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Our most asked question is, “how do I choose wedding music?”. Here are 9 steps to help you choose the best music for your wedding.
1- Decide what type of wedding ceremony suits you best as a couple.
- For more traditional ceremony music you could choose time-honored classics such as “Here Comes the Bride” or Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” These are instrumental classical pieces that have been played at wedding ceremonies since before your great-grandparents were married.
- It is becoming increasingly popular to select more contemporary songs for the wedding ceremony. Soft tempo songs such as Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me” or “The Luckiest” by the Ben Folds Five can set the mood you are looking for and may be more your style.
2- Consider the setting of your nuptials.
- You may want to tailor your choices towards more religious selections if you are getting married in a church or other religious environment.
- It is important to consider the way sound will travel in your venue. Vocal songs may be harder to understand in an outdoor setting, while some musical instruments may echo in large, indoor settings.
3- Evaluate how many songs you will need to cover the entire ceremony.
- You will need, at minimum, music as guests arrive, a song for the seating of the mothers, the processional, the entrance of the bride, lighting of the unity candle and music for any other special moments you choose to include in your ceremony such as a rose ceremony for mothers or the recognition of lost loved ones.
4- Decide if you want any musical solos.
- Perhaps you have a very talented friend or relative that is a vocalist or plays an instrument. Asking him or her to do a solo is a great way to incorporate more loved ones into your wedding ceremony.
5- Choose a main instrument for your wedding ceremony music.
- Perhaps the church has an organ or maybe you want to hire a string quartet for your garden wedding. You may still have a vocalist and a flute solo, but you’ll need to choose who will be performing the majority of your wedding music.
6- Make the time to practice the timing prior to the wedding rehearsal.
- Often the wedding rehearsal isn’t done until the night before the big day. If you wait until then to make sure the timing is right, there won’t be enough time to iron out the kinks without some added stress. Save yourself the upset and do a music run-through before the wedding to allow for any changes you may need to make.
7- Decide whether or not you would like professionals to make your decisions for you.
- If you decide everything, and you are not a musician, the likelihood that you may be making a musically uninformed decision may interfere with the fluency of your event. If you are sure of your decision (song choice, music genre/type), be sure to check up with your musicians before hand, as they have a lot of experience in this area.
8- Decide how you are going to go about hiring/finding musicians.
- Doing a local search on Google for wedding musicians. Check their reviews and testimonials.
9 – Ask for music samples from specific vendors. If they don’t offer samples (CDs or videos of their playing, either online, or by mail), then don’t use them!