Popular Wedding Music Suggestions for the Wedding Ceremony.
The jarring clash of slow, classical music playing at a decidedly fun beach wedding with everyone dressed casually will leave guests wondering what you were thinking of. While it’s understandable to overlook the song choices at your wedding ceremony with all the wedding details weighing you down, your guests will not soon forget about it.
Here’s why you need to pay attention to wedding music choices:
From the very first notes, the wedding music announces to the world that a momentous occasion is about to start. Solemn, modern, sentimental, sophisticated or light-hearted, the over-all mood of the wedding ceremony is set by your choice of the wedding music played. Take your wedding guests on a sensory journey of solemnity, reverence, and joyfulness as the ceremony progresses. Watch the video below as Stephen Sharp Nelson of The Piano Guys perform Pachelbel’s Canon in D-a popular music choice for weddings.
It’s very important that the music selection of your wedding should reflect the wedding theme and the ambiance you want to achieve. Don’t fall into the trap of simply having the songs you like played during the ceremony. Give particular thought and attention to the over-all effect, who your guests are and their preferences when making song choices.
If your wedding is an elegant evening event held at a historical venue, consider playing up the opulence of the place with classical wedding song choices. For solemn and religious weddings, opt for traditional religious wedding ceremony music everyone is familiar with.
The best and easiest way to find the right wedding songs the choir and soloist will play at your wedding is to break down the songs by wedding day program highlights. Take into account the size of your wedding, the time of day, the venue, and the type of wedding ceremony you’ll have. Below you’ll find a mix of classical, contemporary, religious, and modern wedding ceremony music ideas to draw inspiration from.
The Prelude to the Wedding Ceremony
Music is played during the half hour when guests gather before your wedding ceremony starts. Some suggestions:
Paris Nocturne by Dan Fogelberg & Tim Wiseberg
Claire de Lune by Debussy
La Primavera by Vivaldi
We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters
Love Remains by Collin Raye
The officiating pastor or priest, the groom and the bridesmaids begin their march down the aisle as the processional music starts. Suggested processional songs and music:
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
I Do by Colbie Caillat
Beautiful Day – Vitamin String Quartet
March from Occasional Oratorio by G.F. Handel
Romance in E Flat Major, Op 44 No. 1 – Anton Rubinstein
The Bride’s Entrance
One of the highlights of the wedding ceremony is the entrance of the bride. The air is full of anticipation as the bride walks down the aisle. If you’re not a big fan of Pachelbel here are other options:
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Leona Lewis
Just The way You Are by Bruno Mars, paino/cello cover by The Piano Guys
Romantic Piece No. 1 by Dvorak
Wedding March by Mendelssohn
Air on G string by Bach
TIP: If a particular song is too long, request the choir/soloist to play or sing only a portion of the song.
The recessional is a joyous moment in the wedding ceremony, a culmination of the preparations and a celebration of the start of a new life together. Choose upbeat and jubilant songs for this moment.
When God Made You by Natalie Grant
The Gift by Jim Brickman
The Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by F. Mendelssohn
Ode to Joy by Beethoven
All You Need Is Love by John Lennon
Tip: For the interim or special moments in the wedding ceremony like the lighting of the unity candle, handfasting, breaking of the glass, or signing of the marriage certificate, opt to have the choir or soloist perform a song of your choice to highlight the solemnity of the occasion.
Don’t forget to include a postlude song selection in celebratory tones while guests are waiting to be dismissed. Take into account that your guest’s taste in music will vary. If the differences are too big, bridge the gap with songs familiar to all. The best wedding music playlist is one that’s carefully chosen so it complements the general feel you want to achieve during your wedding ceremony.
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