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PLANNING YOUR WEDDING

Ceremony

Weddings are all about creating memories with the people you love

& music is an elemental part of that!

There are many opportunities to add live music to your wedding calendar -

engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, welcome receptions,

cocktail hours, and of course, the Ceremony itself.

I have years of experience playing these types of events and will help in every way possible to add a unique touch to your Wedding day.

Here's a breakdown of a few important tips to help your planning.

 

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YOUR CEREMONY

Wedding Ceremonies are often the most intimate part of the wedding

for the couple and their guests. Here are some quick tips to help you prepare:

A Wedding Ceremony typically has 4 distinct sections

 

   The Seating of the Guests (4-6 songs)

   The Processional(s) (1-3 songs)

   The Bridal Walk

   The Recessional

 

You can take any of your favorite songs and arrange them to be wedding appropriate. In fact, your whole Ceremony will likely be "wedding-arranged" - slower, more intimate & appropriately ambient.

Your Bridal Walk will almost be certainly be faster than your practice it.

This is common. Your Bridal Song will likely need to be arranged accordingly.

Your Recessional is an "anything goes" song choice.  Most couples prefer upbeat, fun songs to play them back down their wedding aisle. 

YOUR COCKTAIL HOUR

Cocktail hours can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.

Sometimes they last only as long as it takes to take your wedding photos.

 

This is usually 8-12 songs in total.

Depending on the itinerary, there's a chance the wedding couple won't even hear the cocktail hour music. You should plan accordingly.

MUSIC IS LIFE. THAT'S WHY OUR HEARTS HAVE BEATS.

WEDDING RECEPTIONS

 Receptions will typically be 3 hours, sometimes more, rarely less.
That's roughly 8-10 songs per set or 30-40 songs in total
for the entirety of the recepti
on.

This is also where you would add your first dances. If it's a sizable reception, you should consider whether a 3- or 4-piece band better meets your needs and vision for your wedding.

Here below, you'll see a list of wedding songs I've played
for inspiration. For the full list, click for my list.

Reception

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WEDDING SONGLISTS
(requests always welcome)

