About Wedding Ceremony Music

February 24, 2015 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

1049540_65661251Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. Celebrate your joyful day with the perfect match of wedding ceremony music. Create a festive atmosphere with your music selections from preservice to recessional. Choosing music can truly add a special dimension and depth of emotion to the overall atmosphere of your wedding. Read on to learn more about wedding ceremony music.

Prelude Music

 Decide on the type of preservice music you would like for your guests to listen to as they take their sets for your wedding, this is known as the prelude. Allow 25 or 30 minutes for the prelude which equals to about 6-8 pieces of music. An established quartet or ensemble will offer a repertoire of standard selections and play special requests.

 Seating of the Mothers

 Music played for the seating of the mothers often signals that the ceremony is soon to begin. This music is played after the prelude or before the processional. Popular music choices include Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” or “Ave Maria”.

 Attendants Processional Music

 Most weddings feature a processional of the attendants including the maid-of-honor, bridesmaids, ring bearer and flower girl. Sometimes, this may also include the groom, groomsmen and officiant. Music for the processional helps set the tone for the ceremony and may be elegant to regal. Favorite processional music choices include Clarke’s “Trumpet Voluntary” or Bach’s “Air on G String”.

 Bridal Processional Music

 When the last attendant has reached the altar, the music for the bridal processional begins. This is the music announcing the entrance of the bride who is generally escorted by the father while everyone stands. Traditional wedding processional music includes Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” and Wagner’s “Bridal March.”

 Music During the Ceremony

Considered optional, music during the ceremony typically does not occur while vows are exchanged. Exceptions are made for denomination or cultural reasons such as a soloist singing a prayer or reading or lighting of the unity candle by parents.

Recessional Music

 The recessional music begins after the introduction of the newly married couple. Recessional music is frequently jubilant and invigorating in nature. Popular classic choices include Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”

 Postlude Music

As the guests leave the wedding venue, they are often accompanied with postlude music. Postlude music may last from 15 to 30 minutes. The music played may consist of special requests from the newlyweds or left to the discretion of the professional musicians.

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Your wedding music choices should reflect your personal preferences and style. Details such as music are the finishing touches to your special day, make it your own.

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