An Indie/Alternative Soundtrack for Your Wedding 04 June 2013 Admin Wedding Posts An Indie/Alternative Soundtrack for Your Wedding Songs such as “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Endless Love” have easily become wedding soundtrack staples, but what if you and your beau were not into such sentimental musings? Fans of alternative, or indie pop, and rock music can rejoice because there is a wide range of songs and tunes that can be used to infuse life and more color to a wedding. Below are samples from a number of artists (under indie and mainstream labels, alike), who could spice up your soundtrack on your wedding day. These have been classified into two categories – one for the cheerier tracks and another for the more toned-down ones. Let’s begin with the upbeat ones: Wikimedia Commons/Robert Smith Friday I’m In Love, The Cure. Perfect for weddings that fall on a Friday, and, if you’re indie enough, still okay for those that don’t. Most decent playlists would have something in it by The Cure, and for a Friday wedding, this “love” song fits the bill. If you’re strapped for another reason, though, then the song’s music video might help. It shows the band’s bassist, Simon Gallup, wearing a wedding veil, while toasting with champagne. The song helps put your reception in a fun mood, and is a fantastic way to kick off the day’s playlist. 4th and Vine, Sinead O’Connor. I’m gonna marry my love, and we’ll be happy for all time. 4th and Vine describes how a happy, and much-in-love, bride feels on her wedding day. There is no denying its indie flavor as well, as it reveals a pink dress for the bride, and the wedding car, a buggy ride. With a solid, catchy reggae beat, this song by Sinead is the perfect song to play for an upbeat couple’s first dance at the reception. You and Me Song, The Wannadies. A sweet song to begin with. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a song that starts off with soft strumming but ends with heavy guitar effects. The disarming lyrics ring true to love that is familiar and has matured over the years. You Are The Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne. There’s nothing like a chorus of horns to mark a big day. Ray LaMontagne’s raspy, exultant singing is a refreshing diversion from his usual raspy, reflective approach. He also manages to repeat the title verse, you are the best thing, over and over, without coming off as mushy or annoying. Love Song, Voltaire. Goth/Dark Cabaret artist, Voltaire, does a The Cure and it’s brilliant. Layered with strings, and singing of a love that has found home and promises to stay, this cover comes off as a serenade and is the perfect segue, as the tone of your playlist shifts to its more serious, and perhaps, more intense notes. Cue the more pensive part of the playlist: The Last Beat of My Heart, Siouxsie and the Banshees. A love song, if there ever was one, that describes the vulnerability of someone in love. How in the world can I wish for this? Never to be torn apart...’Til the last beat of my heart. Easily, alternative rock’s version of forever. Wikimedia Commons/Jill Sobule Thank Misery, Jill Sobule. Thank misery...she’s had enough of me. Behind every couple’s bliss is a worthy love story. Jill Sobule’s contemplative take is a fitting backdrop, to you and your future happiness, as you and your loved one cut the cake. Haunted, Shane MacGowan and The Popes (with Sinead O’Connor). The song starts off with how they first met, and dwells on the enchantment of that first encounter. This punk ditty taken from the original soundtrack of Sid and Nancy, emulates a love that won’t die. I’ll build my world around you, I’ll bless the day that I found you. Tragic, though, the movie may be, the words by themselves could make a helpless heart swoon. Love Songs on the Radio, Mojave 3. If you are looking for something with a dreamy tune, this track by Mojave 3 is another good candidate for your first dance as a married couple. The soft singing and the lulling twang of guitar-sliding, invite the two of you to dance slowly, and for her to lay her head on your shoulder. I Do, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians. To wind up your wedding celebrations, consider this wonderful gem from the early 90’s. The straightforward title has no fancy frills and no explanations, yet, Edie Brickell’s I Do describes a love that inspires. A great backdrop to last-minute well wishes from friends, as the festivities draw to a close. Music is one of the easiest ways to make your wedding distinctly and more definitely you. Add your other original ideas to make your playlist truer to both of you. (Throw in some Tim Burton OST’s, or Viking metal tracks, perhaps?) To spin off from Edie Brickell’s cue, fill in the space with what’s positively you. About the Author: Sharon Sussman works at Brilliance.com, where she also maintains the company blog. Looking for inspiration on how to pop the question? Check out their fun infographic that features 7 memorable celebrity engagements.