Being a very musical couple, my husband and I (still getting used to that!) made it a priority to pay particular notice to how we designed the music throughout the day. As self confessed musical snobs (yes, it's true) we ruled out the cheesy disco from the off, knowing there was only one option- to have a sizzling hot live band in the evening and a daytime soundtrack sprinkled with the finest jazz, blues and neo soul artists around.
What meant the most to me was the processional song that I chose, made all the more meaningful because it was performed live by a close friend Vula Malinga and her creative partner in crime, Ben Jones. Vula has been performing with Basement Jaxx for the past three years, with a stream of self penned hits such as 'Oh My Gosh' (which she sang for us in the evening) and 'Hush Boy' and is currently touring with Sam Sparro of 'Black and Gold' fame.
I chose an Ella Fitzgerald song 'The Man I Love' to walk in to, as it was a song personal to us, but we kept it a secret from my other half so he could hear it for the very first time and connect with it. Needless to say, Vula and Ben did the most beautiful job despite their nerves-turns out performing to several thousand people on stage is much easier than a small, intimate group!
Whilst signing the register, we had 'Little Wing' by Jimi Hendrix playing in the background, something a little different and romantic in an unconventional kind of way. Hendrix was one of the first things we connected on when we first met, so again, a very personal song for us.
To complete our beautiful ceremony, we chose a funky, upbeat number 'Back To Love' by the Brand New Heavies for the recessional-and if we weren't being showered in confetti at the time I'd have danced down the aisle!
In the evening, Vula and Ben regrouped with some of London's finest musicians to entertain our guests with some smooth grooves, funk, soul and Motown classics. Rob got up to do a few tracks on his bass and they even dragged me into the equation for a song...mainly because Vula forgot the words!! What a night!
Don't be afraid to get creative with your music. As with what you wear, the stationery you choose etc, the music is just as important in reflecting your style and personalities. If you have a musically talented friend or family member, get them involved! It's your day, so make it exactly that.