Ideas for your live wedding ceremony music
Your wedding ceremony should be a very special moment and we think that live music can help to make it even more memorable. When you have live music you don’t need to worry about a PA system or CD player malfunctioning; you don’t need to rely on an usher to fade the music in and out; and you can ask your musicians to perform your favourite songs in a unique way, creating special memories.
If you don't see quite what you're looking for, get in touch and see if we can create something completely unique for you. In 2018, we combined our wedding pianist, male vocalist and string quartet to make a completely bespoke line-up for Ailsa & Will, who wanted to hear Higher and Higher and Stand By Me at their ceremony. We even custom-orchestrated two songs for an opera singer friend to sing with the band. Find out more about Ailsa & Will's wedding here.
The possibilities are endless so just get in touch and let's begin planning your dream wedding ceremony.
- What Down for the Count provide
- Classical wedding ceremony music options
- Quirky and contemporary wedding ceremony music ideas
- Other things to think about when planning your ceremony
What is provided when booking Down for the Count’s wedding ceremony musicians
Our ceremony musicians can provide music for the whole ceremony:
- 15 minutes before the ceremony
- the entrance (‘procession’) of the bride
- the signing of the register
- the exit (‘recession’) of the bridal party
- any hymns or group songs
We can also stay after your ceremony, providing entertainment for the drinks reception at a fraction of the cost of booking two separate entertainers.
Live classical music for your wedding ceremony
Although we love modern music, we all trained as classical musicians and love performing it at wedding ceremonies. It provides a real touch of class and is definitely a very romantic option.
Live quirky and contemporary music for your wedding ceremony
We’ve gone through the classical options, but Down for the Count also have great options for performing “popular” music (which, for the sake of this article, we’re taking to mean anything from 1920s onwards – so that includes jazz, soul, pop, musicals, films… you name it).
First of all, as mentioned above a duo of pianist and vocalist is fantastically versatile and can play an enormous range of popular music. It’s also possible to swap the pianist for an acoustic guitarist, if you think that would suit your song choices better. Remember though that if you have a vocalist, you’ll almost definitely need to have a power source nearby for a small PA system – if you’re having an indoor ceremony this is rarely a problem, but sometimes it does create issues for outdoor ceremonies.
Things to think about when planning wedding ceremony music
I hope this article has given you ideas about music you could have for your wedding ceremony – but like I said, there are no rules!
When you’re planning wedding ceremony music, I’d advise you first to have a think about what sort of songs and atmosphere you want to create with the music – and then we can advise you on the best group of musicians to suit your requests. We usually find there is a bit of back-and-forth when planning the wedding ceremony – but it’s actually a lot of fun planning the perfect entertainment.
Do consider how far away the nearest power source is when planning your ceremony. Also consider where you’re going to position the musicians – as much as we’d love to have the power of invisibility, you will always be able to see us. We usually find that the best position for the musicians is in the front corner - it’s the easiest place to see everything that is going on, but being positioned slightly off to the side means we’re not in every single photograph (which you probably don’t want).
However, if it’s necessary to perform at the back of the room, it’s no problem at all. Please remember that some of our groups need electrical PA equipment, but we do our very best to make sure electrical equipment is placed as discreetly as possible so we don’t ruin the aesthetics of your wedding ceremony.
We love getting to know you when planning music for your wedding ceremony. Get in touch today with your live ceremony music ideas and we can start planning today!