Choosing your wedding ceremony music - Top 10 requests
Choosing the music to accompany your wedding ceremony can be quite difficult. A lot of couples don't have 'a song' that reminds them of each other and very often people have very different musical tastes.
I've put together a helpful list of my most requested songs as well as some tips on how to choose songs which mean something to you.
Christina Peri - A Thousand Years
Pachalbel - Cannon in D
Ed Sheeran - Thinking out loud
Eva Cassidy - Songbird
Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea
Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats
Extreme - More than words
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Jason Mraz - I won't give up
James Blunt - Bonfire Heart
Choosing the right music for you
How did you meet?
All of the songs you choose should reflect you, your partner and your relationship. Thinking of how you met, where you were and who introduced you could help direct you towards some interesting choices. Remember that any song can be re-arranged into a style to suit the occasion.
If you have a song in mind which is a little out of the ordinary and the style of which seems ill fitting for a wedding ceremony, there will usually be an instrumental acoustic version out there but it is always more fun for me to rewrite a song from scratch into an entirely different genre.
I've had some wonderfully obscure requests such as Queens of the Stone age - Go with the flow during a register signing and a solo guitar version of Rammstein's Mein hurz brennt as a bride walked down the aisle.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words are really important
If you're having one or more songs played during your ceremony with vocals, read the lyrics without the music first. It may sound beautiful but the lyrics may mean something very different to what you think.
One example of this is Love of my life by Queen. I was asked to play this at a wedding recently but the bride and groom changed their mind after their family brought their attention to the lyrics...
That being said, it is your day and if you want to walk down the aisle to Smack my bitch up, then why not?
Need more help?
For more information about my wedding services and samples of how some of these songs sound, go to the Weddings section of my website. Get in touch to hear a sample of your chosen song.