Your wedding day should ring with the music you like best! Think about the memorable opportunities presented by events at your wedding. Think about how you will remember them because of the music that was playing when they happened. Most wedding days go by in a flash and too many couples say they can't believe it's over. Picking the right music for the right event will help to focus attention on it and make it a fond memory for you.
Ceremony music is generally traditional if not dictated by the rules of the church where it's being held. You'll have soft music playing prior to the processional, then the processional with music for the wedding party and something special for the bride's entrance. Musical selections during the ceremony are usually done as part of the ritual or because a piece of music is special to the couple. The recessional is joyful and celebratory.
Music for your reception is less restrictive. You get to choose the theme, the tone, the tunes and the action. It is your personal choice (as a couple). Whether you prefer the classics, or country or big band or Broadway show tunes or rock and roll, this is your night. The best part of this is choosing the music that matters to you for the key events at your reception. Choose your favorite songs for the following:
- · your grand entrance
- · your first dance as a couple
- · the father-daughter dance
- · the mother-son dance
- · the cake-cutting ceremony
- · the bouquet toss
- · the garter toss
- · your last dance
- · any unique dance like a money dance, a feature dance with the winners of the bouquet and garter toss
Be sure you provide a play list for the musicians or DJ working your wedding. Make sure that they have a script of what to play when and entrust that list to a close friend or the master of ceremonies at your wedding. It's fine to think of your guests and their music choices. Select some pieces that will insure that everyone who wants to gets a chance to dance. But you will remember your reception with joy if events were held while music you love played.