The Ultimate “Wedding Video” Playlist: My SMOOCH Films Soundtrack

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As you may know, I’m the Founder and Cinematographer of SMOOCH Films, covering beautiful weddings and special events in the UK and abroad.  I’d proud to say, whenever I edit a wedding together, I never use a tried and true list of songs to pull it all together… No “Brown Eyed Girl” when the bride actually has blue eyes. I like to feel it out, see the vibe of the wedding and THEN match songs to fit the couple and the mood of the day. This can end up taking days, just to find the right song for the ceremony, dinner or reception! It’s a tough job, but an awesome job! No complaints. The music is SO important, so I take it quite seriously.

Whenever I hear a song that I’ve used in one of my past wedding videos, I immediately think of the couple. I can see their video play out as I listen to the lyrics. Kinda weird, but also cool. It means that THAT song is theirs and it makes it unique. I try to never use the same song twice: a good rule for any wedding videographer because it pushes us to be creative and constantly think outside the box.

For the final “Wedding Video Package”, I include a highlight trailer and a highly edited chapter video, typically divided into Preparation, Ceremony, Cocktail, Dinner and Reception. Below are some of the songs that I’ve used in previous weddings, all of which are – of course – AWESOME! So, whether you’re on the prowl for songs to use in your own wedding, or just want to listen to some new music that hasn’t been on the radio a bajillion times, here’s my “Ultimate Wedding Video Playlist.” Enjoy!

Highlight Trailer

Tame Impala, Elephant
Wreckless Eric, Whole Wide World
Chet Faker, No Diggity
Woo Hoo Song from Kill Bill
7 Horse, Meth Lab Zoso Sticker
Kraked Unit featuring Gary Mudbone Cooper, Love is For…
Shuggie Otis, Sweet Thang
Lo-Fant, You’re the One that I Want
Where the Wild Things Are, Food is Still Hot

Preparation

The Meters, Cissy Strut
Jon Brion, He Needs Me
Marion Hill, Lovit
Mindy Gledhill, I Do Adore
Moby, Beautiful
American Authors, Best Day of My Life
Courtney John, Lucky Man
The Temper Trap, Sweet Disposition
Aloe Blacc, I’m the Man
Home is Whenever I’m With You
Chet Faker, I’m Into You
Thurston Harris, Little Bitty Pretty One

Ceremony

Ingrid Michaelson, Can’t Help Falling in Love
Sam Smith, Stay with Me (Black Space Remix)
Daniela Andrade, Crazy (Cover)
The Jesus and Mary Chain, Just Like Honey
Birdy, Skinny Love
Nadine Carine,The Love
Duke Elliington & John Coltrane, In a Sentimental Mood
Salt Hill Pt. 1
Beach Bummer, What If
Bahamas, Lost in the Light

Romantic Couple Sequence

The Maccabees, Toothpaste Kisses
Brigitte Bardot, Moi Je Joue
Lorene Scafaria, We Can’t Be Friends
Os Mutantes, A Minha Menina
Ingrid Michaelson, You and I

Cocktail

Major Lance, Um Um Um Um Um
Beck, E-Pro
Matthew E. White, Big Love
Noah and the Whale, 5 Years Time
Louis Armstrong, My Heart Went Oops
Arrested Development, Everyday People
Joe Cuba Sextet, Bang Bang

Dinner

Rod Thomas, Funbags
Andrew Willingale, Gigglestick
The Generationals, Greenleaf
D’angelo, Sugah Daddy
Joe Cocker, Feelin Alright

Reception

M.I.A. ft. Timbaland, Come Around
Fall Out Boy, Young Volcanoes
Pharrell Williams, Come Get it Bae
Misun, Superstition
The Kooks, Forgive and Forget

 

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