If music be the food of love, play on…

music for wedding ceremonyMusic speaks to the heart in a way words alone can not.

There are three key moments in your wedding ceremony where music can help set the tone (and tug on the heartstrings):

  • arrival of the bride,
  • signing of the Marriage Licence,
  • exit of the newly married couple at the end of the ceremony.

There are a wealth of websites, discussion posts, and of course the fabulous Spotify, dedicated to helping you find “the” music for each of these. (Gone are the days of buying a CD of dedicated “Wedding Music” and having limited choice!) Whether you prefer classical, contemporary, with lyrics or instrumental, pre-recorded or live music, I am sure many couples spend hours pondering their choice, and, like most decisions in your wedding day planning, the options can seem endless and overwhelming.

Here are some handy tips for making your choices a little easier.

The right tune will stir emotions in even the most stoic of grooms, fathers and guests! If the music gives you goose bumps, or if, as the bride, you can truly imagine yourself walking down the aisle when you hear the piece played, then it is “the right one for you”. Think of some music that represents the early stages of your falling in love, a first concert or movie you attended, a CD you bought together, or a car trip taken. What was the music that you bonded over together? What words speak to your heart when they are played, and make you think the songwriter was only thinking of you when he penned them?

It pays not to worry too much about what other people will think – for instance, if Reggae is your thing and you love the song, then DARLING ANGEL By Rebal Souljahz will be ideal. Similarly if NOTHING ELSE MATTERS or DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING stirs your heart, does it even matter that it’s hard rock? As always, this is your day, your way, so follow your heart and go with what you love.

(One word of warning though: always listen to the lyrics of your chosen song the whole way through… some might have sexy-hot messages you actually don’t wish to convey in front of Grandma!! ) The other thing to bear in mind is that your “aisle song” sets the tone for the ceremony and will convey to your guests how you feel about what love and marriage means to you both. (Again, listen to the lyrics – if the song is actually about doomed love and painful breakups i.e. pretty much anything by Taylor Swift) it’s best avoided. Good ol’ Ed Sheeran is a safer choice! And, for the same reason, even if you love something fun, light and poppy, DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND just might be a better choice for your first dance at the reception, than your opening ceremony number!

Here are just some examples of possible music choices for your wedding ceremony:

Modern (with lyrics)
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
And I love you so – Don McLean
Arithmetic- Brooke Fraser
Amazed – Lonestar
Be my forever – Ed Sheeran
Bless this day – Liv McBride
Bonfire Heart – James Blunt
Bright Side of the Road – Van Morrison
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Darling Angel – Rebel Souljahz
Dont wanna miss a thing – Aerosmith
Endless love – Mariah Carey
Everything I do – Bryan Adams
Finally – CeCe Peniston
First time ever I saw your face – Glee
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
I Love You – Celine Dion
Inevitable – Anberlin
I want to wake up with you – Boris Gardiner
I Wanna Be Loved By You – Marilyn Monroe
It’s your love – Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
Kiss me – Ed Sheeran
Leather and Lace – Stevie Nicks
Little Wing – Concrete Blonde
Love Love Love – Avalanche City
Make you feel my Love – Adele
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
Nothing else matters – Metallica
Marry Me – Train
Marry your daughter – BRKNBTZ
Moondance – Van Morrison
Never seen anything quite like you – The Script
Secrets – One Republic
She – Elvis Costello
Thank you – Chris Cornell (Led Zeppelin)
Thinking about You – House of Shem
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
Perfect two – Aauburn
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – UKU Project
Tangled up in you – Staind
We found each other in the dark – City and Colour
You say nothing – Ronan Keating
Years From Now – Dr Hook
You and Me – Lifehouse
You’re my best friend – Queen

Classical music
Spring – Four Seasons Vivaldi
Canon in D minor – Pachelbel
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba-Verdi
Water Music – Handel
Love Theme – Romeo & Juliet Tchaikovsky
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Wedding March – Mendelssohn

And finally, here’s one I fancifully dream of hearing one day – it gives me goose bumps and makes me want to dance!