3 Great Ways To Include Music on your Wedding Day
Music is often one of the last things people consider for their wedding day, but it’s also one of the best ways to add a romantic atmosphere, liven the party or simply allow your guests to relax throughout your day. We’ve seen a lot of styles and set-ups over the years at The Tythe Barn, so we’ve pulled together 3 great ways to include music on your wedding day.
Unless you’re planning to stick to the traditional wedding march, you’ll need to come up with a selection of songs for your wedding ceremony. We advise our guests to have at least 5 – one for the bride's and/or groom’s entrance, two to three to cover the signing of the register, and one for the couple’s exit as they walk down the aisle, plus any you’d like whilst the guests are arriving.
A couple can choose to simply plug in their iPod or phone or even a laptop to play music for the ceremony but a popular choice and one that works really well during this part of the wedding day is for couples to hire one or more live musicians to play. This creates a great atmosphere from the beginning and there really is something quite special about live music.
String quartets, pianists or harpists (a very popular choice for ceremonies) can make for a lovely instrumental offering. The wonderful Tory Handsley is in high demand here at the barn for her talent as a harpist - pop your favourite song down on a bit of paper and she will bang it out on the harp for you...even Guns and Roses! Singing guitarists are also a great choice, creating acoustic versions of popular songs that work really well for wedding ceremonies.
If you really want to push the boat out... why not follow in the Royal footsteps and hire a choir for the ceremony – especially lovely if you’re having a church wedding. The acoustics in older buildings lend themselves perfectly to live music.
This is the part of the day that a lot of people tend not to think about, but it does help guests to relax into the day when you have music playing during the post-ceremony drinks. Quite often you’ll be busy darting around and making sure you speak to all of your guests as well as having photos taken - all whilst finding time to enjoy the moment but music, background or otherwise, helps set the tone.
We have already mentioned harpist Tory Handsley who offers both a tradional yet contemporary arrangement for post ceremony drinks with her funky, upbeat arrangments of rock, pop, reggae and jazz tunes! There are lots of options available to you so have a good look around and see what you might chance across. We have had a super three piece group at the barn a number of times called Ear Candy, who are relaxed, low-key and stripped back and their easy going style is perfect for a post ceremony vibe. Think about whether you want the music or musician to stay on in to your evening reception or whether at this point you move on to something different.
Many couples will stick with the classic DJ option - a sure fire way to get you and your guests on the dance floor whilst they play all your favourite original tunes. Here at the barn we provide all our DJ's through Gigz Management. The process of booking Gigz is simple, the DJ's always keep the dance floor full and our wonderful Function Managers Jackie and Laura will be very happy to offer advice and recommendations - they've been to a fair few weddings!
But you could mix things up a bit. Live bands for the evening entertainment are guaranteed to get the party started. There are so many out there to choose from in such a range of styles, whether you love 20s Post-Modern Jukebox, the swinging sixties, rock and roll or club classics. At The Tythe Barn, we will always point you in the direction of the brilliant Gigz Management and they will certainly guide you as to which band may suit your style and your requirements.
Bands are usually happy to travel, which may be included in their prices, and will often offer you 2 or 3 sets spread out across the evening. In between sets you then have the opportunity to create a playlist of your favourite songs to blast through the speakers whilst they take a break and you might choose to spend this time tucking in to your evening food (it's a pizza from our wood-fired pizza oven for me!!) - so you get the best of both worlds!!
Any musician you decide to book should take the time before your wedding to get to know you, ask you questions about what you want (and what you don’t want) and make you feel as though your day is as important to them as it is to you. You need to be able to trust them, as you should with any wedding supplier you decide to hire. Ideally by the end of your wedding, they’ll have done such a good job that you and your guests welcome them with open arms.
If you need any recommendations for musicians, or any other wedding suppliers, take a look at our recommended supplier list here.