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Wedding Wednesday: Recessionals (‘Home’ Alternatives)

‘Home‘ by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros really took the wedding industry by storm. It’s makes for such a super recessional or an eclectic first dance option; it’s a song that’s almost impossible not to love. With a really fantastic melody and a contagious sing-a-long chorus, we totally get why couples swooned! But that song came out in 2010 and it’s 2012 people! Inspired by the catchy chorus and the hippy-folk-group feel, here are some wedding recessional alternatives for anyone looking for that ‘Home’ kinda feel.

There’s no better way to start off the list than with Edward Sharpe front man, Alexander Ebert. ‘A Million Years’ has that same fetching feeling and, have you actually heard the lyrics? They’re big and fantastical and oh-so-full of love!

I love you like, grave danger like, moon shining disguise. When I wake up with your make up and spread blush across the sky.


Here’s the good news, couples… you don’t have to abandon the lovable Edward Sharpe and his friends! This song has wedding recessional written all over it!

No matter what!
You’ve got my love to lean on darling.


Of Monsters and Men offers a similar sound with a female lead and male back up. You may have to stretch your imagination a bit with the lyrics but this strange love song offers a sweet-sounding beat. We’ll let you figure out what a lionheart is.

And as the world comes to an end

I’ll be here to hold your hand

Cause you’re my king and I’m your lionheart.


Givers are young, fresh and a little kooky. Just as with all the others, this tune will probably lead your guests to toe tapping and knee slapping. You probably just want to go ahead and plan to skip down the aisle.

In the light, there’s still stormin’
In the shade, there’s still warmin’
You’ll see – What you’ll be
In the grey, there’s still colors
Without fade, inside lovers
We’ll be, yeah, we’ll be


I Would Do Anything for You‘ by Foster The People is a little more indie-pop than ‘Home‘ but we think it deserves to be on this list because it’s fun and the lyrics are, bottom line, beautiful.

Oo la love, I’ve fallen in love, and it’s better this time than ever before.


Looking for processionals, too? Check these out!


Lisa @ Lorio-Ross


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Music Monday: London 2012 Playlist

The British music scene always seems to be overflowing with sensational talent. From The Beatles to Emeli Sande, from the British Invasion to BritPop, the United Kingdom has and continues to impact the world with its sound. The Olympic Opening Ceremony highlighted the best of British music and, while you can buy the soundtrack titled “Isle of Wonder” in iTunes, we wanted to put together our own playlist inspired by Great Britain to share with you. There are just too many musicians and bands to include but here are 30 of our favorites – London 2012!

Photo credit: Lisa Nowacki

Leave a comment with your favorite band or song and we’ll throw it on the playlist!

Lisa @ Lorio Ross

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Add To Your Playlist: Tunes For Independence

photo credit: GoodNCrazy

Happy (early) Independence Day, fellow Americans! Whether you’re going to be boating on one of our beautiful lakes, BBQ-ing with neighbors and friends, taking in a patriotic parade, setting off fireworks and scaring the neighbor dog or just relaxing on your day off, we figure you’ll need some tunes. Consider it a patriotic soundtrack for your day.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Add To Your Playlist: Sweet Spring Tunes

The heat wave we’re under here in Michigan has given us summer fever. Yep, that’s right. We buzzed right past spring fever. Swim suits, boating, sun bathing, and great summer tunes can’t come fast enough now that we’re over the warmth threshold.

When we sat down to post for Music Monday, we really wanted to start that summer playlist. Gather up all the tunes that scream summer sensation.  Bring on the clapping choruses and the whistling bridge, we’re definitely ready for those feel good beats. But we decided we couldn’t just skip right over the delightful season that is spring!

So… Happy Music Monday, readers. Open the windows and turn up the volume.

Songs for Spring

What songs are on repeat for you this Spring?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Add to Your Playlist – Postal Service



Grow Old With Me – Postal Service

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Dollar Dance Wedding Songs

The Dollar Dance is an old tradition where one must pay one dollar to dance with the beautiful bride. Here are some traditional songs that we came across in our research for this special wedding dance:

  • All He Has to Do – Sheri Miller
  • All You Need is Love  – Brad Paisley
  • Baby Mine – Bette Midler
  • Before Your Love – Kelly Clarkson
  • If I Had a Million Dollars – Bare Naked Ladies
  • I Hope  You Dance – LeAnne Womack
  • Save the Last Dance for Me – Michael Buble
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
  • Material Girl – Madonna
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Add to your Playlist – Iron and Wine

Such Great Heights – Iron and Wine

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