Music and Matrimony

The happiest day of any couple’s life is the day their relationship becomes official. The wedding day is such a special day filled with lots of love, family, friends, good food and wonderful memories. While the bride may be most concerned with finding the perfect wedding dress and groom might be consumed with keeping the bride happy and sane, one of the most important parts of making sure the wedding is special involves the music.

How Music Plays a Role

The music is a major player in the grand scheme of how a wedding flows. As guests arrive, it’s not uncommon to see couples opt for a small string ensemble to play beautiful melodies. Hiring live musicians instead of using a pre-recorded track will set a completely different ambience. Live music makes a wedding a little more intimate and special. After hiring the small orchestral ensemble, it is important to make sure they have the proper sheet music. For the prelude and processional of the officiants and bridal party, classical music is an appropriate choice for strings to play. Songs like Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” are great choices.

Using Music to Keep Engagement High

After the vows are exchanged, there are usually sections in the ceremony for the lighting of the unity candle and the greeting of the parents. While they are very important, it is easy for these sections to drag on without music playing. In order to fill up the time and encourage guests to stay engaged with what’s going on, choose music for either the string ensemble to play or for a vocalist to sing. For a couple who might like to stay with the orchestral theme, appropriate song choices include Bach’s or”Ave Maria”, Caccini’s “Ave Maria” or “Greensleeves”. These songs are usually long enough to cover the time for the unity candle and family greeting. There are many couples who might prefer to infuse a little more of a contemporary flare to their music during this portion of the ceremony. “I Believe in You & Me” by Whitney Houston, “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion and “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban are really beautiful choices to consider.

Finding musicians isn’t a difficult process. Simply contact a local university and ask for a few of the instrumental music majors who do freelance work. Another option is to consult the local music guild or union to hire musicians that way. Once the musicians are hired, visit to purchase the right sheet music as Music Notes is the world’s largest e-commerce retailer of music. Once a practice schedule is solidified and the music is prepared, a couple gets to experience the beauty of live music on a day they’ll never forget.



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