Unlike colours, themes or dresses, wedding music is one area of the planning process that doesn't change that much over time. Still, there's no denying that there are a few musical trends that seem to come out of nowhere and stick; here's what we're predicting will be big in wedding music for 2016...
Surprise first dances
Gone are the days of just swaying side to side, or performing a few stiffly choreographed steps. These days, newlyweds are increasingly surprising their guests with routines that no-one was expecting; whether it's taking jitterbug classes in secret, suddenly switching it up with a 90s hip hop jam, or choreographing a fun group dance number with the bridesmaids and ushers, in 2016 anything goes for the first dance.
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As more and more couples choose to reflect their personalities with wedding themes such as rockabilly, Art Deco or the swinging Sixties, wedding music is becoming increasingly themed too. Today you'll find plenty of 'vintage' music acts around, from Rat Pack-style big band numbers to 40s-inspired gramophones or acapella groups. Instead of a string quartet playing you down the aisle, why not try a barbershop quartet instead?
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Classical versions of pop favourites
The popularity of this clever trend is largely down to YouTube sensations such as The Piano Guys and Vitamin String Quartet. If you can't decide between wedding-appropriate classical music and your favourite top 40 hits, why not combine them by having your band cover the songs of your choice, or finding the classical versions online? This works especially well for moments such as walking down the aisle, or signing the register.
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Wedding music videos
Largely popular with our American cousins, we predict that wedding music videos are going to become big over here this year. In particular, more UK companies are starting to create 'marryoke' videos, where the bride, groom and guests create a music video by miming a popular hit.
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Mix and match
Can't decide between a live band and a DJ? Torn between a steel drum serenade and a jazz singer? When in doubt, have both! More couples are mixing it up when it comes to their wedding music, whether live or not. Doing this not only means that you don't have to sacrifice your favourite music, but also makes your big day more memorable for all the right reasons.
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