How many times have you gone to a wedding only to hear the same boring, un-meaningful music that the couple chooses for their ceremony? Well it's time to stop the madness! Don't get me wrong, I love hearing Bach's Air on a G String...but come on folks does that really signify you as a couple?
There is so much music out there and there is nothing better than to see a couple choose music for their ceremony that really reflects them. Plus there are musicians that can turn a rock anthem to a moving piece played by a string quartet. A couple of my favorite examples of this is U2's With or Without You and Gordon Lightfoot's If You Could Read My Mind as interpreted by Scala & Kolacny Brothers, "a youth choir from Aarschot, Belgium, roughly sixty teenage girls, directed by two talented brothers." They have turned these rock masterpieces into an ethereal dream like songs that is perfect for any wedding.
Another one of my favorite songs for weddings at the moment is Jason Mraz's I'm Yours (From the Casa Nova Sessions), found on his new album We Sing We Dance We Steal Things (Bonus Track Version found on iTunes). This is one of my all time favorite songs, but the acoustic version he released is perfect for either a processional or recessional. To take the words from Mr. M-Z, "And It's our God-intended right to be loved love loved love love."
I think couples should start thinking about music that carries "them" from the the ceremony to the reception. It makes it more of a couture event rather than a cookie cutter wedding. So couples, as you plan your grand day, don't leave the music to tradition. Start your own traditions and choose songs that have meaning to you as a couple. There is nothing better than hearing music that pulls on your heartstrings as you walk down the aisle. Trust me, it will be memorable not only for you but your guests as well.
Photo from Jason Mraz