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Many of the most memorable wedding moments are set to music, from a recessional that has you tearing up during the walk up the aisle to tunes that keep guests dancing. When special projects editor, Anthony Luscia, wed, music was a huge part of his event. In planning his “bachelor shower,” it was editorial director Darcy Miller’s inspiration, too. Along the way, we came up with more fun ideas for incorporating songs into your big day. As Shakespeare said, if music be the food of love—play on!
Here, Darcy poses behind the dessert table at Anthony’s shower, where treats (including One Girl Cookies cupcakes topped with her sketches of the couple) rested on cake stands lined with musical-note ribbon from Paper Source.
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Make It a Karaoke Party
At a shower, bachelorette, rehearsal dinner, or after-party, nothing bonds new friends faster than grabbing a mike and rocking out. Anthony’s shower took place at Pop Star Parties, a recording studio that you can book for events in New York City, but there are studios, private-room karaoke, and portable karaoke machines for rent nationwide.
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Turn Escort Cards Into VIP Passes
What better way to let guests know they’re very important people? Plus, if they wear the pass, everyone will know each other’s names.
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Celebrate Your Song Everywhere
Buy sheet music of your first dance and use it to back menus or punch out shapes to top cupcakes. Or, order music-printed sweets, like these cookies from Sweeties by Kim.
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Jazz Up Drinks
Serve signature cocktails inspired by meaningful lyrics or a favorite band’s name. For this shindig, contributing editor Peter Callahan, of Peter Callahan Catering in New York City, mixed drinks named “Earth,” “Wind,” and “Fire,” for the band that sings Anthony and Rusty’s wedding song, “September.” Set the sippers atop drink trays lined with sheet music to bring home the music theme.
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Give Musical Favors
Everyone will remember your day when they listen to your mix on a personalized flash drive. Custom USBs engraved with the grooms’ names held the perfect party soundtrack for the couple’s shower (but plain USBs slipped into labeled sleeves will do the trick, too). Do be sure to include a mix of songs you both love. (You are uniting, after all.) You could also cut your own track with a special message or using a special song. For Anthony and Rusty’s soundtrack, the Weddings staff recorded a version of “One” from A Chorus Line that incorporated the couple’s names and story.
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