I recently had a bride reach out to me on Instagram asking if I would touch on the topic of building your ceremony music playlist. If you’re getting married in a church, your music choices may be limited, or if you have someone playing live music; piano, organ, trumpet, etc. For my own wedding, the venue we married at only had a piano available, which I didn’t love, so I went ahead and just used the sound system. (Oh yes, I did.) Yes, I opted for a sound system over a piano, which at first scared me too… but looking back I don’t regret it. Everything worked out perfectly, and the music truly sounded beautiful.
A little backstory on our venue; Jake and I got married at The Chapel at St. Aloysius in Cincinnati. It’s an old Catholic Church that no longer practices mass, but is strictly a rental for weddings. This was perfect for us since I’m Catholic and he is Lutheran, and we were having trouble finding a church that would marry us. St. Aloysius ended up being everything I had dreamed of with the high ceilings, beautiful bright colors, and most importantly, a House of God. It was perfectly quaint and still charming, being a chapel. With it being a rental, we were responsible for bringing in our own officiant and musicians. I would 10/10 recommend anyone to look into it for their own wedding.
Backyard/intimate weddings have become much more of the norm, thanks to COVID. Creativity is at an all time high… including music. If you’re looking for the perfect wedding ceremony music, here’s a playlist I used for my own wedding; including more traditional songs, and some timeless modern tracks too.
I wanted our music to be traditional, classic, but still a touch of personality- “Colors of the Wind” still gets me choked up. From the moment I heard it, long before our wedding, I knew I wanted both mothers to walk down aisle to it. And for as long as I can remember, I had envisioned hanging onto my dad’s arm, with “Canon in D” playing. It was all a dream <3 Looking back, creating my own playlist ended up being perfect.
Brides, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box!