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It is of course important to note that some churches and religious marriage celebrants may frown upon certain types of modern music, so talk over your choices with them.
Civil ceremonies are more flexible, and provide a great opportunity for you to roll out a string quartet, acoustic duo, or just line up the music on your device and have someone you trust coordinate the timing.
For traditional weddings, music will be used at the following times:
❏ incidental music before the wedding. This can start as early as 30 minutes before the ceremony.
❏ the processional - entry of the bridal party.
❏ hymns or music during the service.
❏ the signing of the register
❏ the recessional - the bride and groom’s departure.
❏ incidental music for the departure of the guests.
When it comes to the reception, your budget and musical tastes will dictate whether you opt for a band, DJ, or a simple playlist.
Each have their pros and cons, but remember that a DJ should be able to get a feel for the crowd and mix up the songs to suit the mood; a band will have a set repertoire, so check with them before booking; and a playlist can take a long time to compile, and you risk getting hijacked by overly enthusiastic, thrash metal loving, guests!
Dance floor favourites
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Beyoncé
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Michael Bublé
On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Gimme All Your Lovin – ZZ Top
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
I’ll Be There for You – The Rembrandts
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…) – Lou Bega