Having conducted and officiated at hundreds of wedding ceremonies, I can tell you that your choice of music is an absolutely key factor in the success of a ceremony. Aside from the vows, and the wording of the wedding ceremony itself, music really is the next most important aspect and needs careful consideration.
And it’s not just the pieces you choose but how it is played. Think about whether you want to have live music, for instance a harpist, string quartet or small band. Perhaps recorded music is what you prefer, via a CD player or playlist on your iPod. However, even the best behaved music players provided by your venue will occasionally get hiccups and I have been in the embarrassing position of pressing Play and nothing happening more than once. And it has always been at the most crucial moment as the entrance of the bride is announced to the room of awaiting guests!
As an Independent Celebrant I want to ensure that this never happens to my clients so have invested in a very robust outdoor portable PA system with a long battery life which packs a mean punch when the volume’s cranked up! It also enables me to take it into the middle of a forest or on a beach where there’s little likelihood of an electric socket being available.
My PA allows me to play music from a smart phone, USB memory stick or SD card and musicians may hook up to it to amplify their own instrument or voice. I always take it on my rehearsals so that we can have a sound check prior to the big day. It’s the only way to ensure stress-free music!
Just for fun, here’s a link to the Top 30 Wedding “First Dance” list with videos … enjoy!