Wedding Lush » Music Wedding Ideas & Wedding Tips Wed, 07 Mar 2012 04:48:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wedding Processional and Recessional Songs Tue, 07 Dec 2010 19:23:20 +0000 galleca So you're pretty sure that you don't want to walk down the aisle to the burnt-out overplayed track 'Here Comes the Bride', and you don't want to leave the venue to an age-old song that everyone's heard and is rather tired of. If you are looking for some different songs to play for your wedding ceremony, here is a comprehensive of some of the best alternative songs that you can use.

For the Procession

There are a number of different songs you can choose for the procession, ranging from traditional to modern day hits. Here are some of the best songs that you can choose, broken down into different musical categories:

Classic (Traditional)

'Canon in D' by Johann Pachelbel

'Air' by George F. Handel

'Procession of Joy by Hal Hopson

'Bridal Chorus' by Richard Wagner'

'Trumpet Tune' by Henry Purcell

'Wedding March' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Alternative Traditional Songs

'Overture' by George Frederic Handel

'Romeo and Juliet Love Theme' by Tchaikovsky

'Sonatas for Organ, con moto maestoso' by Felix Mandelssohn

'Canzon V' by Giovanni Gabrieli

'Winter' by Antonio Vivaldi

Religious Songs

'Scalero de Oro' a traditional Sephardic song

'Dona Nobis Pacem', a 16th century hymn

'St Anthony's Chorale' by Franz Joseph Haydn

'Hymn Fanfare from The Triumphant' by Francois Couperin

'Hanava Babanot' by Neeman

Contemporary Songs

'The Vow' by Jeremy Lubbock

'Flatbush Waltz' by Andy Statman

'Sunrise, Sunset' by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock

'Wedding Processional' by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

'Appalachia Waltz' by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor

For the Recession

Below are some of the favorite songs that brides and rooms choose to walk back down the aisle to and out of the church:

Classical (Traditional)

'Ode to Joy' by Ludwig van Beethoven

'Toccata' by Charles-Marie Widor

'Fugue in E-Flat Major' by Johann S. Bach

'Brandenbrg Concerto No. 1' (or No. 4), Allegro by Johann S. Bach

'Halleluja Chorus' by George F. Handel

Alternative Classical Songs

'Rondeau' by Hendry Purcel

'Sonata in G Maor' by Giuseppe Tartini

'Badineri' by Johann S. Bach

'Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel' by George Winston

'Triumphal March' by Edvard Grieg

Religious Songs

'Joy' by George Winston

'Psalm 19'by Benedetto Marcello

'Exultate, Jubilate' by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart

'Now Thank We all Our God' by Johann S. Bach

Contemporary Songs

'Sunshine of my Life' by Stevie Wonder

'Beautiful Day' by U2

'The Long and Winding Road' by The Beatles

'From this Moment On' by Cole Porter

'Anthem' by Suzanne Ciani

When it comes to your wedding, the number one thing that you have to remember is that this is YOUR WEDDING. You can have any darn song you want to be played at any point throughout your wedding, no matter whether it is a classical hit or something that is part of the top 40 countdown on a popular radio station. As long as the music speaks true to you and your spouse-to-be, then that is all that matters.

TIP: Your guests will appreciate your fresh outlook on how to put a wedding ceremony together, so have some fun and make it exactly how you want it to be!

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Your Wedding Music: What to Choose? Tue, 07 Dec 2010 19:19:00 +0000 galleca One of the hardest things that a bride and groom will have to decide for their wedding day is just what kind of music they are going to play. A lot of the older crowd will have a certain expectation about what is going to be played, whereas the younger crowd will have an entirely different expectation all together.

Music is an important part to any wedding. It helps set the mood and the tone of the wedding, and it also helps both you and the groom express yourself and truly personalize both the wedding ceremony and the reception. But what sort of music do you want played, and when?

During the Ceremony

During the ceremony, having music played that is special to both you and you and groom and that is has an emotional connection will be a winner. Remember, this is the time in which you and your groom will be joining forces for the long term, so your family and friends will already be quite emotional as a result. Play it up and play special songs that both you and your groom enjoy rather than those more 'traditional' songs that are often played (unless those suit both you and your groom's tastes and personality).

During the Reception

If you are like most brides and grooms and are planning on having a dance during the reception, you will definitely need to have some music all set up and prepared for the wedding. Though your DJ may have some suggestions, definitely do not allow the DJ to choose every song that is going to be played; otherwise both you and your guests may e left disappointed.

TIP: When you sent our invitations to your wedding, why not include a 'music request' area so that your guests can request a song' That way, they will feel very much included in the whole wedding planning process and they will go absolutely crazy with joy when the song they requested comes on!

