Why You Should Play Indie Music at Your Wedding

Each week, we feature wedding music recommendations from Scratch Weddings, the nation's leader with the best wedding DJs at affordable prices. This week's post comes from DJ Buck City, an international DJ phenom who has opened for artists like Kid Cudi, Redman, Citizen Cope and the Whigs. He brings a broad range of musical expertise to every wedding that he spins. "It's important to understand the couple's musical taste, key songs, dance style, and background. This will give me a better understanding of what I need to do to make everyone happy.” 

bride and groom dancing

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Indie music is characterized by its incorporation of new sounds, cutting edge style, and independence from commercial music (Indie = Independent). You may listen to some Indie music already and not even know it. Groups such as Foster The People and Arcade Fire have earned top spots on the Billboard charts, and have even earned Grammy nominations, making this genre really stand out and shine.

Indie songs find their way onto wedding playlists because they are unique and often have a special significance to the bride and groom. I often get the best crowd reaction from indie songs because people are used to the same top 40 songs they hear every day, so they get excited to hear something out of the box. Different styles of Indie mix well with every genre you will hear at a wedding, from acoustic to electronic.

There's so much great music out there that never gets played on the radio or TV. Search the blogosphere and your local record store, and give Indie music a try – you might find something really special for your big day!

Here are some Indie songs from different genres that will work great for your wedding,

Cocktail Hour:

► "Ritual Union" - Little Dragon
► "Never Never" - SBTRKT 
► "The One" - Jon Phonics
► "1901" - Phoenix
► "New Rules" - Shine 2009

Dance songs:

► "Valerie" - Mark Ronson ft Amy Winehouse
► "I Need a Dollar" - Aloe Blacc
► "Bad Street" - Twin Sister
► "Holidays" - Miami Horror
► "Fancy Footwork" - Chromeo
► "Walking on a Dream" - Empire of the Sun