These days we get more requests for pop music than classical. But having live musicians in your wedding that play classical and popular music has some obvious advantages. There is more versatility and therefore more variety to be utilised. As an example, you might start your wedding with some light classical wedding music to fit the formal atmosphere at the very beginning of the day. Classical music is perfect for this. If you pay close attention when you watch films or tv programs when there is a formal occasion, classical music is often used. It creates a classy, formal and elevated atmosphere really well at the start of any event. The key here is simple and uplifting classical music – Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi. The popular classics work well with nothing too serious or overly emotional.
The other great reason to start the wedding with classical music is then the contrast to lighter, more popular music later is far more effective. After a few tunes, your guests may think that’s it a ‘classical string quartet’ – very nice. They will get more of a surprise when the classical musicians start to play famous pop songs later on and that is fun in and of itself. These contrasts and twists are what make a wedding more memorable and even if the pop music is more enjoyed by lots of guests than the classical was, it’s partly because the day started with just classical music.
Another good thing about classical music is that it fits well with certain pop tunes within the wedding ceremony itself. The key moments in a civil wedding are the Entry music, the Signing of the Register music and the Exit music at the end of the ceremony. If you wanted a more traditional wedding ceremony, you can just use classical music here. And to go really traditional, you would start and end the ceremony with the two famous wedding marches (by Mendelssohn and Wagner). But it’s also possible to pick and choose and go mix classical and light/pop. So you could have ‘Pachelbel – Canon‘ as another traditional and ever-popular choice for the Entry music. But then have something like ‘All of Me’ by John Legend for the Signing music. You could then return to classical for the Exit music with something like ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ by Purcell.
And of course, we’ve done some very nice weddings, usually in grand, traditional old London venues, where the request was to only play classical music. That’s fine with us of course, although we’ve noticed that often we get requests for non-classical tunes from guests in the champagne reception. That is a bit awkward when our couple have specifically said ‘no pop music please!’. But this is increasingly rare in the 15 years we’ve been providing music for weddings. Most wedding classical music is just used a bit at the start, and then the more easily recognised music begins. The novelty of hearing Britney Spears played by a string quartet or trio never really goes away!
And of course, it’s not just string quartets that can play classical music and other genres. Solo harp, solo guitar, brass groups, piano players and most other instrumentalists can mix in some classical music with other genres. We are well-versed in classical, jazz and pop music – so do let us know if you’d like some help to make your wedding music a perfect soundtrack to a beautiful day!