The Other Music Options

Prior to the wedding ceremony, it is customary to have music playing while people are mingling and are finding their seats. You can choose to either have the classical, soft music to greet your guests, or you can choose some upbeat music that is more modern and that reflects both you and the groom well.

You may also opt to have music be played immediately after both you and your husband-to-be say your 'I do's'. Have a few song choices picked out and decide on your final one on your special day. You'll know the right tune to choose!

A lot of brides and grooms also choose to have music being played as they walk down the aisle, and as they walk back up the aisle at the end of the ceremony. This doesn't just magically happen; you will need to assign someone to play the music, unless the ceremony venue already provides someone who can offer this service. Think about 'hiring' a good cousin or friend to take on this task for your wedding day.

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Popular Wedding Songs Tue, 07 Dec 2010 18:06:01 +0000 galleca Choosing the music for your wedding can be quite difficult. You have a wide range of different ages and people from different areas of the world to please with your musical choices, so you cannot usually just choose music that only you enjoy. If you are scratching your head and stressing out over what music to choose, we have a list of some of the most popular and well received song choices out there so you can help please all of your guests.

The Classical Songs

When ever the need for a classical song comes about, you may want to consider these top hits:

  • Can you Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John
  • Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
  • You are so Beautiful by Joe Cocker
  • Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  • Moe than Words can Say by Alias
  • Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
  • A Whole New World by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle

Country Wedding Songs

If you're throwing a bit of ho-down, then get your guests saying 'yeehaw!' with these country hits:

  • Could I Have this Dance by Anne Murray
  • Love the World Away by Kenny Rogers
  • Annie's Song by John Denver
  • Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis
  • You're Still the One by Shania Twain

Pop Wedding Hits

So you want to add a bit of the more recent tracks to your wedding song repertoire. No problem! Here are some of the most popular:

  • More than Words by Extreme
  • Now that I Found You y Michael Bolton
  • Save the Best for Last by Vanessa Williams
  • Everything I Do, I Do It For You by Bryan Adams
  • Have I Told you Lately by Rod Stewart
  • Halo by Beyonce
  • I Will always Love You by Whitney Houston
  • Lady in Red by Chris Deurgh
  • To Be With You by Mr. Big
  • She Will be Loved by Maroon 5
  • You Found Me by The Fray
  • Better Together by Jack Johnson

Truth be told, there are a whole lot of tracks that you can use for your wedding day. You do not have to only go with what the DJ is supplying, and it will require very little effort on the DJs part to include any other songs that you would like for your wedding day.

Choosing a Wedding Song

The wedding song that both you and your fianc choose should be a song that is a reflection of you both as a couple. This song is most commonly used as a 'first dance' song, though you can also use it as you proceed down the aisle after the ceremony if you don't plan on having a wedding song.

For the Guests: When to Dance?

Some guests have been embarrassed to discover that the first few songs were not intended for them dance to, which causes them to retreat the dance floor rather quickly in embarrassment. The general rule is that the first two songs are reserved for the bride and groom, and then the bride and her father. Pay close attention to what's going on. If they do invite guests up on the dance floor, then by all means join right on in!

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What Songs do I Choose for my Wedding Reception? Sun, 28 Nov 2010 13:34:31 +0000 galleca You definitely don't want your wedding reception to be a snooze-fest, but you don't want to offend any guests with your choice of music during the wedding reception either. We have all heard the standard tracks that are played at a wedding, 'YMCA' by the Village People topping the list of the most overplayed music tracks of all time. But it's still played time and time again. Why' Because it's a song that everyone knows and that will get everyone moving.

The music that you play at your wedding ceremony should set the tone for the entire day. If you are having a religious ceremony and the majority of attendees are religious, then the music should be chosen while taking that strongly into consideration. Playing music in a church also has its own restrictions on what will be permissible and what won't be.

If you are having your wedding in a non-denominational reception area, however, you can choose what ever music you want! As brides and grooms choose more and more to have non-denominational weddings, this also means that their music selection grows exponentially, which in turn makes the job all the more difficult.

Do I Do a Big Band or a DJ?

There are a lot of options when it comes to music these days. If you do choose to go with a big band, or to have a harpist, a guitarist, or any sort of live band and/or vocalist present, then what you choose for music may be restricted to what the band can and will play.

A DJ, on the other hand, will almost undoubtedly play any darn song you want to hear!

TIP: If you are thinking about having music in a church, take into account that most churches will not allow you to play recorded music (apart from a recorded musical accompaniment with a vocalist) in the church.

How can I Find the Right Songs?

The easiest way to know that you are choosing the right songs is to let your guests choose the songs themselves. You can include a small section on the RSVP card with the invitation that includes a section for them to make a 'song request', or if you set up a 'wedding site' online you can have people make their requests there.

