Wedding songs form an integral part of your wedding day. They not only help to create the right atmosphere, but they also help to keep your guests entertained and provide them with a signal that another element of the day is about to begin.
Choosing these songs can be difficult enough, but it is knowing where to look that can present couples with the biggest headache! Many of us will have a particular taste in music although our music collections may well contain a wide range of different genres. Whilst you should include some songs at your wedding that have particular meaning to you, you will need to have wedding songs that have broad appeal and will be known to your other guests.
A good place to start looking is with your own music library. Choose a song for your first dance first and if you are having a civil wedding ceremony, songs for your service. Think about the evening entertainment, if you are hiring a DJ work with them to put together a play list that has plenty of disco numbers and which will keep your guests dancing all night long.
Take a look through the music libraries of family and friends. You will need music for your ceremony, background music for your cocktail hour and wedding breakfast and perhaps a special track for when you cut the wedding cake. Classical and instrumental songs are the most popular choice for background music as they provide an unobtrusive background noise that creates the right ambiance in a room.
If you still need to find more wedding songs then it is time to search the internet for music libraries and inspiration. Check out wedding sites that offer a library of songs you can listen to and which give you ratings according to popularity. A rating system is great for showing you good wedding songs that have been rated by other couples who may have or who are going to use them.
Finally, many wedding sites and magazines have put together wedding songs compilation CD’s. These include songs that have been tried and tested for weddings, including traditional, modern and contemporary classics. They will include a range of songs suitable for all areas of your wedding and can give you the right blend of songs to make your day perfect.
Once you have found a suitable wedding song then begin to make a list of tracks and where you want to use them. Once you have found at least two songs for each element of your day you can go through the list and narrow it down so you have enough music to see you through. Remember you will need to have some idea of how long your cocktail hour and wedding breakfast will be so you have enough music to see you through – don’t just choose three songs and have them on endless repeat!