When it comes to choosing music for Your Wedding, the most important thing is ensure that it is personal to you. Unlike the majority of wedding musicians, JAM Duo do not operate a ‘repertoire list’. Instead, we give our couples complete freedom of choice to choose any song they so wish.
Over on our listen page you will find currently in excess of 130 tracks we have recorded to provide you with inspiration. This is by no means our complete play list, nor is it intended as our ‘repertoire list’. A lot of couples do choose their wedding music from the songs on our listen page, but only because these are, generally speaking, the most popular songs which people like to have at their weddings.
Finding your Perfect Wedding Song
1. Don’t get too many opinions.
Remember that everyone has different taste in music, so if you ask for recommendations or criticism, you might find yourself trying to please others more than yourself. The final song choice is supposed to speak to you and your partner, so try and keep the decision between the two of you.
2. Listen to the lyrics.
The rhythm may move you, but the words can be just as powerful. Do they remind you of a particular moment with your sweetheart or describe how in love you are? This can be a crucial deciding factor, especially if you want the first dance to capture the essence of your relationship.
3. Remember that many songs will play throughout the day.
When you book JAM Duo, we will send you our music form. This gives you a chance to tell us what music you would like at different points in the day. Most brides will have a definite song they want to walk in to. Sometimes we blend this with a second song for the entry of the bridesmaids.
We also give our couples a chance to choose the music for the drinks reception. This is by no means obligatory. You can either list out a number of songs or just tell us the styles and / or musicians you like and we will make something appropriate for you.
4. Be open-minded.
Whether you like one genre or all kinds of music, take some time to listen to different songs. You may be surprised by what you enjoy or what warms your heart. Research some tunes together if you want to expand your choices and see if a specific melody ignites a spark.
5. Follow your heart.
Out of all the songs you’re considering, you’ll find that one is going to have a deeper meaning than the rest. Listen to your instincts and what you feel is most meaningful for your wedding.
Entrance of the Bride
When it comes to your aisle music (also known as your processional), rhythm is key. Unnecessary as this may sound, we strongly suggest you practise walking to your chosen song. Trust us, some beats are really hard to walk to, and you don’t want to make your entrance as if you’re attempting to break land-speed records or at a painfully slow shuffle. One thing worth remembering is that with JAM Duo, we will time your entry song to perfection.
The music will start seamlessly when your guests are invited to stand and then it will be professionally brought to a conclusion at precisely the moment your celebrant is ready to begin. This is something you just cannot recreate on Spotify!
Here are a few songs which are currently popular with brides for their entrance.
1. At Last – Etta James
If you’re not having this for your first dance, it’s a sophisticated choice for walking down the aisle.
2. Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
The original Over the Rainbow would be a bit of a nightmare to walk to – this upbeat version would make the aisle-walk much easier.
3. Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
Either the original or the Eva Cassidy version would certainly tug the heartstrings as you walk down the aisle.
4. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
An upbeat choice for making an entrance and setting the mood for your wedding.
5. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
At 3.21, this is definitely too long to play in its entirety (unless you have a massive aisle), so choose the section you like best.
6. Lucky – Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat
We suggest starting your walk at the chorus for maximum effect.
7. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Gorgeously romantic, this is a song to float down the aisle to and probably our most requested song.
8. Canon in D Major (Pachelbel’s Canon) – J.S. Bach Orchestra
This is a traditional wedding aisle song that’s full of elegance. JAM Duo perform a beautiful version by the Brooklyn Duo.
9. Your Song – Ellie Goulding
This is a softer version of the Elton John classic, making it a graceful choice for your walk down the aisle.
10. I’m Kissing You – Des’ree
Remember Romeo + Juliet? I’m Kissing You is a central part of the soundtrack, and would be a romantic, nostalgia-tinged choice.
11. Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) – Quindon Tarver
Another Romeo +Juliet alumnus, this song isn’t exactly romantic but it’s a unique, alternative song for walking down the aisle.
12. Butterfly Waltz – Brian Crain
Pretty, delicate and easy to walk to – what more could you want in a wedding aisle song?
13. From This Moment On – Shania Twain & Bryan White
The lyrics are made for a wedding ceremony, but be warned, it takes a while to build, so you’ll need to time in carefully.
14. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Want to reduce your wedding guests to tears? Walk down the aisle to this heartfelt classic.
15. Bella’s Lullaby – Carter Burwell, Dan Redfeld and Elizabeth Hedman
This instrumental may be associated with Twilight, but we think it’s moving enough to transcend its cinematic origins.
16. The Secret Wedding (From “Braveheart”) – David Arkenstone featuring Kathleen Fisher
Another cinematic beauty, this composition from Braveheart has a lot of charm. Just don’t shout, ‘Freeeeeeedooooom!’ when you get to the end of the aisle.
17. Marry You – Bruno Mars
Upbeat and utterly joyful, this is a mood-lifting choice as a processional.
18. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Adele’s haunting vocal sends chills down the spine – in the best possible way.
19. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Another upbeat choice, this is a high-energy way to make your entrance on the aisle.
20. The Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary In D Major) – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Christian Rainer
A Royal favourite, this instrumental is a grand, timeless choice for the wedding aisle.
JAM Duo at Your Wedding
If you would like to find out more and discuss your wedding music with us, then Jules and Anne-Marie would love to hear from you. You can call or WhatsApp us directly on 07855 275353 or click here to fill out our contact form.