My Wedding - - PLANNING - By Lisa Hill www.beau­ti­

Long gone are the days of your only op­tion for your grand en­trance be­ing a bri­dal march. While this tra­di­tional piece of mu­sic still has its place, to­day’s wed­ding mu­sic selec­tions are ex­haus­tive. Songs do tend to have their own ex­piry date, with favourites like Beau­ti­ful Day fin­ish­ing ev­ery cer­e­mony in one wed­ding sea­son. A great com­bi­na­tion of songs can make or break a wed­ding, the lyrics set­ting the tone for the celebration and re­flect­ing you as a cou­ple.

Where do you start if you don’t have a spe­cial song that means some­thing to you, the one you both lis­tened to when you first met or a tune that reminds you of a key mile­stone in your re­la­tion­ship? We of­ten sug­gest our clients think about what songs they’ve heard at other wed­dings that stood out. Per­haps there’s a spe­cial song your par­ents had at their wed­ding. You can Google Top 20 wed­ding songs and, while you do risk gen­er­at­ing lists from ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing Ce­line Dion to El­ton John, there is plenty of in­spi­ra­tion out there on the world wide web to help.

Another im­por­tant thing to con­sider is whether the mu­sic is ap­pro­pri­ate for the style of your wed­ding. Does it fit your per­son­al­i­ties and who you are as a cou­ple? Are the songs long enough to get ev­ery­one down the aisle or do you need two sep­a­rate pieces of mu­sic? There are usu­ally four key pieces of mu­sic se­lected for a wed­ding: • The brides­maids’ and bride’s en­trance – a mean­ing­ful and slow piece for the en­trance; there can be two songs if the bride would like her own en­trance song. • Sign­ing of the mar­riage li­cence – of­ten two songs due to the length of time taken for ev­ery­one to do the of­fi­cial sig­na­tures. • Pro­ces­sion at the con­clu­sion of the cer­e­mony – this should be up­beat and set the tone for celebration. • First Dance – well, there are no rules for this one - it all de­pends on what mag­i­cally chore­ographed rou­tine you’ve man­aged to per­fect.

Some cou­ples also opt for a song to an­nounce them into the re­cep­tion, how­ever this is not al­ways a must have.

We’ve com­piled some of our favourites and hope you find them help­ful when com­pil­ing the mu­sic for your big day. 1. Love is End­less - Mozella

2. Marry Me - Train

3. Kiss Me - Ed Sheeran

4. Hey Ho - Lu­m­i­neers 5. Make You Feel My Love - Adele

6. You Got Me – Col­bie Cail­lat

7. A Thou­sand Years - Christina Perri

8. Is this Love – Bob Mar­ley

9. Ev­ery­thing - Michael Bu­ble

10. Only You - Ya­zoo

11. 1,2,3,4 - Plain White T’s

12. Time of my life – Bill Med­ley and Jen­nifer Warnes

13. I won’t give up – Ja­son Mraz

14. Make You Feel My Love – Bryan Ferry

15. My Des­tiny - Lionel Ritchie

16. Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart

17. Some­where over the rain­bow - Is­rael Ka­makawi­wole

18. Love you till the end – The Pogues

19. I Love You For Sen­ti­men­tal Rea­sons - Natalie Cole

20. Just The Way You Are - Harry Con­nick Jr

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