Our Wedding Specialist, Annmaree’s favourite wedding songs and recommendations.
The wedding music you choose for your special day plays an important part to the overall tone of your wedding. In the years that follow, the soft ballad you chose for your first dance will bring back memories of a moment that you no doubt will hold deeply in your heart.
You may spend hours thinking about the first dance, however there are actually a number of important pieces of music you need for your wedding day. Do not underestimate the importance of your selections. It may actually be the song you choose as you walk down the aisle, sign the register or enter your reception that brings you the most joy in the memories of your wedding day.
The Bridal Entry (Processional) – This is the moment you see each for the first time. Wagner’s Traditional Bridal Chorus can give a grand entrance and classic touch but it is more commonly replaced with modern love songs. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri is a popular choice in recent years with the rise of Twilight movies in 2011. It is also a beautiful piece played by a quartet or harp.
For a dreamy beach ceremony entrance I can’t go past “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole. This ukulele version is gorgeous and perfect for a toe sinking sandy entrance.
Signing of the Register – In most cases you will need two songs for signing the register as this can take over 5 minutes. This is a good time to reflect on a couple of pieces of music that you both really enjoy.
The Recessional – The recessional is your bridal party exit. It is best to choose something with an uptempo. This is the first moment you are announced as Mr and Mrs, so you don’t want a slow soft song to bring down the mood and applause. Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is a great classic choice but if you want something more modern, then U2’s “Beautiful Day”, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors and Bruno Mars “Marry You” are great picks.
Reception Entrance – The entrance to the reception can be time to have a little bit of fun and even incorporate some choreography on the dancefloor as each bridal party member is introduced into the room. Movie ballads such as Hitched “Now that We Found Love” or Top Guns “Danger Zone” or even something a little cheeky “Let’s Get It Started” and “Get Lucky” can get all the crowd cheering.
Cutting of the Cake – When it comes to cake cutting, I’m a hopeless romantic and can’t go past “You and Me” by Life House or “Marry Me” by Train. “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap also seems appropriate.
The First Dance – One of the most common traditions for all wedding receptions is the first dance. You may like to consider getting professional lessons or go all out with a choreographed remix including other members of the bridal party. Alternatively a gentle sway and invitation from your MC to other guests to join you on the dance floor is more then suitable.
For music selection you may choose a song with meaning to the two of you, for example if you like the beach then “Sail Away with Me” by David Gray or maybe a Jack Johnson number. If your partner is foreign then maybe there is an option in their language that suits you both. There are options for all music genres, “Nothing Else Matters” from Metallica is actually a popular choice as is “Swing Life Away” by Rise Against.
Keep in mind for all music selections if you are having a band can they perform your chosen songs. You may need to provide them with a copy on USB on the night.
Father/ Daughter Dance – The Father Daughter dance can be approached in 2 ways. A formal affair where the dancefloor is cleared and the MC invites both Father and Daughter to the dance floor for an official dance. If you or Dad are not keen on this formality then I suggest just taking Dads hand when the second song comes on after your first dance. This is also a great time for the Groom to dance with his mother and for siblings to dance with respective parents. My favourite for this dance is “The Horses” by Daryl Braithwaite or The Temptations “My Girl”, however Heartland’s “I Loved Her First” is a fantastic choice. You need something meaningful not romantic.
As the evening moves into dancing, be sure to let your DJ or Band know your particular likes and even dislikes especially if you wish to open requests to the guests.
Garter and Bouquet Throw – In the last hour of the evening you may like to incorporate a garter and bouquet throw. Beyonce will get “All The Single Ladies” on the floor and the boys may like “Another Ones Bites The Dust”.
Final Song – For the final song of the night you may like to choose something reflective as you say your final goodbyes. Taylor Swift’s “Today was a Fairytale” is perfect for the romantic in us all but if Tay Tay is not quite your thing then Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” is a good choice.
– Annmaree, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise Wedding Specialist