Now that it's Easter, I think it's appropriate to work in a Hallelujah whenever possible. Combine that with the fact that springtime is all about new life and wonderment at the Lord's creation, and you've got the perfect expression of praise for a wedding during the Easter season. All Creatures of Our God and King fits the bill pretty nicely, don't you think? Glory. I found this pretty, slowed-down duet by Christian singers Bethany Dillon and Shawn McDonald- it's got a nice stately sound that would be perfect for a processional. Around the 3-minute mark, it gets kind of weird and modern, but just listen up to that point and you'll get a sense of what I'm talking about (also, feel free to ignore the pictures of baby animals and rushing water in the video).
Truth: weddings are hard on parents. And not just on their bank accounts. You're taking this big new step; you're still their baby; you're leaving the nest; you can always come home; all that good stuff. Unless you decide to go the comedy route, the parent-child boogie pretty much guarantees waterworks. That doesn't mean you're stuck dancing with your dad to some sappy ballad, though. Unless you want to. Nickel Creek, a favorite of mine, knows what it's like to let someone go. When You Come Back Down is a sweet, bluegrassy number about the courage to give someone her freedom and the fortitude to still be there whenever she needs to lean on you. A sampling of these sentiments:
My greatest fear will be that you will crash and burn
And I won't feel your fire
I'll be the other hand that always holds the line
Connectin' in between your sweet heart and mine
I'm strung out on that wire.
Such a lovely, lovely choice for a father-daughter or mother-son dance. Listen to the song here: