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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Jun 042011
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wedding recessional songs, wedding recessional music“Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce for the very first time, the new Mr. & Mrs. Insert-Your-Last-Name-Here!”

Then the music swells and the happy couple races back down the aisle to loud cheers and flying birdseed. Or rose petals. Or floating bubbles. The “music” being referred to here is the wedding recessional songs. Processional music is for entering the wedding chapel while the recessional songs are for exiting, or recessing. A lot of couples aren’t sure what works besides the standard Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn. If you don’t know how that song goes, you need to search the inter-webs for it.  It’s okay.  I’ll wait…  Okay, fine!  I’ll add the clip myself!

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Got it? Perfect! As you can see—I mean, hear—this is the typical song for the recessional. It is heard in movies, television shows, and more. In other words, it’s been done to death! Many couples will be happy going the traditional route. Others…not so much.  So, they need find something fresh and unique for their ceremony recessional exit.

Fun Wedding Recessional Songs

Most couples want to have fun or upbeat wedding recessional songs as options.  If you are one of those couples, keep in mind that this is completely normal!  Ceremonies can be very stodgy, traditional, and regal–which to some translates into boring.  For others, it is perfect, yet they will be leading their guests into the cocktail hour with a less than exciting atmosphere.   If one chooses traditional wedding recessional songs to walk back down the aisle, you will want to have more upbeat cocktail hour music.  This will help lead your guests to start having fun!  Here’s a good example of an upbeat and fun wedding recessional song.

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Modern Wedding Recessional Songs

Believe it or not, any song can be a recessional!  There’s no reason why you can’t use “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.  It’s upbeat, fun, and certainly sets the tone for an incredible night.  If using Top 40 for your contemporary wedding recessional songs, it is imperative you research the lyrics so you don’t offend your guests or embarrass yourself.  Not the way to start off your wedding celebration.

One way to set the tone for a fun evening, is to use funny wedding recessional songs.  Love And Marriage by Sinatra and If You Wanna Be Happy by Jimmy Soul are great examples of this.  Adding humor at the end of the formalities is just one more way to kick start the party.  Search for any songs that mention the words “wedding” or “marriage” and you will have a boatload of options.  You can also get a copy of the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner, which is full of great ideas!

wedding recessional songs, wedding songs, wedding planning, Feel free to theme it out if you want to add your weddings theme to the exit.  Don’t hesitate to use the Beach Boys to add beach wedding songs to your playlist.

Bear in mind, I have been talking about being fun and upbeat, but you don’t have to be to have a successful ceremony and reception.  If you are a romantic, don’t hesitate to use At Last by Etta James or LOVE by Nat King Cole.  The main thing is that you pick a song that clicks with who you two are as a couple.  I’ve even had couples with kids use We Are Family since they just officially became a family!  There are so many great ideas, I don’t want to give them all away–actually I do, but that would spoil the fun for you to pick up a copy of the WSTP!