Choosing Music For Your Wedding Choosing Music For Your Wedding
Choosing your wedding music will largely depend on what type of wedding ceremony you are having. If you are having a religious ceremony, check with your church, synagogue, mosque, etc. to find out what type of music is allowed. In some religious ceremonies, recorded music and/or secular music are prohibited.
Luckily, there are tons of religious songs out there and you should be able to find one that perfectly expresses your love and commitment. During the wedding ceremony, most couples have an organist, pianist, and/or a vocalist. You should talk to the musicians to find out if they have any suggestions on the music, but you can always order sheet music ahead of time for them to practice new songs.
Some popular religious and secular songs are:
- Ave Maria
- Minuet in G
- Canon in D
- Bridal March
- Ode to Joy
- Beethoven’s Fifth
- Le Rejoissance
- “From this Moment” by Shania Twain
- “How Sweet it is to be Loved by You” by James Taylor
- “Fools Rush In” by Elvis Presley
- “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson
- “If I ain’t got you” by Alicia Keys
Lots of online websites offer suggestions for wedding music and sample buttons so you can listen to a few bars of the song. Recorded music and sheet music can both be ordered online. If you are using secular music, listen to the full song to make sure that there aren’t any inappropriate lyrics. You don’t want to embarrass your grandparents with your music selection.
Your music choices for your reception will set the mood for the party. If your guests are more lively and into dancing, you should choose high-tempo music designed to get the blood pumping. It might be a good idea to keep the volume down during dinner, so your guests are able to talk to each other. Dividing the reception this way into background music, and party music should make your guests more comfortable. Some popular songs for receptions are:
- “Get this party started” by Pink
- “Because you loved me” by Celine Dion
- “I hope you dance” by Lee Ann Womack
- Anything by Barry White
- “ When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
- “A House is Not a Home” by Luther Vandross
- “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey
You ’ll want love songs at your reception for you and your new spouse to dance to. Also, weddings are a great time for other couples to reconnect, and having a mix of music will allow you to entertain most, if not all, of your guests.
You have the option of choosing an orchestra or trio, a DJ, or a few wandering musicians. One of your friends may offer to be your DJ, or you can hire one. A full orchestra would be appropriate for a formal wedding with a lot of guests. A few wandering musicians will provide a relaxing atmosphere. However, DJs are the best choice for secular dance music.
When you are choosing musicians and/or vocalists to perform at your wedding, you should request sample CDs, videotapes, or attend a live performance. When you are listening to the performers, you should think about:
- Can they play different types of music?
- Do they balance the tempo of songs?
- Are they personable, presentable and friendly?
- When you want the first dance?
- The volume of music you want while you and the guests are eating vs. dining?
Once you have chosen a band and are about to sign a contract, you should make sure that certain things are in the contract. This way, you won’t end up with performers you have never seen or heard before. You can also expose hidden costs and fees. You should make sure the following are clearly laid out in the contract:
- Names of performers
- Price, including overtime
- Start and end times of the performance
- Number and length of breaks for the performer(s)
- Equipment they will bring and what you will have to supply must be listed
- They should provide proof of insurance coverage
Taking these simple steps should protect you from last minute disasters. Make sure to spend plenty of time finding the music that truly expresses your feelings for your groom. Also, include your groom and your close friends in your music selections. They have to listen to it, too, so it would be nice to allow them to pick a song or two for the reception.