My Unique Wedding Ceremony Music: The Beatles
My Beatles-Themed Wedding Ceremony Music Selections
Normally, I wouldn't describe myself as a "non-traditional" person. However, during my wedding planning adventure, I discovered that I do possess the traits of a "non-traditional" bride.
While browsing websites of traditional wedding song lists, I found myself bored and wanting to add a little pizzazz to the ceremony—and all of a sudden it dawned on me: The Beatles! My fiancé at the time (now husband) and I both really love them and connect through their music and lyrics. For that reason, we decided to go with a Beatles theme for our ceremony.
The selection of music we chose fits both my personality and my husband's to a tee. By adding our own personal touch to the ceremony, I think it meant that much more to us. Our guests definitely enjoyed our selections, and we received many compliments on our unique song choices!
The prelude music for your wedding ceremony will be playing while your guests arrive and are seated. It is common for the music to be playing softly in the background, but it is ultimately up to the couple on what type of mood they want to set.
My Prelude Music
I chose the following songs for my wedding prelude music. Our choices were based upon the lyrics, melody, and feelings that each song provoked. Some of our choices are covers of Beatles songs because there are some really beautiful renditions out there that seemed to fit our theme better than the originals.
1. "Let It Be" by The Beatles
This song is, in my opinion, one of the best from The Beatles. The lyrics are both beautiful and meaningful. The effect of the instruments and tempo of this song also fit in perfectly as folks arrive to the wedding and take their seats.
2. "In My Life" by The Beatles
I fell in love with this song by The Beatles the very first time I heard it. Once again, the lyrics are wonderfully romantic and definitely fit in with every wedding's theme: Love.
3. "Blackbird" by The Beatles (Sung by Evan Rachel Wood)
While I absolutely adore The Beatles' original rendition of "Blackbird," I love the quality of Evan Rachel Wood's voice as she sings this song on the "Across The Universe Soundtrack." It's so gorgeous and serene.
4. "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles
Honestly, I can't say that I chose this song for the merits of the lyrics, as I find them to be a bit cryptic. However, I love the sound of this song. It's very calming and mellow; both good feelings to have present at a wedding!
5. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles (Sung by T.V. Carpio)
This is another Beatles cover song from the "Across the Universe" soundtrack that I fell head over heels for. This cover of the song is much slower than the original, which fit my wedding ceremony much better. The way T.V. Carpio sings the song, I don't listen to it with just my ears, but I feel it with my heart. She creates a sense of longing and need. I just love it!
The pre-processional, or as I like to call it, "Seating of the VIPs," is a time for seating special guests. Most commonly, this is the time to seat the parents, grandparents, and any other close family or friends.
This is an acknowledgement of the guests of honor and the song choices will usually be solemn or have meaningful lyrics to signify their importance to the bride and groom. Of course, this all depends upon the mood the bride and groom are hoping to set.
Our Pre-Processional Song
"Woman" by John Lennon. I chose this song because I think it is beautiful and seems to ooze love and happiness. (Whoever knew a song could ooze?!) I found the tempo to be laid back, the lyrics are romantic, and it sounded fantastic as it played softly while my guests of honor were shown to their seats.
Once the VIPs have been shown to their seats, the processional begins. Through my research, I have found various customs when it comes to the processional.
In some ceremonies, the groomsmen escort the bridesmaids down the aisle during the processional and in some ceremonies the bridesmaids will walk down the aisle alone and the groomsmen will be waiting up front with the groom.
Again, these details depend upon how the couple would like the ceremony organized. The processional music should be of a tempo that allows the wedding party to proceed down the aisle at a steady pace, but should also create a sense of suspense for the arrival of the bride.
Our Processional Song
"All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles. In our wedding, the groomsmen escorted the bridesmaids down the aisle to this song. "All You Need is Love" was the perfect choice for our processional because it continued on with the light and cheery note already set by the previous music. The tempo also worked really well for walking down the aisle. As the bridal party arrived at the front, the music slowly faded out, creating a sense of expectation.
The Bride's Entrance
The traditional song played for the bride's entrance is Richard Wagner's "Bridal Chorus." Some brides choose non-traditional songs that better suit their personalities or are meaningful to them.
No matter what the choice, the music should be dramatic and the volume should be higher than the previous selections, signaling the guests that the bride is on her way down the aisle.
My Bridal Entrance Song
"I Will" by Alison Krauss. This cover of "I Will" is absolutely beautiful. The lyrics are breathtaking and set the perfect tone for my walk down the aisle. Also, the drastic change in tempo from the processional music to this song definitely got everyone's attention.
The traditional selection for the recessional is Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March." No matter what the song selection, it should be something joyous and upbeat to celebrate the new union between the bride and groom.
Our Recessional Song
"Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles. We made this selection for our recessional to continue on with the cheery mood set previously in the ceremony. Plus, the lyrics fit perfectly with the start a new life together as man and wife.