Oct 122011
 

One of the most popular wedding themes of all time is the beach wedding.  This is especially true here in southern California, where a lot of the wedding ceremony and receptions happen at or near the beach.  Who doesn’t want to get married in front of the ocean?  It’s romantic, fun, and gives everyone that feeling of “vacation.”  That is the right frame of mind for a wedding celebration.  Besides decoration and location, what else can tie your beachy wedding theme all together?  Using the best beach wedding songs, of course!  There are two main areas where you can use beach style wedding music, so let’s take a look at those and what music will fit for each.

beach wedding ceremony songs

There are many areas of your wedding ceremony where you can use beach style music.  You will want to stay away from party songs, like I Get Around by the Beach Boys, but there’s no reason why you can’t use Warmth of the Sun, Don’t Worry Baby, and Surfer Girl.  These are mellow enough to use as a part of your preceremony music for guests arrival.  Some people are happy using Wouldn’t It Be Nice as one of either their beach wedding processional songs or recessional.  So, Beach Boys work, but they are the obvious way to go.

beach wedding songs, beach wedding ceremony songs, beach wedding processional songs, beach wedding reception songsA little less obvious might be Hawaiian artists such as Isreal Kamakawiwo`ole and The Green. Some other artists include Hapa, Punahele, and Makaha Sons, all of which produce more relaxed ceremony style music.    Even Elvis Presley performed his share of Hawaiian music, all of which ring true as beach wedding songs.

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beach wedding reception songs

Here is an area where you can have a lot of fun. You want to go more upbeat with your beach music here, so don’t be afraid to play some of those fun songs like I Get Around and Fun, Fun, Fun.  Besides the obvious Beach Boys, you can add surf tunes from Jan and Dean, The Ventures, and the Chantays.

Besides surf rock, there are a lot of artists that do beach songs.  Even Nat King Cole has a few summer songs.  Jimmy Buffet is another fun artist that works.  There are also a few country songs out there that speak of the beach and summertime.  Steel drums and Caribbean music will give you the same atmosphere.  The same goes with most reggae music, mon!  As you can see, there are a ton of genres and artists that can add that beach vibe to your reception.

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beach wedding songs, beach wedding ceremony songs, beach wedding processional songs, beach wedding reception songsThere is an easier way to go about finding beach music for your wedding.  Search for songs with these words in them: Beach, Water, Summer, Sand, Wave, Boardwalk, and Surfing.  You should come up with plenty of songs that fit your theme along with a big enough variety to please every one of your guests.  Mahalo!

Listen to these song clips, look at the picture on the right…See? Any song can be a beach song!

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Sep 022011
 

love songs for wedding ceremony, songs for wedding, songs for wedding ceremony, love songs for a weddingA wedding ceremony is the start of an incredible, once in a lifetime event. Music plays a huge role in making the ceremony an unforgettable and touching experience.  Besides the standard songs for wedding events such as the parent’s processional and the bridemaid’s processional among other wedding processional music selections, you do have other options.  Canon in D and The Bridal March are not your only choices!  There is no  reason why you can’t incorporate your own love songs for wedding ceremony uniqueness and personalization.  Coming up, I have some great ideas as to how you can go about adding contemporary songs and themes and making sure they fit as songs for wedding ceremony events and such.

One of the biggest worries is wondering if your favorite songs are appropriate.  Can you include love songs for a wedding that won’t offend or, well, completely embarrass yourself in front of all your friends and family?  The answer is of course you can!  Now, when you think of love songs, immediately your brain goes to wedding first dance songs.  This special wedding song can be a love song–but it doesn’t have to be.  Listen to “She’s No Lady (She’s My Wife) by Lyle Lovett to see what I mean.  Still, most couples will consider using At Last for their first dance song but won’t even consider it for one of their wedding processional songs.  The fear is that it isn’t “traditional” enough.  This is a legitimate concern as we want to make sure we don’t offend anyone who considers the wedding ceremony sacred.  If you are embroiled in that sticky situation–one of conservative grandparents or parents or family members–you should consider not inviting them to the wedding.  I’m kidding.  Seriously, though, if you do want to use a love song or two for your ceremony, just be sure the officiant or pastor busts out a very traditional and conservative ceremony– you do not want him going into funny quotes about marriage! This will please them and you as you get to have your love songs!

Many couples who aren’t hankered down by stodgy attendees can go ahead and let it fly.  Bride, you walk down the aisle to whatever fits with you and whatever song you want your future husband to hear when he sees you for the first time on your wedding day.

A Secret Trick!

