When it comes to choosing your wedding songs many couples are surprised by the sheer number of songs they need to pick and the various genres they will need to choose from. Aside from the wedding ceremony, you will need plenty of music to see you through the cocktail hour, the wedding breakfast and on till the evening party is ready to begin. Then you will need to have created a play list for the evening’s festivities.
So where can you look to find all these wedding songs and how can you get some inspiration along the way? To begin with make a list of songs that you would definitely like to be played at the wedding. These can include songs for when you walk down the aisle, walk back up the aisle, cutting the wedding cake and your first dance. For many couples there are a handful of songs which have some significance and special meaning to them and as such as obvious choices for their wedding day.
Ask your close family and friends for some recommendations and if possible raid their CD collection and MP3 players for inspiration. You want to include songs which were played at your parents wedding or which have some significance to a loved one. If you are hiring a musician or band for your wedding music then ask their advice about what songs are good for weddings. If they have plenty of experience playing at weddings then they should be able to guide you to songs which are appropriate and which fit your wedding style.
With your wedding style in mind, you need to think about the suitability of the songs you have chosen. For a religious wedding you may be restricted to traditional and classical songs, whilst music for a civil wedding ceremony should not have any religious references to it. You also need to consider the tone of the music and whether or not it will project the tone you want for your wedding day. Reading through the lyrics can also be a good idea to make sure they too are appropriate.
Another way of obtaining ideas for your wedding songs is to ask your wedding guests for some suggestions. You can slip a note in with the invitations and ask them to add any suggestions to the RSVP or if you have a website, ask them to post song titles online for you to consider. If you get a healthy list of songs back then ask friends and family to help you rate them for playing at your wedding and deciding when and where to use them. This is a great way of putting together an eclectic mix of songs which really does have something for everyone!