December 2016

Wedding Music

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Music is important to the success of your wedding. Why it is so important? It creates a sense of expectation before the ceremony for the guests. It provides the bride with support on the most important walk of her life. It creates an atmosphere of calm reflection during the lull in the ceremony, the signing of the register. It also brings everyone to their feet for the bridal party’s final procession down the aisle. Yes, music is very important.

Choosing The Right Music For Your Wedding Day

Outdoor wedding

Is Classical Music Your Choice?

For many, classical music in particular is still the preferred choice to create the perfect atmosphere for each stage of the wedding service. Classical music with the finest organs have graced weddings for hundreds of years. It can still be classical music, but it is rare that an organ is involved with the preference for outdoor ceremonies.

For some, choosing music for the wedding feels like a chore and put in the “too hard” basket. It doesn’t need to be hard, as today more than ever you can choose to have the music that you want. So how do you decide?

Wedding march

Here Comes The Bride

Let us start with the music for the traditional bride (or for same sex marriage, it might be groom) to enter to. In fact, you might need two entrance pieces of music for two members of the same sex to enter to. I would suggest if you need two pieces of music for the entrance, you will need to choose complimentary music to create a cohesive environment

Listen to classical music first to see if anything creates the atmosphere and the mood you want to create. That stately entrance may be your preference. More times than not the traditional entrance piece is passed over for something more upbeat! Often instrumental but becoming more popular are pieces of music with vocals. I say again, whatever you want to have as music, the choice is yours!!

Popular Choices For Wedding Music

I have put a selection of links to videos – check out a few of them and see if any of these feel right for your wedding day. This will get you into thinking about music and how they will impact your wedding day and evening.

Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D Major

Wedding String Quartet – Canon in D (Best Version) (Johann Pachelbel)

John Legend – All of Me

Wedding Song (Acoustic) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Can’t Help Falling In Love

And one of my favourites:

OFFICIAL Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” KamakawiwoÊ»ole

Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours [Official Music Video]

Bob Marley – One Love


Choose The Right Music For Your Live Music Choice

Before you have your heart set on a piece of music, you should decide if you having a harpist, piper, or other form of live music. They may have a selection of music they suggest you choose from. If you were having a Bag Piper to pipe you in, Wagner’s Bridal Chorus might be just the right piece of music.

Outdoor wedding music

Fill The Lulls With Music

After you have chosen the entrance music you must then choose the music for the lull in the ceremony, the signing to the register and any marriage documents. Your choice of music here might be a friend singing with another friend accompanying on a guitar or a piece of recorded music. Your personal taste and the feeling you want to portray at this time will influence your decision on music.

Wedding recessional

Exit with Aplomb

Then our third and final piece of music is the for your procession down the aisle – for you are announcing to the world you are now married. With a sense of humour I have had a couple choose “Another One Bites the Dust” and other such statement pieces. Such is the individual choice that you must make to mark these three points of your wedding ceremony. The choice is yours!

Wedding dance

Next Musical Steps

After the ceremony, you are on to the reception and more music that may be in the hands of a DJ or band. You have some choices to make here too. For the wedding dance – here is a Top 10 Modern Wedding Songs  from

Deciding On Your Musical Choices

Some couples divide up the decision making. The bride works on the entrance; together they work on the signing; the groom works on the exit. Whatever way you choose to do it enjoy the fun of selecting the music to make your magical day the best day ever.

Remember the music you choose will remind you of your wedding day whenever you hear it in the future.

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Bio: Julie is an experienced Civil Union and Wedding Celebrant and a member of the Celebrants Guild of New Zealand (South Island Inc). Julie lives in Huntsbury, Christchurch with her husband David and their beautiful daughter Amelia. They too, enjoyed their own unique wedding ceremony on New Years Eve 2001.

Over the years Julie has participated as a wedding celebrant for couples of all ages and backgrounds. Photos from some of these weddings can be seen on this website and Julie would like thank all the couples and photographers for allowing these to be displayed.

Julie delights in sharing her clients’ special day, and many return to her when wishing to have a naming ceremony or renewal of vows. Known as the ˜smiling celebrant’, her relaxing and friendly character is noticeable from your first contact with her. Please feel welcome to contact Julie to discuss how she can help make your day a very special one.

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Destination weddingThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

If you want a memorable wedding in dream location, a destination wedding may be for you.To make sure it measures up to your hopes, there are some things you need to keep in mind.

Tips For Pulling Off A Destination Wedding

Temple in Thailand

1.     Choose a location that speaks to you

You have to be in love with the place you are going to get married.  So, make sure you look at everything the destination has to offer before making a final decision.

2.    Pick the perfect time

Be aware of the weather and the potential storm seasons. Tropical heat can be very unforgiving, so be sure to check rain patterns and average temperatures before selecting your date.

3.    Make sure you have local help

Having someone on the ground locally can be your biggest asset while planning a destination wedding. You want someone that knows the ins and outs, has a great reputation, and has the best vendor relationships. Make sure you ask the venues who they like to work with best and why.

Wedding venue in Bermuda

4.    Plan to take a trip.

Its great to get to your wedding destination to check things out and meet your vendors at least once before the wedding. This allows you to touch and feel things personally before your special day.

Beach party for guests

5.    Plan events for the entire weekend.

Your guests have traveled a long way and most likely spent a lot of money to get to your destination wedding. Plan to include them in all events leading up to your wedding and after.

Save the date

6.    Give your guests plenty of notice.

If you want your friends and family to be able to join you for your destination event, you should send out save the dates as soon as you have established a date; ideally a year out. Your invites should go out 60-90 days prior to your wedding to ensure you can get all RSVP’s recorded for your wedding vendors.

7.    Know the Marriage Rules

Every destination has different marriage requirements and laws. Make sure you check with your planner or the local licensing department to ensure you get everything you need to make it official and legal.

Have a Plan B

8.    Have a Plan B

Life happens and Mother Nature can be fierce at times. Always make sure you have a back up plan in case your original destination doesn’t work out. We always recommend you seek out event insurance to protect the investment you are making on your special day.

9.    Be Flexible

Destination events are like none other and often can be very different from a traditional venue or location. It’s important to embrace the local culture and experience. Do your research and make sure that your vision will match the destination you have chosen.

Dress code for guests

10.         Dress for Success.

Be nice to your guests and let them dress the part based on the location you choose for your destination wedding. Provide detailed information so that they know what your expectations are.

A destination wedding can be a wonderful start to your married life. Good planning can make the event what you hope.

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Bio: Simply You was founded by Julie Shreck in 2008. Julie, along with her Simply You team, bring over 25 years of experience in hospitality and event planning to the creation of unique wedding experiences. From coordinating floral design and decor with locations, to catering food and beverage, to transportation and perfect timing, these consummate professionals use their strong connections to the finest locations, vendors and services throughout the Keys to make wedding dreams come true.

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