Music

 

Tips for Bride’s..
Music

 

 Ceremony Music
 Reception and Dance Music
 Music Selections


Ceremony Music

      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. 

Prelude

         - 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. 

Processional

         - 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.

Ceremony

         - 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. 

Recessional

         - Rejoice with jubilant music. This music should be at a faster pace with a cheerful beat to it. 

Postlude

       - 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.

Contract Questions

    • 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


Music Selections

      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