Sound Tracks: How to Choose Your Ceremony Music

How do you choose the soundtrack to your wedding ceremony? Should you go for classical music played by a string quartet, a pianist or harpist, or do you dream of walking down the aisle to the tune of your favourite pop song? Charlotte Ricard, creative director at La Fête Bespoke Event Planning, believes that the right ceremony music will amplify and eternalise all the emotions of your day, so you need to get it right. But, just how do you determine what wedding music to play to set the tone for your big day? Charlotte gives her advice…

“Consider the atmosphere you want to create before choosing your ceremony’s soundtrack.”
“Today, weddings are all about the couple inviting their guests into their unique and intimate world,” says Charlotte, “Every aspect of the day, from the invitations right through to the choice of plate is an important element of this personalised world. However, one of the main ones is the choice of music for the ceremony.”

As Charlotte suggests, it is important to consider the atmosphere you want to create on your wedding day before you start choosing the soundtrack of your processionals (when you arrive at your ceremony) and recessional (when you leave).

“There are so many different options out there,” continues Charlotte, “and it can be easy to get confused when it comes down to having to make a choice. But at the end of the day, I always tell my couples to go with what they have been dreaming of, or have pictured in their mind before.

“If you love classical music, then go for the classical harp and singer; if you are more into Indie music, go for an acoustic guitar. Nothing will ever be wrong, so go for what makes you happy.”

In short, don’t be afraid to go off piste. Do something that reflects you. It that means serene, hire some classical musicians; if it means rocking out, hire a band to play your favourite songs live, or have a chorus to sing for you.

“And remember, the recessional symbolises the start of your party, so pick something upbeat and happy.”

Need help working out what musicians you can afford in your wedding budget? Find out using our wedding music infographic.

About Charlotte Ricard

Charlotte Ricard is the founder and creative director of La Fête, a luxury weddings planner based in London. Attentive and passionate, Charlotte works side-by-side her clients to ensure they make magical and everlasting memories on their wedding day. Discover more about La Fête.

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