I love playing for wedding ceremonies: they are a very special part of the day.
I normally play for the following parts of a wedding ceremony:
As your guests arrive (around 20 / 30 minutes)
For the bridal party's entrance (up to 2 minutes)
During the signing of the register (around 5 / 6 minutes)
For the new married couple's exit (up to 5 minutes whilst your guests exit afterwards)
This fits very well with a civil ceremony. For a religious or humanist ceremony we can add or remove pieces, as suits you. I am very happy to include extra pieces or leave out pieces for other musicians to play e.g. an organist playing for the bridal entrance.
I take one request per couple at my standard rate, and take on more requests on a commission basis. I offer one hour's music consultation to discuss your music choices: this can be in person at my home in Oxford, via Skype or as a phone call.
Wedding Ceremony Suggestions:
Entrance of the Bridal Party - dignified, stately, romantic
I look for a piece that the bride feels comfortable with and enjoys moving to, and that I can finish
within a few moments of her arriving at the top of the aisle.
Welsh waltzes: Cader Idris (Arthur's Seat) or the Ashgrove
River Flows in Me (Bella's Lullaby from Twilight) - Yiruma
Celtic Wedding March - Traditional
Signing of the Register - reflective, beautiful, peaceful
This is often five minutes long so two pieces can be used. If you have a request, this is often the
best place to play it.
Pachelbel's Canon - Johan Pachelbel
The Flower Duet from Lakme - Delibes
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Exit of the Newly Married Couple - celebratory, bright, joyous
Five minutes of music as the newly wed couple and guests exit the room. This can be a great place
for a slightly unusual request.
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Won’t you come home with me? - Irish jig
Cantina Band – John Williams
Everlong - FooFighters
Civil Ceremony restrictions
In the UK, we cannot use any piece with religious or sacred associations for a civil ceremony. However, there are many beautiful pieces that can convey that same sense of calm and beauty without the religious associations. Another option you might to consider is including your favourite religious piece later in the proceedings: perhaps as part of a blessing, or during your speeches, or to walk in to the wedding breakfast.