CHOOSING YOUR CEREMONY MUSIC

Harp for ceremony at Stubton Hall

Ladies and Gentlemen, please could you stand for the arrival of the wedding party ….

I love to hear those words, the excited chatter of the room suddenly falls silent as everyone stands and turns their heads to look at the doorway. The harp sound begins to ring out and fill the room as the flower girls, page boys and bridesmaids step forward and walk down the aisle. Then the big moment, the entrance! This is the most important piece of music of the day, this is the moment your wedding starts and your soundtrack to the day begins.

Your entrance music

It could be something traditional that you want to go for. The Bridal Chorus by Wagner (Here come the Bride) sounds absolutely wonderful on the harp as does Canon in D by Pachelbel (this is what I walked into at my wedding!) You might decide to go with something more modern and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri is definitely my most requested entrance song at the moment. If there is a special song you want and it’s not currently in my repertoire I’d be more than happy to learn it for you. The best thing about having booked a live musician to play at your wedding is that the music can be faded out and brought to a close at just the right moment for the ceremony to begin.

Signing the register

You’ve done it, you got married! Now as you sign to make your wedding legal, have your pictures taken by your photographer and guests you will need some lovely music to accompany this moment. I always suggest having three pieces for this. You could go with an old romantic song such as Moon River or Just The Way You Look Tonight. There are lots of modern pop songs that work perfectly including All Of Me by John Legend, Make You Feel My Love by Adele/Bob Dylan or I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz.

The Grand exit

Now the party can really begin and you need to have an uplifting joyful piece to leave to. Something like Clocks by Coldplay or All You Need Is Love by The Beatles work perfectly. If it’s a traditional finish you want then The Wedding March by Mendelsohn or The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba are wonderful pieces for the transition into the drinks reception.

If you decide to book me to play at your wedding ceremony I am more than happy to help you choose your music and you’re always welcome to come to my house to hear the harp and decide what music will work best for your special day.