Planning For the Perfect Wedding Song: Everything You Need To Know

Introduction

The music can be a very important part of your wedding because tying the knot is one of the most life changing events you’ll ever have in your life. You want everything to be perfect for the ceremony. The music can make or break your wedding.Express the love that you feel for your wedded spouse through the lyrics of the songs you choose. You want songs that are heartfelt and appropriate for your ceremony. With all the great songs out there, it can be difficult to make the right choice when it comes to your wedding ceremony. Of course I have my own favorite wedding song.

WHAT TONE YOU WANT THE MUSIC TO CONVEY

Some examples:

– traditional
– contemporary
– eclectic
– irreverent
– somber
– light-hearted
– reflective of your culture and faith

Setting the overall tone sets a framework from which to the consider specific musicians and instruments to create the feel you want. Of course, don’t be afraid to mix and match tones.

For example, often couples will choose more reverent, softer music for before the wedding, and then switch to something a bit sassier (e.g. “Jai Mike” with” (if u say I do)” as the recessional.

CHOOSE MUSIC THAT REFLECTS YOUR PERSONALITY & IS MEANINGFUL TO YOU:

It is YOUR day and YOUR wedding song. Don’t try to please Aunt Mary by playing a 12 minute tribute to solid gold hits of the 1950s. Think about specific songs that convey what your loved one and you mean to each other, and consider styles and instrumentation of music that support the feel you want to create:

For example, R&B, Classical string quartet, solo new age piano, bluegrass or swing band, jazz ensemble, yodelers!!

CHOOSE INSTRUMENTS THAT FIT THE MOOD YOU WANT TO CONVEY:

– organ.
– piano
– saxophone/ piano
– string quartet
– bluegrass/ folk group
– solo vocalist
– choir
– sing a long song leader

HOW DOES ONE FIND A MUSICIAN?

1. Ask your local music stores, associations, record stores, and venues that feature bands and performers.

2. Ask friends who have been married who they used.

3. Check online where you will find info on musicians and bands. Also, check myspace.com and do Google searches for musicians (e.g. piano players/ name of your town/ style of music). Many cities have online bulletin boards listing performers, venues & events. Do a search for “musicians/ name of your town”.

4. Check with your local newspaper; many have an entertainer section that lists local performers.

5. Listen to radio stations (internet or broadcast that feature local musicians)

6. Some TV stations such as Oregon Public Broadcasting or NPR feature musicians and send you daily or weekly samples of local musicians.

INTERVIEW MUSICIANS

explain the style and feel of music you are looking for.

Then ask these questions:

1) How long have you been performing?
2) What styles of music/ instruments do you play?
3) Do you sight-read or play by ear (or both?)
4) Do you have other instrumentalists with whom you perform?
5) How many weddings have you performed at? Can you give me some names and phone numbers of some of your previous clients?
6) How much do you charge? Do you have a minimum “package” fee, or an hourly rate? Do your rates include rehearsal night, purchase of music, or other preparation or rehearsals?

HAVE A CONSULTATION WITH A PROSPECTIVE MUSICIAN

1.Listen to them play song samples

2.Look at lists they have of songs they can do (if they are experienced, they will have these arranged by category and style)

3. Write down songs you like that they do.

4.Even more important, tell them what songs you definitely DO NOT WANT! Many people say “anything is fine” when choosing songs, then begin to realize there are songs they definitely do NOT want. Narrowing your list down first by eliminating songs you don’t want is a must.

5. Choose these essential songs:

– Bridal party music
– Bride’s processional
– Special music during service (whether by the musician or by a singer / soloist whom the musician will accompany)
– Recession

6. In addition, you will need to decide on about 12-15 songs for prelude music, and another 3 to 5 postlude songs. If you trust the musician and feel they have the gist of what you like, you can leave it to them to choose the specific tunes. Others prefer to choose every song. Do what you feel most comfortable with.

* Note: Most musicians do not charge for the consultation.

IF HIRING THE MUSICIAN:

Have a clear agreement in writing (if a pro, they should have one handy – or at the very least, a gig info form) stating:

1. the time, date and location of the wedding & the wedding rehearsal.

2. What specific duties the musician will provide (e.g. play solo instrument, accompany singers, coordinate sound/ technical needs, act as liaison with planner, etc.)

3. What the total fee will be.

4. What equipment the musician will provide; what you or the venue will provide.

5. When payment will be made (it is recommended you do so at the rehearsal or ahead of time).

6. What the crucial music cues and songs are.

7. Who will be the person to cue the musician about when the wedding begins?

8. What color themes/ styles the wedding will use

9. Any special music needs (e.g. will the musician play at the reception in addition to the wedding, or have special songs for children during the service, first dances, etc.)

TRUSTING THE MUSICIAN:

A good musician will want you to have the best musical experience possible, even if that means referring you to other musicians who might better suit your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals if the musician(s) you interviewed just isn’t quite the right fit.

MONEY MATTERS

Musicians fees vary widely, depending on how many instruments/ performers are in a band, whether a soloist is also going to arrange music in keys for singers and rehearse with them, and whether travel is involved. Most musicians (soloists or small ensembles) charge a flat fee for weddings (anywhere from $300 to $800) on the average; some will charge an hourly fee of $100 (keep in time spent traveling, packing equipment, etc.), with a smaller hourly fee for rehearsals. A simple wedding involves an average of 10 hours of work on the part of a musician (including the mind this includes actual ceremony, the rehearsal, arranging music and set lists, rehearsing with singers, consultations with the betrothed, etc.). A complicated wedding can involve as much as 20 hours of behind the scenes work. Having a clear sense of your wedding’s structure and specific musical aspects will enable your potential musician to give you the most accurate price quote.

Some Tips on Christian Wedding Songs

If you can hear wedding bells inside your head, then most probably it is time that you think about wedding and start preparing your wedding gown. It is not an over reaction for almost everybody especially women to really be prepared on their wedding day. From the head dress to the toe nails, everything must be polished in order to come up with a perfect wedding. If only the bride and the groom can call somebody from the weather department in order to make sure that the weather shall be perfect for the wedding, they will and if a reported rain is coming, they will wish to have it stopped if they only have the power to do so. This is how important a wedding day is that you cannot afford to miss even the smallest details that might ruin the day.

With all these wedding details, one of the most important to be chosen wisely is the wedding song. Most often than not, it is not for the reason that majority of the world’s practiced religion is Christianity that Christian wedding songs have been chosen to compliment the wedding ceremony. It is the essence and the depth of the lyrics in Christian wedding songs that make it perfect for every wedding occasion. This type of song may vary in its lyrics and genre but is very versatile in setting a romantic mood of every guest who is witnessing a blessed event. The transition of the life phase of the newly wed from being single towards a married life may very well manifest in the type of song that they choose and that makes it very important.

Every wedding song has become an integral part of every wedding ceremony. From the time the bride walks down the aisle towards the groom until the end of the marriage ceremony and the after party, these songs create a meaningful impact as it is able to define the weight and essence of memories being created at the moment. This is the reason why most couples always allot time to perfectly choose their wedding songs. Thankfully, the internet has even made it easier for couples. There are a number of websites nowadays that provide for downloadable music that you can listen to first before you decide to download the song. In this way, the couples can easily choose their type of song first so to save time of download. This is also a great way to save money as you have the option to download only the songs you are interested and not necessarily the whole album. A lot of websites online also offers free song downloads making couples save money. It also saves them the time as while the song is downloading, they may leave it for awhile and may attend to the other details of the wedding. They can also choose from their favorite Christian wedding singers to make the wedding very memorable.