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Set it to Music – Your Wedding Soundtrack

October 20


Isn’t life so much better set to music? I mean, real-life moments, photo slideshows, video montages, everything!

Close your office doors today, friends. Turn your computer speakers up a little bit and have some fun thinking about the soundtrack to your wedding. Already married? Gather your favorite snapshots from the big day and put some music behind them! Here’s some to get you started:

The “I Do” Moment
I Do by Colbie Caillat.
Seriously, does it get any more giddy-romantic than this? Think about this. You have just said your vows. The officiant says, “You may kiss the bride.” You kiss, this song starts and the officiant pronounces you husband and wife. You look at your guests and your new hubby with a big smile and glide back up the aisle. Gosh, just the best feeling.

I’m Yours by Jason Mraz.
Yes, we’ve all heard it before, but that doesn’t make it any less perfect for this moment!

The First Dance
You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne.
I love this as a first dance song! It’s upbeat, but still just about as romantic as you can get. The lyrics are just so fitting for a new bride and groom. And for your guests? A welcome relief from Etta James’ “At Last” (which I personally happen to love, but have to admit, have seen at least 10 couples dance to). This is my favorite favorite favorite.

When I Say I Do by Matthew West.
Oh my goodness, get the tissues ready. One of the best couples that I have ever worked with chose this for their first dance in November 2009. I still remember wiping tears all the way through it! Absolutely love.

Warm Whispers by Missy Higgins.
Sweet, soft and would be so pretty set to a traditional ballroom dance…

Brighter Than Sunshine by Aqualung.
“What a Feeling.” Love. This song just has an organic, happy, hopeful feel, doesn’t it?

See yourself sticking to tradition? Here are the tried-and-true pieces guaranteed to give you the same “bridal” feeling you had when the six-year-old you staged a pretend wedding to your brother or the unfortunate boy next door. (And typically, ceremony musicians know all of these by heart.)

Prelude
Sheperd Moons – Enya
Watermark – Enya
Chapel of Love – Dixie Cups
Air on a G String – Bach
Trumpet Concerto, 2nd Movement – Torelli
Vocalise – Rachmaninoff
On Wings of Song – Mendelssohn

Processional
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Trumpet Tune – Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke/Purcell

Bride’s Entrance
Bridal March / Bridal Chorus – Wagner (Traditional, but not for Jewish weddings) “Here Comes the Bride”
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
The Wedding Song – Kenny G
Oh Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

Exit as Husband and Wife
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel

Recessional
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
Ode to Joy – Beethoven
Hallelujah Chorus – Handel

Postlude
Water Music: Air – Handel
Exsultate Jubilate: Alleluia – Mozart
Waltz in a Flat – Brahms

Happy Thursday, y’all! I’m off to drop Huck off at the groomer, then it’s work-work-work for this girl! You have some music to pick or some slideshows to make! Have a good one!

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4 Responses

  1. We went out of the box for our ceremony and the parents and bridesmaids walked down to a Beatles song…. is it horrible that I can’t remember the name right now. :-/ And then I walked down to Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love. For the recessional we did James Taylor’s How Sweet It Is…. all of these were done by a single guitarist. Loved the feeling of it all!

  2. admin says:

    Oh how cute is that? Love it Ashley! Ceremonies with guitars – acoustic and electric – are always my favorites. :)

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