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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: 9 Can’t Go Wrong Dance Songs

When you’re planning your wedding reception playlist, it’s important to have a good variety of music that appeals to all your guests. You want to give your college roommates the opportunity to bust a move but you don’t want Grandma to feel left out. Here are 9 dance floor favorites… we’ve left #10 up to you! 

1. Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson

The Tune: Born in Detroit, Michigan (what’s not to love!), Jackie Wilson’s discography boasts a wealth of dance floor favorites. With a legacy of passionate performances and groovy moves, it’s no wonder he’s called Mr. Excitement. An inescapably contagious tune that’s a little ecstatic, this classic will be sure to get people on the dance floor.

The Groove: Time to go a little wild. Arms out, fingers snapping, hips and shoulders swaying with a good head tilt. And of course, sing along.

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2. Like A Prayer – Madonna

The Tune: Another Michigander, you really can’t go wrong with Madonna on your playlist. A pop-rock song with elements of gospel, Like A Prayer has a simple melody paired with an appealing contrast of sounds and textures.

The Groove: Crouch down with your legs apart and bend your knees outward. Sway your hips to the beat and use your arms to gyrate to the rhythm of the music. For the less flexible, try a simple side to side step and clap to the beat. An oldie but a goodie – Madonna style.

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3. 1999 – Prince

The Tune: A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-er, Prince is known for his flamboyant stage presence, over-the-top performances and stunning vocal range. 1999 offers dancer apocalyptic pop at it’s best – a true party theme.

The Groove: It’s the end of the world – go crazy.

4. Black & Gold – Sam Sparro

The Tune: A little bit electro-pop with an insistent pulse, Black & Gold is Aussie-American sensation Sam Sparro’s lead single off his self-titled album.

The Groove: A little bit Fred Astair, a little bit Mr. Roboto.

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5. Dancing Queen – ABBA

The Tune: Euro-disco triumph ABBA has a decidedly superstar legacy. Dancing Queen is only one of countless hits but still remains one of their most popular songs. This might be due in part to the fact that you’d be hard pressed to find a woman who won’t dance to it.

The Groove: Twirling. Twirling of any kind.

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6. Hey Ya – Outkast

The Tune: A song you cannot not sing along to. Hey Ya is a great mix of hip-hop and pop-rock with a dash of funk. It’s sad to think that in another 10 years, kids may not even know how to ‘shake it like a Polaroid picture’.

The Groove: Incessant jiggle with the occasional shimmy and properly timed clap.

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7. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

The Tune: If you like Bill Murray you know that there are two kinds of people in this world, those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t… But in all seriousness, who doesn’t love this song!? With a great build-up, Sweet Caroline is the perfect mix of belt-it-out lyrics and poppy dance-ability.

The Groove: Swaying, some hugging, and a whole lotta shouting.

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8. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

The Tune: Party Rock Anthem… need we say more?

The Groove: Learn How to Shuffle!!!

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9. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

The Tune: With a distinctive bass line and Jackson’s vocal “hiccups”, Billie Jean is a good crowd pleaser for both its singability and solid beat. Not too fast, not too slow.

The Groove: Moonwalk. Moonwalk in a circle. And if you can’t: shimmy, spin and pop-walk your little heart out.

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So, tell us! What should #10 be? We’ll post your responses next week.

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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