If music be the food of love, play on…

27th Jun 2019

You’ve found the perfect venue, chosen the dress, sent the invitations, and you’ve even chosen the food. But have you thought about the songs you’ll walk down the aisle to? Wedding aisle songs are an incredibly memorable part of your big day.

bride, groom and guests in a chapel wedding

For many, music plays a big part in their lives. However, the exact music they want for this momentous occasion is often something that isn’t thought about until close to the day. Yes, you may have booked the musician or band you like well in advance – which we highly recommend! But telling them exactly what you want to hear before you say ‘I do’ is another matter. When it does come to deciding what you want, you can go from having no idea, to having too much choice.

Music is highly emotive however, and your processional song is one that will mean a lot to you for the rest of your life. It is important not to become so focused on what you will dance to for the first time that you forget about the music that will be playing as you take those all important steps towards your one true love.

Think about the kind of ceremony you are having. How will the music you love fit in with it? Kate Middleton walking down the aisle of Westminster Abbey along an avenue of trees has got to be one of the most memorable moments of the last decade. As she walked down the aisle she heard ‘I Was Glad’ by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry from Psalm 122 as did the rest of the world. This dramatic piece reflected the grandeur of the occasion. It also has historic connections to the Royal Family as it is often performed during coronations.

Miranda Kerr, walked towards Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel to the sound of Arvo Part’s ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’ before they said their vows last year. As well as apparently being a favourite song of hers, it mirrored what was to become her new name. The music fitted well with the low-key, intimate ceremony they had.

Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel on their wedding day

Miranda Kerr, credit Patrick Demarchelier and Vogue.

Of course, the songs you’ll walk down the aisle to don’t have to be a classical or religious piece. Bruno Mars’ Marry You has become a very popular choice, as have a number of Ed Sheeran songs and it’s easy to see why! As well as being romantic, songs that are heard on the radio a lot often remind couples of special moments in their life. Singer Alecia Beth Moore, or Pink as most people know her, went for something more popular with Billy Joel’s ‘More Than A Woman’ as she walked along the beach to say her vows. Many musicians and bands will be happy to put their own spin on popular songs too. That helps your ceremony have that unique touch and often gets guests talking as well.

A really romantic touch is to let the groom choose the song for his bride to walk down the aisle to. We’ve heard of some beautiful choices when the bride has given her man free reign from ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers to ‘Lucky Man’ by The Verve. It certainly sparks a few heartfelt tears especially if this is listed as ‘chosen by the groom’ in the hymn sheet or ceremony programme guests receive as they arrive.

It’s important to think about the surroundings and setting of your ceremony. For example, if you love opera but are getting married in a smaller venue, try to go for a softer piece that won’t have people at the front clutching their ears. Speak to your singer, musician or band about their recommendations and experiences. After all, they will have performed at a lot of weddings and can offer practical tips. See if there’s something at your venue you can take advantage of too. Here at Birdsall House, we have a grand piano in our historic Oval Room. We can recommend a number of excellent and experienced pianists.

the oval room wedding venue at Birdsall House

Our Oval Room which can be transformed into a ceremony venue

Whatever your taste in music, if you haven’t yet given your song list to your chosen performer take the time to sit down with your partner and listen to some of your favourite tunes. You’ll have a great time sharing memories. By the end of it, you’ll no doubt have come to a decision that will leave you even more excited for your special day.

Want to talk about hosting your wedding day at Birdsall? We’d love to hear from you! Just get in touch.

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