A Practical Guide to Wedding Music

Neil Fordyce Photography
Neil Fordyce Photography

You may already have your first dance song but that’s just the start of selecting the soundtrack to your big day. The options can seem endless. Do you want a pianist to play while you sign the register or a string quartet? Do you go with the tried and tested Pachelbel’s Canon in D to walk down the aisle or something more up-to-date like Adele?

With so much choice the process of fine-tuning your wedding music can be a little bit overwhelming. For many couples (after the venue and the dress) it is the biggest decision they face – but the most important thing to remember is to keep it personal to you and your hubby.

Wedding DJ Stephen J Elliott says every wedding should be tailored to the individual couple right up until the last dance. “The traditional end is Loch Lomond but I ˜ll say let’s have something different and surprise people,” he explains. “A classic example is one couple who finished on Nelly the Elephant because the bar where they met always closed with that.”

And while certain songs have become first dance staples, don’t be afraid to select something more unusual to take to the floor for the first time as Mr and Mrs..So if nothing says, “I’m dancing with my new husband” like Morecambe and Wise’s Bring Me Sunshine, go for it!

When in doubt match your music to your theme. Going vintage? There are bands out there to suit your style. Like manga animation? Some string quartets can play computer game themes! “There’s so much variety now and so many quirky acts,” advises Jay Feeney from Freak Music. “If it’s the whole vintage thing we have acts that can do retro repertoire.”

Remember to go for a mixture of tunes to suit a variety of age ranges and tastes. Don’t have your DJ play wall-to-wall Heavy Metal if your 70-year-old aunties also want to boogie!

“The lasting memories tend to be either willing the time to go as quickly as possible or being desperate to stay and I think that difference is made up with the music,” says Jay. “You can have a massive venue and fantastic décor but if people aren’t having fun, that’s no good.”

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