs NOT To Play At Your Wedding

1. I’m Through With Love – Marilyn Monroe
This song, popularized by the film Some Like It Hot (which garnered Marilyn a Golden Globe Award!), is exactly as its title suggests – somber and anti-love. With lyrics like “Said adieu to love, don’t ever call again,” and “I mean to care for no one,” the tone of the song may be entirely the opposite of what you might expect at a wedding. Unless you aren’t particularly thrilled with your choice in spouse, you should avoid this song at all costs.


2. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy
Ah, yes, the delightfully inappropriate song about infidelity that came out when I was in fourth grade. (Sorry, I’m feeling a little nostalgic!) Shaggy sings about getting “caught red-handed, freaky with the girl next door,” and goes into detail about their bathroom-floor affair. It is especially important not to play this song if you are inviting neighbors to your wedding.


3. Blame It On The Alcohol – Jamie Foxx
Okay, so maybe the two of you did discover some sudden onset feelings for each other over a bottle of Grey Goose, but it’s generally not a great idea to “blame” your relationship on anything, particularly alcohol. Sure, you might not remember the first conversation you ever had with your fiancee, but you will want to keep up some sort of fairy tale love story illusions for the sake of your guests.


4. Used To Love Her – Guns N Roses
I first heard this one on the radio on my way home from work, and immediately my ears had to give it a double-take. The line that originally caught my attention was “I used to love her, but I had to kill her.” Not the nicest thing to say about the person you’re supposed to spend the rest of your life with, hmm? Not only might it get you arrested if it accurately describes your feelings, but upon a quick listen, the words could be mistaken for “I used to love her, but then I had tequila.” Moral of the story: Don’t play the song at your wedding. Jose Cuervo will thank you later.


5. Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Buble
I’m not going to lie — I adore this song. In his gorgeous old-fashioned voice, Michael Buble brings hope to everyone who has kissed a few frogs by expressing that, even though he hasn’t found the girl of his dreams yet, he knows she is out there somewhere and that he will one day find her. The song is incredibly romantic, but if played at a wedding, it would suggest that you aren’t content with your significant other and already looking for someone better. Of course, the divorce rate in this country is at 50%, so it isn’t a terribly unrealistic concept, but you probably don’t want to allude to the impending failure of your marriage within the first few dances at your wedding.


There are plenty of other great songs that didn’t make the cut this week, but these were the highlights! 🙂 What songs would you find tacky or inappropriate to play at a wedding?

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