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I sat down with Weddingbuzz to give them my three top tips for choosing your ceremony music!

“The music for your ceremony is one of those small details that you probably haven’t given a lot of thought to as you nutted out things like your venue, dress and who’ll marry you.

Yyou’ll have to give some thought to the songs you want playing during the ceremony. It might be a small detail after all, but you don’t want to hear Baby, Got Back as you walk down the aisle (or maybe you do… #nojudgement).

You’ll usually need to choose four songs – one for the processional (that’s your walk down the aisle), two to be played while the official certificates are signed (photographers and guests LOVE taking photos of this, so it can take a while), and the last one for playing during the recessional (when you walk back up the aisle as a married couple!).

Your wedding celebrant will be helping you plan your ceremony, and their input will be invaluable. To help you out we asked Sarah Aird, a Melbourne-based wedding celebrant, for her tips on choosing music for your ceremony:

Download (and read) ALL the lyrics

This is majorly important. Sure, the chorus may be beautiful, but are the rest of the lyrics appropriate for a wedding?

For example, Bruno Mars’ Marry You has a lovely chorus, but here’s a few select phrases from the rest of the song:

It’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do

Who cares if we’re trashed, got a pocket full of cash

If we wake up and you wanna break up that’s cool.

No, I won’t blame you; it was fun

So essentially the song is saying – let’s get married because we’re drunk and we have nothing better to do, and if you want to break up tomorrow, it’s fine.

You may think your guests won’t be listening to the lyrics, but it’s guaranteed at least one of your guests will know what that song is really about.

Choose songs that are meaningful to you both

Things have come a long since the Bridal March was the standard processional song. Now there are hundreds – if not thousands – of lists of ceremony songs on Pinterest. It can be easy to get sucked into finding the ‘perfect’ wedding song.

You don’t have to stick to wedding-style songs. Sure, if one of those songs is meaningful to you, go for it. But otherwise, choose songs that you love as a couple or that have lyrics that capture what your relationship is about.

Don’t be swayed by other people’s opinions

Sure, you may want input from others. But (as with everything) this is your wedding and you want to do ityour way.

Sarah explained that she married a couple who really wanted to play Colbie Caillat’s I Do as the bride walked down the aisle. But the bride’s mum was adamant that you couldn’t have songs with lyrics for your processional.

The fact is, if you’re having a civil ceremony then there are no rules about what music you can play. You can have something lyrical, instrumental or even John Cage’s 4’33” if you want.

In the end, the bride decided to go with the music that she loved and she and her bridesmaid happily danced down the aisle to I Do.”

 

 

This post originally featured on Weddingbuzz.com.au.