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 section of your event. When it comes to music, you want to reflect your personality. Professional musicians who get married often choose the genre they are used to, a good example is violinists tend to choose classical music over everything else. If you are not a professional musician, you should like about what kind of music you like to listen to. The music should tell a story, each set leading into another.
i. The prelude is usually the part of the ceremony where people are just walking in, sitting down, greeting each other and waiting for the ceremony to begin. Here the music tends to be classical music about 80% of the time, low profile, calming and serene. However we’ve also seen a mix of classical and modern or completely contemporary music. The mix of music is important here because it will either calm the guests or amp them up for your special day.
ii. The bridal party processional is the part of the ceremony right before the bride begins to walk. In this section we find that most people are split 50/50 between classical and contemporary music. This music in this section needs to be different from what was done in the prelude to signal that the ceremony is beginning and gives a cue to guests to quiet down and wait. Classics like Cannon in D, Jesu Joy of man’s desiring or beautiful ballads from Kenny G like Forever in Love and Can’t help falling in love my Elvis work well here.
iii. Here it is! The Bride arrives and everyone stands to marvel at her beauty. The song chosen here should be something special to both the bride and groom. A sentimental song that you both will remember for the rest of your lives.
iv. The recessional is the part of the wedding that comes after those magical words “We now pronounce you..” This is the part where you celebrate your union! You can go with high energetic songs to get people dancing and excited for the next step, such as the reception or something slow and serene leading into the cocktail hour before. Classical music such as Spring by Vivaldi, The Hallelujah Chorus by Handel, Ode to Joy by Beethoven offer the high energy and elegance you need.
The Cocktail Hour –
Depending on the format of how you would like your day, some people have the cocktail hour before or after the actual ceremony. In either case, the music should be in the background wafting over your guests as they drink and speak to one another. Arrangements of your favorite songs such as Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, Wake Me up When September Ends by Linkin Park, All You Need is Love by the Beetles; a group of great musicians can arrange all of these for you and they will sound amazing whether it is instrumental or not. Light Jazz is also a great choice here!
The Reception –
The reception is designed to be the place that celebrates your wonderful union, and who better to help you with that than a great DJ! DJs have an impressive collection of music that cater to everyone’s taste. It is important to research your DJs because some do have sub-specialties that they do very well. A well rounded DJ will do the research to make your wedding just the way you want it and take requests. They usually come with an MC for the night to help keep your party moving. Most people will opt for the top 100s with some of their favorite dance songs thrown into the mix.
No matter what you choose, the team of professionals will make sure they work together to pull off your perfect day.