There are increasingly tight rules around the music involved in sacred wedding ceremonies, and if you’re choosing to get married in a church you may have to sacrifice the song you walk down the aisle to for something more tasteful and appropriate. But is it appropriate to wish for any song when you start your ceremony, or is there no accounting for taste?
Perhaps the best way to display the hazards of ‘adventurous’ music choices is an apocraphyl tale from my home town of a bride requesting “That one from Robin Hood”. Standing nervously at the door of the church waiting to hear the whining strains of Bryan Adams she was stunned to be confronted with a rousing verse of “Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen…”
So what makes a tasteful choice? Whether you’re having a church or a civil ceremony your entrance music will make a lasting impression, perhaps almost as much as your first dance. My biased choice as a cellist would always be string music. Even if you insist upon having a pop song (at your minister’s discretion), a string quartet version is a far more tasteful representation of your taste.
I think it’s all about fitting with the setting. If you insist upon making Katie and Peter’s ‘A Whole New World’ a part of your day then keep it at the reception and perhaps entrust a more classical choice to your hired musicians. They’re professionals after all, and if you are lucky enough to find a wedding band or string quartet upon someone’s recommendation, you can be sure that they’ll provide you with a moving and tasteful addition to the biggest day of your life.
Keep your wedding personal to you, but don’t forget how you might feel looking back if you’ve chosen Enrique Iglesias.
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