The Ceremony

The actual legal part of a modern Civil Ceremony is quite short, so it’s a nice idea to embellish it with special readings or poems, or songs which mean a lot to you.

You will need music for the entry of the bride and ideally to fill the time at the end of the ceremony when you are both busy signing the register. You can also have a song or two integrated into the actual ceremony, and having someone singing live can make it all the more special. The songs can be anything you want, but they can’t have overt religious references in them. Anything from operatic arias such as O Mio Babbino Caro to jazz standards like It Had To Be You, from rock ballads to musical theatre, and from Buble to The Beatles can work brilliantly – I’d love to hear what your ideas are!

As for religious ceremonies, I have a soprano range and would be honoured to sing some hymns or classical music for your wedding. I can sing accompanied by the organist or can use some of my top-quality backing tracks for that richer orchestral sound. Traditional hymns like Morning Has Broken or All Love Divine, All Love Excelling, classical music like Ave Maria and gospels such as Amazing Grace can be beautiful, but these days it’s also usually acceptable to have something a bit more modern if you’d prefer.