This is my first post written with a ring in my hand. I left my single life behind around a month ago when i said my vow and took this lady as my beautiful wife. We had our modest reception party in a hall inside government office in Kalibata which was festive, fun and much much more joyful than me and Sari had ever imagined before.
Speaking of reception, I had a silly pet peeves about this. Far too many reception that i attend had the same song played over and over again, usually its Bubble’s cover of L.O.V.E, Diana Ross’s Endless Love or Shania Twain’s From This Moment. Theres tons of other beautiful love song out there, this repetitive trend needs to change.
Hence one thing on the top of my wishlist for wedding reception is to pick, plug and play my own song. Im going to stand straight for two hours anyway, might as well do it with some music that i enjoy.
That and also i cant afford live band. Freakin expensive man.
Here are several songs i picked to be the soundtrack of my W-day. Lets start with the first one
Theres no better song for me to start new life chapter than AVA’s maiden single, The Adventure. Tom Delonge’s majestic arrangements just puts you in the right mood to leave your comfort zone and going for an adventure. In my case, the comfort zone is my PC-gaming and fast-food-filled single life and the adventure is taking Sari’s hand into the great unknown.
I cannot live i cant breathe, unless you do this with me!
Dallas Green really knows how to serenade a girl. Unusual, considering he is the guitarist of Canadian post hardcore band Alexisonfire. If you need a song to make a girl a grow butterfly in the stomach and little bit shaky in the leg, this song is your sure fire bet.
While I’m off chasing my own dreams, Sailing around the world
Please know that I’m yours to keep, My beautiful girl
This song actually dont really have wedding or love theme. I picked it up because it sound really classy and majestic. If you havent known Above and Beyond before, check out their full acoustic show Live in Porchester hall. Beautiful music.
I probably spend my time listening to this song longer than the time Ed Sheeran need to write it down. This song also instantly played in my head when i first see Sari in her white Javanese wedding dress. Gorgeous.
Should this be the last thing I see, I want you to know it’s enough for me
Cause all that you are is all that I’ll ever need
Queen’s bassist John Deacon dedicated this song for his wife which he just recently married at the time of the writing. Couldnt get more suitable than this right ?
I’ve been wandering round, But I still come back to you
In rain or shine, You’ve stood by me girl
I’m happy at home (happy at home), You’re my best friend
I can describe Stuck On You as a dance bait song. The cheerful melodies accompanied by soft vocals of Japanese-American singer song writer Meiko forced me to head bopping and feet-tapping, every single time. Sweet like a bag of candy.
‘Cause you are the one I could see having fun with, Not just for the night, but for the rest of my life
You are the one I could never be done with, I want you tonight and for the rest of my life
I cant be sure why i picked this song. Probably i grew up listening to Dolores Oriordan heavenly voice. Or maybe i was subtly hypnotized by Adam Sandler’s Click and aspire to have Cranberries song in my wedding. It is no 2 of my favorite all time Cranberries track, right after Dreams.
I don’t pay attention to the ones who never cared, Find your own direction ‘cos there’s sweetness in the air
You will be the world to me and I will always be, Dwelling in this happiness, your gift of purity
EITS is a four piece instrumental post-rock collective from Texas. The best description for this band genre is “Epic background music”. By playing Your Hand In Mine, walking down the aisle of Balai Makarti Hall feels like strolling around decimated landscape in the midst of Autobots vs Decepticon battle.
A tongue-in-cheek reminder that in all seriousness of this event, a healthy dose of silly jokes are the important ingredients in my relationship with Sari.
Looking round the room, I can tell that you, Are the most beautiful girl in the…room.
And when you’re on the street, Depending on the street, I bet you are definitely in the top three
When me and Sari started to plan our wedding, we decided to do everything by ourselves as possible as we can. We spent both of our savings, pick the reception theme that we both fancy and invite the people that we want. It was not an easy process. We had lot of disagreements and sometime fights. Thankfully, we could resolve all the conflicts and went work together again for our goals. The experience made me realize that not only i found a myself a wife, but also a co-founder. Someone i can always work together with despite disagreements and conflicts.
Chasing Cars summarized this experience perfectly.
We’ll do it all, Everything, On our own
We don’t need, Anything, Or anyone
If I lay here, If I just lay here, Would you lie with me, And just forget the world?
Thats it for today’s post. You can listen these songs at my Spotify playlist below. It is still blocked in Indonesia but it can easily bypassed by Hola Unblocker extension in Chrome.
Thank you for reading. And also for all the good friends who attend our wedding, thank you so much. Our gratitude for taking your time to be present in the dawn of our new life.