Happy October girls and guys! We are ringing in fall with a post that is literally music to our ears. Yes, that’s right friends, today we’re talking music and entertainment. Because flowers, lighting, a beautiful location and delicious food are certainly wonderful ingredients for a fantastic wedding…but without music where’s the magic? Music sets the ambience wherever we go and that especially holds true at a wedding. A bride walking down the aisle to Wagner’s Bridal Chorus just does not have the same effect if walked in silence!
Music is one of the most fundamental details that make a wedding unique and without it the party is literally over. It is important to choose the right music for your particular wedding style. A mix of traditional tunes and personal tracks really make the flow of your wedding more interesting, pleasing everyone’s ears as well as representing your tastes as a couple. For example, a popular processional choice is Pachelbel’s Canon in D, but you could also opt for an instrumental version of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years”. A fun recessional is the Beatles classic “All You Need Is Love”, but a more traditional option is Mendelsshon’s “Wedding March”.
Certainly a religious church ceremony requires a more classic approach, with a harp, organ or a string quartet, but if your wedding will be a symbolic blessing you have a lot more freedom to personalize the ceremony with more contemporary solutions. Once the ceremony is over, set the mood during cocktail hour with light jazz and crooner-style melodies. A little Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé or Norah Jones is always a good idea!
During dinner it’s best to stick with relaxed tunes, whether it be a DJ spinning soft rock, a jazz band or even an acoustic folk singer. But when the feast is done it’s time to get the party started. Get the beat going with the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Got A Feeling” or Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”! Whether you choose a DJ or a live band, create a personalized playlist to give them so they have all the songs that are guaranteed to get you and your guests dancing. Below are some of our favorite tracks for you to pick up some inspiration for your own wedding.
For the Ceremony:
For Cocktails & Dinner:
What music would you choose for each moment of your wedding? Are you a traditional couple or more contemporary in your musical choices? We would love to hear it all – let us know below or on our Facebook page here!