Wedding songs form an important part of creating the right atmosphere at your wedding. It is important to choose them carefully according to the style of your wedding and with an element of your own personal taste.
Choosing songs for an informal wedding opens up a huge range of choice; from traditional and classical to modern and contemporary, you can really choose anything you want. One thing you must consider is if your choices are appropriate to a wedding. For a civil ceremony you wedding music must not have any religious references and you may want to take a look at the lyrics for any songs you have chosen for particular elements of your day. Some songs which may seem appropriate actually turn out to be the opposite once you check out the lyrics!
What is important is that your choice of wedding songs creates the atmosphere you want. For an informal wedding you will want an atmosphere which is relaxed and which allows your guests to kick back and enjoy themselves. Lively music with a joyful melody is ideal just make sure it isn’t too loud or your guests will be competing with it to make themselves heard!
At certain points of the day you will want have some gentle background music playing, such as during the cocktail hour and wedding breakfast. You may look to hire a musician such as a harpist or string quartet for these times or choose a CD of instrumental covers. Just make sure if using a CD you have enough tracks on it to last the length of time required. A CD which stops abruptly half way through the wedding breakfast could plunge the room into silence and have your best man scurrying to turn it back on!
Don’t go for anything too wild or raucous as it could have the opposite effect to what you want! Keep it light and jovial and choose songs which your guests are likely to recognize. It is also a good idea to include songs that cover a broad range of genres and eras, in effect include something for everyone – young or old.
Live music is great for any kind of wedding and can range from a band to a soloist. Make sure that you get an advance preview of any live musician you want to hire and that you spend time with them to find out what type of music they prefer to play and if you can put together a list of songs to play at your wedding.