Bring the Music

Five unique ways to incorporate music into your wedding day.

Heart with tape image via Shutterstock

Heart with tape image via Shutterstock

One of the most personal parts of a wedding is the music. Don’t leave the playlist entirely to the band or DJ; take time to choose songs you love. And don’t be afraid to skip the traditional pieces and opt for ones that mean something to you as a couple. Here are five unique ways to bring the music to your Big Day:

Aisle tunes
Sure, “Here Comes the Bride” is fairly standard for the processional. But, why not choose a unique song that represents you as a couple? It’s even fun to have the groom and his men come out to their own song—True Blood’s Stephen Moyer walked down the aisle to Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” when he married Anna Paquin.

Sing “I do”
Croon a section of a special song to your sweetheart instead of reciting vows. Not Grammy nominee material? Plan ahead and have the song played at your ceremony through the sound system instead. Whether it’s funny and silly, or sweet and romantic, make sure it expresses how you feel and is something that is appropriate for the momentous occasion.

Keep memories alive
Remembering those who are no longer with us is always something emotional and special. Play one of their favorite upbeat songs at your reception to keep spirits high. (Here are more heartfelt ways to honor those who have passed away.)

Embrace the past
If your parents’ relationships have always been a source of inspiration for the two of you, play each of the songs they danced to at their own weddings at your reception. You could even find out the songs the other married couples in your family and circle of friends danced to and make a mash-up. They will love that you took time to count them in and will enjoy the trip down memory lane.

The gift of song
If you’re blessed with talented family and friends, ask them to perform at your rehearsal dinner or at your wedding. Whether they sing or play an instrument, they’ll feel included and add a personal touch to the day.

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