Trying to pick a song to dance to for 3 minutes in front of 120 people has been nearly impossible. Do you know how many websites there are with lists of the Top 20 wedding dance songs? And it’s not just the first Rathroy dance, it’s the father-daughter dance, the mother-son dance, the processional music, the dinner music. It’s exhausting for a Type A planner and list maker like myself.
Just to make things more difficult, I am a big stickler for lyrics. I don’t care if you have the newest, hippest, most awesome beat or background music. If your lyrics are bad or stupid, I can’t listen to your song.
So when Mr. Rathroy played “1,000 Years” by Christina Perri for me, I nearly lost my mind. The music is romantic, her voice is beautiful, and the lyrics are perfect. That song describes our entire lives leading up to our wedding and I knew it had to be played for our first dance. I even decided that I would walk down the aisle to the instrumental version!
With that check mark on the wedding to do list, I began searching for other key songs to incorporate into the wedding. After you tubing and googling a bunch of mediocre songs, I decided I wanted to listen to that one special song that made my heart flutter and my mind drift to the moment that I see Mr. Rathroy at the altar. But shortly after pressing play on the You Tube video, my heart sank.
Twilight. My perfect, magical, tears streaming down my face song is the theme song to one of the Twilight movies.
I’ve never read the books or seen the movies. Mostly because I’m stubborn and didn’t want to give into the fad (I failed when it came to the Hunger Games), but also because Kristen Stewart’s frowny face makes me gag a little. But I do know that there are a lot of people that will hear that melody as I start my epic walk down the aisle and immediately think, “Twilight!” or, “Ew, Twilight.” or, “Uh, they picked the Twilight song?”
I’m trying to be a grown up here, but now that the connection is in my brain, it’s really hard not to picture vampires and ware wolves fighting when I’d rather picture the past 11 years of emotional build up leading to my marriage.
My friends, I need some help. Either another slam dunk song, a pep talk to get over the tween fanatic visuals, or talk me into loving Twilight so that I can convince myself to incorporate that song into my wedding. Pull me out of my vampire spiral!