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How to Choose Music for Your Wedding or Civil Partnership Ceremony

June 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 134

Having live music for your wedding ceremony or civil partnership ceremony brings a wonderful and magical atmosphere to the whole occasion. One of the questions that I am often asked is ' what should I have for my entrance?' Traditionally, a wedding march, or formal piece of classical music has been used to mark the opening of a ceremony. Now there are many more options available. You can stay with the original concept of the Wedding March from Lohengrin ( Here Comes the Bride) or Canon in D if you would like to create that sort of feel. An alternative is to have a love song that means something to you and your partner. Recent choices have included Des'ree Kissing You, Adele Make You Feel My Love, Snow Patrol Run, and Take That: Greatest Day.

One of the major benefits of working with musicians is that we can arrange the music that means most to you, for the most important moments of your ceremony. In a church, you will have plenty of time to walk from the main door down the aisle to the alter, and your musician should allow time for you to settle for a minute or two before the celebrant starts the ceremony. You will need a short time to get your breath back before the music is brought to a close, and that may well be part-way through your chosen piece.

During a civil ceremony or partnership, bear in mind the size of your ceremony room when considering your entrance music. If your celebrations are in a small room, then think about a chorus from a song that you really love, or perhaps the main theme from a piece of music. Again, the musician should give you time to arrive unhurriedly at the registrar's table before bringing the music to a close.

For the signing of the register during a civil ceremony you will often have time for two pieces as the photographer will need time for your set shots. For this part of the day you may well like to choose romantic or meditative music. From the classical selection pieces like Clair de Lune, Debussy, Medidation Thais, Prelude in C Bach, Largo from the Guitar Concerto Vivaldi will all work well. More modern choices could include artists like Eva Cassidy Songbird and Fields of Gold, Madness It Must be Love, or vintage choices like Somewhere over the Rainbow, Moon River, Summertime, La Vie En Rose. Your musicians should be able to help you with choosing music that suit your themes and your venue.

At the end of the ceremony, wherever you are holding it, you need something uplifting and bold to mark the beginning of your new life together! The traditional pieces like the Wedding March Mendlessohn, Trumpet Voluntary Clarke, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba all sound fantastic and certainly raise the roof. Modern alternatives could include pieces like Chasing Cars Snow Patrol, Love Story Taylor Swift, Looks Like We Made It Shania Twain.. Again your musician should be able to help you make the right choices for the instruments you have available and the venue that you will be using. The most important thing to remember is that you two are the focus of the day, so while other people may make suggestions, try and imagine what you would like to walk into, sign the register to, and walk out to. It is the chance of a lifetime to create the perfect soundtrack for your own big moment.

For visual splendour you can have a concert harp, which looks beautiful and has an amazing sound. The string quartet or trio also brings a great visual quality to your ceremony. Always make sure that your chosen musician or act are experienced at playing for ceremonies and will present well!

My company Musicmakers UK has been providing wedding musicians since 1990. I am always delighted to help my clients to choose the right musicians and the right music to ensure a magical and memorable event. http://www.musicmakersuk.com has plenty more information or you can email info@musicmakersuk.com

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