Wedding Music Advice

by Steve Pritchard-Jones

Choosing wedding music is an important part of creating the atmosphere for your special day. Here are Steve’s suggestions for various parts of the ceremony and wedding reception:

  1. Ceremony:
  • Processional: This is the music played as the wedding party enters. Traditional choices include Pachelbel’s Canon in D or Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” (Here Comes the Bride). However, you can also choose something more personal to you and your partner. Recently I’ve performed ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran and ‘You’re Still The One’ by Shania Twain and ‘Someone You Loved’ by Lewis Capaldi.
    • Bride’s Entrance: The bride’s entrance is a significant moment. Choose a song that holds meaning for both of you, whether it’s a classic like “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri or something more unique.
    • Signing the Register: Instrumental pieces or a vocal performance can be fitting.
    • Recessional: This music plays as you and your partner exit the ceremony as a married couple. Upbeat and joyful tunes work well here, such as Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” or “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder.
    • 2. Cocktail Hour/Drinks Reception/Evening Reception:
  • Background Music: During cocktail hour and wedding breakfast (dinner), you’ll want music that sets a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Jazz standards, acoustic covers, or instrumental versions of popular songs can work well.
    • First Dance: Choose a song that is meaningful to both of you for your first dance as a married couple. It could be a romantic ballad or a fun, upbeat song – whatever reflects your personalities and relationship.Parent Dances: If you’re including parent dances, select songs that hold significance for you and your parents. These dances are often emotional moments, so choose music that reflects your relationship and feelings.
    • Dancing: For the dance portion of the reception, include a mix of genres and eras to appeal to all your guests. Top 40 hits, classic rock, Motown, and current pop songs are usually popular choices.
    • 3. Special Moments:
  • Consider incorporating special musical moments throughout the day, such as live performances by a vocalist or instrumentalist, a song sung by a family member or friend.

Remember to consider your venue’s sound system capabilities and any restrictions they may have regarding music choices. Additionally, work closely with your DJ, pianist, band, or whoever is providing the music to ensure they understand your vision and preferences for the day.

Reach out to Steve Pritchard-Jones for further help and advice or to discuss your requirements.


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Steve Pritchard-Jones

Steve Pritchard-Jones

I am an independent civil celebrant conducting weddings, celebration of life/funerals, commitment, civil partnership, renewal of vows, adoption welcoming, naming, pet funerals, internment or scatter of ashes, memorials service, and even divorce ceremonies in Shropshire, West Midlands, Mid and North Wales, Derbyshire, Staffordshire & throughout the UK.