If you are simply in love with a song but the words aren’t exactly perfect or you are stuck trying not to offend or ruin the ceremony, there is a secret trick to getting your song and eating it too–or is that cake?  Anyway, here’s what you do.  There are a ton of artists on YouTube who compose and perform their own versions of these popular tunes.  All you need to do is search for the song and add the instrument you want the song played on.  For instance, you could search for I Finally Found Someone Piano.  There is bound to be someone covering that song in piano.  You can contact them to see if they have a high quality version of the song, or get your DJ to create a copy–I can do that and have often done so for my clients.  Contact me if you need help with that!  Wedding DJ James.

When it comes to your wedding recessional songs, you usually have no fears about using pop tunes and the like.  this is good, because you really want to end that ceremony with a bang.  I’m not saying you have to go with a song that is like your wedding party entrance songs, but you can if you want!  Also, sexy garter toss songs should be saved for that event and not for the end of your ceremony!

Other special songs like your father and daughter wedding songs should be easier to pick than the love songs for your ceremony, but don’t be afraid to go with modern, fun, and romantic songs to walk down the aisle to.

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May 262011
 

wedding processional songs, classical wedding processional songs, contemporary wedding processional songs, wedding processional songs instrumental, traditional wedding processional songs, modern wedding processional songs, unique wedding processional songsIt’s your wedding and the one component that will have a huge emotional impact is your wedding processional songs.  There are a few different areas to consider when selecting these songs.  I’ll go over each with some recommendations that will hopefully help you come up with your own unique wedding processional songs.

Prelude Music.

Consider this the background soundtrack to your wedding.  As guests arrive to watch you tie the knot, they should be greeted with some kind of music.  Typically, couples choose instrumental mixes like classical, quartet, harp, or classical guitar.  If that feels too stuffy for you, the next level up in liveliness would be Enya or some other New Age type artists…that may be the first time Enya was called “lively!”  After that, you could even use contemporary music, such as Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole, and so on.  Love songs from Sinatra and Dean Martin and the like also could work.  Beyond that, you start to cross into being too lively, especially before a ceremony.wedding processional songs, classical wedding processional songs, contemporary wedding processional songs, wedding processional songs instrumental, traditional wedding processional songs, modern wedding processional songs, unique wedding processional songs

Processional One:  The Parents

The start of the wedding should be grand parents and parents proper walking down the aisle to their seats.  The music is typically based around classical wedding processional songs like Canon in D and Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a little fun here if you want.  More dramatic might be Con Ti Partiro (all versions) or any other powerfully romantic songs.  One suggestion: ask what mom and dad want!  Most likely, they will have no idea, but if they do, you may like what you hear from them.  Making it personal like this is always my first choice.

Processional Two: The Bridesmaids

Here come the girls, hair all in curls.  Usually the bridesmaids walk down one at a time in reverse order (from Jr. bridesmaid to maid of honor).  Sometimes the groomsmen escort the bridesmaids in but this is rare.  Typically, the groomsmen will walk in from the right side at the end of Processional One.  As for music for the girls, sure you can use classical pieces, but going with more contemporary wedding processional songs is getting more and more popular.  You can even go with wedding processional songs instrumental versions of current songs.  I had a bride use the instrumental version of “Crazy For You” by Madonna simply because it reflected who she and her girls were.  I know, not very contemporary, but I am making a point.  If you don’t want to go out on a limb, then there is nothing wrong with sticking to the traditional wedding processional songs you hear at a lot of weddings.

wedding processional songs, classical wedding processional songs, contemporary wedding processional songs, wedding processional songs instrumental, traditional wedding processional songs, modern wedding processional songs, unique wedding processional songsProcessional Three: The Bride

Here is where the bride walks down the aisle, either traditionally escorted by Dad, by someone else, or alone.  I’ve had most brides use The Wedding March (you know, here comes the bride) but many go with more modern wedding processional songs, like Waiting On An Angel by Ben Harper or I’ve Finally Found Someone by Adams and Streisand.  It’s your walk-down, so go for whatever you feel would make you and your soon to be husband happy!

Those are your main wedding processional song areas to concentrate on.  Keep in mind, if you only have a couple of parents to walk down the aisle, there’s no reason why you can’t combine the first two processionals into one song.  Always have a separate song for the bride though…believe it or not, it is a very special moment.  Winka.

Random Wedding Thoughts & Tips

Look to shop for your tuxedos for weddings or for tiaras for wedding classiness by trying them on, then shopping online.  Think about your wedding first dance songs as fun instead of romantic.  Decide if you want to flip it all by having fall wedding colors during a summer affair.  Shop for the lowest Maggie Sottero prices by visiting wholesale websites.  If you are changing your name after marriage, there’s no reason why you can’t start before the wedding.  See above for wedding processional music ideas and thoughts.  Your wedding flowers bridal bouquet don’t have to be flowers that are “in season.”  Need garter toss songs ideas?  Think nerdy for the intro, sultry and sexy for the removal, and rowdy for the toss.  Styles of modern engagement rings are better than ever!  Send the marriage invitation mail off earlier than six weeks…try doubling that number.  Go with genre first when trying to find the best father and daughter wedding songs for you and Dad.

