Can you imagine a wedding without music? Chances are it would be boring and unmemorable. Music is an essential part of any wedding ceremony both during the service and at the reception. It plays a crucial role in shaping the mood and tone of the ceremony.
The type of music played at wedding ceremonies ranges from CDs, Discos to live music. Nothing beats live music in providing a great wedding atmosphere. Depending on whether the music will be played before, during or after the ceremony you will be able to select the kind of music and musicians to play on your big day.
Whether yours will be a church or a civil wedding, it is important to select great music that will set the mood for the day as friends and family gather. Typically, for a church wedding, a resident organist usually organizes some background music to play as the guests gather and take their seats. If hosting your wedding at a hotel or home, a wedding pianist could come in handy. Unlike in a church setting where the church organist is tasked with choosing music, for hotel and home weddings, there is more versatility on the kind of music to play. You could hire a musician or musicians to play.
There are special guidelines for selecting and organizing music for a church setting. Request the clergy officiating your wedding to put you in touch with the organist before the wedding day. Have a chance to meet with them and listen to them play. Discuss about the options available for recessional and processional music including the hymns that will be sung. The choice of music you settle for should not only suit your taste but should also be simple enough for the organist to play without hitch.
It is best to stick with the popular hymns unless you have paid the church choir to put up a performance or if the choir has a track record of being great performers even on a normal day. Attend one of the church services to gauge the choir. Otherwise, you will be relying in the congregation therefore playing common hymns will be the most ideal option. Some churches will allow you to hire your own organist.
Civil wedding ceremonies are a bit different from church weddings. For instance, there are no hymns to played at civil ceremonies. However, there should be music playing as the bride enters, during the signing of marriage certificate and when departing from the venue. Professional pianist can come in handy to create a romantic theme. If you have a song or melody of special significance to you, liaise with the pianist to play it.
Live wedding bands are most suitable for the reception party. When selecting one, go for a versatile one that will be able to include the interests of the diverse audience at your wedding. Another key consideration is the volume at which they play. Remember that a wedding is a social event therefore keep the volume at a level that allows the attendants to interact.
Whatever music option you choose, ensure it is inline with your style and within your budget. Consider your wedding setting, whether church, civil, hotel or home and plan your music accordingly.