So you have finished tying up all loose ends with your wedding planning, all except for one, the music. In previous blog posts I have stated the importance of music to an event. What kind of music you pick affects the overall vibe and flow of the function. Bearing all of that in mind, you also have to remember that the music you pick is a statement of who you are.
Here’s some guidelines to give you a hand!
Weddings have three distinct parts to them:
- The ceremony
- The cocktail hour
- The reception
The ceremony is the most personal part of the wedding and it too tends to follow a specific format.
The prelude is when your guests are entering the venue. They are sitting and talking to one another. Calm background music is needed to help set the mood but not to overpower your guest’s chatter. Classical music such as string quartets or pianos are great here. They are loud enough to fill the space with music but soft enough not to interrupt.
Now comes the fun part, the processional. The bridal party will come down first, your bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearers and flower girls. You want a song that will build up to your arrival. This would be a good place for you to pick something that is personal, ballads work well here or classical pieces like Cannon in D by Pachebell or Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach also work wonders.
After everyone has processed, the music should change again for your entrance. Something personal to you and your groom is beautiful here. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley, Cannon in D by Pachebell, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, or even traditional selections such as Here Comes the Bride (Bridal Chorus) by Wagner and The Wedding March from Mendelssohn work here as well.
Depending on the format of your wedding, couples will opt to have a special ceremony such as a sand ceremony or a candle ceremony. Both emphasize the unity of the couple, two becoming one. Here’s soft background music can be used. Our personal favorite is Gymnopedie No.1 by Erik Satie.
After your vows and the magical words you’ve been waiting to hear (“I now pronounce you man and wife”) comes the recessional. Here’s the part of the ceremony that is joyous and exuberant and the music should reflect that!
Our choices for this are Spring from Vivaldi, Just the Way You Are from Bruno Marz, Bittersweet Symphony from the Verve, Ode to Joy by Beethoven and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel.
Whether you decide to do a mix of classical, pop, country, broadway, ect…live musicians will bring that energy and elegance to your day that your guests will not stop talking about. Ready to start planning? Take a look at our website theazuresound.com and let our professionals help you plan your day.