Music for weddings is one of the most important parts of every wedding and certainly great wedding entertainment ideas. However, you need to know that there are two wedding functions which required your choose music for, namely wedding ceremony function and wedding reception function. Music for the ceremony is deemed to be more thoughtful, happy and inspiring. Since it is often held in the church, it is often more religious.
As for music for the reception, it is more relax and more fun. It lets guests to experience party environment, with lots of music for weddings suitable for dancing and entertaining. It usually goes along with the theme of the wedding. Example, if you are having a movie wedding theme, you may have a lot of movie sound track playing at the background.
There are two types of music for weddings.
A)Music for the ceremony
If you are marrying inside a church, you can find out what music for weddings is commonly played and can also be used. Some may want to go for flute trio (a combination of flute, violin and cello) or duo church organist and trumpeter player. Another good mixture is a harpist and singer. A string quartet made up of two violins, viola and cello is also a good idea too. It is advisable to ask for free live preview as I want to ensure they are capable to perform as per your expectation.
Below is custom music to be played in a Christian church
1. Music for the entrance of the bride
2. Popular Hymns music for weddings
3. Music while signing of the marriage register
4. Music for Leaving the Church.
i)Music for the Entrance of the Bride
Usually, this is played by an organ solo or first hymn. You can select some of the following popular songs for the organ solo:
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel
Pomp and Circumstance by Elgar
Trumpet Tune and Air by Purcell
Andante in F by Wesley
The Bridal March from Lohengrin by Wagner
The Trumpet Voluntary by Clark
ii)Popular Hymns music for weddings
Love Divine All Loves Excelling
The King of Love my Shepherd is Jerusalem
Praise my Soul the King of Heaven
Lead us Heavenly Father Lead Us
Now Thank we all our God
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Oh Perfect Love
iii)Music Played while Signing of the Register
Sheep may safely graze by Bach
Jesus Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach
How lovely are thy dwellings by Brahms
I was glad by Parry
Psalm XXIII (music of Crimond)
Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Glück
iv)Music for Leaving the Church
Wedding March by Mendelssohn
Pomp and Circumstance No. 4 in G by Elgar
Crown Imperial by Walton
Toccata from Symphony No. 5 by Widor
Music from the Royal Fireworks by Handel
For Jewish ceremony, you can select the following music:
Hana’ Ava Babanot by Jerusalem of Gold
Hevenu Shalom Aleichem byDodi Li
Erev Ba by Sunrise, Sunset
To Life by Miserlou
Ose Shalom by Mazel Tov
Erev Shel Shoshanim by Hava Nagila
Patch Tanz by Bei Mir Bistu Shein
B) Music for the reception
The task of selecting music for the reception can be simplified if you can hire a good DJ who can play famous songs by the original artists. Another way is to engage a band to play these music live which certainly is going to entertain the guests. However, you need to book early and ask for live preview.
You need to come out with a play list which consists of your favorite songs. If you have no ideas, you can ask for suggestion from the musical entertainers but ultimately, you need to finalize the list. Strike out any songs that you do not want to hear as you do not want these songs to spoil your wedding day. Alternatively, you can come out with “do not play list” for your entertainers so that they can filter out any song requests from the floor. This way you ensure the music is played according to your expectation.
While waiting for dinner to be served, you can play music for weddings that are easy to listen or soothing in the background. This can encourage conversation with ease among the guests. It is possible to play some live music for the guests. The famous selection could be an instrumental jazz trio, a string quartet, or a solo musician, such as a guitarist or pianist.
This section is important as it highlights your entry into your wedding reception. Therefore, you need to choose your music for weddings wisely, that can represent your current relationship and can be easily remembered by others as well. If you have no ideas, you can choose these famous songs ie. Crazy in Love by Beyonce, Let’s Stay Together by Al Green and I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas.
During dinner, it is a good idea to play music for weddings in the background as this can keep wedding celebration atmosphere alive. However, the music that is played here should not interrupt conversation but rather offer a subtle musical backdrop. As a suggestion, you can get a small band to play Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, and Stevie Wonder favorite songs.
This is the session where many couples are looking forward to have fun in wedding reception. A covers band with music for weddings can create great party atmosphere for dancing. A smart host should have a play list which covers all age groups for dancing. You may include Glenn Miller songs, Motown or music from the 60s for more senior guests to dance. Leave Top 40 music till the end for the younger generation to enjoy.
Songs can be used to express your feeling of the key moments of the night. The songs that were been requested or played on this special function will be in your memory for the rest of your life. Every time when you listen to these songs, you will think of your wedding. Therefore, choose your music for weddings wisely as this is once in your lifetime wedding.
This cake cutting moment is significant for wedding couple and you want it to be accompanied by something romantic music like Everything by Michael Buble, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder and Have I Told You Lately by Van Morrison.
For this bridal waltz session, you want to select a song that both of you love and related to your relationship. You can pick At Last by Etta James, and If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys. If you may want to practice dancing first before the wedding as you want to perform successful in front of your beloved guests.
The popular music for this bouquet tossing event are Bouquet Toss are Single Ladies by Beyonce or Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, and You Can Leave Your Hat On for the Garter Toss.
Last Song of the Night
If you want to have lasting impression of your wedding for your guests, you need to select the right song with high impact. Make sure most guests like to dance when listening to the song. If you able to achieve this, your selection of music for wedding is consider successful.
Jewish music includes “Hatikvah,” “Hava Nagilah,” “Jerusalem the Golden,” “Mein Yiddishe Miedele,” “Yiddishe Momme.” Play popular Jewish holiday songs such as “Dayenu,” “Eyn Keloheynu,” “O Hanukah,” “My Dreidel,” “Hag Purim,” and “Baruch Eloheynu,” if your wedding will take place during or near holiday times of the year.
Irish music include “Danny Boy,” “Peg O’ My Heart,” “Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms,” “The Irish Jubilee,” “Jolly Irishman,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “Londonderry Air,” “My Wild Irish Rose,” “The Rose of Tralee,” “Sweet Rosie O’Grady,” “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra Loo-Ral,” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”
• Italian: “Adagio,” “Tango Italiano,” “Volare,” “That’s Amore,” “Tarantella,” “Besame Mucho,” “Come On A My House,” “O Sole Mio,” “Santa Lucia,” the theme from “The Godfather” • Latin: “Guantanamera,” “Oye Como Va,” “Beautiful Maria of My Soul”
• Polish: “Beer Barrel Polka,” “Polish Wedding March” • Island/Reggae: “Jump In the Line,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Many Rivers to Cross,” “Red, Red
Wine,” “Jammin’,” “I Got You Babe (the UB40 version),” “No Woman, No Cry”