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HERE COMES THE BRIDE

Last summer, a Georgia couple named Lauren and Jean-Pierre uploaded their wedding video to Vimeo: a series of jump cuts showcasing Converse, origami cranes, and a number of hand-printed signs, all set to the song "Sleepyhead" by the band Passion Pit. Was this hipster? Fuck no, said the blogs. These were entry level alt-wannabes. A Kansas City bridal party's synchronized dance to Animal Collective's "My Girls" was similarly derided. It would seem that, in addition to avoiding traditional wedding music, hipsters must also take care to avoid traditional hipster music when it comes time to walk down the aisle or have their first dance.

Choosing songs is among the most important wedding decisions a hipster couple can make. It presents the opportunity to be original and to express allegiance to hipster consensus at the same time. The best hipster wedding songs, while providing evidence of superior music tastes, coexist on opposing sides of the cultural spectrum: on one, songs that surprise those in attendance through their relative obscurity; on the other, songs familiar to all attending, even cousins from Florida, but unlikely to be used as a first dance or wedding march (i.e., the theme from Top Gun). Whether Grandpa's tapping his foot or sadly shaking his head, rest assured that he doesn't understand you.

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