If you do have a live band or vocalist present, provide them with a list of music and be sure to check out their sheet music too. See which songs they already have that you enjoy and would like to be played at your wedding. Feel free to also provide your own sheet music for the band if you happen to come across any songs that you really want them to play and happen to have picked some sheet music up from a music store.

The Crme de la Crme: Having your Own Song

That's right, you can actually hire people to write your very own wedding song just for you and your groom! Though, as you can imagine, this is a rather expensive option, it is truly unique and is the best way to set the right mood for your wedding.

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How to Pull Off your First Dance Without a Hitch Sat, 27 Nov 2010 11:18:01 +0000 galleca The first dance that a newly married bride and groom share really sets the tone on their relationship. It's a great way to really celebrate your special day and to allow your friends and family a glimpse into what you and your new spouse's relationship is all about.

We've all been to weddings that have that first dance: the lights dim, the mirror ball may begin to twirl, and the whole room is silenced as all eyes lay on the brand new 'Mr and Mrs' who are about to share an ever so special and touching moment in front of a crowd of people.

But what song do you dance to?

Choosing a song can be difficult, especially if both the bride and the groom have different tastes in music. The groom may want to do a 'hip hop' number, which though it can be cute, is by no means a type of music that is easy to dance to! Think of the type of dance that both you and your partner would enjoy performing in front of your family and friends. Some of the top choices include:

  • The waltz
  • Swing dancing
  • Slow dancing
  • Rumba dancing
  • Fox trot

Or a lot of couples even make up there very own unique dance moves to shock and thrill their wedding guests! If you can do back flips or throw down some break dancing moves, more power to you.

Once you have chosen the type of dance you would like to do, then choosing the song becomes a lot easier. The type of song chosen should reflect the general feel of the type of dance you choose. For instance, you won't be dancing to a 'Top 40' song if you are slow dancing, and if you and your partner are doing the waltz, then the groom can forget about dancing to a 'hip hop' track! Some quick suggestions for song tracks that can accompany a couple of different styles of dance include:

The Waltz

'Fascination' by Nat King Cole

'The Lovers' Waltz' by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

Swing Dance

'I Will Be There' by Van Morrison

'Baby, You've Got what it Takes' by Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums

The Fox Trot

'Our Love is Here to Stay' by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

'There's a Rainbow Round my Shoulder' by the Brian Setzer Orchestra

Some other popular and modern song tracks include:

'Wonderful Tonight' by Eric Clapton

'From this Moment On' by Shania Twain

'Because You Loved Me' by Celine Dion

'I Knew I Loved You' by Savage Garden

'Better Together' by Jack Johnson

You don't have to stick with the old classics for your first dance; as a matter of fact, the wedding guests will find it refreshing to have you dance to a more modern day track that they recognize. Don't be surprised if you find that your first song will bring your wedding guests to their feet and have them dancing with you at their tables during that first dance!

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Do I Need a Dance Instructor for my First Dance? Fri, 26 Nov 2010 10:59:34 +0000 galleca Not all of us are gifted dancers. Even if we think we may be, oftentimes when we dance with someone else (including our future spouse) we may not be looking as polished and put together as we hope. Brides have nightmares about slipping during their first dance, having their dress rip, having their groom completely screw up the dance and make it an embarrassing and shameful scene. If you're having some of those types of nightmares, then you may want to consider hiring on a temporary dance instructor to help perfect you and your partner's dance moves.

Taking dance lessons prior to the wedding will be a fun activity that both you and your partner can partake in. It's a great way to also help alleviate your wedding stress by getting in a bit of a workout every few days. The key to taking dance lessons is to have fun! If you do choose to focus solely on having a perfect performance, than chances are you will not e enjoying the dancing lessons so much and it will only add to your current wedding stresses. Don't fall into that trap! Chances are, neither you nor your partner will perform a perfect dance after months of stress and a day full of hustle and bustle, being pulled this way and that way. Enjoy it and if you or your partner screws up, so be it! It will be a fun wedding memory that will have your guests laughing with you, not at you.

How can I Find Dance Lessons?

As you can imagine, bridal magazines tend to be stuffed full of dance instructors who will even come to your home to give you private lessons, though this usually comes with a rather high price tag. A lot of dance instructors and lessons are offered at the dance studio they rent out, and they may hold a class just for those getting married (which is a great way for other brides and grooms to bond).

Another good way to find any dance lessons is to look up some dance studios that are in your neighborhood and to give them a call! See what kind of classes they offer and what sorts of fees that they charge. A dance instructor will likely already want you to have an idea of the type of dance that you are wanting to do (waltz, fox trot, slow dance, etc.) so you should have those details ironed out before you try to plan any dance lessons for you and your partner.

