1) Listen to music. Lots of music!
Go to Barnes and Noble and listen to ceremony music.
There are many Wedding specific CD's out there. Make a
note of the tunes that really touch your heart. I can't
tell you how many couples have told me how much the
music really made their wedding. I can affirm that
statement from my own wedding. Being a professional
musical director, I have just a few musician
friends. Melia and I had a string quartet, a pianist,
and a small choir for our ceremony. It was basically a
concert where we also happened to share our vows! And
you know what I remember the most about our ceremony
nine years later? The music!
2) Talk to your friends (especially
if you have any music teacher or musician friends). They
will know a lot of the great classical works that are
often performed at weddings.
3) Decide what type of
music/musicians would best suit the style of your
wedding. If you're doing a traditional wedding, then you
might want to consider a pianist or organist, classical
music, and a classically trained singer. If you are
doing a contemporary outdoor wedding, then the sky's the
limit -Broadway show tunes to rock n' roll. I'm doing a
wedding this fall on the Virginia Dare boat out at Smith
Mountain Lake. The musical line up includes a Dolly
Parton Song, an Adam Sandler Song (from the movie,
The Wedding Singer, and that 50's favorite by the
Dixie Cups, Going To The Chapel and I'm Going To Get
Married. I'm willing to do any song that is
requested, and you'd be surprised at what I've sung and