So many great love stories start with a soundtrack — that song that happened to be playing when you locked eyes for the first time across a room; a magical mixtape; that unforgettable concert where you met. We tapped Ashley of HiFi Weddings to share some double-barreled wedding inspiration based on musical genres: a few items to capture the mood, and a mini-playlist to set the tone.
Rock ‘N Rollers
Rock ‘N Roll Playlist:
Pixies – “Here Comes Your Man”
Brenda Lee – “Dynamite”
Ramones – “Oh Oh I Love Her So”
Wanda Jackson – “Tunnel of Love”
The Replacements – “Can’t Hardly Wait”
For the bride and groom who are looking for something bold, it can all start with a rock and roll wedding. Show your guests you wanna have a rockin’ time with an invite that riffs on concert tickets. Include a spot on the RSVP card for guests to write in a favorite song that’s sure to get them on the dance floor. Flowers made from guitar picks add whimsy to the day, while the tiered vinyl stand is a perfect way to show off goodies or hold wedding favors (you could even opt to use them as table centerpieces). Think about inscribing your rings with a favorite song lyric.
For the bride, I love a vintage-cut dress in vibrant red. Pair it with a killer pair of pumps, and va-va-voom, it’s hitchin’ time! The groom can make a statement with a Joey Ramone tie combined with the “rock on” cufflinks. Of course, he might need to take the edge off, and what better way than with a groovy flask full of his favorite vice?
Bob Dylan – “Wedding Song”
Dusty Springfield – “I Only Wanna Be With You”
Devendra Banhart – “Baby”
Gram Parsons – “Blue Eyes”
John Prine and Iris Dement – “In Spite of Ourselves”
The soft tones in the floral invites sets the stage for the folksy love friends and family will witness (and I adore the ribbon accents). I’m a diehard lover of succulents. Use them as centerpieces, a ceremony backdrop, or even as favors — there’s no wrong way to incorporate them into your wedding day, and they make an incredible statement combined with wildflowers. For a folk wedding, a beautiful, flowing dress comes to mind. Paired with a succulent/wildflower headpiece, you’re sure to be a stunner. Trust a locket to keep a precious moment close by.
Sam Cooke – “Don’t Fight it (Feel it)”
The Exciters – “Tell Him”
Otis Redding – “My Girl”
Martha and the Vandellas – “Heatwave”
Jackie Wilson – “Higher and Higher”
A soul wedding should be filled the the brim with vinyl, so start with a seven inch record invite to share your love for slabs of wax with your guests. A gorgeous, mod, vintage dress for the bride and a sleek silk tie with a record design for the groom keeps it classy. (I also adore the mini vinyl cufflinks.) Let your loved ones wish you well on a hip poster that you can frame and hang in your new abode, and tuck away music note confetti in muslin bags with a Victrola graphic for guests to shower you with as you exit.