I've gotten a few reader requests asking me about the music we used for our wedding ceremony. So, here y'all go:
Image Courtesy of: Miranda Laine Photography
Our wedding ceremony was very casual and simple so we opted to nix having any live musicians or tons of different selections. Instead of the more traditional having-a-different-song-play-when-each-member-of-the-wedding-party-walks-the-aisle, we selected one song for everyone to walk into. And that song? Exactly the same one that played as a processional song for our Alaskan civil ceremony.
"Forever" by The Dropkick Murphys - New England dwellers know and love this band (and probably had this song play during their own wedding at some point). For the rest of you, this is a Irish punk band that wrote a beautiful, non-schmaltzy song about love making you stronger and better. It's got a great musical build that works really well for a wedding processional.
No music played during the wedding ceremony. I really wanted to focus on the words and readings and knew that music would just be a distraction. No one seemed to mind. The recessional was the song "Perfect" by Sara Evans. This is a pop-style, country song about how how marriage doesn't have to be a silly fairy tale to be great. It was a sweet way to leave our wedding ceremony.
For about a half and hour before the ceremony, we played a variety of country music love songs (from Johnny Cash to Trace Adkins to the Zac Brown Band) as a subtle nod to my dad (who introduced us and LOVED country music). All the music was played from my iPod and our Bose speaker system. It worked great and the sound was amazing. To organize the music, I just made separate playlists for each section of the ceremony - labeled "Processional", "Recessional", and "Pre-Ceremony Music". My friend Peabs manned the iPod and pushed the right playlist when our day-of-coordinator, Jana Evans, instructed.
What music did you/are you using for your wedding ceremony?