Throughout your wedding day there is the opportunity for music, and this allows you to stamp your own personal taste on the whole event. For religious ceremonies, there will be hymns which will be sung (see our Wedding Hymns List for more information), but there is also the opportunity to have songs during a civil ceremony, as long as they are not hymns or religious in nature.
A popular option is to have a cantor to sing at the wedding. A cantor was traditionally the person who would lead a choir and to show the flow of the music in the same way a conductor leads an orchestra. In a religious ceremony, the cantor would lead the hymns which often encourages the congregation to join in more than they would if they were not being led. The cantor will often sing for the congregation while the register is being signed, with a popular choice being ‘Ave Maria’.
You can also employ a cantor for civil and humanist ceremonies, with songs being sung as you walk down the aisle, as you complete the paperwork and as you leave as a married couple. This can make a nice change from the CD that is often used.
The cost of a cantor can vary considerably, and during the course of our research we were quoted an astonishing £450 for a church service. If you are interested in having a cantor perform at your wedding, please contact us as we have been able to secure the services of a cantor for an exclusive fee of £100.
You could also look at hiring musicians for your ceremony. At my own wedding we had a string quartet which played while the guests were seated, as the bride walked up the aisle, while the register was being signed and also as we left the room. We also retained the quartet to play while we had canapes and drinks which created a lovely atmosphere and a nice distraction for those who weren’t having a photograph taken at that time. The cost of the quartet was £600 in 2007, and that was for four hours playing, as well as learning two new pieces which we specifically requested.
Of course, most Socttish weddings simply can’t be called so unless there’s a piper on the scene! Dressed in the full kilt and blasting out the classics, a piper is the true mark of a Scottish wedding.
Other options for more classical include a harpist, pianist, small choir and even a band! You could also simply pop some music that you both really like onto a CD and arrange for somebody to hit the right buttons at the right time.
Whatever option you choose, you’ll no doubt stamp your own mark on the day by having music that means a lot to both of you, and something that you’ll look back on fondly.