In considering the ceremony music for the wedding, I feel completely clueless–I’m not the most musically inclined. In fact, while I appreciate music, I have no memory for songs or lyrics or even the names of musicians. And perhaps this is why the music thing has been stressing me out so much. I don’t even know where to start. This is further complicated by the fact that I fear Mr. Peppermint and my parents want very different things (I find myself in the middle of this debate).
My parents (and most parents for that matter) have not even thought of the possibility of music that is not classical. In almost every wedding they’ve been to, the bride has walked down the aisle to Wagner’s “Bridal March”. That’s what they’ve come to expect. Granted, I’m not sure I want to walk down to Elvis’s “Love Me Tender” (a suggestion found in the Knot’s suggestion of non-traditional choices), but I’m also not sure I want the “Bridal March”. And more modern songs often have more meaning to me. I tried to broach the subject with my parents this weekend, but we didn’t really get anywhere…Is there a happy medium? Should contemporary songs be relegated to the reception only?
I’ve thought of using the Mancini theme from Two for the Road (my favorite movie!) as a prelude or maybe even processional. Mr. Peppermint really wants to use the Beach Boys’ Wouldn’t It Be Nice? as our recessional (with lyrics). At first I thought that was too contemporary, but I have to admit it has grown on me…right after the minister says “You may now kiss the bride” to hear the upbeat crooning of the Beach Boys does have a sort of appeal. And I feel like recessional music could be something more fun and celebratory…
What are your thoughts??