One cannot help but appreciate the grand affair that every wedding turns out to be—interwoven with magical moments and propelled with grace, happiness and that thick, heady scent of love.
Ah yes, that’s how it is often proclaimed: love is in the air! There’s a romantic air surrounding every wedding, which—while you might not be able to see—you can definitely hear.
Cue a live band—transforming the air with their musical fluency—serenading everyone present at the wedding with expertly-curated wedding music while squeezing and plucking each note out of their instruments.
Is your special wedding day approaching as well? Do you want to create a musical fantasy on your wedding but are stuck with where to begin? Ever caught yourself asking:
- Which kind of music will be right for my wedding?
- Can a live band play what I suggest?
- What if I want something different?
If you seek an answer for these questions, you’ve come to the right place! Let String Musicians Australia guide you in fine-tuning live music for your wedding.
More than Wedding Bells
The job of a wedding band isn’t just to play live music for weddings—or simply chalk up your favourite songs like an iTunes or Spotify playlist. A far more important responsibility sits on a band’s shoulders: gauging the mood and hitting the right notes to sweep guests off their feet.
Understanding how people react to music and making them smile and tap their feet Is not an easy feat. This is why it is important for you to select the right band who’s up for the job.
More than that, the band should be able to pick your ideas and mould them to deliver an eventful line-up of music. This customising can be a key to personalizing every moment of your very special day.
Admittedly, you (and the live band, of course) have got many options to choose from—baroque, classical, romantic, tango, jazz, pop and folk. But what exactly fits the bill for your wedding?
Let’s take a look at what can be played when during your special day:
- A Portal to Prelude: The prelude is the time before the wedding when guests arrive and shift and seat themselves before warming up and breaking into light talk.
During this time, the band should simply melt into the background, calmly playing ambient and upbeat music to make guests feel comfortable and welcome.
Classical, upbeat, wedding music shines here, or any mellow track for that matter (with the ability to exist and not evade personal space). Your best choice is always a string quartet, as this provides the fullest harmonies. A string quartet comprises two violins, a viola and cello. The next best option is a string trio, comprising of two violins and a cello.
- Proceeding to Processional: When guests are seated and anticipation hangs heavy in the air, it is time for the arrival of the bridal party. And what better way to announce this than with a traditional wedding song or your favourite song, arranged for string quartet (at no extra cost to you!).
If you prefer traditional, then this is where the very famous ‘Wedding March’ by Wagner is usually played. Of course, it is not the only song to top the procession charts. ‘Canon in D’ by Pachelbel is also a beautiful work worth playing.
But what if you’re looking for something different? Something more modern? How about an instrumental of ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri or Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’. Whatever your favourite song, String Musicians Australia will arrange it for string quartet at no extra charge.
Psst! Movie themes can easily be incorporated as wedding music by classical bands and quartets. Ask your band and find out how they can add a unique a flavour to your wedding.
- Signing the Register: The big event—and pretty straightforward when it comes to wedding music. This is classical and baroque You want emotions to be visible on those violin strings as each note reverberates within you and your significant other.
This moment demands a simple, passionate tone, letting your feelings overflow with love.
Of course, if you prefer modern pop songs during this time, that’s no problem. During the signing of the register, your string quartet will perform two of your selected songs.
- Roused at Recessional: This is where the fun begins. You know this too, because there’s a good chance you’ve planned your grand exit after saying I do.
Recessionals call for something bright, lively, ready to announce not just any exit, but a grand, joyous and alive
While taking a traditional path is always a welcome (‘Wedding March’ by Mendelssohn), this is your moment, after all. Go nuts with a mix of lively pop, jazz and romantic songs, or even something entirely wild like tango that suits the two of you.
You can glide to the exit—hand-in-hand with your significant other—on Norah Jones’ ‘Come Away with Me’, or dance with the very upbeat ‘Fools Rush In’ by Elvis Presley.
The choice is yours, of course. The recessional is that one part of your wedding where you can truly break the notion and signify who you two are as a couple. Imagine this to be your theme to break into a new life.
Talking for the Tunes
When it comes to picking the right tracks, communication is key to forge a better understanding of what you want and what the band can deliver.
You’re looking for a band that can not only cover your requests, but can also throw suggestions and improve the overall experience. They should be experienced enough to fine-tune your wedding day into a ballad that you’ll never forget. Since 2011, String Musicians Australia has performed for over 2,000 weddings Australia-wide!
Customizing wedding music comes down to how flexible your band is; from arranging compositions outside their libraries, incorporating your favourite songs from popular artists and movies, to navigating you and your guests without you—or anyone for that matter—even noticing.
At the end of the day, all you want is that magical essence of love to permeate the air. As you dance out to the rhythm of your life (with the partner of your life, of course), the only thing to add is a smile of contentment on your face.
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– Article by String Musicians Australia Content Writer, Hussain Delhvi.