What Song should we Dance To?

The song that you and your groom choose to dance to is a very intimate and personal choice. Don't become sucked in by choosing a classic song that your mother loves (and that everyone's heard at every wedding they have ever attended). Choosing an off beat or more modern track will definitely entice your guests and have them dancing right along with you. Not only that, but you won't hear them stop raving about how great your song choice was for years!

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Making the Most of your Wedding DJ Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:13:24 +0000 admin Picking one wedding DJ for your special day can be quite a difficult task as there are a seemingly infinite number of DJs out there that perform weddings and vie for your attention. But how can you make sure that the wedding DJ you choose is perfect for you and your big day?

In order to help you make the most of your selection, here are some tips and questions that you need to ask before making a final decision on whom your wedding DJ will be.

While the tips you read are just opinion and a basic guideline, make sure that your final decision reflects your personality and the type of wedding theme that you would like to have.

One of the first questions that you will have to ask is whether you want a wedding DJ or a band. The major benefit of choosing a DJ is the fact that you can save a lot of money and choose from a much larger selection of songs. A good band can cost as much as $4,000 to play all night at a reception and may not be able to fulfill all of the requests that your guests are sure to have. On the other hand, a good wedding DJ can cost as little as a few hundred dollars and you can work with them to come up with a playlist that satisfies every single on of your guests that will be attending.

Just as you would not hire a band that you haven't heard of or haven't heard play, you should always go check out a DJ before choosing to book him or her. Watching them perform at an event or another wedding can give you a good idea as to how well they can keep the crowd entertained and the type of music and fun that they offer.

The way that a wedding DJ can work the crowd for a long period of time is quite pleasing compared to a wedding band. Bands music can get repetitive and they are so focused on playing that they have a hard time dealing with requests, talking, and dealing with your guests. If you have a wedding DJ then they can talk to your guests, make speeches, make announcements and focus on keeping your guests entertained as well as playing music.

Once you have decided that a DJ is the best decision for you, you should always ask friends and relatives for referrals or even talk to the people that work at your reception to see if they know of any good wedding DJs. This feedback can help you narrow down your choices and make a few selections as to which DJs you will want to interview.

That brings us to the interview. While people may give rave reviews for certain DJs, you want to make sure that you interview and ask them questions yourself in order to make sure they match your style, your budget, and your wedding theme. The last thing you need is a DJ that focuses on techno and dance music when you are having a Victorian style formal affair.

A little extra preparation can go a long way to ensuring your wedding goes off without a hitch and that your wedding DJ is the perfect match for you and your guests.

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Creating Memories with Wedding Songs Fri, 02 Apr 2010 10:40:51 +0000 admin After all the stress, planning, and formalities are over and your wedding ceremony is complete, it is time to kick back, relax, and enjoy being married. There is nothing more to be worried about and it is time to make the most of your evening and have a lot of fun, which is exactly why choosing the right wedding songs is so important. If you focus on music that is great for dancing, songs that bring back memories, and a few tunes that will be enjoyable for people of all ages, then you can be sure that your wedding reception will be a smash hit.

A lot of soon-to-be brides opt for a disco type night which perfectly blends all kinds of classics that will get people up and moving and a lot of fun activities. You can mesh older songs that people will remember along with modern hits that will get people moving in a seamless manner that will help your playlist run smoothly or your DJ please the crowd. If you have hired a DJ then they should be able to help you make a playlist with everything that you are looking for, along with a few out of the ordinary favorites that you are dying to include.

When it comes to selecting the right DJ to come up with your wedding songs it is a very good idea to see them perform at a location first. This is the best way to see how they interact with guests and can find out if they have the ability to get a party going and keep it going.

A good idea is to avoid remixes that people will not recognize and steer clear of bad covers all together when choosing your wedding songs. If you can keep away from songs that your guests will not know then that can also be a bonus, but of course be sure to include anything that has sentimental value between you and your partner.

While opting for a DJ is one of the most popular choices when it comes to planning your wedding songs, you can also take things to the next level and combine a few different things. For example you could have a live singer that collaborates with a DJ or go with a live band that can perform impressive covers all night long. No matter which decision you make it is always a good idea to see your entertainment perform first hand before booking them for the most important day of your life. Just be sure to make sure that your entertainment can play the wedding songs that you want to hear and fit the style that you are aiming for.

In the end, wedding songs are the perfect way to round out the big day as they will set the tone of the evening and send you off on the honeymoon you have been waiting all of your life for. Keep your guests dancing and your fun at optimum levels with the right entertainment and wedding songs all night long.

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