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What music should you play at your ceremony?

Just like your invitations are your guests' first hint at the style of your big day, the music played at your ceremony will set the tone too.
Knowing what to play isn't always as simple as plugging in your iPod and hoping those guilty pleasure tracks *cough, Wham!* don't cause you any embarrassment. Do you go for something traditional like a classical piece by Bach, or do you want to ditch convention and stay true to your love of 1990s hip hop? The answer: it's totally up to you. The music you have at your ceremony isn't bound by tradition and there are no hard and fast rules about what you should and shouldn't play - unless you're in a church, in which case there may be some restrictions. As a guide, you should plan your music for four key points in the ceremony: the processional; when you walk down the aisle; during the service; and the recessional. The best place to start when planning your ceremony tunes is to sit down with your beau and throw around some ideas. What are your fave songs? Are there any tracks that mark a special moment in your relationship? What genre do you love (or hate)? To help your brainstorming session along, we've pulled together three song ideas - a traditional, modern and surprising option - for each key moment.

The processional

This is the part where your bridal party makes their entrance. The length of the song you choose will ultimately depend on how many leading ladies you have, the pace they're walking at and how long the aisle is, but to avoid the music coming to an abrupt end before your 'maids reach the altar, look for a track around the four-minute mark.

Something traditional

"Canon in D Major" by Johann Pachelbel

Something modern

"Wedding Song" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Something surprising

"Us" by Regina Spektor

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The bride's entrance

Dum-da-dah! It's time for you to make your grand appearance, so you know the old-school bridal march has made this list. That's not to say you can't do something totally left of centre like body-rolling or krumping down the aisle though - just make sure you send us that video!

Something traditional

"Going To The Chapel" by The Dixie Cups

Something modern

"Higher Love" by James Vincent McMorrow

Something surprising

"Let's Get Married" by Jagged Edge feat. Reverend Run

During the ceremony

Playing a track during the service isn't a must and if you want to keep your ceremony short and sweet, you might even opt to skip the songs and get straight onto swapping vows. 

Something traditional

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Something modern

"I Was Married" by Tegan & Sara

Something surprising

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder

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The recessional

This is it: you're officially married! Congrats! Now it's time to make your walk back down the aisle...

Something traditional

"All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles

Something modern

"You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall & Oates

Something surprising

"Best Of My Love" by The Emotions



Have any tracks that we've missed? Let us know in the comments!
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