Your wedding music can change the whole
atmosphere of you day

Wedding music is often something that gets pushed down the to-do list when you’re planning a wedding, but your wedding music can change the whole atmosphere of you day. Making sure the right music is playing at the right time can have a huge impact on the experience that you and your guests have. There are many different parts of your wedding day that may require music, so take time to think about each one in turn.

Wedding Music for Your Ceremony

Whether you decide to have a church or civil wedding, music will play an important role in your wedding ceremony. Most couples like to have some music playing while their guests arrive, and this can be a live musician or group, or pre-recorded music. If you have musical friends that sing or play an instrument, asking them to perform at this time is a lovely way to personalise your ceremony.

As you arrive the music will start for the processional. If you stick with tradition this might be the Bridal Chorus by Wagner, but you can choose any piece you like. You will also need to choose some upbeat music for the recessional, as you leave the ceremony, and possibly another piece to keep guests entertained while you and your new hubby are signing the register. If you’re having a church wedding you may need to choose one or two hymns.

Wedding Music for the Reception

Think about the type of music you’d like your guests to hear when they arrive at your reception. Something light, such as a solo harpist is always a good choice as it won’t drown out your guests’ conversations but will still add to the ambience of the occasion. If you’re holding your ceremony and reception in the same place it often makes sense to hire a group or musician to play at both your ceremony and at your initial drinks reception to provide continuity. You could also compile your own playlist for this part of the wedding reception.

Make sure your wedding music carries on throughout the wedding breakfast, but again keep it light and non intrusive as you’d like your guests to be able to chat to one another. Instrumental music is often a better choice for dinner than songs with lyrics, and don’t forget to turn the music off altogether when it is speech time.

Wedding Music for the Evening

Your big wedding music choice comes with the evening reception, where many couples face the dilemma over whether to hire a DJ or a live band. A live band tends to be more expensive, and their sets will generally be shorter, but the energy they can bring to your wedding celebration can make your day truly memorable.

A DJ is usually more flexible than a live band with a wider repertoire, and they can respond more easily to guest requests. They can also act as master of ceremonies and announce moments such as the first dance or cake cutting. Whichever you choose, make sure you see your band or DJ play before you book them to make sure their wedding music is really what you want for your big day.

Wedding Music for Your First Dance

Unless you already have ‘your song’ it can be difficult to select the perfect song for your first dance. Finding something that you both like, that symbolises your relationship, and that you can actually dance to, is probably more difficult than you think.

Try to select a first dance song that really reflects the two of you, whether that is a classic ballad, an upbeat rock number, or a country song. If you don’t want to dance to something soppy why not choose a funny or tongue in cheek song instead. Once you’ve decided on your song it’s a great idea to have a couple of dance lessons where an instructor can advise you on the best steps to work with the tempo of the music.

As well as your first dance as a married couple you might also want to choose other wedding music such as specific songs for your cake cutting ceremony, dances with your parents, your garter toss, and your big exit if you are planning to leave the reception before your guests.

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