Selecting songs for your wedding video
Songs make such an incredible impact on the feel of your wedding video! They set the tone for the clips, evoke emotion, and add even more personality to the story of your big day. If you would like to, we would love for you to choose the songs that will make this video truly yours. We also give you the option of deferring the selection to our talented editing team. They have a lot of experience with wedding videos and can choose songs that will compliment the video clips of your big day. It's up to you! If we don't hear from you before or shortly after your wedding day, we will assume that you would like the editing team to choose your songs.
Whichever route you choose, just be aware that copyright laws are very strict regarding the use of music in wedding videos. To play fair and keep us all out of legal trouble, we must be able to purchase a license to all of the songs we use in your video. In order to help with this process, we have subscriptions to five different music sites from which you may select your songs. You don't need to download anything, just let us know what you decide! We will be emailing you a Song Choice Questionnaire where you can list your song selections or indicate that you'd like the editors to choose for you. Here you can also list any other info that you would like us to share with the editors.
The number of songs you choose depends on the length of your coverage:
1.5+ hrs of video coverage = 2+ min video | 1 song
4+ hrs of video coverage = 6+ min video | 2 songs
6+ hrs of video coverage = 8+ min video | 3 songs
8+ hrs of video coverage = 10+ min video | 4 songs
If there is a pink ‘P’ next to the song, it means there will be an additional charge to generate a license we can use in your video.* This fee is determined by the artist of the song and the streaming site, it is not determined by Tolman Media.
Some things to keep in mind:
For the beginning soundtrack, we recommend an instrumental song. These are slower and have a sentimental/romantic feel. Instrumental is best here because lyrics can be distracting during this portion of the video, and there is often recorded audio of vows or reading letters. Lyrics tend to "fight" recorded audio and make listening to your vows or letter reading difficult.
For the ending soundtrack, an upbeat, fun song fits well - this one can have lyrics, but it can also be instrumental.
If your wedding video will have 3-4 songs, we recommend selecting a transition song that bridges the beginning and ending soundtrack.
*Please note that if you are viewing the site(s) on your mobile device, the pink "P" may not always show up. To make sure you are viewing the full site, please visit their website on a desktop computer or laptop.
It can be difficult to choose the perfect songs for your video. These playlists are here to give you some ideas.
Faster Than My Dreams by Adam 7
Great Adventure by Tim Halperin
Young Love by Philip Vo
Only Ever After by Forest Bells
Found our Way by Jared Salte
I Do by Derek Gust
Lyrical Party Time
Moon Bounce by Gyom
We are happy to help!
We are happy to help with any questions you have about the song selection process. Just to keep it simple, here are the steps:
Know the number of songs you need to select
Think about if you want recorded audio in your video
Think about the overall feel you want for your video
Listen to different song options
Choose your songs
Go to your Song Choice Questionnaire (found in your email) and list the song title, artist, website and cost for each song.
Or, if you'd like to skip all that, just indicate on your questionnaire that you'd like the editors to choose songs that flow well with your footage.