FAQs and expert advice about music (ceremony)

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Sussex Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@your-sussex.wedding


Here comes the bride

Here comes the bride

Q. I'd love a harpist to play me down the aisle, but I don't know much about classical music. What music would you recommend I pick?

A. Fiona Hosford says: Any professional musician will suggest pieces that are suitable for your ceremony. For example, you need something sedate for the entrance, nothing that's going to make you or your bridal party walk in too fast. Canon in D, Clair de Lune, or Trumpet Voluntary all work well. The signing of the register needs at least two pieces. Flower Duet and Le Onde are lovely and are certainly long enough.

Then, the exit piece. It's imperative that this is upbeat, as people will be clapping and there will be lots of noise, so a fast tempo is a must. Consider Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Trumpet Tune or First Arabesque by Debussy for this. Personally, I always suggest an online meeting before the big day to go through options, then we can take it from there, as there are always plenty more suggestions waiting to be heard! Remember, many film scores use classical music too, so this is a fantastic genre crossover to pick from.

Fiona Hosford, Fiona Hosford Harpist


Play on

Play on

Q. We'd love some live music at our drinks reception, but don't want anything too intrusive as guests will want to chat and catch up. What would you suggest?

A. Margaret Watson says: Once the formal part of the day is over, the world is your oyster as far as music goes! The ultimate romantic instrument, the harp provides beautiful light background music, perfect for the drinks reception. It's not too loud and not too soft – ideal 'music wallpaper!' Surprisingly portable, it can be played outside if the weather is fine and is always a conversation piece. I have a vast repertoire to suit all ages, from classical to chart hits, so your guests can be entertained while they enjoy their bubbly, canapes and conversation.

Margaret Watson, Harp Music by Margaret

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