We’re delighted to have Director and Violinist of Sorelli Ensemble, Julia Rogers, as guest writer for our blog this week.
Performing together since 2010, Julia and Sara formed Sorelli Ensemble as a string duo. Graduates of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music Julia and Sara have performed at venues throughout the UK and Europe including; the Royal Albert Hall, the Concertgebouwe, the Royal Festival Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. You can find out more about Sorelli Ensemble by visiting their pages on Instagram and Facebook.'
How to create your love story through music
With so many elements to put together, music can be left on the side-lines when organising your wedding day but it can be the best place to start! It is a little like a watercolour painting, washing over the canvas of your day, sometimes in the foreground, sometimes in the background but always adding colour.
Choosing music for your wedding day
Choosing your wedding day music can be quite daunting; what style do you choose? How many pieces do you ask for? What kind of feeling do you want to create? Music has the unique ability to be able to transport you down memory lane in an instant and evoke feelings like nothing else can. It can make people feel happy, sad, relaxed, joyful, melancholic, hopeful, nostalgic, pensive and much more.
The question is, how do you want to feel in those special moments and what music can do that for you?
1. Creating the right atmosphere for your wedding ceremony
When it comes to creating the right atmosphere for your wedding ceremony, we always advise our clients to make this a time of relaxation for their guests. Nowadays, there is such variety in repertoire and choices that you can really make your day your own.
Classical music at this point in your day can be very powerful and evoke a sense of calm. If you are more inclined to choose more popular songs, there are also many beautiful, slow-paced pieces that would suit.
A few suggestions from the Sorelli Ensemble for this part of your day would be:
2. How to choose your wedding ceremony entrance music
Now onto the ceremony itself! We are so often asked by brides – ‘I am so stuck on my entrance music, how do I choose?!’
Gone are the times when the traditional wedding marches were really the only choice. We tell our brides to try and visualise themselves walking down the aisle and try and imagine how they want to be feeling. Or if they have ever been listening to a piece and suddenly felt those butterflies in their stomach – yes music gives you butterflies too!
Again, ‘emotion’ is the best place to start and once you have this, you will have a good idea of the songs that make you feel this way. We often write bespoke arrangements for our clients who have a special song and this immediately takes them back to that time in their love story.
A few popular choices for the processional are:
Elvis Presley – Can’t help falling in love
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
Louis Armstrong – Wonderful World
3. Music for the signing of the register
We always suggest that clients choose up to three pieces of music as this part of the ceremony can take a lot longer than you think! This is a good place to start introducing a more upbeat selection as the ambiance has softened a little and everyone is feeling joyous.
A few options here would be:
Elgar – Chanson de Matin
Elgar – Salut d’amour
Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty Waltz
John Legend – All of Me
U2 – With or Without you
Ellie Goulding – How long will I love you
Elbow – One Day Like This
Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
4. Dancing down the aisle!
The recessional is the part where you want to dance down the aisle! For this moment, try and think of that piece of music that always has you both smiling when it comes on the radio – there is always one!
A few ideas for this moment are:
The Beatles – All you need is love
Coldplay – Clocks
Ben E King – Stand by Me
The Beach Boys – God only Knows
Bruno Mars – Marry You
Madness – It Must Be Love
Take That – Rule the World
Now that the ceremony is complete, it’s time to move on to the reception and start those feet tapping! Like the Sorelli Ensemble, most string groups can cater for all different tastes and deliver a wide ranging repertoire so your chosen group can be with you from start to finish.
From Bach at the beginning of your day to The Killers and David Guetta by the end, we enjoy the creative process of producing a personalised soundtrack to your day.
One thing is for sure though; you can’t beat having live musicians! Live musicians are not only lovely to listen to but they are also a visual attraction for your guests. There has not been one wedding that we have played at where we haven’t had the guests dancing and interacting with us! This is what we most enjoy and it helps bring our music to life.
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