While the guests were arriving he was instructed to play soft, instrumental, wedding-y type of music. Since I haven't seen the video yet and obviously wasn't there for that part I don't know what songs he played. I didn't hear any complaints so I'm guessing it was nice and appropriate.
For the ceremony itself we had 4 songs lined up to play. First was the song to be played while the grandmothers and mothers were escorted down the aisle. For that we chose the Eva Cassidy version of "What a Wonderful World". I think the lyrics were very fitting for the grandmother's/mother's entrance and I just love Eva Cassidy's voice.
What a wonderful world-Eva Cassidy
Next up was the song for the bridesmaids, jr. bridesmaids and flower girl to walk down to. We chose the more traditional "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach for this. The first time I heard it was in my friend Emily's wedding and I just loved it. It's not a song I've personally heard used very often though I know it's a fairly popular choice.
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring- Bach
When it came time for my entrance I've known for years that I wanted to walk down to "Canon in D" by Pachelbel. I've never been a big fan of the traditional Wedding March and everytime I hear Canon in D (as overused as it is) it always makes me tear up.
Canon in D- Pachelbel
Finally for the grand exit of the entire wedding party I decided to go with something a bit more contemporary and used the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". It's such a beautiful rendition and just a happy song. We got a lot of compliments on using this song, people thought it was a great way to finish the ceremony. Sweet story-- this song was included on our CD favors and Kristian's dad said he was driving around the day after the wedding listening to the CD and this song came on and he started to tear up. He thought it was just such a perfect song to describe the whole wedding.
Somewhere over the rainbow- Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
What songs did/will you use for your ceremony?