Getting married? Well, congratulations! Do you play on hiring a wedding singer? If so, you’re probably wondering about how to organise the music for your ceremony. In this post, I explain.
Talk your wedding singer
The first step is to discuss what you want. Sometimes meet the bride and groom or, most often, talk to them on the phone — last year I had a pre-wedding meeting via Skype with a groom living in San Diego!
What should you discuss?
If you’re hiring me for your wedding, I’ll want to know your schedule — start and finish times, for example. I’ll also need to find out which songs you’d like me to sing. As long as you give me enough notice, I can usually learn songs that aren’t already in my repertoire.Are you enjoying this article? If so, please share. Click To Tweet
A typical wedding ceremony music schedule
From my experience as a wedding singer, I usually play three requested songs:
- when the bride walks down the aisle
- when the bride and groom sign the wedding register
- when the bride and groom leave their guests for photos.
Here’s how it all works:
For about 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to take place, I entertain wedding guests with six or seven numbers. A wedding is a happy occasion, so I like to play what I call “sunshine music”— some reggae, a bit of jazz, etc. Here are some examples of songs I like to play before the ceremony: Red, red wine, Always on my mind, Moon dance and Fly me to the moon.
2: Walking down the aisle
When the bride arrives, I stop what I’m doing and begin playing the first requested song to accompany the bride as she walks down the aisle. I usually don’t play the entire song, just enough for the bride to make it to the altar and a moment or two once she gets there. For me, it’s important to keep an eye on what’s happening so that I know the appropriate times to start and finish playing.
3: Signing the wedding register
Okay, you’ve said your “I dos,” so it’s time to sign the wedding register. While you do this, I perform another song of your choosing.
4: Leaving for photos
Then, I play a requested song as you leave your guests to have photos taken.
Here are some songs that have been popular requests:
- All I want is you (U2)
- A thousand years (Christina Perri)
- Somewhere over the rainbow (many artists)
- If I could (Tahuna Breaks)
- Always on my mind (Tiki Tane)
- When you say nothing at all (Ronan Keating).
5: Post ceremony
Finally, I entertain your guests for about 30 minutes.
So, there you have it. All it takes for the live music at your wedding ceremony to be a success is a little planning.