How to choose the music for your wedding ceremony?

With all the decisions to make for your wedding reception, it’s easy to forget about the ceremony itself. But this is, of course, what the whole day is actually about and should be every bit as unique and special as the rest of your big day.

Music is a fantastic way to add personality and atmosphere to your wedding ceremony – before, during and after “I do”!

Here are Melissa's top tips to getting it right.

Build the anticipation

Prior to the ceremony, guests will be arriving and will be seated awaiting the arrival of the Bridal entrance. A solo instrumentalist playing romantic songs or the playlist of your choice will help set the right ambience.

Make an entrance

You might have always imagined walking down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride” but there are lots of other beautiful options for your entrance. 

Have a sing-a-long

If you are getting married in a church, you will probably include two or three hymns during your ceremony. Your Priest will be able to help you with choosing suitable hymns if you do not have some in mind already. If you are having your wedding at a venue or registry office, no religious music is permitted.

Sign to a song

The signing of the register is a great opportunity to introduce some music that means something special to you. Two or three songs should be enough to fill this time and keep the guests’ attention whilst you do the legal bit.

Leave with a bang

The recessional should be a big celebration – make sure the song you walk out to reflects that! 

Creating your playlist

Melissa will send you her repertoire list, from which you can select your favourite songs. You can also start to compile a playlist of songs that remind you of your other half and get them to do the same. Or surprise each other by choosing songs for different parts of the ceremony and not telling the other one, so they hear it for the first time on the day!