After writing last week about choosing music for the big moments of your special day – The Ceremony, today we’re going to look at what happens after that – The Celebration. Most people don’t realise how much music features on their wedding day. Your wedding playlist doesn’t start with your first dance as husband and wife, rather, as your guests are arriving and taking their seats and doesn’t finish until you and your new husband leave at the end of the night.
We’ve put together a list of moments within your big day to consider when organising your wedding music. This is part two, the Celebration.
6.) Photos and mingling – Your ceremony is over and you’re officially husband and wife. Your photographer is shouting him or herself hoarse trying to organise your unruly guests into family photos. While this is all happening, you need something to keep the rest of the crowd occupied while they stand around talking. During this time, having music playing can really set the scene for the rest of your evening. Songs like the Turtle’s Happy Together and U2’s Beautiful Day continue the celebratory mood from your processional and keep spirits high. If you’re going for a more relaxed, casual afternoon, songs like Paramore’s The Only Exception and Ed Sherin’s Photograph are perfect.
7.) Canapes – There’s nothing quite like music to create a great vibe. While you’re off having photos taken, your guest are often mingling while they enjoy a glass or three of bubbles. Setting the scene with some background Jazz is always fantastic here. It hides any what would be uncomfortable silences as guests who know you but not necessarily each other make small talk. We love songs like Buble’s Sway and Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon here as they’re fun and upbeat but not overwhelming.
8.) Arrival of the bride and groom – Your guests have been ushered into your reception and taken their seats. You’ve had a moment to relieve yourself in the privacy of a room full of bridesmaids holding your dress up and fixed you makeup while gulping down a glass of water. It’s now time to make your big entrance as husband and wife. Choosing a song here is a really fun way to kick the reception off. A lot of couples choose something upbeat and Imagine Dragon’s Radioactive and Bruno Mars’ Marry You are always fantastic choices.
9.) Dinner – While you enjoy your carefully selected meals, having music in the background will keep the atmosphere up and keep the energy flowing. During this time we like more sedate background songs like Passenger’s Let Her Go and The Beatles’ Hey Jude as they are beautiful songs but they don’t jump out at the guests and stop conversations from happening.
10.) First Dance – This is a tricky one and it very much depends on you as a couple. Choosing a song that means something to you both together always makes your first dance as husband and wife special, and often emotional. Lifehouse’s You and Me is always popular here as is Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up, but we’ve also seen some different choices like the theme from Lord of the Rings or the Chicken Dance! Choose something that suits you as a couple.
11.) Party! – The structured part of the evening is over and it’s time to let your hair down! During this time you need something for your guests to dance to and for those not dancing to enjoy listening to. Remember to have a good mix of songs so that there’s something there for everyone. Follow something like Ellie Goulding’s Lights with Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The benefit of having live musicians here is that they can see what genre music is being a hit with the guests and playing more of that.
And that’s it! You’ve made it! There are obviously other small moments during the day where music can really help to create ambiance but these are the biggest in our opinion.