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How to choose the tunes for your day

Updated: Sep 28, 2018

Stuck for ideas on what music will set the tone of your day? Here's a quick guide to get you started.

A+E, Dutchies Beach 2017 | Blake Chaney Photogrphy

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no music whiz. I’ve never been good at naming that band, that artist or that track so having me on your team at a musical themed trivia night would be somewhat redundant. However, when I hear a good tune I’ll know it. I may even go as far to shazam it.

Just like all the great love stories (or at least those on screen) there is always a soundtrack to remember it by.

Music is a big part of our lives and when it comes to your wedding day, you shouldn’t have to throw your favourites out the window for the most predicable tracks you can think of. Sure if gushy pop music is your thing then go for it. That’s my jam too so I’m not judging.

If musicians are in your budget for the ceremony they’ll be able to talk to you about the songs you’ve chosen and as they’ll be performing them successively they’ll all sound well balanced. But what about the ceremonies that play music through a sound system?

When choosing your music there are a few things to keep in mind, which I’ve covered in some handy tips below. When you’re choosing them, remember you need three.

  1. Entrance song: Something to walk down the aisle to and get you in the mood

  2. Signing song: A tune to keep your guests entertained while you sign the marriage certificates.

  3. Final Song: The track of all tracks that is the soundtrack to your love played at the moment of announcement that you are wed.

Here are my tips for your ceremony tunes:

  • Pick the songs together.

  • Find songs that you actually like and mean something to you.

  • If you’re a little bit cheeky or a little quirky, find music that is a little bit cheeky or a little quirky.

  • Choose songs that play well together – listen to them in order to check.

  • Give the room some ambiance. Have you considered a playlist for when your guests arrive?


I've been fortunate to do a few weddings with well thought out music so it's only fair I share these playlist-wonders.


  • How sweet it is to be loved by you – Marvin Gaye

  • Goddess Love – Dan Sultan

  • I’ll be your Lover – Paul Kelly


  • Kiss me – Sixspence none the richer

  • Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

  • What I got by – Sublime


  • All you need is love, The Beatles

  • In the mood - Glenn Miller

  • Don’t stop me now, Queen

Now it's time to get your toes tapping and your fingers scrolling through your favourite playlists for your ceremony songs.

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