A couple recently requested Annie’s Song by John Denver to be played during their wedding. I must be an old romantic at heart, because I reckon I’ll shed a tear or two once it’s playing.
While I’m on this topic, I believe that music is an integral part of any good ceremony. If chosen well, it can be a vehicle for the (sometimes overwhelming) emotions felt by the bride and groom, and this is why I ask couples at our first meeting what music they are planning to have. If they are struggling a little, I have a number of samples I can suggest, to get them started. In fact, if a couple decides to use my free-standing PA system (with cordless mike) for amplification, I can even arrange for the music to be compiled and played in order at the appropriate times: usually, the procession, the signing of the register and the bit just after the ceremony, where guests and bridal party mingle. (There is a small fee for the use of the PA system and an operator, but it would be much less than hiring one separately.)
What would we do without music in our lives?