Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony Music
Personalize these 7 moments with your wedding ceremony music.
Personalize These 7 Ceremony Moments
Choosing your wedding ceremony music is just one of many ways to personalize your wedding day. But choosing the right music can be a difficult and overwhelming decision. There are so many unique moments, and you want to set the right mood for each them. Which moments need a music? This guide breaks down the 7 wedding ceremony moments that you will want to choose music for.
As Guests are Seated
To set the mood, your wedding music should already be playing when the first guest arrives and as guests are seated. The music choice is entirely yours, but most couples prefer a romantic mood and select a style that suits them — smooth jazz, wispy piano notes from Windham Hill artists, or chamber music provided by string or woodwind ensembles.
As Parents are Seated
Parents of the bride and groom are last to be seated by the ushers and, occasionally, the parents or bride and groom will request a special song. Keep it short, so your bridal party isn’t kept waiting.
When the Bridal Party Enters
It’s customary for special music to be playing as bridal party couples approach the ceremony area, and there are a couple of ways they can enter the room. Usually, the groomsmen and bridesmaids walk down the center aisle together, as couples. Another way to enter is for the groomsmen to appear from the side aisles, make their way to the front, and wait for the bridesmaids walking down the center aisle.
As the music nears its final strains: The Maid Honor and Best Man are the last couple to enter. Followed by the Ring Bearer, Flower Girl, and finally, the Bride.
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Bride’s Walk to the Altar
The bride may enter the room on her father’s arm or between her mother and father, (a common sight). A special song should lead her down the aisle. Whichever song she selects, it’s bound to be too long! A DJ can work with her, editing her favorite song to fit the length of the processional, which might be Here Comes the Bride, or Ave Maria or Prelude in C, or any of the bridal party music selections. As the bride arrives to the “alter”, the music softly fades.
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During the Candle Lighting Ceremony
The ceremony is short, and the music will be, too. Brides should expect to hear no more than 45 seconds of their favorite song for this wedding rite. Choose background music or select a meaningful excerpt from your song.
During Other Special Ceremony Moments
It might be a live singer, for example. You decide what these moments are. Remember to tell your other entertainment providers about these special guests.
During the Recessional
Let your personality shine for the recessional! You and your groom are glowing and the bridal party is relieved. Play some energetic traditional music or rousing contemporary tunes.
Remember that the bridal party is right behind the bride and groom, and your guests will closely follow. They’re ready to stretch and talk. One or two more wedding songs and they’re good to go!
Read More: Wedding Recessional Songs
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