How To Pick The Right Music For Your Wedding Day
Depending on where you get married and who is presiding over the service your musical options for your wedding ceremony might be somewhat limited to certain types of tunes or you might have a limitless amount of options at your disposal. But, no matter what the fact is that at some point you're going to have to decide on what type of music you want to set the mood during one of the biggest days of your life and more specifically what songs you want to play. Most couples already have a pretty solid idea of the types of songs they would like to incorporate and will stick some of the traditional winners that we've all heard so much. But, others will take their music to the fringe a bit and choose some tunes that most people might not necessarily expect to hear at a wedding.
No matter what type of music you're thinking about choosing, just be sure that it's your wedding, so as long as it matches up with your personality and beliefs as a couple, it will end up being a perfect fit for your wedding day and something that you will remember for a long time to come.
Wedding Ceremony Music
The first music that you should think about is the music that you use during your actual wedding ceremony (as opposed to the reception, which we'll talk about in the next section). Most wedding ceremonies are traditionally held inside of churches, which might limit your choices on music right off the bat. For example, when I was married me and my wife either had to choose our songs from a book that would could be played by an organist or songs that were on a CD and that had to be approved by the pastor before they were used. Either way they had to be religious songs and could not be anything that was considered to be 'popular music' by their standards. We expected this and were actually planning on using religious music anyways, but for others it could have been a much bigger deal.
When coming up with your list of music for the ceremony, just be sure not only keep your own needs and wants in mind, but also remember the guests that you're going to have in attendance as well. I'm not saying that you can't do your own thing on your day, but just keep in mind that your grandma isn't probably going to be too happy when you blast some Dr. Dre as you're walking up the aisle.
Wedding Reception Music
So you remember how I said you need to keep your guests in mind when thinking about what music you include in your ceremony? Well, you can forget about all of that once you move on to thinking about the music that you're going to have played during your reception. Your reception is time for you to let loose, to show off your personality and to have some fun with your family and friends. If a few of your guests don't want to listen to you rapping something into the microphone while your bridesmaids are giving their best effort at making their way under a limo bar? Well, too bad for them -- your responsibility ended after you said "I Do" and they know where the door is (just be sure that they leave your gift on their way out).
Getting a little crazy at your reception is completely acceptable and if you feel like break dancing to a techno remix of some classical wedding music then do it. This might be the only time that you're going to be able to get away with it.