Choosing The Perfect Ceremony Music For You

21st June 2017

For the most part, your ceremony is the most traditional part of your wedding day. This is because, by law, it has to be done a certain way. Your promises are made, your rings are exchanged, the words ‘I do’ are said and then signing the register makes it all official. It’s one of the most enchanting of processes but, we believe that weddings should be as true a reflection of the couple as possible.

Customising your ceremony music can really inject your personality into your wedding ceremony! Whether you are a folksy couple, a smooth jazz and Motown couple or nuts about rock and heavy metal; walking down the aisle to a song that resonates with you both makes your day all the more special. Of course, your ceremony music is a highly personal choice but here we’ve listed a few suggestions to show you that classical isn’t always the way!

Hollywood glamour wedding ceremony room
Image: Phil Drinkwater

Processional Music

The traditional choices for walking down the aisle are the Bridal March by Wagner which is majestic and strong and Canon in D by Pachelbel which is elegant and delicate. These are both fantastic choices but why not opt for a truly personal song that makes you smile? Choose something that is close to your heart.

Pure Imagination from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

We read about a bride who had glided her way down the aisle to this song played on the harp! It is gentle, whimsical and very original which is why I love it! Another popular choice along the same lines is ‘somewhere over the Rainbow’ from The Wizard of Oz.

Calon Lân– Cerys Matthews

If your heritage is important to you, then you can choose a song that’s close to your heart. You could just have a harpist play the chords as you glide down the aisle.

You’re All I Need To Get By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

We feel we’re all friends here – this is an entirely personal choice of Debbie’s… “I just have a very romanticised idea of having a small jazz band with a saxophone and clarinet play an adapted version of this as I walk down the aisle… bit sad I know!”

Signing Of The Register Music

Time to make it official! You usually need two or three songs to play when signing the register as there’s not a lot of talking or excitement at this stage until the photos are taken. Keep your friends and family shuffling to these great tracks:

Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Again for the rustic, country wedding, why not have your acoustic duo play this fun, uplifting song?

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

A very popular processional piece as well, ‘make you feel my love’ is a heart-warming, elegant ballad for the classic glamorous couple. A piano solo of this song will keep your ceremony atmosphere romantic and sweet.

My Baby Just Cares For Me – Nina Simone

Entirely personal choice again – this is one of our favourite songs! But even if you’re not a jazz buff like us, you’ll agree that this is a really smooth, sophisticated track to keep your ceremony humming.

Recessional Music

You’ve done it! Married! Your recessional song should be uplifting and celebratory. Have a look at these:

Accidentally in Love – Counting Crows

Love it for the Shrek factor, keep it for the lyrics! This song is so bubbly and the lyrics aren’t overly sentimental. So if you’re a cool, alternative couple, this is the one for you!

I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness

This song was actually suggested to us by a friend as he thought it would be amazing to skip out of the ceremony to this hand in hand. We must say we do see his point!

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Our final personal choice is this great R&B classic from the legendary Stevie Wonder. Dance your way out of the ceremony with your new partner to this cheerful song!

And that’s it! As we said, ceremony music is a highly personal choice and there are many many ways of doing it! If you have a favourite song that you want to walk down the aisle to but you’re not sure how it would work, you can always ask some musicians as to how they would adapt it to suit your wedding.

Music is versatile and unique, so make it work for you!

Main Image: ARJ Photography

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