Choosing Your Wedding Music

“Not only was your harp playing beautiful, but the assistance in the selection of the music was worth your fee a hundredfold.  We had no ideas what music we wanted.  Your suggestions helped narrow it down, and the final choices created the exact ambiance we were after.  Thank you.”  L. Easton

Sometimes the prospect of selecting just one piece to walk down the aisle to is completely overwhelming. Do you choose something traditional?  Something popular?  Or does it really matter?

After playing for and attending hundreds of weddings, my gut feeling is yes, it does matter what music you select to walk down the aisle.  The selection for this vital part of the wedding ceremony should set the tone for the prelude music (the music played while guests are arriving and being seated).

Don’t be afraid to change the “tone” of the wedding throughout the different stages, especially if you’d like to interject a bit of personal taste.  Perhaps you’d like the ceremony itself to be quite elegant and traditional, but you’d like the tone of the entire event to be more lighthearted with popular love songs from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  And then the recessional could be something completely different, perhaps a favourite marching tune or even a popular, meaningful song.

I personally put a lot of thought into what music to play at a wedding, and pride myself on spending time with each couple to ensure the musical selections match the ambiance and mood they want to create.

So start with a short list of songs you like and don’t like, and an idea of the ambiance desired – and let your wedding musician work with the music to create a beautiful playlist for your event.

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"Everyone was very much impressed with the music, especially as it was the first time many of them had seen a live harpist." Officer Patrick Mulligan

One comment

  • juliaracemusicservices November 29, 2012  

    I would love to hear more of your beautiful instrument. Do you have any audio clips available for upload? What are some of your favorite wedding/special occasion resource books?

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