The wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest days in a couple’s life. As the big day nears, the stress becomes more intense. The “to-do” list might not seem like it is getting shorter. Despite all the longtime planning and organizing, nerves are frazzled. Now that you know who you are going to marry, you have to decide when and where. What kind of cake? Where shall we honeymoon? What shall the wedding party wear? What about the reception? Oh yea, and how to pick wedding music? The music might be one of the last things you plan, but music usually is the first aspect of the ceremony that loved ones pay attention to.
Choosing wedding music really depends on the type of ceremony you select. From a traditional ceremony to a religious event to a more contemporary one, the music will set the tone. Keep in mind any religious significance and tailor the wedding music to fit your needs. Consider the location of your wedding. If your ceremony will be outside, certain types of music might be difficult to hear. If you are in a church or synagogue, specific sounds might not carry very well.
Once the ceremony is planned, consider at what moments you want music to be played. Traditionally, the wedding band plays before the ceremony begins, maybe 15 minutes. During the procession, when family and friends get their first look at the bride, music will set the pace. The Wedding March” is often played at this point, but nowadays, it is being replaced by more contemporary music. Important to remember: This might be the most memorable and emotional song of the ceremony. You want the band to be able to connect with the bride and feel the emotion of the event.
As the ceremony progresses, the couple might consider how to pick music to be played at specific times. After vows are exchanged, music should reflect the couple’s joy and happiness, and there are myriad options. When deciding to choose a wedding band, couples might want to seek the advice of a wedding counselor. There always is the option of finding a band on the Internet, but a counselor will be able to better help you personalize your selection. You might want to ask the band for a tape or CD to use during the rehearsal. Be sure that the wedding music reflects the personalities of the groom and bride. This is a happy moment. You do not want your music sounding like a dirge. Music will help create a memory that lasts forever.
Planning how to pick wedding music for the reception is also important. Selecting the right song for your first dance seems easy and obvious, but when it comes to wedding planning, very little is easy. Ask any bride! Remember, whatever you choose, you must be able to dance to the music for your first dance as a married couple. Next, do not make a unilateral decision — both of you must love the music that is playing. Lastly, make sure the song is appropriate.
If you plan far enough ahead, you should be able to research and find the perfect wedding band. Less stress as your wedding day arrives will be music to your ears.
This post comes from Sarah at Penny Lane, a wedding band in Melbourne, Australia. If you’re planning to have a wedding in Australia and would like to hire a wedding band, make sure you give them a call!