The Sounds of the Blue Whale Wedding

After I wrote that title, I wondered what an actual blue whale wedding would sound like.  And of course I thought of Dori.

But there was no whale speak at our wedding.  Though maybe that’s what some people were trying to do when I heard them singing along with the music…

Anywho, maybe you’re looking for some tunes for your wedding. Maybe you need some ideas.  I can’t guarantee that you’ll like our music, but it worked for us!  Here are the songs of the Blue Whale wedding, from beginning to end.

Ceremony Prelude

Okay, we had to skip some of this music because of a tiny fiasco.  BUT, we were supposed to have all of these songs played.

  • “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys
  • “For Me This is Heaven” by Jimmy Eat World
  • “Ten Mile Stilts” by The Wailin’ Jennys
  • “The Whaler” by Thrice
  • “This is Where” by The Wailin’ Jennys

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We had three songs for the processional.

  • Guys and Moms’ processional: “Arabesque No. 1” by Debussy
  • Bridesmaids’ processional: “Perth” by Bon Iver
  • Bride’s processional: “Save Me” by Gotye

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Mr. Whale’s song was played during the ceremony.

Then we had a rockin’ recessional.

  • “I Feel Better” by Gotye

Cocktail Hour

Can I just say that our cocktail hour playlist was SO GOOD!! I still listen to it all the time. I’m a little bummed that we didn’t get to hear it, because we didn’t get to go to the cocktail hour.  Nevertheless, it lives on in my iPod.  This isn’t the actual order of the playlist, but it’s at least all the songs.  Our strategy for this was to pick our favorite songs that were mostly upbeat but not very danceable.

  • “Circles” by As Tall As Lions
  • “Iris” by New Found Glory
  • “Hands Down” by Dashboard
  • “99 Red Balloons” by Goldfinger
  • “A Praise Chorus” by Jimmy Eat World
  • “Lucky Denver Mint” by Jimmy Eat World
  • “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
  • “When You Were Young” by The Killers
  • “The Impression that I Get
  • “Starlight” by Muse
  • “Resistance” by Muse
  • “High and Dry” by Radiohead
  • “Street Spirit” by Radiohead
  • “Song for Luna” by As Tall as Lions
  • “Read My Mind” by The Killers
  • “Do the Panic” by Phantom Planet
  • “Learnalilgivinanlovin” by Gotye
  • “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” by The Postal Service
  • “Echo” by Incubus
  • “Dig” by Incubus
  • “The Cave” by Mumford & Sons


You’re going to read through this and think, “This is just a random jumble of songs!” Sort of… We tried to pick songs that were kind of soothing and faded into the background. Not too fast. Not too slow. Not too weird.  This is what we ended up with.

  • “Smoke and Mirrors” by Gotye
  • “What a Wonderful World”
  • “Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel
  • “Another Day in Paradise” by Phil Collins
  • “God Only Knows What I’d Be Without You
  • “All the Things You Are” by Ella Fitzgerald
  • “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck
  • “Wish You Were Here” by Incubus
  • “Stab City” by As Tall As Lions
  • “Cautioners” by Jimmy Eat World
  • “Out of the Woods” by Nickel Creek
  • “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Karma Police” by Radiohead
  • “Take Me Home” by Phil Collins
  • “Polaris” by Jimmy Eat World
  • “23” by Jimmy Eat World
  • “Holocene” by Bon Iver
  • “Heart’s A Mess” by Gotye
  • “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab
  • “Atlantic” by Thrice
  • “So Here We Are” by Bloc Party
  • “Table for Glasses” by Jimmy Eat World

Band Break

The band took one break during the night.  And we put on my iPod during that time.  I personally think we had a few too many slow songs on the list (it made people think the night was over), but… can’t change anything now! (And it really doesn’t look like it put a damper on the fun…)


  • “Piano Man” by Billy Joel
  • “Some Nights” by Fun
  • “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers
  • “In Your Light” by Gotye
  • “For Me This is Heaven” by Jimmy Eat World
  • “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO
  • “More than Words”

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The Band

We had an awesome band.  They made my dreams of a rockin’ 80s cover band wedding reception come true!  And at the end of the night, they were nice enough to give me part of their set list.  So now I know what was played! (Which is awesome, because you will totally forget all that stuff.)

  • “Your Love” by The Outfield
  • “Hard to Handle” by The Black Crowes
  • “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrisen
  • “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” by Jet
  • “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”
  • “Play that Funky Music”
  • “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” by Joan Jett
  • “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick
  • “I Will Survive”
  • “One Way or Another”
  • “Come on Eileen”
  • “Walking on Sunshine”
  • “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns ‘n Roses
  • “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  • “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  • “Fight for Your Right” by The Beastie Boys

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I know they played more songs, but I can’t for the life of me remember what they were.  I guess we’ll never know!


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