Composing a wedding song? It’s essential to do it right, which can be hard to do. Here’s how to write a wedding song that leaves a lasting impression.
Writing and playing a wedding song is a big deal whether you’re a professional musician, a campfire hero, or a backup spoons player.
You’re contributing to someone’s big day in a significantly meaningful way.
Wedding songs are magical, even a little intimate. It is the background music for a celebration of love.
But taking the time to write and rehearse a wedding song will help you create a lasting memory.
So without further ado, here’s how to write a wedding song.
Starting to write.
The most challenging part about writing a song–or writing anything for that matter–is starting.
Your brain is likely dealing with a torrent of thoughts. There are so many directions that you can take, and your ideas may be foggy. So take time to brainstorm, writing down everything that comes to mind.
As you write, try to conceptualize what the wedding will be like.
Is it a big wedding, or a small one? What’s the general age group of those attending? Most importantly, what do the bride and groom want?
This can guide the song’s energy and message.
Generally, the ceremony is a joyous, exciting, and sentimental event, so the song’s energy should evoke that.
As the brainstorming process unfolds, you can begin to narrow things down and refine the verses, lyrics, and rhymes.
Empathizing with the newlyweds.
A wedding song honors the bride and groom’s unification. So naturally, it should be about them.
That can be a little tricky.
The thing about the special moments they share, or the thoughts they had about each other, is that they’re personal.
However, if they are willing to share some of those memories with you, they can be a lyrical goldmine.
You can incorporate those experiences–inside jokes or how they met–and design a song that belongs to them.
You can make it as powerful or as light-hearted and playful as you want it to be.
By getting to know who you’re writing about, you (and the wedding guests) can enjoy direct access to their heartstrings. Highlighting the bride & groom’s qualities.
Another approach or set of verses that you can incorporate into your song is to describe the bride and groom’s positive qualities.
The song can be about virtually anything from their looks to their habits and ideals. It can be personal or impersonal and still evoke the same sentiments.
From a personal perspective, highlighting the attributes that brought them together can make their first dance a memorable experience.
Just make sure that you weave the qualities they admire about each other into the song.
On the other hand, if you’re going for a song you can play at any wedding, you can depict more universal qualities.
Verses tell the story of a song, but there are other elements that can make wedding songs strike a chord.
Crafting a powerful hook.
One of the most critical elements of any song is the hook.
The hook frequently appears in many songs–artists tend to include them in some of the verses, melodies, and chorus. You’ll typically hear them in the first and last line too.
The hook sits at the top of the song structure pyramid from a lyrical standpoint. Everything else–line or rhyme–builds around it.
Crafting a powerful hook can dramatically impact the overall quality of your wedding song.
Creating a moving chorus.
Having a good chorus will have a considerable effect on your listeners.
While a song is more than the sum of its parts, everyone anticipates and remembers the chorus the most.
Music is ultimately an auditory and emotional experience, and often, the chorus is the free-flowing force that generates the sensations we love.
Another reason that highlights the value of a good chorus is that it repeats several times throughout a given song (depending on the form).
Ultimately, you want to create a chorus that captures the significance of the beautiful wedding day. So take the time to compose a head-turning chorus that leaves a lasting impression.
Picking chords that resonate.
When incorporating the instrumental aspect of the song with the lyrics, there are a few things to consider.
Perhaps the most crucial part of writing a wedding song is setting the right vibration or energy.
We generally classify chords as either major chords which sound bright and happy or minor chords that sound dark and sad.
While using minor chords can be useful for creating powerful reverberations, it’s important to consider the nature of the song you’re writing.
You may think that you need to stick with major chords because a wedding is a joyous, celebratory day. But a wedding is a highly emotional and sentimental ceremony, so there may be a place for minor chords in a wedding song.
It depends on the angle you’re going for or the direction of the song. Regardless of what the decision may be, there needs to be synchronicity between the song’s lyrics and chords.
Creating an excellent wedding song takes time, practice, and lots of refining. It is the same journey that one embarks on when learning the piano in many ways.
You’ll have times when you’re feeling great about your skills and times when you’ll be wondering if you should be pursuing this hobby in the first place. However, with some persistence, and a structured approach, you’ll get the hang of it.
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