It’s the first time everyone (including your almost-husband!) will see you, so it goes without saying your walking-downthe-aisle music (technical term: the processional) needs to be on point. But there’s more to ceremony music than just the opening number. You’ll need around 10–15 minutes of music to cover the signing of the register, a tune to head back up the aisle as Mr and Mrs to, along with any other music you want to include – a civil ceremony doesn’t have to mean no singing! Chat to your registrar about involving guests in a singalong (someone leading this is a must, so rope in a willing usher), hire a contemporary choir, or go full Love Actually with a pop-up instrumental surprise.
Amazing ceremony music doesn’t have to mean a serious spend either – swap a string quartet for a classical guitarist, or just put together a CD with your song choices and brief a volunteer on what to play when. Think about the tone you want to create for your ceremony music – you might want to keep it more serious when you first walk in, before going for a contemporary, upbeat song for your exit. It’s completely up to you though – the whole ceremony can be as traditional or as contemporary as your musical tastes allow.
YOUR CEREMONY MUSIC WILL SET THE TONE FOR THE DAY