Every single second of your wedding day deserves to be nothing less than pure perfection. Of course, a lot of elements will contribute to this: the food, the ambiance, the lighting, the décor, and even the actual location of the wedding itself.
Of all these elements, though, one that you really don’t want to leave for last is your wedding music. Planning the perfect wedding music for your special day will help you create the right energy for each and every special moment of this event.
How do you coordinate musical genres with different wedding moments, though?
Here are some tips you might want to keep in mind.
- You should play something soft and slow for the wedding ceremony. When the guests take their seats, when the wedding processional takes place, and when the recessional takes place, you want to make sure you create a very romantic atmosphere. The best way to do this is by using soft jazz songs or instrumental songs (not necessarily classical music!). This type of music will make everyone feel relaxed and in the mood for everything great to come.
- You should play something sweet and catchy for the entrance. When you make your entrance at your wedding reception, you want to make sure you make everyone feel ready to party. Songs like Maroon 5’s “Sugar” are especially great for this kind of moment. Also, do make sure to dedicate a special song for your wedding party entrance too, to show them how much they mean to you. This song should be energizing and full of “party vibes” (such as Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get the Party Started” or Pharrell’s “Happy”).
- For your wedding dance, choose a soft ballad, a soul song, or a slow pop. You want to be able to dance to this easily, but you also want the song to send out positive vibes and romantic notes. There are hundreds of examples in this category – what’s most important is that you feel with this song and that it truly speaks to you.
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There’s something magical and beautiful about folk music that makes it perfect for sweet, romantic moments – and if you’re a fan of the genre, you should definitely include at least some folk tunes in your Big Day’s soundtrack!
What are some of the best folk songs you could steal for your wedding day?
We have some suggestions for you – keep on reading and find out more.
- Philip Philips, Dance with Me. The romantic undertones of this song are absolutely perfect for a wedding – especially a first or last dance! There’s something so deep and beautiful about the lyrics and the music behind this song that all of your guests will fall in love with it.
- Ray LaMontagne, You Are the Best Thing. This might sound unbelievable to those who were listening to this song when it first came out, but it’s been more than a decade since it was released. Like all good things though, this song maintains its freshness and beauty regardless of how much time has passed. It’s a pure declaration of love wrapped uniquely in a voice and a song that are truly special. This song is perfect for the wedding recessional, as well as the first dance – but of course, you can play it any time during the Big Day.
- Tom Odell, Grow Old with Me. There’s nothing more romantic than growing old with the one you love – and this song is all about that! If you want to show the world just how much you love each other and how hopeful you are for your future together, play this song during the Big Day. The music will embrace you and your guests in such a beautiful and unique way!
- LP, Lost on You. Probably one of the most original contemporary artists, LP knows how to create love songs that are raw, unique, and truly deep. This one is an excellent example of her music and how amazing it can be! The music, the voice, the lyrics – everything about this sweet song is absolutely perfect.
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The wedding world is always changing – and that’s part of what makes it so beautiful. Every year and every season bring along new trends to shape and reshape the way weddings look, feel, and are remembered – and while we definitely do not condone following into trends just because they’re popular, we do admit some of them can be quite inspiring.
For instance, what are some of the wedding trends that will have an influence on the wedding world in 2019?
We have gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.
- Not having the special dances. The First Dance, the Father Daughter Dance, the Last Dance – they’re all special moments and a lot of couples choose to have them. However, if you don’t feel comfortable with one (or all) of them, you can definitely skip the entire moment altogether (or, again, all of them). Nobody should make you do anything just because of tradition – and Millennials are the first generation to fully embrace this.
- Coordinating your music with your wedding theme. Of course, you can’t play solely country music to a rustic/ country wedding – but focusing mostly on the kind of music that suits your wedding theme can create a full experience. For instance, you might want to play themed music just for the special moments of the day – your processional, your exit, the cutting of the cake, and so on.
- Being very involved in your wedding music planning. Some couples choose to leave it all to the hands of the DJ (with the exception of a couple of songs, such as the First Dance, for example). That’s perfectly fine. But if you want your wedding music to be just as personal as the rest of the wedding, talking to your DJ about your precise musical preferences can help a lot. Even a short list of songs you like and don’t like will help your DJ create a very nice playlist for the Big Day. And if you want to be the one creating musical moments, you can definitely do it too – it’s definitely doable if you rehearse a lot and maybe even get help from a professional music teacher.
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It’s easy to feel confused by wedding rules when everyone says something different: follow this, don’t follow that, do this, don’t do that. Wedding etiquette is shifting right before our eyes and it can be hard to make sense of a world that used to be quite strict in terms of the rules it followed but is currently changing into a flexible organism, adapted for Millennial needs.
