March 21, 2008

I Do (Be-Do-Be-Do): Wedding Sing-Alongs

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Skip the string quartet performing Pachelbel’s “Canon.” Instead, get your guests engaged in the occasion and save cash at the same time — by inviting them to join in on your nuptials, sing-along style:

  • Include the lyrics to a favorite song in the program (for my wedding, it was “That’s Amore”) and ask everyone to strike up an a cappella chorus as you walk down the aisle. Or take a cue from my friend Elizabeth and ask a few friends to lead guests in a round for the processional. “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” not quite what you had in mind? Consider Elizabeth’s choice of “Dona Nobis Pacem” (a traditional hymn, translating to “Give Us Peace”) instead.
  • Friends and relatives lack the canary gene? Tape kazoos under guests’ chairs and ask a buddy to lead a kazoo choir. During our ceremony, pals on guitar and tambourine crooned “I Got You Babe” while another friend led the guests in an impressive kazoo backup. P.S. The kazoos, part of’s wedding line (?!), were even imprinted with “Thanks for coming to our wedding.”
  • Have your DJ or band leader announce that if guests want to get you to smooch during dinner, they have to stand up and belt out a lyric with the word “love” in it — think “Love Me Tender,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” etc.
  • If your guests are the game and creative kind, you could even ask each table to make up a song about the happy couple — that’s you! — that they then perform during dinner, drumming on the table and tapping their glasses with cutlery as accompaniment.

Posted by Elizabeth on March 21, 2008 in Weddings

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Cute! Weddings are so expensive it's good to hear about an idea that involves spending less $ instead of one more thing you need to buy.

What a fun idea!

Very nice!

Thank you for the info!

hey. a strang idea but a good one is "I do I do I do" by ABBA or the version from Mamma Mia which is just as good if not better

What a great wedding idea (and it doesn't require nearly as much rehearsal as it would to have the wedding party break out into the Thriller video dance).

BTW, I had to chuckle when I read the title "Dona Nobis Pacem." I haven't heard that phrase since my school choir days!

Thanks for the blast from the past.

I really couldn't see myself doing at my wedding, but I do see how it could be a nice way to mix up a traditional "boring" wedding.

Well, the community choir like our organization is there to avoid the big $$$. If you are in Sydney, its your luck !

Anyway, full choir singing Tenor, Alto, Soprano and Bass is always classical dream of a wedding proceeding.

We actually have tried a kind of 'sing a long' in a wedding ceremony, it doesn't work... But in normal Sunday mass, it would have quite a good response.