Selecting Music For Your Ceremony Moments
The music used for your ceremony helps to set the stage long before you walk down the aisle – when all eyes will be on you! Are you ready?!?! Ceremony music is just as important as what’s played at your reception so be prepared to discuss options with your Mike Staff Productions DJ. You will likely choose music for the prelude, pre-processional, processional, bride’s processional, lighting of the unity candle and recessional. BUT no need to stress because we have playlists for ALL of those moments below!
During most of these ceremony moments, you will likely not hear the songs in their entirety. You music coordinator or wedding DJ should be able to fade in and out of the songs in particular areas as needed.
Important Reminder: Check with your ceremony site and officiant before selecting the music for your ceremony. Some churches have strict rules about what can and can not be used when it comes to secular music. If you are having an outdoor ceremony, power requirements and volume levels will need to be considered.
Ceremony Music: Preludes, Interludes, Postludes
So, we’ve created a Spotify playlist that works for all of these traditional ceremony moments. The ‘Prelude’ is when guests are greeting one another and finding their seats to watch your ceremony. Anticipation fills the air. Music used during this time will help to set the scene for the ceremony to come.
Lighting a unity candle? Pouring sand? You likely don’t want dead silence during any wedding traditional you include in your ceremony. These songs are considered ‘Interludes’. Keep in mind, music here is completely optional and many choose to forego it completely. If you choose to use music you will not need a very long piece of music. Any one of the songs below will work!
Ceremony music: Processionals
Once the guests are seated, it’s time for processionals but before you make your grand entrance, your bridal party has to walk down the aisle. Choose a song that has a nice tempo for the bridal party to walk to! Fun moment to pick an untraditional song.
Once the bridal party is in place, guests stand in anticipation, the doors open — it’s officially your moment to shine! Traditional choices are often feature grand, dramatic notes for this iconic wedding moment. Popular traditional choices include “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner and “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clark. A modern choice would be to use a song that has special meaning to you and your father as he gives you away. Another option is to choose a song that you enjoy as a couple – it can even be your first dance song!
Spotify Playlist: Modern Processional Songs
Spotify Playlist: Classic Processional Songs
Ceremony Music: Recessionals
Congratulations, you’re married! The recessional music will play as you walk down the aisle smiling at your guests. The music used here is usually full of energy and happiness. The most popular traditional song is “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn. But many couples take this moment to stamp their own personality on the moment and play a recognizable song — even something upbeat — I mean, YOU DID IT!
Spotify Playlist: Traditional Recessional Songs
Spotify Playlist: Contemporary Recessional Songs