Here at Oberon Lane we pride ourselves on being wedding music specialists! While we most definitely can get the party started with our amazing bands and DJs, we have built an impeccable reputation on our unique ability to take your wedding ceremony above and beyond any wedding you've been to before.
In our first blog post we thought we'd break down what music at a wedding is all about how it impacts your day, where it fits in, how to get the most bang for you buck, etc.
These are just our thoughts, of course. We've been performing and booking artists at weddings all over Australia for over 10 years so we're drawing from that experience. We'd love to get your thoughts and comments on our Facebook page if you want to get the discussion going.
Wedding Music 101 - Part 1 - The Ceremony
Ceremony = The Big Deal :)
Your wedding ceremony is going to be one of the most amazing moments of your life. It's the moment when, finally, you can ignore the giant floating cloud of anticipation, stress, nervousness and excitement that's been following you around for the last year and just BE. You see your future husband or wife for the first time standing there – It's an amazing thing. And while all this is going on, you want the music in the air to breathe with you and take this moment to the next level.
These days, people often go with an acoustic soloist or duo for this moment, mostly because they want a song that connects with you and your future life partner – a song that you see walking down the aisle to. You want it to be perfect, you want a musician who you can depend on to make it as beautiful as it can be, you want it to be a perfect moment that you'll never forget. Popular song requests include things like Marry Me by Train, All Of Me by John Legend, I'm Yours by Jason Mraz etc.
That being said, some brides opt for a more traditional song to walk down the aisle to (e.g. Bridal Chorus or Canon in D), which can be equally beautiful. We've been asked to do everything in between as well, from solo singers with strings, to church organs with cellos and keyboards in parks. It's all doable. It's all available and it's totally up to you. But no matter what happens, you want this moment to be enhanced and made even more meaningful by having the most stunning soundtrack you can imagine.
How does the ceremony work?
Step 1 - Musicians arrive at the venue well before any of your guests to ensure that everything is set up and sounding good.
Step 2 - Our artists will:
1. Play 15-30 minutes of instrumental music as guests are arriving (this sets a beautiful atmosphere)
2. Play you down the aisle to the song of your choice (we need about two weeks to really learn and nail your perfect song)
3. Play a song of your choice as you sign the register (if you're doing that), which they've also learnt in advance
4. Play (or play a recorded version of) the song you want as you exit back up the aisle. Sometimes it's fun to go with a more upbeat track for this moment as people are all cheering and feeling good.
A nice and unique one we got requested to do the other day was:
Other people like You Make My Dreams Come True, by Hall and Oates - You can hear Jordan Millar from Oberon Lane cover this here:
This is a popular one that people ask us to play on an iPod:
It really is a personal decision and it's a song that sets the tone of what's to come next in the evening.
And boom, then it's done – you're married! The energy in the air is amazing, everyone is feeling good, there's music, there's love. Good times! Often, our musicians are asked to stay around for another 30 minutes or so, or move to another location to do a few hours during the canapés time, but we'll deal with all that in part 2.
Things to note:
1. If it's outside and away from power, a battery powered amplification system will be required. These can be hired from Oberon Lane or a number of other places, but ideally a power source = easier sound. You want it to be loud and proud!
2. Sometimes the celebrant wants to use the same system as the musicians so check with your celebrant to ensure their audio is all good. No matter how big or small the crowd, everything sounds better if it's miked up and projecting
There's so many other options available, like string quartets and acapella singing groups, but in the end it's really all up to you.
Hopefully this gives you a helpful rundown of how music will interact and create the vibe for your ceremony. It's the most exciting and important time of the day, so nail it!
Stay tuned for our next post on part 2 of your wedding music guide :)