Let’s be honest, choosing songs for your wedding day has never been at the top of the priorities list, and when you do think about it, it’s a bit of a mine field, don’t you think?
For such a special occasion as your Wedding, a live musician is a MUST!!! Unless you are a musician, it’s difficult to know what songs sound good on a violin, or a harp etc.
Sometimes it helps to know what music other people have chosen. It can get your juices flowing. So, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 Wedding Ceremony songs chosen by my Brides so far in 2018, (all of the below sound great on violin).
First, let’s start with the Bridal Entrance…
- Pachelbel’s Kanon is the modern day traditional entrance music which seems to have taken over from the traditional Wedding March. This one usually goes down well with the Mums, and being 7 minutes long, it gives you the chance to really milk walking down the aisle, long with your Bridesmaids. This song has been the favourite entrance song for 3 years running now…winner!!! (Check back next month to see a video of me playing Pachelbel’s Kanon)
- A Thousand Years – Christina Perri has remained a favourite through 2017 and 2018. Not only are the words perfect but it also sounds lovely on the violin
3. To my surprise, The Wedding March – Mendelssohn has made a come back. Absolutely perfect for a church wedding and not only a favourite of the Mums, but Nan’s love this one too. Being only 2 minutes long, this probably isn’t one for you if you have 10 bridesmaids but if you’re going for a traditional English feel you can’t go wrong (Check back next month to see a video of me playing The Wedding March – Mendelssohn)
After you’re vows and the exchange of rings, you’ll be announced as Husband & Wife (Eeeek!) which gives you the opportunity for cheeky kiss before you take a seat to sign the official marriage register. This takes literally a minute and then a dummy register is put in the official registers place ready for your photographer and guests to take photo’s. This can take up to 10 minutes, so I always advise my Brides to choose 4 songs for this part of the Ceremony, just to be on the safe side.
Let’s have a look at the top 4 chosen songs for the signing of the register…
Signing Of the Register
4. All Of Me – John Legend is the 2nd song that has been in the top 10 for the 3rd year running now, always being a strong choice for the signing of the register. This is absolutely one of my favourites and is also perfect for your first dance
5. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri is a winner yet again…appearing twice in a top 10 is pretty good going isn’t it? This is perfect for the signing of the register as it’s one that everyone seems to know, and it has a calm yet magical feel about it
6. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran is the 4th song to remain in the top 10 for 3 years running, being a favourite for the signing of the register.
7. When Perfect – Ed Sheeran was released in 2017 I was absolutely certain that everybody would want this, but my Brides didn’t take immediate interest in it which did cause me to doubt how popular this song would be for Weddings. Alas, I was wrong as it’s now made it into the Top 10 Wedding Ceremony Songs chosen by my Brides in 2018 (Check back next month to see a video of me playing Perfect – Ed Sheeran)
TIP: The best advice I could give you about your exit song is to choose one that has a short introduction, especially if you have booked a live musician, otherwise, you’ve begun walking back up the aisle, and before the musician gets to play their first note, you’ve gone, shortly followed by your guests.
Here are the top 3 exit songs chosen by my Brides…
Married Couple’s Exit
8. You know a good exit song when it makes people want to sing along, dance and cheer. Marry You – Bruno Mars is another to remain in the top 3 favourite ceremony exit songs throughout 2016, 2017 and 2018, and with an introduction of 12 seconds it gives the perfect amount of time for guests to clap and cheer before you begin your first walk as Mr & Mrs (Check back next month to see a video of me playing Marry You – Bruno Mars)
9. Viva La Vida – Coldplay is another to remain in the top 3 favourite ceremony exit songs throughout 2016, 2017 and 2018. The intro is 13 seconds long and really gets people tapping their feet. A brilliant, upbeat, feel good song (Check back next month to see a video of me playing Viva La Vida – Coldplay)
10. Wedding March – Lohengrin has made a surprising come back. It has been years and years since since any of my Brides chose this as an exit songs, and all of a sudden this is one of the most chosen for 2018. The intro is only 9 seconds and has a very powerful, regal and uplifting feel from the very first note. (Check back next month to see a video of me playing Wedding March – Lohengrin)
Next month my blog will reveal my wedding songs, and I’ll be telling you how you can make your Wedding Ceremony song choices personal to you & your Wedding