My sister and I were practicing background music for our grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary party, and she flipped one page too many. Suddenly we were playing "Grace Greater Than All our Sin."
Which brought on unquenchable laughter, and the question: what songs should never be sung at a wedding/anniversary?
Reminds me of that scene in Richard Peck's A Season of Gifts, the shotgun wedding on Christmas day, with the bride obviously pregnant, and the choir singing "Joy to the World," and the narrator observing that a more appropriate selection might have been, "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming" or "For Unto Us a Child is Born."
The final cut for our grandparents' party includes one precarious choice: "The Merry Widow." It's a lovely classical piece that I refuse to omit--I just hope no one recognizes the tune. Although, on second thought, if they know enough about music to put a name to the notes, they'll appreciate the joke, and will chuckle as they shake their heads at such mischievous grandchildren.