Authored by Lisa Bower in Wedding
Published on 12-20-2009
After a wedding, everyone and your mother is probably awaiting the arrival and entrance of you and your spouse and the rest of the wedding party. During this part of the wedding, it is customary for music to be played. Wedding party entrance songs range according to the tastes and preferences of the newlyweds. The following are just some of the many popular wedding entrance songs and trends that are common for such arrivals.
A popular wedding entrance song is one that sets the tone for the rest of the wedding. For example, you could go with a pop song that signals that the reception is about to start: The Black Eyed Peas’s song, “Let’s Get It Started,” could do exactly this. Another option is to come in to a classic up-tempo song like Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” or even a new contemporary song that has a festive mood to it (i.e. Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA”). Remember that this is a time of celebration. Thus, you want to be sure to set the right mood with your musical selections.
When you choose the wedding entrance songs, think about each member of the wedding party. You may feel comfortable rocking into to the venue with the Red Hot Chili Peppers’s “Give It Away” playing, but older members of your party may want something a bit more low-key. Otis Redding’s “Sitting By the Dock on the Bay” or Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” may be more appropriate for other members of the wedding party. Take the time to talk to the people in your wedding to see what they’re interested in and how comfortable they are with different genres or types of music.
Think about the fact that the whole song will probably not be played all at once. Thus, you should think about which part of the song you want to use. Generally, a song will only be played for 30 seconds to a minute before the song is changed for a different entrance. Thus, think about how the song will be received, which parts are most important to you, and what part of the song best relates or applies to the wedding and to the entrance it’s marking.
Play around with the lyrics and genre of the wedding entrance songs you use for this piece of the wedding. You can have a lot of fun with this. For example, if you wanted to play around with the idea of taking a man off the market, you could play Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.” Your guests are sure to enjoy tongue in cheek references and humor.
Lastly, if your wedding has a theme, feel free to play with it. For example, if you had a Hawaiian themed wedding, you could play some beach tunes. If you had a Halloween-themed wedding, you could play some classic tunes like “Monster Mash.” A wedding’s details can make it all the more memorable! Thus, the more creative you are with your wedding entrance songs, the more memorable those entrances will be.