The Second Biggest Love Of My Life.

So I’m thinking.

You must be wondering why I have an image of some guitar playing Gran’s for this post right?

Well I’ll explain then.

I love music. Pretty much more than anything. More than icecream, more than sunshine, more than glossy magazines, more than make-up…. ( hard to believe but true!)

It can change my mood from frazzled and wretched to joyful and optimistic in literally a few seconds. Especially if it’s the upbeat, get you on the dance floor rock and pop variety.

When I was planning the O’Shea Big Day it was the most important consideration – the entertainment I mean. Yes even more than “the dress” lovelies. In fact, a significant part of my overall budget went on making sure that from start to finish, our Spring soiree was accompanied by our favourite songs. A string quartet in the morning, a pianist in the afternoon, a rock band in the evening and an ipod playlist until the early hours.

It’s actually the ipod playlist I wanted to talk about specifically today. Because if you are anything like me, choosing what will be included will take a considerably LONG TIME. Of course there are your absolute all time reminds-me-of-this-one-time on holiday/when we met/when he proposed/at band camp ( delete as appropriate) must haves. But what about trying to cater for everyone? trying to get as many people on the dance floor as possible? and when I say that I mean Mums, Dads, friends, kids and ultimately…….your Gran.

My Nana Lily ( aka Joan Collins – that lady knows how to rock a statement jewel like no-one else on earth) loves a good bop, but not necessarily to Something Kinda Ooh.

So I thought I’d share some of our playlist with you, we received lots of compliments on both the band AND the disco element and the room was awash with guests shaking their stuff all night. I can only assume our musical tastes seemed to appeal to most folk.

Of course feel free to say “Oh my word you had WHAT?” – I won’t take offence. Honest. And whilst we are on the subject of saying what we think, the RMW community should share at least their top five tune choices in the comment box below, I’m sure between us we can inspire lots of future brides to add some songs they may have forgotten about.

Spinning Around – Kylie Minogue

I Don’t Feel Like Dancin – Scissor Sisters

Push It – Salt N Pepa

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

500 Miles – The Proclaimers

(I can’t get no) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

Hey Boys Hey Girls – Chemical Brothers

The Way I Are – Timbaland

Gold Digger – Kanye West

Mr Brightside – The Killers

What Are You Waiting For – Gwen Stafani

Maneater – Nelly Furtado

Relight My Fire – Take That and Lulu

Dancing On The Ceiling – Lionel Richie

Born In The USA – Bruce Springstein

Place Your Hands – Reef

Dude Looks Like A Lady – Aerosmith

Give Me All Your Lovin’ – ZZ Top

White Wedding – Billy Idol

Rocks – Primal Scream

Toxic – Britney Spears

Mmm Bop – Hanson ( Do not laugh!!!)

Heartbreaker – Will.i.Am

Suspicious Minds – Elvis

Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Common People – Pulp

Loco in Acapulco – The Four Tops

Love Machine – Girls Aloud

Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams

Take Me Away – 4 strings

Chain Reaction – Diana Ross

Vogue – Madonna

Friday I’m In Love – The Cure

Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something

My Sharona – The Knack

Whenever, Wherever – Shakira

Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon ( it was the name of our head table!)

So I bet you are now thinking, um…..not too many grandparent suitable tracks on there… right?

Well that’s my point really, just like everything else W-day related, you don’t need to beat yourself up about it. As long as you are surrounded by the people you adore and who adore you then believe me, you will have the best day ever.

And yes. I have film footage of my Nana complete with heart shaped glasses dancing like no-one was watching. Way past turning-into-a-pumpkin o’clock.

So go on then you gorgeous lot, tell us what makes you want to get up and shake it.

Big Off To Dance Around Like A Loon And Not Care Who See’s Me Love

Charlotte xxx

P.S This is of course a wee while ago now, if my wedding was this year I would so be having some Ga Ga!

Author: Charlotte O’Shea
Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.