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Have you fully proofed your wedding ceremony songs?

Do you have a couple of meaningful songs that you would like to play at your wedding ceremony? Or do you and your partner have ‘your song’? The one that makes you instantly look at each other as soon as it comes on. Whatever your song may be, have you fully proofed it for your wedding ceremony?

Before you jump straight in and add it on to the ceremony playlist, some experienced Celebrants Aotearoa celebrants have provided a few snippets of advice to ensure that your song fits in perfectly with your ceremony.

 “No music is the wrong choice if it's meaningful to the couple.” Celebrants Aotearoa celebrant

So, your song might not be a romantic Ed Sheeran love song, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be played. Celebrants have had brides walking down the aisle to the Jurassic Park and Harry Potter theme songs. If you do decide to play a rather unconventional song at the ceremony, it is a good idea to ask the celebrant to explain the meaning of your song before it is played.

 “It’s one thing to assume that a song, which is super out of place, is important to the couple. But it is another thing to hear the beautiful story behind the song for it to make sense to everyone. This brings it back full circle to the love story.”

Using ‘your song’ can add the personal touch to your wedding ceremony; it also allows your guests to hear more about your magic love story. But, before you rush off to add it to the list, how well do you know the lyrics to your song? Have you missed something?

“Always listen to the words of a song from start to finish, just in case there are a few inappropriate lyrics.”

It is a good idea to download the lyrics and read them word for word. You don’t want to be signing the register and then some not so suitable words pop up that don’t fit the sentimental occasion. But, what do you do if you think the lyrics or tone will not fit into your ceremony?

“If the song’s lyrics aren’t suitable for your wedding ceremony, but the song is meaningful to you, try an instrumental version instead.”

Using an instrumental or acoustic version of your song creates the perfect opportunity to remove the lyrics. Your favourite rock song can also be brought down a notch or two with instrumental music; this will also help bring a calmer ambience to the wedding. 

Your song might just have a couple of minor glitches. If there is one verse that you do not like or you think that the song is too long, don’t bin it just yet.

“Timing is important. If you have a favourite verse or don't like a verse ask friends if they can edit it for you.”

Remember, it is your wedding ceremony and you can personalise it as much as you want. Your special song can be adapted to the tone of your wedding.

“Even if the ‘song’ doesn’t have a perfect place in the ceremony, it doesn’t mean the lyrics don’t!”

Most importantly, have fun on your special day – there are no hard and fast rules.

“The most unique music idea I’ve had happen, is a couple had their first dance on the beach during the ceremony- it had significance to them.”

If you are looking for more advice and unique ways to adapt your special song to fit the tone of your wedding, a Celebrants Aotearoa wedding celebrant can help you tailor the ideal and the most unforgettable ceremony.