Wedding music for the church – Can you have solo piano?
Solo Piano or Singer: What’s the Best Option for Your Church Wedding?
One of the most common questions I get asked as a wedding pianist in Ireland is whether solo piano can be enough for a church wedding ceremony. Many couples worry that the grandeur of a church setting might require a singer, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Why Solo Piano Works Beautifully in Church Weddings
The piano as a solo instrument is a must-have in the minds of couples getting married as part of Civil, Humanist and Spiritual ceremonies. However, when it comes to church ceremonies in Ireland, some couples might feel hesitant about having just piano. They worry that churches are too grand or majestic to have something as intimate as solo piano during the ceremony. But fear not! As a pianist who has played at over 100 church weddings in Ireland, I can assure you that solo piano can work beautifully, even in the grandest of churches.
How to Choose the Best Option for Your Church Wedding
So, how do you decide whether to choose solo piano or a singer for your church wedding ceremony? Ultimately, the decision comes down to you, the bride or groom-to-be. But here are some things to consider:
If you want a theme of simplicity or a classical touch, solo piano is an excellent choice.
If you prefer a more upbeat or contemporary vibe, there are plenty of modern piano pieces that will fit the bill.
If you’re sure you’d like a singer at your ceremony, you could hire a singer in addition to a pianist or ask a singing relative/friend and have the pianist accompany them on the piano.
The Great Advantage of Instrumental over Lyrics
Another advantage of choosing solo piano for your church wedding is that it alleviates any worry over the lyrics of your preferred pop song, should they not be appropriate for a church setting.
With a pianist, you can have the melody and emotion of your favourite song without the potential for any lyrical mishaps. The piano is a versatile instrument that can adapt to many different musical genres, so whether you prefer classical, pop, or something in between, there’s likely a piano arrangement that will work for you.
If you’re concerned about the lyrical content of a song but still want to include it in your wedding ceremony, consider having it played as a piano solo.
In conclusion, whether you choose solo piano or a singer for your church wedding ceremony in Ireland, rest assured that both options can work beautifully.
It all comes down to your personal preference and the vibe you want to create for your special day. Go ahead and make the choice that feels right for you! And if you do choose solo piano, know that it can be a stunning and intimate addition to your church wedding.