Your wedding day should be one that you and your guests will remember forever. In many ways the ceremony is the most important element, because it forms everyone’s first impression. Plus, if you want to get technical, you can’t have a wedding reception without a wedding ceremony!!! Having live music at your wedding ceremony will give it a lasting impact, and set the tone for what will be the most incredible day of your lives.
So, which parts of the wedding ceremony involve music? We’ve broken it all down in this handy guide. Good Indeed Music specialises in providing live music for weddings, so we’ve included some suggestions as to which of our bands would shine in these various moments.
1. Before the ceremony
This is your guests’ very first impression of your wedding day, and nothing gets them in the mood quite like a live set of upbeat but chilled covers. Plain Folk, our small but perfectly formed acoustic band, are ideal for this. Their ambient acoustic vibes will blend with the chatter of your guests, creating an irresistible buzz that says “let’s do this”…
2. The entrance of the bride
The bridal procession is one of the most important musical moments of the day, when all eyes are on the woman of the hour but all ears are on that special track that you’ve chosen. The question is, will you have it played live or on a recording? Maybe you love hearing the song in its exact original form, in which case a recording is probably the right move. If you want it played live, consider getting Strings Attached involved. Imagine your song, the tune that expresses everything you love about each other, sung live with violin and cello accompaniment. That moment will take some beating!
If you’re having a church wedding, chances are there will be hymns, so you’re best speaking to the church directly about organising these. Ideally you want ones that most if not all of your guests already know, so you can enjoy the sound of a rousing chorus, rather than just that one aunt who is a wannabe opera singer.
4. Signing of the register
Done right, this is a great chance to entertain your guests and remind them that they’re there to have fun! People often go for toned down ballads here, but you could totally have something more upbeat if that’s your style. Our very own Skylark Jazz Band plays classy vintage-style covers of modern pop songs, as well as jazz standards, and are a great choice for this part of the wedding day.
5. The wedding exit song
You came into the room separately; you leave as a married’s couple. Formally known as the ‘recessional’, this is one of the most joyful parts of the wedding day. It’s a time to have fun and show off your personality. Many couples keep this song a surprise – from their guests, and sometimes even from half of the couple – until the day itself! Pick a song that’s memorable, unique to the two of you, and with some sort of special meaning. Strings Attached, our acoustic band/string quartet hybrid, loves taking couple’s song requests and putting a classical spin on them!
Hopefully that’s given you some inspiration for the live music at your wedding ceremony; check out our main weddings page for more tips on planning the entertainment for your special day.