A month into dating Daryl Sabara, singer Meghan Trainor was so smitten that she became an overflowing resource of new music, which she passionately recorded for her 2019 EP, The Love Train. “‘Marry Me’ was written on my one month anniversary of dating Daryl,” Trainor tells The Knot in an exclusive interview. “We were obnoxious and celebrated every month-iversary. I wrote the other songs through our first year anniversary of dating.”
So on December 22, when the couple married in a backyard, winter wonderland-themed wedding planned by Sacks Productions, Trainor’s love songs played an integral role in the entire day.
“I walked down the aisle to ‘Marry Me,’ which was an awesome moment to have as a songwriter. It was so hard holding my tears back… but I wanted good pictures!” she jokes. “Our first dance song was a cover of ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ by PJ Morton ft. Yebba Smith and we all loved singing along to it. By the end of the night, we were jamming to songs like ‘Foolish,’ ‘All The Ways’ and more from my upcoming third album. It was the best.”
The bride, who curated her very own Spotify wedding playlist for The Knot, says couples are starting to integrate her love songs into key wedding moments. “I’m getting very emotional feedback about songs like ‘Marry Me,’ ‘I’m Down,’ and ‘After You,’” she muses, “so I think these three will be in many weddings. Hopefully.”
Despite being a Grammy winner herself, Trainor also admits she ran into a musical snafu of sorts on her wedding day. “I learned a very important lesson with picking songs: It is crucial that you pick short songs so you aren’t up there uncomfortable for too long,” she laughs. “I picked a 7-minute song by Stevie Wonder [‘Isn’t She Lovely’] which was amazing for the father-daughter dance, but my feet eventually gave up on me.”
From another practical perspective, Trainor also advises constant communication between partners during the wedding. “Try to never get separated from your new husband at the party. Everyone warned us about that and it’s very true,” the singer recalls of her nuptials. “Also, make sure you eat. I had the best variety of food at my wedding, but I only ended up eating the cheese pizza and cake all night.”
She adds, “I’m not really complaining about it. It was bomb!”
Depending on the time of day, Trainor encourages couples to also be aware of visual dynamics. “For pictures, I recommend asking for extra lighting especially if you’re doing a nighttime wedding like I did,” she adds.
Comfort is key too. “Also make sure your party outfit is actually really comfortable. Mine was stunning and I looked so hot, but I put it on for five minutes and said ‘I’d rather dance in leggings and the custom-made hoodies my mom made me with some sneakers.’ And that’s exactly what I did.”
Ultimately, Trainor and Sabara’s main priority was to craft a party that allowed their guests to be fully present and fully engaged.
“We didn’t let anyone have their phones, which was a really cool experience,” she explains. “We bought 10 camcorders from Urban Outfitters and told our guests to ‘make a memory.’ Eventually, it was turned into the video my brother [Ryan Trainor] made for ‘Foolish.’”
The adults weren’t the only ones to be delighted. “We had a white princess castle bouncy house,” she concludes. “Me and my little cousins loved it.”