Wedding Songs that Your Guests Will Enjoy
While it goes without saying that the bride's song preference
trump anyone else's at the wedding, it's still important
to try to incorporate music that your guests will enjoy.
After all, who wants to put on a wedding where people
hate the entertainment!
The purpose of wedding music is clear-cut: It's job
is to set a mood. During the ceremony, you want a mood
that celebrate's the couple's new life, whereas during
the reception, perhaps you want a mood that encourages
guests to get up and mingle and party.
Through the years, wedding entertainment has undergone
some substantial changes, especially in the area of
music. For that reason, the music is one place where
you can explore lots of different possibilities.
Most couples want to choose songs with a significant
meaning to them particularly. Sometimes the songs relate
to how they first met or the couple's first date, or
perhaps some other memorable event.
There are certain considerations that the couple should
keep in mind as they select their wedding music. One
is that the place hosting the wedding might have certain
rules that impact music selection. They might restrict
you as to what genre you can incorporate--particularly
if it's a rather conservative church.
In fact, most wedding ceremonies, especially the larger
ones, take place in some church, chapel or synagogue.
Therefore, it's important to speak with the church staff
to see if they have an limitations on the music that
you can include.
During the typical wedding reception, the starting of
music is the signal to guests that the real festivities
are about to begin. You'll notice at this point that
the atmosphere will become much more alive and upbeat.
During the reception, some opt for a band or a DJ with
recorded music. If the reception hall is big enough,
some even hire complete orchestras.
As you plan songs for the wedding reception, seek out
a second opinion from friends or family, especially
if you're feeling a bit indecisive. One idea is to send
out wedding invitations with a question, asking guests
what songs they enjoy that would be appropriate for
As you sift through these cards with the returned
portion, write down the songs that stick out in your
mind. Especially note the ones that are mentioned more
than once that are also enjoyed by the couple.
For the wedding ceremony itself, the traditional wedding
march will always be in style. Some, however, are exploring
other options--so don't rule out something different.
There is also the traditional wedding recessional as
the couple exits the auditorium. This is perhaps an
even better place to explore something different; guests
seem to be more open to experimentation here than with
Most of all, just have fun and go with those songs
that will create the most positive memories. A wedding
might be a once-in-a-lifetime event--but the memories