Popular Wedding Songs

Oct 09
2010

Popular Wedding Songs

Choosing Wedding Songs for your Ceremony

Although the reception is the fun part of the day, your Wedding Ceremony is the most important element! When choosing your wedding songs for your ceremony it is important that you choose songs that will set the tone and atmosphere you are looking for as this will carry through for the rest of the day.

Choosing wedding songs is no easy task and many couples simply choose from a list of songs provided to them by their wedding officiant. Whilst these songs may be tried and tested and no doubt fully approved by your wedding venue, for many couples they lack the personal touch that they strive to have running throughout the entire wedding day.

Your choice of songs will depend upon the style of wedding ceremony you are having. For a religious service it is best to stick to traditional songs and if you are having hymns it is better to choose popular classics rather than hymns which maybe unknown to your guests. However, many religious venues are now realizing that couples want more flexibility when it comes to their wedding songs and music and are becoming more open to using modern and contemporary songs.

A civil wedding is usually far more relaxed about the style of wedding songs you use, although they shouldn’t have any religious references to them. For many couples a mixture of traditional and modern songs provides the perfect tone for the ceremony and the rest of the day.

Whatever your style of wedding ceremony though you should always run your choices past your wedding officiant first and well in advance of the wedding day for their approval. Whilst you choice of musical genre needs to be approved, there is also the question of how your music will be played and if this involves an organist, will they need to have sheet music provided or more importantly – can they play it!

Typically for both styles of wedding service you will need music to enter and walk down the aisle to, known as the processional and music to walk back up the aisle to, known as the recessional. You will also need some music for when you are signing the register and you may also want to have some quiet background music playing whilst your guests arrive and are seated. Religious ceremonies often include space for two hymns, so you will need to consider those as well.

Wedding songs for a religious ceremony can be played via a sound system with a CD or MP3 player, played by an organist or pianist, sung by a choir or by a soloist. A civil wedding venue will usually provide you with some form of sound system so you can play CD’s or hook up an MP3 player. You may need to ask one of your ushers to take care of this if your music is played in this way. Civil venues can accommodate a soloist or other form of live music but you should find out first before booking anyone!

Avoid choosing any remix or cover versions of wedding songs unless you feel they are a significant improvement on the original. Typically wedding songs work best when the guests are familiar with the track being played and as such they may not recognize any modern versions of popular classics! You also need to make sure that who ever is in charge of the music knows which track to play and when and that it is not played too loud!


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