Posted: Saturday April 05, 2014
With everything else you have to think about when it comes to wedding planning, your choice of music for the day is probably low on the list or priorities. But making the right choice of music can really impact on the atmosphere of the day. So what music do you really need to think about?
Processional - Whether you are getting married in a church or in a civil service you want to make a grand entrance. “Here Comes the Bride” is still incredibly popular, but you could perhaps choose something more modern, for example, Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars.
Music during signing of the register – It can take a while to sign the register, making your marriage official, and you don’t want your guests sitting in silence during this time. If you are getting married in a church, ask your organist for suggestions for some music to be played. If you’re having a civil ceremony, why not go for something like Etta James, At Last.
Recessional - This is the music played as you walk back down the aisle. This can be more upbeat as it’s a time for celebration. Take a leaf from the Love Actually guys and go with “All You Need is Love”
Arrival drinks - If you are having arrival drinks, choose a playlist of songs to suit the venue, or if the budget will stretch, consider a harp player or a strong quartet to keep your guests entertained.
The first dance - It’s traditional to have a first dance with your partner, but it can be a struggle to find “the right dance”. Don’t overthink it. Just choose a song or a piece of music you feel comfortable with and that reminds you of your loved one. It doesn’t have to be a slow dance. These days many couples go for something much more upbeat and ask friends and family to join them on the dance floor.
If you are stuck for ideas on music for either during the ceremony or for after at the reception, speak to your venue. Most good venues, including Braxted Park, will have good contacts with local DJs, bands and performers and will be able to suggest something to suit your tastes and requirements on your big day.