As I've discussed in many of my previous blog posts, it's ok to have a special themed cocktail hour like this at your Charleston wedding, just don't make it about your entire wedding because we need to get all your guests out on the dance floor. Some of the songs selected for this post could actually be used for a few slow dances (if you desire) during the evening.
The Brat Pack Cocktail Hour Playlist
"Don't You Forget About Me" | Simple Minds
There actually is a 12 inch single of this song I've been trying to locate. It's a great song that you actually don't really hear until the end of the movie when the letter is being read. The song went all the way to Number 1 in 1985 due to the success of The Breakfast Club, which starred the lovely Molly Ringwald in it. Did I mention I had a crush on her? Like mostly all young boys back in the 80s did.
"Theme From St. Elmos Fire" | David Foster
This was the love them from one of the most popular Brat Pack movies, "St Elmos Fire", starring Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Demi Moore just to name a few. If you are really into it, it's a song we could throw on as a slow dance. Beautiful song.
"Man In Motion" | John Parr
Another great track off the St. Elmos Fire soundtrack. And actually as I am listening to it as I write this post, this song has enough energy to possibly be used for your "Bridal Party Introduction" if you wanted to go down the 80s route.
"If You Were Here" | The Thompson Twins
Ah yes, it's a scene that's etched in my mind. Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) is getting ready to go to her sister's wedding reception and all of a sudden Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) pulls up in a shiny red Porsche to ask her out. It was the perfect ending to a movie that each of those characters thinking about one another. It was pretty awesome to see them finally get together.
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" | Starship
"Mannequin" was a romantic comedy movie that came out in 1987 that starred Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall where Jonathan (Andrew McCarthy) get a job at a department store and falls in love with a mannequin. Yeah, I know what you are saying, it sounds pretty stupid. But, this is a cool song that should be on your Brat Pack Cocktail Hour playlist.
"Footloose" | Kenny Loggins
When you are Kevin Bacon and move into a small town, where there's a preacher who wants to ban rock music and dancing, and you fall in love with that preacher's daughter, you get the iconic movie "Footloose". This song is definitely a great floor filler even if you aren't doing a Brat Pack Cocktail Hour.
"Almost Paradise" | Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
This is the love theme from the Footloose soundtrack that the lead singer of Loverboy, Mike Reno and the incredible voice of Ann Wilson, who is half of the band Heart. It's a beautiful ballad that could also be thrown in as a slow dance later in the night.
"If You Leave" | OMD
Released in the spring of 1986, "If You Leave" was the signature song of "Pretty In Pink, another Molly Ringwald film, which also starred Andrew McCarthy, James Spader, and Jon Cryer. Andie (Molly Ringwald) doesn't think she can date Blaine (Andrew McCarthy) because he is really rich. Check out the movie for a happy ending :)
"Somebody's Baby" | Fast Times At Ridgemont High
This early 80s coming of age movie starred Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and explored all the fun and games at Ridgemont High School. Watch the video down below to see just how much these kids had while in high school.
"Oh Yeah" | Yello
One of the most popular songs from an 80s movie where there are actually no lyrics, just "Oh Yeah". This song actually has shown up by request for the garter toss too, if that's something you are interested in doing for your upcoming Charleston wedding.
And there are actually many more songs to this list, but you know what, it's New Years Eve, and its time to get ready for the official ending of 2017. What a great year its been in so many ways! I am greatly looking to kicking off 2018 with a bang. I really appreciate you finding my website and blog online and appreciate your support in 2017. There are some incredible things planned in 2018 and I cannot wait to show them to you. Click HERE if you just recently got engaged and would like to set up a time to meet.