Apr 052011
 

wedding tips, wedding advice, wedding music, wedding songs, wedding timeline planner, wedding planner, wedding planningTalking about a location where the ceremony and reception can be held in one place.  Some drawbacks to this location, but nothing that can’t be overcome with proper planning.

Mar 152011
 

wedding processional music, modern wedding processional music, wedding processional music suggestions, contemporary wedding processional music, non traditional wedding processional music“Here comes the bride…big, fat, and wide!”  And there you have one big reason to go with non traditional wedding processional music instead of the standard wedding processional music you hear at just about every wedding.  Still, if that is and always has been your dream, you should do what you want.  It is, after all, YOUR wedding and it should be exactly as you have pictured it your entire life.  So, let’s break down your processional songs, where they go, their purposes, and some wedding processional music suggestions understanding that there are traditional songs (what you probably picture hearing at a wedding), non traditional (still typically classical but off the beaten path), and modern or contemporary (songs you might hear on the radio).

wedding processional music, modern wedding processional music, wedding processional music suggestions, contemporary wedding processional music, non traditional wedding processional musicProcessional One:  The Parent’s

Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa.  These are just a few of the elder folk that may walk down to this song.  This song will typically start off your wedding proper.  As for music, consider what your parents will want to walk down the aisle to.  You, of course, should always have final say, but if their feelings are taken into consideration, it will be a positive all around.  Listen to their ideas and if they fit, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use what they desire. Even if it isn’t your favorite music, remember that, as a bride, you will most likely not hear this song anyway, since you will be hidden in back with Dad for the bridal march.  Traditional: Canon in D, Where Sheep May Safely Graze, Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring.  Nontraditional: Con TI Partiro, Ave Maria, Flower Duet.  Modern: When I Fall In Love (romantic), Still The One by Orleans (fast and fun!).

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Processional Two: The Bridesmaids

Your bridesmaids, who love you because you didn’t make them dress up like fluffy cupcakes and instead put them in dresses they can actually wear again (was I too heavy on the hint there?) will be walking down to their song.  Now, you do have some options, including having the groomsmen walk out from the side to this song first or having them escort the bridesmaids.  Also, the kids, i.e. the flower girls and ring bearer, enter at the end of this same song–or they can have their own song.   Maybe I’m confusing you.  All of this, and so many other options, are covered in the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner, so I should hold off on getting too detailed here.  Traditional: Canon in D, Jesu,  Prelude #1 in C Major by Bach, and more.  Non traditional: Serenade to Spring, Air On A G String, and more.  Contemporary: St. Elmo’s Fire, Wishing and Hoping by Ani DiFranco, Any new “girly” song.

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wedding processional music, modern wedding processional music, wedding processional music suggestions, contemporary wedding processional music, non traditional wedding processional musicProcessional Three:  The Bride

This is the bride and her dad, or mom and dad, or any other special person that fits–or the bride alone.  Again, if your vision means walking down to the Wedding March (Here Comes The Bride), you should do so.  Keep in mind, there is a traditional recessional that is also called the Wedding March, so don’t confuse the two.  I explain the differences in the WSTP.  Traditional: The Wedding March by Wagner.  Non traditional: Any of the previous traditional or non traditional songs mentioned earlier.  Contemporary: Waiting On An  Angel by Ben Harper, From This Moment On by Shania Twain,  just about any love song will do!

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As you can see, you have a gazillion options regarding your wedding processional music.  You have a lot of decisions to make.  Whether you are looking for your traditional songs that are wedding standards or you want to have more modern wedding processional music, in this day and age, you can do just about anything.  Keep in mind that if you want to use contemporary wedding processional music, your church might have restrictions.  There are some officiants (pastors, ministers, etc.) who are sticklers for tradition and may have a major meltdown if the bride walks down the aisle to a Lenny Kravitz song.

For the most up to date wedding music and ideas along with step by step planning, the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner is an inexpensive option that can give you the peace of mind you need, knowing you are not missing anything crucial for your ceremony and processional music.

wedding planning, wedding planning tips, wedding planner, wedding planning book, wedding songs, wedding music, great wedding ideasGetting help:  Shopping for a dress and getting Maggie Sottero prices on your potential wedding gown, finding the perfect style to go along with your tiaras for wedding looks, keeping in tradition with fall wedding colors or whatever season you are in, and seeing that the groom chooses the right tuxedos for weddings are things to get help with in your wedding planner book.  After the wedding, you can worry about changing your name after marriage, but for now, picking out music is a big deal, whether it’s the wedding first dance songs or your ceremony music.  This is why I’m here!  I hope I’ve helped.