Over the next few weeks/months/whenever I get around to it, I am going to explore every moment of a wedding when there should be music. We know times and trends have changed, and that peoples’ tastes differ and develop with time but what has this got to do with music? Well… let’s start at the beginning.
Walking down the aisle.
In my opinion- gone are the days of Felix Mendelssohn's wedding march… dahh dah da da, dahh dah da da.
Let’s be honest, aside from the movies, when was the last time you heard it at an actual wedding? I think the last time I heard the wedding march was when I was 4 years old and a flower girl at my aunts wedding.
These days brides are seeking music more personal to them, the creepy slow sounds of an organ playing no longer makes the cut. While I have nothing against the wedding march music itself, it seems as though the traditional organ has no place at a modern wedding, much less a modern rural wedding.
I’ve noticed that the brides who are choosing to walk down the aisle to the march are opting for a fresh spin on the music, choosing to have it played on classical guitars or pianos instead. Those who are steering away from tradition are opting for instrumental versions of songs that have significant meaning for the couple.
Here is a list of both instrumental songs and lyrical songs fitting for a rural bride to walk down the aisle to: