Ceremony Sound Tips

A couple weeks ago we gave you a lesson on selecting songs for each section of a ceremony. Today, we want to add to the knowledge with some tips to use when choosing songs for you own wedding ceremony!

Brides have been walking down the aisle to Richard Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” for almost 200 years in the Western world. It's a true classic, but what began as a church standard two centuries ago is being phased out with more contemporary music being phased in. While we respect and honor the tradition of "Here Comes the Bride," we also understand and appreciate when couples want to choose songs that reflect their personalities a little better. 

With so many options, it can be a challenge to pick the perfect song for each point in your ceremony. Having played just about everything imaginable, here are a few useful tips for selecting ceremony music:

  1. Like what you pick – It's your day, so let the music reflect that! A song that speaks to your hearts as a couple will set the tone for the ceremony and dictate the emotions you and your guests feel. Any genre is welcomed as long as it has a positive vibe.
  2. Consider a cover – Maybe an original track you love is waaay over played. Search if any other artists have recorded a cover version. Chances are that it has been done! For example, "Make You Feel My Love" is covered by Adele, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, and ortoPilot. Groups like Vitamin String Quartet and The Piano Guys offer classic instrumental renditions of modern music, too. 
  3. Edit till it's yours – It's possible to customize songs that you choose with editing tools. Intros can be trimmed and songs can be mixed or looped to suit the length of your processional. 
  4. Don’t sweat the timing – It's nearly impossible to match the length of your processional or recessional to the music. Let the DJ start and fade out the music at the appropriate time. Just make sure that the melody is suitable for a natural walking pace and enjoy the moment worry free! 
  5. Make the recessional fun – This is really a grand entrance and exit all rolled into one. You've just kissed for the first time as husband and wife, and now the party can begin! The more upbeat the song, the better.

    Make your musical choices a representation of your love and this special celebration. Now is the time to be original and create a personalized experience that's 100% you. 

Check out our hand-picked playlists for some 'wedspiration' on SPOTIFY!

"You're Everything"

Michael Bublé has the smooth voice and lyrical ingenuity to reduce us to a puddle. Although "Everything" was released back in 2007, the sweet words and sway-worthy melody is definitely worth a revival. Highlighted below is the chorus and if your click through, you'll be able to watch the full music video and listen to each precious and relatable lyric. We suggest you do and consider "Everything" as a pick for your first dance as husband and wife! 

Why you should forget everything you learned in dance lessons

Your first dance as husband and wife is something you've fantasized about. It's that kind of experience where time stops and the world around you disappears. All eyes are on you, but all you see is your best friend and new life partner holding you close. You try not to cry, but let's be honest here, you're probably going to get a little misty. 

For these reasons, you should forget everything you learned in dance lessons. 

To be clear, this doesn't mean that you and your future spouse shouldn't attend dance lessons. Dance lessons are awesome. That might sound confusing. We'll back it up a bit. Your number one priority should be to feel comfortable on the dance floor. If either of you has two left feet, a few dance lessons under your belts well help you understand what it feels like to dance as a duo. In fact, we really do recommend that you sign up for a few sessions, because slow dancing with one another takes a different form of confidence than doing the Cha Cha Slide. 

So then why should you forget the steps? It's simple- your time out there on the dance floor is precious. You likely agonized over your wedding song, so why drown out the melody and lyrics with "and one, two, three, one, two, three, back, center, right, center" ringing through your head?! Not to mention that you're probably going to step on each other's toes, anyway.

So instead of taking dance lessons too seriously, look at them as an opportunity to gain some confidence with your partner on the dance floor and a break from the stress of wedding planning. When it comes to the first dance, just sway to the rhythm of love (song reference to the Plain White T's, anyone?). Maybe you'll impress your guests with a spin or two, but most importantly, you'll be in the moment.