Music is an essential part of our daily lives, and it has the power to make your wedding ceremony and reception a truly special occasion. Because so much depends on the music, you have to make sure you plan it carefully.
The music you chose can make or break your event.
When choosing your wedding ceremony music, be sure you select music that corresponds with the formality of the wedding. Among other things, keep in mind the religious affiliation and the length of the ceremony when planning the music. If you ceremony is held in a church, you can expect help from the church organist. Before you finalize your wedding ceremony music, there are a few important issues to consider.
Wedding services or ceremonies as a rule often take place in a church/ or chapel and because of this you need to talk to the vicar prior to the marriage to see if the wedding songs chosen are acceptable. If the wedding service is to be carried out in another type of hall then still stick with what would be classed as appropriate for the ceremonial wedding song. This is a day to remember in a loving way – not a laughing one.
The traditional wedding march is a long time dying out so, therefore, there is a good chance you maybe sticking with this tune and why not. What better way to announce the beautiful bride to the tune of, “Here Comes The Bride.”
3 Common Musical Categories
Classical – This genre of music conforms to an established form and appeals to critical interest and developed musical taste.
Examples of classical wedding music are:
“Canon in D” (Johann Pachelbel)
“Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin” (Richard Wagner) (also known as “Here Comes the Bride”)
“Air” (from Water Music Suite), (George Frederic Handel)
“The Prince of Denmark’s March” (Trumpet Voluntary in D major) (Jeremiah Clarke) “Guitar Concerto in D Major”, Largo, (Antonio Vivaldi)
“Coronation March for Czar Alexander III” (Peter I. Tchaikovsky)
“Overture” (from Royal Fireworks Music), (George Frederic Handel)
“Promenade” (from Pictures at an Exhibition), (Modest Mussorgsky)
“Sinfonia” (from Cantata No. 156), (Johann Sebastian. Bach)
“Cantata No.29” (Johann Sebastian Bach)
“Prelude and Fugue in C” (Johann Sebastian Bach)
“Toccata” (from L’Orfeo), (Claudio Monteverdi)
“Romance from String Quartet” (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
“Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major” (“Elvira Madigan”) (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
“Trumpet Tune in A-Major” (David N. Johnson)
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 Wedding March” (Felix Mendelssohn)
“Winter,” Largo or “Spring” Allegro (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)
Sacred – Sacred music is dedicated to religious themes and symbols. It is music considered worthy of religious ceremony. Schedule a time to meet with the church organist before you begin selecting your ceremony music. Beware that some churches have very firm rules on what music is used in liturgical settings. The church organist should be well qualified to help you in selecting your wedding ceremony music.
Secular – Secular music is dedicated to non-religious subject matter. It is not necessarily forbidden during religious service, but you have to confirm with your house of worship that your chosen music is approved.
Examples of secular wedding music are:
“At Last” (Etta James)
“Only Time” (Enya)
“Come Away With Me” (Norah Jones)
“Appalachia Waltz” (Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor)
“Unforgettable” (Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole)
“It’s Only Time” (Magnetic Fields)
“The Look of Love” (Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach)
“The Vow” (Jeremy Lubbock)
“Come What May” (Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor)
“Storybook Love” from the movie “The Princess Bride” (Willy DeVille)
“Wedding Processional” (from The Sound of Music) (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein)
“Can’t help falling in love” (Elvis Presley)
“What A Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong)
“When I’m Sixty-Four” (The Beatles)
For The Reception
Wedding songs and music will always be a mood setter creating an atmosphere for revelers thus encouraging them to get up and party. Wedding entertainment has changed considerably over the years where music is concerned – so you may find that this part of your wedding planning can be fun as well as interesting that is if you see eye to eye with your partner. Most bride and grooms-to-be prefer wedding songs that have some form of meaning. These songs can relate to their first date or of another memorable occasion that they both relish the memories of.
Important issues that you need know and bear in mind when selecting your wedding music is the rules administered by the wedding venue establishment. They may have restrictions on certain types of musical entertainment
If guests join in with a sing a long at a party then that is a sure sign to say that they are enjoying themselves. So you see how important it is to choose the right songs for your wedding then that way your guests also can enjoy themselves too.
Foot tapping almost starts immediately when the music plays. This is normally seen as the green light signal indicating to all the guests its party time. This is now where you will notice the atmosphere change to a livelier and up tempo mode. Wedding songs can be performed by a soloist – band – DJ or if you want an instrument orchestra. Make sure the reception hall is big enough. Orchestras have many instruments that play a happy tune like the flute – tin whistle to the fully jazzed up sounds of the saxophone.
When you are planning songs for your wedding reception ask for a second opinion from close family members if you feel a little indecisive on the wedding songs to choose.
Why not try something different -when sending out the wedding invitations ask the guest to acknowledge the invite to let you know if they can attend. The way you will ask them to respond is by writing down their favorite tune on the reply card. Sifting through the cards will take a little time but you have to check anyway to see who can or can not make it to your wedding. Take note of every party favorite tune listed by the guests and have the band play a compilation of melodies of their chosen favorites.
Not all can be accommodated but the band can connect by playing another song from that particular artist that they chose. Just a suggestion to ensure that the wedding songs played at your wedding will be enjoyed by all.