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Wedding Entertainment – Music For The Ceremony

Music is a vital part of any wedding day. It is something that is woven into the very history of marriage, as well as something we all recognise as synonymous with having a good old party! In my next 3 posts I will be looking at how you can involve music at different points of your wedding:

• The Ceremony
• The Wedding Breakfast
• The Evenings Entertainment

First up – The Ceremony

So what kind of music do you want during your ceremony? Read on to be inspired!

Here’s what you are going to need ;

• Prelude music – a few songs to be played in the background while guests arrive and are seated.
• Processional – One song for the Bride and Bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to.
• Signing the register – Perhaps 2 o 3 songs which gives you time for photo opportunities etc.
• Recessional – one upbeat song as the new Mr. and Mrs. walk back down the aisle.
• 1 or 2 songs to play in the background as people leave

Ultimately it’s the Processional and Recessional songs that are the most important, so you should really think carefully about your song choices and how you want them to be played. Below are a few ideas.

Traditional Processional

We all associate the Bridal Chorus, more commonly known as the ‘Wedding March’, with the actual act of walking down the aisle. If you like the idea of following tradition then this is the option for you. I always think that the harp is one of the most beautiful instruments for playing this piece, if you would like to hear a sample of this wedding entrance song being played on the harp, please see Paula’s page and click the link to ‘Bridal Chrous’.Wedding Ceremony Harpist

An alternative which has become very popular in recent years is Canon by Johann Pachelbel. Even if you don’t know the name you will recognise the song. Again a harpist playing this would be lovely, or perhaps a String Quartet. You can see samples of Pachelbel ‘s Canons being played on the harp here and by a string quartet here. Just click on the links on the left side of the page.

String Quartet for wedding entrance music

Traditional Recessional

At the end of the service in Western services, the bride and groom usually march down the aisle to a lively recessional tune, the most popular tune being Mendelssohn’s Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Again a harpist would be lovely for this song, or you could look into hiring a classical pianist or guitarist.

Alternative song choices

If tradition is not for you, or you would like to add a touch of your personality, why not choose a song that is special to you and your partner. Obviously this would be a very personal choice, but below are a few of my favorite ideas that I’ve found online.

A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes – From ‘Cinderella’
At Last – Etta James
You are my sunshine – Piano Version
Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
It Had to be you – Anthony Ray
We’ve only Just Begun – The Carpenters

Most musicians you can hire will be willing to learn at least one song for you, and even if the song you want isn’t classical they can perform it instrumentally so that it sounds right. So don’t be put off if the song you want isn’t listed on their repertoire. Take a look here for some of The Band Boutiques best classical musicians.

Making your money go further

If you are on a tight budget but don’t want to skimp on the entertainment here is a top tip!

If you are already looking to hire a band for the evening’s entertainment you would be wise to choose one which can also provide an acoustic set for the ceremony. This could be a pianist, a guitarist or even a singer. This will be much cheaper than hiring separate entertainment and provided you pick well, will be just as good, if not better! Take a look at ‘Mister Kanish’ and One By One for some bands which can provide this service.

Not only will this save you some pennies, but by working with one band you will be able to communicate exactly what you want for your day to make it personal to you, and will involve much less hassle.

Next time I will be talking about entertainment for during The Wedding Breakfast. Please follow my blog if you want to stay updated!

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About weddingreceptionidea

I run a wedding entertainment agency called 'The Band Boutique'. Our aim is to find the perfect band or performer for each couple that come to us. Whether the theme of the reception is 'Country Wedding', 'Vintage Tea Party' or simply 'Traditional' we endeavour to hand pick something that will delight guests as well as giving the happy couple a performance to remember. From Harpists to Parisian Gypsy Jazz, Rock Bands to String Quartet's, The Band Boutique will definitely have something that floats your boat! Whilst running The Band Boutique, visiting wedding fairs and scouring the web, I have spotted lots of fantastic wedding ideas, and I feel obliged to share them with the world! Hopefully they will inspire everyone else as much as they have inspired me.

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