Tips for Bride’s..
- Your choice for wedding music will add the finishing touches on your ceremony, reception and dance. The ceremony music is usually monitored by the officiant and some officiants have more policies than others. It is important to consult with your clergyperson concerning the music you will use for your ceremony. Your clergyperson will also be able to suggest options and alternatives for music that will complete your wedding. The most important thing you need to remember about music is that it should represent you as a couple. Depending on your ceremony, you will at least have three songs played, but you should plan on more. A beautiful song will keep the guests entertained while they are waiting for the ceremony.
- – This begins 30 minutes before the ceremony while the guests are being seated. This music should be light and airy instrumental music. Some couples choose to have soloists sing at this time. The parents, as well as all other guests, are seated at this time.
- – This is the music the wedding party and bride are walking down the aisle. The bride’s processional music tends to be louder with additional instruments involved.
- – Your guests may want to participate in singing as well as listen to vocalists. The hymns you choose should be easy for all the guests to participate in. It will be beneficial for you to have a vocalist leading each song for the guests.
- – Rejoice with jubilant music. This music should be at a faster pace with a cheerful beat to it.
- – These lively selections will be played until all the guests leave the ceremony site.
Reception and Dance Music
- I feel that the most important part of a wedding day is that everyone involved has a memorable and wonderful time. Your musicians are an intricate part of the success of your reception. Whether you choose a deejay or a band, you must ensure they know your needs and expectations. You should first find your musicians by referrals. I would highly suggest after you have interviewed musicians, ask where they will be playing. Attend one of their performances, preferably a wedding, to see their work. This will allow you to not be suprised on your wedding day. After you see the musicians, you will either be confident in your choice or choose to continue looking.
- Your musicians should meet with you ahead of time to schedule the whole evening. They should be enthusiastic and willing to create a fabulous show for all present. At your first meeting, you need to be explicit on you needs for the reception. It is important to be as precise and detailed as possible. This will lessen the communication gap and you will not have the musicians asking you questions at the dance. You will also want to give them a list of songs you would like to have played.
- Most musicians have their own equipment, however, you need to make sure. You will want the musicians to set up and take down their equipment. You may need to call the reception hall manager and ensure the musical equipment is compatible with the hall’s system.
- Date, time and place
- Equipment provided or rental fees
- Have all names of musicians and phone numbers, in addition to back up musicians (in case they are needed)
- Hours scheduled to play, cost for overtime, number of breaks usually taken, continuous music
- All fees to play for the day and payment policies
- Attire of all musicians
- The musicians you choose to perform at your wedding and dance will have lists and suggestions of music to play. The following are just some general suggestions for music to use. We have found most of these tunes are most often danced at wedding receptions. It is important to inform your musicians on the general ages as well as musical preferences of your guests. Have fun with the music.
Title Artist Prelude Water Music Handel Ave Maria Shubert Wedding Song Stokey Wedding Song Kenny G All I Ask of You Phantom of the Opera Piano Concerto in C, 2nd Mvt. Mozart Processional Bridal Chorus Wagner Trumpet Voluntary Clarke Canon in D Pahelbel Waltz of the Flowers Tchaikovsky Grande Entree Handel Wedding March Guilmant Recessional Wedding March Mendelssohn Trumpet Tune Stanley Trumpet Fanfare Mouret Ode to Joy Beethoven Toccata Symphony V Widor The Russian Dance Tchaikovsky First Dance Everthing I Do Bryan Adams Because You Loved Me Celine Dion When I Fall In Love Nat King Cole Grow Old With Me Mary Chapin Tonight I Celebrate Peabo Bryson All I Want Is You U2 Bride & Father The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra Dance Daddy's Hands Holly Dunn Daddy's Little Girl Burke and Gerlach My Heart Belongs to Daddy Cole Porter Someone To Watch Over Me Linda Ronstadt I'll Always Love You Whitney Houston Groom & Mother You Are So Beautiful Joe Cocker Dance I Remember You Bette Midler Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler Up On The Roof James Taylor Through The Years Kenny Rogers Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton Group Participation Macarena Los Dos Rios Dances The Chicken Dance John Norris Limbo Rock Chubby Checker The Time Warp Rocky Horror YMCA Village People Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) Marcia Griffiths Country Western Chattahoochie Alan Jackson God Blessed Texas Little Texas Friends In Low Places Garth Brooks Cotton Eyed Joe Isaac Peyton Sweat Why Don't We Jimmy Buffet Forever and Ever Amen Randy Travis Classic Rock Twist and Shout The Beatles Should I Stay Or Should I Go Clash Hello, I Love You The Doors You Really Got Me The Kinks Paradise By The Dashboard Light Meatloaf The Joker Steve Miller Band Disco Staying Alive The Bee Gee's ABC Jackson Five Dancing Queen ABBA It's Raining Men Weather Girls Brick House Commodores Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry The Grateful Dead Uncle John's Band The Grateful Dead Truckin' The Grateful Dead Stella Blue The Grateful Dead Ripple The Grateful Dead Wharf Rat The Grateful Dead Bird Song The Grateful Dead 80's Delirious Prince We Got The Beat Go Go's Freeze Frame J. Geils Band My Sharona Knack Jesse's Girl Rick Springfield Kiss Me Deadly Lita Ford 50's and 60's Respect Aretha Franklin At The Hop Flash Cadillac In The Mood Glen Miller Good Golly, Miss Molly Little Richard Shout Ron Isley Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison Pop Let's Go Crazy Prince Love Shack B-52's Holiday Madonna I'll Be There For You Remembrants End Of The World REM Some Kind Of Wonderful Huey Lewis and the News Rap Push It Salt N' Pepa Funky Cold Medina Tone Loc Turn This Mutha Out MC Hammer Bust A Move Young MC Whoomp! There It Is Tag Team Pump Up The Volume Marrs