Planning 101 1st October 2013

Wedding Music Ideas - Songs for Guests Arriving

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Your guests are arriving and excitement is filling the air. Everyone is waiting for the bride’s big arrival and admiring each others outfits. This is the perfect time to set the tone for the day ahead, and there's no better way to do so than with music. 

 If you're making a playlist you'll probably need about 30 minutes worth of music prepared to fill this time. If you're having live musicians they'll know how to fill the time, and will probably have a good idea of what will be appropriate.

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Here's a list and a few videos of popular songs you might like to choose from. Remember, this is a great opportunity to set the tone for your day. For example, if it's a relaxed, modern wedding, choose easy going, modern tracks. The best part is that most of the songs below can be played by a variety of instrument types and groups from string quartet to solo harp to guitar & vocals. Even the organ can play some pretty funky tunes! If it you are looking for a few more classical ideas, we have added a few suggestions at the bottom.

Happy - Farell Williams


You've got the love - Florence and The Machine


God only knows - The Beach Boys



 Viva la vida - Coldplay



Here comes the sun - The Beatles

At last - Etta Jones

At last - Etta Jones 

Stay the night - James Blunt

Love on top - Beyonce

Better Together - Jack Johnson

All of your life - The Band Perry

How sweet it is - James Taylor

Signed sealed delivered - Stevie Wonder

Mine - Taylor Swift

The only exception - Paramore

Nova Vida - Carter Burwell

Dream a little dream of me - Louis Armstrong

Sail away - David Gray

Drive - The Cars

Sittin on the dock - Otis Reading

You're beautiful - James Blunt

Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald

These are the days - Jamie Cullum

True colours - Eva Cassidy

Feeling good - Nina Simone

All you need is love - The Beatles

The way you make me feel - Michael Jackson

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

Sweet child of mine - Guns 'n' Roses

Always - Bon Jovi

Firestone - Kygo

What a wonderful world - Louis Armstrong 

A few classical suggestions - 

The below always go down well and are great pieces to include for any part of your big day:

Air in D - Bach

Claire de Lune - Debussy

Flower Duet - Delibes

Humoresque - Dvorak

Chanson de Matin - Elgar

Salut D'Amour - Elgar

Water Music - Handel

Gymnopedie No.1 - Satie

Vocalise - Rachmaninov

Spring - Vivaldi