The Importance of Bridal Music
If you are using a special
setting, such as a beach, or an outdoor park, playing
classical music such as Mendelssohn’s Wedding
March or Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (aka ‘Here
Comes the Bride’) will bring a more traditional
feel to your ceremony.
Wedding songs have been a vital part of the wedding
ceremony as far back as the early 16th century. Traditionally,
the father would escort the bride down the aisle accompanied
by a personally significant song that was usually solemn,
or soft. Afterward, as the bride walked away from the
altar with her new husband; an upbeat, happy tune would
be played to highlight the joyous procession.
Choosing songs for your own wedding can be a daunting
task. There are so many songs out there to choose from.
Where do you begin? The first step is to identify the
type of wedding you are having. Whether it is traditional
or contemporary will greatly affect which type of music
The reverse is also true, in that the music you play
will affect the atmosphere of your wedding. If your
wedding is taking place in a cathedral or church, there
may be limitations set by the ministry. However, using
a traditional setting paired with recent music may make
your wedding more unique.
Using music, whether traditional or contemporary, that
has significant meaning to you and your partner will
bring a personal touch to your ceremony. You may also
want to look into the songs played at the weddings of
the bride and groom’s parents. Sharing a tradition
in this way can help to bring even deeper meaning to
the wedding party.
Live music or a vocalist can greatly enhance your ceremony.
However, take care in choosing the performers before
hand. Having a dear friend or relative sing at your
wedding simply because they volunteered sounds like
a great idea, but you need to make sure they sound great
as well. You need to arrange it with your venue as well.
Remember that once you have chosen the music for your
ceremony, you will then move on to choosing music for
your reception. If your venue or ceremony doesn’t
mesh well with a live band or contemporary music, the
reception can be just the place.
The First dance as
bride and groom is a perfect time for the meaningful,
modern song that didn’t quite fit in at the church.
Often there is also a dance for the bride and groom
to dance with their parents. These traditions are the
perfect place for your aunt to sing, if you didn’t
want her in the ceremony itself. If the bride or groom
wants to sing a special song, the reception may also
be a less emotional venue. It can be hard to sing with
tears of joy choking you up.
Whatever you choose for your wedding songs, remember
one thing; they are for your wedding! Don’t get
caught up in trying to please everyone else. You’ll
never win. This is your wedding to remember for the
rest of your life. Make it everything you want it to