Nice. We had live music, too. A subset of the dance band we had later, 6 musicians 2 also vocalists, did soft love songs during early seating for a half hour, then a trumpet processional, then 3 pieces with vocalists. Even with it, civil ceremonies are short. My choice was "Let it be Me," an arrangement like Roberta Flack did in Chapter 2, with vocalists. Music only, a West Side Story medley of "There's a Place for Us" and "One hand, One Heart". Because we come from different races, religious, and cultural backgrounds in every way, even one city boy and one deep rural country girl. It said more to us than any reading did . And hubby chose the Pavarotti and Tracy Chapman arrangement of "Baby Can I Hold you Tonight " with male Italian and female in English. Later at the reception the full dance band did more than half modern tunes but in waltz time, or suitable for slow dancing. Lots of love songs. It was romantic. A few torch songs thrown in during slow dancing too. During planning, we stopped mentioning that we were having the musicians and romantic songs in the ceremony , when a few of FI's sister's, sisters-in- law and friends had opinions we did not want to hear. We were not asking for their opinions, it was our ceremony. The rest of his family and our friends got that. But there are always a few who think your wedding, ceremony itself, should be done as they would do it. This is the part only the bride and groom have anything to say about. Do what you want. You are not making a movie and seeking script approval from all family and guests . If the music speaks to your heart, your choice. Do it. And have a most romantic ceremony .
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I have been to many weddings with romantic music in the ceremony. But come from a mire small village, folk tradition. Most of our critics came from Roman Catholic, very strict Lutheran, or fundamentalist backgrounds, where every bit is laid out for you, even music church approved (RC, Lutheran ) or centers the ceremony around praising Jesus and reading/ singing gospel. Ours was civil and family centered. You have that sort of difference when you cross religions, or go from strict religious ceremonies to civil ones with only 2 lines of legally required language .