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Are you wondering how to choose the right music for your wedding? While you are thinking about flowers and cakes, wedding destinations, vows, vows, and all the other details, it is important to consider your ceremony timeline.

Music sets the tone and stirs emotions. It also shares a message with your guests. So choosing the right songs is crucial, as well as making sure they are appropriate for the ceremony. These are our top tips to help you choose the right music.

The basics

What number of songs are needed for wedding music in Sydney? You have three major moments to choose a theme for your processionals (one each), and the recessional. The song your partner chooses for the processional can also be the one that the wedding party dances down the aisle to. Or they could have their own tune, just like you.

Make sure to check with your venue

Talk to your officiant if you are having a wedding at a house of worship to find out if there are any restrictions on what songs you can use. You might find a list of traditional songs, often religious, at more conservative venues. Some venues will allow any music as long as it is not recorded and instrumental. Others may only allow the most progressive music, but they must be approved by the officiant first. Learn the rules and follow them.

Take a look at your history

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been together, there will always be a song, artist or genre of music you love. Do you have a favorite song that you can belt out in your car? One that you dance to in the kitchen. One of you has heard a song that made you think about the other. Perhaps you were at a concert with an artist you love. These will all help you find a song that is truly meaningful.

Check out the lyrics

Although it may seem obvious, you should make sure to read the lyrics before you press “play” at your ceremony. Consider “Every Breath You Give” by The Police. This song is often heard at weddings, but Sting insists that it’s about jealousy and obsession, as well as a lost love. It’s not how you want your marriage to start.

Select a theme

To give your processionals more cohesiveness, you can choose a theme that will tie them together. This could include songs of the same type, songs with the same tempo, and songs from the same time period. This will allow for a smoother flow between songs during the wedding process.

Consider the feeling you’re trying to create

You want your main feeling to be love, but do you prefer something more calm and subtle, upbeat or something that guests won’t pick up on? Maybe an instrumental of that rap song you both love to dance to. You don’t have to choose a genre you’re not familiar with, especially if it’s an acoustic or instrumental version which will make your guests smile and nod along the aisle.

Make it a surprise

You and your partner can each pick your own processional songs and share them only after you are on the aisle. This will personalize your ceremony. You could choose a song that reflects your feelings about your partner. It could be a song they are familiar with that they would love to hear or one that evokes a special moment. Make sure to let your planner know which song you have chosen and that you both have tissues.

Celebrate!

Your recessional song should be up-tempo, fun, and ready to get the party going. You’re just getting married. Choose a song that will get you dancing down the aisle and have your guests singing along. You can also surprise your guests with a surprise. You can have anything, from a gospel choir singing “Oh Happy Day” through “Signed Sealed, Delivered It’s Yours,” by Stevie Wonder, to Jay-Z’s “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce. Have fun.