I would be the worst bride (based on my music alone).

EDIT: Posted originally in November, the playlist has been updated for the Persona 5 soundtrack I can’t stop playing.

I was a DJ by trade for a few years. I spent a lot of time attending wedding receptions — my job could be summarised by saying I played the right song at the right time. I surveyed the crowd and gauged how people reacted to the music, to determine what they’d like to hear next. If the bride (or occasionally, the groom) had a song list they wanted me to play, then that’s what I did for six hours.

I’ve seen wedding receptions go off without a hitch. I’ve seen wedding receptions end with the bride throwing up behind a dumpster. The kinds of music people wanted ranged from your current Top 40 music, to country, R&B, Metallica (sigh) and everything in between. One bride desperately wanted Disney music at her wedding — at which I happily watched her bop along to I Just Can’t Wait to be King from The Lion King.

One might label a man, woman, or non-binary as a “groom/bridezilla” based upon factors that frustrate or irritate either the venue in which they’re organising their wedding, or the guests they’ve invited, by avoiding the status quo: I recall a bride who did not provide me songs for her introduction, bridal waltz, etc., yet still demanded a specific list of music on the day — her timetable changed throughout the night for various reasons and she was less than willing to discuss change. While her wedding day is her day, there comes a point where one must be open to flexibility dependent on the circumstances surrounding them. Demanding us to delay a table service meal for two hours is one of those circumstances (our chefs were less than impressed with that one).

All of this has led me to one conclusion: I would be an absolute bridezilla with my wedding, especially with my music. Why?

Because I want (mostly) video game music, and songs not typically considered for a wedding playlist.

Here’s what my wedding mix might look like:

  • Reception introduction: Apocalypsis Magnatus (Yoko Shimomura)
  • During dinner:
    • Relax and Reflect (Yoko Shimomura, from FFXV soundtrack) — TO MARK BEGINNING DINNER SERVICE
    • Final Fantasy XV
      • EZ Dub & Bass
      • NOCTIS
      • Safe Haven
      • A Quick Pit Stop
      • Galdin Quay
      • Crystalline Chill
      • Valse di Fantastica
      • Moonlit Melodies
    • Devil May Cry 5
      • Any Special Orders?
      • Any Special Orders – Tropical Devil Night Remix
    • Final Fantasy XII
      • Nalbina Fortress
      • The Skycity of Bhujerba
    • Persona
      • Beneath the Mask
      • Have a Short Rest
      • Autonomy
      • Sunset Bridge
      • With The Stars And Us
      • Road Less Taken
      • Break In To Break Out
    • Rag’n’Bone Man’s Human (Deluxe) album
    • Final Fantasy VII
      • On Our Way
      • Prelude
      • Waltz de Chocobo
    • Incomplete (Thomas Sanders)
    • Atom Bomb Baby (The Five Stars)
    • Cold (The Northern Folk)
    • Every Little Thing She does is Magic (Police)
  • Bridal Waltz:
    • Stand By Me (Florence + Machine)
    • Devil Trigger – Tropical Devil Night Remix (Casey Edwards)
  • Dance:
    • Dancing in the Dark (Lucy Dacus)
    • Persona
      • Time to Make History
      • Last Surprise
      • Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There
      • Whims of Fate
      • Life Will Change
      • Colors
    • Happy Together (The Turtles)
    • I Wan’na Be Like You (Robbie Williams & Ollie Murs)
    • Panic! at the Disco
      • Emperor’s New Clothes
      • Amen (Saturday Night)
      • Death of a Bachelor
    • Coldplay
      • Princess of China
      • Hurts Like Heaven
      • Charlie Brown
    • Devil May Cry 5
      • Devil Trigger
      • Silver Bullet
    • Let the Battles Begin (Dissidia Final Fantasy NT)
    • Queen
      • Killer Queen
      • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
      • Don’t Stop Me Now
      • Somebody to Love
    • Billy Joel
      • The Longest Time
      • We Didn’t Start the Fire
      • Uptown Girl
    • Is She Really Going Out With Him? (Joe Jackson)
    • Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
    • Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles)
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers
      • Can’t Stop
      • Dani California
    • Elton John
      • Bennie and the Jets
      • Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
  • Leaving Circle: I have a chocobo playlist.
  • As Bridge and Groom leave the venue: Dewdrops at Dawn (Yoko Shimomura)

I can already hear my father (the DJ who trained me up in my music-playing skillz) choking on air at my music list.

Good thing I’m not getting married anytime soon aye?

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