Music for wedding ceremonies

Music for your wedding ceremony is such an important decision, so be sure to put some thought into it well before your wedding day. We spoke to John Beck, specialist marriage celebrant about music for wedding ceremonies and how he feels a ceremony is best complimented by music, so if you are in need of music for your wedding, read on:

Music is designed to sound dynamic, powerful and emotional.

All too frequently, it seems that a civil wedding ceremony is little more than a business transaction: signed, sealed and delivered (I’m yours) in no time at all. That’s fine if that’s what you want, but it is a celebrants job to help you to explore the possibilities and enhance your wedding ceremony.

So let’s talk music, Think back to the last wedding ceremony you attended; could you hear the music? How did it feel? What was it like? Did it reflect the bride and grooms personality? Also, what do you remember about it?

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What music is playing as your guests are arriving?

While guests are arriving, consider playing some music that has been selected by the groom while he waits for the beautiful bride-to-be. This music will be his opportunity to send a message through his music choice, which will create the atmosphere for what is about to happen. It will also enable the groom to relax while he is waiting for the arrival of the bride.

I had one groom who selected six tracks all written by The Beatles. Of course, all his family knew he was a fan, so it came as no surprise to hear his favourite music, while they waited for the bride to arrive. Songs like ‘And I love her’ and ‘Something’ made an instant connection with those present and took on a whole new meaning as part of a wedding ceremony.


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Music helps guests retain their memories of your special day.

Whether it’s because you’ve chosen to walk down the aisle to something scored by Hans Zimmer or because you are playing a song that older relatives recognise from their time falling in love, or your footy teams theme song, the music will still play in their heads long after your special day has wrapped up.

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