|Music is a major part of your weddinng and should be planned carefully. Music helps create the atmosphere. Special songs will make your wedding unique and personal. When you select music for your wedding or reception, keep in mind the age and musical preference of your guests, your budget, and any restrictions that the reception site may have.|
Ceremony music is the music played during the ceremony. The ceremony music is divided into
five distict parts:The prelude, the processional, the ceremony,
the recessional, and postlude.
The Prelude is played 20 to 30 minutes before the ceremony begins and while family, friends and other guests are being seated.
The processional is played as the wedding party enters the ceremony site. Ceremony music is played during the ceremony.
The recessional musicic played as the wedding party leaves the ceremony site.
The postlude music is played while guests leave the ceremony site.
POPULAR SELECTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN WEDDINGS
Trumpet Voluntary by Purcell, The Bridal Chorus by Wagner, Wedding March by Mendelssohn, Canon in D Major by Pachelbel.
POPULAR SELECTIONS FOR JEWISH WEDDINGS
Erev Shel Shoshanim, Erev Ba Hana' Ava Babanot
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Be sure to check with your ceremony site about restrictions pertaining
to music and the availability of musical instruments for your use.
Discuss the selection of ceremony music with us and your officiant.
When selecting ceremony music, keep in mind the formality of your wedding, your religious affiliation, and the length of the ceremony.
Consider the location and time of day.
The reception music may or may not be an extension of your postlude, depending on how and where you have your reception set up in relation to your ceremony. If your guests have had to travel to a new location, you may want to change the style and genre of your music to reflect a more party-like atmosphere. You may want to choose background music that can be played as your guests mingle around the bar and cocktail area.- instrumental versions of pop songs or classical pieces.
The entrance of the bride and groom to the reception is really the first time that you will be introduced to your family and friends as husband and wife. This is a grand entrance, so choose music that fits the moment. There are numerous choices for classical music that will create a feeling of grandeur. For less formal and informal receptions, you may want to choose popular pop songs.
If you are serving a meal during the reception, you will want to decide what type of music to play while your guests dine. Follow the same rule of thumb that you would for the cocktail hour; in other words, background music that sets the mood for your reception.