Music plays a huge part of many people’s lives and indeed their relationships, and it can define a wedding. From the church music to the drinks reception, the first dance to the last, if music is important to you and your fiance then it should certainly play a key role in your wedding celebrations. If you are having a church wedding there may be restrictions on the type of songs you can include in your ceremony; in fact some churches many not allow any secular music to be played during the ceremony at all. Choose a musician or singer who will help to create a beautiful atmosphere no matter what the song; and don’t forget that you may have a friend or family member with a musical gift to ensure that your day is truly special.
Don’t forget about music for the drinks reception! There is nothing worse than a crowd of people gathered in a room without any background music to soften the din. Most venues will provide this, but make sure to ask and of course you can suggest or provide music yourself that you would like played during the reception and indeed the meal. If you have space within your budget, you might be able to hire someone to play for the reception such as a pianist (if a piano is available), a jazz trio or even a traditional Irish band.
You will be paying quite a large chunk of your budget for entertainment, so do not under any circumstances feel like you can’t tell them what to play! Most bands and DJs will have sample playlists – if you have absolute must-haves and absolute don’t’s, share these with them. I could only imagine having a fantastic night, only to hear a Westlife song and have a complete meltdown! On the flipside, the band could break into a version of The Cure or Foo Fighters, and I would love them and my wedding forever!
The first dance is a huge decision to make together. There are the fail-safes: At Last, Unforgettable, The Way You Look Tonight…but unless these are some of your all time favourite songs, don’t bother! It doesn’t have to be your typical slushy, romantic ballad. It could be something like Babylon by David Gray, Sway by Bic Runga, or even something totally rock and roll like Shook Me All Night Long by ACDC! Here’s a list of my favourite alternative love songs to inspire you:
Alanis Morrissette – Head Over Feet
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
Alison Krauss – Baby, Now That I’ve Found You
Aqualung – Brighter Than Sunshine
Foo Fighters – Everlong
Bell X1 – Rocky Took a Lover
Blur – The Universal
Chantal Kreviazuk – Feels Like Home
Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter
Journey – Faithfully
Otis Redding – Try a Little Tenderness
Greenday – Waiting
Jamie Cullum – Everlasting Love
Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Madness – It Must Be Love
Muse – Unintended
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Snow Patrol – Open Your Eyes
Van Morrisson – Days Like This
Don’t forget to check with your band if your first dance is already in the repertoire; if not, are they willing to learn? If not, ensure they have a good quality copy of the song that can be played, and have a backup copy for the venue just in case!