For instance, do you know which “wedding music rules” should be followed and which shouldn’t? We have gathered some in the latter category – so read on if you want to find out more.
- Line dances. Some of you might believe that line dances are a MUST at weddings – however, that’s not necessarily true. On the contrary, actually. Line dances have been frequently included in wedding playlists because they used to be fun. However, since people have gotten rather bored of these dances, you might want to skip the moment altogether. Of course, if you feel your guests might still love it, do include a line dance for them – there’s no rule against that either!
- Ceremony music. Or, more specifically, wedding processional music. A lot of people think they only have to pick classical or instrumental music for this moment but that’s not necessarily true. It is true in the case of certain religious establishments (e.g. Catholic churches), but not true in many other circumstances. Discuss this matter with your wedding ceremony officiant, as they will know how to advise you in this respect.
- First Dance music. No, your first dance doesn’t have to be ultra-romantic and smooth. You can dance with your SO on whatever song is more representative for you. You can even create a mashup of two (or more!) songs and create a fun moment out of your First Dance! You set the rules here.
- Just your music. Let’s say you like country music – it is definitely advisable to include it in your wedding playlist. However, sticking just to that might not be entertaining for all of your guests. YES, do play music you like, but don’t stick to just that because it can get boring for some of your guests. Mix different decades and different genres – that’s how amazing wedding playlists happen!
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Your wedding is one of the biggest, brightest and most amazing days of your life. You want everything to be perfect about it – and your wedding music playlist makes no exception whatsoever.
Of course, there are songs you may have already decided to include in the playlist for the Big Day. But are you fully aware of the songs that shouldn’t be included in this playlist?
If not, we have gathered some tips for you – read on and find out more.
- Sad songs should have no room in a wedding. This is one of the happiest events in your life, so why shade it with sadness? Remember, some songs may seem really romantic and sweet – but if you listen carefully, they speak about topics that shouldn’t even be whispered at a wedding (such as breakups, broken hearts, and even cheating). Take “I Will Always Love You”, by Whitney Houston for instance: it’s a truly amazing and powerful song, but it talks about a breakup, rather than a blooming love story.
- Indecent songs should be avoided too. They may be really fun to dance to when you’re with your friends, but your wedding will most likely include elder family members and even children too. This type of songs is simply inappropriate for some people (e.g. the aforementioned categories), so you might want to leave them for the after-party, rather than offending your grandma with music she will surely not like.
- Repetitive styles should be avoided as well. Even if you’re the biggest fan on Earth when it comes to one musical genre, your guests aren’t as passionate as you are about it. Since you want guests to feel genuinely good partying at your wedding, you might want to mix the different genres (and even musical decades) to ensure everyone has at least one or two songs to dance to.
- Songs that aren’t for dancing. Don’t get us wrong, we’re HUGE fans of experimental and ambient music. And while that might be perfectly fine for the ceremony (or parts of it), it could be quite boring for the wedding reception because guests will want to dance and have fun and this kind of music is simply not suitable for this.
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Your wedding music is more than just music – it’s the atmosphere you set at your wedding. It’s the soundtrack you choose for one of the happiest and most memorable moments of your life.
Of course, every song should be carefully picked to suit you and who you are – and while the special dances at the reception are definitely hugely important, it is also quite important to make sure you choose amazing music for your wedding ceremony too.
What are the rules you should follow when it comes to this? We have some tips and suggestions for you – so read on if you want to learn more about this.
- Most wedding ceremony sites allow you to choose your own music. However, if you plan on having a religious wedding, you should discuss this matter with your wedding officiant. Certain religious sites have pretty strict rules as to what kind of music (and even what range of songs) can be played during ceremonies, so you should make sure to clear things out in this respect before you proceed on creating a playlist.
- Most couples only consider the music for the wedding processional and for the wedding recessional. However, music should be played throughout the entire ceremony (at a higher or lower volume, but nevertheless, music will be there in most cases). So why not take this opportunity and personalize your entire wedding? Even the music played on the background as the guests are taking their seats can be personal and unique!
- In most cases, couples choose more relaxing sounds for the first part of the wedding and something more energizing for the processional and ceremony exit. However, this is not a rule that absolutely has to be followed. If you feel that you wedding music should be high-energy from the very beginning of the ceremony, then go ahead and create a playlist that reflects your own taste.
- At the end of the day, this is a once in a lifetime kind of moment – so, as long as your ceremony site allows it, you should definitely include whatever type of music suits you best. If that’s Metallica for the wedding vow moment, then so be it!
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