How to Pick Music for your Wedding Day

When you find your perfect match and are getting ready to plan the perfect wedding and leave your dating life behind, details are everything. A bride has her work cut out for her when she starts looking for the perfect wedding cake, the gown, the place settings, and of course, the music.

Every wedding should have music that compliments the personality of the couple. Traditional classical music selections are popular choices for ceremony music, but if you want your ceremony to be memorable avoiding the Wedding Marches by Wagner and Mendelssohn may help to create a more lasting impression. The one drawback to this is that because the Marches are so recognizable your wedding musicians are more likely to know this than some other choices.

If you plan on getting married in a religious ceremony remember to check with the church officials before selecting your music. There may be limitations on the music and instrumentation that is allowed to be used. From there you should choose and consult your wedding musicians right away to find out what they may or may not be able to perform. It is key to do this as quickly as possible since some of the most popular wedding musicians may be booked up to a year in advance. They can also supply you with a great amount of information as to what will sound the best in the location the ceremony is taking place and what music will suit different parts of the ceremony.

Nuptial Sheet Music

  • Music-Scores.com offers a variety of classical pieces with sheet music in their wedding category. Some of the music listed on the site is only available at a charge or through membership but they do offer a few free selections as well.

  • MusicNotes.com is a great resource for sheet music, especially if you already know what you're looking for. The search function on the site makes it easy to find downloadable sheet music for a large variety of songs as well as music books available for purchase.

  • WeddingSheetMusic.com is a spin off site of MusicNotes.com but makes it easier to find music if you aren't yet sure what you're looking for. Once you click the song title on the site it brings you to the page on MusicNotes.com where you can either purchase or download the selection.

Sound Files

  • WeddingMusic.com offers a small series of samples you can listen to of some wedding music options. They're organized into sections to go along with the parts of the ceremony they are suited to.

  • Wedding Music Central has music to download for purchase but you can listen to a good variety of samples as well.

  • NYCity Weddings lists the lyrics to several more modern wedding appropriate songs along with mp3 downloads of some.

  • Classical Archives has a large list of composers if you are looking for classical music for your ceremony. Once you click on a composer name you can read information about them and download mp3 files.

Information and Advice

  • Bob January offers a list of songs to use as a starting point for deciding what songs will work best for your wedding.

  • Scottish Wedding Music has suggestions for music to set different moods at a Celtic wedding.

  • Elegala also suggests music for the different parts of the wedding and reception.

  • Irish Culture and Customs offers some opinions on what is appropriate and what is inappropriate music for an Irish Wedding.

  • Plan Your Wedding Music is a guide to choosing ceremony and reception music written by Ken Davies.

  • WeddingChannel.com has a section dedicated entirely to choosing wedding music for the ceremony and the reception. Including a list of their Top 10 Processional Songs.

  • The Wedding entry on Wikipedia includes a section on wedding music with information on wedding music for Chinese and Jewish weddings as well as western weddings.

  • Top Wedding Songs listed by DiscJockeys.com compiles a list of the most popular wedding music separated by the parts of the ceremony and reception music.

  • The Knot breaks down the mystery of choosing ceremony music into 3 steps. They also have a section on their website just for wedding music with over 30 articles.

CD Resources

  • Wedding Music USA has listings of wedding songs with links to the Amazon.com page to listen and buy cds and some mp3 versions of the music.

  • How To Plan Your Ceremony Music has sound clips of ceremony songs organized accordingly with sound samples and links to where you can purchase the albums containing the songs.

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