Music superstars and The Voice coaches Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have been a famous super couple for several years now, but, attention surrounding their union really ramped up once they became engaged in October 2020. While Shelton and Stefani have already shared some details of the romantic proposal and what led up to it, everyone now wants to know about what plans they have for the ceremony and all important reception. Shelton just revealed that the duo share a favorite which could see them going full Pretty in Pink for their wedding festivities, and I don't hate it at all.
As expected, celebrities Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have already had some major moments when it comes beginning their trip down the aisle. Shelton reportedly had a very fancy ring custom designed for his bride to be, and even went the extra mile beforehand by asking Stefani's dad for permission, and made sure that her three sons and some other family members were present when he finally popped the big question.
During a recent chat on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, though, the host inquired about the couple's music choice for their big day, wanting to know what song they're planning for their first dance at the reception, after being introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Blake Shelton. And, Shelton's response is sure to please Pretty in Pink fans the world over, as he answered:
It's "If You Leave," from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. I swear, I have it right here. We talked about this. We both love the song. We're both fans of the '80s. Why not? Why not, Jimmy?
I mean, truly. Why not, Jimmy? Blake Shelton made a very good case for the 1986 hit from British synthpop outfit Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (that's OMD for short), which plays during the finale of Pretty in Pink. And, I really cannot fault him or Gwen Stefani for the choice one bit. Though, I do fault Shelton for answering Fallon's question and then asking him if he knows the song, prompting the tune-happy host to break into song for quite the long interlude. Not cool, Shelton. Not cool.
Some people may be surprised by Stefani and Shelton's song choice for their first dance, and might even balk at it, thinking that it's not modern enough or sophisticated enough, but I happen to love it. First of all, it truly is a great song, as evidenced by its endurance on radio, where you can still hear it occasionally on stations which play hits from days gone by. Also, this is their wedding, people. If you're going into the day and not planning to have as much of it as possible be exactly how you want it, you're doing it wrong.
As it is, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are trying to figure out, like many couples, whether or not they want to deal with (lessening but still applicable) virus restrictions and have the ceremony soon-ish, or wait until the world is more fully open to celebrate their union. Back in December, Stefani revealed that she was just hopeful that her parents would be able to come to the ceremony in person, and that no one would have to be masked for any of it.
Now, of course, that's seeming like a real possibility, so Stefani and Shelton may be able to have the kind of wedding service and reception they really want in that regard. So, why not play exactly the music you want to play when you want to play it, as well? All we need now is for Blake Shelton to do a Duckie with his hair for that reception, and for Gwen Stefani to show up in some iteration of Andi's pink dress, so that they can post that pic online as a way to celebrate with their fans. Regardless of your thoughts on "If You Leave," you have to be on board for that.