When you’re planning your wedding, there are so many important elements to consider. From the cake and décor to your gown, bridesmaids dresses and even a dress for your mother, wedding planning is no simple feat. While brides on a budget can find plenty of dress and décor options from quality sites like JJsHouse, the only person who can put together the most perfect and meaningful ceremony music is you (and possibly your partner).
While selecting the processional, recessional and first dance songs won’t cost a penny, the task does require careful consideration. The music will set the tone for your wedding and help you share a special message from you and your partner to your guests. To help you get started, here are some tips for choosing the perfect wedding music for your big day.
First, the Basics
There are four big moments that you need to choose the music for. The bride and groom each need a processional song. This song will play as you and/or your wedding party walk down the aisle. The third important song is the recessional song, which will play as soon as you’re declared husband and wife. Finally, you need a perfect first dance song.
If your wedding is taking place in a house of worship, you need to first check and see if there are any restrictions on music before you start choosing your favorite songs. Depending on how conservative the venue is, there may be some pretty strict rules regarding music.
Some other details you should consider as you choose your songs are your history as a couple, what the song’s lyrics really mean and whether or not you want to use music to create a theme or evoke certain feelings and memories.
Depending on the mood or theme you’re trying to create with your wedding music, the processional songs can be chosen together or separately. As a nice surprise, some couples prefer to choose their songs separately and reveal them only in the moment you’re walking down the aisle. You can also pick a song for one another or pick the songs together to make things more cohesive.
The recessional song should always be a happy, up-tempo beat that will get everyone in the mood to party. Think of how happy you’ll be in that moment and choose a song that will convey all your happiness and make you feel like dancing down the aisle.
First Dance Song
This is perhaps the most important musical selection of all, as it will inevitable be “your” song as a couple forever. There are so many options out there and you need to choose carefully. Get together with your fiancé and begin by considering which genre or genres of music you both love. Next, short-list some of your favorite love songs from that genre and analyze the lyrics. Make sure you understand what the song is really trying to convey and look for songs that speak to your relationship.
One of the most important things to remember when choosing the perfect wedding music for your big day is that you don’t need to be conventional. Think outside the box and pick songs that really represent your relationship and personalities. These will be your songs forever, so make sure they’re memorable ones that you both really love, and most importantly, have fun choosing them.