today are choosing ceremony music that reflects their
individual styles. Harp and flute combinations, string ensembles
and elegant stylized brass quintets are popular. As guests
are being seated, soft romantic songs are usually played,
or somebody playing the guitar and singing. A favourite
is Evergreen sung by Barbara Streisand. For the processional
half, the brides do not want "Here
comes the bride". "Trumpet Voluntary"
remains a popular processional.
not choose a band or DJ on the basis of hearing them play
at one event only. (A good band/DJ will play differently
to different groups. Recognize that you can influence their
style at your event.)
over song choices well before the wedding with your bandleader
or DJ. (Some musicians may ask you to make a list, others
provide a checklist.)
songs that will appeal to a wide range of ages and musical
(At most weddings, guests range from 6 to 60 and beyond.
Think about all your guests when choosing music.)
organized. Avoid last minute changes in music plans and
the people you have hired make some of the musical decisions
for you. (Do not dictate each song, in a set order. Hire
a group that is good, explain your wishes carefully. Trust
logistical needs. (Provide space to set up equipment, electrical
outlets, especially important at outdoor weddings and receptions).
with your parents about the music you choose before wedding
(Things can get sticky if you requested all rock 'n roll
and they expect Cole Porter).