Traditional & Non-Traditional Wedding Songs Jan 30, 2007 23:02:26 GMT -5
Post by Joe McParland on Jan 30, 2007 23:02:26 GMT -5
The choice of wedding songs within the wedding ceremony, during the meal and in the evening of the wedding reception, can help set the mood of the wedding. The chosen wedding music can also reflect the personalities of the wedding couple.
Style of the Wedding Aisle Song
Whether the bride chooses a style of wedding song to boogie or sail gracefully down the wedding aisle, takes planning and a careful selection of wedding music. Whatever choice of wedding music the bride and groom make, for their walk down the aisle, it is important that the couple practise walking to the music prior to their wedding day.
Matching Wedding Songs with Wedding Themes
In recent years it has become popular to set a wedding theme when planning a wedding. There are hundreds of wedding themes to choose from, but it is important that the wedding songs match the wedding theme. For example, if the bride and groom are heavily into line dancing, and the wedding theme is the wild west, it would be sensible to choose country music wedding songs rather than traditional wedding songs, hip hop or heavy metal.
Traditional Wedding Songs
For more traditional wedding songs, a good choice would be the Wedding March from a Midsummer Night's Dream by Felix Mendelssohn. Other popular choices are the Bridal Chorus from Logengrin also known as Here Comes the Bride by Richard Wagner or using George Frederic Handel's Air from the Water Music Suite.
Non-Traditional Wedding Songs
In recent years it has become more acceptable to choose a favourite song to walk down the aisle to and to play during the first dance during the wedding reception. It is important to note, that wedding songs still need to be appropriate to the occasion. Good choices would be Perfect Day by Lou Reed, You are so Beautiful by Mike Scott, or for a more upbeat song, White Wedding by Billy Idol. If the couples favourite song happens to be She Hates Me by Puddle of Mudd, it would be a poor choice as a wedding song, despite it being a favourite of the bride and groom.
Some of the most popular wedding songs for the bride to walk down the aisle to are:
Canon in D - (Pachelbel)
Wedding March ( Here Comes the Bride) from Lohengrin - (Wagner)
From This Moment - (Shania Twain & Bryan White)
Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) - (Clark)
Only Time - (Enya)
The Wedding Song - (Kenny G)
At Last - (Etta James)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - (Bach)
Ave Maria - (Schubert)
After All - (Peter Cetera and Cher)
Ready for Love - (India Arie)
A Day Without Rain - (Enya)
Trumpet Tune in D Major - (Purcell)
"Air On The G String" from Orchestral Suite No.3 - (Bach)
We Must Be In Love - (Pure Soul)
Spend My Life With You - (Eric Benet & Tamia)
Wedding March - (Sound of Music Soundtrack)
Time to Say Goodbye - (Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli)
Forrest Gump Suite - (Forrest Gump Soundtrack)
Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire (Instrumental) - (David Foster - St. Elmo's Fire Soundtrack)
"Air" from Water Music - (Handel)
Give Me Forever, I Do - (John Tesh)
Arioso - (Bach)
Fields of Gold - (Sting)
Here and Now - (Luther Vandross)