You’ve got your entrance music and dancefloor must-plays picked out but realize you’ve overlooked music for your ceremony! “Here Comes the Bride” is ancient history, and modern wedding ceremonies need modern music. I often get asked for suggestions, so here are some tips I give clients:
1.FIND AN INSTRUMENTAL VERSION OF YOUR FAVOURITE SONG
Got a song in mind but not sure if it’s “wedding appropriate”? Try finding an instrumental version with a softer touch.
Groups like Vitamin Strings and The Piano Guys have built a huge catalog of instrumental covers of popular music. They’ve got everything from U2 to the Beatles to even Metallica!
suggested picks: Vitamin Strings “All I Want is You (U2 Cover)”, The Piano Guys “Over the Rainbow (Isreal Kamamawiwo’ole Cover)”
2. FIND A CONTEMPORARY COVER OF A CLASSIC SONG
Maybe you’ve got a song in mind but want a modern twist. Try finding a recent cover by a contemporary artist, this is a great way to pay homage to a classic while finding a ceremony-friendly version of a recognizable song.
suggested picks: Obadiah Parker “Hey Ya (Outkast Cover)”, Ellie Goulding “Your Song (Elton John Cover)
3.HAVE FUN WITH YOUR RECESSIONAL SONG
Rings have been exchanged, the vows have been said, now this is the part of the ceremony where you throw formality out the window and have some fun! Your recessional song is all about saying “we did it, let’s party!”
suggested picks: Serena Ryder “What I Wouldn’t Do”, American Authors “Best Day of my Life”
4.ONE MORE THING TO CONSIDER
If you’re taking a few minutes to sign a registry, you’ll want some music playing to avoid awkward silence. Go with something instrumental again to provide some background music while the officiant’s going over the paperwork.