Wedding Trailer Song Selections

Wedding trailers are revolutionizing wedding cinematography. They're essentially a highlight reel of moments from your wedding day edited to a song or two of your choosing. Captured by skillful cinematographers, the video quality is high definition and creative; featuring new perspectives, style, and movement only attainable with industry-leading camera equipment.

When complete, a wedding trailer should make you laugh and make you cry as you relive everything from the little details to the big ticket moments all in a matter of minutes. Gone are the days of sitting down at the TV and fast forwarding to the good parts. Wedding trailers are comprised of the good parts! They're sharable, downloadable, and by far one of the BEST things to happen to the wedding industry.

Since a huge part of creating a wedding trailer relies on the musical selections, we thought we'd start a playlist on Spotify exclusively for wedding trailer picks! Check them out and comment below if you have an idea for a great wedding trailer song! 

P.S. check out some Silverfox Cinematography trailers for even more wedspiration! 

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!

Ceremony Song Selections

It's easy to get caught up thinking about making a reception playlist for your big day. Naturally, you want that perfect balance of Top 40 dance jams, some classics, a couple throwbacks to honor your younger years, and some romantic ballads for a slow dance or two. But reception song selection is the fun part! It's the ceremony music that's probably going to take some additional research and planning. Don't sweat it, though, we've got your back!

When you're thinking about ceremony music, you must first consider the type of ceremony and the venue where you'll be reciting your "I do's." A traditional ceremony in a house of worship may limit you to classic or religious songs, while a casual ceremony at a catering hall or outside will give you more flexibility. Remember that your ceremony has the potential to set the tone for the entire day and should be a representation of your personalities and your love. With that said, here are the moments in your ceremony where you'll want to think about music and song selection!

Prelude

The music that plays as your guests walk into your church or ceremony area, mingle, and take a seat This music will definitely play a big role in setting the tone. Regardless of the location, keep it light, romantic, and uplifting! The prelude typically lasts about 20-30 minutes, so choose several songs.

Processional

First comes the groom followed by the wedding party. This music can be whatever your heart desires as long as it moves at a reasonable pace suitable for walking naturally. Before the bride gets her cue to enter the ceremony, the bridal party processional song comes to an end and all of the attendees stand as a new song begins. This song should be a bit more dramatic. Nothing says drama like the opening of "The Bridal Chorus" better known as "Here Comes the Bride." A more modern bride might go for something like "At Last" by Etta James. 

Interlude

Interlude songs are important to consider if you're going to perform any type of ritual, like a candle lighting ceremony, sand ceremony, or knot tying ceremony. Maybe a musical interlude will be in the form of worship, or maybe you'll want to have a loved one serenade you with a meaningful tune. Transitions during the ceremony are also a nice time to play a musical interlude.

Recessional

You said your "I do's" and sealed them with a kiss! Woo! Now it's time to celebrate! Pick a song to play while you exit your ceremony. Make it a happy one, because happy is probably an understatement as to how you'll be feeling in that moment. We suggest something like "All You Need is Love" by The Beatles, "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and The Waves, or "I Choose You" by Sara Bareilles. 

Postlude

Take the songs that didn't make the cut for your recessional and put them in the lineup to play afterward while your guests linger at the end of the ceremony. 

Happy listening! If you're stumped you can always ask the pros at Silverfox DJs for any recommendations!