Choosing music for a non-traditional wedding


The beauty of a beach wedding is that you can be as non-traditional as you want to be when it comes to the ceremony. One aspect of your special day you can exercise this concept is in your ceremony music choices.

Being the modern bride that you are, maybe the traditional bridal march just doesn’t do it for you. There’s nothing wrong that at all. You can go safe and substitute another classical and traditional piece, such as Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for your walk down the aisle. You can also be a little more daring and go with a popular top 40 hit or even a blast from the past that you listen to on your iPod. This could be a love song, an upbeat catch choice or, better yet, a tune that is special to both of you. You know, the “our song” so many couples have. I love seeing a personal touch in my weddings and this is a great way do to this.

Beach Weddings by Joanie in Cocoa Beach has 9 years of experience so, of course, I have heard many great choices by our couples for their wedding ceremony music. Just a few examples I can remember are “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by IZ, “From this Moment” and “Still the One” by Shania Twain, “Amazed” by Lonestar, “Better Together” and “Times Like These” by Jack Johnson, “Beautiful Day” by U2 and, of course, the all too obvious “Marry Me” by Train.

For the real beachy feel, you can’t go wrong with reggae. “3 Little Birds” by Bob Marley and the remake of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by UB40 are perfect on the beach.

I also received some input from my favorite local wedding DJ Jeff Kimple of Audio Entertainment. He reminded me of these oldies, but goodies: “Happy Together” by the Turtles, “Sign, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder and “I Feel Good” by James Brown. These make great fun recessionals!

A song I have always thought would make a great processional is “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin. I have yet to hear that one. Maybe I will just have to use that one myself some day!

Remember; if you have a few ideas, but just can’t choose…don’t fret! You will need a processional and recessional, and if you are having a bridal party, you can include a song for their walk down the aisle as well.

Choosing music that is “out of the norm” is a great way to have some fun and be creative on your wedding day. It is something that helps make your ceremony unique, something that stands out from the rest of the pack.

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One Response to Choosing music for a non-traditional wedding

  1. Chris Mayhew says:

    Great post Joanie. I love the idea of choosing out of the ordinary songs to liven things up a bit. I like the wedding march but it can be a bit boring and it doesn’t show off the bride and groom personalities.

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