The Complete Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Music

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Choosing the music to be played on your special day is a big deal and will definitely require a fair amount of thinking and planning. Depending on what you and your partner would like – a live band, a DJ or a play list of your favourite songs, here are some tips to get your wedding party moving…

Prelude – The music for this part of the wedding, where the wedding guests walk in, settle in to their seats and mingle is normally instrumental. Do make sure it’s mellow enough for some conversation. Our pick – Clocks by Cold Play.

Processional – Again, try and think traditional or a change in tempo because this will let your guests know that the ceremony is about to begin. We recommend – Enya’s A Day Without Rain.

Your grand entrance – This is obviously the part of the wedding where all eyes will be on you so choose something that is truly beautiful and conveys all the emotions you feel as you walk down the aisle. Do try – John Legend’s All of Me.

Recessional – The wedding ceremony is done and hopefully all the jitters have vanished along with it, so you definitely want something that’s happy and upbeat. The timeless Beautiful Day by U2 would work well here.

Reception – And the time to party is officially here. You definitely want to pick a variety of music here because this part is going to include your entrance, your first dance and so on. The band or DJ can play some laid back but cheerful tunes that you have picked for your guests to socialize to until it’s time for you to make your reception entrance.

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For your entrance as a couple (yay, you’re now married!), what better way to get the party started than by walking in together to an upbeat tune you both love and lots of cheering and applause. If you want to go all out, you can even think of a little dance routine for you and your bridesmaids/groomsmen to make it extra fun. Remember the movie Hitch or pick Let’s Get it Started by The Black Eyed Peas.

First dance – Most couples have their song, one that is special to them or brings back wonderful memories of your relationship so far. Do pick one that is meaningful to you both and make sure you practice your moves well. This is definitely one of the highlights of your wedding so think along the lines of Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors if you’re stuck for something special.

Father/Daughter dance – Brides share beautiful bonds with their fathers so this dance is probably the one that’s going to bring some tears along with the cheers. Think of a song that best reflects your relationship with your father like My Little Girl by Tim McGraw or Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. After this, the party will begin so make sure you have a mix of the latest hits –think Beyonce and Taylor Swift, some good old classics like Time Of My Life from Dirty Dancing and of course, some slow numbers – think Richard Marx and Bryan Adams.

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The last and final dance – Pick something that you and your guests will have as a wonderful lasting memory of what your wedding was all about. Think along the lines of an old classic you love or something totally fun that will get everyone dancing. Give some thought to the happy and cheerful Treasure by Bruno Mars.

Some tips for choosing your wedding music

  • Make sure you go with a tried and tested DJ or a live band so that you know things will go smoothly during the wedding. There’s no point adding to your last minute wedding anxiety after all.
  • If there are songs you don’t want played at your wedding, make sure you have a do-not-play list as well.
  • Lastly and most importantly, remember to put on your dancing shoes, have fun and dance the night away.

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