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Wedding Day Music – What to play and when

Wedding day music – what to play and when!

Music is an essential element of any wedding, creating an atmosphere and setting the tone for the ceremony and reception. Choosing the right music and knowing when to play it can make your wedding memorable and enjoyable for all your guests. In this blog, award-winning UK Wedding Planner, Jo Pyman, will discuss what music to play and when to play it to ensure your wedding is a hit.

Pre-Ceremony Music

Pre-ceremony music is the music played before the wedding ceremony begins. It sets the mood for the event and creates an atmosphere for the guests. Soft and romantic songs are a popular choice for pre-ceremony music. Classical music, such as Bach or Beethoven, or instrumental versions of popular songs are great options for pre-ceremony music. The music is often low and mellow, as it is intended to create a calm and relaxed environment.

Processional Music

Processional music is played as the wedding party walks down the aisle. It is an important part of the wedding ceremony, as it sets the tone for the bride’s entrance. The bride’s entrance is the most important part of the ceremony, and the music played during this time should reflect the occasion. The bride’s entrance music can be anything from traditional classical music, such as the “Bridal Chorus” from Wagner’s Lohengrin, to contemporary pop music. The key is to choose a song that is meaningful to the bride and groom.

Recessional Music

Recessional music is played as the couple leave the ceremony. It is a celebratory song and should reflect the joy and excitement of the newly married couple. Upbeat and lively music is a great choice for recessional music. Traditional options include Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” or Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” while modern options can include anything from “Marry You” by Bruno Mars to “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles.

Cocktail Hour Music

Cocktail hour music is played during the reception while guests mingle and enjoy drinks and canapes. The music should be light and easy to listen to, creating a relaxing atmosphere for guests to socialize. Jazz, swing, or bossa nova music are popular choices for cocktail hour music. Alternatively, instrumental covers of popular songs can also work well.

Dinner Music

Dinner music is played during the meal and is intended to be background music for guests to enjoy while they eat. The music is generally quiet and unobtrusive, so guests can converse without shouting over the music. Soft jazz or instrumental versions of popular songs are a great choice for dinner music.

Dancing Music

Dancing music is played during the reception, after dinner, and is intended to get guests on the dance floor. The music should be upbeat and energetic, so guests are encouraged to let loose and have fun. A mix of classic and contemporary songs is a great choice for dancing music. Consider including popular chart tracks and classics from the decades to get guests of all ages up and dancing.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right music for your wedding is an important decision, as it sets the tone for the entire event. The right music will create an atmosphere that reflects the personalities and preferences of the couple and will be enjoyed by all guests. With this guide, you should be able to choose the perfect music for your wedding and know when to play it for maximum impact.

Jo Pyman is an award-winning  Wedding Planner and founder of One Curious Dream Wedding Planning Agency who plans and coordinates weddings predominantly throughout London and the East of England, including Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge and Essex.

If you’d like to enquire further about my wedding planning services, I welcome you to book a free, no-obligation consultation here.

Alternatively, you can reach me at [email protected] or 0800 772 0765. 

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