A couple of weeks ago, I started a “Weddings & Country Music” playlists series when I posted an article on contemporary country first dance songs. The reaction to that playlist was overwhelmingly positive. Shortly after posting that list, I received a PM on Facebook from a bride in Atlanta, Georgia (that’s a long ways from Puyallup, Washington!) about possible country bouquet toss songs for her wedding reception.
So, on this gorgeous 85-degree day, I popped the top off on another ice-cold Bud Light and racked my brain for country songs that would work for the Bouquet Toss.
Now, I have nothing against Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” other than it is the country equivalent of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”; which is to say in other words: it is massively overplayed. On a given Saturday night, hundreds of weddings are playing one of those three songs for the Bouquet Toss. So, my challenge was to come up with “ladies anthem” country songs that would fit the atmosphere of this formality.
As always, this is not a definite list, with commentary added where appropriate. If you have a wedding playlist question or request, please submit it to email@example.com for consideration!
Now, on to the list, y’all!
Danielle Peck – “Findin’ A Good Man”
I think once you listen to the lyrics, you’ll know its a pretty spot-on selection.
Martina McBride – “This One’s For The Girls”
A perfect girl’s anthem country song for the Bouquet Toss.
Gretchen Wilson – “Redneck Woman”
Ditto what I said for the Martina McBride selection. 😉
the JaneDear Girls – “Wildflower”
Little Big Town – “Little White Church”
If you are going to include those who are “engaged” and “in a relationship” as a part of your eligible ladies for the bouquet toss, this might be a very fitting selection.
Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
You could probably pick a couple of songs from Miranda Lambert or Carrie Underwood. But I really liked this one, because when that bouquet takes flight…
Trisha Yearwood – “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)”
Chely Wright – “Single White Female”
The 90s featured so many great country songs for the Bouquet Toss. DJs, cue this one up on the hook for presentation purposes.
Luke Bryan – “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”
Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
I went back and forth on this one for some reason – it just didn’t feel like a Bouquet Toss song. Ultimately, I decided to include it because Maddie & Tae are 1,000% correct.
Kelsea Ballerini – “Love Me Like You Mean It”
Brooks & Dunn – “Rock My World (Little Country Girl)”
Random fact: Brooks & Dunn was the first concert I ever attended. Also considered were “You Can’t Take The Honky Tonk Out of the Girl”, “Put A Girl In It” and “Mama Don’t Get Dressed Up For Nothing”.
Nancy Sinatra – “These Boots Are Made For Walking”
There are a million cover versions of this song. The most notable of recent memory is Jessica Simpson’s pop-country rendition for the “Dukes of Hazzard” movie (which is only remembered for Jessica rockin’ a pair of Daisy Dukes and washing the General Lee). But musically, nothing beats the original by Frank Sinatra’s daughter.
Shania Twain – “Any Man of Mine”
So, I never said Bouquet Toss songs that aren’t by Shania Twain… Personally, I prefer the stomp, stomp, clap beat of this song of “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” anyways.
This post was originally published on June 9, 2015 at www.TonySchwartzBlog.com
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