Choices in Wedding
American weddings have come a long way over the years. In a society
that is made up of people from so many different cultures, lifestyles,
religions, and backgrounds, it is no surprise that the traditions in
the wedding ceremony are as vastly different as well. Wedding music
is no exception. From the ceremony itself to the party atmosphere of
the reception, the wedding music sets the tone for the event.
Traditional Wedding Music
At most weddings we can expect to hear selections that have come to
be known as traditional wedding music. Titles like Ave Maria, the Minuet
from Don Giovanni, and, of course, The Bridal Chorus and The Wedding
March have long been the standard music for a wedding. Particularly
religious ceremonies may include hymns like Amazing Grace and a Jewish
wedding almost always includes a hora danced to a medley of tunes like
Hava Nagila, and Siman Tov U Mazeltov.
The traditional wedding music holds a special place in our hearts and
many think that a wedding ceremony is incomplete without it. The couple
must decide whether or not to use traditional wedding music in the ceremony,
as well as how much of it to use. If this part of the wedding tradition
is important to you, then traditional wedding music is the way to go.
Modern Wedding Music
Often couples will forgo the traditional wedding music selections and
instead include modern or popular music in the wedding ceremony. This
practice is so common that some titles are becoming traditional wedding
song selections themselves. It is not unusual to hear When a Man Loves
a Woman, Always and Forever, or I Will Always Love You sung, performed,
or played at weddings today. Often more modern titles like these will
appear in a ceremony along with the more traditional wedding music.
Avant-Garde Wedding Music
As people’s attitudes change and varying forms of wedding ceremonies
take place, the choice of wedding music often changes right along with
them. Occasionally couples will choose music for their wedding that
reflects the stark difference in their personalities and makes a unique
and bold statement. While your wedding ceremony is primarily for the
couple getting married, it is important to remember that it is an event
attended by your family members as well. While you may wish to make
an impression on your guests with your choice of music, you should still
be cautious not to offend your respective grandmothers. As such, a selection
by an artist like Marilyn Manson may never be appropriate for a wedding
ceremony. This does not mean that your wedding music choices are restricted
to traditional classics or sappy love songs. I once attended a very
avant-garde wedding where three couples married in the same ceremony.
It was a beautiful event and was made memorable by their choice of music.
The couples strode down the aisle to the sounds of Pink Floyd’s Signs
of Life, an instrumental track from the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
It was a wedding ceremony that I will remember forever.
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