Music Trends 2024

Music Trends 2024

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Music sounds better with you

If you’re planning a 2024 wedding, you may be beginning to think about your music selections and which genres would be best suited to your celebration. In this guide, we round up a few trending styles of music that make for the ultimate soundtrack to your special day.

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Music can really set the scene for your wedding day, and has the potential to influence the atmosphere and the mood for each part of your celebration. When it comes time to take to the dance floor during the evening reception, most newlyweds want to sing along to a seamless blend of timeless tracks and on-trend tunes.

If you’re planning a 2024 wedding, you may be beginning to think about your music selections and which genres would be best suited to your celebration. In this guide, we round up a few trending styles of music that make for the ultimate soundtrack to your special day.

Folk

If you’re hoping to stay true to tradition on your wedding day, folk music may be the perfect pick. Generally, folk music is considered to be music that has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s the music of small social circles that represents your roots and cultural heritage, and tends to have a mystical charm, with soothing sounds that bring people together. It’s a brilliant genre for celebrating such a poignant moment as the day you get married.

Bagpipe music is a popular choice for those who like folk music, and want their wedding celebrations to be in keeping with Scottish traditions. By incorporating a unique procession of bagpipe musicians into your big day, you’re sure to wow your guests.

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Classical

When it comes to wedding music, you need to plan for more than just your reception. In fact, there are plenty of moments throughout your day that will benefit from a little romantic background music.

While anything goes as you head into your evening party, the same isn’t quite as true for the earlier parts of your day. When it comes to greeting your guests, hosting your cocktail hour, and walking down the aisle, you’re going to want music that promotes a sense of calm, but still feels moving and timeless. For these more intimate moments, the classical genre is perfect, providing a subtle soundtrack that’s romantic, elegant and versatile.

Rock ‘n’ roll

As you head into your reception, you’re going to want to hear the kind of music that makes you really feel alive and ready to party. To get every one of your guests up and dancing, rock music is an ideal choice. It’s a genre that will appeal to most people, as it can be kept as classic or contemporary as you wish. Plus, it’s easy to find a great band to perform your rock music, as the genre is easy to cover and sounds great performed acoustically, too. For a sound as rugged, wild, and even romantic as Scotland is itself, consider rock and roll for your wedding playlist.

Keep it authentic

You don’t want to base your choice of wedding songs purely on what’s fashionable and trending in the moment. While it’s true that you want your wedding guests to have fun, this is your wedding – so you shouldn’t have to sacrifice the music that you love in order to please the crowd.

The best part about choosing your wedding music is that there’s a space for every genre. Perhaps you want classical for your ceremony, rock, hip-hop and R’n’B for your reception party, and some lowkey folk music to serenade you as the night draws to a close. Experiment with your vision, and don’t be afraid to combine your tastes in order to curate the perfect trending wedding day playlist.

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Dream makers

Let our Events Manager Taylah share why Riddle’s Court is a perfect venue for your big day and what makes the building so special

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Can you give us a bit of back-ground to your unusual venue?

Riddle’s Court is at the top of the Royal Mile, close to Edinburgh Castle and can trace its history back to 1590. It recently underwent an extensive two-year multi-million-pound restoration project, which was carried our by Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.

It re-opened in 2017 it was stunningly modernised, yet still reflecting the past. It’s a remarkable space for a couple to marry – and become part of four centuries of history. The wedding team here, look after about 30-40 weddings a year, but our popularity is growing. We can host 60-70 daytime guests with scope for more to attend in the evening.

What makes Riddle’s Court such a great place to be married?

It is a romantic, historic jewel, hidden away in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. It feels personable, intimate and charming and is full of period drama – beautiful 16th-century painted ceilings, for example, in the elegant rooms.

One of the most special things about us is that when you book your wedding here, all the profit goes back into our charitable mission of restoring and renovating historically significant buildings across the country, saving them for future generations. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

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What is your favourite thing about the building?

It’s hard to choose. Possibly the breathtaking views from the Geddes Room out to the Edinburgh skyline and beyond to the Pentland Hills. But I also love the 16th-century bread oven which we believe was used to cook a banquet for King James VI here in 1598. It was uncovered during the restoration project when an accessible bathroom was being created and has to be seen to be believed.

If you were to get married at Riddle’s Court, how would you go about it?

I would plan a romantic, tight-knit celebration so that I would be able to interact with everyone who had been invited, and I would stay the night. We’ve recently created two new elopement packages, one of which includes a two-night stay in the King’s Chamber, our beautiful on-site apartment. It has a large bedroom, where you can sleep under a spectacular 16th-century painted ceiling, plus an open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge area with a double sofa bed and a contemporary shower room.

Tell us about the function rooms

You could have an intimate elopement ceremony in the Seton Room, which boasts splendid plasterwork and photogenic bay-window booths. Prefer a grand celebration? Our Library is a spacious, airy and south facing and is suitable for an elegant wedding breakfast for up to 60 guests. It works well for a ceilidh or dancing in the evening.

The stunning painted ceiling of the Geddes Room depicts messages of ecology, philosophy and education and has stylish panelled walls.

Whichever rooms you choose, we will be working behind the scenes to ensure all runs smoothly. We will follow a detailed timetable, but are prepared for anything.

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We would love to help you on your planning journey, whatever that looks like, and are always happy to offer tips and advice – get in touch with our team today for more information.