September 15, 2010

A Wedding Without Music


At our wedding in Knysna in South Africa, we chose a song from the Movie Juno even though our wedding was on the beach, of course everyone who heard it wafting in the breeze thought we were crazy, but it is all in the words! Listen to the words.

Music is a must at the wedding but many of us do not know what songs to consider and when we must play them. I have put together a guideline that may help you below:

Firstly comes The Prelude, some song choices of the past include:
Falling in Love, Air on A G String, Air (from Water Music), The wedding Song,
I can only Imagine, Largo, Bless the Broken Road, Ariosa.

Then the bride walks down the aisle to what we call the ‘Processional’, choices could be;
Reminiscent Joy, Canon In D Jesu, Joy of mans desiring, Hymn, Canon in F, Here comes the bride or Forever my love.

During the Ceremony brides are known to select from the songs mentioned here or choose something more modern and creative as we did. I still like the words of the Juno song, if you were a tree, I would be the wood etc

Popular ceremony songs are The wedding song – there is love, Ave Maria, I will be here, The gift of Love, How beautiful, Panis Angelicus, The Prayer, By the sea, To make you feel my love, The road that never ends.

At the end of the wedding ceremony, this is called the ‘Recessional’, songs like these
Spring (from four seasons), Ode to Joy, Finale (from Water Music), Trumpet Tune, Randeau, Wedding March, work well.

Here are some popular songs and hymns that you may have heard to consider for your wedding:
From this moment
The way you look tonight
Forever in Love
It had to be you
When lights are low
Kiss the girl
At Last
What a wonderful world
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Moon River – Frank Sinatra
Annies Song – John Denver
You light up my Life – Debbie Boone
Love Changes everything – Andrew Lloyd Webber
From this moment – Shania Twain
Immortality – Celine Dion
Power of Love – Laura Branigan
The Wedding Song – Kenny G
Every thing I do – Bryan Adams
I will always Love you – Whitney Houston
When you say nothing at all – Boyzone
I finally found someone – Barbara Streisand & Bryan Adams
Take my breath away – Berlin
Fill the world with Love – Hymn
Let there be love shared among us – Hymn
Bind us together Lord – Hymn
How great thou art – Hymn
To God be the Glory – Hymns

Add your list to this one, put them all on your Ipod and you are away.

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