Music for Magical Memories
Couples today often include a variety of music at their Wedding Breakfast or Reception and After Party, much of which is intended to either allow conversations to flow in the moments before the DJ sets up the First Dance! And many couples who have a wedding website will also ask their family and friends to contribute their favourites to the Playlist, so that not only does everyone feel included, it gives a real sense of balance, fun and surprise to the entertainment element after dinner, speeches and cake cutting!
Weddings are a special and memorable occasion that should be accompanied by beautiful music.
The wedding processional is one of the most significant moments of the ceremony, as it marks the entrance of the couple, and charts the beginning of their journey towards their partnership of a lifetime!
There are many popular wedding processional tunes, but some of the most well-known ones include:
“Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
“Bridal Chorus” from the opera Lohengrin by Richard Wagner
“Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke
“The Wedding March” from the opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn
“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
These songs have been used in countless weddings and are known for their emotional and romantic qualities.
Of course, there are many other beautiful songs to choose from, not least of which are the couple’s own personal “song” – my wedding day First Dance was to Jimmy Eat World Here it Goes as my husband had introduced me to this band not long after we met and I absolutely loved everything they recorded!
My processional music was Handels “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” which made me giggle, because as an older bride I didnt feel so “Queen” more like “Queen Mother”!!
Modern couples will often choose from a wide variety of genres and styles, such as the following, all of which I have heard played during the entrance of the wedding party!
So romantic, flowing, lyrical and of course emotional, which is all part of the occasion !
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran.
A Million Love Songs – Take That.
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles.
Budapest – George Ezra.
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz.
Truly Madly Deeply – Yoke Lore.
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong.
Somewhere Only We Know – Vitamin String Quartet.
If my couple are holding a bilingual Ceremony, I will often suggest that we include some traditional wedding music from the German/Swiss/Austrian wedding traditions, where live music is played as a performance piece during the ceremony and where the processional and recessional music is a reflection of each individual partner.
For elopements in the mountains, or at a lakeside in Bavaria, it is so fun to finish (or even begin ) the ceremony with a mariachi band or a lively traditional accordian and fiddle tune!
These two amazing musicians played at J and L’s Elopement at Lake Eibsee and were fabulous fun! Check them out at https://www.koitaboch-musi.de
The decision ultimately depends on personal preference and the overall theme of your wedding.
It is important to choose a song that is meaningful, and sets the tone that you are looking for in terms of the overall ceremony and celebration!
As your Celebrant and as part of my support for you, I will be more than happy to offer my advice and suggestions, in terms of the Ceremony flow and choreography, entrance of the Wedding Party, and even through the ceremony at particular points, such as any in ceremony rituals, or signing your commemorative certificate.
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Warmest wishes, Yvonne