Depending on your theme, you will probably need to hire a DJ, an instrumentalist, a dance band, a soloist or a singing group, or a small instrumentalist group. In fact, wedding music cost comprises about ten percent of the total wedding budget according to your music type and performance selection. You can save on wedding music if you prerecord your own cassette tapes, but today it seems so unfashionable that your guests will be bored during the first minutes of your reception.
Here are a few most popular choices of wedding music.
Recessional selections: the most popular is "Wedding March" by Mendelssohn
Prelude selections: "Larghetto" by Handel, "Arioso" by Bach, and "Adagio" by Liszt.
Processional selections: "The Bridal Chorus" from Lohengrin by Wagner ("Here Comes the Bride"), "Aria in F Major" by Handel, "March in C" by Purcell
and "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke.
The options mentioned above are the traditional wedding music samples, known to everyone. However, the more vital question is what kind of music to select for the ceremony of reception. Again, all depends on your wedding theme. No matter what kind of theme you have, your wedding reception ideas should include popular and traditional along with unexpected and original music pieces.
The most famous option for the ceremony of reception is "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera by Webber, Hart and Stiltoe. Perhaps, the following wedding reception ideas will be of great help:
The couple's first dance:
"Unforgettable" by Irving Gordon
"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton
"Looking Through the Eyes of Love" by Hamlisch and Sager
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" by John and Rice
"Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
"Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie
"Stand by Me" by Ben E. King
"I'll Always Love You" by Taylor Dane
The mother-son dance:
"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder
"Wind Beneath My Wings" by Silbar and Henley
"Summer Wind" by Major and Mercer
"My Mother's Eyes" by Gilbert and Baer
The father-daughter dance:
"My Heart Belongs to Daddy" by Cole Porter
"Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof by Harnick and Bock
"Thank Heaven for Little Girls" from Gigi by Lerner and Loewe
"My Girl" by Robinson and White
"The Times of Your Life" by Paul Anka
Finally, it is not enough to say that wedding music ties up everything at the wedding, but even more than that, wedding music creates everything. The couples, married long ago, hear "Wedding March" by Mendelssohn in their souls on each anniversary of their wedding. Who does not show tears, listening to this magnificent piece of wedding music? If you select a live music performance, it will wake up even deeper emotions and feelings, creating an atmosphere of happiness, joyfulness and harmony during the wedding process.
Luckily, we have a great choice of music today so that if you are a rave culture fan and suppose to include this theme into your wedding process, there are rave pieces, which will produce the best impression even on your ninety year old grandfather.