Why do we spend money on music concerts and festivals when we can download the same music straight onto our phones? It’s because music is inextricably linked to emotion. You don’t just hear music – you feel it and those feelings evoke emotions like no other. I bet you can recall the lyrics to songs you loved from your childhood or that you and your partner have a “special song” that reminds you of the early days of your union and all the heady emotions that went with it.
The reasons above are why live music at your wedding is quite literally magic and really worth considering as an addition to the daytime elements of your itinerary as well as the evening.
As you prepare to walk down the aisle, imagine the warming wall of sound a collective of singers would add to this monumental moment (that you have probably planned for the past year.) You can feel the air buzzing with the excitement and anticipation of seeing the scene unfold and whether you choose a classic love song like “I will always love you” or opt for something a little more left field, the end result will be the same – ear to ear smiles and probably some tears of utter unadulterated joy. An uplifting song at the end of your ceremony is also a way to emotionally rejoice in your union and forever mark the most important part of your day.
Moving onto your drink’s reception, your guests will thank you for not only providing them with champagne and canapes (if that’s what you’ve opted for) but also for entertaining them with live music that continues to enhance the tone of your day. What can perhaps be a portion of the day that becomes a little flat, can be turned into a pre-party of sorts and a nod to what is to come at your evening reception. We have amazing memories of one of our wedding couples who chose to send our set list out to a selection of their guests in advance so that when we sang, we’d be singing songs that had particularly special memories for that specific person or couple. What a lovely gift for those guests and again a moment that will be remembered for years to come.
Music has the power to unite, delight and lift hearts and much like the first live gig you went to, live music at your wedding is a gift that will be fondly treasured for the rest of your love story.
Gemma & Kelly
Gemma Knight-Jones and Kelly Fraser are the founders of Songbird Sessions. They provide harmony drenched acoustic pop, soul and Motown music from an all-female collective for wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions. You can find out more about them at songbirdsessions.com but for now, here's a little taste of what they do.
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