Advice from us:
5 Top tips for choosing your wedding ceremony music:
1. Think of your ThemeThe Music you choose for your ceremony can set the mood for the whole day
Decide how you want the whole day to feel, for you and your guests.For example, do you want an elegant sophisticated ambiance with classical music, or perhaps a more laid back relaxed open collar vibe, with some funk or jazz,or maybe you just want an upbeat party atmosphere, with some big soul classics and some upbeat pop.
Whatever you decide on make sure you will enjoy it too, it's your Day!!Your Great Aunt Fanny already had her day, and Queen Of The May probably wont tie in with your carefully thought out theme.
2. Be prepared
Discuss your ideas with the musicians before booking them, even if you haven't decided on the full set list, you may have one or two songs in mind that you particularly want.If your chosen musicians can't play those pieces maybe you might want to keep looking.
Discuss your song choices with your celebrant well in advance to see if they have any stipulations regarding music during the ceremony, you don't need the extra pressure of having to retype your ceremony booklets at the last minute because you need to make a song substitution.
If you would like any friends or family to perform on the day, make sure they have rehearsedand if necessary liaised with your musicians well in advance to iron out any issues regarding keys or microphones, and have a back up song picked in case of any sudden bouts of nerves/sore throats on the day.
Decide where to place the musicians, near a power point, and not blocking any aisles.Also, if you think their attire will look out of place with your guests, you might consider placing them out of sight in a balcony or alcove.(we always dress as if we were guests at a wedding)
Give one of the bridal party the job of giving the nod for when to start the music for the processional and recessional.Sometimes the musicians are placed without a clear line of sight and it is so important to get the timing right!
4. Think of your schedule
Bare in mind that each piece of music is roughly 2-3 minutes in length, so choosing 10 songs could add an extra half hour on to your ceremony. If (when) the bride arrives late, this already adds on 15-30 minutes to a ceremony which typically takes up to an hour, so to add another half an hour of music could leave your guests sitting for 2 hours plus!!! ....Food for thought.
So make your music fit, choose shorter pieces where necessary, or none at all if you are only putting it in because you think you have to.This way the songs you really want played will stand out more.
5. Keep in touch
Touch base with your musicians (and indeed all your wedding suppliers) the week before, to re-confirm date, time and location and any last minute details.
Don't be afraid to ask for advice, it may be your first wedding, but chances are your musicians will have lots of experience and knowledge to share with you.
Best of Luck, and happy planning!!