If there’s anything that can create an atmosphere on your big day, then it’s the wedding music you choose.
And chances are you’re going to have various different types of music playing throughout the day.
Music whilst the guests are waiting for the bride to arrive
What you choose here probably depends on where you are going to get married. If it’s a religious ceremony, then you might want something classical or maybe a hymn? If you’re having a non-religious ceremony, then anything goes really although we’d suggest something that’s easy to listen to and not too strident (you can leave that for the reception dancing).
‘Clair du Lune’ is a wonderfully atmospheric piece and it is halfway between classical and contemporary, so fits in well.
And for walking down the aisle?
If you’re going to be super-traditional, then how about Wagner’s ‘Here Comes The Bride’
Another really popular choice for walking down the aisle is from the film Love Actually and it’s certainly stood the test of time. It’s also easy to have in the background whilst your guests are chatting, it’s softly romantic without being cheesy and with a new Love Actually sequel for Comic Relief being made it’s going to be a talking point this season. Listen here and see what you think.
Signing the register
So what about the part in the wedding when you’ve said your vows and you’re both signing the register. This is another time when you’re going to have to choose a key piece of music.
Maybe a classical piece this time? Think about The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba?
Whatever you choose it shouldn’t be played too loudly as weddings are always about get togethers and you’ll have people there who probably haven’t seen each other for a long time, who want to chat and catch up.
Playing loud music can be very intrusive and make it difficult for the oldies to hear.
Or if you want to introduce a bit of fun and informality, then Stevie Wonder’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours’ will get everyone up and ready to leave and move onto the reception!
Or to get the message of marriage over, there is Bruno Mars ‘Count on Me’.
Another idea for walking down the aisle, how about ‘Happy’. As people leave behind you they’ll probably start doing some moves! In our view, it’s music you can’t really go wrong with although if you’re having a religious service you’ll have to check with the officiating priest of course.
Of course, many of these songs would also work well at your wedding reception whilst your guests are waiting for you to arrive.
First dance music
Next up, you need to think about the music you and your new spouse are going to dance to if you perform a traditional first dance. It’s your very own Strictly Moment!
Many couples have a slow dance to start things off with the other guests joining in after the first minute or so. Popular choices include pieces like Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ and the new Ed sheeren Perfect.
It’s certainly a very romantic piece. Just make sure it doesn’t make you too emotional and start the tears flowing! It’s also easy to have a slow dance with.
Mind you, many couples like to have some proper dance lessons and show off their steps in a first dance, by dancing to a choreographed piece. It’s a great idea and something that will get you both together (and laughing) when you’re wedding planning. Dance lessons will also keep you fit of course!
If you want a song that starts slowly but then livens up, then Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ could work well for you.
A song that would be wonderful choreographed for the pair of you is Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’. It’s a classic oldie with a good beat to move along to. If you do a choreographed first dance together make sure you get it videoed so you can see the performance later.
And if you want your other guests to join in after a verse or so, then Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’ is a song they are likely to know well.
We hope the above have helped you with your wedding music choices! Plenty of inspiration here!