For couples who love the magic of the holiday season, what could be better than a Christmastime wedding? From rustic to elegant, holiday weddings bring dreamy romance to an exquisite level. One advantage of saying “I do” at Christmastime is that most halls and churches are already decorated, bringing down your cost and providing a lovely ambiance.
Another benefit of a Christmas wedding is the rich collection of music. From the bridal march to the last dance, elegant numbers to cheek to swanky tunes, classics to the latest star, you can find a song to fit the bill. Here are a few suggestions:
Handel”s Messiah is a tremendous choice for the prelude, as guests are being seated. O Tannnenbaum and Greensleeves are also excellent choices.
O Holy Night fits well before the wedding, for the seating of the mothers, during communion, or after the vows. Especially when performed by strings, or perhaps with a singer, this is a beautiful and inspiring prelude or ceremony melody.
Carol of the Bells makes a lovely bridal processional, and Joy to the World a lively recessional.
The reception begs for a musical mixure of old and new, swing and rock, traditional and edgy. Brian Setzer, Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Kenny Chesney, Josh Groban, Olivia Newton John, and Nat King Cole are just a sampling of tremendous Christmas song artists that can make it onto your reception music list.
Let it Snow, Rockin” Around the Christmas Tree, All I Want For Christmas Is You, My Favorite Things, The Christmas Song, Winter Wonderland, and Jingle Bell Rock are all great party songs.
A fabulous choice for the last dance is White Christmas, sung by Bing Crosby, of course!
If you are not having a band play, have your DJ stick to soundtracks of the original artists to keep a classic style.