Welcome to my first blog. Since a very big market for Live Music is Weddings, I am posting music trends according to what I have experienced in the last year. Most wedding ceremonies are either: Traditional, Classical, Sacred, or Contemporary. They can also be composites of more than one.
Contemporary music seems to be more prominent the last few years. Everyone wants songs that has special meaning in their relationship – making the music more personal for them. Keep in mind that usually your live music will not be the same instrumentation as the recording. For instance, a song with a vocalist and a big backup band will not translate the same as when played by a pianist (or single instrumentalist). Many songs that are lyric-based (have probably a compromised melody) will not have the same impact as a song with good underlying harmonies.
Discussing your song requests with your musicians is definitely a good idea.
If you are having a Church wedding or your Officiant is a Church Pastor, you should ask if there any restrictions on what they consider appropriate. Some denominations require sacred/religious or classical songs.
Contemporary Songs that are Currently Requested a lot include:
The Luckiest (Ben Folds)
Marry Me (Train)
All of Me (John Legend)
Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars)
To Make You Feel My Love – by Bob Dylan, many recorded it
Come What May (Moulin Rouge)
A Thousand Years (Twilight Saga)
Somewhere in Time (movie of same name)
Rhapsody on a theme of Pagnini (Rachmanioff, used in Somewhere in Time movie
The Prayer (rec. by Celine Dion)
You Raise Me Up (rec. by Josh Groban)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
All You Need is Love (Beatles) Contemporary Recessional
At Last (Etta James, Celine Dion)
Bless the Broken Road (Rascall Flatts)
I’m Yours (Jason Mraz)
Come Away with Me (Norah Jones)
I Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)
Kiss the Rain (Yumira) best w/piano – good substitute for Canon for processional
My Heart will Go On (Titanic movie)
To Where You Are (Josh Groban)
Somewhere Only We Know (Glee)
Canon in D (Pachbel) altho this is traditional/classical
Viva la Vida (Coldplay) for recessional or postlude or reception
Tune in again as I will have a list of popular Traditional/Classical/Sacred songs for Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions, and Ceremonial options, etc.