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Kamis, 12 September 2019

Creating the Perfect Atmosphere: Tips on Getting Started With the Wedding Ceremony



Consult with your spouse-to-be about their preferences

Your husband-to-be might be set on that Jack Johnson song. Your wife-to-be might want to include Ave Maria, the song that has been used in her family for generations. You should both be able to come to an agreement or compromise on the songs you wish to use for the ceremony. Ultimately, the music should express the feelings that you have toward each other. If tradition is a factor, then decide if that traditional song is a right fit for your ceremony. Talking to your fiance about your music preferences and making mutual decisions together will also bring you closer to each other. It will be great practice for your married life!

Choose music that will best represent the overall theme

The music during the wedding ceremony should reflect the bigger picture. Your music will create the atmosphere for the event and set the tone for your guests. Discuss your theme with your partner and the overall vibes you want for the ceremony. Will it be traditional or modern? Are you striving for religious practices or celebrating your cultural customs? Perhaps you want the ceremony to reflect your favorite romantic scene from the Parisian or Italian film you both enjoy, or maybe you prefer it to represent something more festive, like the carnival where you shared your first date. Maybe you both share a love for theater and wish to have a Broadway-themed event. The theme of the ceremony will guide you to the type of music you need. If you really want a particular song but it doesn't quite match the rest of your choices, there may be ways to adapt it. Don't be afraid to modify songs to fit your personal taste and the mood and theme of your event.

Choose music that fits your style

Don't worry about including your Great Aunt Muriel's song suggestions for the ceremony. And your bridesmaids should not be pressuring you to use songs they've heard used at "everybody else's" weddings. Remember, this is not your mother's wedding, or your friend's, or some stranger's, it's yours. You should choose the style of music that best represents you, your spouse, your feelings for each other, and your personalities. You don't have to use a song just because it's the number-one choice for weddings. If you don't like a song, don't use it - plain and simple. Find music that you and your partner can both agree on. Don't be afraid to think outside the box. The music you use can be much more meaningful if you choose something that speaks to both of you. Listen to the radio, CD's and explore Pandora, and keep your ears open as you watch movies. You're bound to find a song or instrumental sound that gives you and your partner that same special feeling in your soul.

Choose music that is appropriate for the venue

Where you hold your ceremony may determine the type of music you can choose. Churches may already have pre-approved lists of music that you must stick to, or the pastor may deny the use of certain song requests because of their negative connotations. Certain religious songs may also be insisted upon for certain parts of the ceremony. Restrictions in the use of instruments and musicians may also be a factor. Weddings in nonreligious venues or outdoor weddings may have more room for options, but have their own factors to consider, such as supplying power for electrical instruments, and determining the number of musicians you wish to use. Also, keep in mind that 99 percent of music during a ceremony, aside from traditional hymns, is instrumental. However, this doesn't mean you can't have music with lyrics. Just remember, if you wish to have vocalists, this adds yet another factor to the type of music you might use.

Determine how much music should be used during the ceremony and the order

It's your choice to only have a little music during the ceremony or a lot of it. Keep in mind, though, that it is not a concert; having just enough music to cover the basics can be enough. Remember, your guests came to celebrate you, so it is best not to clutter the ceremony with too much music - keep it classy. If there is no room for some of your song choices, you can always play them during the reception. Also, while having a vocalist or several, or even a chorus, can be beautiful, be sure that their singing will not wear your guests thin with too many vocal numbers, or interfere with important features of the ceremony. You don't want the soloist distracting the guests while shirk or hitting piercing high notes as the bride is walking down the aisle. Opt to have your vocalists lead the hymns, or sing before or after the ceremony. The songs you choose and the placement of them during the ceremony will set the mood and flow of events.

Determine the parts of the ceremony you wish to set to music

Remember that the music is meant to be the glue that holds your ceremony together. You want your event to be able to keep a pleasurable flow. Think about the parts of the ceremony that you are choosing music for. Potential parts of the ceremony that can be set to music may include the prelude, the processional (you can select separate pieces for the wedding party and the bridal entrance), congregational hymns and religious ceremony responses, the lighting of the unity candle, the recessional and the postlude. If you wish to, you may add a vocalist to any of these pieces. Keep in mind that several of these pieces, especially during the processional, may only take a few seconds to move through, so try to choose similar-sounding music for these parts. Instead of trying to cram too many songs into the ceremony, which may disrupt the flow, you can also save some of those songs to be played at the reception instead. An important note: If your ceremony is in a place of worship, remember to get your list of song selections approved by the coordinator.

Determine the number and type of musicians you desire that fit your style

Size definitely matters - when it comes to musicians at your wedding. Consider your space limitations at the venue beforehand to make sure there's enough room for all the musicians you need and all the equipment they require. Choose musicians that not only best fit your chosen style, but who are also comfortable with that style. String quartets are lovely for traditional weddings, while contemporary weddings can be very charming with just a solo pianist, saxophonist, or acoustic guitar player. Churches may have their own musicians besides the organist that you might use. You may also want to consider choosing an instrument that's unique to your individual culture if it's important to you. Feel free to include family members with musical talents in your ceremony also. Just bear in mind that not all musicians are created equal. If you ask someone who is not a professional, understand that they may not exactly perform perfectly on the big day.

Don't hesitate to ask for advice

With so many choices and varieties of music to pick from, it can get easy to become lost or overwhelmed. Don't be afraid to ask your close friends or people who know you well for help if you need it. Ask a newly married friend about their experiences in selecting music and any tips about what they did or what they would have done differently. You might even want to hold off on booking musicians until you've decided on your musical choices. However, you might also considering welcoming the advice and ideas of the professional musicians whom you hire - they may be able to suggest something that's right up your alley. Listening to CD's of popular wedding music can help you get the ball rolling as well. Ultimately, the selection of music is up to you and your fiance, so choose what feels right for you!

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