What kind of music is appropriate for a January Wedding? It’s squarely in the middle of winter, so winter wedding music is completely appropriate.
The “seasonal wedding music” principle doesn’t really apply to popular music choices – they aren’t generally seasonal, except for the occasional song that conjures up such images, like “April Love” by Pat Boone, (which you weren’t going to use anyway), “Summer Place” by the Beach Boys or Mantovani, “In The Summertime” By Mungo Jerry (which narrowly missed making honorable mention on my top 10 worst wedding songs of all time list), or “See You In September”, again an unlikely choice for a wedding.
“Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming”is a beautiful wintry sounding piece, I suppose because it’s associated with the Nativity and Advent season. “For The Beauty Of The Earth” is a hymn that seems to be appropriate for any season. “Moonlight Sonata”, Beethoven’s masterpiece, works well for cooler months for some unknown reason, and would be a perfect prelude piece; perhaps it’s the stillness and quietness inherent in the music, mirroring the quietude of a wintry day.
Some have used the “Hallelujah Chorus” in their wedding – another classical standard that is often associated with the Christmas season.
Most celebrative wedding songs are timeless and appropriate for any season. I’m thinking specifically about songs like “Happy Together”, originally by the Turtles – I had as much fun putting this arrangement together as any of our tunes – and I expect it to be one of our most popular recessionals over the years. Or how about “All You Need Is Love”, originally by the Beatles, and the tongue in cheek “When I’m 64.”
Almost all of the classic wedding processionals and ceremony pieces work great for any season. The only selection that comes to mind that might not work is one of the movements from “Spring” by Vivaldi that we offer as a traditional string ensemble piece. But even then, hardly anyone knows the title of this classical wedding standard – they simply recognize the music, and so it should be fine even in winter, spring, summer, or fall. If that list of the seasons sounds like a song, it should – You’ve Got A Friend, a well know classic performed both by Carole King and James Taylor. Returning from the rabbit trail as we speak….
Did you know January has the fewest weddings of any month? If this is the blessed month for you and your bride or groom, you are somewhat unique…
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Wedding violin is never out of style – check out an article about one of our premier violinists, Samuel Lawton, with links to some of his passionate performances.