“When I think of all the years I wanna be with you”: Four Tips for Selecting Your Ceremony Music
We find that many couples cannot wait to say ‘I Do,’ yet the task of developing their ceremony makes them feel overwhelmed. Who will walk with whom? Will both my parents walk me down the aisle? Do we want to have any special readings? What about the ceremony music? What song am I going to walk down the aisle to? There are countless options when it comes to music for your ceremony, so here are a few ideas to consider when making your selections.
Tip #1 – How many songs should be in a ceremony?
You really only need to choose between three to five songs. That’s not that much! The processional order may vary but we usually break it down this way:
1. Grandparents, Parents
2. Wedding Party
5. Recessional (let the party begin)
To simplify things further you can always choose one song for the grandparents through the groom/bride (#1-3). If you are getting married in a house of worship, the musical director will be able to help with all of these choices and give great recommendations.
Tip #2 – How do we select the ceremony music?
The easiest way to select the songs for your ceremony processional is to think about who is walking down the aisle. Music for the grandparents should have a different style compared to music for the wedding party. We think all genres can work, from classical to modern pop and everything in between.
Here are some popular choices:
1. Grandparents, Parents: Here Comes the Sun (Beatles), Our Love is Here to Stay (Gershwin)
2. Wedding Party: PM’s Love Theme (Love Actually), Make You Feel My Love (Dylan/Adele)
3. Groom(s): Air on a G String (Bach) The Luckiest (Folds), Can’t Help Falling In Love (Presley)
4. Bride(s): Canon in D (Pachelbel), A Thousand Years (Perri), Just the Way You Are (Joel or Mars)
5. Recessional: Ode to Joy (Beethoven), Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Wonder), Ho Hey (Lumineers)
In addition to who may be walking down the aisle, you will want to talk with your Officiant about the type of ceremony you are having. Your processional and recessional music should align with the style, whether it’s traditional or contemporary. You can also include music within your ceremony in places like your readings or lighting of the unity candle.
Tip #3 – What type of instruments should we choose for our ceremony?
We recommend selecting the instrumentation once you have selected the songs. It makes sense to have a keyboard or piano if you have picked a song by Billy Joel, just like it would be natural to have a guitarist if you pick music by the Beatles. If you like strings and want processional songs like Take Care and All of the Lights, then a string octet is the perfect option. Have this conversation with your musical director or band leader and trust that they will guide you to the right combination.
Tip #4 – Sound is Everything!
You have invited all of your friends and family to attend your ceremony. You have hired amazing professional musicians to set the mood of the ceremony. You want to make sure you have a sound system that works in your ceremony location so that your guests can hear your vows, the message from your officiant, and the music. Investing in professional musicians, and their equipment, will ensure a memorable ceremony for you and your guests.
Enjoy your planning and let your music tell your love story! Cheers,
|Rebecca Marie Photography|
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