Today marks the THREE DAY countdown until my wedding! So I thought I’d do a post about some of my favorite songs about marriage and weddings. Throughout our engagement, I’ve been reminded of just how many there are.
But this isn’t just a list or a bunch of analytical reviews or a recommended playlist. I’ll give you the links, a description, plus a hypothetical (or in some cases quite realistic) scenario in which I’d be singing the song relevant to my own experiences planning my wedding.
SONG: Overture from The Marriage of Figaro – This is technically not a song, but as a classical musician I felt the need to put this one on the list. Mozart is one of my favorite composers, and this overture perfectly captures the comedic elements of his opera buffa from 1786. Let’s not also forget that this music accompanied the brilliantly executed scene from Frasier where Niles (David Hyde Pierce) valiantly attempted, but failed, to prepare a perfect Valentine’s Day date.
THE SARAH CONNECTION: Similar to Niles, I’d probably be running around my apartment trying to multitask and complete 67 projects at once: crafting, spreadsheet editing, itinerary making, packing, organizing, making calls, reviewing the budget… and of course, at that last task I’d promptly faint and remain collapsed on the floor until my fiance found me.
SONG: I’m Getting Married in the Morning – From one of my favorite musicals, My Fair Lady, Alfred P. Doolittle is having one last hurrah before entering into the institution of marriage and becoming, to his regret, a respectable gentleman.
THE SARAH CONNECTION: In all honesty, I will probably sing this the night before the wedding and dance around like Stanley Holloway, except I do not expect to repeatedly fall over into collections of giggling British wenches. Instead, I will probably be repeating the final line of the chorus (“For God’s sake, get me to the church on time!) to my parents/wedding party with as much fervor as Holloway has twinkle in eyes.
SONG: Wedding Bell Blues – As much as I love the 5th Dimension, this song does not have the same meaning to me as it did 10+ years ago when I was, in fact, dating a guy named Bill. The Glee version is more my style now.
THE SARAH CONNECTION: I’d probably be rewriting it with my fiance’s name and attempting to rhyme it more eloquently than Glee did my rhyming Will with… will. And then singing it full force at our reception with my wedding party as my backup singers a la Coach Sue and Coach Beiste.
SONG: Getting Married Today – Company by Stephen Sondheim is a terrific show that exemplifies why I think he’s the greatest Broadway lyricist. Of course, the character singing is having a panic attack and explaining, at 100 mph, why everyone should just go home because she’s not getting married today.
THE SARAH CONNECTION: I’ve had this soliloquy memorized for years, except for the very end when she rattles off the numbers of dinner plates and candle holders and butter knives, which I can never remember. So it’s a great song to sing to practice my diction, which will come in handy as I recite my vows. Also, I can go around singing the title line whenever I want, because it will be true until the 17th! I love it when movie lines and song lyrics align with my life like that.
SONG: Single Ladies – This one’s just fun, even if it’s not 100% applicable here.
THE SARAH CONNECTION: Obviously this would make a fantastic addition to the “getting ready” playlist. I’ll need something energizing and catchy that morning since we’ll be getting ready at 5am!
SONG: Chapel of Love – Literally, we will be going to a chapel and expressing our love. Perfect fit.
THE SARAH CONNECTION: Besides what I said above, this one is perfect for me to sing with my sister, as we can and do harmonize spontaneously wherever we are.
SONG: Helpless – From Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Duh.
THE SARAH CONNECTION: She says “I do,” I’m saying “I do.” Phillipa Soo has that perfect excitement in her voice that I hope to have as I recite our vows and respond to our declaration of intent. But knowing myself, my voice will probably be shaking and squeaky, so I’ll just have to sing this later to my HUSBAND!
SONG: Love and Marriage – A dopey little ditty sung by a suave crooner. This will most definitely not be played by our reception.
THE SARAH CONNECTION: Maybe a lip sync and a funny dance that emphasizes the ridiculous oompahs?
SONG: Kiss Me – Another Sondheim song, this time from Sweeney Todd. The perfect romantic musical.
THE SARAH CONNECTION: “Tis Friday, virtually Sunday.” Yup. That’s going to be me on Friday when I’m realizing that I need to be ready NOW. This is another anxiety-filled song about marriage (Sondheim never married…hmm…is there a message there?), but it’s the cherry-picked lines about “married on Sunday” and “by his side” on Sunday that I will be humming that morning.
SONG: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria/Wedding Processional – A partner piece with the nun’s song about Maria’s feistiness combined with her wedding processional.
THE SARAH CONNECTION: It’s really more about the movie scene here. I shall also be walking down a long aisle, and I will hope to channel Julie Andrews’ grace and confidence.
SONG: Wedding Dance from Fiddler on the Roof – Another that is not technically a song, but Anatevka sure knows how to dance and celebrate!
THE SARAH CONNECTION: True story: I was one of the bottle dancers in a local production of Fiddler in 2013. But I will not be reprising the role at my own wedding. I have insisted on some ethnic Polish music instead, as I’ve got a few family members who will want to polka. A tribute to my mother’s heritage, I will be sure to drag my husband to the floor for some heel-toe action.