Have you hired a DJ, live band, string quartet, or orchestra for your wedding? Or maybe are you going to take charge of your own music for your event by using CD's or your Ipod. Either way, you should still try to get a play-list together to make sure you have songs picked out for some of the highlights of your wedding. What kind of music have you always dreamed of hearing as you walk down the aisle?
Are you looking for a DJ who will also serve as an MC for your wedding? This person will essentially be the voice of your wedding, as he or she will be keeping the event flowing and announcing your entrance, first dance, cake cutting etc. A good DJ has finesse, and can get all of your guests onto the dance floor, and keep the party going. Take the opportunity to meet potential DJ companies to ensure that you feel comfortable with their level of professionalism. Don't be shy about what your expectations are, and determine what equipment is included such as a cordless microphone, lighting effects etc. Last, make sure your wedding venue has accessible power outlets for the DJ to set up their equipment.
Next, take the opportunity to define your personalities, and set a tone for your event by choosing great music. First, make sure you know the basics of wedding ceremony music. TheKnot.com has a great article about wedding music, so we have provided an excerpt here for you. "The most basic wedding ceremony music setup involves a minimum of three types of songs: preludes, processionals, and recessionals. Prelude music is light, ambient music that sets the mood while guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin. It usually begins when the doors open, or as early as 45 minutes prior to but no later than 20 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony.
Next is the processional, which accompanies the entry of the extended wedding party-- family, bridal party, and bride. The same song can be used for each, but we love the idea of changing to another song when the bride enters to add drama and highlight her entrance. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional plays. As the name implies, this music accompanies you as you recess (that is, make your exit) and is traditionally bright and lively -- a reflection of your joy. " (TheKnot.com)
There are tons of resources for lists of traditional, contemporary and modern wedding music, and these are a few we found to be really helpful.
If you plan on using some of the more traditional wedding processional songs such as (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen by Edvard Grieg, or one of the many versions of "The Wedding March,") a piece of advice is to listen to the song using YouTube, so that you can hear the song first.
A handful of great classical/traditional songs:
Romance ( Op. 44, No. 1) Anton Rubenstein
Vocalise - Sergei Rachmaninoff
The Maestro - Composed by Hans Zimmer
Bridal Procession - Edvard Grieg
All I Ask Of You - Phantom of the Opera, (Piano)
Canon in D - J Pachelbel
Ave Maria - (There are several beautiful instrumental versions)
Here is a list of some recommended songs, from many different genres.
Marry Me - Train
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole
This Year's Love - David Gray
I Do - Colbie Caillat
Rhythm of Love - Plain White T's
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
Your Guardian Angel - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Time of My Life - David Cook
Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Better Together - Jack Johnson
She's Everything - Brad Paisley
Why Wait - Rascal Flatts
Are you Gonna Kiss Me or Not - Thompson Square
Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood
Only You Can Love Me This Way - Keith Urban
Wishn and Hopin - Dusty Springfield
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
I loved Her First - Heartland (Great Father Daughter Dance Song)
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Spend My Life With You - Eric Benet
I Do - Boys II Men
L-O-V-E - Nat Cole King
I Cant Help Falling In Love – Elvis
That’s what makes it a love song – Miranda Lambert
Better Half – Keith Urban
Oh Love - Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood
Our Love is Here To Stay - Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald Versions
I Could Not Ask For More - Edward McCain
Sail Away - David Gray
The Only Exception - Paramore
Forever - Chris Brown
Wedding Bells - Coldplay (This song is not yet released, but has an anticipated release date of late 2011)
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