Catherine Elder

May the Lord Open

Becs, I can’t wait for your big day!! When your college bestie asks you to DJ her wedding, you don’t say no — no matter how busy you are as the music supervisor for the Emmy Award winning Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale!

As usual, I worked under the assumption that your friends and family are well-meaning but very, very stupid!

Hair & Makeup with the Bridesmaids: Girls Who Get Ready by Cosima

Some girls just wing it, but not you! You girls GET READY. This is a big character moment — the emphasis on getting ready underscores that this wedding is really important to you!

Groom and Groomsmen’s Processional: Here Comes Your Man by the Pixies

So what I really wanted here was a voiceover from Jack describing exactly what we’re seeing. He said no, so this was the next best thing!

Seating of the Grandmothers: Grandmothers Walk by John Tinger

Who are these old ladies? What’s their deal? A mystery no longer.

Bridal Processional: There Goes the Bride by The Derailers

In case the white dress / veil / bouquet thing doesn’t come through on camera!

Kiss at the Altar: Kiss the Girl by Colbie Caillat

This is a metaphor!!

Bouquet Toss: I Throw You Flowers by David Kilgour and Sam Hunt

Honestly I’ve been so overwhelmed this week trying to take advantage of my HBO free trial before it expires, so I kind of phoned this one in.

Cake Cutting: Cut the Cake by Average White Band

I can explain this one in person.

Father-Daughter Dance: Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross

Try and see this one from your guests’ perspective — you just got married to Jack, and now you’re dancing with some old guy?? Is it a joke? A kink? A portent of an impending dystopia in which women are rehomed like unruly Corgis? Musical storytelling to the rescue!

The Party Starter: Get Up and Dance by The Doors

They say “show, don’t tell”, but I say, why choose??

Last Song: The First Song by Band of Horses

Irony is NOT dead!

Exit to the Limo: Throw the Rice by Eugene

I can write a little program insert if this is still too confusing!

Coming up next, your honeymoon playlist. I just know there’s the perfect opener out there somewhere! You’re still planning to be on a boat?

Hugs and kisses,


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