Wedding music

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For the song played at weddings frequently, see Bridal Chorus.

Wedding music applies to music played at wedding celebrations, including the ceremony and any festivities before or after the event. The music can be performed live by instrumentalists and/or vocalists or may use pre-recorded songs, depending on the format of the event, traditions associated with the prevailing culture and the wishes of the couple being married.

Entry and ceremony[edit]

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Music can be used to announce the arrival of the participants of the wedding (such as a bride's processional), and in many western cultures, this takes the form of a wedding march. For over 100 years[citation needed] the most popular processional has been the Bridal Chorus from Wagner's Lohengrin (1850), often called "Here Comes The Bride", traditionally played on a church organ or by a string quartet.[citation needed]

Some couples may consider the traditional wedding marches clichéd and choose a more modern piece of music or an alternative such as Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel. Since the televised wedding of Lady Diana to Prince Charles, there has been an upsurge in popularity of Jeremiah Clarke's "Prince of Denmark's March" for use as processional music, a piece that was formerly (and incorrectly) attributed to Henry Purcell as "Trumpet Voluntary".[1][2]

Weddings in other cultures vary from this format; for example in Egypt there is a specific rhythm called the zaffa. Traditionally a belly dancer will lead the bride to the Wedding Hall, accompanied by musicians playing the elzaff, on drums and trumpets, sometimes the flaming torches. This is of unknown antiquity, and may even be from the pre-Islamic era.

At Jewish weddings, the entrance of the groom is accompanied by a tune called Baruch Haba. "Siman Tov" ("Good Tidings") is an all-purpose Jewish celebration song.

During the service there may be a few hymns, especially in liturgical settings.

At the end of the service, in Western services, the bride and groom march down the aisle to a lively recessional tune, the most popular[clarification needed] tune being Mendelssohn's Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream (1826). Another popular choice is Widor's Toccata from Symphony for Organ No. 5 (1880).[3][4]

There are many different styles of music that can be played during the entrance and ceremony.[5]

Post ceremony[edit]

A Jewish wedding procession, 1724, from the book Juedisches Ceremoniel

After the ceremony, there is often a celebratory dance, or reception, where there may be musical entertainment such as a wedding singer, live wedding band, or DJ to play songs for the couple and guests.[6]

Some cultures have specific post-ceremony dance ceremonies. Among Scottish people there may be a traditional Scottish ceilidh and may have an element of formation dancing or folk dances of the region, such as "Strip the Willow", "Dashing White Sergeant", and "The Gay Gordons". "Mairi's Wedding" is also popular in weddings with a Scottish theme.[citation needed]

First Dance[edit]

Nobody dances until the bride and groom have performed their first dance. This is the first time that you and the love of your life dance together as Mr. and Mrs. It should be something that has meaning to you and your partner.

Parent Dances[edit]

To the people who have taught you to be the person you are today, this is a bittersweet moment as their little boy or girl move on to the next phase of their life. Pick something that shows them how much you care for and appreciate them.

Some couples may combine them into one dance or play half of each song in order to save time. [7]

Longevity Dance[edit]

A longevity dance is a way to honor your grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, or anybody else who has been happily married for many years. Your DJ will call all married couples to the dance floor and put on a slow song. After a short time, the DJ will ask anybody who was married that day to move to the side of the dance floor (you and your new spouse, of course). From then we'll ask those married for 3 years to move to the side. From there we'll go to 5, 10, 20 years and on. We'll keep going till there is only one couple left on the dance floor.

Once the longest married couple has been found, they have the opportunity to give advice to the new couple. [8]

Dollar Dance[edit]

Also known as the "Money Dance"[9]

Boquet Toss[edit]

Play a fun song to get all the ladies out on the floor. The first few songs on this playlist are some of the classics, but there are plenty of other fun songs that you can use![10]

Garter Removal/Garter Toss[edit]

What is more amusing than watching the groom pull the garter off of his bride in front of all of his friends and family? Something fun, exciting, and sexy is best.[11]

Line Dances[edit]

Although some people may think they are cheesy, line dances are great ways to get the crowd out to the dance floor![12]

Slow Dances[edit]

Throughout the night, your DJ will slowly escalate the tempo and intensity of the music. Before everybody gets worn out, it's time for a slow song! [13]

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