The AWL


Below are the music, film and literature recommendations we received for our Alternative Wedding List. Also on the list, but not included here, were many travel suggestions, recipes, poems, advice, etc.

If you’re wondering what an Alternative Wedding List is or where the idea came from, find out here

The recommendations are listed in alphabetic order and I haven’t included who recommended what nor the reasons given for the suggestions (naturally).

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Music

  • Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland – Showdown!
  • Alex Lloyd’s song Amazing
  • Axel Zwingenberger and Lila Ammons – Lady Sings the Boogie-Woogie
  • B.B. King – Deuces Wild
  • Beethoven – Piano Sonatas (esp. Moonlight)
  • Blue Roses – Blue Roses
  • Brad Sucks
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Buena Vista Social Club or any Cuban son music
  • Chambao
  • David Lang’s choral piece, The Little Match Girl Passion
  • Deus – In a Bar Under the Sea
  • Didier Squiban – Molène
  • Element of Crime – Damals hinterm Mond
  • Fiach Moriarty
  • Geoffrey Yunupingu
  • Groundation
  • Henrik Ødegaard – O Magnum Mysterium
  • Imelda May – Love Tattoo
  • Imogen Heap
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Jason Feddy
  • Jehro
  • John Adams’ opera Doctor Atomic
  • John Butler Trio
  • JS Bach – Goldberg Variations
  • Julieta Venegas
  • Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
  • Kíla – Tóg é go Bóg é
  • Monsters of Folk
  • Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
  • Nitin Sawhney – Beyond Skin
  • Pergolesi – Stabat Mater
  • Phoenix
  • Rossini – The Barber of Seville
  • Salmonella Dub
  • Seu Jorge
  • Sigur Ros – Takk
  • Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy
  • Te Vaka – Te Vaka
  • Television – Marquee Moon
  • The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love
  • The Spooky Men’s Chorale
  • The Wurzerls or the Wombles (thanks Mike!)
  • Thievery Corporation – The Mirror Conspiracy
  • Vetiver – Things of the Past
  • Xavier Rudd


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Film (and Television)

  • 101 Rejkiavik
  • A Mighty Heart
  • Adam’s Apples
  • All About My Mother
  • An Affair of Love
  • Anchorman
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Band of Brothers (series)
  • Battleship Potempkin
  • Blood Brothers (West End musical)
  • Californication (series)
  • Casablanca
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • City of God
  • Cold Feet (series)
  • Dan in Real Life
  • De Illusionist
  • Dexter (series)
  • Eagle Vs Shark
  • El Hijo de la Novia
  • Empire Records
  • Garden State
  • Goodbye Lenin
  • Gran Torino
  • Halbe Miete
  • Halbe Treppe
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Harry, He’s Here to Help
  • In Search of a Midnight Kiss
  • In the Hands of the Gods
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Internal Affairs
  • Juno
  • Kleine Haie
  • Le Premier Jour du Reste de ma Vie
  • Les Derniers Jours du Monde
  • Live Flesh
  • Looking for Eric
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Madame X
  • Marley and Me
  • Monsoon Wedding
  • Murder in the First
  • My Blueberry Nights
  • Office Space
  • Once Were Warriors
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Ran
  • Return to the Forbidden Planet (West End musical)
  • Robin Hood (either the Disney animated one or Prince of Thieves)
  • Romanzo Criminale
  • Run Lola Run
  • Seven Samurai
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Some Like it Hot
  • Son of Rambow
  • The Celebration
  • The Hangover
  • The Lives of Others
  • The Lover
  • The Orphanage
  • The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema
  • The Piano
  • The Reader
  • The Seventh Seal
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Shining
  • The Sopranos (series)
  • The Wrestler
  • Together
  • True Blood (series)
  • U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha
  • Vertigo
  • Wall-E
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Whisky Galore
  • Withnail and I


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Books

  • 1421 – Gavin Menzies
  • A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Tolz
  • A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
  • Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Anything by Marian Keyes
  • Au nom de tous les miens – Martin Gray
  • Biedermann und die Brandstifter – Max Frisch
  • Born to Run – (?)
  • Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  • Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame – Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • Deutschstunde – Siegfried Lenz
  • Dubliners – James Joyce
  • Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates – Tom Robbins
  • For Tibet with Love
  • Ground Control, Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-first Century City – Anna Minton
  • He Died with a Felafel in His Hand – John Birmingham
  • His Dark Materials Trilogy – Philip Pullman
  • Identity Crisis – Brad Meltzer
  • Illusions – Richard Bach
  • Krabat – Otfried Preußler
  • L’élégance du Hérisson – Muriel Barbery
  • Latin American Trilogy – Louis de Bernieres
  • Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  • My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  • New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
  • Perfume – Patrick Susskind
  • Q&A (Slumdog Millionaire) – Vikas Swarup
  • Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
  • Step-by-Step Vegetarian Cookbook – Good Housekeeping
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  • The City of Dreaming Books – Walter Moers
  • The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Journeyer (the story of Marco Polo) – Gary Jennings
  • The Millennium Trilogy – Stieg Larsson
  • The No-Nonsense Guide to World History – Chris Brazier
  • The Physicists – Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follet
  • The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry
  • The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • The Soul of an Indian – Ohiyesa (Charles Alexander Eastman)
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Wild Swans – Jung Chang
  • Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War – Max Brooks
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

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