Choosing the perfect music for your Wedding Ceremony and Reception
From welcoming your guests as they arrive to making the last dance of the night memorable, music is an important part of your wedding day.
Julian brings with him a wealth of experience as a professional wedding entertainer to provide you with expert guidance when it comes to choosing the music for your special day.
The wedding service includes a free consultation where you can provide a clear vision of your entertainment needs, including any special requests from the classical, jazz or pop repertoire.
Book Julian as a solo wedding pianist, piano vocalist, or as one half of vocal duo ‘Fine and Mellow’ to give your big day the perfect ambiance only sensitively performed live music can bring.
Piano for Church Services, Civil Ceremonies, Civil Partnerships..
If you are having a Civil Ceremony why not make it all the more personal by making an entrance to you or your fiancés favorite song, even if it is by Britney Spears!
If you have a church wedding ceremony it maybe worth choosing well known hymns so that people can join in. Alternatively opt for something more modern if the vicar agrees. Many couples choose a poignant piece for when the Bride makes her way up the aisle, whilst live music is beautiful to listen to during the signing of the register, and perfect for soothing nerves.
At summer weddings, al fresco music sounds superb, with Julian or ‘Fine and Mellow’ ideal to keep your guests entertained in the sunshine at your wedding reception venue while you have your photo shoot.
If you are struggling to choose the right music for the ceremony, here are a few suggestions from my repertoire:
Whilst the guests are arriving:
It’s best to select music to create an intimate atmosphere, keeping it relaxed and tranquil. Choose from traditional/classical genres, make it more contemporary, or select a blend of old and new to cover all tastes. Here are some examples:
Traditional / Classical
Cavatina (audio), Bach’s Air in G, Debussies Claire De Lune, Chopin’s Preludes, Mozarts Piano Concerto No. 21, Liszt’s ‘Leibestraume’,Gounod’s ‘Ave Maria’ Einaudi’s ‘Nuvole Bianche’ or Irish traditional ballads such as ‘Down By the Sally Gardens’ (audio),, or ‘As She Walked Through The Fayre’
Chasing Cars (audio), Feel My Love (audio), Romeo and Juliet, Annie’s Song, Always a Woman, Come Away With Me, Nobody Does It Better, Somewhere Out There,You Are So Beautiful (audio) , You’ve Got A Friend, Wonderful World, Your Song (audio), This Years Love (audio), Have I Told You Lately
When I Fall in Love (audio), The Nearness of You (audio), My Funny Valentine (audio), Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man, Someone To Watch Over Me, That Ole Devil Called Love, Bewitched
For the bride walking up the aisle (‘the Processional’):
Pachabels Canon (audio), the ‘Romantic Wedding March’ (audio), The Wedding (audio), Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba, or the traditional arrangement of Handel’s Wedding March if you prefer . .
During the signing of the register:
Section of relaxing classical music / light ballads similar to the music accompanying the guests arrival such as The Ashokan Farewell (audio),
Coming back down the aisle (‘the Recessional’):
The traditional choice would be Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, but also popular are:
Handel’s Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba, My Baby Just Cares for Me, or any celebratory tunes you like Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours (audio), ‘Rule the World’ (audio), ‘Top of the World’, ‘My First, My Last, My Everything’
During dinner gentle, romantic music can only add to that special meal, and Julian will play any requests - especially tunes that hold a special meaning. Music can be tailored to themed weddings, such as 007, Show Tunes, Musicals or Bollywood.
Following dinner why not have ‘Fine and Mellow’ for upbeat jazz, soul or pop to create a lively feel, adding class and sophistication to proceedings. One idea is to have musical request slips which can be put on the tables at the evening reception for guests to complete and chose their favourite tunes. This will ensure there is something to suit all tastes.