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The perfect wedding music

...for each part of your ceremony, whether you're a traditional or modern bride

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Perfect Wedding Music Band

Your wedding music can create the perfect romantic mood and leave lasting memories for you and your guests, so it’s an essential part of your ceremony.

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The right music can add to the atmosphere and entertain guests during quieter lulls (such as the signing of the register) and can help personalise your ceremony too.

A religious ceremony traditionally has live musicians playing, such as an organist, choir or string quartet, whereas a civil ceremony in a licensed building can have either live music or a CD or MP3 player in the background. Be careful though, as a civil ceremony must have no reference to religion, including religious lyrics (so check with your registrar first, as some are stricter than others). Robbie Williams’s Angels for example, although it isn’t officially a religious song, may not be allowed because it mentions religious themes.

At a register office, live music is an option, but the ceremony may be too quick or informal to have anything more than a CD playing.

Find your music

CDs of classic wedding music are available and are a good choice to get you thinking about your ceremony. But, although your wedding is a legal and serious process, you don’t have to go classical – choosing your own music is a great way to keep things personal.

Check with your minister if you’re having a religious ceremony though, as some may think pop music is too informal. Popular choices are Here Comes The Bride for the processional (walking up the aisle); a simple, meaningful choice like Love Is All Around for the interlude when you sign the register; and something upbeat such as Beautiful Day by U2 when you walk back down the aisle (the recessional).

At a Register Office, it’s easier to use just one or two pieces as background music, because of the time constraints. And remember, listen carefully to the lyrics of any song you choose beforehand for anything that isn’t very romantic – and make sure your musicians know exactly which songs to play at which time to avoid any confusion!

Some suggestions… The prelude: Traditional: Adagio for Strings, Samuel Barber, Violin Concerto in A, Franz Joseph Haydn, Air on a G String, J S Bach, ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Turandot, Giacomo Puccini.

The prelude: Modern Circle of Life, Elton John from The Lion King, Unchained Melody, The Righteous Brothers, Evergreen, Barbara Streisand.

The processional: Traditional Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride) from Lohengrin, Richard Wagner, Romeo and Juliet Love Theme, Tchaikovsky, ‘Spring’ from The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi, ‘Wedding March’ from The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart.

The processional: Modern Take My Breath Away, Berlin, The Look Of Love, Dionne Warwick & Burt Bacharach, Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Middler, You Are So Beautiful, Joe Cocker.

The interlude: Traditional Ave Maria, Franz Schubert, Adagio, Felix Mendelssohn, Clair De Lune, Claude Debussy, Morning Has Broken, traditional hymn.

The interlude: Modern Grow Old With Me, John Lennon, The Prayer, Andreas Botticelli & Celine Dion, Thank You, Led Zeppelin

The recessional: Traditional ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from The Messiah, George F Handel, Ode To Joy, Ludvig van Beethoven, ‘Wedding March’ from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Felix Mendelssohn, Triumphal March, Edvard Grieg

The recessional: Modern From This Moment On, Cole Porter, Love Is All Around, Wet, Wet, Wet, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Stevie Wonder, You To Me Are Everything, Real Thing, It Had To Be You, Frank Sinatra

For much more information, and loads of useful wedding music suggestions and tips, see Your Wedding Vows, Readings & Music, by Carole Hamilton, £8.99, Foulsham. You can get £2.50 off the cover price: Order direct from Foulsham.com and quote code P13 at checkout, or phone 01256 302 699 quoting the code.

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