Choosing the music for your wedding film creates moods and memories and adds a sentimental touch to your beautiful day. Even if you are a devoted music lover, choosing the music can take time. You also have to decide which melodies to use in your wedding video.
Here is some information to consider before sending the song list to your wedding videographer.
Most packages include a highlights video of the day that couples love to share online so friends and family can enjoy the replay. Then there is the long version that has the complete ceremony and speeches. You probably will watch the highlights a billion times and view the long version every wedding anniversary. For the shorter version, licensed music is needed if you plan to share it anywhere online, including social media and other video platforms. The extended version can feature any tunes since that is usually kept private. The licensed music is normally lovely instrumental background music.
Here is a list of key songs.
- Three slow and romantic songs for getting ready, portraits, the first look and the ceremony
- Three faster, upbeat songs for cocktail hour, reception decor, entrance and dancing
Many of the reception songs will be the same ones that played as everyone shimmied. The first dance song will be the same one you used when you wowed your guests during your solo dance floor routine. This means your most-loved songs will be naturally woven into your wedding video.
If the DJ played a song you dislike (or something inappropriate that nearly made grandma pass out) or a meaningful favorite was missed, you can add a note in.
Check the lyrics
One tip is to check the lyrics of the songs you select. You might be surprised how many songs that seem like happy love songs turn into sad unrequited love songs after a few choruses. I’ll check this for you too.
There will be plenty of natural audio from the day between these songs, such as conversations, laughter, reading letters, vows, speeches, and probably a few champagne pops. It will all come together in perfect harmony.
When to send the music
If you can send me the music any time before the wedding day, it would be great. Then we can dive straight into the creative editing process and get that amazing video to you as soon as possible. I have created a youtube playlist of most popular songs I have used in the last few years. Hope you find it helpful: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9HCkaQ_EspNSlJ2IEeS7tktK1v-hh1TF