Whether you’re having a religious or civil ceremony, music is one of the ways you can be creative, tell your story and inject a little personality into your wedding day.
Unfortunately when researching wedding music, you are inundated with love song lists full of Celine Dion and Michael Buble cliché’s.
Here are my tips for choosing meaningful music and creating magical memories in the process.
1. Don’t Google!
Start with your own music collection. Choose songs that have special meaning to you regardless of whether the sentiment of the lyrics matches perfectly with the situation. If it’s special to you, then it’s perfect. You can even have your celebrant explain the relevance of the song or include explanation in your order of service.
2. Have a bit of fun.
Who says you can’t be funny or that your guests can’t have fun? Humour and audience participation are both great ways of creating a joyful, light-hearted atmosphere during your ceremony.
3. Break the rules.
Don’t let style or genre hold you back. Many songs that you may feel are inappropriate for a wedding ceremony can be cleverly arranged (eg. played acoustically), resulting in a truly unique musical moment.
4. Go retro.
If you can’t find something from your own music collection that suits, take a walk down memory lane and let nostalgia guide you. Although you probably thought them daggy at the time, your parents record collection may hold just the musical gem you’re after.
5. It’s all about who you know.
Sure you can play music from an iPod or hire musicians, but if you have family or friends with musical ability, use them. Incorporating people that have special meaning to you in your ceremony only makes it that much more special.