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How to choose wedding music

Updated: Mar 5, 2020

Couples often ask: “What’s the appropriate music for a wedding?”

Our answer is always the same: “What you want to hear.”

This is your wedding, and it ought to reflect your tastes – in your dress and tux, in your decorations and especially in your music. Your wedding music should put some moisture in your eyes.

So what does this mean in practical terms?

  • If you’re traditionalists, proudly select Canon in D, the Bridal Chorus or Bach’s Minuet in G.

  • If you prefer popular choices, go with John Legend’s “All of Me” or Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” Vintage works too: Sinatra, the Beatles and Elvis gave couples plenty to choose from.

  • Like both? Mix and match. Let the bridal party walk in to Pachelbel and the bride to Perri.

Your wedding should be as unique as you are. We’ve had couples ask for N’Sync, Bob Marley, the theme from an Amazon series and a song from the Christian pop charts. A few completed the ceremony with “When I’m Sixty-Four.”

Did you just visualize those couples? That’s the power of music.

A few tips as you select your music:

Be creative. If you love the theater, Broadway musicals offer a great wedding soundtrack. A big fan of Taylor Swift? Lovely tunes – just stay away from the break up songs. Which leads to….

Put the song in context. One couple, big fans of “Game of Thrones,” asked if we could play the theme song as she walked down the aisle. We could, but did they really want those images in their guest’s heads at that moment?

Consider the lyrics. Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” is a popular proposal/wedding song. This makes sense only if you nix the verse that begins, “If we wake up and you want to break up, that's cool.” We play instrumentally, which can cover up some problematic lyrics, but not all. One bride asked for “Yesterday” until we reminded her that just about everyone knows the first verse and its reference to problems here to stay. Not exactly a sentiment for the wedding day.

There are still thousands of songs that celebrate love. One of them is yours.


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