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26th July 2018 | Julia Braime

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When planning a wedding the ‘to do’ list can seem never ending, and so we’re all ears for any time savvy solutions that can help to get another box ticked off.

Today on the blog we’re bringing you news that can help save serious time on the wedding playlist.

Introducing, The Wedding Collection, a double-sided compilation album brought to you from the musical experts at Classic FM. Carefully put together to provide music for all parts of the day, from the ceremony through to the reception, the album features classical masterpieces and contemporary hits, to create the desired atmosphere for differing parts of the proceedings.

So, there’s no need to spend hours trying to recall the titles and composers/acts of songs you like then tediously compiling your own playlist as The Wedding Collection has it all covered. Music to your ears, right?!

Time now then to hear more from the pros behind the album on how such music will help to enhance a wedding, which tracks made the big day grade and, most importantly, where The Wedding Collection is available to buy from.

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Can you give us an overview of The Wedding Collection?

classic fm say: The Wedding Collection album is a brand-new collection of music which promises to create the perfect atmosphere for upcoming weddings. We know how difficult it can be to choose the perfect wedding music, so with this album we have tried to package up all of the best bits with a modern twist to suit all parts of the day and all guests.Disc one is full of traditional music specially curated to be played during the ceremony including, beautiful performances of classics like Wagner’s Bridal Chorus and Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Disc two features more contemporary music which has been classically arranged, perfect for the reception. There’s something here for everyone, such as Ed Sheeran’s Perfect, Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, and the much loved This is Me from the Greatest Showman.

What elements of their day should couples take into consideration when picking the right music for their wedding?

Background music (guests’ arrival); ceremony, including hymns and wedding march; reception music; dinner soundtrack and extra entertainment.

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What genres of music tend to work particularly well for weddings?

Classical music traditionally tends to feature heavily in wedding ceremonies, with pop music also frequently making an appearance later on as entertainment at the reception. It can be quite difficult to pick your wedding soundtrack as there’s just so much choice! We think the Wedding Collection will help you get a selection of the best traditional pieces and a taste of popular songs rearranged with a classical twist.

What type of music would you suggest for the wedding ceremony and why?

Traditional classical pieces are often chosen for the wedding ceremony as they fit so beautifully, but of course there is a huge variety to choose from depending on your taste. We did a study on the nation’s favourite wedding music (which you can see on the Classic FM website) and the winning piece was revealed as Widor’s Toccata, from his Symphony No.5 for Organ. Other extremely popular pieces are Handel’s Arrival of The Queen of Sheba and Pachelbel’s Canon. All three of these feature on the Wedding Collection Album, the first disc of which was specifically curated for the wedding ceremony.

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And what about the drinks reception or wedding breakfast, what type of music would you suggest for these parts of the day and why?

Some kind of background music is best for the drinks reception or breakfast, as it’s likely that people will be chatting. Instrumental classical or easy-listening would work nicely for either part of the day, as there are no lyrics to cause distraction.

The first dance is a poignant part of the day with the chosen track highly anticipated by guests – what advice would you offer to couples when selecting this special track?

If you have a special song that means something to you both (and is appropriate for dancing!), this is the time and place to go for it.

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Classic FM’s top bridal procession track suggestions:

  1. Wedding March, Mendelssohn
  2. Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring, Bach
  3. Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba, Handel


Classic FM’s top first dance track suggestions:

  1. Perfect, Ed Sheeran
  2. The Glasgow Love Theme, Love Actually
  3. The Blue Danube, Strauss


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How can couples find out more about The Wedding Collection and where is it available to purchase from?

You can read more about The Wedding Collection on the Classic FM website and see the full track list on the Classic FM Store. You can purchase the double album on the Classic FM Store, Amazon or iTunes.

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