Wedding Ceremony Music

We’ve been planning out our entertainment for the big day and at first I was a little overwhelmed.  But, if you tackle one project at a time your stress levels will go back to normal, trust.  So, instead of tackling your ceremony, cocktail, and reception music all at once, break them up.

Today we are looking into wedding ceremony music.  All of the possibilities of ceremony songs can seem daunting, but relax. Pulling off the perfect ceremony music program is easier than you think.

Step 1: Learn the Fundamentals

You only need 3 types of songs:

  1. Preludes
  2. Processionals
  3. Recessionals

Prelude music is the moodsetter it’s played while guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin. It usually begins as early as 45 minutes prior to but no later than 20 minutes before the start.

Next is the processional, which accompanies the entry of the extended wedding party — family, bridal party, and bride. The same song can be used for each, but why not change to another song when you walk down the aisle to add drama and highlight your entrance.  You’re the bride, it’s your day! Go for it!

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional plays. As the name implies, this music accompanies you as you make your exit and is traditionally bright and lively — a reflection of all of your happy!

Step 2: Size Does Matter

Consider the size of your venue when putting together your plan.  If you are getting married indoors you do have acoustics on your side, but outdoor ceremonies can be a little more tricky.

Step 3: Strategize on Sound

Keep the number of guests to ceremony musicians ratio in mind, if you are going that route.  For example, a quartet is appropriate for a group of 200.  But, you can cut back and save, if you think hiring a duo or trio and a sound person would work. Or, even better, ask your band or DJ to come with a couple of mics or an amplifier. Or you could just have the DJ play your favorite tunes if that’s more your style.

This I Guess I Do example of ceremony music is a great template to follow, this is where I started from and then I just selected songs that were more personal to us.

Ceremony MusicPhoto credit: I Guess I Do

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  1. Aunt Joy

     /  September 18, 2013

    Shari used “When a man loves a woman” for the processional and Halestorms “Heres To Us (clean version of course lol). Both were different and the recessional was fun and upbeat.


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