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Songs

Aerosmith - I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing

Adele - To Make You Feel My Love

Al Green - Let's Stay Together

Allison Krauss - When You Say Nothing At All

The Allman Brothers - Melissa

Amos Lee - Arms of a Woman

Amos Lee - Southern Girl

Amos Lee - Sweet Pea

Aretha Franklin - Do Right Woman…

The Association - Never My Love

Andy Grammer - Fine By Me

Bastille - Laughter Lines

Beach Boys - God Only Knows

The Beatles - And I Love Her

The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun

The Beatles - In My Life

The Beatles - I Will

The Beatles - Real Love

The Beatles - Something

Ben Folds - The Luckiest

Ben Harper - Forever

Ben Howard - Only Love

Beyonce Knowles - Halo

Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

Billy Joel - The Longest Time

Bobby Darin - Dream Lover

Bob Dylan - I Want You

Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay

Bob Dylan - The Man In Me

Boyz II Men - Water Runs Dry

Brad Paisley - Then

Bread - Everything I Own

Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life

Bruce Springsteen - I'm on Fire

Bruce Springsteen - Secret Garden

Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

Chris Stapleton - Millionaire

Chris Stapleton - Tennessee Whiskey

Christina Perri - A Thousand Years

Citizen Cope - Sideways

Coldplay - Beautiful World

Coldplay - Fix You

Coldplay - Green Eyes

Coldplay - The Scientist

Damien Rice - The Blower's Daughter
Dave Matthews Band - Lover Lay Down

Dave Matthews Band - I'll Back You Up

Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow…

Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight

Ed Sheeran - Perfect

Ed Sheeran - Photograph

Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea

Ed Sheeran - The A Team

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Edwin McCain - I’ll Be

Elton John - Your Song

Elvis - Can’t Help Falling in Love

Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight

Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight

Garth Brooks - To Make You Feel My Love

Garth Brooks - Wrapped Up in You

Glen Hansard - Falling Slowly

Greenday - Time of Your Life

Ingrid Michaelson - Parachute

Ingrid Michaelson - The Way I Am

Ingrid Michaelson - You and I

Israel K. - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes

Jack Johnson - Better Together

Jack Johnson - Flake

James Taylor - How Sweet It Is

James Arthur - Say You Won’t Let Go

James Morrison - You Make It Real For Me

James Taylor - Carolina In My Mind

James Taylor - How Sweet It Is

Jason Isbell - If We Were Vampires

Jason Mraz - I’m Yours

Jason Mraz - I Won’t Give Up

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

Joe Cocker - You Are So Beautiful

John Legend - All of Me

John Mayer - Daughters

John Mayer - XO

KCi & Jojo - All My Life

Kacey Musgraves - Butterflies

Katie Melua - Nine Million Bicycles

Keane - Somewhere Only We Know

Keith Urban - Makin’ Memories of Us

Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World

The Lumineers - Flowers in Your Hair

Mark Knopfler - Storybook Love

Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning

Mat Kearney - Nothing Left to Lose

Matt Nathanson - All We Are

Matt Nathanson - Come On Get Higher

One Direction - Story of My Life

Otis Redding - These Arms Of Mine

Nat King Cole - When I Fall In Love

Nick Drake - Northern Sky

Nina Simone - Feeling Good

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me

Norah Jones - Don't Know Why

Passenger - Let Her Go

Paul Simon - Father and Daughter

Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years

Paul Stookey - Wedding Song

Pearl Jam - Just Breathe

The Penguins - Earth Angel

Peter Gabriel - Blood of Eden

Peter Gabriel - Book of Love

Phish - Waste

Plain White T’s - Hey There Delilah

The Platters - Unchained Melody

The Police - Every Breath You Take

The Postal Service - Such Great Heights

Randy Travis - Forever & Ever Amen

Rascal Flatts - Bless the Broken Road

Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind

Ray Lamontagne - You Are the Best Thing

The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses

Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home To Me

Sam Cooke - Wonderful World

Sam Cooke - You Send Me

Sam Smith - Stay With Me

Sarah McLachlan - Ice Cream

Shreeps - A Simple Dance

Shreeps - Hold Me

Shreeps - Sassafras Tea

Sting - Fields of Gold

Sting - If I Ever Lose My Faith

The Temptations - My Girl

Tom Petty - Crawling Back To You

Tom Petty - Wildflowers

Townes Van Zandt - Be Here to Love Me

U2 - All I Want Is You

U2 - With Or Without You

UB40 - Red, Red Wine

Van Morrison - Crazy Love

Van Morrison - Into the Mystic

Van Morrison - Sweet Thing

Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey

The Weepies - Somebody Loved

The Wood Brothers - Lovin' Arms

Zac Brown Band - Whatever It Is

Reception/Upbeat Songs

The Allman Brothers - Blue Sky

The Allman Brothers - Melissa

Alabama - Dixieland Delight

Atlanta Rhythm Section - So Into You

The Beatles - All You Need Is Love

The Beatles - Don’t Let Me Down

The Beatles - I've Just Seen a Face

The Beatles - When I'm 64

Ben E. King - Stand By Me

Ben Harper - Steal My Kisses

Bill Withers - Lovely Day

Billy Joel - Only the Good Die Young

Blake Shelton - God Gave Me You

Bob Marley - Three Little Birds

Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry

Bob Marley - One Love

Bob Seger - Night Moves

Bobby McFerrin - Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Broadway - Til’ There Was You 

Bruce Springsteen- Dancing in the Dark

Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are

Bruno Mars - Marry You

Bryan Adams - Heaven

The Cars - Drive 

The Cars - Just What I Needed

Chuck Berry - You Never Can Tell

Colbie Caillat - I Do

Corrine Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On

The Cure - Just Like Heaven

Daft Punk - Get Lucky

Dave Matthews Band - Crash Into Me

Dave Matthews Band - Two Step

Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet 

Dobie Gray - Drift Away

Elton John - Tiny Dancer

Elvis Costello - Everyday I Write the Book

Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere

George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You

George Michael - Faith

Grateful Dead - Scarlet Begonias

Hootie & the Blowfish - Only Wanna Be With You

Jackie Wilson - Your Love Lifts Me Higher

James - Laid

Jason Derulo - Want to Want Me 

Joe Cocker -  With A Little Help

The Killers - Mr. Brightside

Kings of Leon - Use Somebody 

Lionel Richie - All Night Long

The Lumineers - Hey Ho

Magic! - Rude

Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk

Marshall Tucker Band - Can’t You See

Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On

Michael Buble - Everything

Michael Buble - Save the Last Dance

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel

Modern English - I Melt With You

Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait

Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline

Oasis - Champagne Supernova

Old Dominion - Written in the Sand

Peter Frampton - Baby I Love Your Way

Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes

Phil Collins - Can’t Hurry Love

The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Prince - Raspberry Beret

The Proclaimers - 500 Miles

Pure Prairie League - Amie

Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Ray Charles - Hallelujah I Love Her So

Roy Orbison - You Got It 

Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman

Seal - Kiss From A Rose

Shreeps - The Home We Build

Sister Hazel - All For You

Stevie Wonder - Isn’t She Lovely

Tom Petty - Here Comes My Girl

Tom Petty - The Waiting

Tom Petty - Walls

U2 - One 

U2 - Mysterious Ways

Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

Van Morrison - Days Like This

Van Morrison - Here Comes The Night

Van Morrison - Moondance

Van Morrison - Wild Nights 

The Wood Brothers - The Muse

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