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Selecting the Perfect Wedding Music: A Guide for Couples

Your wedding day is a magical celebration of love, and the right music can elevate the atmosphere and create unforgettable moments. As a wedding violinist, I've had the privilege of being part of many couples' special days, and I understand how crucial music is in setting the tone for the event. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect wedding music for your big day.

Define Your Vision

Begin by imagining the overall vibe you want to create. Are you envisioning a romantic and intimate ceremony? A lively and festive reception? Your music choices should reflect the mood and style you desire.

violinist in a black gown serenades guests as the bride and groom make their entrance
Photo Credit: @tminspired

Consider Key Moments

Identify the key moments in your wedding where music will play a significant role. These may include the ceremony, the first dance, and any special dances with family members.

Want even more planning help? Check out my blog post here all about key moments throughout the ceremony, and my blog post here where I outline how to build your very own dream ceremony playlist!

Blend Genres

Don’t be afraid to mix different musical genres. Combining classical, contemporary, and even cultural pieces can add depth and diversity to your wedding playlist. Just be sure to consider flow so there's no lulls or sudden, unwanted energy shifts!

Personalize Your Playlist

Choose music that is meaningful to you as a couple. Think about songs that have special memories or significance in your relationship. This personal touch will make your day even more memorable.


Check out my downloadable guide to building your perfect wedding playlist!


Work with Your Musicians

Communicate your preferences and ideas to your musicians. Share your vision, the type of music you love, and any specific pieces you want to hear. A skilled musician can help bring your vision to life.

bride sneaks up on her groom for a romantic and intimate first look as a solo violinist plays in the background
Photo Credit: @levihri

Stay True to Your Budget

Live music is a beautiful addition to any wedding, but it’s important to stay within your budget. Discuss pricing options with your musicians and explore packages that suit your needs. Consider tailored options as well - no two weddings are the same, so don't be shy to loop your musician in on a fun surprise, unique timeline, or whatever your vision entails!

Think About Transitions

Smooth transitions can enhance the flow of your wedding day. Talk to your musician about how to create seamless transitions between different parts of the event, for instance increasing the energy after the ceremony, decreasing the energy before dinner, hitting all the right notes for your first dance, and getting the party started during your reception!

Selecting wedding music is an exciting part of the planning process. By following these tips and working closely with your musicians, you can create a magical soundtrack that enhances your celebration and leaves a lasting impression on your guests.


Hi, I'm Christie!

With over 29 years of experience mastering the violin, I specialize in crafting bespoke setlists and arrangements that reflect your unique vision and preferences. Recognized with awards like "The Best of the Bash" and The Knot Best of Weddings, I'm dedicated to creating unforgettable musical experiences tailored to your event.


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