“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” – Victor Hugo
Music plays an important role during your big day. It can alter the mood, ambiance and emotion. In fact, the right music can make a wedding day that much more meaningful, while the wrong music selection can create an unpleasant memory. Your ceremony and reception, whether they are at an elegant secret garden or in a relaxing beach club, can be made even more amazing by the music you choose.

We selected some key tips to create the perfect music selection for your ceremony and reception.

Before the ceremony

When the guests assemble at your ceremony venue, it is important to help them feel comfortable. This is the first moment you can set the tone with music for your entire day. So kick off with pleasant wedding prelude songs that move and inspire you and your guests.

Some popular selections:

Nocturne in E Flat" Op. 9, No. 2 - Frederic Chopin
Angel Eyes -Jim Brickman
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (from Cantata 147) - Johann S. Bach

During the wedding ceremony

If you are wondering what type of music to use for your wedding ceremony, there are a few tips to consider. The venue plays a valuable role in your music selection. Keep in mind that the music for a more relaxed wedding often creates a laid back atmosphere, while a ceremony held in a church often sets a formal tone.

If your ceremony will be held at the church, be sure that the music played is in line with any church guidelines. Remember that there are 4 general types of wedding ceremony music:

Bridal entrance song – these magical sounds that play when you’re walking down the aisle to open a new chapter in your life should be perfectly chosen.
Interlude song – the music that is played while the unity candle is lit and during other spiritual/religious portions of the ceremony.
Recessional song – the song that is played while the newlyweds are leaving the venue.
Postlude songs – the piece of music that is played as guests exit the ceremony location. 

Some popular selections:

Bridal song – “A Thousand Years“ by The Piano Guys (originally Christina Perri)
Interlude song - "Grow Old With Me" (John Lennon or Mary Chapin Carpenter)
Recessional song – “Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love” by Coldplay.
Postlude song – “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

During the Cocktail Reception

So, after this big step in your life, it is time to celebrate your wedding with a good glass of champagne and some delicious canapés. The music at this point of the day is very important. With the feel good sounds you should create a relaxed ambiance where everyone can come together, chat with each other, and have some quality time.
Make sure you don’t forget the 4 C’s:

Check with the venue about guidelines for your music – some places have restrictions on times, volume levels, etc.
Consider light background music as your guests arrive at the venue.
Choose between a DJ and a live band, or go for the best option: Band + DJ combination Package. For example you can choose something like this.
Create your own playlist before you sign the contract.

Some popular selections:

“Better Together” – Jack Johnson
“Dream a Little Dream of Me” - Louis Armsrong & Ella Fitzgerald
“22” - Lily Allen

During the diner

It is dinnertime and you want to enjoy your wedding menu to fullest. You want to relax and chat with your loved ones. You can ask your musicians to turn down the music and provide softer selections like instrumentals or soft ballads. 

Some popular songs:

“I’m yours” –Jason Mraz
“The Way You Look Tonight” - Frank Sinatra
“Make You Feel My Love” – Adele

During the evening reception
Bring the music, let’s party! Once the party entertainment starts you and your partner are going to kick off the evening with the first dance. Be aware that four minutes can feel like forever if you are just rocking back and forth. Go for something special; make it a very romantic dance or go crazy and rock the dance floor with some creative Hip Hop dance.
When you’re finished dancing, this is the sign for your guests to have fun and dance the night away. Couples must consider their own musical tastes as well as those of their guests. All different generations should come together and have a great time!

Some popular selections:

First dance: “Marry you” – Bruno Mars
First dance: “By your side” – Sade
Party music: “Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi
Party music: “I gotta feeling” – Black Eyed Peas

We know that it is not easy to choose the right music selection for the big moments during your wedding day. The walk down the aisle, to tie the knot, the cocktail reception, the dinner and the dance party, every moment should have that one special song that sticks out and is stylistically unique from anything else. If you are planning a destination wedding in Malta, we can help you find just the right match for your music needs.